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  1. DIY Fourth Of July Sparkler Cocktail

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    Blackberries are in their peak season so there’s no better time to muddle some up in a Fourth of July Sparkler Cocktail! This refreshing mix of citrus and blackberry flavors is delish and low cal, thanks to the Skinnygirl® Tangerine Vodka so have one… #whynot!? It’s summer! 

    We also made some adorable DIY drink flags on skewers for the perfect, festive garnish! DIY and recipe below. XO!

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    Prep It (1 drink):

    • 2 parts Skinnygirl® Tangerine Vodka
    • teaspoon agave nectar
    • around 2 cups chilled club soda
    • handful of blackberries
    • muddler
    • drinking glass
    • cocktail shaker with ice

    Prep It (flag):

    • skewer
    • 3 blackberries
    • dusty blue paper
    • white ink pen or marker
    • scissors
    • double sided tape

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    Do It! (drink):

    1. Place a handful of blackberries in the bottom of the drinking glass.  Muddle.
    2. Pour two parts of Skinnygirl® Tangerine Vodka into the cocktail shaker.
    3. Add a teaspoon of agave nectar to the cocktail shaker.  Shake.
    4. Pour the vodka and agave over the blackberries.
    5. Fill the rest of the glass with club soda. Enjoy!

    Do It! (flag):

    1. Fold the blue paper in half.
    2. Cut out an isosceles triangle with the short end at the fold.
    3. Use the white paint pen to draw stars all over the flag.
    4. Tape the flag closed, sandwiching the skewer at the edge of the flag.
    5. Skewer three blackberries and add your beautiful new flag to your cocktail!

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  2. DIWhyNot 4th of July Party!

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    You guys know I love to do a twist on things, so for this 4th of July I created a party-scape using red, white and blue with no American flags present. I used the patriotic color palette of the flag but played with hues of red, white and blue to give it a vintage/bohemian/nautical spin. Watch the video above for the steps for all the DIYs and see below for more! Have fun this 4th of July because…#whynot!

    For a 4th of July DIY, check out our ‘DIY Star Studs and Stripe Shorts

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    DIY Balloon Rope Streamers

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    Do It!:

    1. Prep your rope pieces by tying them up where you want them to hang and then cut the ends to size. TIP: I put tape around the ends of the rope so that when I cut my rope pieces they didn’t fray.
    2. Blow up and tie the balloons and attach each one to the rope with a piece of twine. I chose to group the colors together but you could alternate or do whatever you want!
    3. Tie your streamers up to your overhang and enjoy!

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    DIY Fabric Scrap Garland

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    Prep It:

    • different colored fabric (I used cotton canvas and linen)
    • scissors
    • twine

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    Do It!:

    1. Make a cut in your fabric about 2 to 3 inches wide and tear along the width of the fabric bolt.
    2. Tie the fabric strips to your twine.
    3. Tie the twine ends up to your overhang (or tape up to the ceiling) – You may need to trim your strips of fabric at this point.
    4. Repeat until you feel you have enough garlands to create a full and lively scene!

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    DIY Potato Stamped Plates

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    Do It!:

    1. Cut a potato in half.
    2. Cut a star shape into one of your potato halves using a small knife.
    3. Squirt or mix your paint on the paper plate.
    4. Dip the potato into the paint. TIP: You may want to practice some stamps on a paper plate before you do your glass plates.
    5. Stamp the plates. I chose to do a single star in the center of each plate but get creative!
    6. Follow the instructions on your glass paint tube to properly cure the paint (usually in the oven) before your party.
    7. Arrange with other mis-matched, red white and blue plates on your table!

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    What do you think? Happy 4th of July!

  3. Roundup: A Festive 4th of July

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    How is it already almost July 4th!? Time flies I tell you. The 4th of July to me is the quintessential summer holiday with the weather being officially warm and the perfect opportunity to enjoy time with friends and sparklers. I created this round-up board full of inspiration for your July 4th whether it be nail art, fun socks, confetti in your hair, a siiiick denim jacket, red/white & blue dessert, the perfect party set-up or just a rad American flag painted on an old barn door…Totally summer lovin’ all these ideas!

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    Check out Designer Beer Pong Table for the how-to!

