Paper Flower Centerpiece

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Wow! We must be on a gold and white kick right now! We are loving the color combo and loving florals right now too! I made this really fun centerpiece with only paper, glue and sticks! What!? Yep, that’s all you need. and a little paint if you want your sticks to be gold like mine.

DIY Paper Flower Centerpiece

Supplies:

Silhouette machine

Silhouette cutting mat

Gold glittered sticks from Wal-Mart in the holiday section (similar here)

Extra twigs from outside

Gold Spray Paint (optional)

White Cardstock

Brown Cardstock

Hot glue

Hot glue gun

Instructions:

For this centerpiece I found these glittered branches from Wal-Mart and I added some branches from my yard. I spray painted mine gold but you could totally leave them raw if you wanted. I arranged the twigs together and hot glued them where I needed them to stay.

Once I had them arranged, I used my Silhouette CAMEO and my cutting mat to cut out the flowers. These are the flowers I used.

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Download the 3D Lisianthus Flower here.

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Download the 3D Gardenia Flower here.

I cut the flowers out using the cardstock and followed the instructions on the download for assembling the flowers. Finally, I used hot glue and a glue gun to attach the flowers to the branches.

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This centerpiece is really inexpensive and has a gorgeous whimsical look. It is perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, a wedding, bridal showers, baby showers, Mother’s Day, Easter, etc! You could even keep it on your dining table year round!

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I really love it paired with my burlap runner and white dishes.

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DIY Floral Faux Wallpaper + Silhouette Giveaway

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It’s no secret that I’m head over heels in love with my Silhouette Cameo. I tell people I use it on a daily basis and I don’t think they believe me but it’s true. I even have a special setup in my craft room where I ran the power cord through my craft island so it’s always ready to go! It is my “go-to” crafting tool. That being said, this was key element in designing my floral faux wallpaper for my bathroom that I showed you yesterday. If you missed that post, check out my glamorous bathroom reveal here.

 

Floral Faux Wallpaper

It goes without saying that the faux wallpaper is the focal point and the BEST part of this tiny little bathroom. I was inspired by the Oh Joy! Wallpaper. Unfortunately, the cost of the wallpaper was way out of my budget for my little bathroom makeover and it had a shipping time of 3-4 weeks. I’m way too impatient for that.

 

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The wallpaper got my creative brain going and I realized, I could probably recreate the same look with my Silhouette machine and some gold vinyl.  That’s exactly what I did.  Since I sell vinyl decals on Etsy, I had enough gold vinyl in my stash to cover every wall in my house but decided against it. ;) I live with 5 boys in my family and I’m not sure they’d appreciate that very much. I’m lucky they didn’t mind the uber girly bathroom. Surprisingly, they all think it looks awesome! Yahoo!

Here’s what I did to create the Floral Faux Wallpaper.

First, I opened my Silhouette Studio Design Software and searched for a flower that I loved. There were so many options but I fell in love with the Dahlia flower since it resembled the Oh Joy! wallpaper so closely. You can purchase that flower shape here for $0.99.

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Next, I placed the flowers in different sizes on a 12×24″. You can see that I left a few hanging off of the space so only half of the flower will get cut out when I ran my vinyl through my machine. I did this as to not waste the empty space and I used several “half flowers” on the wallpaper. You’ll see that soon.

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Next, I ran my vinyl through my Silhouette machine. It took a few short minutes to cut out all of the details on the flowers. This is where I got really excited because I could envision exactly what it was going to look like. When it was done cutting, I headed to the bathroom and just started peeling them off of the backing paper and sticking them on the wall. I started in the corner and just alternated which sizes of flowers I used. It was really fun to see it come to life.

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I obviously needed several sheets so I ran another sheet of vinyl through my machine while I stuck these on the wall. By the time I was done applying them, the, next sheet was ready to go. I repeated this until I had enough flowers for the entire wall. Can you tell worked on this right after I put the kiddos to bed?  The toothbrush and bath towel left out were a dead give away. ;)

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You can see close up that my walls are slightly textured but once it’s all put together, it’s not noticeable at all. To tell you the truth, I didn’t even notice it until I took the close up shot! Either it’s very minor or I have terrible eyesight. Definitely both. ;)

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As I was applying, I noticed that it needed to be “filled in” I didn’t like the white negative space left as I started putting the flowers on so I decided to use the negative space left over from cutting the flowers and “fill in” that space with the petals. I love that it looks more polished and complete with the petals in between each flower.

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I repeated applying flowers and filling in the space with petals until the wall was done. It took me about 1.5-2 hours for the whole wall. Can you imagine how many hours if I hand painted or stenciled this??? Not to mention, it’s totally removable so this is PERFECT for renters like me!

