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Hi friends! Sorry about the fewer post these past few days, between the big little one finishing school and preparing for a few big changes this summer (updates on this in a few weeks!), it’s been a bit hectic. And it will probably stay this way for a little while, so hang in there with me! Today I wanted to share a few ideas to add color and personality to your walls without having to paint your walls entirely. We’ve been renting FOREVER, dealing with oh-so-plain white walls pretty much all along and I can’t wait for the day when we have our own house and can do whatever we want.

1. Honeycomb wall: This one is probably the most labor intensive, but talk about a wow effect! BTW, You’ll want to check out the whole bedroom makeover that Mandi over at Vintage Revivals did for her little girl, it’s pretty surreal…in a brilliant way! In any case, for this type of wall, precision is a must, so if you’re not very precise (or patient) I’d stay stay clear from a project like this. But if you’re up for a challenge, go for it!!! You can do honeycomb of course, but other geometric shapes could also look fantastic (thinking triangles here). Add colors in all or few of the shapes depending on the effect you want to get.

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2. Peekaboo wall: Paint a wall that’s not big nor obvious but that will give you an unexpected burst of color. A hallway is perfect for this, for example. This is a great idea for renters because you’ll only have to paint a small area back to white once you move out, and it will help give your place more personality. I love the bright coral of this wall, and you can also use fun (removable if you’re renting) wallpaper for extra personality.

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3. Half-painted wall: With this method you can add bright, fun colors without it becoming too overwhelming for the eyes. What else is there to say, really other than it’s so easy to do and you can’t really go wrong with it!

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4. Contact paper or washi tape accent wall: If you are renting your place, nothing like sticking something to your walls to make them more you. Of course you can always buy already made stickers, but even more fun is to come up with your own. For Madeline’s birthday party I used contact paper to make giant polka dots on our walls…..and the polka dots are still there a month later – they are so much fun!  Buy rolls of contact paper in a few colors and cut out whatever shapes you like. Cheap and effective! You can also use oversized washi tape sold by Sincol and mt to make big stripes on your walls. All of this will easily peel off your walls the day you move out.

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5. Repeating shapes: A bit trickier to do, but I love the look of these rooms – the repeating circles are so much fun. They allow the rooms to feel connected even though they are separated by a wall.

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Guess what…..it’s Friday! It’s been a hectic (short) week around here, and looking forward to relaxing a bit this weekend. We are planning on going to the Jersey shore this weekend and hitting the beach – it gotten SO hot all of the sudden here in NYC! But it sounds like summer hasn’t arrived everywhere, right my dear European friends ? Missing summer much? I know everyone back home in France is complaining about all the rain and cold weather. So if it doesn’t seem like you’ll be able to hit the beach where you live, I rounded up a few DIYs for you to try. At least this way I know you’ll all stay warm and dry while crafting – I am only thinking about your well-being here, is all ;) Everybody else, see you at the beach with a mojito in your hand! Happy weekend everybody, sunny or not! xx

Images: 1. Hanging vase by Mini Eco. |2. Fun toddler socks by the Purl Bee. Told you I was trying to keep you all warm ;) |3. Make some rosewater vodka. Yes, rosewater strikes again! |4. Update an old dresser like Mobel Pobel. |5. Keep the littles ones busy by making these neon binoculars.|6. Celebrating something? Pimp the room with balloons!

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Last year I wrote a post about snail mail, about how much I miss it and how I’d love to get back into it. And what happened since that post? Well, a whole-lotta-nothing, to be honest. I haven’t been any better at sending snail mail, and I am not even good at giving pretty cards to people for a special occasion – pretty birthday thoughts work too, right??? uhm uhm. Needless to say, I’m not at my proudest. So here’s a new attempt to change that. This week I am creating a birthday calendar for all of these special events, and pumping up my collection of pretty cards. While on the lookout for cards I stumbled upon these pretties by Little Low Studio – aren’t her cards so fun? Totally the type of card that I’d love to give and receive, they would make anyone happy. Make sure to go check out Little Low Studio’s shop!

