Roundup: 8 Trendy Fall Pieces For The Home

by Lidy Dipert

 

Roundup: 8 Trendy Fall Pieces For The Home

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...

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Make It: Upcycle A Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

by Jennifer Farley

Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

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.   

 

Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

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.

Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

 

Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

 

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]

Materials

 

Here is what you need:

Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn
Source: Yarn: Hobby Lobby; Chalk Pencil, Scissors, & Upholstery Needles: Joann
  • 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.
  • Scissors
  • Upholstery Needle

Step

Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

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.

Step

Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

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.

Step

Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

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.

Step

Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

 

Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

 

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. 

Step

Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

 

Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

 

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.

Step

Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

When you are all done, clean up the back of your basket by cutting any excess strings.

Step

Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

Finally, clean off your chalk or dry erase markings with a wet rag. I used a disinfectant wipe.

Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

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.

Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

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

Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn

For me, my basket is used for a drop zone for my keys, mail, and....well, stuff.

Make It: Upcycle a Thrift Store Basket With Yarn
Pin It: Yarn Embroidered Thrift Store Basket
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.

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10 Ways To Cozy Up Your Patio For Fall

by Faith Provencher
10 Ways To Cozy Up Your Patio For Fall
Photo: IKEA

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.   

 

Photo: Via  DigsDigs

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. 

2. Hang string lights. It gets darker much earlier in the fall, so if you haven't already, you'll want to hang some white string lights to add warmth and extra lighting. 

 

10 Ways To Cozy Up Your Patio For Fall
Photo: Project Wedding

3. Light the walkway with lanterns. This is both functional and decorative... aren't those black lanterns gorgeous?!

 

4. Add pumpkins. This is an incredibly easy way to add an autumnal feel without breaking the bank.

 

10 Ways To Cozy Up Your Patio For Fall
Photo: Brit + Co.

5. Add textiles. Bring some blankets and throw pillows outside with you to make sure that your guests stay warm and comfy. 

 

10 Ways To Cozy Up Your Patio For Fall
Photo: A Pretty Life In The Suburbs

6. Plant ornamental cabbage. These leafy green and purple plants enjoy the cooler weather, so they lend a very fall feel to any patio or porch. 

 

7. Accent planters with branches. Bare tree branches feel very autumnal as well, so they make a great accent in your fall planters and pots. 

 

10 Ways To Cozy Up Your Patio For Fall
Photo: Southern Mom Loves

8. Add candles. These pumpkin spice candles have a warm orange color and a scent that is unmistakably fall. Get the how-to here.

 

9. Warm up your color scheme. Switch from lighter summery colors to warm golds, oranges and reds.

 

Photo: That Kind of Woman

10. Switch to hot drinks. Instead of drinking things like iced tea and white wine, switch over to red, hot toddies, tea and coffee. 

 

10 Ways To Cozy Up Your Patio For Fall
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How to: Make a DIY Tabletop S'Mores Grill Centerpiece

by Kayla Domeyer
DIY S'mores Centerpiece
Photo: Kayla Domeyer

 

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. 

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How to: DIY Sharpie "Painted" Coasters

by Kayla Domeyer
Easy DIY Home Decor Coasters made from Permanent Markers!
Photo: Kayla Domeyer

 

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.

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Roundup: 10 Bright, Bold DIYs For Your Home

by Faith Provencher
Roundup: 10 Bright, Bold DIYs For Your Home
Photo: Sugar & Cloth

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.   

 

Roundup: 10 Bright, Bold DIYs For Your Home
Photo: A Kailo Chic Life

1. These glass vases are all dressed up in their colorful best. Learn about this DIY here. [Photo: A Kailo Chic Life]

 

Roundup: 10 Bright, Bold DIYs For Your Home
Photo: PB Teen Blog

2. Add some pizzazz to those boring old terra cotta plant pots with this tutorial. [Photo: PB Teen Blog]

 

Roundup: 10 Bright, Bold DIYs For Your Home
Photo: Damask Love

3. Display all those family photos that are collecting dust using these fun neon photo holders. [Photo: Damask Love]

 

Roundup: 10 Bright, Bold DIYs For Your Home
Photo: A Kailo Chic Life

 

4. Set your cocktail on top of something nice! Check out the tutorial for these colorful coasters here. [Photo: A Kailo Chic Life]

 

 

Roundup: 10 Bright, Bold DIYs For Your Home
Photo: Enthralling Gumption

5. Serve drinks in style on this colorful brush stroke tray. Get the how-to here. [Photo: Enthralling Gumption]

 

Roundup: 10 Bright, Bold DIYs For Your Home
Photo: Rachel Mae Smith

6. This painted welcome mat will add some color to your entryway. Find out how to do it here. [Photo: Rachel Mae Smith]

 

Roundup: 10 Bright, Bold DIYs For Your Home
Photo: Tell Love and Party

7. Decorate a plain basket with some acrylic paint and a couple of pom poms. Learn more here. [Photo: Tell Love and Party]

 

Roundup: 10 Bright, Bold DIYs For Your Home
Photo: A Beautiful Mess

8. Add pom poms to your throw pillows to infuse them with some extra color. Check out the tutorial here. [Photo: A Beautiful Mess]

 

Roundup: 10 Bright, Bold DIYs For Your Home
Photo: Hello Glow

9. Cover an old clock with a pretty pattern using this easy, colorful DIY. [Photo: Hello Glow]

Roundup: 10 Bright, Bold DIYs For Your Home
Photo: Sugar & Cloth

10. Who knew candles could look so darn pretty?! Check out the tutorial here. [Photo: Sugar & Cloth]

 

Roundup: 10 Bright, Bold DIYs For Your Home
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Curiousity Planter: How to Make a Simple DIY "Bone" Vase

by Kayla Domeyer

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.

