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A Budget-Friendly Easter Tabletop

Easter Table Decor Ideas

Today I wanted to share some ideas on inexpensive Easter table decorations for anyone looking for ways to decorate this Easter, without breaking the bank.

This year I decided to do something a little different from the traditional all-pastels; sticking instead with neutrals, greenery, metallics, and some awesome glitter.

I went to my favorite budget-friendly home goods spots to do my Easter tabletop shopping - Ross, Hobby Lobby, and Goodwill. Yes, Goodwill!

Did you know that, in Orange County they get a lot of Target salvage?!  I will write a post all about that soon, and you might find yourself at Goodwill too.

DIY Easter Tablecloth

burlap-and-white-table-cloth

With the 40% off coupon at Hobby Lobby, and some left over fabric, this textural tablecloth only ran me $4.00.

I folded the burlap in half for a thicker look, pinned it to my white fabric, and all you have to do is sew it up!

Happy Easter Garland

I used the leftover fabric to make a  garland, free-handing the light spring green sentiment.

happy easter garland inspired by pottery barn

Easy Easter Centerpiece Grouping

I had my little guys help me paint a former pink bunny white to go with my more neutral color palette and added some Target via Goodwill sparkly eggs into a glass candy jar for some glittery sparkle.

Inexpensive Easter Table Decorations

I used budget-friendly gold candle holders and placemats, plain white plates, and think as it get’s closer to the day, I’ll add some fresh flowers (instead of my semi-browned orchid) but untsil then, there you have it.

Although the table used mostly inexpensive Easter table decorations, the overall look is beautiful, proving you don’t have to spend a fortune to make a festive holiday tabletop.

Happy Easter to you and yours, Tiny Oranges readers!!

Our Homework Space

Homework Station Ideas for Kids

This post is on homework station ideas for kids and the space we created for my oldest daughter last year when she was in first grade. It started with a little home office makeover (stay turned for another post to come) which gave me the idea (and some open space) to make a corner of our office into a little homework space for her.

I wanted to make her homework station cozy and colorful ~ a place she wanted to spend time in! Most of the items we got at IKEA because we were on a budget. You don’t have to spend a lot to create a fun little area like this.

She loved her own “home office” and I found it to be a great incentive to get her to do her homework.  Having her desk near mine worked out great, as she wanted to be close to me for questions, but had gotten old enough to do a lot of the work on her own. I think it also made her feel grown up to have her very own work area.

I captured the photo above one night as she was working away. The cuteness of her “studying” in her top knot hair and jammies got me! Here is a close up of our space…

homeworkspace

Source List for our Homework Station

Desk: Stuva bench, IKEA, white 

Chair: Mammut children’s chair, IKEA, dark pink

Trash can: Filur bin with lid, IKEA, white

Hanging file holders on wall: Kvissle wall magazine rack, IKEA, white

Magnetic board: Spontan magnetic board, IKEA, white

Magnets: Spontan magnets, IKEA

Pencil Holder: Dokument pencil cup, IKEA, pink

Electric Pencil Sharpener: Staples Power Pro Electric Pencil Sharpener (don’t know why it took us so long to buy one of these – best thing ever – pick one up when you have a Kindergartener!)

File Folders: Kate Letter-Size Interior File Folders, Container Store

Striped Rug, Initials on Wall, Mirror & Canvas Print: TJ Maxx Home Goods

Lime Green Lamp: Target

Do any of you have a homework station or homework space for your kids? Any ideas to share?

The Animal Print Shop

I’m always looking for children’s room decor that is timeless and won’t need to be swapped out as my kids get older, so it’s no surprise that these live animal art prints taken by photographer Sharon Montrose caught my eye.

The photos, available at The Animal Print Shop, are so pure and gentle that they’d be perfect for a new nursery, but they’re also lively and spunky enough for any “big kid’s” bedroom or play area too. I mean, how could you not be happy waking up to any of these little darlings?

Do you have any tips and advice for decorating your child’s space? How do you create a room that can grow along with your child?

All images via The Animal Print Shop

Easy DIY Holiday Tabletop Decor Ideas

Doing some holiday entertaining this Christmas?  These easy DIY holiday tabletop decor ideas by Meghan Yang Interior Design are something you can do yourself, with items already in your house. Which means it is not only simple, but also free! You can even recruit your kids to help.

