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10 Easy Ways to Bring Spring into Your Space

1. Flora and fauna. Bedding, pillows, or a fabulous floral chair like the one above, introducing bright, lively floral and nature patterns into your room freshens up every square foot.  

2. Sheer loveliness.  Take down the old curtains and replace them with simple white sheers.  Easy, breezy, and so springtime lovely.  Plus, you'll love how the sunshine through, brightening and cheering the room.

3. Flower power.  On the same note as floral pattern, having some of the real thing is even better.  A cheap bouquet of pretty pink flowers is a definite pick-me-up for space.  

4. Au natural.  Swap out wintery materials for natural fibers.  A wicker side table feels more summery than heavy wood.  A burlap lampshade is more earthy than a plain white one.  

5. Floor plan.  When you can't paint the walls, one of the easiest ways to add a big splash of color is by throwing down a solid colored rug.  Turquoise blue keeps the atmosphere cool and tranquil.  While a mustard gold warms things up.  

6.  Botanical art.  Give your room the butterflies with old-school artwork inspired by butterfly collections.

7.  A way with words.  Get crafty by diy'ing some wall art.  Paint a blank canvas a bright color (hot pink?!) and then stencil on a favorite quote to enjoy all season long.  

8.  Brighten up.  Wherever you can, bring in colorful accessories.  An orange desk organizer.  Turquoise candle holders.  A lime green tray.  

9.  White out.  Balance out all the brights with crisp white.  Pick up a cute bird figurine at a local thrift or antique shop and spray paint it white to display on your dresser.

10.  Spring clean!  Nothing says fresh start like a freshly swept, dusted, and organized room.  




DIY Cat Barrier for Under $100 (See-Through, Climb-Proof, and Too-Tall-To-Jump)

ICYMI: I gave up Cotton after deciding that after trying so many things, my two adopted cats Dahlia and Cotton were just never going to get along. Long story short: I missed her. And Cotton's back. And Dahlia's not going anywhere. My heart is big enough to keep trying. And my apartment is big enough that if I need to keep them separated long term (or permanently), it can be done.
I'm going to write-up a separate post about some of the solutions I've tried, how they worked, who they worked on, and what I'll be trying next. But in this post, I wanted to share the main 'piece de resistance' of having both cats in my apartment: an un-climbable, un-jumpable, see-through barrier to separate Cotton and Dahlia.

Aria's Room | Pretty Little Liars Decor

Welcome back for LU's 2nd room in the PLL series!  Today you're getting a glimpse into my favorite room on the show... Aria's room.  Aria Montgomery is the artistic, imaginative, bookworm of the bunch.  So it's no surprise that her room has an artsy, historic, romantic eclecticism atmosphere.  Plus, it's full of books.  My two words for Aria's attic space: Vintage Eclectic.  (Those happen to be my two favorite decorating words... so brace yourself for my soon-to-come swooning.)

Pencil It In | Working the Pencil Skirt into Your Work Attire, Including 25 Examples with Do's and Don'ts

Starting this week, every Wednesday on The Lovely Side will be devoted to wardrobe, hair, and beauty content.  With summer internships right around the corner and interviews for real world jobs looming as well, I thought now would be a good time to delve into the world of office fashion.  
Sarah, a reader, recently emailed me asking about how to style a pencil skirt for her "somewhat casual, somewhat professional workplace full of fashionable co-workers."  She's been lusting after pencil skirts at several stores, but been hesitant to purchase one for fear of looking bad in it and not knowing what to wear with it.