Our favorite posts of 2016

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What a year! This year has flown by in the blink of an eye. Before we get with new posts for 2017, we thought we would look back at some of our favorite posts of 2016.

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Jane Can Make

We love to DIY. This year one of our favorite posts was our DIY embroidered denim. We had so much fun adding monograms to our favorite jeans. We also loved making our moss wreath and are starting to think we need to bring some more green in our homes now that the holiday decorations are down.

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Jane Can Celebrate

Everyone knows how much we love a holiday. We love to decorate, make special treats and get crafty for every holiday. While you won’t be thinking about Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas for awhile, the Superbowl and Valentine’s Day are just around the corner.

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Jane Can Decorate

We have both been very focused on updating our homes this past year, so we are always looking for home ideas, from front doors to outdoor spaces to interiors. There is no such thing as too much home inspiration!

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Jane Can Cook

We tend to make a lot of special snacks for school and sweet treats for our kids. Our kids love to help whenever they can so the simpler the recipe the better. Our marshmallow pops have been one of our most popular post this year, because they truly are the easiest snack ever!

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Jane Can Play

Our No Carve DIY Pumpkins was one of our favorite posts this year. You probably won’t be making pumpkins for awhile, but you would have fun doing some of these washi tape projects.

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Viva Luxury

Jane Can Dress Up

If you are like us, we are always looking for style inspiration. We are still using our  All Dressed Up post outfit ideas until the weather starts to get warmer.

We are looking forward to new projects and new ideas in 2017. Thank you to everyone who has continued to follow along on our journey.

Here’s to a great year!

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Hallman + Ashley

 

 

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halloween doors galore!

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Each year we go all out, decorating our doors, mantels and tables for Halloween. Our first year we went crazy with pumpkins and bats, and last year we went with a creepy crawly spider theme. This year our heads were swimming with festive ideas and we couldn’t land on just one, so we decided to put our energy into executing all our ideas with a focus on our front doors.

Skulls

We found two wooden skulls at Michael’s that were just screaming for a make-over so we decided to dress them both of them up a bit to decorate our front doors! We started by painting a plain wooden Day of the Dead skull with white spray paint. Then we used a small paint brush to decorate the details with various colors of craft paint. We finished off the skull by hot gluing a faux peony and ranunculus from Ikea to the top of the skull.

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Our pirate skull was the easiest door decoration we’ve ever made. Starting with the black wooden skull we found at Michael’s, we wrapped a piece of black and white ribbon around the top of the head. Then we cut an eye patch out of red card stock and attached it to the ribbon with glue dots. Voila, a pirate skull!

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Ravens

After reading a Magic Tree House book about the Raven King, Charlie requested that we do a raven themed door…and who are we to turn down our kids’ requests. We loved his idea and decided to run with it! We especially liked the idea because our kids are ready for slightly spookier decorations, but not ready for the all out Halloween “gore fest,” so decorating with ravens is the perfect mix of slightly spooky but not too scary. To make our first wreath we wrapped black and white striped ribbon around a styrofoam wreath and secured the ribbon with hot glue. Then we hot glued two black crows that we found at Michael’s to the bottom of the wreath.

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The pumpkins could not have been easier! We attached black crows in various sizes and poses to each pumpkin with hot glue and called it a day!

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Because we couldn’t help ourselves, we decided to come up with another raven themed wreath that was also just as easy to make as the first. We started with our grapevine wreath that gets recycled each fall, and spray painted it black. Then we hot glued a few pieces of grey moss to the bottom, attached the crow using floral wire and topped it off with a black and white striped bow.

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Happy decorating!

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Ashley + Hallman

fun with washi tape

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Replenishing our kids’ school supplies is definitely one of the highlights of the new school year. Our kids just love stocking up on brand new colorful pens, crayons and paper, and we always walk away with a few new supplies of our own. One item we are drawn to is Washi tape. The DIY, organization and crafting possibilities are endless and we just can’t help picking up a few new rolls each time we are in the craft store or Target. Now that our tape collection is suitably refreshed with a few new bright colors, we are on the look out for new, inspiring ways to get crafty.

Kid’s crafts

Whether it’s transforming an ordinary cabinet into a doll house or creating a race track for toy cars, kids love getting crafty with a few rolls of Washi tape, so let their imagination run wild!

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Decor

Washi tape is a colorful and inexpensive way to transform any room or fixture, but best of all it’s temporary so if you change your mind a few weeks down the road you can always take it down!

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Organization

We use Washi tape as labels to keep electronic chords and food items organized, but it also makes the perfect custom calendar or bookmark!

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Gift Wrap

We are always looking for creative, new ways to make our gift wrap extra special, and using Washi tape is a wonderful way to add a pop of color to any present.

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Happy taping!

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Ashley + Hallman

colorful front doors

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London was my home for nearly 9 years. There are so many things that I love about London, but the colorful front doors all over the city can brighten the rainiest of days. The good news is that you don’t have to live in London or rent a charming flat to have a colorful front door. Painting your front door is an inexpensive way to up your curb appeal and transform the look of your home.

There are so many amazing colors that it can be hard to make a choice. Even colors that feel too bold for the interior of your home can make the perfect statement on your front door. If you are having trouble picking a color or a shade The Decor Fix  and A Life in Full Color both have a great list of paint colors for front doors.

