Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Quick & Easy DIY: 1st Edition

This has been such a busy and exciting week for me with the birth of my new niece Lily Addison, but I still found time for a little home project. Coming off of last weeks post, "I'm in Your Corner", I decided to spruce up the wall at the top of my staircase. I love wood embroidery hoops, because they are inexpensive and easy to make. I bought hoops of varying sizes at my local Michaels and went to Joanne Fabrics to purchase small pieces of fabric. I decided to do a color scheme of navy and white, because with the large amount hoops, I didn't want the wall to seem too busy.  All you need is wood embroidery hoops, fabric and a scissor.  Some people like to glue the fabric onto the hoop, but I chose not to so I can change the fabric whenever I like.  I will show you how to make these fabric hoops for your home. 
I purchased a bunch of wood embroidery hoops at varied sizes.

An example of mixing patterns, but staying within the same color scheme.

Put the fabric in the hoop and pull tight.

Flip over the hoop and cut away the excess fabric
All done! 
My Hoop Wall. 
 This look can be achieved in any room of your liking. I will provide you with examples of pre-made embroidery hoops, the rooms they would look great in and the link to where you can purchase them.

Kitchen:  A Kitschy Kitchen
Playroom: This Freckled Flower
Office:  Ines Rocio
Little Boy's Room: Oliver's Fancy
Little Girl's Room: Little Bug Art

Bathroom:  Squeeze Cuddles
Adult Living Room: Designs By Nancy
Nursery:  The Papery Nook

Which room would you make a hoop wall in?

Saturday, September 14, 2013

I'm In Your Corner

I don't know if you are like me, but I often feel restless and bored with my home decor. It is not uncommon for my husband to come home to find furniture and paintings moved from room to room.  Whether you are busy with work, kids, or life, it is hard to get around to updating your home. That is why I think corners are the perfect place to start refreshing your digs. Updating nooks are great, because you do not have to feel overwhelmed redecorating a whole room and it doesn't require much time. Why not tackle small projects that pack a big punch? I am providing you with a list of fun and simple ways for you to add a little love to any corner of your home. 

1.  Chalkboard Shelf Wall (origin unknown): Chalkboard paint is very versatile.  You can use it for  writing notes and reminders and to help your kids practice penmanship. You can also integrate a quirky design element by playing on the idea of existing and non-existing shelving. This is done quite skillfully in the picture below.

2.  A plate wall is such an easy way to add a bit of personality to a small space.  This plate wall from mmmcrafts is perfection! Many of you must have plates that you have acquired over the years or received from relatives.  Why not use them to your advantage?

3.  I simply love a garland in the corner of a room. They are so easy to make on your own with a little ribbon, felt or fabric. This is a darling detail for any little girls room, especially as seen in this room by Coos-je.

4.  Emily Henderson  made the perfect nature nook by hanging a macrame plant hanger and putting plants and a terrarium on the corner of  her desk. I also enjoy how the desk, window panes and plant holders are all white, making the greenery really stand out. You can achieve this look in any corner using a small table.

5. Take any old chair, put it in the corner of a room and put a small table or tree stump next to it. Voila, you have a cozy reading nook.  I took this picture on Instagram at my local Anthropologie store, because I loved the styling and I am obsessed with their Corrigan Chair. 

6.  Who says a hammock has to be outside? You can create a great reading and lounging retreat in your home. This takes guts, but if done correctly, as seen in this picture, you will have the coolest house on the block. (origin not found)

7.  Just about everyone has paintings, art prints and photographs they would like to display.  A corner frame and picture wall is a great option for people who live in apartments or do not have large walls to work with .  I love the colors and cheery artwork used by  Lilli Bulle.

8.  Mirrors open up a space and are pretty much a design staple .  I love how After-Dinner Design painted each mirror the same color.  This idea can be used in a shabby chic cottage home.  Paint the mirrors bright colors or metallics for the traditional or contemporary home.
 9.  Why not utilize the box of frames that are accumulating in your basement?  I  removed the glass and backing of my picture frames and painted them all white.  I hung them above my bed for a contrast against the blue focal wall.  They really bring an interesting accent in my bedroom .   You can do this in any corner of your home by painting a small wall and hanging empty frames. How easy and inexpensive, right?

