Halloween can get cheesy fast. Just look around your local craft stores, and you'll see ghosts and goblins and witches galore. But there are ways to decorate your home for the holiday in a more sophisticated way... and we set out to find 15 of the very best. Click through to check them out.
I'm all about that ombre look, so why not bring it into your fall decor and maybe even change up the color scheme this season? Rather than sticking to a traditional red, yellow, orange and brown pallette this season, you can bring in brighter versions as well as colors like pink, peach and coral. These cute, effortless mini ombre pumpkins are fun to make and decorate your home for fall.
I don't know about you, but I've been basically looking forward to Halloween since New Year's Eve. It's such a fun holiday! Candy, ghosts, and ghouls - oh my! Even though I absolutely adore All Hallow's Eve, I'll be the first to admit that the decor can end up on the tackier side of things. Ever on the hunt for classy Halloween decor, I decided to go glam instead. Ditch the traditional black and orange in favor of gold and glitz!
Leather is one of those materials that seems intimidating... but once you start working with it, you'll realize that it's not. I promise. So in honor of this sophisticated material, today I'm sharing ten of my favorite leather DIYs for your home. (And if you're not into using the real stuff, you can substitute vegan leather for any of these pieces!).
Around the middle of September every year, my interest in food (and eating said food) spikes by like 110%. I start saving new recipes on my phone, researching different restaurants, and expanding my shopping horizons at the grocery store. I imagine it relates to some ancient hardwiring in my body as winter approaches - at least that's what I'm tell myself as I'm stuffing my face. I'm already thinking about the hot meals I'm going to be preparing in the cold of winter, and wanted some simple felt placemats to pair those meals with.
I'm trying to find ways to decorate my home seasonally without having to store more decor away for the year or reorganize an entire room for one holiday! As a busy mom, I'm finding less time to devote myself to redecorating the entire house. As much as I love it, it's nice to have a few pieces that can stay out year round and maybe save me a bit more time. A terrarium is the perfect solution to this problem!
While it doesn't quite feel like fall yet here in Boston, it is surely right around the corner... which means that it's time to swap out some of our summer decor with new cozy fall accents. Today we're sharing ten sophisticated picks that will give your outdoor space a warm, inviting vibe. Click through to check them out.
1. Landen Black Metal Lanterns - Add some dramatic mood lighting to your patio with a set of these lanterns from Pier 1. $9.95 - $69.95
5. LED String Lights - Bistro lights are a stylish way to provide plenty of lighting once the sun goes down. Buy these at Home Depot. $39.97
6. Deconovo Decorative Throw Pillow Covers - Red buffalo check plaid is a nostalgic choice that will add warmth and comfort to your patio chairs or sofas. Get these pillow covers at Amazon. $14.99
8. Kaleen Outdoor Rug - Keep your toes warm by putting a rug underfoot. Get this one from Rugs USA. $29-$79
9. Faux Pumpkins - Add some traditional fall accents in the form of faux (or real) pumpkins and gourds. Get these at Pottery Barn. $24.50 - $44.50
And be sure to check out Sonoma Magazine's tips for updating your outdoor space for fall!
Perhaps my favorite thing about cooler autumn weather is snuggling under a blanket with a cup of tea or my morning coffee. As the weather cools down, you might be looking for a good deal on a cozy new blanket, whether it's for yourself or as a gift. Look no further! No matter your budget, I've rounded up 15 cozy blankets under $100 that you'll want to cuddle up with this autumn.
Every now and then, I like to browse through IKEA's website to see if they have anything new and amazing (did you know they sell pet accessories now, for example?!). So last time, when I ran across the Västerön stool, I had this idea. What would happen if I flipped it upside down? Click through to find out.
There's no shortage of organizers for earrings on the internet - that is, if you only wear dangling earrings. Me? I'm more of a stud woman. And since stud earrings are so tiny, it's even more frustrating when they get disorganized! Oh, the hours I have lost trying to find the other half of a pair of earrings. There aren't a slew of attractive organization options out there for purchase, which is exactly why I set to work making this stud earring organizer myself - and you can too!
I can feel the fall weather approaching, which means it's almost time for scarves, blankets and all things pumpkin spiced! Rather than buying new clothing I don't need this season, I've been looking for ways to revamp the clothes I already have to make them feel like new. I've had a light green scarf for years, and it turned out to be the perfect piece for making this DIY embroidered scarf with a hand-drawn wind pattern along the edges.
