September is National Sewing Month, and in honor of the occasion, we're taking a deep look at one of the most versatile materials out there: fabric! From sewing pillows to creating statement wall pieces, there's no limit to the way you can use fabric in the world of interior design. Here are 99 of our favorite tips on how to use fabric to decorate every room of your home. You don't have to be a tailor to use textiles in your space. From no-sew curtains to fabric as wallpaper, there's a project out there for everybody!
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!
The bed in our guest room is very tall. And if you've ever tried to find a tall end table, you know that they aren't easy to come by. So I decided to make one... and my version of the C table was born. This is not one of those time intensive woodworking projects - in fact, it didn't even involve power tools. Click through to check out this incredibly easy little side table project.
The final piece is a color blocked navy and gold piece, with some raw wood left on the top to add character. And the best part? You can buy all the wood for this c table at your local craft store!
How to make your own C table
Here are the materials you'll need:
- 1 piece of birch wood, 24"x12" and 1/2" thick
- 2 pieces of birch wood, 12"x12" and 3/8" thick
- 1 round dowel rod, 24" long and 1" thick
- Navy latex paint
- Gold spray paint
- Scotch Blue painter's tape
- Hammer and small nails
- Wood glue
- Fine sandpaper
1. Begin by spray painting the dowel rod gold. Let it dry thoroughly.
2. Apply glue to the shorter edge of the 24"x12" piece of birch wood. Place the edge of one of the 12"x12" pieces on top and then carefully nail it down so as not to split the wood.
3. It should look like this. Wipe any excess glue that might have oozed out while you were nailing them together.
4. Repeat the process on the other end.
5. Apply glue to both ends of the dowel rod and carefully insert it into the center of the top and bottom of the c table as shown above. Weight it down with a book and support it on the back side so it dries square. (I used a crate filled with dog toys!). Let it dry for a couple of hours. Insert a nail through the top and bottom into the ends of the dowel rod for added stability.
6. The last step is to paint. Place blue tape about 2/3 of the way up. Flip it over and paint the whole top section (which will actually be the bottom) with the navy latex paint.
And that's it, you're all finished! The final side table is the perfect size for a small lamp and a few knick-knacks. Perfect next to your bed or your couch.
You could also opt to finish it a different way - if you prefer a more natural look, consider staining the whole piece rather than painting it. Or you could try different paint colors. Copper and white was another combination I was considering.
I didn't put any sort of sealant or finish on the top of mine, but if you anticipate that your C-table will get a ton of use you might consider adding a coat of sealer at the end.
Charlie's a ham for the camera, so he decided to help me with the photo shoot.
Bedrooms are meant to be a place of rest and relaxation, but for many of us, our bedrooms do double duty as sitting areas, nurseries, living rooms, storage, etc. No matter your situation, finding little ways to help yourself relax and get enough sleep could be as easy as getting rid of some things and keeping others. Of course, you know yourself best, so not everything on this list may apply to you. However, it couldn't hurt to try, and maybe you'll find a new way to relax into a good night's sleep!
When I was a college student in my early twenties, I detested mornings. Not only did I hate them, but they literally made me sick. If I had an opening shift at work or an 8 A.M. class to make it to, there was always a battle between me, the morning air, and waves of pure nausea. I learned real quick that if I wanted to actually graduate, all my classes needed to be no earlier than 9:30 A.M. Nowadays, I enjoy mornings. Like, really, really enjoy then. I love waking up nice and early, even on the weekends. I even feel bummed when I oversleep. The miraculous transition from Night Owl to Early Bird did not happen overnight. It was a process that took months, maybe even a year. But it did happen. I'm here to share with you how to be a morning person, or at least how the magic happened for me.
What is a morning person?
Before we get into why and how to be a morning person, I want to preface by saying whatever being a "morning person" means is up to you. For me, it means not rushing out of the front door a mere 10 minutes after I open my eyes. It means that I'm not going to have a mental breakdown if I fall behind in my morning routine because there's no way I'll catch up. It means waking up at a consistent time, and waking up feeling refreshed. Being a morning person means I'm relishing the dawn, not dreading it. This is important, because every moment of every day is precious, and we should learn appreciate all the time we're given. Okay, lets's get into why being a morning person is the best thing ever.
