Decorate with Inention: How to Accessorize Your Home

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Decorate with Inention: How to Accessorize Your Home

We Wear the Mask
BY PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR


We wear the mask that grins and lies,
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,—
This debt we pay to human guile;
With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,
And mouth with myriad subtleties.
Why should the world be over-wise,
In counting all our tears and sighs?
Nay, let them only see us, while
       We wear the mask...


That was an excerpt from one of my fave poems.

For some reason, I fell in love with masks.

I have a collection from my travels around the world.

I always wondered what drew me in.

Is it that I resonate with hiding myself from the world, a need to feel protected, hide shame, or a connection to my reality in this country? 

Tips to Accessorize Your Home

When decorating think about what resonates with you.

What do you like to do, your hobbies, your passion? What can you add to your space to tell your story?

What energy and feel do you want your space to hav? 

Reflect these things in the pieces you choose. Allow your accessories to share your story of who you are, the life you've lived, your growth, journey, and future.  

Make your space authentically you. 

The stories we tell. The masks we wear. 

Lets remove our masks to share our gifts with the world. 

We are meant to be seen.

Lets stop hiding our light behind masks.

Shine everywhere.

 

What mask are you hiding behind?

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Master Bedroom Design Ideas on a Budget

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Master Bedroom Design Ideas on a Budget

Once upon a time not too long ago, I had absolutely no furniture in my bedroom. 

The thing is no one knew. 

Not because I hid my room from them, but because I decorated it so well; that they could not tell. 

I wish I had some pictures of what it looked like, but at that time I didn't know that I was going to change my career to follow my life’s passion.

The truth is all I had was a mattress set on a frame.

So with like barely no budget, not much money at all and lots of creativity; I created a sanctuary master bedroom.

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5 Tips To Makeover Your Living Room

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5 Tips To Makeover Your Living Room

5 Tips To Makeover Your Living Room

The living room is one of the most important rooms in the home. 

In many homes, it’s located near the entrance, therefore the first impression a visitor receives about you and your home is reflected in the living room.  

If you’re anything like me, then you like to change up your living room every now and then.  Confession time, I change mines up like every three months or so. 

I will provide you with 5 ways to makeover your living room without really doing so or breaking the bank.

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3 Small Tips To Make A Big Impact When Decorating

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3 Small Tips To Make A Big Impact When Decorating

Like most people, you don't really have time to do an overhaul and redecorate your entire home. You're busy, you work, have a social life, and you're tired.  Dag on it, you just want your house to look nice for you to have something to come home that makes you proud!

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5 WAYS TO SPRUCE UP YOUR HOME FOR THE NEW YEAR

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5 WAYS TO SPRUCE UP YOUR HOME FOR THE NEW YEAR

It doesn’t take much just a start to get things going for the New Year.  You worry that it will cost too much or take too much time to make your home beautiful.  It takes just a few things to make your home look better.  With that you will find that you will feel better because your environment will reflect the changes that you want to see in yourself.  Yes!  Yes! 

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Shop Like an Interior Design Pro

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Shop Like an Interior Design Pro

If you are not sure where or how to shop for home decorations you've come to the right place.

In this video, I will discuss where to shop for interior decor, how to shop, and how to get discounts.

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Halloween Design Candy: Beautiful NiGhTmArEs

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Halloween Design Candy: Beautiful NiGhTmArEs

 Dark and masterful bedroom designs!!!!

Let the nIgHtMaRe begin...HA ha Ha ha (in my scary voice)!

In lieu of Halloween, I found some pics of bedroom designs and decor that I thought fit the occasion.

Dark and masterful bedroom designs!!!!

Let the nIgHtMaRe begin...HA ha Ha ha (in my scary voice)!

In lieu of Halloween, I found some pics of bedroom designs and decor that I thought fit the occasion. 

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5 Ways to Glam Your Living Room

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5 Ways to Glam Your Living Room

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4 Steps to Start Decorating Your Home Today

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4 Steps to Start Decorating Your Home Today

Start Decorating Your Home Today

So, you’re pulling your hair out.  That was a bit dramatic.  Okay, so you’re stressed out because your home, space, crib, or whatever you choose to call it; is not up to par.

You want your home to reflect you and look really nice.  You want your girls and family to come over and be impressed about your space.  So, you not really inviting anyone over like that because you are not proud of how it looks. 

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Final Celebrity Match Up Monday

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Final Celebrity Match Up Monday

Today will be 4th & Grove's final Celebrity Match Up Monday blog post.  