I'm a pillow hoarder, so it's probably no surprise that I always have extra pillow covers in the house. I swap out my pillows every time I get sick of something, and because purchasing new pillows all the time is an expensive hobby, I've found a surefire way to personalize any pillow with my own designs using inexpensive IKEA pillow covers! The secret: sticker paper and paint.
Our guest bathroom needed help the day we moved into our home. But, as things go, it got ignored. There were so many more important things to do in the home, and the bathroom wasn't actually in truly awful condition. I know the picture above looks horrible, but one we got the estate sale leftovers cleaned up, the only real problem was the floor.
Eventually,tThis little bathroom will be gutted and we'll start over from scratch. So, we didn't want to spend a ton of money to in getting it usable. But seriously - let's get this thing functional!
So, last week, we gave this little bathroom a little refresh and turned it into a space we'd be proud to invite our house guests into. Check it out!
Here is the bathroom cleaned up a little. We removed all the rusted radiators and installed an HVAC system so there were holes in the floor. We also had the entire house rewired so the electricians had to punch holes in the ceiling and beautiful wall paper! Boo!!! (Yeah for rewiring though)
Except for a good cleaning and removing the butterflies and nasty curtain, this tub was actually in great condition!
This bathroom was renovated in 1970. It was the original bathroom of my 1917 home, so I suspect they must have gutted it. Nothing is characteristic of the early 1900s.
I plan to bring it back to an updated version of the early 1900s vibe, but for now, it needed a good cleaning, a new floor and a new toilet seat and cover. The budget, if possible, needed to be less than $150.
Here's what it looked like after we cleaned up a bit:
We had to scrape the floor a little bit to get whatever was left of the old mortar remnant. And yes, that is a nasty Bandaid I found under the tile! #shudders
So..the floor. I love a good pattern on pattern look so I wanted something to compliment the floral paper yet not look busy. When I was at my local Home Improvement store, I found black and white peel-n-stick tile for 53¢. Even better, the entire store was having an 11% off sale. Yes!...Tile for 47¢ per sq. ft! The flooring itself was less than $50 but we had to get the supplies to prep the floor which was a little but of self leveler in a few small places and the primer that needs to go down on the floor. The primer helps the stick on the "peel-n-stick" tile stick. My favorite pattern is a stripe so I decided to stripe the floor. For less than $100....
The only tool I needed to install this tile was a pair of scissors.
Easy, Easy, Easy... When it was time to tile, I tiled about 2.5 hours. I used a straight edge to cut the tiles around the edges and voila... temporary floor that has lasted three years.
I actually love the floor with the wall paper. We kept the old light fixtures. There is no need to buy anything until its time to remodel! We are actually going to keep the same layout when we renovate with one switcheroo...
This little nook will become a double sink area. We will remove the pedestal sink (not pictured because its around the corner) for more built in storage. Or, maybe leave it open for a cool piece of furniture for storage. Toilet and tub shower will get gutted and rebuilt in the same way. We will reuse the original tub that is in excellent condition!
I am not sure what this little nook was but it had two of the coolest sconces (that were original to the house). Except the sconces were placed in the middle of the wall. When this is a double sink I am not sure where they will go above the mirrors or between the mirrors like this bathroom. I knew keeping them in the middle would be a problem for any storage or way we would use this space in transition. My electrician gave me great advice. He told me to wire them and place them were they would go above the mirrors and then close them off (or place a fixture there). His reasoning was genius. It allows me to place storage on the wall for now (which I didn't do but didn't know that then) and it allows me the maximum length of wire so I could move it if I wanted to when we renovated. We were we wiring the entire house so they had to do something to the lights because they were rewiring them. It cost nothing more to move it up while they were there. If I chose not to do this but decided later that I wanted them higher, I would have to call them back and have them run a longer wire which would cost me more. Now that I have the length of wire I can keep it there or move it down when the walls are open.
The problem was they had to patch the old holes in my pretty wall paper!!!!
I decided to cover them up with a gallery wall. I also decided to cover the light boxes up instead of installing a temporary fixture. The original sconces are "up light" sconces so they don't fit! If I chose to put them lower I might use them.