Why you should be a morning person
- You'll be less groggy
- You'll be less stressed
- You'll get better sleep
Doesn't that all sound so appealing?? I can attest that transitioning into a lark has improved all these areas in my own life. I'm a lot less groggy during the times that matter. Previously, I would wake, put on my pants with a toothbrush in my mouth, and be out of the door in 10 minutes. The transition from sleep-to-waking was happening while I was in the car driving to work. Not great. Now, I get to transition out of the grogginess in the comfort of my own home, and not while operating heavy machinery (a win for everyone involved).
I'm not as stressed in the morning for similar reasons. An earlier waking time means more flexibility in my morning routine. Coffee machine malfunctioning? That's okay, there's time to fix it. No matter what you do, the dog just won't hurry up and pee? Not a problem, there's wiggle room in the schedule.
My sleep has improved the most. While sleeping more by waking later may seem like the logical solution to tiredness, a consistent schedule does the trick much better. Your body comes equipped with a sleep schedule (hello, REM cycle!), and loves it when you stick to that schedule.
How to be a morning person
- Train your brain to wake earlier: If you're the ambitious type, you may have tried to change your wake up time abruptly. I feel ya. I've gotten overzealous and decided I was going to be the type of person who wakes up at 5:30 and goes for a jog, walks the dog, showers, and makes breakfast for the entire household, all before heading to work. I'm only able to keep up this ridiculous plan for about two days, then crash by the third. If you want to give yourself more time in the mornings, you have to slowly let your body know that the routine is changing. Set your alarm clock an additional 15 minutes back, and try that for a week. Go back another 15 minutes for another week, until you're waking up at your desired time. Your body is much more likely to respond positively to transitioning versus abrupt change.
- Go to bed earlier (eventually): The hard truth is that if you want to wake up earlier, you're gonna need to go to bed earlier. That being said, I've never in my life been able to force myself to go to sleep earlier than I normally do. My brain is either in two modes: totally wired or absolutely shut down. Since waking earlier means you'll need more sleep, work on transitioning your bedtime along with your waking time. Let your body naturally decide when it's ready to rest, but stick firmly to your wake-up time.
- Plan your morning: If there isn't a great reason to crawl out of your comfortable bed in the morning, then you're not going to do it in a hurry. Give yourself something to do - to look forward to - to motivate rising earlier. Your reward is up to you. If you like exercise, treat yourself to a jog. Or maybe the reward is a fresh cup of coffee, or a moment of complete silence that's all yours. Read a little, write a little, take the extra time to do your hair - whatever makes you happy. Having a plan rings especially true on weekends. It's tempting to sleep the day away on Saturday and Sunday, but over-sleeping two days in a row will negatively affect your Monday-Friday routine. The key to being a good morning person is to stick to your schedule.
- Plan your evening: Basically, the solution for how to be a morning person is organizing your time efficiently. In order to make your mornings less complicated (and thus, more enjoyable), you'll have to get more done the night before. Set out a complete outfit so your tired brain doesn't have to make fashion choices first thing. Fill the coffee maker with coffee grounds. Set out a bowl and spoon for your cereal. Make the lunch you need to take to work. By freeing up time in the already rushed morning, you can allow yourself to move slower and face the day more calmly.
- Drink a glass of water in the morning: Before you reach for a cup of coffee, tea, or whatever gets you moving in the morning, drink water. If your body were a vehicle, water would be the engine oil. Drinking a glass of water first thing helps wake your body up from the inside and increases your energy. Additionally, it also speeds up your metabolism, rids your body of toxins, and clears up your skin! Win-win!
- Don't hit the snooze button: Sorry, sleeper-inners, but postponing the time you wake only leaves you feeling groggier and less ready to face the day. The wake-up process actually begins before you even open your eyes. Your body's core temperature starts increasing roughly two hours before you wake (towards the end of the REM cycle). By pressing snooze on your alarm over and over, you're essentially telling your body that it doesn't need to start waking up and doesn't need to heat up, which means your bed is going to feel that much comfier.
