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bestHappy holidays! In the spirit of the season, my roommates and I decided to get crafty and whip up some homemade paper invites to be delivered via snail mail.  Sooo retro, right?!

invite1Supplies:

  • Thick white paper (I used an old sketch book & cut the pages into 5″x7″ rectangles)
  • Any patterned paper (ours was from Paper Presentation)
  • Ribbon
  • Confetti
  • Glue

The total cost was about $20 for 40 invites.

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envelopeSince “real” mail is rare nowadays, it was so fun to send these out…. though not quite fun as the party itself!!

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xox Jess

welcome to BrooklynOh how I’ve missed you, New Déjà Vu. Close to two years have gone by since my last post, so rather than fret over wasted time, let’s jump right back in the mix… first up, a glimpse of my new(ish) Brooklyn pad!

I wanted my bedroom to have a dark, moody feel, so I opted for deep gray walls (Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal) with gray furniture and linens. To keep the monochromatic look from falling flat, I added plenty of sparkle with silver trays, lucite and mercury glass lamps, a homemade jewelry display and healthy dose of mirrors.

(dresser from Bungalow 5, lamp from TJ Maxx, vintage tray)dresser

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 (mirrored side table from Bungalow 5, lamp & candle holder from Target)side1

Elle Decor notes that the monochromatic trend is big for the Spring 2014, saying “While designers are often lauded for their inventive color combinations, sometimes it’s the most simple statements that make the biggest impact.” (Read more: Spring Fashion 2014 at Home: Monochromatic Trend – ELLE DECOR)

What do you think of monochrome? Boring, or chic?

xox Jess

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Exposed cabinets have always been appealing to me, especially in small kitchens that lack a distinct focal point. By removing a few doors, your dishes and cooking accessories instantly become a collection of art. And for those who rent, creating an open shelf display is a great way to (temporarily) update your kitchen—for free!

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All of these stunning cabinets add depth and color to their spaces, which in turn makes each kitchen a much more visually intriguing environment. Do your cooking supplies deserve the same treatment?

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Tufted couches and headboards are somewhat of an obsession of mine, especially when finished in rich colors and velvet fabrics. The soft feeling of the material paired with dense cushions is a guaranteed recipe for inviting furniture, and better yet, there are tons of diy tutorials for creating a tufted piece of your own!

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Although this diy is bit labor-intensive, the result is more than worth the effort. Here’s a great step-by-step tutorial for creating your own tufted headboard (pictured below), courtesy of my favorite interior design blog, Little Green Notebook. Perhaps now I have a goal for this weekend…?

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Traditionally, the only accessory a staircase flaunts is a long carpet runner. Not anymore! With a bright stripe of paint, stencils, wallpaper or metallic trimmings, a standard staircase can be transformed into a bold style moment.

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If only I had a staircase to call my own…

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