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My Favorite Interior Design Tips

Hey y’all! So some of you know how much I adore interior design, and because of that, I’ve decided to go ahead and share some of my favorite design tips that I’ve picked up either from doing stuff around my own house or from watching HGTV (yes, I am obsessed and I am a huge fan of Chip and Jo). So, for your viewing pleasure, here are some of my favorite home design tips.

  • Fill the house with florals. If you fill your house with greenery and different florals, you will literally have a breath of fresh air in your house. There are plenty of plants that help to generate oxygen, which will help you to breathe easier. They also add some natural pops of color to the room, in addition to that beneficial oxygen. I personally love putting fresh flowers in vases around the house, they add a touch of color, and they smell amazing.
  • Add a statement wall. Statement walls can be done in so many ways. For some people, they are lucky enough to move into a house and discover that there are some old bricks underneath the drywall, or perhaps even shiplap. While finding shiplap has always been a dream of mine, it’s just not all that common in Florida houses, so I’m not going to hold my breathe on that one. In fact, the brick is fairly unrealistic too, sadly. So, since I’m not betting on finding exposed brick in houses anytime soon, I have to find other ways to make some statement walls. One of the ways I personally did that with my house is by hanging a large painting in the living room. It is a beautiful statement piece that captures everyone’s attention immediately. It takes up a majority of the wall, and I put it above my fireplace to really draw the eye. Another option, is to put up faux shiplap or Faux Brickwork. I know it seems like this may be a bit cheesy, but it’s actually a super easy way to add that extra something to your wall and with the right product and tools, it can look extremely authentic. So much so that you won’t even realize that it is not ‘real’ brick. There’s a company called Faux Brickwork that is based out of Florida and they have beautiful options for your rooms. These look super realistic, and come in a variety of styles, including farmhouse styles. For those who prefer a more modern look, there are options in a white paint style as well, or you can paint them yourself easily. The best part about these panels is that they are not crazy expensive and they are very quick + easy to install yourself (so this cuts out the cost of hiring someone), which I personally really love, since I’m always trying to save money when I can. You can check out some of their amazing panels on their website, or look them up on Facebook.
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  • Twinkle lights. I think twinkle lights are a beautiful addition to a bedroom, especially above a headboard or in place of a headboard. These can easily be strung up, and create a peaceful retreat. After all, at the end of the day, we all just want an area we can sit back and relax in without having to deal with any of the stressors that come at us in our day to day lives. With some twinkling lights, you get a beautiful area to sit back and relax. Make a cup of tea, and you’re good to go.
  • Throw pillows. Throw pillows can really add a lot to a room. Whether you are putting them on your bed to help give it more dimension or you are piling them up on your couch or chairs to help with comfort and style, these are great additions to any room. I personally like to mix prints and types, so for my room, I have a small rectangle glitter pillow, along with some that are square and feature names of some of my favorite places that I’ve seen, including Rome and Paris. For my living room, I have tan chairs, and added grey and cream tribal print pillows, as well as solid blue ones. They match some of the artwork in the room perfectly.

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  • Fun rugs. This one is a little more tricky for me, as I have cats, so I try to avoid having too many rugs in the house due to them and their claws, but I’ve always felt that a rug adds a special touch to any room. You can choose some crazy pattern or print or even a bright color that will really stand out. Not to mention, it keeps your feet warm despite cooler weather on those frosty mornings.

The best part about all of these interior design ideas is that they don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. I am big on doing little updates that can make a difference to a room, without spending a ton of money. Savings is important too! Let me know some of your favorite interior design tips and tricks!

 

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Tidy Up Your Work Area

Take a few minutes and tidy up your work area. Get rid of any garbage, wipe it down with some cleaner, and start your day off fresh. You can’t control what’s going to come in through the email, but you can have a nice work area to deal with it.

Rosé with Rachel: Valentine’s Date Ideas

If you’re struggling for a unique idea other than dinner, here are some fun Valentine’s date ideas.

Take Muffins or Donuts in to Work

Break up the monotony of the work week by bringing in some muffins or donuts into the office. Your coworkers will appreciate it, and everyone will get something a little sweet for the day.

Do It Yourself Spa Day

Sometimes, you just need a good spa day. However, if you’re trying to save money, it can be really difficult to do that, since you can’t exactly go drop a couple of hundred dollars at the spa for a massage and facial. While a do it yourself spa day isn’t quite on the same level as getting a professional massage, you can still have a lot of fun, and find some zen during the day. Here are some tips for a do it yourself spa day.

Do It Yourself Spa Day Suggestions:

