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!).
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!
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.
I was recently reading an article on how millennials are especially attracted to houseplants as it gives them something to care for since they can't really afford to care for anything else (the article is here if you're interested). As a millennial, you can count me in as slightly offended but also totally in agreement. My home is slowly being filled with all things leafy and green - I just can't help myself. With all these plants comes the need for somewhere to put them, so let's take to the walls with this DIY hanging fabric planter.
While it may still feel like summer outside, we can't deny the fact that fall temperatures are right around the corner. And with the new season comes a new opportunity to change out your decor. So today we're sharing three quick and easy ways to dress up your home for fall. Click through to check them out.
Ahh, autumn. You make me want to light bonfires in my backyard, start drinking cocoa on the daily, and cozy up in anything warm and snuggly. This fall I'm exploring my reignited love of flannel (I'm actually wearing a flannel shirt right now as I write this), and with these local Minnesota temperatures ever on the decline, a DIY flannel throw was in order. I just love blankets - you can never have too many, which makes them a wonderful gift. This one was simple to make too, and ever so comfy.
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!
Here's How to Start Your Gallery Wall Today, Even if Your Art Collection Isn't Complete
I don't know about you, but I swoon over a good, curated art gallery wall. My Pinterest boards are filled with gallery walls created by designers and really talented stylists/bloggers, and these inspire me to display my own pieces. But what do you do when you only have one or two vintage pieces in your collection? Unless you're a designer or stylist who makes a living out of finding treasures, it can take a while to curate a collection of art...
The front wall of our living room needed something. It was just begging for an accent wall, but we weren't sure what sort of material. Until we found Timberchic, a company that creates reclaimed wood specifically to be placed on the wall. It would lend a bit of a rustic feel to a space desperately searching for an identity, and some much-needed textural interest. Click through to find out how our wood accent wall turned out - and to learn how to do it yourself.
Here's the wall now. What a difference, right?! The texture of the wood provides an interesting focal point without being a repetitive pattern (which could be dizzying while watching TV). We are absolutely in love with our reclaimed wood accent wall, and I'm so excited to share the process with you.
- TimberChic lumber (with included roller)
- Miter saw
- Level and or laser level
- Tape measure
- Box cutter and metal straight edge (not pictured)
- Ladder (not pictured)
How to create a wood accent wall:
TimberChic provides excellent instructions in the form of a PDF guide that can be found on their website, so I won't repeat everything they have in their guide, but I will provide some basic instruction along with tips and tricks that we found helpful. You'll begin by using a level to figure out whether your wall is level.
The next step is to place the end caps on the edges of your accent wall. You will most likely need a ladder so you can get up close and personal with those top sections. Once you place the end caps on the wall, use the roller to press it firmly onto the wall.
Here's a tip - make sure you have it exactly where you want it, because it is virtually impossible to remove the piece without breaking it once you have attached it to the wall.
Next, you'll begin attaching the planks to the wall. You'll notice that each box of wood comes with a strip of black stickers... don't throw them away! Many of the planks have holes in them (again, this is real wood) so you'll use the stickers to mask the holes behind the wood.
Before removing the adhesive backing on the wood plank, place it on the wall and use a pencil to mark the hole. In case you were wondering, the hole in the photo above is a semi-circle shape because one of the adhesive strips on the wood is covering half of the hole.
Place a black sticker over the pencil mark that you created. We were worried that we would run out of stickers, so we used halves of the stickers for small holes. I would recommend that you do the same, just to be on the safe side.
Now remove the backing on the plank and place it on the wall, making sure to place it in the same orientation so that the hole is indeed over the black sticker.
Drag the roller back and forth across the plank to make sure that it is flat against the wall. Continue adding planks until your entire wall is complete. The bottom row will most likely be narrower than the rest, so you'll have to trim them down using a box cutter and a metal straight edge.
Here are some pictures of the finished product!
