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Since I read somewhere that you can make your own scratch-off paint by mixing 2-parts acrylic paint to 1-part dish soap, I’m on the hunt for great DIY projects involving scratchoff paint. I think this Scratch Personalized World Map Poster might be just the inspiration I need. How fun! (via Offbeat Home)

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Mary’s Picks

  • How pretty is this kitchen space with its delicate wallpaper detail, white cabinets, and yellow accents? Can you believe that this is a teacher’s lounge makeover? It’s so beautiful. As a student I remember the elusive space and as an adult I can recall visiting my mother in the drab teacher’s lounge that held little promise. So major kudos to Brian Patrick Flynn of Decor Demon, this space is fantastic. Click on over and check out all the images.
  • Here in Austin, it’s hot. We broke our record of days over 100 degrees and rain hasn’t decided to grace us with it’s presence lately. It’s not a complaint just a fact. So, I set to researching some of the best tips for energy efficiency (since our A/C is hard at work). I came across this list of Energy Efficiency Myths and thought they would be of value to those of you also in a heat wave.

 Jess’s Picks

  • This Vintage Souvenir Tea Towel Quilt for East Africa is an excellent idea. The quilt is being raffled to benefit people suffering from the East African famine and its made out of vintage tea towels representing the countries affected. It’s a win-win raffle — if you win, you have a beautiful quilt, if you don’t win, you still donated to a wonderful cause. (via Poppytalk)
  • Thank God it’s not yet winter, but it is almost fall which is when I plan to start really investigating what we can do to winter-proof the house. These suggestions from the Offbeat Home tribe look like a great place to start.

 

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I work Saturday to cover for our regular Saturday desk person who is out after surgery so as of 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon, I am on vacation. I’ll be off work for the most significant amount of time since I first started this job a little over a year ago. I have all kinds of fun plans taking short overnight trips, relaxing, and getting some things done around the house. I hope to finish up a lot of the little projects that have been sitting around waiting to be finished and I want to try to really organize the kitchen and — depending on my ambition — the closets too.

One of the first things on my list of little projects is to hang the old school pull-down map of Africa that we bought at an antique mall months and months ago. When we purchased it, the walls in our office were still half-covered with terrible wallpaper and we were pretending that the problem would just go away on its own. I eventually broke down and did my best to give the walls a little bit of wallpaper-minimizing texture and a coat of paint.  Then, we moved in the furniture, set the map on the back of the futon, and went back to forgetting about the room.

Next week or soon after, you’ll get the before & after of my office wall hanging. But for now, get excited about your own map decor. Here are some vintage map printables at the Graphics Fairy to get you on your way:

*The Graphics Fairy*: Thursday is Request Day - Map of Africa, Steampunk Globe, Botanical, Horse

*The Graphics Fairy*: Old Map of Paris - 1888.

*The Graphics Fairy*: Craft Project - London Map Decor - DIY.

*The Graphics Fairy*: Vintage Clip Art - World Maps - Printable Download.

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 I love these organic map pillows that I discovered on See Hear Say. I love it when maps are incorporated into a design and these would add such a bold look to a sofa or chair. Check them out at mybeardedpigeon’s etsy shop.

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Jess’s Picks

  • On Pinterest, I discovered this great chair swing via HGTV that I was able to trace back to a post from the Swedish blog rusta upp. What a fun idea! The whole blog looks beautiful so take a look around when you follow the link. Google does (expectedly) mediocre with the translating, but at least her instructions for this DIY made the transition pretty well.

Mary’s Picks

  • Got paint sticks? Got a cheap barrel shade in need of a makeover? Well, then this tutorial at Enjoying the Simple Things is just for you! It’s really brilliant and so creative. Every barrel shade I’ve seen in a thrift store this week has made me want to load up on paint sticks and hot glue (if I owned a house or wanted to replace my light fixtures).  (via Apartment Therapy)
  • These embroidered portraits by Danial Kornrumpf literally made my mouth drop. They are stunning. (via Swiss Miss)
  • Have you seen Dear Photograph? This site makes me want to grab up all of mine and my family’s old photos. I love how you can see how much some scenes have changed and how some are completely untouched. Such a cool idea.

 

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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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