I thought about using this space for storage but we just don't need it. We have the built in cabinets and that is enough. The basket is great for towels and the chair is perfect for throwing clothes. I have a little boy so there is not much storage required here. He just needs a place for his toothbrush, comb, and soap. The chair is nice because my guests use it for their things too.
We also dropped all the light switches to standard height when we re wired the house. I guess standard 100 years ago was much higher. You can see we haven't covered this patch aesthetically. We had to cover it with a drywall patch to pass our home inspection. Kids being able to stick their finger in a hole where there is wiring...that wasn't going to pass!
I do love gallery walls in bathroom and it has served the purpose of covering up things here well.
Have you seen these adorable faux hooks from Ikea? I love them and my son wanted blue so I went with it and actually think it would look better than the black option. My sweet boy has a floral bathroom so I decided to let him have a say!
On another note, I love wall paper in here so much that it will get new wall paper when we renovate.
I used the same Ikea discontinued shelving unit for over the toilet. I used a thrift store planter basket with a clear trash can for trash.
This little target stand is a game changer for my little boy who cannot reach the medicine cabinet. He is starting to now, but when he was smaller it was much easier for him to get his things in the tray.
I love how the striped floor looks three years later. It has held up so well!
I have been telling myself to paint the trim of the medicine cabinet, door and window for the last three years. it is off white and the tile and fixtures are white. There are just too many pressing things to do and its going away so its hard to be motivated.
I do love my Ikea dishtowel hand towels. So cheap and I have so many ready to replace them!
This shelf is the same one I used to style this rental bathroom. This is where it has been used and how its been used for some time. My guests can hang their bag on the side or place it right on the top shelf.
I love this mountain print. It really has all the colors of the bathroom in it!
I love this indoor/outdoor rug runner but my son has to use an Turkish towel because he still will not get out of the shower without remaining soaking wet... we are working on it!
This little snake plant has moved around in all my Curbly posts but this is its actual home. Snake plants don't need much sun or water at all and the humidity of the bathroom is great for it!
Just for fun... Here is the bathroom when we moved into the house and started renovating (We used the other bathroom while we updated this one).
And here is the refresh for a little over $100!
This bathroom has held up for almost three years but it is time and by this time next year will be renovated. I am thankful for cheap flooring that helped this bathroom hold on for a few more years. I actually will be sad to renovate it but its needed. The old plumbing is still here and it needs to be updated.
On another note... we also passed our home inspection and our son has been using it since he moved in!
Decorating the walls of your home makes a huge difference in its appearance and its feeling as a comfortable, personal space, but the cost of art and frames can add up very quickly. One of my favorite tricks for creating beautiful wall art is patterned cardstock, and this time, I mixed two patterned papers and several bright colored pieces of cardstock to create this simple woven paper wall art that can cost you less than $5. It's as simple as cutting strips of paper!
Vinyl is quickly becoming one of my favorite craft supplies! It's extremely versatile, and iron-on vinyl is ideal for creating patterns on plain pillowcases. Now that 90s styles are back and regaining popularity, this DIY black and white abstract print pillow is the perfect way to give your home a 90s update and still keep it simple and feeling like home.
I ran across some disc-shaped magnets on Amazon a while back, and I got to thinking... wouldn't they be perfect for creating a knife rack? And since we were in desperate need of a new one, I got right to work. And today I'm sharing the simple tutorial with you. Click through to check it out!
Craigslist is one of the best resources for buying and selling used items. Unfortunately it can be overwhelming to sift through thousands of results when you're trying to find something special. Here are some tips to help you become a Craigslist pro!
ACT FAST - Craigslist is an excellent spot for used designer goods. You can sometimes find the real thing or a knock off. Use key terms like "MCM" for "Midcentury Modern", or the name of the designer you are on the lookout for. The dresser above is a total steal at $400! And I have half a mind to make the drive right now to purchase it!
PASS - The dresser above was found searching for the basic term "dresser". When you're not specific, Craigslist will yield hundreds of pages in the search results for you to weed through. This dresser comes in a set for $100. If you look closely, there is so much wear and tear (broken drawers, chipped wood, etc.) that it's not worth the purchase considering the amount of work you need to do to fix everything.
