Brighten the Coffee Table | Tulip Centerpiece w/ Lemon + Lime Slices

I got this idea from my mom who got the idea from my aunt who got it from somewhere else. I've said it before, but I'm always getting home decor ideas from my mom. We may not always have the same style, but I think we always inspire each other in little ways. 

This tulip center piece can be for your kitchen table, coffee table, for an entryway credenza or any other place you may have that you want to brighten and add a little color to. You can even use these for your Mother's Day brunch tables. I simply used white tulips that I found at Trader Joe's to match my decor, but you can get more creative with your centerpiece to achieve the look you're going for. 

Plus, it just looks super refreshing and full of life!

What You'll Need:

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  • a bunch of tulips in any color (15-20 stems is sufficient if you're only doing tulips) 
  • one vase

  • scissors to trim stems

  • 1 (one) lemon

  • 1 (one) lime

  • a knife and cutting board for fruit

How to Arrange

  1. Fill your vase 3/4 with water. 
  2. Trim 1/2 inch from the ends of each tulip stem and remove leaves as necessary leaving 1-2 leaves on each. If there are leaves hiding the tulip flower, remove them, but do leave some intact.
  3. Place the bunch in your vase and add bear grass or any other filler grass or flowers.
  4. Slice one lemon and one lime with a knife.
  5. Carefully place and arrange lemon and lime slices in the water around the perimeter of your vase. Make sure the slices are in front of the tulip stems so they are visible.

Note: larger slices will rise to the top of the water while smaller slices will sink to the bottom. This is perfectly fine. Also, I've read that because of the high pH levels in lemons and limes, adding them to your vase water may decrease the longevity of the flowers/plants.

My centerpiece looked so boring just sitting by itself on the coffee table, so I decided to bring my antler tray from Home Goods back into the mix. I thoroughly enjoy dressing up a chic table tray. Add candles, small coffee table books, a candy dish...whatever fits your lifestyle and personality! This was my first time purchasing and playing with tulips in my apartment, but I absolutely love the way they look -- especially the fresh white color.

What are some of your favorite flowers to arrange with?

This post is partly sponsored by A Complete skincare as my Mother's Day skincare sponsor.

New Year, New Accents | Update & Refresh Your Space

January is such a refreshing month because it is the beginning of a new year. That means new opportunities, new memories, new goals...new everything. Many changes occur in our lives as well. This month, I wanted to switch up my accent pieces and update my space a little bit with the help of At Home! Adding new accent pieces to your decor may seem small, but it can really make a significant different.

Refinish Your Furniture

I found these beautiful marble drawer liners, but I wanted them to be seen. My desk has been through many late nights, desk dinners, and makeup tutorial filming sessions over four years. Point blank, it looked a mess!

I decided to take a few of the white marble liners ($5.99 per box) and permanently line the top of my desk instead. Honestly, I think it’s the best DIY project I’ve done because my work space now looks a million times better and has more personality. I bought a ton of these liners to use in my drawers and on other furniture pieces, too. At Home offers the liners in other colors as well, such as: deep blue, red, emerald green, and black.

Rose gold table mirror ($14.99) // Clock ($14.99)

Rose gold table mirror ($14.99) // Clock ($14.99)

Ring holder ($3.99)

Ring holder ($3.99)

Organize Your Obsessions

While I love home decor and all things lifestyle, I’m mainly a beauty influencer. That means that I have more hair products, makeup, and skincare than the law will allow. Organization is key! I found a few items at At Home that would be perfect for helping me get my beauty room in order, but still be stylish enough to flow with my decor.

I stocked up on Lush goodies after Christmas, so I have tons of bubble bars and bath bombs just waiting to be used. Until then, I’ve placed them in a large, gold rimmed glass jar ($19.99). Now picking my bath products feels like I’m in my own little candy store! I have all of my nail tools and accessories stored discreetly in this book storage box ($14.99) labeled ‘Les Miserebles’. My guests never suspect that it’s full of cotton balls and nail files! My secret.

Ceramic Succulents

Plants are so lovely and can add life to any room, but unfortunately I am a terrible plant mommy and (I’m ashamed to admit) it seems as though they die instantly under my care. When I spotted these ceramic succulent plants ($19.99 each), I immediately grabbed them. They look so real, but they’re conveniently not. I love plants, fauxidermy, crystals or anything else semi-earthly and unique, so these fit right in with my decor.

A Whole New Light

The inspiration for my entire style of decorating is mid-century. As a matter of fact, some of my favorite pieces in my apartment are actually vintage. I’ve been on a very serious hunt for an arc floor lamp and haven’t been able to find one I love for an affordable price. The original mid-centuy arc lamps also tend to be very large, so they’re better for homes with more space.

Initially, I said I was finished purchasing new lighting, but I was so excited when my eyes landed on this arc table lamp for only $49.99! It also gives my living room a slightly different look. Now I finally have the look I wanted for far under $100 and that fits my space. 

How are you refreshing your space with new accents for 2017? Visit your nearest At Home store to start updating!