Blush, Pink and Coral

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Apartment Therapy

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Apartment Therapy

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 Orange, Yellow and Red

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Say Yes

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Domino

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Blue, Green & Purple

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Bright Bazzar

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Southern Living

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Cheers!

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Hallman

10 inspirational outdoor spaces

This is the time of year when we love to spend as much time outside as possible. It is easy to neglect your backyard during the winter, but now that the weather is nice it is the perfect time to spruce up your outdoor space. Even if you have no plans to redo the landscaping at your house, we hope these outdoor spaces will inspire you to freshen up your backyard.

Give Your Outdoor Space Focus

Unless you have a great view, it is nice to have a point of focus in your backyard. An outdoor fireplace, a fire pit or even a pretty tree can give your outdoor space focus. We love the clean lines and simplicity of this space centered around the fireplace.

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Create an Outdoor Living Room

If you create a space that is stylish and comfortable, you will find that you use it a lot more. Try to create a spot where you would enjoy reading a book, having a cup of coffee or cocktail.

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Use Different Textures and Materials

We love to mix textures and materials in an outdoor space. Concrete, wood, tile, brick, stone and metal can easily work well with any style of landscaping.

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Keep it Natural

You don’t need fancy furniture or an intricate landscape plan to create a beautiful outdoor space. We love the simple wooden deck and table used in this lush, green backyard.

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Create Social Seating

Using benches on the edge of deck or yard can create a seating option that is ideal for entertaining. We love how these spaces would work perfectly for morning coffee or appetizers and cocktails.

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Photo: Nous Decor

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Photo: Coastal Living

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Paint it Black

We love black and white interiors and their is no reason that you cannot extend this color scheme outside! An old shed or a basic wall instantly becomes more glamorous and sophisticated with a coat of black paint.

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Photo: House & Home

Here’s to outdoor living!

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Hallman + Ashley

black and white interiors

We love color, but every where we turn we are seeing black and white interiors that we love. Black and white is a timeless and dramatic combo that always looks fresh and modern. When decorating with black and white it is important to balance the light and dark so the room is still vibrant. Light can be brought into the room with windows, rustic elements or pops of color. Whether you add a black and white throw pillow, paint your cabinets black or pick a bold wallpaper, black and white interiors are so fabulous!  Here are a few of our favorite ways to incorporate black and white into your home:

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Wallpaper

There are so many amazing wallpapers with black and white patterns. How stunning is this Queen of Spain Wallpaper by Schumacher?

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Cabinets

We are so on board with the black cabinet kitchen trend. You would think it would be too dark and moody, but it looks incredible in these kitchens.  We love the kitchens that have floor to ceiling black cabinets just as much as we love the kitchens with black cabinets on the bottom and white cabinets on the top.

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Walls

Black walls are definitely a bold move, but in a room with big windows or big doses of white it can work so well. All of these rooms feel very calm and clean. This round up of black paint colors by Jenna Burger is a great resource when choosing the right black for your walls or cabinets.

 

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Tile

Who doesn’t love black and white tile? We have always loved bathrooms and kitchens with black and white tiles, but now there are so many beautiful options!

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Black Framed Windows

Black framed windows are incredibly popular right now and we can see why! Black windows look so elegant, especially against light colored walls.

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Happy Decorating!

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Hallman + Ashley

easy easter table

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We love everything about Easter; the egg hunts, Easter baskets, time with family, Spring dresses, and setting our Easter table! This holiday we were inspired by small egg cups and decided to use them to make little nests of chocolate eggs on our Easter table. We found so many cute eggs cups and pretty chocolate eggs that it was hard to decide which ones to use…so we used them all! With a few chocolate eggs and our place card templates, you will be able to set a beautiful Easter table in no time!

Pastel Egg Cups

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These pastel egg cups from Sur La Table are perfect for a colorful, kid-friendly table. We filled each cup with a little paper grass and then placed a few Cadbury chocolate eggs in each one. To make the place card, we printed our Easter place cards flag template onto white card stock and cut out each flag. Then we wrote the names of our guests on each flag and attached a toothpick the back of the card with a glue dot.

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Since our table is on the casual side we filled white ceramic pitchers with bunches of lilac and lined them up down the middle of the table.

Small White Dishes

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You don’t need an egg cup to create a sweet nest of chocolate eggs for your Easter table. For this nest we used small condiment dishes we had in our pantry, but small ramekins would look great too! To make our nest we placed a bit of green moss in the dish and then filled them with a few chocolate truffle eggs we found at Williams Sonoma. Williams Sonoma has the most beautiful and tasty Easter candy right now, so we stocked up on almost everything they had!

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To make our place cards for this nest, we printed our Easter placecard template onto white paper. Then we cut out the cards and wrote or guests names on each card. To curl the ends we wrapped each end around a pencil in opposite directions. To bring a little more color to the table we placed bunches of pink roses and ranunculus in white ceramic vases along the center of the table.

White Egg Cups

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Using white egg cups was a no brainer for us, they are inexpensive and readily available! We filled them with green moss and   chocolate Robin’s eggs that we found at Williams Sonoma. Using our Easter place cards flag template we placed the little flags directly into each cup.

Each of these place cards were so easy to do and could be made in various ways depending on the chocolate eggs, egg cups and moss or grass you use. Either way you do it, they’ll make the perfect addition to an Easter table.

Happy Easter!

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Ashley + Hallman