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Sorry for the close up of the toilet! haha!

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We will have a few fun projects made with our beloved Silhouette machines this week and we will announce the winner Sunday, November 2nd. You’re going to LOVE Savannah’s project tomorrow!

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Gold Glam Bathroom Makeover

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A few weeks ago, I shared my Glam Bathroom Makeover mood board with you. I was super excited to get rid of the grey and paint this bathroom with Glidden Paint’s Dove White. We are going to be moving soon and fresh paint always helps to sell a house, especially a pretty neutral color. That being said, I took this bathroom from Glidden paint’s Pebble Grey to Dove White and I love it! It makes the bathroom feel huge compared to before and fresh white paint just makes me smile! I added some gold elements to the room to dress it up a bit and give it a fun, glamorous vibe! I really love the turn out.

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Let’s go in, shall we?

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The first step of this makeover was paint. I painted it using Dove White, like I mentioned before and I used Glidden® Premium Paint + Primer Interior in a Satin sheen. I like the satin or eggshell finish because it has a somewhat matte finish (I didn’t want too glossy in here since I was adding so much metallic gold) and satin is totally wipeable and pretty easy to keep clean. I mean, I share a bathroom with 5 boys so I need to be able to keep the white clean and white! Oh, that mirror and white wicker basket (similar here) are from Hobby Lobby.

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I purchased the cabinet pull at the Home Depot. I love the acrylic and brass combo.

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The gold and cream quatrefoil rug came from Hobby Lobby. I used a coupon and got a great deal!

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This cute Live Simply printable got snagged from my Gold Gallery Wall that I’m redoing currently. You can find a similar print from the adorable Yellow Bungalow Shop. It’s a great little reminder. :)

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I spray painted my clear shower curtain rings using gold spray paint to make them look a little more fancy. The shower curtain is dreamy too! It’s great fabric and I love the girly look of the ruffles. You can find it here for $22. That, my friends, is a smokin’ deal!

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Now for my favorite part of the room, my DIY Faux Wallpaper. I was obsessed with this Gold Floral Wallpaper and I decided I HAD to have it.

Uno problemo, it’s $125. What the what? Oh and might I add, I absolutely despise removing wallpaper so I had to wrack my brain for a DIY version that’s easily removable since I’m renting. I actually kind of like my version better than the inspiration and I already had a ton of gold vinyl so I spent $0 to make this awesome metallic wall treatment. I’ll be back tomorrow with the full tutorial. I did the whole wall in less than 2 hours. Bam baby!

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Just for fun, here’s how it looked when we first rented the house.

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Well, that’s all for now, I can’t even wait to share the wallpaper tutorial with you tomorrow and I’m so happy this little room is done. I love how it turned out! Do you?

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This post was sponsored by Glidden Paint. All opinions are 100% mine.

15 Thanksgiving Kids Crafts

I love Thanksgiving and I feel like it gets a little over looked. I don’t normally do a lot of decor for Thanksgiving. But I do want to do a few kids crafts. I know they will love it. Here are just a few of the crafts I have found that I love.

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Thanksgiving Cards

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Paper Plate Pumpkin

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Washi Tape Pinecone Turkeys

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Fall Pudding Dirt Cups

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Tissue Paper Turkey

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Handprint Candy Corn Turkey

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Turkey Treats

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Handprint Turkey Hat

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Leaf Turkey Craft

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Paper Fan Turkey

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Popsicle Stick Scarecrow Magnet

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Candy Corn Turkey

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Rolled Paper Pumpkin

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Apple Cinnamon Sugar Scrub

The only thing better than hot apple pie is the scent of apple pie in a hot bubble bath! Try this DIY Apple Cinnamon Sugar Scrub Recipe!

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If you haven’t noticed yet, I LOVE a yummy sugar scrub! It makes your skin so soft and it’s so fun to get creative with the scents! I’m also a sucker for apple treats. Remember my Apple Crisp Recipe and Apple Crisp Parfait? Well, imagine the scent of warm, delicious apple crisp coming out of the oven. Then image a hot bubble bath. Put your hands together and you’ve got this amazing Apple Cinnamon Sugar Scrub. It leaves your skin super duper soft and smells divine. This is such a cute gift and really easy and really inexpensive to make for holiday gifts, mother’s day, birthday etc. I won’t tell if you don’t!

