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Decktop Pond

Photo courtesy of lowescreativeideas.com

A pond in the backyard is a must-have for me, but I move a lot and since I rent, digging up a hole in the yard to install a pond doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.  It never even occurred to me to make an above-ground pond, but luckily I have all these craft blogs I follow that point out the things I don’t think up on my own.  Click here for the how-to.

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Fabric Mail Organizer

Photo courtesy of blog.craftzine.com

This is perfect for a roommate situation with each pocket belonging to each roommate!  Keeping the mail organized (aka not all over the dining room table) can be an arduous task even when it’s just your own mail, so organizers are a great way to keep track of your bills and letters.  Personally I put my outgoing mail in my purse so I don’t forget it.  Click here for the how-to.

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DIY LEGO Keyring Holder

Photo courtesy of craftandcreativity.com

I’m sure everyone has seen this project by now since it’s being reblogged by so many people, but I just had to share in the off chance that there was someone out there who hadn’t seen this awesome project that would end up really liking it.  I wouldn’t rest well thinking that there was someone missing out on something like this, so here, my friends, here it is.  Click here to view this LEGO keyring project; the site is in two languages, just scroll down for English.

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5 Smart Ways To Use Mirrors In Small Spaces

Photo courtesy of apartmenttherapy.com

As a permanent renter I often find myself in rather small homes and sometimes one of the biggest challenges is getting enough natural light in. I remember seeing somewhere (maybe on HGTV) an idea to place mirrors in the home and then place window treatments around them to even further the feel of having another natural light source in the home and I have always loved that idea!  Apartment Therapy has graciously shared a few great ideas for mirror placement in small spaces to make your home feel bigger and more open and light filled that I just had to share.  Click here for the full post.

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Easy Ways To Achieve The Canopy Bed Look

Photo courtesy of Apartmenttherapy.com

When I was a little girl all I wanted was for my name to be Ariel and to have a canopy bed.  There would be those that knew the die-hard tomboy that I was and argue with me on that, but I had a secret inner princess trapped deep under the calloused hands and feet of my youth.  Even still I love the idea of big, soft, luxurious beds that I can dive into and canopy beds are definitely still a big symbol of luxury for me!  Out of the quad of pics above I think that the sheer curtains in the lower left photo are my favorite!  Check out Apartment Therapy’s list of 10 ways to get the look and feel of a canopy bed without buying a whole new bed here and feed your inner princess.

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How To Hang Draperies and Curtains Like A Designer

Photo courtesy of Addicted2Decorating.com

Have you ever seen people’s window “treatments” from outside their homes and been able to tell right away that they simply nailed or tacked a sheet or blanket to the wall to cover the window?  Not only have I seen it, I’ve done it and have hated every minute of the unprofessional look to my windows!  My home doesn’t need to be and never will look like it belongs in a magazine, I live in what I like to call “organized piles” that lay around until I can’t stand the sight of them anymore and then I clean the whole house like a madwoman, but there are certain things I like to maintain to give my home a comfortable “finished” feel that help me to relax when I get home as I’m not noticing things that I still need to do around the house.  Windows are one of those things that I like to keep up with.

Aside from keeping my windows (when I can reach them) as spotless as possible, I like to find things that the sun can shine through and brighten my day.  I do enjoy colored glass and interesting shapes for the windowsill, but in the realm of window treatments my choices lean towards the sheer and openwork lace varieties to allow in all the awesome sunshine.  To be honest, I’d never thought of  ensuring that the curtains reach the walls, but I’m thinking this will be a way to show off the lovely lace, color and/or patterns of the curtains I’ve chosen when viewed from any angle other than head on.  This is a simple fix, really, and I’m excited to try it out!

Find Addicted2Decorating’s full post and photo-tuto here.

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