    For more 4th of July inspiration, check out ‘DIWhyNot 4th Of July

  4. OOTD bows before bros

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    Summer outfits call for fun juxtapositions. Case in point, this pleather fringe skirt paired with a more demure polka dot linen collared shirt. A bow bun is my go-to when I’m wearing my hair naturally curly and it’s a frizzy mess that needs to be tamed. I also love these shoes with their metal-clad toes – a mix of badass and fem…my fave!

    To learn how to DIY your own adorable bow bun, check out ‘DIY Hair Bow Bun Tutorial

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    Shop the Look!

    Feather Cuff Ring. Unisex. Various Colors.

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    Yeeeeaaahhh. What do you think!? Would you wear this outfit? xo

  5. DIY ‘A Hot Glue Gun Mess’ Jeweled Crown

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    Many of you have asked me about the DIY jeweled crown I’m wearing on the cover of A Hot Glue Gun Mess: Funny Stories, Pretty DIY Projects and I thought I’d celebrate the book being out for a week (tomorrow) with a DIY post! The book has been getting so many glowing comments and reviews from many of you which is soooooooooo awesome! I love that you all are laughing at the unfiltered stories and of course, getting inspired by the 50 DIY projects! If you haven’t yet, get your copy here.

    This crown is really easy to make and very lightweight. I love how it’s minimal while still being bling-y – it’s the perfect hipster queen crown. I think a crown like this is lovely for a party or night out on the town because…#whynot!?

    For another fun crown tutorial, check out: ‘DIY Lace Crown

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    Do It!:

    1. Bend the wire into a zig-zag crown shape that fits around your head. Remember to make the points and then the bottom area squared so that all the bottoms run along the same “band” horizontal line which will be the part that goes arond your head.
    2. Once the crown shape is complete, cut the wire leaving enough to wrap the wire in a twist to connect the two sides (see photo above). Use the wire cutters or a pair of pliers to tuck in the ends to they’re not sharp.
    3. Glue the rhinestones onto the crown using a dab of E600 – I like to use the pear-shaped stones at the peak of each crown spire and the round, square and oval stones places sporadically elsewhere.
    4. Let dry and style with whatever makes you feel like a queen!

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  6. OMG We Bought A House! Garage Wars!

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    When you own a house these kind of clean-out and organize days just come with the territory. They’re not the most fun but Joey and I still managed to entertain ourselves with spider babies, wigs and in general dividing up our things for the ‘Yaaass’ and ‘K Bye’ piles. Oh, and we did all this while we were on a cleanse!

    If you missed the last episodes of OMG We Bought A House, check them out: ‘OMG We Bought A House! The Master’s Bedroom!‘, ‘OMG We Bought A House! What’s in the Attic‘, & ‘OMG We Bought A House! We’re Back and We Have Issues

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    To watch Joey and I on The Clean Program cleanse, watch ‘Kate’s Take: 21 Day Cleanse!

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    AHH A MILLION SPIDER BABIES!!

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    Two piles… the ‘YAAAS’ pile!

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    And… the ‘K BYE’ pile.

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    First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes… awkwardly laying on your garage floor together.  xox

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    What did you think? Comment below! We love to read them! xoxo

  7. DIY Cosmic BeautyMarks Bathroom Accessories

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    We’re always looking for new places to apply the BeautyMarks whether it’s on our bodies or inanimate objects – today’s victim: bathroom accessories! We strategically applied some of the Cosmic BeautyMarks on this inexpensive set of a soap dish, lotion dispenser and toothbrush holder. I love the freedom you have when using the BeautyMarks on home accessories and they’re also waterproof!

    For more fun BeautyMarks DIYs, check out ‘DIY BeautyMarks Planters

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    Do It!:

    1. Get inspired by your packet of the BeautyMarks and plan out the design for your bathroom accessories.
    2. Cut out the BeautyMarks you’re going to use and peel off the plastic backing.
    3. Adhere the BeautyMarks to your bathroom accessories by pressing a wet paper towel to the paper backing until it is saturated and the paper slides off, leaving the design on the surface of the accessory.
    4. Viola!  Your design is complete! Now style and enjoy.

