…..a blog by M. Posen

Simply put,  Inspiration is a life and style blog about everything that inspires Me. Whether it’s a
fabulous piece of furniture, a favorite quote or a DIY project; if it inspires me,
I’ll share it with you.  

From Interior Design & Decorating to Architecture, Gardening and so much more!
My hope is to motivate you to discover & develop your own creative talents, to join the conversation and to follow along on the journey.  I believe that we are all creative in one way or another and sometimes we just need a little Inspiration to get started.

So take a few minutes out of your busy day, put your feet up & come be inspired,
you deserve it!

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5 best “back to campus” buys

It’s almost that time again!  Although this year back to school, college
dorm / apartment life will seem quite different from years past, there are still
some basic necessities you will probably want to have on hand.

#1 Batteries

You’re certainly going to need an assortment of batteries.  It’s a good
idea to make a list of all the sizes you know you will need but it’s also a
good idea to stock up on some of the other common sizes too;
AAA, AA, C, D & 9 volt.  You never know what size battery
you may need.  For instance smoke detectors and carbon monoxide
alarms often take 9 volt batteries where as battery operated lights,
remotes & video game controllers often take AA or AAA batteries.

Coming soon…

#2 Flash Light

You never know when the power is gonna go out—or when you might need
a flash light!  It comes in handy when digging in a drawer, trying to
find something in the back of a dark closet or looking for “monsters”
under the bed (just seeing if you were paying attention :).  You can never
have too many flash lights as far as I’m concerned.  I put them all over
the place; in the kitchen, bathroom, car, basement…

Finding your dog or cat
has never been easier

#3 Tool Kit

If you haven’t already started purchasing some basic tools, now is the time to do so!  A basic set of tools like at flat head &/or Phillips head screwdriver, utility knife, hammer, small set of pliers, scissors and a tape measure will get you started.  You can always add more pieces as you go; a set of multi-bit screwdrivers, a small level or maybe an adjustable wrench?  The point is that a “basic” tool set is invaluable.

#4 Sliders

Well that’s what I call them.  They’re actually called furniture sliders or movers.  They make them for hardwood &/or carpeted surfaces.  They not only protect the flooring surface under your furniture but they make moving the furniture so much easier!  Instead of lifting the furniture, the “sliders” make it possible to slide the furniture across the floor.  We keep a selection of various sizes for both hardwood and carpeted surfaces in our truck all the time.

#5 Adhesive Strips

These handy dandy strips come in an assortment of sizes & shapes and can be used for any number of different uses; pictures, mirrors, hooks and much more.  Plus, they can be removed easily with out damaging your walls! 
Just be sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions.

 All campus photos were taken at
Temple University – Main Campus Philadelphia, PA.

There you have it; my 5 best “back to campus” buys.   

Here are a few ideas that didn’t make the list but still come in handy:  
1. Colored key covers – so you know which key goes to which lock.
2. Bed risers – that way the space under the bed can be used for storage.
3. Storage with wheels – any box, bin or cart with wheels is an improvement over one with out.
4. Fold up storage containers – that way you can fold it up and put it away when not in use.

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Curtain Embellishment

Curtain Embellishment

Adding trim and other embellishments to store bought window
treatments, pillows and accessories is an easy way to transform your
“mass produced” pieces into unique, one of a kind decor.

Here we machine stitched some blue & khaki striped fabric into ribbon like strips and added a fun peach
color pom-pom trim to these Waverly curtains. I love the punch of color and sense of whimsy that they add
to the already flavorful panels! These embellishments would work well on pillows too.

Now I realize this look may not be for everyone;  not everyone wants pom poms on their window treatments & pillows
but by changing up the trim &/ or fabric selections, the possibilities are endless.

If you desire a more traditional look, you could add trim as a border or
frame a few inches in from the panels edge or pillows edge similar
to the curtains pictured above.

These trims would create a tailored sophisticated look
to any solid colored curtain panel.

This would pair nicely with navy, don’t you think?

Try combining more than one trim together for instance these
two used together would create a Boho vibe.

I’m only giving you examples of using one or more types of trim together but, if
you mixed fabrics & fringes with those trims like we did on our curtain
panels, you can really add a lot of color, texture & style.  You can
really add your own personality!

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The most dramatic change you can make!

Paint is by far the most cost effective and dramatic change you can make to a space.  That’s not to say that having a room painted is inexpensive; but dollar for dollar, paint will make the biggest transformation for your buck! You can go from dark to light, from neutral to colorful, from cool to warm; what ever you want. Think about it; you can have a space painted, put back all of the original furnishings and you’ll end up with a completely new room! It’s amazing what a difference it can make.

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DIY quick & simple updates, part 1

Here are a few ideas to quickly and easily update some decor pieces you probably already have in your home.

First up is a decorative mirror that was given to me some years ago. I believe originally the mirror was gold, then someone painted it red & gold, then I painted it brown, probably 15 years ago. I am not a fan of brown these days and this piece was dusty and drab and needed to be freshened up!

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My top pics of wallpaper from “Decorators Best” list

My top pics from the list of the “Best Selling Wallpaper”
at Decorators Best:

They have pages & pages of wallpaper designs on the list with prices ranging from just under $25.00 per single roll, to some priced at more than $400.00 per single roll and even some papers that are priced by the yard!   I’ve tried to include both a broad range of prices and designs for you here.  

Keep in mind that a little wallpaper can go a long way depending on where & how it’s placed.  For instance, wallpaper can be applied to one wall in order to create an accent or feature wall, like this;

Wallpaper can be applied to the ceiling, inside of a bookcase, or even a breakfast nook.  This “North.Hem in Midnight Blue from Ralph Lauren” would look fabulous on the ceiling of a child’s bedroom don’t you think?

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