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What are you up to this week? Now that it’s full-blown, hot-as-heck Summer down here in South Florida, I’m planning to take all my work-related phone calls poolside for the rest of the season. Just the prospect makes the rest of the work-week sound so much more bearable. How are YOU making it through to the weekend? Hope the rest of your week is divine, and here are some links…

10 historical superstitions we carry on today.

Misunderstanding a female serial killer.

22 ambassadors recommend the one book to read before visiting their country.

This family is VERY committed to their karaoke rendition of “One Day More” from Les Mis.

Spend a day working with a paparazzi photographer.

8 books you need to read if you’re interested in cults. (and/or just finished binge watching Wild Wild Country like yours truly!)

I have a free class credit with Master Class and I’m thinking of enrolling in this one taught by Malcom Gladwell.

Absolutely in love with everything about this a-frame house. (When can I move in?)

From friendly mermaids to a fiery volcano, the mini-golf courses in Myrtle Beach have it all.

This ice cream shop is so good that Israelis sneak into Palestine to eat there.

The guy who can’t stop winning HQ trivia.

I’ve been itching to read this book. Anyone have a copy?

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Five Great Poetry Books! and Mini Vacay: Delray Beach!!!

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Spruce Up Your Neutral Rental – Without Upsetting the Landlord!

When it comes to home decor, you can’t go wrong with light neutrals. Shades like light grey, beige, or even plain white can all bounce the light around making any space look bigger or brighter- plus the colors work with any style of decor. In my vast rental experience, landlords love painting their properties this way as it appeals to the most amount of tenants, allowing them to get people in and renting their places as quickly as possible. However, while there are great benefits to a neutral, blank canvas- it can feel very impersonal and can take a bit of sprucing up to make it feel like YOUR home.

Here are some of the ways you can liven up a rental without changing those neutral walls and flooring…

Add Wall Decoration

Landlords can be funny about their tenants putting holes in the walls, so it’s worth speaking to them first and getting permission. (If you’re not allowed to make holes, you can always use command hooks.) You could hang anything from a piece of art that you’ve carefully selected to a gallery wall made up of framed prints that you switch up every few months. Either way, wall decor is an easy way to add personality to a room without paint or wallpaper. Round out the look with a statement clock and a mirror, these will also break up the bland walls but they’re of course functional, too!

Choose Statement Furniture

When the rest of your decor is  plain, you have the freedom to be a bit more adventurous with other items and your furniture is one place you can go wild. How about choosing a statement coffee table, or upcycling your tv unit or sideboard for a unique look? A plain sofa might be best as it’s an investment piece that will need to stand the test of time. But pair it with a brightly colored or patterned chair or a funky footstool. Choose one or two key pieces to stand out and go with bold and unusual styles. A fantastic way to show off your personality!

Think About Lighting

Lighting is something that’s often overlooked and left as an afterthought when it comes to decor, but it shouldn’t be. Lighting is such an important element, and it’s another way you can inject a little extra personality into the room. It could be anything from a chandelier to an industrial looking fitting with exposed bulbs. And don’t forget to add lamps! If you purchase smart bulbs, you can adjust the brightness and warmth of any room’s glow right from your phone. Plus, colorful or interesting lamp bases, shades, or both can bring in a little extra something to a room that’s decorated in neutral colors.

Consider Accessories

Your accessories are what will bring the room together, show your style and allow your personality to come through. Add cozy cushions and throws to spruce up sofas, chairs and beds. Patterned or colored rugs to make floors feel more comfortable and to tie rooms together. Let your interests and hobbies shine through! Whether that includes a place to display your geode collection, a Viking axe hung on the wall, or a beautifully aquascaped aquarium! Don’t just choose things for the sake of it, instead have a good think about not only what will work well in the space but what really reflects YOU. Your home should be a curation of the things that you love. Just remember – it’s quality over quantity when it comes to things out on display.

Add Plants

Any home (whether a rental or not) will benefit from the addition of plants! Not only does the color and texture liven up a home but they’ve even been shown to boost mood. You could go with some larger standing varieties in pots, a few mini cactus, smaller plants on tables and desks, and hanging plants. If you’re bad at keeping plants alive, go for low maintenance varieties, or there’s even some rather realistic-looking faux varieties on the market these days. Vases of flowers are another option. You can buy bunches from supermarkets very cheaply, and they will brighten your home for days! Plus, it’s a fun way to treat yourself. 

