This to That: Chair Becomes End Table

by DIY Maven

This to That: Chair Becomes End Table

We've seen chairs used as tables before, but Cathy really thought outside the box for this redo. She had a client with a coastal style that was in need of an end table, but when she saw this worn bamboo chair, something clicked. She decided, in classic Tim Gunn vernacular, to make it work. She had

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Reveal: A Dingy Bathroom Gets a Breath of Fresh Air

by Meghan And Al

After - Classic Marble and Chrome Bathroom
Photo: Meghan & Al

After years of dreaming of our perfect bathroom, we had honed in on a look that we knew we would be pleased with for years to come. I pinned and pinned my little heart out until Pinterest finally started saying, "This looks familiar; didn't you already pin this?" Our vision was set, now we just needed to find a way to bring this vision to life.

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Before: Dingy, Old Bathroom Gets New Life

by Meghan And Al
Before old dingy bathroom renovation

Photo: Meghan & Al

Al and I moved into our very first home last year, and have since been tackling projects little by little. We bought the house knowing we would need to put a little work into it, and really, that was the aspect that was most appealing to us. After a few small projects, we decided it was time to begin putting our thumb print on this house, starting with our one and only bathroom.

We never imagined we would be the...

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Inspired by Spring: Creating the Perfect Brunch

by Lovelola

Inspired by Spring: Creating the Perfect Brunch
I think Spring is definitely worth celebrating. After a long, cold winter the sun starts to shine and flowers begin to bloom. It's as if life starts all over again. So to celebrate, I put together a little brunch.    

I kept the decor simple with fresh flowers from Whole Foods, and I incorporated my vintage china and amber glassware. I used some old mason jars from the thrift store as a vase for the centerpieces.

You can build your own collection of mismatched china by visiting a local antique or thrift store. It adds great color and variety to your table. A lot of the vintage floral designs you find on older plates are also perfect for a spring palette.

For the beverages, I served sparkling apple pomegranate juice and mimosas. The apple pomegranate juice was a great alternative for those that aren't huge fans of orange juice. To make, combine the following in a large pitcher:

  • 4 cups of unfiltered apple juice
  • 3 cups of pomegranate Juice
  • 2 cups of club soda. 

You've got to have sparkling beverage to celebrate!

The other items on the menu consisted of a large variety of fresh fruit, homemade baked donuts, and little ham biscuits. The thing I love about throwing parties is that I can add my own touch and taste to the menu and decor. Don't miss this window of opportunity where the weather outside is perfect to host it outdoors. 

Have fun!

Check out all the posts in our "Inspired by Spring" series:

Lauren Foster is the founder and editor of LoveLola. On on any given day, you’ll find her cooking, thrifting, and dreaming of life in the city. She's constantly seeking out adventure, embracing every moment of this beautiful life.  Stay in touch: 
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Air Plant Holders - Inventive New Ways To Hang and Display Air Plants

by Faith Provencher

Air plants, or tillandsia, are popping up all over the web these days. And with good reason... they're low-maintenance, inexpensive and are sure to garner attention from your guests. Here are ten super inventive air plant holder ideas, and creative ways to display these curious little natural beauties.    

Air plant holder display ideas

 

 

Unique ways to display tillandsia.

1. Painted wooden bell cups make the perfect container for your air plants... check out the tutorial here. [Photo: Lovely Indeed

2. Air plants don't mind being upside down... so take a cue from this photo and house one in an empty glass bottle. [Photo: The Gifts of Life]

Three creative ways to display air plants.

3. Here's a cool air plant holder incorporating string art ... find out how to make your own version here. [Photo: Brit + Co.]

4. You may not have to look any further than your pantry - "plant" your tillandsia in dried beans! Find the full how-to here. [Photo: Lauren Donaldson]

5. Mason jars and twine look great with air plants too. Find out more about this project here. [Photo: Karla Lim]

Unique vessels for air plants.

6. Consider layering different materials in a glass jar underneath the plants... sand, rice, beans and rocks are a few ideas. [Photo: Debra Lee Baldwin]

7. A flat platter or tray like the one above makes for a beautiful presentation as well. [Photo: The Knoxville Holts]

Unusual ways to display your air plants.

8. If you live near the ocean, go grab a piece of driftwood and attach your tillandsia to it. Check out the tutorial here. [Photo: Euro Style Lighting]

9. This is one of those "why didn't I think of that?" ideas... a glass vase inside of another glass vase. So beautiful! And this idea is fairly pet-safe if you have a curious little furry friend like I do. [Photo: About.com]

10. This last idea is my favorite - a living wreath! Use air plants, flowers, branches and other natural items to decorate a pre-made wooden wreath. Here is the tutorial. [Photo: Pigment]

10 Stylish Ways To Display Air Plants
Photo: Via Minimalisti

 

 

10 More Air Plant Holder Inspiration Ideas

Tillandsia are a wonderful way to add greenery to your home without the maintenance of a regular houseplant. They do require water, but they don't need to be planted in soil so they can be placed in all kinds of unique spots in your home. Here are ten more of our favorite ways to display air plants.   

