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    Unconventional Headboard Inspiration

    My apartment has been bare for a couple of months now. Between event designing, blogging and my 9-5, I haven’t had the time or the energy to make it look like home yet. Right now, it feels sterile, so I’m on a mission to get my place homey and comfy. I’ve been searching for unconventional headboard inspiration (I’m just sleeping on a mattress and box spring right now … real bare), because I’m just not that into the conventional upholstered headboard situation. They are cute, don’t get me wrong, but I prefer an unexpected statement piece.  Here are some of my options:

    1. Floral HeadboardA floral headboard would be perfect for my feminine bedroom vibe.  This look can be achieved by stretching my DIY muscles. I would go to my local thrift store and buy the biggest frame I can find, spray paint the frame in the color of my choice (probably white to keep it bright and airy), and glue fake flowers from the craft store onto an inexpensive board like foam.


    Mirror HeadboardI like the idea of using a floor-to-ceiling mirror as a headboard, because it gives an elegant and sophisticated vibe to a room. Especially, if it has ornate details that make a statement.

    3.   Tapestry HeadboardTapestries and scarves make great headboard alternatives. They are easily interchangeable if I get tired of the look and can be personalized to my design aesthetic.

    4.  French Door HeadboardPeople, I am about these french doors! Nothing screams Parisian country-side like this french door headboard. It’s so yummy and vintage-inspired.  I’ve been on the hunt for similar doors in the past, but I haven’t found them yet. However, the search still continues.

    Basically, there are so many ways to customize a headboard.  Get inspiration from your own design aesthetic and style to come up with your own headboard inspiration.  Mine inspiration is feminine with elegant organic touches.

    What’s your headboard inspiration?

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    6 Unconventional Mother’s Day Gifts

    Mother’s Day is almost here and if you are looking for ways to make this Mother’s Day more special than last year, than I’m here to help. I compiled a list of thoughtful gift ideas that would make your mom smile a little brighter this year.

    1.  Sophisticated Painted Art 

    Remember the finger paint artwork you used to make in pre-school?  Well, fast-forward to 20 years later and your mom still has it on display at your family house or at least tucked away in a memory drawer.  Now that you are older and comparably more sophisticated, exercise your creative ability by creating a not-so-difficult floral watercolor drawing or a super easy chevron design in your mom’s favorite colors.  The then and now comparison would probably blow you and your mom away. Who knew she raised a budding Picasso? Just remember to frame it when you’re done, so mom can instantly put it on display for the next 20 years.

    2.  Downloaded Apps for New Moms

    Being a first time mom isn’t easy AT ALL.  There are a lot to think about and to try and figure out. Sometimes, it’s hard for new moms to keep track of important info like doctor’s appointments, monitoring behavior, milestones and so forth. But, there are phone apps available that can make her life a little more easier and organized. Start by taking your new mom’s phone (probably while she’s taking a quick nap), browse for apps or try these suggested ones for monitoring breast feeding time, journaling those special moments, and getting the baby to sleep. Purchase a few apps and download. Now, your new mom can spend more time on other important things like more playtime and kisses.

    3.  Custom (By Her Children) Floral Arrangements

    Most people will probably deliver their mom flowers from a big chain retailer.  But of course, you can do better than that. You can create custom floral arrangements that your mom would appreciate even more. It’s, as simple as, going to your local grocery store like Trader Joe’s, where there are a variety of blooms, greenery and herbs to reconstruct into your own floral interpretation. Try this candy stripe rose and lemon leaves tutorial or this sweet and charming all-rose design.  I personally like to work with roses, because they are easy to find and are reasonably priced. Add a nice brass vase and you’ve got perfection.

    4.  Specialty Tea Kit

    If your mom is a tea drinker or even a coffee drinker, she will convert for her child’s personalized tea set. First, source some specialty tea recipe combinations like Ginger & Lemon Green Tea or a classic Chai Tea and note the ingredients. Then, go to a specialty tea store to get a base loose leaf tea like green tea or black tea in bulk.  Go to your local healthy food store, like Wholefoods, to source whole herbs and spices like ginger and cinnamon. Put the ingredients in cute containers with labels to complete the kit. However, if you like the idea, but you’re cringing about actually doing the project on your own, than you can purchase a pre-made tea kit.

    5. Vintage Decor Scavenger Hunt

    This idea is for the vintage connoisseurs and the mom’s who appreciate their design & style aesthetic. Sometimes sourcing sites like Craigslist & Etsy can be daunting for a busy or retired mom, who loves to re-style her home every so often. This is where you come in. Source Craigslist & Etsy for vintage decor items on her behalf.  Make the purchase more meaningful by choosing decor styles in either your mom’s birth year or yours.  Get the job done faster and more accurately by using a Craigslist app like cPro.

    6. Perfume Subscription Box

    If your mom is anything like my mom, she loves her perfumes.  But instead of buying her favorite perfume the 3rd time in a row or buying a scent that you like, but isn’t forgiving with her body chemistry…lavender anyone?…get her a gift she can experiment with. Olfactif is a perfume subscription box that sends a collection of three deluxe-size samples of perfume monthly. They also give you an $18 credit towards the full version of the featured samples. The gift subscriptions can be purchased month-to-month, 3- months, 6-months or 12-months at a time. She may find a new signature scent in the process and will thank you for it.