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on the radar: march 2014

It's finally spring and now that it is starting to warm up a bit (yes just a wee bit after this awful winter) I am getting in the mood for bright and fun! Here is my top 5 for this month:

1. Vintage floral- With spring starting to make it's appearance it is time to switch up decor. I always like to brighten the living room and porch with a few bright floral pillows. Estate sales are in full swing and I have been picking up some great floral patterns for super cheap. So easy to use small cuts for pillows, napkins or placemats. I have been really into blues and yellows lately. Although I can't get enough of great bright florals, when using them in the home I do try to remember to use sparingly so things don't go too Grandma's house.

2. A Beautiful Mess Photoshop Actions- I was pretty excited when I head that the talented ladies of A Beautiful Mess were releasing photoshop actions. I have been using some free filters found online and haven't been totally satisfied with them. I purchased The Fresh Collection from ABM and absolutely love the filters. See them in use in last week's kitchen makeover post.

3. Style by Emily Henderson blog- I have loved Emily Henderson's work for some time now but was recently gathering inspiration for our bedroom renovation & makeover and probably spent close to 2 hours just oogling her site. I love her easy unique eclectic style and just can't get enough. From reading her posts she seems like a totally awesome fun person that I would love to know. She is an inspiration to be unique, love what you do and follow your heart when it comes to decor. If you haven't checked out her work or read her blog I highly recommend taking a peak and adding it to your daily read list.

4. Crepe Paper- After our Valentine's day soiree when we attempted some faux florals, I realized how limited we were in not using crepe paper. I have always thought of crepe paper as this thin useless material that doesn't hold it's own (thinking more so of streamers I guess). However I decided to invest in some rolls and folds in different colors to add to my craft room collection. My cousin came over a few weeks ago for a craft night and we had a blast playing around with it. There are multiple weights in such a variety of colors that lead to endless possibilities!

5. Succulents- My love affair with succulents began years ago when EcoFlora opened up shop down the street. I realized that even I with a black thumb could actually keep something alive. Originally I just used them in a few closed terrariums here and there that were around the house that needed no tending. Recently I picked up a bunch of them for our shoot with Ohio Magazine and have stated using them every where. The greatest thing is the minimal amount of watering they need to survive. I can actually use them to add some nature and greenery around the house without the pressure of forgetting to water them daily. Every weekend I just go around with my little can and add a touch of water to each plant. So long as they have proper drainage and have access to indirect light they are good to go. I love easy gardening!

Tomorrow is seriously April already?! If only the weather will get with the program!