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The temperature is rising in NYC, and before we know it it’s going to be hotter than we want it. Hot and sticky. Not my favorite time of the year in the city. But at least that’s the perfect excuse to indulge in popsicles….because, let’s face it, I’ll indulge in popsicles ANY TIME of the year really…in sub-zero temperatures even :D So thank you, hot sticky NYC summers for giving me a cover-up! I’d love to try and make my own, I’m seeing so many fun recipes go around on Pinterest right now – like this one for example. Do you make your own popsicles? Do you have a favorite recipe? In any case, with that in mind, today I though I’d share a few popsicle-colored things to refresh and sweeten your office….because seriously, we can all use a little extra motivation to work during the summer months. So here are some fun sherbet colors to bring summer to your desk. Happy Wednesday, friends!

1. Flamingo tape dispenser at Anthropologie. So sweet!|2. Sweet four fruit screen printed poster by Slide Sideways.|3. I love this retro lamp with a fun neon twist by Earth Sea Warrior! |4. A vintage mint coffee pot at French Attic Finds. Because, really, it’s more stylish than a coffee IV. |5. Love these neon cards by Moglea. This set available at Anthropologie. |6. When we buy a house, I’d love to get one of these custom embossers, so pretty!|7. How pretty is this coral clock by Design Atelier?

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Happy Thurday, friends! Today, the ladies display their pretty colorful dishes in their kitchen – because, right, we all have beautiful dishes to display, right? Like a truckload of them?!-, while the littles ones play with these printable food boxes in their play kitchen. Aren’t these the cutest?!

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A couple of weeks ago one of my sweet readers from Germany sent me an email asking for her help to find some ideas for the home that her and her husband recently purchased:

“It is a house made of wood. It is situated in the nature close to the mountains. We love it here. The only thing is I have so much difficulties to decorate it, because of the wood, as all of the walls are made of wood. Now we want to build a new kitchen and I have no idea.”

Now, I am no interior designer, just a French girl with a love for design that spends waaaaaay too much time surfing the internet (ask my husband), but I was really honored that she asked me for advice. Really, how unique is her home? True, the wood is over-taking a bit but with some changes here and there she can turn her home into a real gem – no doubt about it. Loads of potential! I sent my reader two inspiration boards and some pieces of advice, and today I thought I’d share all of this with you.

For this lovely home I created two options to show my reader two different paths she could take to decorate her home – a vibrant one associating wood with bright colors (above), and the other one a bit more organic, using wood and neutral colors only (at the bottom of this post). My sweet reader mentioned that she wanted to create a cosy feel in her home, and often people will stick with neutrals for that, which is great, but I think that with the right personal touches one can create a very cosy home using bright colors as well.In the end, the 3 most important pieces of advice that I gave my reader were:

  • Create some rhythm: too much of a good thing can make a place feel a bit overwhelming, but breaking it up a bit can help make a big difference. Use colors or neutrals to break through all that wood. While you don’t want to cover it all up, think about painting a wall or the ceiling or floor. It will help draw some attention on the rest of the wood present in the house.
  • Add texture: Wood brings a lot of texture, but a lot of the same one. So you want to bring in different fabrics, as well as material like concrete or metal in the kitchen can help create a new balance.
  • Think bold: When you have a unique home like this, you have to do it justice, and not be afraid of doing things that are a bit bolder. Dare to break down a wall to bring more a natural light, paint a door bright pink or hang up very large pieces of art that you love.

DO YOU HAVE ANY MORE ADVICE FOR MY READER? WHICH ONE OF THESE TWO OPTIONS IS YOUR FAVORITE? WOULD YOU LIVE IN A HOUSE THAT’S ALL WOOD?

Oh, and don’t mind me thinking out loud here, but maybe it could be fun to make this a regular column on This Little Street. Maybe you too would like some help with your home?  If you love your home and think it has potential but isn’t quite there yet, just shoot me an email with some pictures and your questions, and you might just very well get featured on This Little Street!

Sources forWood and Colors board images – top to bottom, left to right: 1.|2.|3.|4.|5.|6.
Sources for Wood and Neutrals board images – top to bottom, left to right: 1.|2.|3.|4.|5.

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Beth from Salvage Life. Photos by Emily Goswick. Shop the look: Bag & Dress.