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  8. OMG Quick Tip: ‘E’ is for Energy Efficiency

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    We’ve got a fun mini-series coming at you called OMG Quick Tip where we rattle off some quick and useful information to help keep a safe, organized and healthy home! First up, energy efficiency! Watch the video above and stay tuned for a new episode of OMG We Bought A House! coming at you soon!

    Miss last week’s episode of OMG We Bought a House?  Watch it here: ‘OMG We Bought A House! S2 Ep 3 The Master’s Bedroom

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    • Changing out your old light bulbs to energy saving light bulbs is a really easy way to save energy and money! I like the “soft white” ones which give an even toned glow.

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    • Changing out your AC filter regularly is another way to save energy!  A clean filter allows the AC to work properly and not have to fight to power through dust and hair.

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    • Weather stripping is a great way to keep your AC home cool and your heated home warm throughout the seasons be preventing drafts.

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    • Changing to a dishwasher that uses evaporation instead of a heating coil to dry your dishes is a great way to save energy!

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    • We found out our house isn’t insulated in Season 2, Episode 2: ‘What’s in the Attic?‘.  Insulating your house makes a TREMENDOUS difference when it comes to saving AC, heat, and energy!

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    • Don’t forget to turn the water off when you’re brushing your teeth! Okay, maybe not directly saving energy but it saves water!

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     Thanks for watching! Would love to hear from you in the comments!

  9. A Hot Glue Gun Mess L.A. Launch Party!

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    The L.A. launch party for the Mr. Kate book A Hot Glue Gun Mess: Funny Stories, Pretty DIY Projects was a blast! Thanks again to Studio Mucci(tassels and gems galore!), Casamigos TequilaDrink DiaboloMcConell’s Fine Ice Cream, BloomThatCliques Photo Booth, Space 15 twenty, Dipped Nails, No Subject, & Amy Pham for being the cutest DJ!  I love you all!

    Above is a vlog from the party and below are some photos from the festivities taken by Taren Maroun. So many of you came out to hang and get your book signed… thank you! Check out all of the photobooth photos and party BTS pics on our Facebook page.

    Order your copy of A Hot Glue Gun Mess TODAY in stores or online!!

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  10. I Show You My Insides!

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    Hot mess off the press!!! It is with the utmost pleasure that I show you my insides! Well, some of the insides with a sneak peek at my first ever book A Hot Glue Gun Mess: Funny Stories, Pretty DIY Projects NOW AVAILABLE IN STORES!!!! The book is filled with 278 pages of 50 very candid stories and 50 never-before-seen (on my blog or YouTube channel) DIY projects for your home, beauty and style! It is a coming-of-age memoir meets a DIY book because…#WHYNOT!?

    I’ve been working on this book for two years so it is such a big deal to finally have it in print for all of you to hopefully enjoy. I poured my heart and so much creativity into this book as well as took the big chance of baring all kinds of crazy and embarassing stories for your amusement (see the Table of Contents below to read the story/project titles). I really hope you love it and I’m SO EXCITED to see what you think! Please comment below once you’ve read the book or let me know your thoughts via Twitter, Instagram or Facebook! Love you all!

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    To see a ZOOM view of the Table of Contents (and read all the crazy story / project titles) click here.

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  11. Get Ready With Me: Red, White, and Blue Beauty

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    I love having fun with makeup, especially in summer so I was very excited for this TargetStyle Get Ready With Me challenge to create beauty looks using red, white and blue! I wanted to go fresh, classic and approachable with all these looks… although I do love me some blue lipstick I opted for the easier-to-style-around blue mascara and liner. What’s your favorite look? How about Uncle Kate? She’s got some sweet dance moves ; )

    For more of the ‘Get Ready with Me’ series check out: ‘Perfect Summer Skin‘, ‘Festival Style‘, & ‘Festival Hair

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    Most people associate red lips with winter holiday style but red lips can be summer-appropriate too if you go for more of an orange-y shade rather than a holiday berry red. I paired my Rimmel lip stick ‘In Love with Ginger’ with bronzed skin, tousled hair and a black and white outfit… oh, and cray cray flag sunnies!

    Makeup/Outfit Deets:

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    White is a color you can work into your beauty looks in sublte ways as a beautiful highlight to brighten any look. Here I used a shimmery white shadow in the inner corners of my eyes and under my brow bone. Then I went over the upper lid and inner corner with a layer of  NYX roll on shimmer in Platinum. Top it off with a half up/half down top knot and black and white outfit.

