Style Scouting

Style Scouting: Vol. 27

I normally post my weekend Style Scouting posts on Sunday, but I have a project post that I am very excited to share with you on Monday.

I like to space my posts out with at least a day in between. So this is an early edition of my weekend’s Style Scouting post. A round-up of the random stuff that captured my attention or inspired me this past week.

Before I get to the links, I wanted to thank all of you for the nice comments you left me about my updated blog photo in my blog’s sidebar. I was hesitant to to add a new photo of myself since I am not thrilled with having Vitiligo, but I have come to terms with it and am working with a dermatologist to lighten, lessen and stop it from spreading. XO

Mandarina Studios decorated staircase,
Mandarina Studio

I never have seen this house before. Have you?

Not sure if I am a fan of this design trend. How about you?

Decorating in your own style should always be the goal…. even if it means removing something that many would find beautiful just as it is.

Have a staircase in your home? This is great post on many ways to hang art on the staircase wall.

I love the smell of lemons – so fresh and clean. I made a batch of this earlier today. Only 3 ingredients that worked better than a store bought household product, plus no chemicals!

How to make your bed so it looks like it is from a Pottery Barn catalog. Hint… size up!

How much fun would it be to win this!

Things to keep in mind as you are cleaning and organizing this month. The benefits of minimal living.

I am not big on decorating my house for Valentine’s Day, but this display idea made me want to!

Something sweet to make for your Valentine.

I need to do this!!!

I never knew such a product existed. Doesn’t look very safe, but it’s a very popular item.

Delicious options for a cold winter afternoon. This looks delish, too.

One of those really good tips you never knew about when reheating things like rice in the microwave.

Fun new vocabulary I learned this week:

Boomeritis: I have it in my right hip! Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Nicholas DiNubile coined the term “boomeritis” to describe the wear, tear, vulnerabilities, and injuries that baby boomers are experiencing as a result of lifelong commitments to staying active on their aging frames. In many cases, repeated stress on the knee can lead to osteoarthritis. Motion is lotion.

Manslipping: I have witnessed this many times when out and about and it is always older men doing it. Never women. Interesting phenomenon. :-)

And lastly…

REMEMBER TO JOIN THE FREE DECORATING FACEBOOK GROUP called The Decorating Panel! So much great interaction, advice, inspiration, and fun ideas for your home. Join the group HERE.

See you on Monday – If you love “before & afters” done on a super small budget, as well as easy, no paint or power tools needed – then you are going to like this post.

Enjoy your weekend!

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21 Comments

  1. I’m hoping the steering wheel desk is for when you are parked?
    I do IT support- so there have been times when I wished there was a comfortable way to use my laptop in the car- I still find it hard to believe that there is enough room for me in the seat and the desk.
    In addition- with the pandemic I have been stuck trying to eat in the car- and there is a definitely lack of flat surfaces to balance things on.
    Add another person to saying- your photo is gorgeous. No one is even close to as critical as the person being photographed when looking at pictures.

    1. Thanks Kat – I know as humans we are so critical of ourselves. XO I gotta stop doing that. I hadn’t thought about using the steering wheel desk as you described. It makes a lot of sense then. :-)

    1. Hi Maria – I love the smell of lemons and after reading your post, I went and made a batch right away since I had all the supplies. It works well. I like that it is non-toxic too.

  2. I love your new picture, and I think you look great! I have also been enjoying the FB group. Thanks for the links, and I enjoy all of your posts so much and look forward to them.

  3. Hello my friend! Thank you for the link to my staircase post, how lovely to see it pop up here! I’m not sure I’m into the reed look either, it just looks a little difficult to clean and I prefer flat or classic Shaker cabinetry. I miss you and I hope our paths cross someday soon!
    xoxo

    1. Hi Kate – So happy to share. I love all your posts, but knew my readers would really like this as I get many questions about what and how to hang art and more on a staircase wall. Maybe once Covid is in the rear-view mirror our paths will meet up again at a blogging event, conference or brand sponsored trip or who knows what else the future will hold… I am hoping travel! XO

  4. I am painting some rooms in the house so I took a wall in garage and hung alot of pictures, now when I open garage door it feels like extension of the house not a dumping ground. I so enjoy your blog, that it has alot of topics to read. Thank you

  5. Thanks for the invite to the FB group, The Decorating Panel – I’m thoroughly enjoying all the posts! Along with your blog posts, which are always interesting, thought provoking and inspiring. I actually look forward to each new one.

  6. Your hot buttered rum recipe is my go-to on a cold winters day.!
    The receded surfaces are too busy for me and I’m sure a nightmare to keep clean.
    I’m going to send my daughter the link to the Valentine treats. She’s homeschooling and this would be a fun and educational experience for the kids.
    Thanks for inspiring me!

  7. I hadn’t noticed your vitiligo, but I thought you looked thinner. Either way, you’re too cute and that haircut suits you so well. Thanks for the things you’ve shared here this week. Take care.

  8. Reeded surfaces, no,no, no . An unfortunate example of someone’s idea of an interesting “look” without considering how to maintain and keep it clean. The amount of dust, dirt, and allergens such a surface would collect boggles the mind! Certainly would not promote a minimalist approach to keeping a clean home.
    The ice trick for reheating rice is, on the other hand, genius!

  9. THANK YOU FOR INTRODUCING THE VP HOUSE. I AM NOW CRAVING NAAN THANKS TO THAT POST. BUT, WILL NOT BE CRAVING THE REEDED CABINETRY TO CLEAN THOSE CREVICES OR COVERING A BEAUTIFUL HOOD WITH SHIP LAP. WHAT A VARIETY YOU SHOWED US!!.

    1. Hi Laura – I can’t believe I never knew about the VP house. I would love to see more of the rooms and how it is decorated. I agree the crevices in the reeded cabinetry… life is too short to have to do extra cleaning. :-)

  10. I love the plates heart but it looks very big.Still doesn’t keep me from loving it. Maybe I could come up with a smaller version. Hope you have a great weekend!
    Lisa

    1. I didn’t notice your Vitiligo. Your sweet smile stands out above everything. I have boomeritis of the brain! Trying to remember where I laid my keys or iPhone.

      1. Thanks Cecilia – I loved the term when I heard it.:-) The Vitiligo on my face, hands and arms doesn’t look as bad in the winter, but in the warmer months of the year when the sun tans my skin, even with hats and major SPF, it really shows up.