Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Having greenery in your room or home adds so much more life than you actually think. The tricky thing is, it's actually a living thing that you need to take care of. We've learned that there are so many different watering techniques and there's definitely low maintenance plants and high maintenance! From our personal experience & asking our friends around, we've narrowed it down to 5 best indoor plants to have in your home that are all low maintenance!
If you decide to go out to get yourself one of these guys, make sure to go to Gardenista.com to learn more about how to take care of your plants!
1. Snake Plants
3. English Ivy
4. Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees
Monday, June 16, 2014
Home is where the heart is! It's where we relax, kick back, and snuggle up. We could browse through beautiful pictures of home decor on Pinterest for hours on end (check out our pinboard here) but sometimes it's hard to make those images into a reality. We've put together a few of our favorite helpful tips on how to be your own interior decorator, on a real-life budget!
1. Shop smart.
Ikea is great for cost effective items (we love this area rug), but also think outside the box when it comes to larger furniture pieces. After all, you don't need to have the same dresser as all of your friends! If you do a little searching, you can still stick to your price range and find good quality items. We love World Market & HomeGoods. They both have plenty of stylish finds that are both well made & affordable.
2. Add A Rug.
Buy big! Don't make the mistake of buying an area rug that's too small. Know your room dimensions, and buy a larger rug that can fit in the space needed. Bigger rugs help to create the optical illusion of a bigger space!
The right lighting adds cozy ambiance. Add a soft glow with lamps placed strategically around a room, illuminating any dark corners or spaces. Choose a 3-way bulb for all lamps, so you have the option of brightness level. Use either all Soft White bulbs or all Reveal bulbs (which give off a more "blue" glow)-- but try to not combine the two. Keep the lightbulb color consistent throughout when possible, and the lighting will "blend" together to brighten up your space.
4. Fresh Paint.
Nothing changes a room quite like a new paint job. When choosing a paint swatch, look at it in natural lighting 3 different times: morning, afternoon, and night. Tape your swatch on the unpainted wall, and check on it throughout the day. You'll notice that different times of day will bring out different hues in a paint color. For example, Co-Founder Ali once had dark grey walls in her house. In the morning light, the grey had a blue undertone. In the afternoon, the glow from the sun brought out shades of purple and mauve. It was beautiful all day long! For more on paint, check out this article from Elle Decor on Color Picks From the Pros.
5. Get Artsy.
Artwork hanging on the walls is a great way to show your personality. Hanging up art can sometimes be forgotten or an afterthought... don't forget to dress up those walls! Find pieces that speak to you, and make you feel happy. When in doubt, choose something abstract & colorful, or a classic black and white photograph. Don't be afraid of larger pieces, and experiment with creating your own "gallery wall" of favorite works. We love Society6 for art prints, and Ikea is great for affordable frames! Ali also fell in love with these perfume bottle prints from Z'Gallerie for her gallery wall. Helpful hint for gallery walls: all of the pieces should line up at the same height straight across the bottom (or close to it) for a clean look. Check out this great "how to" on gallery walls from Z'Gallerie.
6. Go Green.
A simple houseplant or fresh flowers (even of the faux variety) can do wonders to warm up your space. Succulents are a chic and low maintenance option, that need only sunlight and very little water to stay healthy. If you're going faux, just make sure that whatever you pick looks as real as possible. If neon blue roses don't exist in real life, chances are the faux version isn't going to look too real either. Silk orchid plants with white flowers are a great choice, and usually look pretty close to the real deal!
Not a fan of your couch, but buying a new one isn't in the budget? Add accessories! Try out pillows and throw blankets in fun patterns and colors. Instead of the usual 4"x6" picture frame, try enlarging a favorite photo to an 8"x10" size with a big new frame. Think beyond the picture frame... coffee table books, sculptures, decorative boxes, and geodes all make for decorative pieces with personality.
8. Mirror On The Wall.
Small space? Simple solution... add mirrors! They create depth and the illusion of a larger area. HomeGoods is our favorite spot for finding pretty mirrors at a reasonable price.
9. Invest Wisely.
Think "long term relationship" with your big ticket furniture. If you're making a large purchase, choose something timeless. Pick a neutral color, a classic shape. We found some beds from Z'Gallerie that we just love (here & here) that are sophisticated, and that you'll enjoy for years to come.
10. Eclectic Feel.
Want something funky? Go cheap! Hunt for treasures with "good bones" at your local Goodwill or vintage market. Garage sales can have gems too. See beyond the color it's in now, and envision it as a whole new piece. Antique brass iron bed + turquoise spray paint= bohemian bedroom dreamland. Or, add white spray paint for a shabby chic paradise! The choice is yours.