This post is sponsored by At Home; however, I had 100% creative freedom and all opinions/product suggestions are my own. Hope you enjoy!

Holiday Gift Guide | Secret Santa & Stocking Stuffers for Under $20

It's officially 12 days until Christmas and you might still be struggling to figure out what gifts to buy! If you have a Secret Santa exchange or stocking stuffers to buy, there are plenty of clever items ready to be gifted at At Home. There's so much to choose from around the store for larger gifts, but the closer you get to the cash registers...the more stocking stuffer-worthy they become. I've put together four groups of gift ideas for different personalities you may have in your life! The best part? All of the items can be found in ONE store and are each under $20. You can buy them individually for inexpensive 'white elephant or 'secret Santa' gifts or purchase them all together for the ultimate present!

The Pretty Cleaner

For a beauty enthusiast like me, I hate doing things that will mess up my nails. Chemicals and rough handwork while cleaning around the house can really mess up your nails and usually aren't very kind to the skin. I'm all about meaningful gifts and stocking stuffers that I can put to use in my everyday life. I found these cute pink Casabella water-block gloves ($6.99) and sparkle sponges ($2.99) at At Home! Add a bottle of J.R. Watkins hand soap ($4.99) for the kitchen and perhaps a gift card to your beauty's favorite nail shop for a manicure. 

The Bathroom Beauty Guru

When I'm doing my hair every week, I make such a mess on my countertop with products and styling accessories! The Over The Cabinet Door Styling Center ($19.99) is great for eliminating the clutter and storing the items you use on a daily basis. There is plenty of room to store handheld blow dryers and flat irons, too. Add a Turbie Twist ($4.99) for the beauty guru on your list, so she won't need to struggle with a regular towel falling. Make her life easier!

The [Global] Mixologist

For the friend who is an at-home mixologist or always traveling, these gifts are made just for them! The Global Cocktail Flight mixers kit ($9.99) is perfect for flights because they're each under 3 fluid ounces (TSA-compliant) and can be mixed with an alcoholic beverage while onboard. Don't forget the neck pillow ($9.99) to prevent cramps! You can even add items like a gold cocktail shaker ($14.99) and a Moscow Mule mug ($14.99).

The Christmas Confectioner

The best part of the holidays is baking warm treats at home. My absolute favorite is freshly baked cookies with a glass of [soy] milk. I've become so obsessed with pretty marble cutting boards lately and this marble & wood cutting board ($19.99) is the cutest thing for any loved one on your list who loves to cook or bake. For this gift, I also added a glass sugar canister ($14.99) that will keep sugar tightly closed and much more attractive on the countertop rather than the paper packaging. Skillet cookies are delicious and super simple to make. My mom loves Reese's, so I thought the cast iron skillet set ($9.99) would be a great gift for her...and you can never have enough mitts and potholders ($6.99 duo) lying around!

All of these holiday gift items can be found at your favorite At Home store!

This post is sponsored by At Home; however, I had 100% creative freedom and all opinions/product suggestions are my own. Hope you enjoy & Happy Holidays!

Winter Wonderland Christmas Tree Decor with At Home

Usually I post about the latest arrangements in my own apartment, but I decided to switch things up this month. If you're wondering where I get my knack and love for home decor from, then it's practically in my blood. The answer is: my mama. 

Originally, I planned on talking about my very first Christmas tree in the apartment, but my mom recently bought a new Christmas tree for our living room and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to showcase not only the beautiful ornaments from At Home, but her pro skills as well. She's always asking me to take photos around the house and post them! Plus, her tree looks 1000 times better than mine and it just didn't seem as fun shopping for my ornaments without her. 😞

Ever since I was itty bitty, my mom has decorated in warmer colors and contemporary furniture. When my mom described her vision for a newly designed living room to include cool colors like blue and grey with slightly modern touches, I was super excited. She started with a 9-foot tree which is definitely ideal if you have a high ceiling. The tips are a mix of cashmere, molded, and classic, so it looks much more realistic than a regular Christmas tree (you can see the tips if you enlarge the photos below).

At Home makes tree decorating so simple with themed aisles that have everything you need for a certain look. Of course, my mom mixed from different themes and brought them together to create a very well-coordinated Winter Wonderland tree.

You can find a variety of trees in At Home starting at $60.

One thing I've learned from my mom is that you don't need 20 of the same ornament -- variety is the key to decorating. 

Play with texture, patterns, shapes, and hues within your color scheme! Not every single piece you have has to match exactly. I've watched my mom decorate our home for years, so I use so many things I've learned as I continue to pull the apartment together including my own Christmas tree. I have to admit that I'm not 100% there yet because MY GOODNESS...it definitely takes time to accumulate!  

Ornaments are sold individually and in packs at At Home. The prices start at 1.99 for individual ornaments and $5.99 for packs.

Visit your favorite At Home store and build your dream Christmas tree!

This post is sponsored by At Home; however, my mom and I had 100% creative freedom and hope you enjoy! Happy Holidays!