Fall is upon us and what better way to get ready for the season than to add these 8 must-have pieces for fall! It's that time of year where we want our homes to begin feeling more cozy and intimate while remaining modern and current. Try introducing some (or all) of these pieces into your home this season for that perfect autumn touch!
1. Natural Wood Textures
Bring the great outdoors inside your home by introducing natural wood...
Can you have enough baskets? I don't think so. Here is a fun and easy way to upcycle those super inexpensive thrift store baskets you can find anywhere.
I found these two baskets for 25 cents each at my favorite local thrift store. They are the perfect size for what I call "drop zones" for random things I need to set down.
I am personally loving embroidered straw hats and totes. This look on a hat or tote is totally a summer vibe, but I thought the idea could be used year round in home decor. The plan was to attempt it on the 25 cent basket for my entryway. [Left Photo: Koko Polenki; Right Photo: Smallable.com]
Here is what you need:
Basket: I chose the round basket because it had a tighter basket weave. It looked like a better option for stitching writing.
Yarn: You do not want thick yarn but you don't want thin string either. I got mine here.
Chalk Pencil or Fine Tip Dry Erase Marker: I used the dry erase marker so you could see my tutorial. Next time, I will use a fabric chalk pencil. The dry erase did easily wipe off on my basket. I am sure this is not the case for all baskets.
Write your word on the basket. I wanted the word "stuff" because this little basket was going to hold my stuff. If you are using a dry erase marker, first test it on the back of your basket to see if you can wipe the marks off. I free handed the word, and had to erase it a couple of times. I used a disinfectant wipe to erase my lines. A baby wipe would work as well.
String your needle. I tried to double my string at first thinking the stitching would go faster. It was just harder to feed through the basket so I did a single string and made the writing thicker by repeating the stitch.
Start your stitch on the back and tie a knot to secure the yarn. Do not cut the excess string immediately. Leave a little excess so you can tie off the string when you need to start a new one.
Stitch along your lines.
I will tell you this might take some time, depending on the basket. The stitches would be much easier on a straw basket. Give yourself a little grace with the stitches. I was okay with my lines not following the markings perfectly because I knew the dry erase pen would wash off. There is not an easy 1,2,3... for how to make a stitch. I simply stitched in a way that the letters would take shape. I learned that sometimes if a stitch would not stay in a direction I wanted it to go, I could get it to stay in place by tying it off in the back and starting a new string.
I would also advice ending strings often. This will help you if you don't like the way your letter is looking. I didn't like how part of the letter "f" was turning out so I used a seam ripper and my scissors to undo the letter. Since I had used another string for the other half of the letter I didn't have to rip out the part I liked.
To tie off your stitches. You will do this the same way for a new string and when you are completely done. To do so, tie a knot. For extra security, feed the string through one of the back stitches. Leave a little excess on the end to be able to tie a knot with the start of the new string.
When you are all done, clean up the back of your basket by cutting any excess strings.
Finally, clean off your chalk or dry erase markings with a wet rag. I used a disinfectant wipe.
My advice is don't try to make it perfect. With some baskets this is not possible. I did my best to make it readable with clean lines. A straw basket would be much easier to stitch perfectly straight stitches.
This project could be used to monogram a smaller or larger basket to hang on the wall. It also could be a unique way to label a storage basket like this one.
For me, my basket is used for a drop zone for my keys, mail, and....well, stuff.
If you love simple and inexpensive DIY projects, check out this tutorial for a stylish task lamp or this post on how to make a stylish pillow from thrift store clothes.
Whether you're excited about it or not, fall is almost upon us and it's time to start thinking about transitioning our outdoor spaces into the new season. So today we're sharing ten great tips for making your patio, deck or porch feel warm and cozy for autumn.
1. Add a fire pit. It will give off some serious heat to keep your toes warm, and the glow of the fire will create an inviting ambiance for your outdoor space.
IKEA is famous for its inexpensive (and difficult to assemble) furniture, but many people aren't aware of their extensive selection of decorative items and accessories. And here's the best part - these are affordable too, and with no assembly required! Read on to check out ten of our favorite IKEA accessories under $20.