Our final Match Up relates to who will hold the fate of our country's future: 

Presidential Nominees 

Hillary Clinton vs Donald Trump

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Decorate to Inspire

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Decorate to Inspire

Interior design is not just finding pretty thing and adding it to your home. Decorating shiuld inspire you and other who come to your space.  There should vr a sense of comfort and function to a space. Interior decorating your home should tell your story, what's important to you, who's important to you, and what's your story.

For instance, my home is filled with haitian art, art of all kinds, mask collection from around the globe, just to name a few. In the picture above, is an example of my entryway console/buffet (multi purpose, that's a whole other blog article). I styled the console with a masculine approach but with a book recommended from my brother in law that I enjoy, jewelry from Hawaii from my sister, and a storage book to keep pen and paper, and a silver ball to add some brightness and something new. Through this you can see some things about me, I am connected to my family, I value what they recommend and give me, and I enjoy masculine elements.  You learn a little about my story, simply by walking in my entryway.  The inspiration from my family began in my childhood starting with my grandmother. 

In high school I wrote a poem titled, A Homage to My Grandmother. In the poem, I described how a woman from an impoverished country thin framed white and golden haired inspired her granddaughter from a thousand miles away by simply just being herself.  

I always felt privileged when my grandmother, Grun Zun is what we affectionately called her, would ask me to braid her hair.  I was all of maybe 10 years old and would make the most hideous styles, but she would look in the mirror tell me that I did well. 

My dad would later tell me how Grun Zun would walk miles at 4am to purchase fresh bread from the bakery to sell in the city during rush hour.  He told me how she took great care of her two sons and grandchildren in Haiti. 

I think back that if my grandmother could raise her children and run a business on shear determination and hard work, then why can't I. Every time I think to complain or give up, I think of Grun Zun walking at 4am in worn shoes mile after mile to provide for her family independently. 

With this story, I want to share determination, hard work, and perseverance.  I also wanted to share the importance of taking culture, tradition, history, and your story to fuse into the style of your home when decorating. Your home should tell the story of you from your style through color and furniture choices, your culture in artwork like paintings, rugs, textiles, sculptures, and your history, interest, or personality from books you have around your home. 

Look around your home or office; what does it say about you? What's your story, what inspires you, is that what you keep around you or not? If not, you definitely have some work to do!!!

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How to Choose Which Room to Decorate?

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How to Choose Which Room to Decorate?

This vlog discusses which room should you decorate first in your home and how to go about making that decision. Home decorating can be a confusing task, but not anymore. Once you know how to pick which room to start decorating, then dive right in and get going.

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Celebrity Match Up Monday

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Celebrity Match Up Monday

Today's match up is a true American hero in her own rite.  Simone Biles is making history and redefining what history is all together.  A true athlete in her prime, has her sport down to its precision, and a belief in self so great that it inspires millions.

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Motivation to Decorate Your Home

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Motivation to Decorate Your Home

You are deserving to surround yourself with beautiful things that speak to and from you.  Your home should reflect who you are, your desires, goals, and your story.  You can have that and more.  Let's discover how to achieve the home decor you design and uncover what was holding you back anyways!

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Celebrity Match Up Monday

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Celebrity Match Up Monday

This week's celebrity match up is... someone spicy, hot, and fun.  If you haven't guessed it's model, talk show host, and author to name a few. The infamous Amber Rose.

 

picture from Amber Rose Instagram Account 

picture from Amber Rose Instagram Account 

Amber represents the modern woman unafraid and unapologetic for her beauty and sexiness. Through her Slutwalk Charity, she bring awareness to the idea that sexual assault is not the fault of a woman, but the responsibility of the perpetrator. Women have the right to wear what they want, when they want and should not be held accountable for the actions of those that can't handle it. Kudos to you, Amber. This is a real issue that needs attention and education for people to understand and stop shaming women.

Ms. Amber Rose's fashion is modern, sleek, sexy, and fearless.  It is the celebration of womanhood.  

 

pic from Amber Rose instagram page

pic from Amber Rose instagram page

Amber Rose style is sleek modern sexy. Here are some rooms that match her fashion.

  

picture from contemporist.com

picture from contemporist.com

picture from designbuzz.com

picture from designbuzz.com

picture from freshhome.com

picture from freshhome.com

Which space do you like the best?

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Celebrity Match Up Monday

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Celebrity Match Up Monday

Sugar and spice and everything nice...Not!  This celebrity match up is straight from the garden state representing New Jersey and housewives across the nation.  The Real Housewives of New Jersey 2016, Teresa, Jacqueline, Dolores, Melissa, and Siggy.  These fashion forward busy women are nothing near housewives.  They are business savvy women taking New Jersey by storm one township at a time.  

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