COUCHES & SOFAS
When searching for furniture like a couch, you want to take into consideration the fact that it's used and for how long it was owned by the previous owner. For some, the thought of other people's germs that have collected in the fibers of the fabric over the years is too much. I tend to search for sofas and couches made from leather. Leather is easy to clean and wipe down and gives a little more piece of mind. However, there are exceptions if the couch is relatively new, or is a designer item that was used minimally! When searching for couches, enter search terms like "leather", "sectional", and/or "chaise".
ACT FAST - The sofa above is a great deal at $200. It's got clean lines, is a neutral color (grey), and can double as a bed allowing it to serve a dual purpose. There is some minimal tearing on the seating cushion which the seller has disclosed in the item description along with a picture. Though the damage is minor, you could potentially negotiate the price with the seller.
PASS - Sometimes you just have to say "no". Yes, this couch is leather. Yes, some of the seats are motorized. But at $300, the damage to the leather just isn't worth it.
Be on the lookout for pairs or sets. A lot of sellers will strike a deal with you if you purchase more than one item from them. You can narrow the search by color, or if you're looking for a certain material, be sure to add that in the search bar.
ACT FAST - These dressers are clean, affordable, and come in a matching set and at $35 for the pair, you can't beat it!
PASS - Some sellers use the words "vintage" or "antique" to make wear and tear seem more valuable in the items they're selling. This dresser has two colors of paint on it and at $65, you could find something brand new elsewhere.
When searching for lighting, I use store names or designer names. For example, I searched "West Elm Chandelier" and was able to find stylish and affordable items that were once sold at West Elm.
ACT FAST - This chandelier is missing 2 shells but still looks complete. And also need a wire reattached (a simple fix). It's a steal at $25!
ACT FAST - Globe pendants like the one above are selling for $125+ on sites like eBay. This seller is offering a great deal at $75. He uses it as a porch light, but it could easily be used in a dining or living room.
ACT FAST - This CB2 floor lamp is a great deal for only $100. The owner mentioned that they're moving and needing to get rid of items quickly. Use that detail to your advantage and try to negotiate with the seller!
PASS - Avoid bulk images that say things like "liquidation"! These are from larger stores instead of individual sellers. Many of their images are stock images and the item in question may not be available at their store. You also leave little room for negotiation when buying from a larger store rather than an individual owner.
Craigslist is perfect for searching for a plethora of chair occasions. Whether you're looking for dining chairs, or a one-off item to be a statement piece in your living room, you can usually find something spectacular.
ACT FAST - Eames chairs have been beloved by many for years. While you may not be able to afford an original, there are many stores that sell replicas for $75-$225 depending on the style. The chair above is a replica and is a STEAL at $35!
ACT FAST - These Vintage Barrel Chairs would be lovely in a sitting room. At $200/each, they're in fantastic condition and the seller even offers delivery for a fee. In this case, the seller has many items for sale and also offers services like painting. If you have an item already, but the DIY idea seems daunting, many Craigslist sellers offer services like this and you can contract out the work to one of them!
PASS - You'll often come upon an item that has nothing to do with your search terms. In this case, I was looking for a midcentury style rocker, and this striped lounger came up. At $50, it could potentially be worth it to purchase and reupholster (the item has great lines!), but it wasn't exactly what I was looking for, so I'll pass.
ACT FAST - Industrial Modern coffee tables are trending right now and can be found upwards of $200. At $45, this option is definitely affordable. Because the seller is using a stock image, it's wise to text or email asking for images of the actual item.
PASS - At $75, this old coffee table is a little unimpressive. I searched for "marble coffee table" and while this does have a marble look, it's still wood grain and doesn't suit my fancy. Sellers use search terms broadly, so be thorough when investigating an item!
You can find almost anything on Craigslist and that includes building materials. Rocks or dirt for landscaping, marble tiles, bricks, and wood pallets are just few of the items you can find from sellers! Some are even free as long as you pick up and remove from the seller's location! If you're upgrading your kitchen, redoing your floors, or need landscape rock, check Craigslist first!
ACT FAST - Maybe you're not looking for a full piece of furniture, but rather an ACCESSORY for furniture. Giving something a new pair of legs can give it new life! These hairpin legs are just an example of the many building materials you can find on Craigslist!