Jenna's master bedroom makeover is proof that when looking at residential property to purchase, you need look beyond the style of the current owner. (It's surprising how many people can't do that.) If you don't, you might pass up the
This month at Curbly we've been looking at different furniture and décor styles - so today we're going to check out some lovely rustic furniture pieces that you can make yourself. Keep reading to check out ten of our favorites!
Are you the type of person who would absolutely love nothing more than to achieve that simple and soothing Scandinavian look in your home? Well guess what: you don't have to spend a lot of money to achieve this classic look! Here are a few pieces you can easily introduce into your home on a modest budget. Your home, and wallet, will appreciate it!
Today is the last day of my Curbly guest posting spree. I'm so happy I got to share my Curiosity Bone Vase, Printable Watercolor Art and DIY Coasters with you all. For my last post, I'm really excited to share this DIY S'mores atio "grill." S'mores are one of my favorite parts of summer - but city ordinances in my hometown don't allow patio fireplaces.
It's day three of my whirlwind adventures in guest blogging here on Curbly. Today, it's all in the details...of home decor, that is. Sometimes in DIY home accents, it isn't about the big, striking pieces. Often, it's the lovely, custom details that add up to make a space. Like these DIY coasters. They can be any color, and the watercolor effect is both elegant and whimsical.
Love to decorate with bright colors? I'm with you. There's something about color that just brings a smile to your face. So today we're sharing ten bold DIYs that are filled with practically every color under the sun. Read on to get inspired.
1. These glass vases are all dressed up in their colorful best. Learn about this DIY here. [Photo: A Kailo Chic Life]
Hello again everyone! I'm back today sharing something I'm really passionate about: printables! I work all day as a Creative Director, but I'll always be a Graphic Designer at heart. Creating beautiful images is one of my favorite past times, and sharing them brings me a lot of joy.
White cinder block walls. Or worse yet, beige cinder block walls. These are the things of which typical dorm rooms are made. And although they're often cave-like, there's nothing natural about them. To add a bit of much needed life and color plants are the perfect option. And...not only do they provide companionship (seriously), if you
Hello everyone in Curbly world! My name is Kayla and I can't really say just how excited I am to be guest posting for Curbly. I've been a fan for a long time, and just recently reached out in hopes of being able to share something beautiful with you. The response was more than I asked for, and I'm going to be sharing FOUR posts with you all this week.
One of my favorite things to work on when in art class in high school was clay projects, and this DIY Bone Vase takes me back to those days. It's got the vibe of one of those old "curiousity shoppes," but you don't have to source any unusual animal parts.
There is something really satisfying about the weight and cold feeling of wet clay as you manipulate it into shapes and textures. It is just like a squishy stress ball that you can eventually turn into something beautiful. I've toyed a lot with making salt dough projects (like DIY baby hand dish), but it just isn't the same as wet clay.
For this project, you'll need a plastic planter that you'll build your piece around, some white air dry clay, and some glue. You may or may not want to paint it when you are done. I personally like the look and feel of the rough clay.
Air Dry Clay (I got this on Amazon)
Hot glue gun
Use a chunk of your clay and roll it out to about 1/4 inch thick. It doesn't need to be perfectly smooth, and a cracking surface is actually a really nice effect.
Take your clay rope and loop it around your pot. Repeat until the whole rope is coiled up the surface of the pot and the whole pot is covered in clay ropes.
It looks great right!? Well, the bad news is it is going to break in a bit. You see, clay shrinks a bit as it dries, and since we've wrapped it around an object that won't budge, our clay ropes are going to break as they dry. Prepare yourself for heart ache and let the clay dry thoroughly (in the sun maybe 12 hours, or in the house 24-48 hours).
Retrieve the broken bits of your clay rope, which are now dry and oddly reminiscent of an elephant graveyard, and wipe off the surface of your planter. Repeat steps 1 - 3, saving the second set of broken "bones" with the first.
Now you are ready to assemble. Remember what I mentioned about shrinkage? Because of that, the total dried "bones" from our first go around won't be enough to cover the planter. Since you made the ropes twice, however, you now have plenty of ropes to cover your planter. Clean and dry the planter's surface, and get your hot glue gun heating up.
