How To: Give an Old Wooden Bowl a Gold Leaf Makeover

by DIY Maven

 

supplies for wood bowl goldleaf makeover
Photo: Delineate Your Dwelling

I don't know about your favorite thrift store, buy mine is LOADED with wooden bowls and canisters and stuff. Honestly, I don't spend much time in that aisle. After seeing Amy's wooden bowl makeover I just might be making a beeline for that particular aisle on my next visit. Some inexpensive gold leaf, glue, Martha's patterning tape, and a soft-bristle brush is all you need. And...

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Make it: Patterned Cork Coasters

by Stephanie Lee

DIY Patterned Cork Coasters

When I shared my favourite designers with you the other day, I wasn't kidding when I said they're a big influence on the way I decorate my home. In fact, today's DIY is a direct result of their colourful, geometric loving ways - after browsing through their works as I wrote my last post, I felt like I just had to add some bold shades and patterns to my next DIY. And here we are!

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Roundup: My Top 5 All-Time Favorite Designers

by Stephanie Lee
My top 5 favourite inspiring designers - Leah Bartholomew
Photo: Leah Bartholomew

There was a time in my life where if you'd asked me who my favourite artist or designer was, I wouldn't have been able to name a single one. Which is so odd, because nowadays I have a list of favourites as long as my arm whose styles influence me in so many ways, from how I craft, to the way I decorate for parties to how I envisage my dream home will look.

Regardless of whether your not you design or create art yourself, having a list of people whose aesthetics you admire can really help to inspire you at times when you find yourself in a creative rut. Read on to see some of my favourites! 

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Before & After: Lucy's Home Makeover

by DIY Maven
Lucy's living room before
Photo: Cup of Jo

Makeover stories are usually uplifting. This one is too, but it didn't start out that way. You see, Lucy's home didn't feel like home anymore as she had recently lost her husband. Lucy's sister Jo brainstormed with her interior designer friend Jenny Kmoenda and came up with a plan. They decided to

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Embracing Simplicity: A Home Office Makeover, COMPLETE!

by DIY Maven

 

Maven's office swap compete
Photo: DIY Maven

If you've been following along with this series, you'll know that this project wasn't just a room makeover. It also involved some room swapping. My home office was going to be where my guest room was and vice versa. And my craft room was going to be a dedicated workout area. And my craft room was going to become a craft cubby located in the closet of the guest room. I'll admit it, I didn't think it was going to be possible to cram all my books, printers, and office and craft supplies into one room and make it make sense. BUT...after much planning, painting, and paring back, the room swapping experiment

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