ACT FAST - Carrara marble from Italy is a popular item and is, many times, sold out at hardware stores. These tiles are direct from the seller and a 12x12" is only $5.99!
PASS - You can find wood pallets for free in other places like yard sales or some hardware stores will just give them to you. No need to spend $35/pallet if it's unnecessary! You may be able to find wood pallets in the "free" section of your local Craigslist website!
ACT FAST - Save a few dollars and purchase plants on Craigslist! Many sellers will provide steep discounts to their plants to push them out of their inventory. For example, Agave like this sells for $25-40 at a plant nursery!
ACT FAST - Wall hangings are the "thing" right now, but can be pretty expensive depending on where you look. Some sellers on Craigslist are selling handmade items they made themselves, or they may not recognize the value in the item they're selling.
ACT FAST - Keep plants thriving in your home with a fun planter! This terrarium is a great deal and the seller offers multiple sizes. Strike up a bargain and walk away with more than one piece! Search "terrariums" instead of "planters" to get more unique results.
WHEN TO PASS - Searching for home decor on Craigslist can be a bit tricky unless you have a specific item in mind. Always ask for additional pictures and dimensions from the seller so that you can plan where the item will go and if it will actually fit in your space. If items are broken, outdated or no longer working, damaged, or missing pieces, you may want to pass. These are things to take into consideration before you pull the trigger.
TIPS TO REMEMBER
Search terms - You will yield better results by narrowing your search with specific terms. "MCM", "rustic", "shabby chic", and "replica" will help you find items more to your liking. Use descriptive words like "tufted" or "marble". Be as specific as you can and you'll avoid weeding through the hundreds, if not thousands, of results.
Compare to eBay - If you find something you love, but the price is a bit high, try searching for the same item on eBay. You'll get a sense of the value and if it's worth it to purchase on Craigslist or not.
Negotiate - As stated earlier, many Craigslist sellers want to get rid of their items and will do so for the right buyer and the right price. When initially contacting the seller, ask for more detail and also if there is any wiggle room on the price. If you can pick up same day, or pay all cash, some sellers will take a little off the price!
Check other cities - Don't be afraid to travel a bit for a good deal! We live in Tucson, but the Phoenix Craigslist has sooo much more to offer! Check out the listings in cities around you and work out the travel if you find an item that you can't live without! I've driven 2 hours for a pair of wingback chairs, and I've never regretted my decision.
Beware of scams - While Craigslist is filled with mostly honest sellers and buyers, be on the lookout for deals that seem "too good to be true". If an item is listed for a crazy low amount, or the wording seems a bit out of the ordinary, you could be buying from a scammer. Never give your credit card information unless they're a certified business. When picking up furniture, it's best to do so when accompanied by a friend. Meet in a neutral location if possible. Always play it safe!
Look at the big picture - Maybe you don't like the color or the fabric an item comes in. Think about how you can inject new life into something! Those cheaper items can be worth it if a makeover is in store!
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Air dry clay is such a fun, versatile craft supply. You can use it to make just about anything and paint it whatever colors you want once it's dry. Plus, since you don't have to bake it, I think it's great for dorm DIY projects! It's dorm decor season, and this simple clay mountain photo holder is the perfect way to display your favorite photos in your dorm or in your home.
With the new school year right around the corner, those of you who are heading back to college are probably thinking about how to decorate your dorm room this year. Well, we're here to help! Today we have 75 awesome DIY dorm decor ideas to give your space a unique, custom feel. Click through to check 'em out.
Here's a typical rental bathroom. Builder-grade materials; not offensive, but very plain and basic. It could be worse, of course, but a lot of rental bathrooms are devoid of style and character. But I like to look at this little room as a blank canvas just waiting for some personal touches. If you're a renter living with a plain bathroom like this one, or maybe you're heading off to college where a dull dorm bathroom awaits, here are some easy and affordable styling tips that will brighten your space.
Start with some color
Much better right? These bathrooms tend to be super neutral. They need a big dose of color! The easiest way to get a color into the bathroom - without painting - is the shower curtain. If you're a pattern person, the kind of person who would cover a house in wall paper or textiles, your shower curtain is how you make your pattern statement.
