a living room refresh with Bemz

a budget-friendly living room refresh with @BemzDesign for spring. Learn all about this custom tailored linen slipcover for IKEA furniture on Jojotastic.com #Bemz #IKEAhack

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Renovating a house is a funny thing… you start one room and in the midst of that project, you start to cast an editing eye around to the other rooms. Or at least that’s the trap I keep falling into! Lately I’ve been feeling like the living room needed a bit of a refresh, especially since I haven’t changed that room much in almost a year. One major change we made recently was to get an IKEA couch and then increase the drama with a new slipcover from Bemz; the effect is quite dramatic, but also very livable and comfy!

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DIY // geometric tassel earrings

Make these pretty geometric tassel earrings in under a half an hour!

I’m extra excited to share this post, because it takes me back to my first crafting love: jewelry making. Stringing rainbow-hued pony beads onto sparkly plastic cord in elementary school was basically my gateway drug into the world of DIY. Luckily, my tastes have matured a bit over the years, and now I’ve moved on to silk tassels and brass charms.

My goal whenever I make jewelry now is make it look anything but homemade. The key to this is using quality materials and having the right tools on hand. Needle-nose pliers are a must have, because they allow you to easily create finished loops. Other than that, this project is a total breeze! In less than 30 minutes you’ll be in the possession of a pair of statement-making geometric tassel earrings that are so polished and on trend people will be asking where you bought them.

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my search for stylish house numbers

source: antiqued metal house number.

Up until I broke my leg, my plan for the house was to make the exterior look as good as the interior has been. While that project is somewhat stalled at the moment, I cam still able to think of smaller details, like house numbers. Have you noticed that so many of them are straight up terrible?? Why are they all so ugly? Recently, I did an internet deep dive and unearthed a few really gorgeous options for stylish house numbers. I know I can’t be the only one in this predicament, so hopefully this guide will help you, too!

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the friday edit

the friday edit. block printed pillows, floral wrap dress, mini white pitcher, and more on jojotastic.com

Happy Friday, you guys! I really feel like I’m in the home stretch of healing my broken leg. Next week I’ll see my orthopedic doctor again and get another set of x-rays, hopefully showing that I can stop wearing my boot completely. I’m still working on that whole ‘walking’ thing, but each day I make more and more progress.

Here’s some stuff that is inspiring me lately…

Block Shop makes some of the most gorgeous textiles I’ve ever seen. Loving the Sunrise Black Pillow and Magnet Indigo Pillow a LOT.

Wrap dresses feel effortless and romantic these days. Loving the flattering silhouette and print on this Alice + Olivia dress.

The most perfect little cream pitcher ever.

I’ve been on the hunt for easy summer tops to wear with my trusty cut offs. Loving this gingham top so much.

Without being aware of it, I have run out of my Aesop balm, so I’m eyeing a new one in Reverence Aromatique.

SO sad that these mustard flats are on backorder. I desperately want them for when I can wear cute shoes again!

My pals Turntable Kitchen turned me onto these amazing candles and I’m positively obsessed.

Have a great weekend!

Recipe // mango basil bourbon smash

easy summer cocktail recipe for Mango Basil Bourbon Smash on jojotastic.com

Have you guys ever wondered why I never share recipes with pineapple? It’s because I’m allergic! How unfortunate, huh. Often, I swap in mango so that I can still get that tropical cocktail vibe, but without getting sick. Lately I’ve been serving up a really simple, but statement-making cocktail at home: The Mango Basil Bourbon Smash! Smash cocktails are so easy to make and can be made with pretty much any flavor combination. I tend to love bourbon the best of all liquors for it’s delicious vanilla flavor — which just happens to pair really nicely with sweet mango and aromatic basil.

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our bedroom makeover // how we added a closet to our small space

Now that our bedroom makeover has been totally revealed (more on that here), it’s time to discuss our closet! When I bought the house, there wasn’t a single closet in the entire place, so that first year was all about getting creative. There are so many amazing options out there for creating a closet out of nothing — and, believe me, I evaluated them ALL before proceeding. Let’s dig in and discuss some serious organization!

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DIY // a wildflower arrangement straight from the market

If there’s one topic I’ve wanted to share more of on this blog, it would be floral arrangements. I absolutely love love love flowers, but florist, I am not. That’s why I am so thrilled to introduce our new Floral DIY contributor, Sarah of The Stemmery. Sarah is just the person to help bring to life all of the ideas I desperately want to do, but lack the skills to actually pull off. For example, I asked her to create a flower arrangement that looked like you’d just gone to a summer farmers market and filled a tote with wildflowers instead of veggies. And this is what she created! Amazing, huh?

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