Style It: Handpainted Wood Elephant

This gorgeous little elephant is hand-painted and hand-carved, making it the perfect addition to a rustic or boho-inspired space.


Pair it with bright, complementary colors and exotic textures. Think fuchsia, turquoise, and sunflower yellow for hues, and materials that feature sequins or faux fur. Going white works just as well, and can have a super luxe result; just be sure to add plenty of mixed textures or patterns to prevent the decor from feeling flat.


Place it in a room with too many heavy colors, particularly brown. Doing this will make the space feel weighed down, and the elephant itself will blend in and be forgotten.

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5 Ways to Prepare for a Mindblowing Year

1. Purge the things that don't bring you joy.

This includes clothes, gifts, food, home decor, and even people. By keeping something or someone around that doesn't make you happy, you're adding dead weight to your life. And wouldn't it be nice to feel a little lighter in 2016?

2. Be specific about what you want to accomplish.

It's not enough to say you want to "lose weight" or "drink more water". Be insanely specific about your goals by adding numbers, deadlines, and steps for success; for instance "I want to lose 10 pounds by June 1st, and I'll do it by cutting out sugar, tracking calories, and running three times a week for 30 minutes".

3. Update your home and/or wardrobe.

What better way to ring in the new year than buy adding a fresh new piece to your home or wardrobe? (We suggest this, this, or this). Per #1 of this list, make sure it's something you absolutely adore!

4. Tell someone you're thankful for them.

Whether you're spending NYE solo or attending a party, be sure to let someone know how much they mean to you. Call up your sister, send an email to your BFF, or even tell someone on the street. Not only will it get that person's year off to a great start, but yours as well.

5. Start and end with gratitude.

Studies have shown that regularly acknowledging what's great about your life can make you happier and healthier. Consider buying a gratitude journal for 2016, and when you wake up in the morning or go to bed each night, jot down three things you're grateful for. It will make you want what you already have, and there's nothing better than that!

5 Tips For an Inspiring Space


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1. Keep it clean

When you become mindful about the cleanliness of your space every day as opposed to doing one big cleaning session once a year, you develop a sense of pride in where you live. Keep tables and countertops free of clutter, clean your ceiling fans once every few weeks, and wipe down your baseboards regularly. You'll be amazed at the difference.

2. Use your favorite scents

Between cleaning, organizing, and generally trying to keep your sanity, the scent of your home can become a forgotten thought. Keep your favorite candles stocked up so you always have one to burn, and spray your sheets with a mist you adore. The lovely scents will put a smile on your face no matter how crazy things are.

3. Fill it with inspirational quotes

What better way to create an uplifting space than to surround yourself with beautiful quotes? Our inspirational vases were designed to encourage you every time you see them (not to mention house your favorite flowers).

Pictured above: Ceramic Scripture Vase, $29, Ceramic Inspirational Vase, $29.

4. Only keep what you love

You know that throw pillow you're not crazy about, that your co-worker knitted and gave you as a gift? Or that piece of jewelry you received for Christmas that you never wear? Despite the loving intentions behind them, belongings like this only take up space, and add to our already cluttered lives. Allow yourself to donate what doesn't bring you joy, and you'll feel a whole lot lighter.

5. Foster positive vibes

Negativity will inevitably creep into our lives at times, but in our own homes, we have the power to control it. Start every morning feeling grateful for the roof over your head, and you're setting yourself up for a beautiful day.

How to Have a Cozy Living Room (Even in the Summer)

What do you picture when you think of the word "cozy"? Probably a big, comfy couch...warm knit blanket...hot cocoa in hand...a typical winter scene. Coziness is most often associated with cold weather months, but it doesn't have to be that way. A cozy summer space is more than possible, with a few minor adjustments.

1. A light blanket.

Switch out your heavier throw blanket for one that's light yet still super cozy. Make it one with a fun pattern or in a bright color and you're sure to bring some life into the room.

Try this: Reversible Border Stripe Throw from West Elm.

2. Fresh-smelling candles.

Candles and winter go together like PB&J, but why restrict them to just one time of year? Flickering candles can bring some ambiance to summer, so instead of the typical food smells of winter, go with something light and fresh.

Try this: Voluspa Maison Metallo Candle in Saijo Persimmon from Paris Paris.

3. A pop of color.

Fall and winter are all about neutral hues, while spring and summer bring out the color. If your space is looking a little drab, punch it up with a bright throw pillow or vase.

Try this: Dreambirds Vase by Anthropologie.

4. String lights.

String lights are no longer only meant for Christmas or college dorms. Grown-up lights like the copper ones below can add a warm, cozy atmosphere to your living room - try lining them around the ceiling or stringing them on an indoor plant.

Try this: Amber Lights on Copper Wire from Restoration Hardware.

5. A (faux) fire.

Who says a fire needs warmth? When entertaining guests or simply enjoying the space on your own, put on a digital fire. This way you get the crackle and warm glow without the unnecessary heat.

Try this: Fireplace: Classic on Amazon.
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