- Make the bed: There's no science behind this step on how to be a morning person, only simple fact. If you make your bed in the morning, you're much less likely to get back in it and mess it all up.
- Shift your attitude: Easier said than done, but focusing your energies on the positive aspects of waking earlier (you'll get more accomplished with your day, you'll feel more refreshed in the morning, you'll actually be able to eat breakfast, and so on) will allow you to rejoice in the morning. So basically, don't be a grump. Get up and go. It's worth it.
Hopefully you were able to find hope in my insight on how to be a morning person. It's doable. For almost my whole life, I was always the person who woke up last in my house. Now, I'm the first person at work in the morning. Take your time, be kind to yourself, and enjoy every waking minute.
This nightstand by my bed is actually an IKEA hack - see how I made my TARVA side table tech-friendly.
We've all seen our fair share of ugly ceiling light fixtures. We've also see our fair share of DIY ceiling light fixture cover ups. Here are six of our favorites ceiling light covers, all of which can be adapted to various styles so they serve as much as how-to's as inspiration for our own creations. Enjoy!
Maegan used a hanging wire planter to make this delightful Eames-inspired ceiling light cover up. Visit...
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.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. Add some color to your dorm room walls with this cheerful giant paper confetti.
2. Jump on the hand lettering bandwagon with this fun DIY quote art for your wall.
3. Add some functional storage to your wall with these beautiful hanging shelves.
4. Washi tape can look like wallpaper if you use enough of it! Learn more here.
5. Find out how to make your own floral backdrop for your bed using this tutorial.
6. Take string art to a whole new level with this fun block letter quote wall.
7. Update that 1970's macrame look with this boho chic tassel wall hanging.
8. Add some warm light to your dorm room with a set of twinkle lights covered in pretty paper cups.
9. Looking for bold DIY dorm decor? Turn your favorite literary quote into wall art using this simple tutorial.
10. Tape can give your dorm room door a new look too... find out more here.
11. Hexagons never looked so pretty! Get the how-to for this project here.
12. Here's a clever (and cheap!) way to display all of your photos on your wall. Find out more here.
13. Metal grids can come in handy as both a decorative and a functional accent, making them a perfect fit for DIY dorm decor. Read more here.
14. Attach string to your wall in a geometric shape using this fun tutorial.
15. And if you really want to procrastinate on that paper that you have due tomorrow, give this washi tape wall a try.
BEDDING + HEADBOARDS
16. Make a set of these gorgeous patterned throw pillows to dress up that boring dorm bed.
17. Create a stylish headboard using Stikwood... it's adhesive, and so easy to use!
18. This cozy throw blanket is arm-knit.... so no need to buy knitting needles! Get the tutorial here.
19. Jump on the bohemian bandwagon with this boho chic tassel throw pillow.
20. This faux fur blanket has colorful tassels on the corners... get the how-to here.
21. Learn how to make a simple padded fabric headboard using this tutorial.
22. Add some personality to your bed with this fun pretzel throw pillow.
23. Add a pretty canopy to your dorm bed using this surprisingly simple tutorial.
24. If you're a fan of the dreamy watercolor effect, why not give it a try on a throw pillow?
25. This bed pocket caddy would be handy for your phone, TV remote, etc. Get the how-to here.
26. Isn't this twinkle light cloud just the cutest darn thing? We most certainly couldn't leave it off this DIY dorm decor list.