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    What do you think? How do you red, white and blue beauty?

  12. DIY Bow Sunglasses

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    I love fun sunglasses! It’s an opportunity to express your style on your face which is always a good thing. These DIY Bow Sunglasses are fun, girly and a very easy way to refresh a pair of tired sunnies.

    For another fun sunglasses DIY, check out: ‘DIY Pearl Encrusted Sunglasses

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    DO IT!:

    1. Use your ribbon to tie a cute bow and make sure it’s tight!
    2. Cut the ends at a slant
    3. Hold the lighter (or match) flame close to the freshly cut edges of the ribbon to seal the fibers so they don’t fray. (NOTE: Make sure you gradually get the flame close until you see the edges melt rather than making them black or catch on fire.)
    4. Dab a little glue to your sunglasses and place the bows on top. *Painter’s tape can help keep the bows in place as the glue dries. Give it a good 3 hours to make sure.
    5. Enjoy your new adorable sunnies!

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    What do you think? How would you wear your bow sunnies?

  13. Kate’s Take: My 21 Day Cleanse!

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    You probably caught bits of my 21 day cleanse on Instagram (@mrkatedotcom) and Snapchat (mrkate) but the entire time I was also documenting our journey so I could make a vlog about the experience to share with you all!

    Joey and I embarked on The Clean Program 21 day cleanse after we got back from our trip to France. In France we loved how much time they take to think about food and mealtime and we were missing that from our busy schedule back home where we work until 8pm and eat take out all the time. On the plane back from Europe, I watched the movie Wild (with Reese Witherspoon) and I was inspired by the challenge that she embarked on (which was to hike 1000 miles by herself). Since there’s no way I was going to take a 1000 mile hike, I thought I’d combine my desire to reclaim my health and attitude towards food with an intriguing challenge. I remembered that my friend Geri Hirsch (her blog is Because I’m Addicted) did the Clean Program cleanse before her wedding, so I asked her if she recommended it and she did, with a rave review!

    Henceforth, Joey and I read the Clean book and were immediately motivated to embark on the 21 day cleanse to detox from toxins and reacquaint ourselves with clean, healthy food.

    The Cleanse:

    • Is all about eating “clean” which means avoiding allergens like dairy, gluten, sugar, alcohol, soy, red meat and nightshades.
    • Breakfast and dinner consist of a nutrient dense shake (that you make yourself out of awesome ingredients) which gives your body the time to detox as opposed to digesting solid food during the night.
    • Lunch is a solid meal made from “clean approved” foods.
    • Optional: take the vitamins (3 times per day) which you can buy via the Clean brand or your own from the health food store which consist of a probiotic, digestive enzymes, vitamin D3 and liver detox supplement. I definitely recommend taking a probiotic to help replenish your good bacteria. If you’re not going to take the vitamins make sure you’re really cramming your shakes with lots of nutrient dense food.
    • Optional: use the Clean Program shake powder mixed in your smoothies (you can get the packets with all the daily vitamins with the Cleanse Kit which ends up being $20 per day if you stick to the 21 days). The powder is good for those times you’re making a shake really quickly and you want to make sure you’re getting a complete “meal” of nutrients and protein.

    My Tips For Success*:

    1. Get The Magic Bullet: NutriBullet it will save you sooo much clean up time when making your twice daily shakes.
    2. Go grocery shopping often for fresh ingredients for your shakes and lunch so you always have something fresh and delicious to eat.
    3. Make a shelf in your pantry and fridge devoted entirely to your “clean” foods so you’re not tempted by other items in your cabinet and you can quickly mix up a shake.
    4. Use the Clean Program forum and free advice from the clean team (you can email them or set up free phone calls with them) to help you stay on track and answer any questions or concerns.
    5. Buy those pre-washed containers of baby kale and baby spinach (organic of course) which make it so easy to stuff a ton of good greens in your shakes.
    6. If you get sick of shakes for dinner, make a clean vegetable soup and puree it for your liquid meal.
    7. Be honest with the people around you about what you’re doing so they can be impressed by you and don’t give you shit about not eating fries with them.
    8. Don’t quit! You will feel so good after this cleanse and so proud of yourself for finishing! Cheating is not worth it. It’s only 21 days! You can DO IT!!!