To make this small room look taller I used a 84-inch shower curtain (that's a bit taller than standard 72-inch height). You can order taller shower curtains that are intended for a shower door opening, but they don't make any wide enough to cover a shower/tub combo. So my trick is to buy two curtain panels and sew them together. When your curtain is pulled back, no one's the wiser. When your curtain is pulled closed, no one should be in your bathroom with you!!!
Note: shower curtains aren't waterproof, so you'll also need to buy two tall shower liners (the cheap ones will do). I make sure the curtains I purchase are back tabbed. I attach the liner via the shower curtain ring to the back tab. Voila, your curtain is functional and waterproof.
I used these sweet little stitched edge curtains from Target.
If you choose to make a window curtain and liner curtain work together, you'll need an extra-sturdy curtain rod. Tension rods usually can't hold the weight, so you'll have to use a rod that screws into the wall.
Add smart storage
This bathroom needed a little more storage, and the best place to put it was over the toilet. I love wall-mounted shelves over the toilet, but some of you won't be able to get permission to do that, so you can do free standing versions instead. Here's a trick: instead of buying a cabinet made to go over the toilet, use a tiered shelving unit and take off the bottom two drawers. I used an Ikea Lerberg shelf, which, sadly you no longer can get at U.S. IKEA stores.
The Ikea Hyllis is not tiered, so it would work well if you needed more towel storage. This white, tiered bookshelf from Overstock is great if you need even more storage. Since these are not made to go over toilets, they will not have a hidden bar that goes behind the toilet keeping the shelving unit from falling. Make sure you secure the unit to the wall.
Baskets are perfect for storing extra toilet paper, makeup bags, and anything else overflows from the vanity.
It's easy to think that small photos or artwork will work well in a small space. Not always true! The reality is that small wall hangings can make a small room feel even smaller. Instead, go big and use the largest frame that will fit naturally in the space. It will fill up a blah wall with something personal while making your bathroom look bigger.
Run around your house and grab little storage containers and bowls to use for all those little bathroom items you need to keep on hand. If you need to buy something, skip the bathroom section and head to the kitchen storage section to find little storage bins.
Use the opportunity to upgrade to more stylish bathroom storage. These make-up bags are super cute (from Target).
Plants always bring a little color and life to a boring bathroom. Succulents are my favorites, especially for a bathroom that has no natural light.
Use space wisely
If you have an awkward space underneath your mirror there are lots of great ways to make it more functional. I headed to Target's office section and got a cute little marble dry-erase board. I like to write little reminders and quotes to keep in mind. It's nice to keep your family values top of mind while you brush your teeth, right?
By the way, my go-to hand towels are these cheap dish towels from Ikea. They wash well and are meant for drying so they're perfect hand towels. Embroider them and add some pom pom trim and you've got a cheap wedding gift!
Another way to fill the space between a countertop and bathroom mirror would be to install a small shelf. The shelf above is from Home Depot, and looks very easy to install. I also think a grid organizer like the one above from Target could be a fun way to clip on reminders, quotes, and pictures.
Have fun with your bath mat
Bathroom floor mats have come a long way in the last ten or fifteen years. In days past, bath mats were always soft and fluffy, but your rarely found inexpensive and stylish ones. I love the look of vintage rugs in the bathroom, but my slightly more messy reality requires one I can easily throw in the wash. That's why I like this rug from Target.
One way to make bathroom decor look really stylish is to resist the urge to be too matchy. Just because the floor is black and grey doesn't mean you need a black or grey mat. The same is true for the shower curtain. Just because the shower curtain is dark blue doesn't mean the floor mat needs to match.
(On another note the floor is not tile, it's vinyl. This basket weave pattern from Mannington floors is seriously amazing. I think the bathroom floor cost less than $100 including install. Even better, it was installed in less than an hour!)
Some other tips
There are many more things you can do to make a boring bathroom better. Here are some to consider:
- Hang a Huge Gallery Wall
- Add Dark paint or removable wall paper.
- Add hanging plants (if you have the correct lighting)
- Install a metal shelf above the fiberglass tub/shower for more storage, like this one. Hanging it higher than your tub and showerhead so the towels don't get wet.
- Add a cute stool for sitting (especially if you are a parent who has to help with baths) or a storage basket for easily accessible towels.
- Add new hardware to your cabinet
- Swap in a new mirror. I love this mirror from Ikea because the frame of the mirror can serve as the shelf!
Now go out and make that boring bathroom stylish!