Ooops I did it again. Last week I went binge-shopping, and it wasn’t pretty. I went to a NYC shop that has very cheap clothing and bought a truckload of clothes for just $80. Love me a good bargain. But I’m not going to lie to myself, as much as I love the things that I got, I know that come next season I won’t be able to wear any of it again. The colors will fade, the seams will rip, the fabric will shrink….you name it. Disposable clothing, we call that? Not great for the environment, and probably not great for my wallet in the long run. And that’s without even mentioning the tragedy in Bangladesh where all cheap clothes are made.

Part of me feels bad when I buy disposable clothes, because I feel like I should be investing in clothes that will last forever, like all of the beautiful clothes that my new friend Beth sells in her vintage shop Salvage Life. When I find great vintage pieces like the ones Beth has in her shop, I always try to imagine who wore them, what their life and story was like. This part of the mystery makes these pieces even more magical. Through her shop, Beth promotes sustainable living through the gorgeous vintage pieces that she carefully curates, repairs and cleans as needed so you can purchase them in a “like new” condition. It is all about well-made clothing that will last through time. Knowing that the story will continue even after you are through with these pieces, knowing that they will make someone else very happy – there is such beauty in that, isn’t there?

Shop: Elephant parade necklaceFloral bolero | Wildflower skirt | Retro clutch | Fruit slice bag | Dot skirt.

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Happy Thursday, friends! Today for the ladies I am loving this adorable blue hand dipped-dyed robe over at RedEnvelope (I own it and love it! It’s so soft and I feel SO pretty in it). And for the little ones, how adorable is this Ombre Jumpsuit by Wolfechild at Darling Clementine?!

PS: Tomorrow I’ll have super exciting news to share with you guys!! Can you guess what? :)

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Let them eat cupcakes! I made these rosewater and vanilla cupcakes for Madeline’s birthday last week, and I am totally obsessed with them. A few of you asked me to share the recipe, so here you go. I love the subtle scent and taste of the rosewater combined with that of the vanilla – and this frosting is so fluffy an delicious I could just eat it by the spoonful…maybe I did just that ;) These cupcakes are perfect for a Spring celebration! Happy Wednesday, friends!

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EASY VANILLA CUPCAKES (makes 24)

Ingredients

2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350ºF and prepare 24 regular muffin cups with cupcake liners.
  2. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl with a whisk until blended. Whisk milk, water, oil, vanilla and eggs in 4-cup liquid measuring cup or medium bowl.
  3. Make a well in the flour mixture. Gradually pour milk mixture into flour mixture; whisk until blended (some small lumps may remain).
  4. Divide batter into muffin cups. Bake 20 to 25 minutes until a wooden pick inserted in center of a cupcake comes out clean.
  5. Cool cupcakes in pan on wire rack 15 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely on wire rack.
  6. Frost when cupcakes have completely cooled off.
ROSEWATER FROSTING **
Ingredients
1 cup (2  sticks) of unsalted butter, room temperature
4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1 and 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2/4 cup whipping cream (heavy cream, 35% fat)
1/4 teaspoon rosewater, or more to taste (but use sparingly)
pinch of salt
Few drops pink food gel color (optional)

Instructions
  1. In mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine icing sugar and butter on low, for about 2 minutes.
  2. Add vanilla, and mix on low speed for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add whipping cream and salt, and mix on medium-high for 2 minutes.
  4. Add rosewater and pink gel color, and whip until blended.

**PS: I used A LOT of frosting on mine and ran out for the last two cupcakes, so you might want to consider making the frosting recipe x1.5 if you like to use a LOT of frosting too…plus, you might end up with a bit of leftover for uhmmmmm, other purposes? :)

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When I first saw these little boy outfits by Haddon Co., I squealed with excitement – aren’t they just too cute for words! And then panicked when I realized I don’t have a little boy of my own to dress in these…something will have to be done about that ;) In the meantime, I am so excited because you, my lucky readers, get a chance to win a cardigan and bow tie onesie set of your choice, courtesy of Haddon Co.  These little cardigans are simply perfect for a wedding, for father’s day or to make your little man look extra handsome just because.

I am absolutely in love with the fun patterns and colors you can choose from. If I had a little boy I’d probably pair a gray and red cardigan onesie with a fun gray polka dot bow tie. So adorable! So, what do you say, ready to win? Also, I have even more great news – Haddon Co. is offering a 10% discount to all of you TLS readers – isn’t it your lucky day! To enjoy this discount, use code LUCKYDAY when ordering.

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