How have you spruced up a neutral rental without upsetting your landlord?! 

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Hello from Louisiana! Chet and I are spending the next few days in his hometown. We were happy to escape Miami for a few days (Spring Break is pretty lit for those traveling in but not so much for those who always reside there, if ya catch my drift!) Today, we’ve already eaten here and seen some art by an acclaimed animator. But I wanted to pop on and say “Hi!” and post a few links for your Wednesday. Hope y’all are having a great week, now get to clickin’…

The last conversation you’ll need to have about eating right.

This French Instagram profile is not what you think it is.

15 things every woman should own.

The tuberculosis hospital that treated America’s Vaudeville stars.

A whole lotta Whole 30 meal inspiration.

OOGA BOO

My cat needs this 2-story home.

These pineapple coconut muffins look delicious (and so tropical!).

70 movies you have to watch by the time you’re 30.

Who was she? A DNA test only opened new mysteries.

Back when Pizza Hut was an experience.

5 tips for a budget-friendly bathroom revamp.

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — 30 Boredom Buster When You’re Ballin’ on a Budget and Testing the Amazing, Multi-Purpose Powers of Witch Hazel.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!!! I hope you all are having a love-filled day! How are you celebrating the holiday? Of course today is the middle of the week so must of us are spending the day working. But do you have anything special planned? Chet and I are having a nice dinner at home and will exchange a few surprises. (Eeee!) But for now, here are some links you may want to peruse…

How much an out gay Olympian could mean to a kid now—or to a 34-year-old who’s been waiting for it his whole life.

Related: Winter Olympics Netflix Marathon

A glimpse at Appalachia’s feminist protest music.

This bedroom wall is so magical!

The easiest crusty bread recipe ever. Yum!

My trusty (and super cheap) mini backpack has about had it. Should I upgrade?

Related: Backpacks make for happy backs. ❤

A new report finds that slavery is mistaught and often sentimentalized—and students are alarmingly misinformed as a result.

Small wonder that films about female friendships have traditionally fared so poorly with critics. Look who’s writing the reviews.

Related: Rules for Female Friendship

More and more Americans experience eviction, and gentrification is partly to blame.

Related: Slum Lords aka The Hell of Renting

A brief history of how women got tricked into shaving.

Should I do 100 squats every day for 30 days?

Related: How to Make Your Own Fitness Challenge

Are Busy Phillip’s IG stories making anyone else want to get a rebounder?

Finally, if you have Le Tote, they are having an AMAZING end of season sale. (And if you don’t have Le Tote, you should sign up. <-use that link and get your first tote on me. Seriously!)

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Weekend Uniforms and The Reading Habits Tag.

A Rustic Bohemian Inspired Balcony

Ol’ Punxsatawney Phil just predicted 6 more weeks of Winter. Yikes! But down here in South Florida it’s the perfect temperature to lounge outside. In the Summer months, it’s way too hot to think about hanging out on our balcony. But now that the days are getting longer, and there are more hours of sunlight to take advantage of, it’s the perfect place to be. I guess you could say Phil’s decree is a GOOD THING for us. (Sorry guys!) Bring on the additional balcony weather!

In honor of this auspicious Groundhog’s Day, I thought I’d do some make-believe interior decorating. I’d love to give our outdoor space a makeover in a Rustic Bohemian Style. Our balcony is narrow, but runs the whole length of our apartment, and is completely screened in (no bugs!). The view is mostly of other buildings but when the sun sets, there’s still lots of colorful sky to behold. Oh, and of course palm trees a’plenty!

Here’s what I’d add to give the space a boho reboot with a touch of rustic charm…

A terra cotta and brass moon to hang on the wall and watch over us.

A set of roman shades to keep the afternoon sun out of our eyes (and nosy neighbors out of our business).

A wooden bowl to store a stack of limes for evening gin & tonics.

A throw pillow or two to make furniture feel like a cozy oasis.

A couple of planters shaped like cubes to house our plant friends.

