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Etsy Spotlight: 10 Doormats That Make A Statement

I was so taken with this brilliant curling iron reminder doormat (which is unfortunately sold out currently) that I decided to track down some other Etsy offerings for clever doormats. Because after all, your doormat can do much more than just keep mud out of your house. It can greet your guests! Scare off unwanted visitors! Nail an obscure movie reference! Inspire a nostalgic reminiscing session! Make the UPS guy erupt in a fit of giggles! Click through for 9 more doormats that make a big statement.

Home Inspiration: Trays For $40 Or Less!

Jessica and I have a shared passion for trays, which probably stems from our shared phobia of germs. Trays are basically a cute way of telling others to CONTAIN THEIR MESS. These easy to clean trays can be used to serve food, organize makeup, collect papers, and protect furniture.  I have four: a small tray in my bathroom, provides easy clean up for moi, a powder foundation lover; a large tray in my living room transforms my cushioned ottoman into a coffee table; the always-handy plastic craft tray is a necessity for all my DIY projects; and last but not least, I have a serving tray which doubles as a breakfast-in-bed tray to catch every last crumb.

If you don’t have a tray, I don’t know how you function. Try one of these options for $40 or less!

Home Inspiration: Wine Racks For $50 Or Less

The “proper way” to store wine — butt up — originated out of a need to keep natural corks moist. Natural corks can dry and shrink over time allowing air into the bottle, oxidizing and spoiling the wine. Many wineries use screw tops and synthetic corks to minimize the risk, and let’s be honest, wine never lasts that long around me anyway. The real advantage to a wine rack is saving space. Check out these 11 wine racks for $50 or less.

Etsy Spotlight: Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

Mother’s Day is May 11th this year (note to self: don’t forget!!!), and what better way to honor mom than with a charming reminder of the high self-esteem she helped instill in you? This coffee mug will have her patting herself on the back every time she gets a refill. [$22, Avonnie Studio]

Home Inspiration: 15 Perfect Porch Situations

One of my favorite things about living in the south is the way people here take porches (and sitting on them) REALLY seriously. I have become something of a porch sitting evangelist since moving here, spending every free minute in my wicker chair and telling anyone who is stressed out, “Sounds like you could use a few hours on the porch!” (And no, I’m really not sure how I have any friends left either.) My new place has a front porch, but it’s barely big enough for a plastic folding chair, which is making me lust after grander porch setups — not to mention porch SWINGS — like whoa. Care to join me in my lusting? Pour yourself a glass of iced tea and click through to enjoy some premium porch porn (AKA pictures of really pretty porches).

Home Inspiration: 12 Tasteful Table Lamps For $50 Or Less

The secret to a sophisticated but affordable living space is pretty pillows and tasteful lamps. These types of functional home décor can polish off the most minimalistic space. This weekend, I ventured out on a mission to update my pathetic $10 bedside lamps with something a little chicer on a budget of $60. Instead of a pattered shade, which would compete with my duvet, I sought out a decorative base. At first I was discouraged by the high price tags, then by my husband’s hatred of anything ornate. Finally we agreed on two lamps at T.J. Maxx! The new lamps frame the bed nicely and are a wonderful addition to our otherwise boring nightstands.

Check out my new lamps after the jump and click for more affordable table lamps.

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