Apple Cinnamon Sugar Scrub

Ingredients:

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup of sugar

1 teaspoon Apple Pie Spice

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 – 3/4 cup of coconut oil

Pint size mason jar(s)

Instructions:

In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients until you are happy with the consistency. I mixed all the dry ingredients and gradually added the coconut oil (melted or use liquid coconut oil for cooking) until it felt like a good consistency. You don’t want it too oily but you definitely don’t want it dry. Mix it to your own personal taste. Pour into a pint size jar and wrap it up for a gift or treat yourself to a hot bubble bath! You deserve it!

I added jute and a little tag I made out of upholstery webbing just to make it a little more fun. This would also be super cute for a teacher’s gift. You know,  teacher’s like apples right? ;)  Now, I know it doesn’t actually have apple in it but the spice makes it smell just like a hot apple pie and let’s get real, apple pie is amazing!

Apple Cinnamon Sugar Scrub - Great gift idea!

Enjoy!

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DIY Marbleized Paper

It’s a Classy Clutter Day in my neighborhood and I’m thrilled to be stopping over from Ciburbanity. Have you all seen the little pops of marbleized decor showing up more and more frequently in magazines and catalogs? I love it and would be delighted if this becomes the next fun trend!

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Real-deal marbleizing involves alum and sizing and inks and pigments and is generally too complicated for my impulsive DIY brain. Thankfully, there are plenty of suggestions on the world wide web for cheating a little bit and keeping marbleizing easy!

Wanna know what I happen to have a lot of leftover from my powder room redesign? Liquid Starch. Which is all you need to make beautiful marbleized paper in your own backyard. (Or kitchen… I did both.)

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Fill a pan with liquid starch… maybe 3/4″-1″deep? Not much. I used regular ol’ craft paint and experimented with a few different ways to drop the paint into the starch. The method that worked best was to lightly ‘wave’ the paint back and forth over the starch so I had a scribble-like pattern. (When I just squirted it into the starch, a lot of the paint sank to the bottom like in this picture… the brightest pattern comes when more paint sticks to the surface of the liquid.)

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Take a toothpick or a skewer and lightly run it through the paint collected on the surface and play around with what marbled patterns you like! Swirls or stripes or zigzags… whatever floats your boat. (See what I did there? Float…)

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I had some heavy watercolor paper in my stash, so I cut it to fit the pan and then lightly laid it onto the surface of the starch. Gently pull it out and rinse off the starch. (Don’t worry… the paint won’t wash away even a little bit!)

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So yeah. Um, that’s it. Silly easy. (I sort of want to fill our baby pool with liquid starch and try to make big giant sheets of marbleized paper, but then the kids will want to go swimming so I’ll have to take the beach towels out of storage and then they’ll want to make forts out of them so I’ll have to move around the patio furniture which will probably mean sweeping the patio so I’ll look for the broom and notice that the hooks in the garage need to be replaced so next thing you know I’ll be building a new storage system out there, and well… that’s just too much. So no baby pool.)

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Aren’t they SO pretty?! Think of the possibilities even without doing a baby pool sized paper… book covers, stationary, cute holiday gift tags, use thinner paper and cover a table with them, wall paper the back of a shelf with them… I’m going to buy more starch, y’all…

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Oh! If you want a way to marbleize with your kids… this shaving cream technique is amazing. Also? You should know that I’ll do any activity with my kids that involves shaving cream.

Check out these other posts of super duper simple ways to fake something waaaaay more complicated!

Leave a comment and let me know what you think? Are you on board with the marbleized trend? Ever tried it? Do you like ice cream? If so, vanilla or chocolate!

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Easy and Delicious Chicken Salad Croissant

This easy and delicious chicken salad croissant is the perfect lunch and packed full of fresh ingredients!

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I interrupt all things Fall to bring you a fantastic lunch! This is most definitely my favorite sandwich to make for lunch. I LOVE a flakey buttery croissant and this chicken salad is amazing. It’s packed full of protein and even has fruit and veggies inside! Hello, awesome! I love to make it after my morning workout when I want a filling meal but I don’t want something to heavy. This is it! I usually serve it with a fruit or veggie on the side and a glass of ice water! Today was sparkling apple cider (I’ll share the recipe soon! SOOO good!)

Ingredients:

Croissants – I use the store bought ones found in the bakery of our grocery store

1 can of shredded chicken (fresh is great too but canned is easier and faster!)

2-3 Tablespoons of Mayo depending on your taste – I used organic that doesn’t contain sugar.

1/4 cup of chopped celery

1/4 cup of grapes, sliced. (I prefer red but I had green on hand.)