DIY Bone Vase using Air Dry Clay
Photo: Kayla Domeyer

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.

Materials

  • Plastic Planter
  • Air Dry Clay (I got this on  Amazon)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Knife (optional)
Materials needed for this project
Photo: Kayla Domeyer

 

Step

Roll a chunk of the clay to be 1/4 inch thick
Photo: Kayla Domeyer

 

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.

 

Step

Loop the coil around the pot
Photo: Kayla Domeyer

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. 

Loop the coil all the way up to the top
Photo: Kayla Domeyer

 

Step

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.

The pot of going to break, but that's okay.
Photo: Kayla Domeyer

Step

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.

Begin placing the broken pieces onto the planter.
Photo: Kayla Domeyer

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.

Continue layering the broken pieces.
Photo: Kayla Domeyer
Carefully shave any pieces you need to make a smooth top lip
Photo: Kayla Domeyer

Step

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!

Beautiful DIY Bone Vase - a unique and elegant home decor piece
Photo: Kayla Domeyer

 

 

Beautiful DIY Bone Vase - a perfect and unique addition to any home's decor!
Photo: Kayla Domeyer

 

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!
 

 

Interested in learning more about DIY planters? Check out some more project ideas here.

 

 

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Roundup: 8 Unbelievable Dorm Room Makeovers

by DIY Maven

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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

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The Best Online Sources for Mid-Century Modern Hairpin Table Legs

by Capree K
where to buy hairpin legs online

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!     

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Shopping Guide: Three Dorm Designs To Steal This Semester

by Jennifer Farley

Shopping Guide: Three Dorm room Designs to Steal This Semester

The fall semester is about to begin and Curbly has you covered. Here are three stylish and shoppable designs that you can steal for your dorm.

Dorm Room Design #1

Shopping Guide: Three Dorm room Designs to Steal This Semester
Pin & Shop This Dorm Room Design from Ikea & World Market

The above moodboard is a combo from World Market and Ikea.

If there was ever a one stop shop for college, Ikea is your store. There is no better store for storage items which is what you need the most for your home away from home.

 

Is this dorm design too feminine? Switch the rug out with this one and you have a more masculine look.

 

The Highlights:

 

Shopping Guide: Three Dorm room Designs to Steal This Semester

 

Shopping Guide: Three Dorm room Designs to Steal This Semester

 

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.

Shopping Guide: Three Dorm room Designs to Steal This Semester

 

Shopping Guide: Three Dorm room Designs to Steal This Semester

 

 

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.

Shopping Guide: Three Dorm room Designs to Steal This Semester

 

Shopping Guide: Three Dorm room Designs to Steal This Semester

 

There is not a more perfect college shelving unit than Ikea's Ivar system. It's hackable, paintable, and adds a ton of storage. You can add inexpensive interior drawers and shelves or even add interior cabinets and dresser drawers. I love the hooks you can hang on the side for towels or jackets. Take the bottom shelf out and make it your desk, mini fridge, or trunk. It can store books, clothes, food, or really anything. It's inexpensive, expandable, and can totally transition with you out of college.

This shelving unit can do everything but take your tests.

Here are some ideas to make the Ivar Shelving Unit a desk.

 

Dorm Room Design #2

 

Shopping Guide: Three Dorm room Designs to Steal This Semester
Pin & Shop This Dorm Room Design from Target and H&M

This dorm room comes from Target and H&M Home.

 

The Highlights:

 

Shopping Guide: Three Dorm room Designs to Steal This Semester

 

Shopping Guide: Three Dorm room Designs to Steal This Semester

This bathroom storage system from Threshold is pretty creative. You can use it to store your towels or you can hang baskets to hold all your bathroom toiletries. This is completely DIY-able.

Shopping Guide: Three Dorm room Designs to Steal This Semester

 

Shopping Guide: Three Dorm room Designs to Steal This Semester

 

Target's over the door storage mirror is a great solution for your jewelry.

Shopping Guide: Three Dorm room Designs to Steal This Semester

 

Shopping Guide: Three Dorm room Designs to Steal This Semester

 

H&M Home bedding is my favorite. It feels a little more grown up to me but yet fun and colorful. Their pillows are always unique and inexpensive.

I always check H&M Home for affordable storage and decor. I also love these cute paper baskets.

 

Dorm Room Design #3

Shopping Guide: Three Dorm room Designs to Steal This Semester
Pin and Shop this Dorm Room Design from Walmart

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.

 

The Highlights:

 

Shopping Guide: Three Dorm room Designs to Steal This Semester

 

Shopping Guide: Three Dorm room Designs to Steal This Semester

 

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's Mainstays 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.

Shopping Guide: Three Dorm room Designs to Steal This Semester

 

Shopping Guide: Three Dorm room Designs to Steal This Semester

 

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.

These wicker-look, plastic drawers by Sterilite are so versatile. They can serve as beside table or add a stained wood top and it can be your t.v. table for a light weight television.

Shopping Guide: Three Dorm room Designs to Steal This Semester

 

Shopping Guide: Three Dorm room Designs to Steal This Semester

 

Walmart wins the day on affordable storage totes, baskets and lighting because they are so inexpensive.

Shopping Guide: Three Dorm room Designs to Steal This Semester

 

Shopping Guide: Three Dorm room Designs to Steal This Semester

 

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.

 

Shopping Guide: Three Dorm room Designs to Steal This Semester

Have you moved out of the dorms and started renting an apartment? Check out these apartment updates you can do without asking your landlord.

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