What are some of your favorite places to shop for home decor? Share with us!
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10
It's almost summer time, which means moving out and moving into a new place! Whether you're moving out of the dorms or just to a new apartment, we found some cute finds to decorate your home all under $100!
The Jonathan Adler Zebra Dish is one of our favorites and it also comes in silver! Um, can we take a moment and check out the adorable Lanvin illustrated playing cards? It's perfect for game night with your girlfriend and every household needs a deck of cards, right?
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
For us, a creative workspace means a happy workspace. Being in an environment that provides inspiration keeps the creative juices flowing while you're working away! When TSS Co-Founder Ali moved in to her new office, she was excited to decorate & get organized with her finds from Office Depot & See Jane Work. Practical items with a feminine and colorful touch? Sign us up!
Ali fell in love with the black and white patterned items-- from polka dots to stripes. She picked bright white as the backdrop for her space, so these two patterns fit the color scheme perfectly! The striped Letter Sorter & Magazine File added interest to the corner of her desk... not to mention, they're great for organization! Both items hold papers and small notebooks with stylish ease. Even the little Pink Notecards find a home in the Letter Sorter. Hey, you gotta send those thank you notes!
Those highlighters pack a punch... they're smudge-proof! We've never seen a highlighter like this one before. Another practical item is Binder Clips, and we fell for these sweet little pink ones-- complete with a bow on top. Binder clips have certainly never been this cute before! The polka dot Business Notebook keeps things together with an elastic band, and is great to grab for notes on the run. Sticky Notes are always handy, and these ones felt special in the Lavender color. Got a quick note to save for later? The polka dot Flip Book Notebook will do the trick.
Two of Ali's favorite items are the White Stapler and White Tape Dispenser. She loved the clean and simple lines, and of course the chic white color it was offered in! Both items fit right in with the decor, and make for nice looking (and useful!) desk accessories.
Binders and Padfolios are an office staple, and Ali couldn't resist the ones with the polka dot pattern. The Padfolio is one of our top picks... clipboard on top, and a legal size notebook fits neatly inside. It's a great item for meetings, and for jotting down notes on the go.
We're constantly making "To-Do" Lists. Seriously, who can live without one?! When Ali saw this pink To Do Sticky Notepad, she had to have it. It's a lifesaver for daily tasks, complete with spots to check items off as you go. Naturally, Ali thought that Pink Pens to match her notepad would be a nice touch!
We love how Ali's office space came together with her finds from Office Depot & See Jane Work. Big thank you to everyone at Office Depot for helping her creative space come to life. With these finds, we've discovered that there's no need to be bland... practical office supplies can have style too!
So, are you inspired to go shopping? You're in luck! Check out our Coupon for $10 off your purchase of $50 from See Jane Work. Hurry, it's valid through the end of March!
*Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Office Depot, however, all views and opinions are solely that of The Sorority Secrets.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Alright, so we have to share a secret that we have been obsessing over and it's these amazing, in-your-face (but in a classy way) decals from Urbanwalls! These decals are not your typical wall decals, it really is a wallpaper in it's own way and the best part about these decals is that they are all removable! Oh, and reasonable!
Danielle is the face behind this amazing company with a love for design and creativity. She's a stay-at-home mom that turned her passion into her "job" and when she's not with her boys and her new baby girl (congrats, Danielle!) and "work", she's probably working on her adorable blog!
Can we talk about the adorable designs though?! She has everything from dots, hearts, anchors (hint, hint DGs!), triangles, and SO MUCH MORE on her site and you can also find her on Etsy!
We may just be feeling generous and give our readers a coupon code for Urbanwalls... stay tuned!
Happy Hump Day, Everyone!
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
1. Beach Blues, 2. Charm & Gumption, 3. Pencil Shavings Studio, 4. Kidecals, 5. Charlie's Nest, 6. Betawife, 7. Silhouette Blue, 8. Saddle Shoe Signs, 9. Junghwa, 10. Shugabee Lane
We love Etsy, you love Etsy, everyone loves Etsy! Etsy has become a phenomenon with over 15 million active sellers as of the end of last year and it is only consistently growing with 690,000 new sellers every month! Out of all of the shops on Etsy, we have our Top 10 favorite Etsy shops that we love that we know our readers would love!
Whether you're getting your best friend a personalized jewelry from Junghwa or decorating your new dorm room or your office with some Marquee Lights from Saddle Shoe Signs or a Chalk Board from Shugabee Lane! Check it out and make sure to comment below to tell us your favorite Etsy shop!
Happy Tuesday, everyone!