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Jess’s Picks

  • One of the things I miss most about Christmas is lights! Our house seems so dark without Christmas lights on the tree or lighting our hosue through the windows all night. So, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Funkytime’s polymer clay floral light garland really caught my eye. The best thing about it is that it would look great year round and I think a simple strand of it could really make a great statement.

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Jess’s Picks

  • Winter finally came to Northwest Missouri. It’s so cold. It was 9 degrees outside when I woke up this morning and it felt warmer than it had yesterday … ugh. These homemade hand warmers from V and Co. are so appealing right now. And they’re cute and customizable! (via Styleist)
  • These Low Cost Picture Frames from Sweet Peach are great! I have some giant frames hanging around waiting for a project that needs them AND it would mean I would need to spraypaint and get photos printed which means I would have equipment to knock out several other DIYs sitting around.

Mary’s Picks

  • My new favorite blog to read is Pancakes and French Fries by Jules. It’s soooo well written, pretty, and makes me think. I like those things in blogs. It’s what keeps me coming back. Her William Morris Project couldn’t have come at a more poignant time for me because I’m wanting to purge so many things in my house right now. She started the project after being inspired by this quote from William Morris, “I will have nothing in my home that I do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”

 

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We took a little break from our Friday Reader Roundup series during the holiday to give us a chance to share some inspiring holiday posts. We plan to get back to that regular series next Friday, but in the meantime here are some really fun projects I can’t help but share.

I almost put these Pom-Pom Cupcake Toppers from Styleist in my Chinese New Year party roundup but I decided I should leave them out because there was no chance I was going to make them. I can’t resist sharing them though! They’re so festive!


DIY Hand Gesture Pop-Up Greeting Cards from Man Made DIY are really fun! And in most cases, they’re pretty encouraging. It would be a good afternoon project to keep yourself stocked up on ready made congratulations, thank you, or thinking of you cards. I’m not sure what sentiment the middle finger card is best to convey? Maybe a kind of bitter congratulations?

This Paper Fan Banner from Somewhere Splendid is obviously beautiful for the holidays but I think it would be adorable for a summer wedding! It could be a colorful backdrop for pre-wedding photos, lline the entry as people came in, and be put to good use as the party heats up!

 This how-to for a DIY: Mid-Century Modern Bench via 2Modern Blog looks really classy. I think I actually marked it so I could share it with Mary because the link-through has good advice on where to get all kinds of legs for your DIY projects and I know she’s on the hunt for some!

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Jess’s Picks

  • This Mobile for Mustache Lovers of All Ages at Man Made DIY  is pretty awesome too. Mary and I had a chat Sunday about how I hate fall so much that I won’t decorate for it because by the time I give in to the weather changing, it’s basically not unreasonable to decorate for Christmas. Maybe I should decorated for Movember instead?

 

Mary’s Picks

  • This wallpaper is by Kirath Ghundoo and was recently featured on Decor8. I love the whole collection of graphics she has available. I wish I could afford some to put in my credenza redo!
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Jess’s Picks

  • This DIY: Upcycled Fabric Garland tutorial by Bobbi Lewin for Poppytalk is so pretty and understated. I’m planning a dog-themed Christmas tree for the festival of trees fundraiser at my museum and I’m thinking this would be adorable with bone-shaped fabric.

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  • This quick DIY a DIY painted quote by Lisa Roy is so cute. I still have a few canvases leftover from the pack I bought when I made those paintings for my living room. This would be a great use for them!
  • These Long Distance Relationship pillows are really cute. Kyle and I were long-distance except for summers right up until we got married. It would be great for someone to miniaturize one of the pillows into a toy or a crib mattress so mommies and babies who don’t cosleep could experience it just a little.

Mary’s Picks

  • I’m a serious fan of Emily Henderson of HGTV’s Secrets from a Stylist (and the winner of Design Star). Practically everything she does I absolutely love and would totally live in. There’s basically nobody else I would say that about that exists in the television design world. I get her aesthetic and she’s a huge inspiration when I purchase things in my own home. Mostly because she gets at my basics when it comes to design: vintage, neutrals, wood tones, and pops of really pretty color. Okay, that was my Emily Henderson crush confession (I’ve got a whole Pinboard full of her awesomeness. Just bein’ honest). Done. BUT, she did do an awesome Holiday Guide with tons of fantastic bloggers! Go check it out. It’s inspiring.
  • This week Jules from Pancakes and French fries posted her “life list”. It’s got me thinking about all of those projects that need to get done around my house so that I may enjoy and live in the moment better. You know? When you’ve got something in the back of your mind knowing it needs to get done, then it’s a little bit harder to just sit and enjoy. Does that make since? So, I think I’m going to take a moment and commit myself to finishing those projects.
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Mary’s Picks

  • Photographer Marcus Reugels’ captured the world in water drops. Yep, the whole world! He took photos of water dropping in front of maps and it is so beautiful! Literal water worlds…

Jess’s Picks

  • Floddertje’s Home tour is so beautiful. The photos are so calming and I bet the house is too.

  • And moving on to the almost next holiday: I’ve been thinking about sending (and DIYing) Christmas cards this year. These  pop-up cards featured at Stylist might be just the direction to go.
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So Eclectic is a blog dedicated to great ideas for home design. Austin, Texas-based writer Mary Marcum and Savannah, Missouri-based writer Jess Rezac feature affordable decor, decorating solutions, and inspiration. At So Eclectic, we experiment with design together. So Eclectic posts new content every weekday.

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Jess

I live with Kyle, my husband, in Kansas City, Mo. We have a dog, Oats, and a cat, Logan.

I am a development professional who specializes in museums and the performing arts. I write grants, fundraise, and assist with marketing in the form of donor communications. My academic background is in history and museum science, focusing on the presentation and interpretation of Africa in American museums.

As a freelancer, I work with clients in need of websites, Wordpress upgrades, and FileMaker Pro database solutions.

Mary

Hi! I live in a small two bedroom home in Austin, Texas. I believe in vintage, re-purposing, recycling, and making my home comfortable for us and everyone that visits. After grad school, I developed a love for design and giving old furniture a new life. Hope I can take you all along on my journey to rid my house of the "college days" furniture (or at least re-purpose it)! Welcome, and I hope you stay a while!

 
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