Home Decor

Organize That Junk Drawer, Please!

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Photo courtesy: Better Homes and Gardens

Everyone is entitled to a junk drawer. I give myself just one in the kitchen for any useful thing I need to have on hand. Pens, paperclips, matches, you name it! I have a slight tendency towards OCD. Keeping a junk drawer tells me I haven’t yet crossed over the line. However, when I think about a beautiful, clean, decorated […]

Record Players and Media Cabinets are for Music Lovers

Mid-century modern record players and media cabinets | Girlfriend is Better
Photo courtesy: The Urbnite

If rows and rows of vinyl gets your heart a-pumping, you might be a music junkie like me. I absolutely love shopping for vintage vinyl in thrift shops and record shops alike. Check out my Portland, Oregon travel article from last year and think about adding record shopping to your list! Something about record players has kept vinyl a treasure […]

Gallery Wall 101: Find The Proper Theme

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Photo courtesy: Style by Emily Henderson

Gallery walls are nothing new. Hanging multiple framed pieces of art in a staggered layout gives instant creative interest to large and small spaces alike. It’s easy to be inspired to create a gallery wall, but then all of the options of what to frame can be overwhelming! Here’s a quick and easy guide to help you narrow down your […]

Hexagons: Time to Think Outside of the Box

Hexagon mirrors in honeycomb design | Mid-century modern decor | Girlfriend is Better
Photo courtesy: West Elm

As you get organized this Spring, think outside of the box. Literally! Hexagons are a proven way to break flat spaces into little units most efficiently. Think of a honeycomb, the product of one of the most efficient creatures around – the honey bee! This is known as the honeycomb conjecture. We’ve compiled some of our favorite uses of this […]

Kokedama String Garden: DIY With Moss

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Photo courtesy: Lively

Spring is in the air! The mornings are getting brighter and the air is getting warmer. Thanks to all of our readers who have been friending us and following us 🙂 🙂 We got some major inspiration from our new friend Connie Dercho from Bellafloradesign when she posted her just-finished kokedama on IG. How beautiful are these plants in their moss […]

Moroccan Lamps Add a Touch of Romance

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Photo courtesy: Living a Life in Flower

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Bohemian eclectic touches are perfect for setting the mood. Items from Turkey and Morocco add an exotic element to your home without breaking the bank! Moroccan lamps are especially romantic, with ornate metal carvings and colored glass. Create a luxurious atmosphere anywhere in your home by taking your candlelight up a notch. Dress […]

Bathroom Beauties: Vamp Up a Small Space

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Photo courtesy: One King's Lane

‘Tis the season for Spring cleaning! After you’ve given your house the royal scrub down, reward a space with a mini-facelift. Bathrooms and powder rooms are prime targets for adding major personality, so go for it! Big color and bold patterns are terrific in small spaces. Check out some of our favorite fixes and try one this season. The hot […]

Vintage Pyrex Collections for the Kitchen

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Photo courtesy: 8FootSix

Here in Idaho, when the weather drops to -20 degrees, I shut myself in the house and get out the recipe book! Nothing warms a house and a soul like an oven and the smell of something delicious baking. I’m a believer in the idea that a cook transfers a portion of emotion into their meals. Every time I get […]

Room Dividers Tear Down the Wall

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Growing up as the oldest of 7 kids made me love privacy and large groups of people simultaneously.  There’s something comforting in having some peace and personal space without losing the warm bodies!  Mid-century modern room dividers are the perfect companion for closet anti-socials. The open lattices section rooms off without cutting people off! Exclusive Views Have a great view but […]

Painted Furniture: Grab a Brush + Upcycle!