  • Invite some gal pals over. If you’ve been missing your girls, then invite them over for this day. You can crack open some sparkling wine, break out some snacks, and catch up on everyone’s lives.
  • Buy a gel nail polish. It’s cheaper than going to a nail salon, but they really work. Two of my favorites are Sally Hansen gel, and Essie gel. Neither of them need that harmful UV Light either, and Essie I keep finding sales on the polishes at Target, so I’m getting one for $5 instead of the $12.
  • Get some facial masks. I have very sensitive skin, so this one will take some looking for, but if you want to give yourself a facial, the easiest way is with one of those masks. If you have sensitive skin like me, look for one that specifies it’s good for sensitive skin. I tried a SheaMoisture one for sensitive skin, and my face resembled a burn victim for two days, so I highly recommend avoiding that one.
  • Before the girls come over, soak in a bubble bath or use a bath bomb. Take 15-20 minutes to just relax, and get yourself in the zone.
  • Light a nice smelling candle, and play some music. I’m sure you’ve got a candle laying around that smells great, and Pandora has some free relaxation music stations that will get you in the zen mode.
  • Use a bowl from your kitchen to soak your feet and hands in before painting your nails. This will help soften up the cuticles and the nails, and give you that same relaxing feeling you get at the spa.
  • Slice up some cucumbers! Does it do anything, not really, at least according to those that work at a spa, but it sure does feel nice to put those cucumber slices over your eyes while your mask is working its magic.
  • Make some fruit infused water. Whether you want watermelon lime or just plain lemon water, whip up a batch, and be sure to drink plenty of it. Everyone needs some good H2O when going to the spa.
  • Wear your fluffy robe. Why not, you’re at a spa! You’ll feel comfortable and relaxed.
  • Have some magazines ready for browsing. You can take the little quizzes or read all your celebrity gossip.
  • If you have a neck massager, or a massage rolling ball, use those! It’s not quite the same as a spa massage, but it will help remove some of those knots from your neck and back area.
  • Get a bouquet of fresh flowers. Put them in a vase on the table or near where your spa zone is set up, and enjoy the fresh scent they bring.
  • Set yourself up in your back patio or by the pool if you have one. If not, create a zen area in your house.
  • Have glasses of wine or cocktails ready. Mocktails are a great option for those under 21, and you can get as fancy as you want with them.
  • Prepare your favorite snacks. Little fruit parfaits are delicious and healthy, and it’s always nice to have your friends over and eat some delicious treats with them.
  • Have a nice meal delivered at the end of the day. Order takeout and with everyone chipping it, it won’t be too bad price-wise, and you can extend this party into the evening.
  • Have an old-fashioned sleepover. If you prefer to get everyone together at night, have the girls over for a sleepover instead.

There are so many great ways to elevate your do it yourself spa day. If you are desperately needing some me time, then take these tips and make them for one. Pour yourself a glass of wine, put on some music, and sit back and relax. Whether you want a group or not, a do it yourself spa day is much cheaper than going to a spa or salon, and it can be just as much fun. You’ll be able to relax, spend some time with friends or yourself, and enjoy a couple of hours of your day that’ll help you to recharge for the upcoming week.

Get a Meal in the Crockpot Before Work

Everyone knows what happened in This is Us, but according to a firefighter, as long as you don’t leave it sitting under a cabinet where those could get heated up, you are good to get a meal in the crockpot before work, and then have dinner ready when you get home.

SheaMoisture Rose Facial Mask

I tried this mask because I have very sensitive skin, and I am trying to look for more all-natural options for my skin care routine. This seemed like the perfect solution as it was made for sensitive skin, feature rose water, which is very good for helping sensitive skin, and all natural. Unfortunately, I wound up looking like a burn victim after having this mask on my face for about 5 minutes. My face started burning terribly after I put it on, and I actually had to wash it off right after I finished applying it. I have a few pictures, my face looks horrendous, but I do not want anyone else to try this product and experience this pain. I had to soak my face with a cool washcloth for about 20 minutes for it to finally stop burning, and the redness stayed for about 2-3 days until it finally faded. I highly recommend trying to make your own face mask or trying a different one that is specifically made for sensitive skin, as this one was terribly made. I did try to reach out to the company, and they never got back to me about my complaint, and I saw others had similar issues with this product as well.

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Help a Neighbor Out

This can applied to those who were furloughed, an elderly neighbor, a young single mother, it doesn’t matter, just help a neighbor out. Whether it’s mowing their yard for them or dropping by a basket of muffins, help one of your neighbors.

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

This is a tough one for many people, myself included, which is why I decided to tackle it myself. One of my goals for 2019 was to get out of my comfort zone more. Like many, I rather like my comfort zone, but I’m reaching a point where I just need some changes in my life, and the best way to do that is by trying something new. So I’ve decided to do several challenges, per say, to help get myself out of my comfort zone, and I challenge you to do the same thing.

The other night, my friend and I went out to this bar together, and this is no ordinary bar, it also features two dance floors, and they play country music, and it’s a lot of fun to head out and line dance. Now, for some, line dancing would be escaping their comfort zone, but for me, that’s just a fun way to spend a Friday or Saturday night, so that wasn’t the challenge to myself. The challenge to myself was to approach a guy I thought was cute, and try talking to him. I’ve spoken to guys there before, but usually they approach me, or in the case of one guy, we literally collided on the dance floor (he says it was his fault, pretty sure it was mine, either way, it was a nice little conversation and makes for a great story later).  So I decided that I would talk to this guy. I mean, after all, how hard is saying hi to someone you think is cute? It shouldn’t be that difficult, and so I gave it a shot. It took me a bit to work up the nerve to do that, but I did, and while it didn’t really last a long time, I still felt very proud of myself, and I plan on doing it again.

Same thing with other little things that I have on my to-do list that are going to push me outside of my comfort zone. For example, I’ve eaten dinner by myself plenty of times, but I’ve never sat down at a restaurant by myself. Not even at a fast food place, I always get it to go and eat it outside at a table or at my office. So that’s something I am going to challenge myself to do, to go sit at a restaurant by myself, and eat a meal, all on my own. It’ll be quite the push outside of my comfort zone, and I’m excited, but nervous to do it. Same with seeing a movie. I want to challenge myself to go see a movie by myself as well. To some, this isn’t a big deal, but to me, it’s something I’ve never done before.

So with that said, I challenge you to find something that’s a bit outside of your comfort zone, and go do it. It can be seeing a movie by yourself, it can be going to a theme park alone, it can be whatever is outside of your comfort zone. Even if it doesn’t go as well as planned, you can be proud of yourself and pleased with the fact that you followed through on what you said you’d do. So go out there, and break out of that comfort zone.

Plan a Beach Weekend

Even if it’s just for one night in a couple of months, plan a beach weekend. Plan on driving down, packing a cooler full of food and drinks, a swimsuit, and find a cute, affordable place to stay. This little vacation will do wonders.

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