gold geometric mirror

gold geometric mirror

I love the style of West Elm. Unfortunately, I can't always afford their prices. Boo. When I saw these gold geometric mirrors it was love at first sight. Some things, simply put, are not DIY-able. These mirrors are what DIY dreams are made of. This is my West Elm gold geometric mirror knock-off. I LOVE it! And the absolute best part? It cost me nothing. Zip. Nada. I already had the round mirror and the gold leafing. Love when that … [Read more...]

diy felted beads

diy felted beads

I have love felted beads for a few years now, but every time I think I about buying some I instantly change my mind when I see the price. They're quite expensive for simply being a little ball of wool. At least all the places I've seen them are.   Felted beads are simple and inexpensive to make, you just need one of these Bead Shakers. I found it at Hobby Lobby. You'll also need 100% wool roving. The instructions … [Read more...]

hexagon magnet & cork boards

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These hexagon magnet and cork boards really compliment our new desk well. And the best part is they were easy to make. For the two cork boards I used these cork place mats from IKEA. Each cork board is two cork layers deep so I traced and cut out four hexagon shapes.   For the magnet board I cut a hexagon from a piece of sheet metal. I then spray painted the metal white. For both the cork boards … [Read more...]

industrial inspired desk

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Last week I shared our new computer desk area. The desk was simple to make and cost less than $100. We started with a piece of 1 inch pine board cut to our desired length. We gave it a good sand over all sides. Once sanded, Curt attached a piece of 1 x 4 inch board to the back of the pine board. This is how the desk will attach to the wall. We stained the pine with Minwax dark walnut stain. We wanted a nice dark, rich color … [Read more...]

new computer area

computer desk area

This was our computer area. A ginormous desk that really just became a collecting space for junk. When I cleaned out the desk I was shocked (well, maybe not that shocked) to find that 90% of the stuff in the desk went to the trash bin. The 10% of useful stuff fit nicely into a little storage box. It was such an inefficient use of space. Curt and I really wanted a simple, minimalistic desk area. Here's what we came up with. The … [Read more...]

have yourself a himmeli little christmas

diy himmeli wreath

Over the past few months I have become obsessed with himmeli. Himmeli is a traditional Finnish decoration made from pieces of straw. It was hung in their homes to secure a bounteous crop for the next year. The bigger the himmeli, the bigger the crop. Well, I've been making mine out of cocktail straws, not real straw. And I hang it in my home to ensure a smile every time I walk by it. So far so fabulous. Mandi from Vintage Revivals did a … [Read more...]

trio of holiday garlands

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When in doubt, add a garland. Which is exactly what I did to my mantel. Thrice. If you're loving some of the other holiday merriment happening in this photo you can find tutorials for the Christmas star, metallic santa art and pine saplings by clicking on the links. I made these three simple garlands to add the finishing touch to my Christmas mantel. I made a jingle bell garland; jingle bells strung onto some silver bakers twine. … [Read more...]

merry & bright lightbox

diy merry & bright lightbox

Christmas is in full swing here and it's glorious! Only downside? It's going too quickly. This merry and bright lightbox is one of my favorite holiday projects to date. It is absolutely brimming with holiday merriment!   I used 1x3 inch boards for the frame and an 18 inch x 30 inch piece of plexi glass for the sign. Here, Curt is cutting a groove on the inside of the frame boards for the plexi glass to slide into. For … [Read more...]

diy metallic confetti plates

holiday confetti plates

Aren't these metallic confetti plates the funnest thing you've ever seen?! I love dishes. Love. And I know they can get pricey. These diy plates and glasses were so fun and simple to make and the best part? They were super inexpensive. I bought all my plates and stemless wine glasses at the dollar store. You'll need some glass paint and a little round sponge brush. I got all of these at Michael's. Squirt a little blob of … [Read more...]

gold & copper faux fruit

copper & gold faux fruit

This little project is so simple and inexpensive. Pick up some fake fruit. These came from the dollar store. I did also find some better looking pomegranates from Tai Pan that I added to the mix. Using a disposable brush, cover the fruit with gold & copper liquid leaf. The once sad looking fruit are now beautiful metallic decorations that can last throughout the entire season. And it took less than 20 minutes.   Until … [Read more...]