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    Ask the Expert: Tips for Making Your Own Bohemian-Inspired Floral Arrangement

    Hey, guys! I’m super excited to introduce the “Ask the Expert” monthly series. I don’t know about you, but I love reading how-to articles on just about any topic. And while I claim to know some things, there are a few things (okay, a lot of things) I don’t know. Luckily, I have some pretty knowledgeable and talented friends who are more than happy to lend their expertise.

    Today, we’re kicking things off with Annie Heath, owner of Ida Blooms, a San Francisco-based floral company that specializes in one-of-a-kind bouquets for weddings and special events. Her approach to flowers is perfect for anyone looking to become an expert in the art of floral design, or for those of you just want to create something special for a loved one. Read on her for tips!

    How to Make Your Own Bohemian-Inspired Bouquet | Natalie Was Here

    How to Make Your Own Bohemian-Inspired Bouquet

    Repeat after me: “fillers, thrillers and spillers”

    When you choose flowers for your arrangement, there are three types of stems you should look for: fillers, thrillers and spillers. Thrillers are the flowers everybody knows: peonies, dahlias, sunflowers, roses, protea, and on, and on. These are going to be the show stoppers of your arrangement.

    Fillers, or secondary flowers, help build out the arrangement. They have less of the “cool factor,” but are very necessary to make a beautiful bouquet. Good examples of fillers are spray roses, carnations, and wax flowers.

    Spillers are the piece that will really give your arrangement that boho feel. Like their name, a spiller dramatically spills off the side of your bouquet – giving it a wild, freshly picked from the garden look. Classic examples of spillers are eucalyptus (of any kind) and amaranthus.

    Remove Foliage Below the Waterline

    Removing foliage from your flower stems (a step called “processing”) is mega important to a healthy bouquet. First of all, if you’re using a clear vase, it just looks good to have clear water on display. But more importantly, if leaves and debris are stuck in your vase, they attract bacteria and will kill your arrangement long before it’s time. I like to process my flowers before I arrange, removing any extra leaves, stems, or buds lower than the first quarter of the stem.

    Go Green

    My arrangements tend to feature a lot of greens. Since you’re going to remove most of the foliage from your flower stems, you get to make a conscious decision about the greens you want to include. I’m always drawn to eucalyptus in my bouquets.

    Scent Matters

    Ever noticed how the first thing people do when they receive a bouquet is give it a whiff? Actually, not all flowers are scentful, so be sure to include something that is. I like to sneak rosemary, or eucalyptus baby blue into my arrangements.

    Let Your Creativity Shine

    Use your intuition while you’re arranging! Flowers are already beautiful on their own, you’re just enhancing.

    Trim Stems and Change the Water

    Lastly, to keep your arrangement it’s freshest, change the water every day, and trim the stems when the bottoms turn brown!

    And there you have it! Thanks for sharing your tips, Annie! To learn more about Ida Blooms, check out Annie’s website and follow her on Instagram.

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    DIY to Try: Simple, Industrial Nightstand

    Easy Industrial Nightstand DIY | Natalie Was Here | Lifestyle Blog

    We’ve officially lived in our place for almost 9 months. And let me tell you, time FLIES. I have so many ideas as far as decorating goes, and I’ve finally committed to tackling a few projects – one room at a time.

    First up? The bedroom.

    I bought a mid-century modern nightstand at Target (here’s some similar ones here, here and here). It sits on Fritz’s side of the bed, due to limited space on mine. So because I didn’t want to spend money on one for me, and because Fritz is tired of me reaching over him to grab my glass of water at night, I decided to make my own!

    The project was super simple, and I love the way it turned out. Scroll below to see the step-by-step guide:

    Easy Industrial Nightstand DIY

    You will need:

    • Wood
    • Brackets
    • Wood Glue
    • Drill
    • Screws


    1. First, measure the area. I wanted my nightstand to take up the space between my bed and the wall with little to no space in between.
    2. Grab the wood you’ll be using. I’d recommend layering two pieces for a thicker, more sturdy nightstand. I picked mine up from Home Depot and went with plywood because it was more affordable. But the type of wood you use is completely up to you! Because we’re renting, I was okay with using a lower quality wood.
    3. Glue wood together with a reliable wood glue and let cure.
    4. Once the glue has dried, stain the wood with your preferred color.
    5. Attach brackets to shelf and drill into wall.
    6. Done!