A thrift-store-find side table that we can “antique” with a coat of paint and a few squares of sandpaper.

A gaggle of colorful tealight holders to really set the mood.

And an outdoor sectional that’s just as comfy as a living room couch (with a much better breeze!).

What styles or spaces are inspiring YOUR interior design daydreams? I’d love to hear! 

[IN THE MOOD FOR MORE MAKE-BELIEVE? A PALM LEAF PRINT INSPIRED BEDROOM!]

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What are you up to this week, my loves? As my Whole30 winds down, I’ve been researching ways to bring pizza back into my life in a less gluten-y, dairy-filled fashion. Have you ever tried making a cauliflower crust? It just seems like so much work! Might have to load up on the pre-made version on our next trip to Trader Joe’s. (Can you tell I’m missing celebratory Pizza Friday’s??) Hope your Wednesday is wonderful, and here are some links for your mid-week enjoyment…

The Duffer brothers thought they’d flamed out in Hollywood. Then they came up with Stranger Things.

Another post-Whole30 baked good I’m itching to make.

How the Ikea catalogue cracked what ‘domestic bliss’ means in different cultures.

The bunkers built to survive an apocalypse.

For families divided by the border, there is one place where they are allowed to come together–almost.

Society would be worse without gossip.

Related: I stopped paying women compliments on their appearance and here’s what happened.

A book about a futuristic Joan of Arc that looks right up my street.

Texas prisons ban books by Langston Hughes and Bob Dole – but ‘Mein Kampf’ is ok.

Behind the scenes with YouTube’s De’arra and Ken 4 Life.

How cute are these PJ’s?

A resistance led by celebrities will always be bullshit.

Millions of bananas arrive every week in NYC. It takes a lot to get them from the boat to the bodega.

P.S. A few Finding delight posts you may have missed — Recipe: Banana Nut Baked Oatmeal and Simple Cure: Drink More Water.

P.P.S. Hop on over to my Finding Delight Reader Survey! I’m planning new content and would LOVE your input. Thanks a mil! xoxo

A Palm Leaf Print Inspired Bedroom

Today is super dreary and we’re bracing for an endless string of days with thunderstorms in the forecast. So, to cheer myself up, I’m gonna do a little make-believe interior decorating! Palm Leaf Print seems to be everywhere at the moment. (Seriously, check out Pinterest.)

While I’m going for a more beachy vibe in my current bedroom (with light blues and greens and calming touches), I can see loving this decor in a future home. Maybe one where we don’t have NATURE’S palm leaf print right outside our bedroom window. 😉

Until then, commence the daydream interior design:

A palm leaf duvet cover serves as the anchor for the room and is perfect for cuddling up in on less-than-tropical mornings.

A wallpaper to create the illusion of an exposed brick accent wall.

A pair of round bedside tables to flank the palm leaf-ed bed.

A zig-zag wall shelf as the perfect place for plants to live.

A lamp for the dresser on copper tripod legs.

A sunburst mirror to make a bold statement.

A marble ring dish and agate boxes for storing tiny treasures.

A bright hamper to keep dirty clothes off the floor.

And a metal basket stows extra, cozy blankets and a stash of just-for-fun magazines.

What elements or prints are inspiring YOUR interior design daydreams? I’d love to hear! xoxo

P.S. Please take a few minutes to fill out my READER SURVEY. I will send you 10,000 virtual hugs!!! Thanks. 🙂

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Hello there! How’s your week so far? Chet and I finished watching season 7 of Shameless, and are happily making preparations for a mini-vacay to Delray Beach. Also, I got my oil changed this week. Is it weird how much I love drive-thru car maintenance? (It’s just so convenient to stay in your car!) Hope the rest of your week is as awesome as you, and here are a few links for your Wednesday enjoyment…

Mini home makeovers that won’t break the bank.

Related: Brighten your living space with these style accents.

This book of essays sounds hilarious.

20 dinners you can meal prep on Sundays.

The one thing that even CHEAP vodka is good for.

Fashion, faith, and the feminization of Catholic Ireland.
“The material culture of girls’ lives — particularly what they wore, and what that meant — can reveal much about their surprising agency in the patriarchal past. First Communion dresses, past and present, reflect status, wealth, and a commitment to faith, but they also tell us much more. They remind us not to dismiss as ridiculous or frivolous the material lives of girls and women.”