 

10 Stylish Ways To Display Air Plants

1. Triangular wall-mounted hangers give them a modern, geometric look. [Photo: Homey Oh My!]

2. You might try suspending them from the ceiling with some neon cord for a bright pop of color. [Photo: Via Decoist]

10 Stylish Ways To Display Air Plants

3. This deconstructed look humorously suspends the tillandsia above the pots of dirt. [Photo: Via Minimalisti]

4. Or perhaps you could buy several air plants and display them in frames on the wall. [Photo: FloraGrubb]

10 Stylish Ways To Display Air Plants

5. A piece of driftwood is a lovely spot to place an air plant as well. [Photo: Via Minimalisti]

6. Or you could get super creative and arrange them in the shape of an @ symbol. [Photo: Well Groomed]

10 Stylish Ways To Display Air Plants

7. Wire is a great material to use to show off your air plants. [Photo: Homedit]

8. A simple wire grid from the home improvement store is a super easy and stylish display idea. [Photo: The Horticult]

10 Stylish Ways To Display Air Plants

9. Fishing twine will make your air plants appear to be floating in mid air. [Photo: Floatypoe]

10. A wreath is another great way to share your tillandsia with passersby. [Photo: Calypte Collection]

10 Stylish Ways To Display Air Plants
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Some Unusual Air Plant Displays (Still Gorgeous)

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A Curbly reader was inspired to share some gorgeous pictures of air plant displays. The top image, which utilized silver chains and hoops is an original creation of thyrza's. I'm totally digging the alien/pod thing that's going on in this thyrza terrarium as well:

created at: 2010/02/08

(You can see more work by thyrza by following this jump.)

Tillandsia rises to the occasion, literally, at this installation by Flora Grubb Gardens at the Bardessono Hotel, Napa Valley:

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Detail:

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Here's another installation by Flora Grubb Gardens in, appropriately named, The Plant Cafe Organic on Pier 3 in San Francisco:

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And check out these 'domes' of dripping Tillandsias Usneoides (Spanish hanging moss) that featured last fall at the London Design Festival. They were created by French designer Patrick Nadeau for Boffi.

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Air plants might look fake, but they're not. They can be grown indoors or out, prefer cool nighttime temps and bright filtered light. They also do well in artificial light as well; florescent is best. Tillandsia grown indoors prefer to be thoroughly wetted 2 to 3 times a week, whereas if they're grown outdoors they may never need watering. For food, an air plant will do just fine with a Bromeliad fertilizer (17-8-22) twice a month. If all these 'rules' sound stringent, they aren't. Tillandsia are incredibly hardy, which is one reason why so many people think they're not real!

Now, how to display them.... Apartment Therapy put together a gallery of some great ideas. Although, according to my source, Air Plant City, Tillandsia don't like to be in containers that hold water. That being said, let's take a peek, shall we?

 

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My Favorite How-To Originals Out of 4000 Posts

by DIY Maven

My Favorite How-To Originals Out of 4000 Posts
This, my friends, marks my 4000th post on Curbly. To celebrate, I thought I'd cull through my how-to originals and round up some of my favorites and tell you what became of them.

I turned an old (and heavy) tripod into floor lamp for my office back in 2007. It's still here, and I still love it. Although it's  sporting a new shade these days.

When I made my tile coasters back in 2009, the idea was more unique than it is nowadays. Still, I love the idea and use the black and white one every day, also in my office. (Looks as good as new, by the way.) The colorful, floral set I donated to my local Animal Humane Society as a supplement to a silent auction basket. As it turned out, my dear friend Kay bought them. (She does stuff like that.)

created on: 02/16/09

This next one was inspired by a breadbasket from Teloforma. I played around with paper and pencil until I had a template that would work for a little gift box. Honestly, I haven't made many since, but I still love the idea.

The DIY Paper Cherry Blossoms project was tons of fun and is still a perfect way to usher in spring. I took the picture below using a homemade light box. I happened to be taking a photography class at the time and took the picture in for review. My fellow students loved the how-to aspect, but my instructor pointed out that my photograph was under-lit on the upper left. Thanks, Carl. 

The newest of the group is the geometric trivet. When came up with this idea, I thought it had possibilities, but when it was done I actually impressed myself. (Don't you love that when you impress yourself?) Anyway, it came out totally 'pro.'

The Moroccan-inspired bench makeover gets on the list for a couple of reasons. First, my pop made the bench, and, second, I love the way it turned out. Although I had intended to use the bench outside, I decided to keep it indoors in my craft room. 

And, finally, the rain chain. It's going on 3 years old, but it's still holding strong. The chain has rusted a bit, but the buckets are as shiny as ever. Being under a very large pine tree, I have to fish needles out of the buckets every now and then in the summertime, but I still love it.

I'm sure I've forgotten some, but these are the projects that still top my list after all this time. If any of you have used them to make your own creations, I hope you love them as much as I do! 

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How To: Make a DIY Hanging Vase Display

by Capree K

How To: Make a DIY Hanging Vase Display

I'm not going to lie: I am completely OBSESSED with this easy and elegant floral display idea. Have a small wall you're not sure what to do with? An entryway that could use some 'oomph'? A room that's just begging for some cheery flora? This project is just what the decor doctor ordered!      

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