Gift Ideas | Mother’s Day

So, tomorrow is May.  What?!  How the heck did that happen so fast? Although, I’m not sure why I’m acting surprised, by the pollen count, it’s been very obvious that Spring is in full-swing.  And, of course, Spring means Mother’s Day!  We all love mom’s, don’t we?  mom’s are the best.

The relationship between a mother and daughter can be rocky during those teenage, puberty, hormone years, but when you finally grow up and realize how much your mother loves you and are able to just enjoy your relationship with her as a friend, it’s the best kind of friendship.

So, since Mother’s Day is just over a week away, I thought I’d help you out a little with some fun gift ideas for mom.

Mother's Day Gifts

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I’m not even kidding about how much I love that floral hat from Anthropologie!  Isn’t that so cute for mom?!




Since it’s Valentines Day, it seems appropriate to post something related to love.  While I enjoy this sweet holiday and typically celebrate with my hubby, I don’t always do a lot of decorating for it.  This year, however, I put up something that works for Valentines but will last all year too!

I’ve been wanting to put some giant zinc letters like these from Anthropologie above our master bed for a while but could never find exactly what I wanted in person and didn’t ever bite the bullet and pay for shipping said giant letters.

zinc letters

A while back, I found a few different tutorials for how to make them…all of which seemed very easy and much less expensive than ordering custom ones.  So, I went for it.  It was super simple, cost about $25, and turned out fabulous!  

I used the 23.5″ tall, paper mache letters that came from Joann’s and cost about $6 each (with a 40% off coupon).

paper mache letters

Then, I painted them with Martha Stewart’s metallic craft paint in Sterling (color number 32128) from Michael’s.  Each letter took 2-3 coats (be sure to let each coat dry before adding another).  I think each bottle is around $1.25, so it’s less than $1 after using a coupon.  1 bottle covers 3 letters completely, so I had to buy a second bottle for the 4th letter.


Here’s the finished product.  What do you think?  Definitely makes a statement, right?!



Happy Valentine’s Day!

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2013 | Best Moments

I know I was MIA for pretty much all of 2013, but it was a great year! So in an effort to update you on what I’ve been up to as well as say goodbye to a great year, here are my top moments from 2013 (in somewhat sequential order).

Our trip to North Carolina to see snow in February.  What an adventure!  We drove through the night and were unable to check-in to our B&B when we got into town so we “freshened up” in a gas station bathroom and went exploring. Not only did it snow while we were there but we went snow tubing and hiking and stayed in the cutest little bed and breakfast thanks to a gift from some wonderful friends!

photo(2)I was officially “promoted” from junior designer to Interior Designer at my job and had the opportunity to work with some wonderful clients!

1045148_593280739950_1032545047_n|here is a picture of one of the rooms I designed–it was being professionally photographed|

Through my promotion, I gained a great friend in my design partner, Jen who has been such a blessing in my life over this past year.

We were able to have another little getaway in the summer and took a spur-of-the-moment cruise to the Bahamas for a long weekend.

photo(15)This made us remember how much we love cruises so we took another week-long cruise with the best travel buddies to Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, and Grand Turk in October.

1401842_602530104150_999318752_oWe finally put in an irrigation system and updated our landscaping (yes, this was absolutely an exciting moment for me)!

I got my second and final tattoo to celebrate 7 years of marriage and many more years of love with Jason.

photo(14)|it reads: “I am my beloved’s” in ancient Hebrew|

I got two new, beautiful nieces.

856549_10151607758491537_669703446_o1453569_10200895219052020_1179992147_oand we spent one of the best Thanksgivings in Tennessee with our nieces and brother & sister-in-law.

photo(3)The Lord has blessed us richly in 2013 and I am so excited to see where He’ll take us in 2014!

Happy New Year, friends!

Woodland Inspiration | Reindeer

Is it Monday?  I swear it’s Monday…I mean, it doesn’t make sense that a Thursday would begin with someone ringing your doorbell incessantly at 6:45 a.m. causing your 80 lb dog to bark like someone just ripped his favorite bone out of his mouth while staring him directly in the eyes.  Of course I think there’s some emergency.  My sister. My niece or nephew. The neighbor.  Wrong.  No emergency.  Just a co-worker of my husband’s who’d been trying to reach him because he needed something out of his car BUT his phone was on silent—so he showed up at our door.  Normal, right?  Gooooood morning!  I’m pretty sure my teeth are a millimeter shorter because of the grinding that ensued.

Ok.  Rant over.

For real.

OK! Not sure if you saw my recent artwork on the chalk wall in my kitchen–if not, you can check it out on the Facebook page.  Regardless, I noted that I’m having a slight obsession with Reindeer this season.  Forget the fact that those giant, 250 lb animals cause car accidents every day in many parts of the country and eat our beautiful shrubbery (that’s right–I just used the word shrubbery)–they’re cute!  And they’re hot right now, so I figured I’d throw together a little reindeer inspired gifts board.  I have to admit, the Ikea reindeer mugs are definitely on my “want” list.  What’s your top pick?

Reindeer Motif with logo

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This fancy sweater didn’t make the board, but I’m diggin’ it too!

I promise I’ll work on my attitude.  Scout’s honor.

Gifts and Facelifts| The Blog is Back!

I know you all thought this blog was dead and gone…and to be honest, it almost was.  Without going into too much detail, life just got in the way and my little Everyday Clever took a back burner…for about a year.  Since then, I’ve made some major progress in my design career and am working for a local design firm doing interior design–what I love!

While I loved Everyday Clever, I decided that the look of it might be a little dated and that it was time for a facelift….which is why the logo and name is different now.  Welcome to Bungalow!  Bungalow is really just a fresh look at all of those “everyday clever” ideas I used to post about and maybe a few new ones too.  We’re still doing design on budget here and we still love being creative!

If you’re reading this, I’m so glad you stuck around (or maybe just forgot that you subscribed to the blog and this popped up in your email. ha!…lucky me).  I hope you’ll bear with me as I try to get everything moving again.

Since it’s already December (whaaaat?!), I’ve put together a fun little Under $20 Holiday Gift Guide for your girl. See!  What’d I tell ya?!  Affordable.  Fo realz.

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see you soon!