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Oct 06th
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In Bloom

blog_beauty1During a recent shopping trip just down the street in Santa Cruz, to Wallflower Boutique, I noticed a stunning patch of wallpaper that literally “makes” this store what it is (besides the cute clothes and charming accessories). Wallpaper can do that—absolutely change the visuals of a room, and give it character. Such is the case with this Anthropologie “Paeonia Wallpaper,” which sells for $148 a roll. Sure, it’s expensive, but simply wallpapering your home or workspace is a lot more cost effective than buying all new furniture. Try pairing it with grey curtains (find them cheap at IKEA), or a navy colored rug. Either way, stay in “bloom” with this wallpaper.

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