We couldn't be happier with the result - TimberChic has made a product that is truly simple to use and has a great mission to boot. They collect timber from the bottom of a lake in Maine that used to be used to transport lumber, and cut the logs into thin planks to create a usable resource out of forgotten wood.
Here are a couple of things we learned along the way:
- When measuring to determine the width of the top and bottom rows, take into account that there will be a fraction of an inch in between all of the other rows. We would have put a smaller row at the top so that the bottom row could have been a bit wider.
- Choose your planks strategically - mix up the colors, textures and lengths to get a natural feel. It helps to have a friend hold up the plank while you look at it from further back.
- Don't panic if the planks are not perfectly aligned... the wall is supposed to have a natural, organic feel so slight imperfections only add to its character (in my opinion).
I would definitely use TimberChic again, in fact I'm considering getting more in the future to create a small accent wall on the other side of the house. I think it would really tie the front and back sections of our home together. It's a very versatile material, and it would work great in any little nook such as the exterior walls of a kitchen island. The only place it wouldn't work well in would be an area with an irregular shape because that would require tons of complex measurements and cuts. They also offer a whitewashed color scheme which would work perfectly in a beach house, perhaps surrounding a fireplace or in an entryway. The sky's the limit!
Even Charlie the dog likes the new wall!
Interested in seeing more accent wall DIY projects? Check out some more project ideas here.
Everybody knows that first impressions are everything, and that's true for our homes too. If the front of your house doesn't look great, people will assume the inside doesn't either. To get you inspired to spruce up your home's curb appeal, here's an epic roundup of gorgeous exteriors organized by style.
