It's certainly time to decorate our homes with some much needed Christmas cheer! This year, we are focusing on adding more handmade pieces to our Christmas decor to help the holiday feel more personal and inviting! These simple and modern 3-D cork Christmas trees are a sure way to add that festive touch to your tabletops this season!
My favorite aspect of the holiday season is most certainly the decorating. It puts a festive spirit in your heart and a big smile on your face – the perfect recipe for holiday cheer.
And while holiday decor can mean a variety of different things to different people, I think we can all agree that the best holiday decorations are both beautiful and inexpensive! This is Linda from A Sweet Afternoon here to show you how to make an easy, origami-inspired paper star garland that’s as festive as can be, and that you can make with any paper you have and just a few basic craft items. By the end of this, you’ll know how to make two different types of folded stars for all your decorating needs!
In a couple of weeks you'll be snuggled up in front of a cozy fireplace, watching the snow fall outside your window, decorating your tree for the holiday seasons. Or maybe it'll still be sixty degrees outside, who knows? Either way, you'll want something special to put atop your festive fir. Here are 30 Christmas tree toppers you can DIY or buy this season.
Lately, I've been loving all the colorful furs I've been seeing in magazines, Pinterest, and my favorite interior decor sites. But when I saw how expensive it was to buy a few ... I knew the only way I'd be able to incorporate them into my home was to make them myself. So, I figured out this super simple technique to add some color and character to the common faux fur ... without creating a whole mess and spending a ton of money
We had enough of our dated kitchen, so we decided to give it a full-on facelift, while staying on a budget. Follow along with our whole series: Lidy's Kitchen Makeover.
The last area we really needed to tackle in our kitchen makeover was the tiny mudroom entrance in the back of the kitchen. It was the black hole of the space where everything piled up and overflowed. We knew we wanted to keep it simple, while still having it...
We'd had enough of our dated kitchen, so we decided to give it a full-on facelift, while staying on a budget. Follow along with our whole series: Lidy's Kitchen Makeover.
One of the more practical issues we faced with our current kitchen was inadequate storage. Because installing more cabinets was a bit out of our budget, we decided to make a simple built-in bench for a two-for-one punch: a place to sit AND a place to put...
Fun fact: Autumn Leaves was the first jazz standard I learned on guitar back in high school, when I though learning to play jazz guitar would make me cool and get girlfriends. It's a pretty basic song, and a good one to teach a 15-year-old me how to do a chord melody, which, on a guitar, is where you play a song's chords and melody at the same time, and ... hey, isn't this supposed to be a DIY blog!?
Now that the temperatures are getting a bit chillier, I've been spending the evenings curled up on the couch with throw blankets and a warm cup of tea. And if you have too, then you might enjoy the tutorial that I have for you today... I'm going to show you how to make an incredibly simple faux fur throw blanket with fabulous yarn tassels adorning the corners. Click through to check out the full photo tutorial.
It's a bit of an unspoken rule that our homes should smell delicious during the fall and winter. You've gotta have those berries. You should smell the pumpkin. We've rounded up a handful of ways that you can bring that scent right into your home and enjoy it all season long!
I like a properly matted and framed piece of artwork as much as anyone, but sometimes, it can be a little overkill. First off, it's expensive, especially for large pieces, and secondly, it doesn't always fit the style of the art. Framing a poster or screen print can often make the space feel more like a weird movie or record exec's office, rather that a home filled with awesome art.
Whenever I find any large, vintage art, I'm especially struck by the bold graphic design and aged colors and texture. For something like this, a classic frame would be way too expensive, and not the right fit, design-wise.
So, I took a cue from the classic pull-down maps of my elementary school classrooms, and created a simple way to hang it on the wall with a lot more character. This month we've been teaming up with our friends at True Value, my local neighborhood hardware store, and I think this project shows off how you can come up with a great, stylish-looking final project using simple materials and just a few tools.
It's time for a summer decor refresh, and we've teamed up with a handful of gorgeous, modern brands to help you make it happen! We're giving away $2,100 in decor products and services:
- Decorist Classic Makeover: full room design in your own style and budget including a detailed write-up, shopping list and floor plan plus a $50 furniture credit (total value: $350)
- $350 in authentic peel and stick wood wall paneling from Stikwood
- $350 in comfort-driven luxury sleepwear built for function and flattery from Lunya
- $350 in "Room in a Box" bedroom decor arrangements from Remodo
- $350 in modern furniture from interior designer resource LexMod
- $350 in environmentally friendly detergents, fabric care, and home cleaning products from The Laundress
To enter, simply follow the link below and start dreaming up the possibilities!
Pinterest can sometimes be like putting your face in front of a fire hydrant gushing with design styles. Online style quizzes can really help you navigate your style and why you like certain Pinterest Pins. Since online E-design has come into its own, there are many more design style quizzes out there. For you (and to selfishly feed my design style quizz addiction) I took a lot of them, and I here to let you know which ones are worth your time, and share my favorites.
Who doesn't love a DIY project that involves supplies that are basically free?! Gather up some twigs from your backyard and neighborhood and try your hand at one of these cool ideas! Bring nature indoors!
Autumn is here! I may have been waiting 9 months to say those words. I love all the leafy decor that shows up in and around homes during this season. I've scoured the web for 13 of the best leafy projects you can do yourself!
It's the season for outdoor soirees. And before you go crazy purchasing new decorations for all the parties you plan to have, take a look in your backyard. Some of those accessories can actually double as decor!
A lot of the DIY garlands we feature are meant for specific celebrations (holidays, birthdays, etc. etc.), but this clay version is stylish and subtle enough to be left up year-round!
I find that items for the home often make the best gifts. And handmade? Even better! Here's a list of ten of my very favorite handmade gifts from a variety of Etsy sellers.