1 teaspoon of dry ranch seasoning

small handful of cashews, chopped (optional)

Directions:

Using a serrated knife, slice croissant open, leaving one side in tact so the chicken salad doesn’t fall out when you eat it. Set aside. Combine all remaining ingredients in a small bowl then spoon into croissant. Easy, right? This is such a great quick and easy lunch that is pretty healthy even! These are also great for parties on mini croissants! Yum!!

 

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Enjoy!

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The Creative Collection Link Party

Hi friends! Welcome to this week’s link party! We’re so glad you’re here! Before we get started, let’s check out our faves from last week!

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MC danish modern credenza WD -7 Mid Century Modern Cerdenza | The Weathered Door

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Love this beautiful Farmhouse Cottage Kitchen. Shaker style cabinets, butcher block counter tops, and cast iron sink. All done on a budget!
Farmhouse Cottage Kitchen Makeover | Cherished Bliss

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Learn how to make a Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub with a Free Printable Tag by Uncommon Designs
Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub | Here Comes the Sun for Uncommon Designs

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 Learn how to make homemade caramel corn from scratch! It's easier than you think! Step-by-step instructions at LoveGrowsWild.com

White Chocolate Pecan Caramel Corn | Love Grows Wild

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 DIY Elsa Costume

Frozen Elsa Pumpkin | A Pumpkin and a Princess

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bakedinaz.com_20140730IMG_5563 Creamy Peanut Butter Bars | Baked in Arizona

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Monster Cupcakes
Monster Cupcakes| Kleinworth & Co.

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Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I mean, what’s not to love? Food, Family, Food, Fall, Food! Everything about it makes me happy. I always love a good excuse to celebrate life’s many blessings and that’s what Thanksgiving is all about, right? Well, we live over 2000 miles away from our families so I pretty much need step-by-step instructions on how to make our traditional Thanksgiving Dinner.

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I’ve collected my favorite Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes to share with you!

Fail-proof Roast Turkey Recipe

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots – This is my sister in law’s recipe and I make these all the time. This is my favorite way to prepare carrots!

Green Bean Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole

Now, I’m not a huge fan of cranberry sauce but Cranberry Fluff, yes please!

The Perfect Dinner Rolls - These are my FAVE! I could eat like 10 of them in one sitting.

Thanksgiving is not complete without the perfect Pumpkin Pie!

Also, you better believe I’m decorating my Thanksgiving table in gold this year!

The amazing Gold Thanksgiving tablescape is from A Pumpkin and a Princess

Well, that’s it! Everything you need for Thanksgiving dinner!

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DIY Planked Mantle and White brick fireplace

I am in love with every single bit of this fireplace and mantle! Once again I have redone my fireplace and this, my friends is my favorite so far! I have always struggled a bit with my fireplace and now I can show it with pride!

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This is what my fireplace and mantel looked like before. I had white washed it and I liked how it turned out at the time, but as time went on I was still not in love with it. Since the fireplace was such a big part of my living room I really wanted to lighten it up. After going back and forth for a while I finally decided that in order in really lighten it up I need to just paint the whole thing white. I always wanted to add a little more texture and this is where the fun part came in. I did not want to break the bank or damage the wall too bad. With those things in mind I headed to my second home, Home Depot.

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This is what I came up with:

I decided to use 3M Scotch Outdoor Mounting Tape

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and this Underlayment

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Which I had a good man at Home Depot cut for me in 6inch by 81 inch strips. I love that they are so helpful!

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I put a bit of the mounting tape on before ends and one piece in the middle and I started to attach them to wall stacking one on top of the other. I used a nickel in between each plank to make sure they were evenly spaced.

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After all the underlayment was attached the wall I painted the edges before adding the trim pieces, only because I was to excited to see how it would look painted. I used a clean looking trim piece and I did mitered corners to make the trim look more professional. Mitered corners can be hard but there are a ton of different tutorials and YouTube videos out there to help make it easier, but I think there are worth the time and effort.

I did use a nail gun to tack down the trim piece and that also helped hold the underlayment in place as well. But I only used a few nails because like I said I was trying my best to avoid a ton of different nail holes on the wall. These small nail holes are really easy to fill if I decide to remove the planks down the road.

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After all the wood working stuff was done I painted the fireplace and mantel with Swiss Coffee by Behr Paint. This is the perfect creamy white.

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You can see here that, using a nickel to space out the wood planks. Its nice because you are sure to see the space between each piece, even after they’re painted.

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I got this cute deer head from White Faux Taxidermy.  Mallory has the same one and you can see how she cute hers is in her Living Room Reveal.

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I am head over heels in LOVE with my fireplace now! What are your thoughts? Do you love of hate the white?!

I would love to get some feedback. Love you all!

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