1. Contemporary Craftsman
2. Turquoise and Brick Beauty
3. Gray With Gardens
4. Craftsman Tudor Bungalow
5. Shingled Siding Craftsman
6. Color Blocked Facade
7. Grey and White With Brick
8. Stone Accents
9. Classic Brick
10. Light and Airy
11. Painted Brick
12. Tudor(ish) Style
14. Gardens Galore
15. Manicured Perfection
16. English Style
17. Landscaped Beauty
18. Cozy Stone
19. Black and White
20. Shrub Lined Pathway
21. Paver Pathway
22. Pretty Porch
23. Federal Style
25. Southern Charm
26. Quaintly Gated
28. Classic With A Twist
29. Crisp and Clean
30. Bold Blue Door
31. Major Makeover
32. Shady Gardens
33. Inviting Porch
34. Gardens, Gardens, Gardens
35. Pretty In The Snow
36. Fenced In Style
37. Brick Beauty
38. Square Gardens
French Country Style
39. French Country Flair
40. Mature Landscaping
41. Flowers Everywhere
42. Shrubs Galore
43. Stone Wall Accent
44. Manicured Hedges
45. More Beautiful Hedges
46. Climbing Ivy For The Win
47. Stone Entryway
48. Greenery Everywhere
49. Colorful Hydrangeas
50. Cottage Charm
51. Stripes Overhead
52. Weathered and Wonderful
53. Quaint and Inviting
54. Urn Planters
55. Mixed Materials
56. Secret Garden
57. Privacy Shrubs
58. Old Stone
59. Perfect Patio
60. Round Stone Walls
Cape Cod Style
61. Traditional Fence
62. Festive Seasonal Decor
63. Unique Hedges
64. Pretty Patio
65. Pointed Stone Wall
66. Curved Driveway Garden
67. Palm Tree Entranceway
68. Lighting Matters
69. Welcoming Fountain
70. Topiary Trees
71. Grand Stairway
72. Lighted Gardens
73. Pretty In Pink
74. Unique Foliage
75. European Charm
Mid Century Modern Style
76. Inviting Walkway
77. Angular Entryway
78. Cactus Chic
79. Simple Elegance
80. Brick and Cement
81. That Pink Door!
82. Potted Plants
83. Statement Colors
84. Good Grid
85. Stairway To Heaven
86. Horizontal Lines
87. Curvy Pavers
88. Cement Accents
89. Stone Lawn
90. Less Is More
91. Rectangles Everywhere
94. Angular Architecture
96. Pristine Gardens
97. Clustered Shrubs
Ever since we moved into our new house, I had been searching for a fun piece of art that could hang in the empty space above the sink. And then my utensil drawer started getting too full... and I had an idea. Why not make a functional piece of artwork that could store utensils right on the wall? Then all of your often-used tools would be handy - no need to search through a drawer to find the peeler anymore. Keep reading to check out the final piece and to find out how to make one of your own.
A functional piece that looks pretty, too... what could be better than that? And here's the best part - it's incredibly easy to make.
Here's what you'll need to make your own kitchen utensil wall art:
- 16x20" silver tone frame
- 16x20" piece of wood, 3/8" thick
- Penetrating wood stain
- Rubber gloves (not pictured, but highly recommended)
- 1" long nails
- 5-7 kitchen utensils, all stainless steel (or some type of silver tone)
Begin by staining your wood according to the directions on the can. You'll want to wear a pair of rubber gloves to protect your skin from the stain. Trust me. I learned the hard way... they call it "stain" for a reason!
Next wipe off any excess stain with a rag after the proper amount of time has gone by (whatever your brand of stain recommends). Let it dry thoroughly overnight.
Next, lay out your utensils on the board the way you'd like them to look in the final piece and mark where the nails should go.
Hammer the nails into the board in their designated spots. Be sure not to hammer them all the way through, and do protect your work surface if you're using something that you'd rather not ruin. Hammer them in at a slight upward angle so the utensils don't slide off when you hang them up.
Open up the frame and take the glass out (save it for another project!). Remove the utensils from the wood momentarily and insert the wood into the frame. Bend the metal prongs down so the hold the wood in place.
And you're done! Mount it on the wall in your kitchen without the utensils on it, then hang them up after. Because I wanted to mount mine on tile, I used strong 3M Command Strips (the velcro style) to mount a 2x1/2" piece of 1' long wood which I then hung the frame on.
Now every time I go to make pancakes or open a bottle of wine, I have everything I need within arm's reach. And now my kitchen looks a little bit cooler too.
If you decide to make your own kitchen utensil wall art, feel free to share the link to it in the comments section below. Happy crafting!
Photo: Lana Red Studio
Concrete is one of those materials that seems intimidating, but once you get the hang of it, it can be an amazingly versatile material for all aspects of your home. And since I'm desperate for spring to arrive up here in Boston, I'm sharing 23 concrete projects perfect for your backyard.
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12. Hold wine, herbs and other goodies in this clever cement centerpiece. Get the how-to here. [Photo: Boxwood Avenue]
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20. Give your cement planters a pop of color in this fun project. [Photo: Lowes]
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The moment I ran across the Hyllis shelf on IKEA's website, I knew I had to hack it. My dining room was crying out for a shelf upgrade, so I drove down to IKEA immediately and bought three of them. You guys... they're only $15 apiece! My resulting hack has a glamorous vibe with a bit of rustic appeal, and it's super simple to do. Click through to check it out.
So much better, right?! I'm loving the contrast of the gold with the dark stained wood. Let's get started!
Here's what you'll need for this project:
- IKEA Hyllis
- Gold spray paint (I recommend Montana Gold)
- Dark wood stain
- Four pieces of wood, size 10.5 x 23.5 and about 3/4 inch thick
- E6000 Glue
- Rag or scrap of fabric
- Rubber gloves
- At least two C-Clamps (not pictured)
Begin by assembling the Hyllis shelf according to the directions and then spray paint it gold. You'll probably need two thin coats... let it dry thoroughly between coats. And yes, I spray paint in the snow. It's not ideal because the paint dries slower, but sometimes you have to make due!