27. Learn how to make this DIY light box sign using this simple tutorial.
28. This pretty Sputnik-style light is actually an IKEA hack! Get the how-to here.
29. Learn how to make this fun initial marquee light here.
30. This glittering light canvas would make a pretty addition to any dorm room.
31. Turn a plain old tin can into a firefly lamp using this easy tutorial.
32. Cover clipboards with pretty paper to organize your paperwork... learn more here.
33. Divide your drawers by covering boxes with pretty paper. Get the how-to here.
34. Take advantage of vertical space with this fun wall organizer.
35. Upcycle an old crate by turning it into this fun storage/seating combo. Learn more here.
36. Have lots of eyewear? Give this simple wall-mounted organizer a try.
37. Keep your scarves organized with this DIY clothespin hanging system.
38. Here again, vertical space comes in handy with this bucket organizer. Learn more here.
39. Turn a cardboard box into a stylish geometric organizer using this tutorial.
40. Here's another handy desk organizer... check out the tutorial here.
41. Keep your necklaces tangle-free with this pretty wall mounted organizer.
42. Recycle some old jars to make this simple desk organizer inspired by an Anthropology piece.
43. Pegboard is another handy material that will help you get organized. Check it out here.
44. Add some fluffy pink fur to your office chair for a playful makeover. Check out the tutorial here.
45. Here's another upholstered bench idea for extra seating in your dorm room.
46. Make a couple of floor pillows using this easy tutorial.
47. Add some faux fur to a stool for a très chic version. Learn more here.
48. Turn a few old plastic crates into seating and storage with this easy tutorial.
49. Learn how to turn a cheap IKEA bench into this comfy upholstered version here.
50. Add some pizzazz to plain old folding chairs with this tutorial.
51. Bean bag chairs are back! Make this fun triangular one using these instructions.
52. A decoupaged chair? Yes please! Learn more here.
53. This square pouf would make great extra seating in your dorm room.
CURTAINS, RUGS, + OTHER TEXTILES
54. Add pom pom trim to existing curtains using this tutorial.
55. Weave your own large rug using this impressive tutorial.
56. Find out how to dye fabric with ice to make your own stylish wall hanging.
57. Hide your hanging clothes with with this fab rope macrame curtain.
58. The college budget is real, and we took that into major consideration when making this DIY dorm decor list! Learn how to make your own curtains using bedsheets - here's the how-to.
59. Turn a bunch of yarn pom poms into a fluffy little accent rug.
60. Here's another awesome rug tutorial to keep your feet nice and cozy.
61. Rope can be a great material for making accent rugs as well. Get the tutorial here.
62. Make this fun gilded monogram for your room using this tutorial.
63. Make a decorative note board out of fabric using these instructions.
64. A key rack is always handy, especially when it involves a chalkboard!
65. Tissue paper tassels are cheap and easy to make... get the how-to here.
66. A floral mousepad would be a pretty addition to any dorm desk.
67. A decorative way to display your travel photos... check out the tutorial here.
68. These colorful flower lights are made out of cupcake wrappers! Find out more here.
69. Keep your schedule organized with a decorative "white" board made out of a picture frame.
70. Add some character to your space with a tissue paper flamingo!
71. Succulents act as bookends here... check out the tutorial here.
72. Corral all of your desk items inside this fun confetti tray.
73. Avoid cup rings with these chic marbled coasters.
74. A yarn wall hanging will add a sophisticated touch to your wall.
75. To round off this DIY dorm decor list, something bright and happy. Hang some plants from your ceiling with these colorful macrame hanging planters.
If you liked these 75 DIY dorm decor ideas, you'll love this list of our favorite 100 IKEA hacks of all time!
The IKEA Raskog cart. It's easy on the eyes, super versatile and best of all - it's cheap. Ringing in at $30, the Raskog fits in most people's budgets. It is sold as a kitchen cart, but it can be used for so much more. Here are ten great ways to use it in every room of your house.
Earlier this week we told you all about our new Curbly House makeover. A house we're so excited to take on, get to know, make beautiful, and then put on the market again (furnished and polished and perfect).
Mobiles have recently made a comeback, and I see them not just in children's rooms but in other areas of the home. Mobiles are a unique way to add color and decor to an empty area of a room or above a child's crib for something interesting to watch. This simple floral mobile is the perfect piece of decor to fill empty corners of a room or as a beautiful piece of decor for a little girl's room.
Faux flowers never go out of style (in my opinion). Choose colors that match the look you're going for in your home and hang them on clear fishing line to achieve the look of floating flowers. If placed above a bed or crib, it's also something cute to wake up to every morning.