    *I’m not a professional so obvi consult your doctor if you’re wondering if this cleanse is right for you.

    My Results:

    • The first week was the hardest to get used to the new routine but after that I loved how great I felt!
    • I fell back in love with healthy food. My taste buds were heightened by not eating tons of processed foods and sweets and I now crave clean foods more than crappy foods!
    • I learned how to shop and prepare more “clean” foods.
    • My dry skin cleared up.
    • I wasn’t constipated.
    • I slept great.
    • I lost 5 pounds!

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    One of my favorite shake combo of ingredients:

    • A few pieces of organic mango
    • A handful of almonds
    • A small handful of frozen cherries
    • A big handful of baby kale
    • A tablespoon of raw cacao powder
    • A teaspoon of spirulina
    • A tablespoon of flax seed oil
    • A tablespoon of tahini
    • Half coconut water and half unsweeted almond milk as liquid – amount depends on your shake glass, I usually use 1 cup each
    • Optional: A packet of the Clean Kit shake mix (for added nutrients and protein), half an avocado for some good fats (will thicken your shake too)

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    Good supplements to take while on the cleanse.

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    Our couple shakes!

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    What one of our clean lunches looked like: Seared (line caught) ahi with balsamic vinegar, brown rice and steamed/baked zucchini and carrots.

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    Post cleanse…

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    top: BB Dakota

    skinny jeans: Top Shop

    Mr. Kate jewelry: Forest Horizon Cuff & Alicorn Horn Necklace

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    A juice tasting flight!

    For more healthy food ideas, check out: ‘Pack A Healthy Lunch

    Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below! xo

  14. Artist Spotlight: Alexa Meade Living 3-d Paintings

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    Follow Mr. Kate’s board ALEXA MEADE on Pinterest.

    Totally obsessed with this! These look like paintings but they’re actually painted humans! Alexa Meade, 28,  uses acrylic paint to paint over her subjects and photograph them to create living breathing paintings that you would never guess are 3 dimensional. How cool is this!?

    For more inspiring artists, check out ‘Artist Spotlight: Motoi Yamamoto Saltscapes

  15. OMG We Bought A House! S2 Ep3: The Master’s Bedroom!

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    Finnallllly we decorate in our master bedroom! True, I still want to re-finish the floors but since we’d rather spend money on the master bathroom and exterior of the house, that may have to wait. I really love the design of muted tones with lots of mixed patterns, it’s beach-y, eclectic elegance! I hope you love it too! Watch the video above to see the whole transformation and shop the room in the list below! Also all the steps for the DIY projects seen in this episode are below as well!

    If you missed the last 2 episodes, watch them here: ‘OMG We Bought A House! S2 E2: What’s in the Attic‘ & ‘OMG We Bought A House! S2 E1: We’re Back and We Have Issues

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    Shop the room:

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    Do It!:

    1. Tape off the sides of your wood pieces to protect the bark from the paint.
    2. Spray the tops of the wood pieces, that you want to display, with the primer. Let dry.
    3. Spray over the primer with the metallic spray paint.  Let dry.
    4. Remove the tape.
    5. Plan out your installation by laying the wood pieces under your branch to your liking.  Once you’re happy with your layout you can either mark where you want to drill your holes into your branch by eyeing it, or you can measure even spaces with a ruler.
    6. Once your branch is marked, drill your holes using a drill bit slightly thinner than your hook screws.
    7. Screw in your hook screws into the branch (by hand).
    8. Drill your holes into the wood pieces. (Note: the bottom pieces are only going to need one hole where as the pieces that hang in the middle need a hole in the bottom and top)
    9. Screw the screw hooks into the wood pieces by hand.
    10. Using the mounting brackets, mount the branch onto the wall.
    11. Loop the wood pieces onto the hooks on your mounted branch until your installation is complete!

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    Lazy Clock Wall Art

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    Do It!:

    1. Plan out where you want your swagger sticks. Mark the wall in two places for each stick (one mark near the bottom of the stick and one near the top).
    2. Drill screws into the marked areas leaving a 1/4 inch of the screw head out.
    3. Twist some wire onto the screw leaving 6 inches on each side to twist the swagger sticks into place. Tuck the wire out of site underneath the stick and trim as needed with the wire cutters.
    4. Use the picture hanging nails to hammer your numbers (1 to 12) into place in a nice lazy arrangement – not in order!
    5. Let this clock remind you to relax and be lazy in your cozy bedroom!

