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5 Ideas to Steal from this 100-Year-Old Australian Home

I stumbled across this lovely home on Design*Sponge and it's full of so many inspiring, ideas that I couldn't not share it. Without further ado, here are some ideas you can borrow for your space:

1. Create Unique Shelving | Ladder Bookshelf
I love love love this idea. First, it puts books and decor on display in a unique way. Second, it's a way to store a totally functional tool in a small space. When you need a ladder, just take off the books and get to work. 

2. Don't Be Afraid to Mix it Up | Modern + Antiques
I've always loved the look of mixing furniture from different eras. This illustrates that idea perfectly. The cabinet is a family heirloom that dates back around 1690. (I'm swooning.) And you know I love ghost chairs.

3. Decorate Happy | Whimsical Accents
When decorating your space, your first concern should be creating a place full of things you love. This girl's room is full of personality – from the garlands she made herself to the cute boot vase with flowers from the garden. Plus, pink and yellow are such a cheery combination.

4. Sometimes, Just Tack It Up | Wall Art
I think sometimes we get too caught up in trends like wall galleries and picture frames. (I'm guilty of it.) So to see some inspiring photos and art just tacked up on the wall is just so refreshing – and easy to change out.

5. White Works | Crisp, Clean White Walls
It's pictures like this that almost convert me to a white-wall-lover. It just goes to show how strategically white-washing a room lets its other features take the spotlight: like these gorgeous hardwood floors, that antique four-poster bed (now I miss mine!) and the pretty pastels on the bed. 

There's so much more to see in this lovely dwelling! Head over to Design*Sponge to tour the rest of the house.

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Oh my gosh, what a beautiful home! I'm dreaming of a ladder shelf for so long already … one day, one day! And the rose couch in the 4th pic is so fun, love that one!


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.