- 6-inch macramé hoop
- Clear fishing line
- Faux flowers
- Wire cutters
- E6000 glue or hot glue gun
Cut 2 long pieces of fishing line, about 8-10 inches. Tie one end to the macramé hoop with double or triple knots to secure. Tie the opposite end of the fishing line to the opposite end of the hoop. The pieces should cross each other. This will be what the mobile will hang from.
Use the wire cutters to cut faux flowers from the stems. Repeat with multiple types and sizes of flowers.
Thread the needle with a long piece of fishing line, about 12 inches (or however long you want the mobile to be). Poke through a flower, starting from the bottom, and pull the line most of the way through. Tie the end of the fishing line (bottom side of the flower) to the hoop.
Note, the bottom of the flowers will be facing up to the ceiling when hung.
Continue threading various flowers onto the same piece of fishing line several inches apart. Some flowers may not stay in place when hung. In that case, loop a knot into the fishing line so that the flower does not fall. After 4-5 flowers are threaded on the same line, cut and tie a double or triple knot to secure.
Repeat with 4-5 strands of fishing line hung on the hoop with a variety of flowers on each. No need to follow a specific pattern. Spread the lines equal distances apart so that the mobile will hang evenly.
Once all lines have been hung, begin wrapping and gluing the twine around the macramé hoop. This step helps to secure the fishing line in place on the hoop so that they do not shift over time and make the mobile lopsided.
Once the glue has dried, the mobile is ready to hang! Use the crossed pieces of fishing line at the top of the hoop to hang the mobile from a hook, or secure to the ceiling with a simple thumb tack. It's lightweight, so it doesn't require any additional ceiling support.
Now this pretty floral mobile is perfect for decorating for the season or just because!
Whether your kids share a room because they want to, or because there's no other option, it can be overwhelming finding ways for siblings to peacefully cohabit. Hopefully these amazing kids rooms can give you (and your kiddos) a little inspiration, and proof that sharing a room is fun and also totally doable, no matter the size of the space!
I've wanted to upgrade my nightstands for a long time. I love the raised pattern on the drawer fronts, but the pale blue doesn't work well with the existing colors in the room. So I decided to give them a couple of coats of white chalk paint and add some leather pulls to lend a more sophisticated vibe. Click through to check out the final look, as well as a tutorial.
Gone are the days when basements were dark, musty, and sometimes feared. They've become a place where you can turn for comfort and relaxation. You no longer have to have a dark bedroom without any windows. Here are eighteen basement bedroom ideas that got it right. Read on to find rooms that you'll be begging to sleep in.
It's cold outside... well, at least it is in most of the country. If you live in one of those places where the weather is 80 degrees all year you might want to skip this post. Better yet, read it so you can survive when the weather drops to 65 degrees.
We kid, warm weather dwellers. Believe me, all of us want to be you right now (and all year long). My own bitterness probably comes from having to avoid frost bite just going to get my mail everyday. Okay, that was a little dramatic. Seriously though, those of us who live in cold weather environments know the challenge of staying cozy without having to pay astronomical bills in the winter. Yes, there are a thousands ways you can renovate your home to help make your heating more efficient, but that doesn't help you right now. This post is about practical tips and small purchases that can help you stay warm today with out a renovation.
1. Wrap up in a heated blanket
Don't knock it 'til you've tried it!
I am always cold so my family purchased me the above heated blanket for Christmas. I use it every day. Modern day heated blankets have shutoff timers and overheat limits so they are totally safe. I use my heated blanket to keep warm while I am snuggled up on the sofa or sitting at my desk. The heated blanket keeps you from knowing really your furnace is turned down.
$28 at Amazon
2. Shut doors in your house to create zone heating
Make sure you keep the doors shut to rooms you do not use during the day or night. This will help your heating source focus on the areas where you are spending time. This is called zone heating. Zoned heating is your friend in the winter because it maximizes the heat where you are.
3. Shut vents in unused rooms
There is no need to heat your guest bedroom or unfinished basement if the rooms are not being used. This will force all the heat into the rooms that you do use.
