4 accessories for small entryways

May 15, 2017

accessories small entryways tiny houses

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On small houses like ours, entryways are a rare thing. But a place to make guests feel welcome and also where we can place the mail, is a must. On our home I've recently added a small table which was perfect because of its compact size. 
To style this area and to make it functional, there are 3 things I usually like to keep in mind:

accessories small entryways tiny houses

No 1. Wall art or wall decor: I love to keep things simple, so this wall art was the perfect piece for this area. The perspective and black and white style made this spot seemed more spacious. 

accessories small entryways tiny houses

No 2. Flowers: Every once in a while I like to have flowers in a place where my guests will see them. This will make them feel welcome besides adding a fresh look in our small entryway.

accessories small entryways tiny houses
accessories small entryways tiny houses

No 3. Tray: There's always a place for everything and trays are the perfect accessory to place the keys and the latest mail. This wooden tray I found at HomeGoods is the perfect size for our entryway table. I love how it resembles a small dough bowl.

accessories small entryways tiny houses

No 4. Baskets: These are the ideal hiding place for blankets, small backpacks etc. Baskets will allow us to keep large items at hand without over crowding the entryway. This oval basket I found at HomeGoods is made out of natural fibers and has the ideal size for storing away a couple of throws.

As you can see it's easy to assign a small area where one can greet guests but also a place where you can drop-off or pick-up stuff. It won't matter how big or small your entryway is as long as it serves it purpose and makes your life easy and practical. Do you currently have an entryway area?

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Create a gallery wall using shelves

May 9, 2017

Gallery wall shelves

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Gallery wall don't always have to hang over the wall. I recently did a refresh on my daughters' bedroom and decided I wanted to add a focal point but with a purpose: to enhance the beauty of life and self-esteem! So I chose to create a gallery wall over shelves because it will make it easier to update and change each piece without having to do a new hole on the wall.

Gallery wall shelves

I have 3 girls with different ages and tastes. Over this gallery wall I chose elements that will speak to each of them; but specially to the tween one. For her I chose phrases like "If you stumble, make it part of the dance" and "you are beautiful" (both canvases from HomeGoods). Those of you who've done the parenting job know that tweens and teens sometimes need a little reminder of how great life is and how amazing they are. So these canvases are a way into to her heart and mind.

Gallery wall shelves

Now, for the little ones, I got a cute ceramic giraffe and metallic triangles to decorate this area (both accessories are available at HomeGoods). My 5 year old who's starting to read, loved the wire phrase "BE YOU"; she simply is "her"!
Framed photos are a great reminder of sisterly love and how powerful family and love are.

Gallery wall shelves

After I finished mounting these ledges (shelves), I thought about enhancing this area a bit more. So I came up with the idea of framing this setting inside a house. This is a very delicate final touch but, instead of going "too girly", I opted for a simple white over gray silhouette.

Gallery wall shelves

To make this house I measured about 5" from the edge of each shelf outward and drew my vertical lines. For the top I measured 18" from the center of the shelves upward and join each vertical line to this center top point. I taped the lines with painter's tape to make sure that I painted withing my measurements and that I had a clean result.

Gallery wall shelves

I can't believe how simple yet striking this area is now. The beauty of this gallery wall over the shelves is that, as soon as the girls get tired of these accessories, I can easily change and replace them to create another look.

Gallery wall shelves

Have you tried creating gallery wall over shelves? If so, what did you use to decorate them?
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Modern and graphic table setting

Apr 12, 2017


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When it comes to decor, I'm a huge fan of simplicity. As you may already know, our family of five plus Bella (our rescued dog) live in a small 1938 house and being practical but with style is one of my main priorities when decorating. Our dinner table is one of the first things guests notice when they visit us. So having it set beautifully is a must!


This time around I opted for a simple yet modern approach with some graphic accents to bring attention to this area. In comes some amazing accessories and dinnerware from Better Homes & Gardens collection at Walmart!


The first thing I did for this table was setting the centerpiece. Over this amazing new table runner design (called Black Tapestry) from Better Homes & Gardens collection at Walmart, I placed three glass lanterns in two different sizes; one was 11"and the other two of 7". I filled the tall one with some eucalyptus and Queen Anne's Lace flowers to emphasize its height. On the smaller lanterns I placed some white garden stones along a couple of plastic succulents I found at Walmart. Two candle sleeves (Malysian Motifalso from Better Homes & Gardens collection at Walmart, complement this modern look while pairing perfectly with the runner's design.


I love mixing and matching dinnerware! For this modern table setting I found at Walmart stores some dinner plates with a beautiful lettering on the border. These are from the Better Homes & Gardens new collection called Sentiment and their graphic design was bold but added such a stylish accent in this table's decor.


Over these dinner plates I used a Marbled Finish "salad plates" and "berry bowls" which I also found at stores from the Better Homes & Gardens collection at Walmart. You won't believe that these Marbled Finish plates are melamine so they can easily be use later on for a garden soiree or patio gathering.


One of my favorite parts when setting this table were the flatware. These "black matte" pieces from the Corin Dinner Silverware collection from Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart added such a modern punch and their prices (which are incredible) start at $1.88 a piece!


I finished this table with the Cielo Red Wine Stemless Glasses which are from Better Homes & Gardens collection at Walmart and DIYed the marble decor in the bottom which I previously shared the tutorial over at my Instagram account stories. You can follow me there to keep up with my new projects and decor ideas.


As you can see I kept the style of this table modern but simple with some accessories that brought personality to it's decor. What's your table setting style? Do you go for a global look, or prefer to keep things modern?

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4 simple tips to style your shelves with confidence

Apr 6, 2017


We've all been there! That moment when you start to sweat while your eyes are stuck staring at those wall shelves and suddenly you think to yourself "What the fudge am I going to put there?"...Before you star panicking and decide to abort the "shelfie mission", I'll try to throw some light over this decor dilemma. Believe me, you are not alone!


1.Think big: Either a framed photograph or art, I always start with this piece. Now that you have a blank canvas, a large framed piece will ease the work on the rest of the shelves by filling in a great chunk of the area. This will give you a better idea on where should you move next.
You can also use more than one large piece and include similar sizes in different shelves. Over in my shelves I used a +HomeGoods large print in the center shelf and smaller framed photos on the rest of them.


2. Create rhythm: After gathering all the vases that were to be used over my shelves, I started organizing them by sizes. I then dived them in sets of threes; making sure that in each set there were 3 different sizes (probably large, medium and small).


3. Books: Maybe it's the most obvious thing to use over the shelves; but try to stay away from the simple vertical arrangement method. Add interest by laying down some of the books and even placing over some of these a small piece of art or a cute ceramic accessory.


4. Plants: I can't stress enough how important it is to always bring some natural elements into the decor. By doing so, you help the area feel more relaxed while adding a touch of color and an organic look. It doesn't have to be a big plant, but make sure that the one you choose is apt for the area.


After these tips and a couple of session of breathing in and out (for several times), I'm pretty sure you're going to end up with a shelf setting that will make you feel happier and less stressed. Hope these simple tips for styling your shelves were helpful and let me know how it all went.

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