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5 Ways to Make Your Bedroom Your Happy Place

by The Laura Swearingen Team

Happy Bedroom, Happy Life is the saying right? Well, close enough. But, we have come to understand that when your bedroom is happier so are you! This is a place where you relax and decompress so why not make it the best room of all? We are here to give you 5 tips to easily boost the mood in your room! 

1. Clean!!! - Okay, so this is kind of a given. But, who knew that the first and free step to creating a bedroom that has an overall better feel is one that has no clutter. So, clear off that bed side table and invest in some extra storage if you need to. You'll thank yourself later, trust us. 

2. Always Make Your Bed! - Okay, so again a free given. You won't believe how good it will feel to walk into your room after a long day of work to see a freshly made bed with pristine, tucked in sheets. This is a super mood booster. 

3. Personalize & Accessorize - Adding a touch of your favorite things can really make a space feel like your own. Consider your favorite candles, bedside lamps, monogrammed pieces, anything to make your space feel special to you. 

4. Pay Special Attention to Your Bedding - Not only do you want something that is themed to the interior of your room but bedding that is comfortable is essential. When you crawl into bed you want to feel embraced, right? We recommend a duvet comforter with a cover that fits your room. 

5. Clean Out Your Closet - Seriously. We know this isn't your bedroom but, most likely your closet is connected or relatively close to your bedroom. You may have followed the previous 4 steps but what happens when you have clothes and shoes draped all over your closet and your fresh lively bedroom doesn't feel so fresh anymore. (Sad Face). So, keep your clothes space clutter-free and your room and closet will flow nicely in mood-boosting unison. 



How to: Florida Room Anywhere in the US

by The Laura Swearingen Team

Ahh, Florida, where the air is warm, the water is cool and the beaches are beautiful. You may or may not have heard the trend "Florida Room" in peoples home. Where they may have an indoor pool, lounge chairs, etc. But, overall, the whole room is exposed to complete sunlight. Sounds like paradise, even for those of you living up north. This may take a little renovation but it will add great value to your home and really be worth it, especially when its 40 degrees outside but you're soaking up the sunlight. Enjoy these beautiful sun rooms to see how you may want to create your own, no matter where you live! 


15 Highrise Condos That Will Make You Want to Buy!

by The Laura Swearingen Team

Some of us are perfectly content on rolling acres of land, others absolutely love being in the suburbs, but if you have never thought about living in the city, these condos may make you consider it. Our team has picked our favorite luxury high rises that make us want to live in the city. So, travel around the U.S. with us and visit these 15 beautiful condos all from the convenience of your desktop. 

Dallas, TX

San Diego, CA


Miami, FL 


New York, NY 


Las Vegas, NV 


New York, NY 


San Francisco, CA


Atlanta, GA 


Chicago, IL 


Los Angeles, CA 

Miami, FL 


New York, NY 


Los Angeles, CA 


Dallas, TX

Las Vegas, NV


10 Marble Interiors You Will Fall In Love With

by The Laura Swearingen Team

Marble is of the most fine and elegant features in regards to flooring, countertops, sometimes even walls! We have set out to find the most beautiful ways marble was incorporated in homes to share with you for design-spiration! 


5 Ways to Make Your Home More Summer(y)!

by The Laura Swearingen Team

Okay, so we know summery really isn't a word but, fitting for this post. The official beginning of summer is almost here (June 21st) and we are so ready for cold lemonade, cool pools, and warm weather. Our team has come together to figure out the best things you can do to bring summer inside your home! 

1. Greenery 


2. Summer Candles


3. Spawater 


3. Pineapple Accents 


5. Vibrant Throw Pillows 



A Guide to 3 Florida Beaches that You Will Fall in Love With!

by The Laura Swearingen Team

Recently, we created a post for some essentials you should bring to the beach with you. So, now you may be all caught up on that but can't decide just what beach to visit? Don't worry we've got you covered. Our team found 3 of the best beaches in Florida, out of many, you have to see to believe. Start travel planning and packing because after you see these pictures you will want to experience the sun, sand and crisp blue waters of these 3 Florida beaches, not in any particular order! 

1. Aly's Beach / Rosemary Beach / Seacrest Beach 

Aly's Beach, Rosemary Beach and Seacrest Beach are thankfully right next to each other so, we figured we would just cover them all in one swoop. Off scenic highway 30A, these two gorgeous beaches and the surrounding area have so much to offer. Perfect destination if you are looking for a small town feel with proximity to shops and dining. 

Recommended Lodging: The Pearl Hotel, The Inn at Seacrest Beach, High Pointe Resort

Recommended Dining: George's at Alys Beach, Acme Ice House, Cowgirl Kitchen 

Flight Info: Your best option is to fly into Panama City, Florida (ECP) it is about 20 minutes from these 3 beaches


2. Fort Lauderdale Beach 

Fort Lauderdale is a gorgeous city full of many things to do, though not as big as Miami, you will still feel as though you are admit a large city. Fort Lauderdale has beautiful beach and great dining opportunities, it even has a river walk! 