If you really want to be proactive, shut the vents to your bedroom during the day and open it back up about an hour before you go to bed. At bedtime, shut your living and kitchen area vents.
4. Use an oil-filled space heater
Oil-filled heaters are the safer version of space heaters to use in your home. They do take a little while to heat up but they do warm up a space effectively, especially if you shut doors to maximize the space. Even though they are the "safer version," you still need to be careful. Make sure you spend a little extra money for one with a timer and an overheat shutoff for safety reasons. You do not want to leave them on overnight or while you are away from home. They can be warm to touch so like any space heater, it may not be good with little kids.
$68 at Amazon
5. Purchase a portable electric fireplace
An electric fireplace with high BTUs can really warm up a space. These are more expensive than space heaters, but most are safe to touch for the littles in your home. They are also very safe and efficient to run for long periods of time. I am getting impressed with the stylish options available these days.
$60 at Amazon
$180 at Amazon
6. Switch out window treatments for thermal curtains / add thermal curtain liners
Switch out curtains with thermal curtains or attach thermal curtain liners to your existing curtains. Windows can be the largest source of cold air entering into your home. Thermal curtains can help keep the cold air insulated.
7. Hang curtains over your front door
Hanging a curtain over your exterior doors can be stylish and help your house feel warmer in the winter.
8. Open curtains during the day and close them at night
During a sunny winter day, let the sun in to warm your home. When the sun is down, shut them to insulate the cold air.
9. Hang a curtain at the top of your stairwell
If you have a two story home use a thermal curtain and tension rod at the top of your stairs. Close the curtain the times of the day when you spend most of your time downstairs. Why? It is simple, hot air rises and the closed curtain can keep the hot air downstairs.
10. After using your oven, keep the door open while it cools down
Maximize the usage of your oven as long as you can. After you use your oven, keep the door open while the oven cools down. Of course, not the best thing to do if you have little kiddos hanging around.
11. Place rice heating pads under your sheets at the bottom of your bed
Warm up a heated rice bag in the microwave and place it under your sheets. This is a safe way to keep your toes warm at night.
12. Add insulated covers to your outlets and light sockets
Your outlets and light switches can be a source for cold air to get into your home. This is true especially if you live in an old home where the walls are not insulated. If you live in an old home with original plaster walls...this applies to you. This fix requires no rewiring or electrician skills. You just need a screwdriver to take off the face plate.
13. Cover your home with window sill and door draft stoppers
Use rice and fabric remnants to create a cute insulated window sill or door draft stopper
14. Lay down a rug or two
If you have hardwood floors, rugs can help with cold floors. Check your local carpet store for remnants if you are on a budget. If there is no room in the budget for a rug, lay a blanket on the floor while you are hanging out in your living room.
15. Wear a winter hat around the house
Heat exits your body from your head so keep yourself warm by keeping a cute winter hat on your head while you are home.
16. Wear warm slippers
Like your head, heat exits your body from your feet so keep them insulated.
17. Warm your towels with a towel warmer
Fight the cold in the bathroom by warming up your towels while you shower. They also work for bathrobes.
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18. Rearrange furniture away from windows
Give your living room a fresh look by rearranging your furniture away from your windows. If the furniture in front of your window only fits one way, move your seating away from the window a least 6 inches and execute tips 6, 8, 13, and 20.
19. Unblock heater vents
Don't sacrifice your coziness for a piece of furniture over a vent. Rearrange your furniture to unblock the vent. Not possible? Purchase a vent attachment or extender.
20. Install plastic window insulators
These plastic window insulators can help your windows feel like a more expensive window. If done well, the insulator really isn't super noticeable. They are easy to install and remove. All you need is scissors and a hair dryer. Most of the instructions tell you to install the plastic over your outer trim. I was able to install the plastic on the inside of the window trim behind my window treatments. These are a great solution for large windows with no window treatments.
$12 at Amazon
Sick of having the same old pillows on your bed? Or maybe you're ready to give your table a bit of style with new placemats? Well you're in luck, because today we have some incredible sewing projects to share with you. You'll never hear the words, "oh, I have that too!" uttered again, with these five unique sewing tutorials for your home.