The sleazy and spectacular history of malt liquor.

I’ve been wanting to get more creative with essential oils. These blends seem like a good place to start!

Have you had Big Easy Bucha? I’m obsessed.

Guy reports co-worker to HR because her period made him “uncomfortable.”

Pet brothers from other mothers!!

Microsoft Paint, used throughout childhoods since the 1980’s, has been marked for death.

A warning, a crusade, and a public reckoning at the University of Florida.

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — Pokemon Hunting  and My Dream Living Room in 10 Easy Steps

My Dream Living Room in 10 Easy Steps

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You know how when Oprah was touting The Secret, she told us we could turn our dreams into reality through the power of vision boards? Yeah? Well, sometimes I log onto Polyvore.com and next thing I know “OOPS!” several hours have passed and I tell myself…“You did it for Future-Beth’s dream home, kid. Someday she’ll thank you!” 
With that in mind, here’s my latest living room VISION BOARD. Peacock blue + neutrals + mid-century modern + mixed metals and woods. A dream room which, through 10 “easy” steps, could easily be turned into a home decor reality…

1. Dramatic, floor-length curtains.

I love these affordable panels from Target in a slate grey.

2. Over-sized prints – framed and hung prominently.

Something about pairing a raw, black & white photograph with a more ethereal and colorful, Impressionist-inspired painting makes me feel like the room is balanced.

3. Pretty details to create added interest.

Wouldn’t this botanical print from Refinery Paper Co. look sweet hanging by a brass binder clip? And wouldn’t it be fun to DIY a decoupage ampersand? Yes and yes!

4. Long sofa for streeeeetching out.

A three-seat sofa in a pretty peacock blue, please and thank you.

5. Upright lamp to shed light on the situation.

I like tall lamps with a long arm to create some depth. I also like not having to rely on harsh ceiling lights when I’m trying to get cozy with a good book.

6. A side table aka landing pad for morning cups of coffee and evening cocktails.

The pattern created by the metalwork on this side table mimics the interlaced fingers in the black & white photograph and that’s no accident. Drawing coordination inspiration from elements other than color is a favorite decorating tip of mine!

7. Funky armchair.

Normally asymmetry would drive me bonkers…but this chair has so much personality!

8. Geometric rug, featuring colors to tie it all together.

The gentle blue wave pattern adds a relaxing element.

9. Flickering candles and potted plants for added ambiance.

I love these simple lanterns with cut-out stars and succulents in a small copper planter.

10. A stunning marble coffee table.

Because I really hope marble never goes out of style!

Do you ever lose hours on Polyvore or Pinterest planning out your dream home? Would any of these 10 elements find themselves featured in your dream living room? Got any great resources for home decor inspiration? SHARE BELOW!!!

P.S. Cool Poster Round-Up! Cute Guest Room Round-Up!

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Welcome to 2017, my friends! Gah! How futuristic does THAT sound? I hope you’re all doing well and settling into the new year with ease. Did you make any resolutions? Set any new intentions? I’d like to develop some new organizational systems (paperwork, computer files, my planner…all these Christmas decorations that need to come down eventually, lol) and decrease time spent in front of screens. I’m also kick-starting my year with daily yoga videos from Adriene. (LOVE her January challenges!) Now, if reading more random internet articles was a resolution of yours, I’ve got ya covered… But you can feel free to click through even if it wasn’t…

Adding Chris Bohjalian’s book The Sleepwalker to my 2017 reading list.

Glamour just published it’s first issue produced completely by women. It’s about time.

This stamp set from Concord & 9th makes the sweetest DIY cards for winter.

Sherman Alexie, Lindy West, and Ta-Nehisi Coates all quit Twitter this week.

Would you paint your walls blush?

There’s a massive restaurant industry bubble, and it’s about to burst.

Death on the hippie trail.

The introvert’s travel bucket list for 2017.

Yoga may not be scientifically valid, but it works for me.

Diaries shed new light on siege of Leningrad.

The little-known link between Princess Leia’s iconic hairstyle and the Mexican Revolution.

*shrugs* Shit happens.