Starting at the bottom of your planter, glue your "bones" onto the surface with the hot glue. If your planter is like mine, some of your "bones" will have a tighter curl than others. The best way I found to assemble the vase is to simply test fit each piece before gluing it down. If a piece doesn't fit, save it and try it again in another place. For variation, you might want to break apart some of the "bones" so that you have smaller bits as well as large ones. Be sure to clean up any hot glue strands at the end.
Spiral the clay pieces up the planter. You might have to use a knife to shave down a few pieces as you near the top. Remember - untreated, this air dry clay is likely not water resistant, so we don't want it in contact with the plant's soil.
That's it! A succulent makes a great match for this look, since it doesn't require a lot of water, and it plays well off the porous texture from the clay. This curious and unique vase is already one of my favorites. For some reason the rawness of the materials really looks great against my other bright shiny porcelain pieces. I hope you check back tomorrow for more goodies from me!
A little about Kayla: I'm a Creative Director for an international crafting company full time in addition to having my own crafting blog at SayNotSweetAnne.com. I'm a wife and a mother, and I work really hard so that I can spend my down time in the warm company of my 15 month old son and amazingly supportive husband. I love to make printables, jewelry, decor items, and I especially adore making DIY gifts. Don't forget to stop by and say hello on Instagram!
It's almost time. Back to school, or college as the case may be. You can tell by the scent of #2 pencils in the air and Bed Bath & Beyond ads for dorm room doo-dads. It's no wonder BB & B and Target and such push dorm room decor this time of year. Back in 2012, the National Retail Federation estimated that dorm room
It's almost that time of year again... when you're off to college (and that blank white space they call a dorm room). But it doesn't have to be boring - so today we're sharing our favorite colorful décor picks from around the web. Keep reading to check 'em out.
Starting organizational habits now can lead to a happier life later. Trust me on this. You've got to learn to stay tidy while in college so that you home is in order down the road. Here are 15 products and DIY ideas to get the fire burning and keep you interested in cleanliness!
With all the inspiration available these days, it's easier than ever to find a totally do-able DIY table project. From console tables to coffee tables to dining tables, it seems these projects all have one common denominator: hairpin legs. But where to buy 'em? How much are they? Do they come in different sizes? Styles? Colors? Wonder no more, folks! We've scoured the internet and rounded up our favorite sources for quality hairpin legs!
Is this dorm design too feminine? Switch the rug out with this one and you have a more masculine look.
The Kvistbro basket can serve as storage for extra blankets, books, or whatever... and also serve as a coffee table.
Ikea bedspreads are great (and inexpensive) for layering your bed. They are perfect light weight bedding option and can transition to a sofa blanket when needed.
These colorful Lixhult cabinets are new from Ikea and the options are endless. They come without legs and smaller sizes. They are completely stackable...think awesome locker unit. This could be a great side table or put two together and it can be your t.v. storage.
The Knoppart sofa is inexpensive and its comfort level could be increased by loading it up with some pillows or one large lumbar pillow. If you like to sew (or your mom does) the slip cover would be simple to DIY.
All the items in the above moodboard are from Walmart.
I have lived in two small towns where the closest Target was at least an hour away and the closest Ikea was 5 hours away! When I lived there I was jealous of all the stylish design board on Pinterest that showcased stores only in bigger towns or cities. Because of this, I decided to do a design moodboard for those who more than likely have a Walmart in their town...and no else.
Ever since Better Homes and Garden came to Walmart, there have been more really great bedding options. Sometimes a unique piece of furniture like Walmart'sMainstays white bookcase, can help style a space (like a dorm room) that can be very boring in architecture. is really unique but very usable...and of course, very affordable.
We all know you college kids need your sleep and you can with these affordable blackout curtains. They come in 20 colors and even have tall sized (95 inch) options. I am not a huge fan of pocket panels but grab some clips to hang them, and you are good to go.
Walmart wins the day on affordable storage totes, baskets and lighting because they are so inexpensive.
Walmart actually had my favorite seating options like this Paxson Linen futon. Most of Walmart's best options are online, but the good news is they have free shipping to their stores. Ship it to your store and check it out before you load it because they'll do returns right there if you don't like it.
These striped rugs are so simple but since they come in so many colors they go with so much.
Don't have room to travel with bigger items? Ship them to the store in your college town and pick them up when you get there.
Have you moved out of the dorms and started renting an apartment? Check out these apartment updates you can do without asking your landlord.