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    What do you think? We’d love to hear from you in the comments! xoxo

  16. Twist on a Trend: Minimalist Nails to Art

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    Follow Mr. Kate’s board MINIMALIST NAILS on Pinterest.

    Minimalist and negative space nails have been all the rage lately.  It’s such a beautiful trend I was inspired to dress up my walls similarly with this DIY minimalist art! I took inspiration from the matte on shiny and simple shapes seen in many of the manicures and did a Twist on a Trend by interpreting it in interior decor!

    Like purple wall art?  Check out: ‘DIY Ombré Dipped Paper Art‘ Like the nail art above? Check out: NOTD: St. Paddy’s

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    Do It!:

    1. Paint the canvas with your base color paint (in our case it was a matte purple) until it is completely covered and let dry. Repeat with a second coat to make sure the base coat has good coverage and then let dry completely.
    2. Tape off a shape to paint your second color – we chose to do a square in the bottom middle (using a glossy paint) but you could do a triangle, side of the canvas, etc. – get inspired by the nail art!
    3. Paint the taped off section with your second color and let dry. Repeat with a second coat if needed.
    4. Remove tape and enjoy!

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  17. Roundup: Eating Outside

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    Follow Mr. Kate’s board EATING OUTSIDE on Pinterest.

    I feel like the most fun thing about Summer is getting to enjoy the warm weather with a meal outdoors! I have so many fond memories of balmy summer nights filled with yummy food and friends so I put together this moodboard to get inspired for more of those nights to come!

    My Eating Outdoors Decorating Tips:

    • Bring cozy items like beautiful throw blankets or pillows outside. Place them on the grass, sand, porch or over the chairs to add an indoors-out vibe which always makes a space feel more lux yet approachable.
    • Get creative with your eating arrangement. I love the idea of stacked wood pallets or a coffee table or low table with blankets and pillows or Moroccan poufs instead of chairs (see inspo photos above).
    • A rug – if you can bring a rug outside, do! It will anchor your table or eating area and make for better lounging. Shop inexpensive vintage rugs at flea markets that you won’t mind getting a little dirty in the great outdoors.
    • A centerpiece(s) can really anchor a table and they don’t have to be crazy. Try sliced lemons inside a vase with waters and one-color flowers (see photo above) or potted cactus for a fun desert vibe.
    • Lighting! Twinkle lights, paper lanterns or bulbs on cords can add so much magic to an outdoor dining space. Buy a long extension cord with a multi-plug splitter and run it outside to power the lights! Or there are also battery operated twinkle lights.
    • Do a fun tasting set-up like different kinds of olives and infused olive oil with crusty bread (for dipping) for an easy-prep but fancy fun food appetizer!

    For more outdoor inspo check out, ‘Design Inspo: Outdoor Rooms‘.

  18. DIY Father’s Day Wood Photo Transfers

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    Father’s Day is coming up and I think this is such a cute and personal DIY project to make for dad! You can use any photos you like – I chose some throwback pics as well as some more current ones to transfer onto these raw wood slices. Use these slices as a photo display somewhere or they can even be coasters!

    For another Father’s Day DIY idea, check out: ‘DIY Furry Father’s Day Card

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    Shop the Look!

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    Do It!:

    1. Make sure the wood pieces are clean and you can sand off splinters if there are any.
    2. Peel off the labels from the paper backing – you will be using the shiny backing sheet to print on so make sure there are no perforations.
    3. On the slippery side of the sheet spray with the matte protective spray. Let dry completely.
    4. Use the sponge brush to paint the white glue over the protective spray layer.  Let dry completely.
    5. Edit your pictures to your liking and print them on the dried glue side of the printer label sheet. Careful not to smudge the ink. Cut out the photos individually.
    6. Sponge paint the matte gel medium on the wood slice liberally and while wet place the picture face down on it.  Squeegee out any air bubbles with your credit card. Let dry for an hour and a half.
    7. Remove the backing and enjoy your newly finished photo wood slice!

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