Be sure to wipe down the shelf thoroughly with a clean rag to remove fingerprints before you paint, and don't forget to paint the undersides of the shelves and the insides of the support pieces.
Next, apply the stain to the four pieces of wood. If you've never used stain before, don't be intimidated - it's surprisingly simple and forgiving! Just be sure to do it in a well-ventilated area and wear gloves and old clothes. Because it is aptly named... it stains.
Let them dry overnight. You don't really have to do the undersides of the boards, but make sure you get the sides and go onto the edges of the undersides a bit (shown below).
Now apply a generous portion of E6000 glue to the underside of the board, especially near the edges, and flip it over onto the Hyllis shelf.
Use C-clamps to ensure that the wood is firmly attached the the shelf. Most wood will be warped slightly, so this step is pretty important. Be sure to place a piece of scrap wood in between the clamp and the stained wood or else you'll end up with a round indentation where the clamp was.
Place one clamp on each side of the shelf, and let the glue dry for several hours. If you only have two clamps, move them to the next shelf and repeat the process. If you have eight clamps, you can do them all at once!
And that's it... you're finished! Now go fill it with pretty knick-knacks. I love the look of it more and more everyday. The shelf we had there before was all wood, and it felt dark and dated. The metal frame of the Hyllis really adds airiness and makes the room feel much more open.
And a quick safety note: be sure to bolt it to the wall, just like you would any tall shelf. There are small holes just below the top shelf that will allow you to do so. And before you call me out for not doing it, don't worry - it's on my to-do list for today!
You could personalize this project by painting the wood a different color... white if you want to go super glam, or a bright color if you want to add some funkiness.
This would look great in any room of the house - I can imagine it in the kitchen with piles of white dishware on the shelves, or in the kids' room with fabric bins for toy storage.
Feel free to leave any questions you have in the comments section below. Happy crafting everyone!
We all have at least one junk drawer, right? The drawer in my kitchen that holds all of the large utensils is a bit of a mess. And when I say "bit", that is the understatement of the year. I'm desperately in need of some organization and this quick project is definitely on my weekend to-do list!
Still working on wrapping holiday gifts? Or maybe you aren't finished shopping yet? Today we have some gift wrapping ideas that are a little outside the box - literally and figuratively. We're sharing ten creative alternatives to basic, store-bought gift wrap... which will in turn save you some money, and be a little friendlier to the environment. Keep reading to check them out!
So you needed about two feet of some sort of special ribbon for a particular project, but you now have several yards leftover. Or maybe it was a sewing or upholstery project, and you have one foot square of fabric leftover. What do you do? If you're like me, you keep it thinking that someday you'll find a use for it. Months pass. Maybe even years. And still, when you see that ribbon or fabric square, you think, someday. Why
What's black and white and wood all over? A modern, rustic, Scandinavian Christmas! We've rounded up forty (40!!) Scandinavian Christmas decorations that will have you daydreaming of log fires and warm glasses of glogg in no time. God Jul!
1. Simple Black and White Scandinavian Christmas decorations
2. White Christmas Kitchen Decor
3. Elegant Bathroom Christmas Decor
The holidays are hard on the wallet, thanks to all the gifts and decorations that we're expected to buy. But with a little bit of ingenuity, it is possible to decorate your home on a budget. Today we're sharing ten DIY decorating ideas that are cheap or even free using things you probably already have lying around the house.
It's a harsh reality: we all want to do Christmas decor DIYs, but the busy holiday season is always packed family and friends. We want to spend money to "deck the halls" but are saving our pennies to buy Christmas gifts. Hopefully this post will be sweetness to your eyes, ears, wallets, and Christmas decorations. Today I'm sharing five simple DIY Christmas decor projects that can each be had for less than $15, and all the materials are available on Amazon Prime! Now you can make your home festive, save your money for that new/old Nintendo NES Classic for you kid (err, I mean, husband), and have another reason to stay in your flannel PJs longer. Read on to see all the projects ...