Office Space Complete!

IMGP3633

Our apartment living room is shaped like a big L and it’s HUGE, so we were able to set up a little desk area in the smaller part of the L, behind the couch. We pieced our “office” together over the first couple months of living here, starting with a new desk and propping my old bookcase vertically.

However, we couldn’t find a chair that worked. We wanted something cozy and unique, and thought a cute upholstered dining table chair could work. Turns out, those are typically too short for desks since you don’t have the ability to adjust them.

Luckily, I was able to use my new Home Decor Cheat Sheets book to figure out the kind of chair that could work. Since it goes through all of the basics of interior design and what things are called, I know it’ll be extremely useful when we buy a house and tackle some remodeling.

After a few months of searching, we finally found the perfect chair and I was finally able to bring our windsor chair back to its proper spot at the head of the dining table.

IMGP3640

Desk – World Market

Chair – Wayfair

Rug – Joss & Main

Bookcase – Ikea

File holder – TJ Maxx

Globe – Target

IMGP3647

 

ClaudettesCorner

Summer Engagement Party Details

I’m all about DIY, so when my now-fiance proposed at the beginning of July and proceeded to tell me he wanted to have our friends over for a celebration the following weekend, I got straight to picking out some fun things to make.

I am bright-color obsessed and wanted to pick out a few that I know we won’t use for the wedding, but also didn’t want it to look like a baby shower. Blue, hot pink and yellow with a pop of copper it is!

Here are some of the details from the party:

Pomelo Cocktails

Grapefruit juice, club soda, sugar, & lime juice in a salt rim glass, topped with a lime.

IMGP2606IMGP2610

Anti-Pasti Skewers

Kalamata olives, green olives, peppercini, grape tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, & sausages.

IMGP2600

Copper Vases & Wild Flowers

DIY tutorial here.

IMGP2602IMGP2604

Hanging Pom Poms

DIY tutorial here.

IMGP2577IMGP2585

 

ClaudettesCorner

DIY Copper Vases Using Beer & Wine Bottles

So, I’m obsessed with copper. And beer & wine.

Old bottles + copper paint = rustic sophistication.

I made these vases for our engagement party a couple weeks ago and even keep them to use in the future since they turned out so well.

IMGP2602

Supplies:

  • Beer and wine bottles
  • Metallic copper spray paint
  • Matte finish protective spray
  • Wild flowers

Instructions:

  1. Peel off wine and beer labels
  2. Scrape off the leftovers by soaking in warm water
  3. Spray with copper spray paint and let dry
  4. Spray with matte finish to keep from chipping

IMGP2553IMGP2575IMGP2604

*Check out my other DIY projects*

 

ClaudettesCorner

June’s Dope Deals

H&M

H&M has a TON of reasonably priced & cute sandals online. I got lucky and found these gems on sale for $7. Not only are they super summery, they’re surprisingly comfortable. They were practically begging me to buy them.

IMGP1837

Old Navy

It’s not the hippest place, but I love it. And their sales are amazing! I recently bought this whole outfit during their 40% off sale (minus shoes and jewelry) for under $50!

img_9126
Shorts – $14.99

Cardigan – $17.99

Tank – $14.99

TJ Maxx

Since we have one only a few minutes from work, I find myself here more often than not. Sometimes I go with something in mind. But again,more often than not I’m finding things I probably don’t need, but are too good of a deal to pass up. Here’s what I’ve scored over the past couple weeks.

Summer Dinner Place Settings

Since Matt and I are super mature (said mut-ooer to be fancy), we can now have a more stylish dinner party with these bright and cheery place settings.

IMGP2126.jpg

Place mats – $9.99

Napkins – $14.99

Comfy Basics

All women know it’s tough to find a pair of jeans that fits exactly right, so when you do, it’s an absolute necessity to buy them – even if you already have another eight pairs.

IMGP1842
Black tank – $9.99

Jeans – $24.99

Dress – $14.99

 

Where are your favorite places to shop for deals? Comment below – I’d love to hear!

 

ClaudettesCorner

 

 

 

 

DIY Summer Floral Wreath

IMGP0146

Using the same process as I did for my Fall Wreath, I went for warm pinks and oranges in this summer wreath.

Supplies Needed:

  • Styrofoam floral wreath
  • Faux flowers (look for sales at Michael’s to get up to 75% off)
    • You’ll need a good sized bouquet full
  • Wire cutters

IMGP9166

1. Cut your flower stem about 1/2 inch from the flower to you have enough to go into the Styrofoam.

IMGP0095

2. Arrange your flowers around the outside of the Styrofoam to get a sense for where you want everything. Begin by sticking the short stems into the foam. Place the flowers close together so the wreath looks full.

IMGP0133
3. Make sure the side and outside of the foam is covered. You may need to arrange the flowers slightly by sticking the stems in at a different angle.

IMGP0136

4. I chose to highlight a large orange flower by placing it at the top. You can choose ribbon, a bow or nothing, depending on your preference.

5. Hang it loud and proud for everyone to see!

*Check out my other DIY projects*

Cheers Claudette 2