Who loves a good deal?! Yep, me too! Whether you're setting up your patio for the first time this summer, or just giving it a little zhuzh for the season, it's always more fun when you find affordable goodies and killer seasonal sales - more summer for your buck, so to speak. For this shopping guide, I've put together a soft, summer-y version of Mid-Century Modern. Not too edgy, but with the right amount of clean lines and angles - and at an affordable price.
I'm all about pastels right now, and I suspect we'll be seeing even more pastels while spring is in bloom. To create the pastel paradise I want for Easter, I felt I needed pastel colored fabric napkins. Since I wanted to learn more about natural dyes, I searched for ways to dye fabric with traditional household items in order to achieve my pastel color palette. I decided to experiment with a few different ingredients, and ultimately, red...
Don't you love it when a friend admires something in your home and you can puff your chest out a bit and admit that you made it yourself? That's exactly what will happen with this pretty pretty pitcher. And it's just as easily removable as it was to create in the first place!
Okay, you guys. Here's my plan. We're going to make a bunch of those twine garden lights (in lots of pretty, spring-y colors), and then we're going to make a bunch of these awesome confetti napkins. And then? Then we're going to throw ourselves a big ol' garden party! Sound good??
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I like to re-invent and create things around my home and I also love to fill up a person’s belly until they are beyond full...and then heap a dessert on top. A large dining room table, with the ability to seat twelve, was a dream of mine. So, I decided to make it a reality -a beautiful, unique and inexpensive reality. Like, for fifty bucks.
Truth be told, I've never actually owned, made, or utilized a dining table "centerpiece." See, I'm lucky enough to have any dining area at all in my urban apartment, in which I barely manage to fit a small table big enough for four. Once the table is set, filled with glasses, place mats, and the like, there's no room for extra decor. I would need an actual dining room, with an actual dining table.
But, this holiday season, I decided to make one anyway. Small space concerns be darned, my table deserves to be as decked as my halls. (I don't have a hallway either...) And since I've decided to embrace the glitter, I figured this was the perfect opportunity to get sparkly.
This project took less than ten minutes of work, and cost me well under $10.00 in materials. That's a lot of glittery cheer for the effort, in my book. So, there's no reason not to make one yourself!
It's easy to get excited about furniture. And it's plenty fun to explore paint colors, wall art options, and accessories. After all, those are what go into a room's design, right?
Well, yeah. That's part of it. But don't forget those other two sides of the space - the ceiling, and the floor. Of course, a room defining floor piece can often cost significantly more than that can of paint or awesome framed print. Like, a whole lot more.
Unless, of course, you take Holly's advice, and transform the whole space for a cool $50.
With October kicking off the beginning of non-stop holiday shenanigans, these DIY numbered table napkins will help keep the festivities organized!
From modern tea towels to tassels to tie dye, we've shared some of our favorite kitchen textiles and related DIY projects. Now it's time to take that passion to the dining table with a roundup of some of the most colorful and unique table linens out there!
PatriBot 3000 is what I'm calling this quirky Fourth of July centerpiece. With a belly full of cookies and a head full of forks, he'll be the star of the festivities (after the fireworks, of course)! Ready to make a DIY robot of your own? Great. Let's get this freedom party started!
Outdoor dining season is upon us and if your setup is anything like mine (aka nonexistent) or you'd just like to have some fresh outdoor decor, here's a simple DIY project that'll have you hosting summer soirées in no time.
When you spend all day online hanging about the design and home decor blogosphere (as I do), it can get a little dream-y, and you can feel pretty removed from the vaulted ceilings and bright white walls, the huge windows and the $5000 chairs.
And then sometimes, you run across a project that's much closer to reality, more like home. Like, one from your own neighborhood, perhaps?
So, when I saw this transformation of a foreclosed property that's not two miles from my own house, I got pretty excited.
As usual, there's a lot of great discussions going on in the Q&A section this month. Here's a quick roundup in case you haven't been paying attention:How do I upcycle cardboard boxes to make something useful or beautiful?
Nidhi was wondering what to do with all the cardboard boxes she'd been hoarding. Her cry for help prompted some great responses, least of which was my suggestion:
Then Gilboonet chimed in with some professional carboard-furniture-making advice:
Should you find yourself with a little bit of free time in the days leading up to Thanksgiving (hey, it might happen), consider whipping up a set of linen napkins for the feast. It's a super easy project, plus, whether you'll be dining with family or friends (or both), everyone will be impressed with your mad skills and dedication to being festive. And there's nothing more important during the holidays than impressing people with your level of festiveness. Right? Right. On with it, then.
This year, I wanted to bring some natural, but still contemporary, elements to my Thanksgiving table. I figured out how to create these adorable little place card holders from a small fallen branch, and I wanted something else round and wooden to coordinate. Coasters? No, not necessary. Wine glass charm indicators? Not quite. Serving utensils? Cool, but time consuming. And then...of course! Napkin rings. They're round, and just the right size...
I love the idea of bringing in found, natural elements for Thanksgiving decor; maybe some drift wood, or smooth river rocks. But where I live, all I can find are dead, brown oak leaves, some leftover dried corn stalks at the nursery, and twigs that get knocked down during windstorms. Crunchy foliage doesn't do much for me, but I like some of the branches and twigs that get blown into the corners of my block, and figured there must be something...
Jim had a box of copper pipe and fittings. After a bunch of measuring, cutting and soldering, Jim had himself a very cool dining room table. He applied a coat of 'a patina inducing solution' to get that well-loved look. You can read more about the project at Junk Market Style.
Photo credits: Jim Healy
I can't think of a better way to put it, so I'll let the manufacturer describe the Vineyard from Pack and Rack:
Why hide a beautiful thing? Wine speaks to all your senses, not least to the eye. So why then tuck away a beautiful bottle of deepest red with a label that probably has been designed by a well known artist? Show your wine - let friends and customers admire this piece of art!
Two days of hard slog, paint, fabric and a bit of wallpaper and this living and dining room went from cold and drab to cozy and dramatic.
Cookie magazine offers this bright idea: a collection of mismatched dining chairs can be easily united with a simple can of paint and a weekend. Perfect for thrift store and garage sale finds...plus, it can make chairs you'd never consider putting in your dining room mouthwatering. And, it doesn't hurt that they're orange.
If the wood tones are similar enough, you can leave the bottom part of the legs unpainted for some excellent contrast....