    The finished product…

    Easy Industrial Nightstand DIY | Natalie Was Here | Lifestyle Blog



    The Summer Drink You Need to Make ASAP

    Fall might be right around the corner, but for now, the heat index and my lifeless hair say otherwise. On days when it’s hotter than hot, all I can think about is getting my hands on something cool and refreshing. You, too? Well then, you’re in luck! Happy hour is starting early and today’s special is the Ginger Mint Pineapple Margarita. It’s sweet and spicy and so good, you’ll wonder how you ever did Taco Tuesday without it. Now, the important question: salt on the rim or sugar?

    Karate Cowboy 4

    My friend Max introduced me recently to Karate Cowboy, a white whiskey infused with sake. I realize this sounds like an interesting combination, and that’s because it is. But it works. Instead of the traditional margarita made with tequila, the Ginger Mint Pineapple margarita is made with Karate Cowboy’s Ginger Mint flavor — a refreshing combination of crisp ginger and cooling mint. The ginger, mint, lime and pineapple juices blend effortlessly together like one big happy boozy family. The flavor explosion is so good, I’d like to see you try to stop at one.

    Here’s how to make this delicious summer drink at home:

    Ginger Mint Pineapple Margarita

    • 2 oz Ginger Mint Karate Cowboy
    • 1/2 oz key lime juice
    • Top with pineapple juice
    • Serve over ice
    • Coat rim with sugar or salt (optional)

    Karate Cowboy

    Karate Cowboy is the brain child of Columbus, Ohio-based Revolution Experiment. It’s basically brand new to the spirits market, and I have a feeling it’s going to be Fireball huge. If you live in Ohio, you can find Karate Cowboy at various bars and liquor stores across the state. Visit their website to find a location near you.

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    DIY to Try: Marble Plates and Bowls

    I am so into the marble trend lately. Laptop cases, cutting boards, shirts, bags. So into it.

    DIY Marble Plates_NWHWhen I moved into my first place, I made a trip to IKEA and came home with a very blah, very IKEA dinnerware set. The six sets of plates and bowls have held up nicely over the past year, which is impressive considering the $30 price tag. But now that I’m in my mid-twenties, I decided it’s time to step up my style game. I’ll blame my Anthropologie catalog for the sudden shift in perspective…

    DSC_0275I wanted to revamp my set but didn’t know where to start. And then I saw this project…marbleized mugs using nailpolish. Brilliant! GENIUS. Mind-blowingly awesome. Seriously, why didn’t I think of it before?

    Suddenly, my sad little dinner plates and bowls had so much potential and I finally had a serious plan in place for their much-needed makeover.


    You Will Need…

    • White ceramic plates and bowls
    • Nailpolish (I recommend you don’t use a quick drying or gel formula like I did…it can get more tacky)
    • Toothpick
    • Bucket
    • Warm water
    • Non-Toxic waterproof sealant (I prefer to use ModgePodge)

    1. Pour nail polish into warm waterDIY Marble Plates 3DIY Marble Plates 2

    2. Gently stir to swirl colors together

    Make sure you work quickly because the polish starts drying almost immediately.

    DIY Marble Plates

    3. Dip into the water and remove, let dry

    Wait for the polish to dry and continue repeating the process until the desired amount of marble effect is reached. *Optional: use a cotton ball soaked in nail polish remover to remove the marble effect from the center of the plate.


    4. You’re done!

    Coat with your waterproof sealant and follow curing instructions before using.

    Now just try to refrain from marbleizing everything. I dare you.


    Please keep in mind these are not really dishwasher or microwave safe. But they sure are pretty, aren’t they?

