22 Inspiration Ideas for Floral Home Decor

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{I adore the big bold floral wallpaper in Emily’s powder room makeover}

I love flowers, especially fresh ones, but have always been torn between keeping them in their place on earth to continue to grow and flourish until their time has come; or, to use them as décor, where they will inevitably (and shortly) live for the few days that time will allow.

As much as I love having fresh flowers around, there are other less high-maintenance ways to decorate that have a much longer shelf life (save for some cleanings / dustings here and there). You can add florals to your home with pillows, wallpaper, rugs, bedding, window treatments, accessories, lighting and just about any other creative way you can think of. Here are a few of my favorite ways to bring some blooms into your home. While some of these ideas are not necessarily my taste, they provide me with much inspiration to create my own space and style.

Do you like to decorate with florals? What are some creative ways you’ve found to use florals in your home décor?

{Floral wallpaper in the hallway / mudroom}

{Bright floral rug in the entryway}

{Floral rug in the living room}

{Floral pillows in the living room}

{Floral backsplash in the kitchen}

{Floral wallpaper and rug in the kitchen (I would probably not do this in my home, but I’m still drawn to it nonetheless)}

{Oh Joy’s “Petal Pushers” wallpaper in the dining room}

{Floral ceiling artwork in the dining room}

{Floral decor throughout in this dining / living room combo}

{Floral window shade in home office}

{Abstract floral wallpaper in the study / home office}

{Big bold floral wallpaper in the craft room}

{I like the subtle floral details on the bedding}

{Floral details throughout including the curtains and ceiling light}

{Floral headboard and pillow in guest bedroom}

{Floral wallpaper for kid’s room}

{Floral rug and bedding in kid’s room}

{Teepee for the nursery / kid’s room}

{Floral shower curtain and towel in the bathroom}

{Bold floral wallpaper in the bathroom}

{A very regal wallpaper background in the bathroom}

*All photos from Houzz.com*

Lourdes Loves Lately

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{Window shopping inspiration}

TGIF! How was your week? It’s been a good one, despite the change (for the worse) in weather. I’m looking forward to some down time this weekend. My sister keeps insisting I need to watch Empire. Anyone else tuned in? Thoughts? I want to catch the new Cinderella movie. What are your plans? Here are some things I’ve been loving this week. Have a good one!

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{Pretty donuts from Stan’s}

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{Little beauty getting her first haircut}

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{Pretty painting I saw at an office}

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{My mom getting a little help with her cake for an early birthday celebration}

Fitness: Bikram 30 Day Challenge – Day 30 Update

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I completed my 30 day Bikram Yoga challenge on Saturday, March 14. I started this journey because I wanted to add fitness as a daily habit and thought yoga would be a good place to start. And, that 30 days of Bikram yoga would be challenging as well as attainable. Now, here I am, happy to have accomplished my goal, but even happier to have gone through my journey. It wasn’t always easy, but it was worth it.

As I’ve said before, Bikram yoga is a 2.5 – 3 hour daily commitment. I started when I did because I knew that I could make the time for it. Sad to say, but it is not something I can keep up every day now. This is the only negative thing I’ve found with it.

When I started the journey, I was way out of shape. I had not worked out in a really long time and desperately wanted to make it a daily habit. But the thought of it was just too daunting (I hit a major wall after I completed my one and only marathon a few years ago). However, I committed and I made it. Here are some of the things I’ve learned along my journey.

It’s mind over matter – During class and during a particular pose, you will often hear a teacher say “Make up your mind and just do it.” This is so true. When I decided to commit to 30 days, I made up my mind that I was going to do it. I also posted daily on Instagram. During class, if I started to think too long about a pose, I would go back to this mantra of mind over matter and just do it. I think this could apply to life as well.

You will find time for the things that you make a priority – You know that saying, “If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse?” Well, this is so true. Before Bikram, I would tell myself I had no time for exercise (not even 30 minutes), yet I managed to find 2.5 hours a day every day for 30 days for Bikram. Why? Because I made it a priority. I had to juggle some days, but I always made it to class. I even made it to class when I was feeling so ill that I had to spend almost the entire day in bed, except for when I went to class.

I am a happier person when I exercise – There is scientific evidence that endorphins trigger a positive feeling in the body. I have always felt better after every class. On days that I was feeling lazy, this is one of the things I would remember to tell myself to get to class and it usually worked.

Small steps can lead to big things – I started my yoga journey on a mission to accomplish doing it for 30 days straight. Now I am on a mission to do it for 90 days straight. And, it has given me the confidence to start my running again as well as try other forms of exercise. Like they say, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

Since I’ve completed my 30 days of Bikram, I’ve started to practice at another studio. While I really did love hot yoga, I wanted to learn other forms as well. My new yoga studio has classes ranging from Vinyasa to Ashtanga to Forrest, as well as other forms. So far, I’ve tried Vinyasa and Yin yoga and have enjoyed both. I want to keep a daily practice so I am seeing what works best for me. This journey to health is a lifelong one in which I will continue to challenge myself. It may not always be easy, but I will make sure to always make it worthy.

Do you practice yoga? Do you workout regularly? What keeps you motivated?

Soul {Food For Thought} Sunday

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{Lake Michigan}

There are always going to be people who will try to bring you down, even those who are closest to you. Just remember that it’s not about you, but a reflection on their own thoughts. If it gets to be too much, then know you have the power to step away. It’s not worth having negative people in your life. Have faith in yourself and follow your guts, more than likely it will lead you in the right direction. Even if you can’t see the forest for the trees. You are enough and your dreams matter. As someone once told me, “It’s none of your business what other people think of you.” Word.

“Don’t let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity.

It’s your place in the world; it’s your life.

Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.”

{Mae Jemison ~ Physician, astronaut and the first black woman to travel in space}

Spring Style Inspiration from the Runways

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Spring has arrived! Hallelujah! It has been a bleak, freezing-cold and miserable winter. I am so excited it is finally over and spring has sprung! Admittedly, our city does not seem to have too much of a spring weather-wise, but I’ve read this year will be different. I hope those predictions ring true. I’ve had a folder sitting on my computer for some time now (since last year!) with some style inspirations from the runways of S/S 2015. There are some really easy pieces and others a bit dramatic, but overall, I’m loving the palette and designs.

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{All photos from Style.com}