Lauren Cohan's chic Atlanta apartment and home furnishings decorated by interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn. | Painted furniture | Girlfriend is Better
Photo courtesy: domino magazine

Turn a beloved, old, beaten piece of furniture into a treasure with value! Upcycling is the best way to upgrade a desk, dresser, sideboard – you name it! With a little elbow grease and some creativity, painted furniture adds instant charm to any room. Painted Furniture + Personality Rather than paint the entire piece one solid color, get creative! Paint […]

Vintage Tumblers for Healthy Mocktails

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Photo courtesy: Lonely Dot

As the holidays are ramping up and with New Year’s Day around the corner, it’s time to focus on glassware. Vintage tumblers are so pretty and add a little glamour to any party. It’s easy to find a few scattered here and there and you can easily build a mix-and-match collection. Vintage Tumblers Moroccan Style Firstly, I’ll fib it a […]

Glass Decanters: As You Wish, Master

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Photo courtesy: Apartment Therapy

When I shop for holiday decor these days, I try to find fun items that I can use year round. Glass decanters from the 50’s are a perfect example! They give your decor a fun, genie-in-the-bottle vibe and add just the right touch of color. Sparkle baby, sparkle! I Dream of Jeannie When I was younger, I used to love […]

Table Settings Bohemian Eclectic Style

Table settings using succulents | Bohemian eclectic decor | Girlfriend is Better
Photo courtesy: Allyson Baker Design

Bohemian eclectic style is a combination of patterns and fabrics that exude warmth and abundance. This makes it the perfect decor idea for Thanksgiving table settings! Invest in a few amazing dishes and mix-and-match them with what you’ve already got. Add a few succulents and voila! Instant style that will wow your guests while staying on budget. A Firm Foundation […]

Reupholstering Furniture is Pretty Darn Easy

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Photo courtesy: Adored Vintage

Upcycling makes any piece of furniture more valuable depending on the materials you use. The more time and attention you give your vintage find, the better.  Give any chair a little bit of TLC and a pinch of creativity to instantly transform it!  Reupholstering furniture gives each piece an extra dose of sentimental value, too.  Take a sturdy chair and add […]

Use Astrology to Personalize Your Home

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Cancers unite! I have always loved astrology and use it as one of my 3 criteria for understanding people. If you must know, the other two factors are via The Color Code and The 5 Love Languages. More on those some other time. For now, let’s focus on sun signs. Your sun sign represents the position the sun was in […]

Magazine Racks for the Mid-Mod Mature

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Photo courtesy: Remodelista

Just say no to stacks of magazines! Give your mental space room to breathe by getting organized. It’s good Feng Shui! If you’ve got periodicals and holiday catalogs piling up, keep them tidy with chic magazine racks!  They are a great way to add a little mid-century modern to your decor. Best Magazine Racks: Arthur Umanoff Since we’re pro-vintage, we prefer to support […]

Clocks That’ll Knock Your Socks Off

1957 Rev paint Photo by SportSuburban | mid-century modern clocks | Girlfriend is Better
1957 Rev paint | Photo courtesy: SportSuburban

One of the best and easiest ways to add some mid-century charm to your home is with clocks. Pick an amazing design to hang on your wall and you’ve got an instant conversation piece. Sunburst and ball clocks were popularized by George Nelson throughout the 50’s and 60’s. An early environmentalist, his goal was to “do much more with much less.” That’s […]

Mexican Blankets: Versatile for All Seasons

Mexican blankets perfect for travel | Girlfriend is Better
Photo courtesy: Gunn & Swain

Years ago I went to Tijuana and bought a black and grey Mexican blanket as a souvenir. Guess what’s on my sofa right now?  I don’t really save or keep things, so for this guy to make the cut through endless clean-outs is a miracle in itself. Mexican blankets have been with me through college, married years, and I still snuggle […]

Bauer Pottery: California Collectibles

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Photo courtesy: Garnet Hill

Before the holidays get going, take inventory of your cupboards and serving stash.  It might be the prefect time to add a ceramic vase or set of parfait glasses to the mix. Based in a small studio outside of Los Angeles, Bauer Pottery is collected by vintage aficionados world-wide. J.A. Bauer originally started in Kentucky in 1885 as brown-glazed crocks […]