4.23.2014

Old world mixed with Modern interior



Recently I worked with a client who wanted a mix of old world and modern. I needed to satisfy both the husband's and wife's taste individually with mixing the 2 styles to fit their taste. She loved light & bright colors while he loved light mixed with chocolates and burnt orange. They already had the chocolate couch, the big silver mirror, vintage trunk and the two cream chairs. I took color inspiration from an existing piece of art that they had and made all 3 spaces cohesive in color so it flowed.

My advice to anyone wanting to choose a new style of decor for their home is find a piece that you are in love with. It could be a pillow, lamp shade, rug or piece of art. Draw your color palette from that and go from there.

4.20.2014

Happy Easter


Happy Easter from my family to yours. Today I was reminded to just stop everything that I was doing, not worry about what needed to be done and just play with my kids. They will only be little for so long and I will regret letting things get in my way of just being with them. Projects can wait, blog posts can wait and house work can wait. I don't want to be the mom who always has to say "I'll play with you later. Let me just finish this and I'll push you on the swing." Sadly, later never comes that day. It breaks my heart. So let this be a reminder to you that all else can wait. Nothing is more important that loving your children. They don't care about the material things. They just want your time, attention and to feel loved.

HAPPY EASTER

4.16.2014

10 ways to make a small room look big from Lowes.com



Most of the following designer tricks can be applied to any room:
1. For the illusion of a larger room, use a color scheme that's light rather than bright or dark. Pastels, neutrals and white are all color possibilities.

2. Use a monochromatic color scheme on the furniture, rugs and walls. Select different shades and textures of your single color.


3. Lighting is a key element in opening up a space. Recessed spot lighting is visually appealing and is perfect for a small space. A torchiere light is great for bouncing light off of the ceiling and back down on the room.Skylights and solar tubes are natural alternatives for adding light to a room.

4. Limit the number of accessories to avoid the cluttered feeling.

5. The floor and the ceiling are the fifth and sixth walls of every room. A light-colored flooring such as light oak or a light-colored carpet will make the room appear brighter and more open. The same applies to the ceiling—use a light color or white to "open up" the space above.
6. Increase the appearance of the size of the room by adding wall mirrors. They not only reflect images, they reflect light and color. Be a little daring! Use mirror tiles to mirror an entire wall. Your room will appear to double in size.

7. Don't place too many pieces of furniture in a small space. A love seat may work better than a full-size sofa depending on the size and shape of the room. Add two medium-sized chairs or two small wood chairs. Place the chairs closer to the wall and then pull them into the area when additional seating is needed.
8. Add paintings or prints to the walls. One large painting works better than a group of small paintings.

9. The visual balance of a room is also important. A large, brightly colored element can overwhelm a room and decrease the appearance of space.

10. A glass or lucite table, whether it is a dining, coffee or end table, will keep keep the appearance of a open and free space.

For more inspiration and tips check out Lowes.com

All information and photos are directly from Lowes.com

4.08.2014

How to make an awesome Media Kit & examples



Let me start out by saying that I'm still in the process of learning everything I need to know to get the most out of blogging. I constantly am trying to balance life as a mother, blogger, wife and ECT. The list goes on of the things I need to find time for and/or balance. Shall we even mention laundry and dishes to be added on that list? Let's just forget that they exist for a minute.


This is where you really want to convey your personality to who you are pitching to. You want to show what your blog is about. Here are some things you will need to give them a your whole story in a quick glance.

1.A photo of you. A personal face to face photo that will show them that you are a nice girl!

2. An introduction. Tell them about yourself. Who you are as a person. The goal of this section is to have the company "connect" with you. You gotta make them like you! So, show them you are real and down to earth. Maybe include your hobbies or something about your family. You will also, want to add if you have been featured anywhere. Include, blogs, magazines and websites. You can brag a little here!

3. A few of your best photos from your blog. Remember first impressions are important.

4. Details about your blog. You want to give a brief over view of what your blog is all about. Are you a DIY, craft, photography, or gardening blog? Describe the kind of blog you have and the type of readers that are coming back for more. Maybe even say where the readers live. Are they from all parts of the world? Targeted viewers ages. What appeals most about your blog? Seriously, everything about who you are as a "brand." needs to be summed up.

With letting the potential sponsorship company get a feel for who you are, they will be able to tell if you can mesh well with who they target. I've actually heard that who you are as a person and your blog genre is more important than blog stats.



I for one check my stats daily. Even multiple times a day. It helps me better understand how I'm doing and how many I'm reaching.

1. Google+ followers & views
2. Pinterest followers
3. Facebook followers
4. Instagram followers
5. Blog views & unique visitors

What if your just starting out? That's ok too! Also, mention what your goals are and how much you've grown in a certain amount of time. Your stats may be low but your numbers have jumped 500% since last month! You have to start somewhere right?


Your Media kit is like your portfolio. It showcases your best work and explains you to a T. Show them you mean business!


Include your sponsorship rates and outline your policies.
1. Do you do giveaways?
2. What are your rates?
3. Do you offer ad spaces?
4.Do you do product reviews?
Include just about everything that you expect from them and what they can expect from you.


Let the future sponsors know what search engine key words drive views to your blog. Are the key words compatible with their company? Make sure you are very familiar with your Google Analytics and pitch it to them. If they are a hardware company and you use all kinds of tools and lumber for your projects and people are searching those things, let them know!




Add some more showcasing photos and include some testimonials from people that believe in you to add some extra umph.


Add all your information on how to get in contact with you and ALWAYS CONVERT YOUR MEDIA KIT TO A PDF!



Then get to work girl by sending out your awesome media kit!

Remember to make yourself shine!





See the entire Media Kit from The Busy Budgeting Mama  HERE

4.02.2014

Beach Glam Budget Friendly Gallery Wall







All things found at thrift stores, Goodwill, Marshalls, Ross, Michaels, Walmart & Target.

Antelope faux taxidermy : Michaels
Y: Michaels...held up with Command Strips
Barefoot sign: Marshalls
Pottery Barn mirror: Thrift Store
Gold oval frame: Goodwill
Round ornate frame: It was a clock from Ross. It got broken so I pulled the clock out, spray painted it and used it as a frame.
Gold & black stiped frame: Target clearance
White honeycomb frame: Target clearance
Cream & gold frame: Target clearance
 Blue "Live with intenions" art: Walmart
Family Rules art: Ross
Silver square clock: Target clearance
Gold flower art: Marshalls
Black frames: Marshalls

I added some of my children's art and now I just need to add photos from their recent spring photoshoot!





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