Here is a step-by-step on how to create DIY holiday tabletop decor to spruce up your Christmas table!

Gift Napkins

I took simple cream napkins folded them in to a square and then just wrapped them with Christmas ribbon to look like presents.  I then placed them on gold plastic chargers I had left over from New Years.  If you wanted a name tag you could easily hole punch card stock and tie to the ribbon.

DIY Holiday Table Runner

I used gold bark holiday wrapping paper and just folded it to size.  I then cut out paper snow flakes that I taped together and placed on top.  This is a great way the kids can help.  You could use both of these ideas together like I did, or use the snow flakes over and existing tablecloth or runner. Or the wrapping paper runner on its own.

DIY Holiday Ornament Centerpiece

I showed this ways.

Centerpiece 1: The first is with a three tier cake stand.  I simply took left over ornaments and ribbon and stacked them around each layer. I just dispersed the color in a way that I felt was evenly distributed from any angle.  You will notice that the ornaments are all different. You don’t have to have a matching set to make it all come together.

Centerpiece 2: For this option I just showed a basic cake stand. You could get the same effect with a serving tray as well.  Since in this option there is only one layer, I clustered candles in the middle for height and then put the ornaments around it.

I used color because it is fresh and I thought it would photograph well. But this would still be pretty in just metallic. Or you could use the same idea for New Years with gold, silver, and black.

You could also add in fresh flowers instead of pine cones on the napkins, or in the glasses. If you wanted name tag a cute idea is to put them on a silver bell or a small pine cone.

Thanks Meghan for sharing these fun ways to make a DIY holiday tabletop!  Have a wonderful holiday weekend everyone!

www.MeghanYang.com
Fresh & unique OC interior design

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A Gray and Yellow Guest Room Design

[Photo credit: Tankersley Photography]

Welcome to the third and final reveal post of our bedroom makeovers designed by Shanna at MFE Designs.  I am very excited to share our gray and yellow guest room which I think turned out so lovely. For a complete list of sourcing of where Shanna got things, visit her blog here.

To get you up to speed, this past summer was a game of musical bedrooms for us, one that started when my girls were receiving new larger Serta iSeries mattresses for their bedrooms.

Given that we were going to be receiving larger beds, I had to re-look at our spaces to see what made the most sense, and called in Shanna for help as it was more than I could wrap my head around!

Best decision EVER.

Please click here to see Reveal Post # 1 and fun un-girly blue and green modern girl’s room she did for my three year old daughter.

Please click here to see Reveal Post # 2 and the ultra girly feminine, pink and white girl’s room for my six year old daughter.

So now we are on to the third room, our guest room.

Given that it doesn’t get used that much, we scrimped as much as we could budget wise.  I still can’t believe what Shanna was able to accomplish for us on the amount she did.

This room was previously my youngest daughter’s room. It is a tiny room, and given that we squeezed in many big pieces of furniture always made it feel even smaller.

Here is a before…

And here is how Shanna transformed this space into a lovely, modern gray and yellow guest room

[Photo credit: Tankersley Photography]

On the pillow, she had our last name embroidered on it. Isn’t that a cute idea? Especially because the people that come to stay in that room in our family all share the same last name.

I also LOVED this idea: she took a child’s wall book holder we did not end up using in either girl’s room and mounted it on the wall in the guest room to use for magazines.  I would have never thought of using a wall book holder like this for magazines in a guest room, but it turned out so darling.

To further personalize the space, she took out the prints from two old frames, and had me enlarge two 8×10 black and white family prints showing the people that would be staying most often in this room. Enlarging them to 8 x 10 made them look like an art print (top of the shelving unit.)

 And I am in love with this inexpensive shelving unit. Such a great find. Visit Shanna’s blog for a complete sourcing list for this room.

After the fact, I also picked up a luggage rack for the guest room. I think having thoughtful touches, like a place for guests to put their luggage is a nice touch.


What do you do in your guest room to personalize it and made it more comfortable for guests?

Shanna is an interior designer who I met through blogging and her blog www.MyFavoriteEverything.com.

She has gone back to her designer roots after having three girls under 3 years and is taking on clients specializing in family living spaces and children’s bedrooms.

Having three little ones herself, believe me mamas, she knows exactly where you are coming from!

Shanna blew my mind and our expectations with the project she did for us.

For a complete sourcing list or to contact Shanna, visit www.myfavoriteeverything.com.