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    Cheap and Easy Way to Update Your Fireplace

    One of my favorite features of my charming (and very old) apartment is the amount of fireplaces it has — three, to be exact. Now, three fireplaces for one person might be just a tad bit excessive, but I love how they add character to each room.  If you take a look at the “before” photo below, you’d probably agree that the brown tile was downright u-g-l-y. I wanted to brighten things up a bit, but didn’t want to spend an arm and a leg on a place I don’t own (the struggle is real).

    The solution? Paint, of course!


    Really take in the ugly here, guys. The tile was dark and blah. Talk about depressing.



    See ya never, dark tiles. With a coat of white paint, this fireplace transformed into a focal point that’s bright, fun and inviting.

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    Speaking of paint, see how I turned this plastic toy into a chic jewelry stand here.fireplace3 fireplace

    Supplies used:

    • Behr paint in “Ultra Pure White”
    • Paint brush
    • Painter’s tape
    • Paint tray

    And that’s it! What do you guys think of the transformation? Have you done anything similar? Share in the comments!


    DIY to Try: Jeweled Beanie

    DSC_1641_edited4I’ve had this little project planned for months. But before I knew it, it was March and I figured it was too late to talk about beanies. Then it snowed and I remembered that winter is stubborn and won’t go away just yet.

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    I’ve had my eye on jeweled beanies all season (love this one), and wanted to try designing my own version — because why not? The project was pretty simple overall, and requires just a bit of time (hand stitching takes patience and serious finger strength). Scroll below to see how you can make your own in a few easy steps!

    Full disclosure: I’m currently writing this post in Florida wearing shorts and a tank top. But don’t worry, the beanie will be in full force when I get back to Ohio. 

    Supplies needed:

    suppliesBeanie | Gemstones | Needle & Thread | E6000 Adhesive

    Step 1: Arrange gemstones on the beanie. I’d recommend taking a picture of the design with your phone or camera to use as a reference.

    arrange gemstonesStep 2: Using a small dab of super glue, adhere the gemstones to the beanie.

    photo (1)Step 3: Hand stitch the gemstones to the beanie to keep them secure.

    stitchStep 4: Wear!

    finishedHappy DIYing!

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    DIY to Try: Re-Dying Faded Black Denim

    PicMonkey Collage2Let me just tell you about my love affair with this pair of Gap jeans (P.S. on sale!). I might have been guilty of wearing them every. single. day. They’re my go-to on date nights, weekend trips and lazy Sundays. It’s love, guys. To say I’m obsessed with them would be the understatement of the year.

    But unfortunately, daily wear caused them to fade a bit. I know, I know. The obvious solution here is to just order another pair. But because I was craving a little challenge (and wanted to save a few bucks), I grabbed a bottle of Rit and went the DIY route. And it totally worked.

    Follow the steps below to see how you can breathe a little life into your favorite pair of black jeans:

    DSC_0972_editedSupplies needed:

    Rit fabric dye
    Hot water
    Large bucket
    Gloves (strongly advised. I learned the hard way)
    Dish soap
    Paper towel
    Old towel
    jeans_editedStep 1: Fill large plastic container or dishpan with very hot water (140F), enough for the fabric or item to move freely (about 3 gallons for one pound of fabric). I heated some water on the stove, but you can use tap water if it’s hot enough.

    Step 2: Add dye to water and stir well.jeans2_editedStep 3: Fill a measuring cup with 1 cup of salt, and set aside 2 cups of hot water.

    Step 4: Because my jeans were cotton, I went with salt (If you’re working with silk, wool or nylon, use 1 cup of vinegar instead). Add salt/water mixture to dye bath. Add squirt of dishwashing liquid and stir well.jeans3_editedStep 5: Using a paper towel, test dye color to make sure it’s the shade you want. If color is too light, add more dye. If color is too dark, add more water.

    Step 6: Make sure to pre-soak your item in regular water before adding it to the dye bath. Once added, stir constantly for about 10-30 minutes. P.S. – gloves are definitely advised for this part.

    After your item is finished, remove and rinse with warm water. To wash, add to the washing machine with an old towel.

    And now you’re ready to wear!

    DSC_1013_editedHave you ever dyed clothing at home? If not, you should give it a go and let me know how it turns out!