Recommended Dining: Canyon Southwest Cafe, Coconuts, Pelican Landing Restaurant, Steak 954, Chef Jean Pierre's 

Recommended Lodging:  Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Hotel & Spa, Westin Beach Resort, W Fort Lauderdale. 

Flight Info: You can fly right into Fort Lauderdale International (FLL) that will be the most convenient airport. 


3. Key West 

Key West is at the southern tip of Florida, and truly has something for everyone. From fishing excursions to dolphin encounters as well as kayaking and beautiful clear water beaches. You are sure to find relaxation and adventure here. 

Recommended Dining: Latitudes, Sarahbeth's Key West, DJ's Clam Shack, Cuban Coffee Queen, Garbo's Grill 

Recommended Lodging: The Gates Hotel, H2O Suites, Ocean Key Resort and Spa, The Marker Waterfront Resort 

Flight Info: Flying into Key West International (EYW) is you're best option here! 



15 Tasteful Home Bar Designs to Inspire Your Next Home Update!

by The Laura Swearingen Team

Whether you prefer to have a drink or not, home bars are an extremely exquisite addition that add value and a tremendous pull to your home. They are perfect for entertaining adult parties, or kids parties. So, whatever drink you are serving up, even if it is strawberry lemonade, think about implementing a home bar, or updating yours! Here are some design ideas to get you started.


Discover How Millennial Pink Will Make Any Space Chic

by The Laura Swearingen Team

The era of chic decor and designs are upon us, and has been growing more and more popular. These designs mixed with a touch of Millennial Pink can really update whatever space in your home you desire. Discover from the kitchen to the bathroom how this fun and distinct pink can liven up your home. 


Living Room 








Dining Room 

How to: Southern Sweet Iced Tea with a Secret Ingredient

by The Laura Swearingen Team

Whether you're reading this post from your ranch home in Texas, or a high rise in New York City, Sweet Tea is a beverage choice preferred by many all over the country. But, how do you get that perfect, just brewed in Georgia flavor? We're here to help. With summer creeping up on us and temperatures rising, our team wanted you all to have our favorite iced tea recipe. 


For the Tea - 

  • 8 Cups of Hot Water
  • 4 Family Size Lipton Tea Bags
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Baking Soda (You guessed it, that's the secret!) 

For the Syrup - 

  • 3/4 Cup of Sugar
  • 1 Cup of Water


Step 1 : Add baking soda to boiled water 

Step 2 : Steep tea bags for 5 minutes

Step 3: While your tea is steeping, make your simple syrup by adding the sugar and water into a small pot and heat until the sugar dissolves. 

Step 4: Remove the tea bags, and add simple syrup 

Step 5: Pour over ice and garnish with a lemon if you desire! 


So, why the baking soda? Well, the baking soda gives tea a smoother taste and clears up the cloudiness. 








7 Essentials You Need to Grab Now: For the Beach

by The Laura Swearingen Team

The official start of summer is quickly approaching so whether you have plans to head down to Corpus Christi, Destin, or some exotic island in the Caribbean, we hope you're taking a beach vacation. There are a few things you may need that you didn't know you would want until you have oily sunscreen hands and sandy feet. This way, you'll have everything you need prior to stepping foot on the beach.

Jumby Bay, Antigua 

1. Beach Chair with Built-In PillowIt is so important to be comfortable on the beach because if you aren't comfortable, you won't be able to relax and focus on the sound of the waves. This chair is perfect for kicking back and getting some sun. Also, the side pouch is great for snacks, drinks, and your cell phone. 

Tommy Bahama, $70


2. Easy to Carry CoolerYour worst nightmare would be laying out and having no cool snacks or drinks readily available. After all, when its 100 degrees out you want to be sure to keep the beverage of your choice crisp and cold. 

(Hint: We recommend a pre-beach project - decorating your own by painting or placing your favorite stickers on it!) 

Yeti, $199


3. Bluetooth Speaker - The best thing next to the sound of the waves and the children laughing would have to be your favorite music. So, bring the top charts, Caribbean steel drums, or relaxing spa sounds with you, all controlled off of your phone. This fantastic Bluetooth speaker is even water resistant so no worries, splash on! 

Cambridge Soundworks, $27


4. Fruit Infused Water Bottle - It is so important to stay hydrated while swimming, and soaking up sun. So, a water bottle that holds fruit will keep you hydrated, healthy and taste fantastic with tasty fruit inside. 

LA Organics, $7


5. Waterproof Phone Case / Pouch -  This item is important especially if you are actively using a Bluetooth speaker. You want to keep your phone safe from sand, water and anything else it may come into contact with near the beach.

      FRiEQ, $7 


6. Umbrella - You're going to want to be under your umbrella after a few hours in the sun whether you're wanting to cool off or avoid direct sunlight for a little bit. These are great to park your chair under for a little while to get out of the heat. 

Hayneedle, $57


7. Custom Tote - Ok, so the whole custom part isn't exactly essential but it is definitely cute and personal. You definitely need a tote bag though to hold towels, your Bluetooth speaker, snacks etc. It would be a hassle without one! The tote will make for easy transportation of all of your essentials. 

                    TheAltierUnique, Etsy, $78






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