10.  Make a statement in any corner by making a table bar.  Amelia Eichholz of colour BLOC creates a flawless bar display and I love how she uses books to store the glasses.  How smart!

11.  Take an old crate or drawer, paint or wallpaper the inside and hang them on the wall as shelving.  This is such a cheap and simple way to make unique shelving in your home.  You can leave the crate as is for a rustic look.  This crate wall by Woon Blog is sophisticated and looks expensive.

12.  Below the Lalole Blog uses the Ikea Ribba Picture Ledges for book storage in a small kids space.  By the way, they are only $9.99!!! You can obviously use them for pictures.   If you do this, I suggest keeping all the frames and pictures the same color.  Black frames and Sepia is always a good choice.

 13.  Add a bit a joy to a room by putting pom poms in the corner.  I chose 5 colors for my daughter's room.  I think they look feminine and sweet. I purchased my pom poms from Pom Goddess.

Which corner idea is your favorite? 

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Summer Is Done.....Time For Indoor Fun!!!!!

Sadly, summer is over and it's time to start thinking of some indoor fun for the kiddies.  As a child I was obsessed with having a hide-out and would try to make one in the bottom of my closet.  No joke, I would decorate it and have my friends sit in my closet with me with a flashlight (Nerd Alert!!).  But seriously whether it is a tree house, tent, teepee or fort, every kid needs a secret hideaway to call their own.  They are the perfect place to encourage creativity indoors when they cannot go outside and explore. They also provide a quiet personal space where kids can read and concentrate.  I recently have been pining for the teepees (shown below) from The Land of Nod and Restoration Hardware but, they are $159 and $269!!!!!
The Land of Nod

Restoration Hardware Baby & Child
 I decided I was going to make my own teepee in our playroom with the help of my husband and his super cool drill.  The key to my design is that it is NOT COMPLICATED.  I cannot sew and I wanted to create a teepee that other parents would feel confident making themselves.  I will provide you with simple instructions for creating a teepee in your home that will make your kids forget about Christmas...okay maybe not, but they will be very happy I promise you.

  • 6 (8 ft wood pieces)
  • rope (any kind would really work as long as it is durable enough)
  • self adhesive pads (for under the wood pieces)
  • glue gun
  • glue
  • 2 queen bedsheets
  • drill
  • screws
  • fabric

First, my husband drilled a hole about one foot from the top of each piece of  wood.  We than fit the rope through the holes until the wood sticks were in a teepee formation and were completely immovable. 

Next for safety reasons we decided to drill a few of the wood pieces to the molding for extra support.  Better safe than it's nothing a little spackle can't fix in the future.  We also put self adhesive pads on the bottom of each pole to stop the pieces from slipping on the wood floor. 

And that was it for the main structure. Wasn't that easy????  The best part is we bought all of the material at Home Depot and used items we had in our home and only spent $26!!!  Take that fancy teepee stores!!!

Now for the fun part.  I draped a white queen sized bed sheet over the top of the teepee and covered the middle to bottom region of the structure.  Than I used another queen bed sheet and covered the top to middle section.  I pinned up a bit of the opening, so that my kids have the option to put it down and be completely covered inside the teepee.  I got out my trusty glue gun and glued the bed sheet to the wood, so the kids would have plenty of space inside.

 I don't know about you, but I am kind of a fabric hoarder.  I usually have extra fabric from past projects or from old home decor items (runners, tablecloths, curtains etc).  I cut them down to size and row by row glued them to the outside of the sheet.  I was very patient and tried to be as neat as possible, but using so many different patterns gives you room for error which is cool.  

I glued butterflies to the inside of the teepee, because my daughter loves them and I wanted it to feel like her own special sanctuary.  

Lastly, I dressed up the space with some fun cushions and pillows.
TA DAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!! 

This little refuge was such a labor of love and I am so proud of it.  I must say I felt like the coolest mom in the world after showing this to my daughter Joey.   Whether we are glamping in the house, watching a movie, telling stories, reading books, or just relaxing....the teepee is our new favorite place to be.   

Doesn't this teepee make you wish you were a kid again?

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