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On The Front Porch

April 1, 2015

On The Front Porch With Hello Lidy

Ok friends, I’m pretty excited! Today I’m teaming up with the amazing folks behind Porch, a home network that helps get you connected  to accredited professionals, offer millions of projects to peruse and gives some pretty great advice for all your home and DIY needs! Today we are bringing you a fabulous little interview about my blog, who I am and what I do on their On the Front Porch series! So, if you think you already know all those things about me, you should check it out anyway! If you’re new around here, then this is the perfect chance to get to know more about Hello Lidy!

On The Front Porch With Hello Lidy

Here are just a few fun questions from the interview. For the rest of the questions and answers, be sure to head over to their site for more interview questions! 

On The Front Porch With Hello Lidy

If your life were a song, what would it be?

Hmm. Probably Simon and Garfunkle’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. Life is a journey and a tough one at that. I’ve constantly been learning hard lessons, but amidst those times I’ve had so much love and support. I’ve grown stronger, wiser and have learned so many invaluable lessons along the way.

Pinterest or Facebook?

Pinterest!  P.S. You can follow me here if you’d like! 

On The Front Porch With Hello Lidy

If your walls could only be painted one color for the rest of your life, what would they be and why?

White. It’s your basic backdrop to creating endless design ideas in any space! 

On The Front Porch With Hello Lidy

What are you exceptionally good at? (Permission to brag)

I hate bragging because I feel like it opens you up to being criticized and judged! haha But I can say that I get A LOT of fulfillment and pleasure from decorating and I’m not too horrible at that! 

On The Front Porch With Hello Lidy

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve collected?

I’m not sure if it’s weird, but we tend to collect a lot of portraits!  Just these unknown faces of people staring at me in my home. I guess that’s kind of weird! 

On The Front Porch With Hello Lidy

What’s a home trend you hope doesn’t exist in 100 years?

Carpet (especially carpet in bathrooms)! It’s nice on the feet, but the worst for hiding and collecting dirt. Just buy rugs! They are so much easier to clean and that way and you can pick and choose specific colors and patterns! 

"Seek to be worth knowing, rather than be well known".

Favorite words to live by?

I’ve recently been really affected by this quote “Seek to be worth knowing, rather than be well known”. 

Thanks for all your support friends – I’m so grateful for you! 

XOXO, Lidy

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Colorful Yarn Tassel Planter

March 31, 2015

Colorful Yarn Tassel Planter

Colorful Yarn Tassel Planter

For Spring, I’m really craving some color. Normally, color is a little more subdued in our home. But this is the perfect excuse to have some fun where normally I might not be so brave! This yarn Tassel planter is the perfect way to add something new for Spring! 

Colorful Yarn Tassel Planter

You’ll need 

Yarn (in 4 complimentary colors – I chose blue, coral, pale pink and green)

Terracota Planter

Hot Glue Gun

Plant or Cactus

Colorful Yarn Tassel Planter

What to do

Before you begin, cut about ten 10-inch strands of yarn in two bunches per three remaining colors (I used Coral, Blue and Green). Set aside. Start with the first planter. Begin by dabbing a small drop of hot glue to the bottom of the planter and start wrapping yarn around your planter (I used the pale pink since it was the lightest, most neutral of the four colors). Work your way up about 2-3 inches and dab your hot glue to keep the yarn from slipping around.  Loop the first two bunches of yarn to create your first tassels onto the single strand you are wrapping your planter with. Continue another 2-3 inches up and repeat until you have all your tassels attached to your planter!

Colorful Yarn Tassel Planter

This is definitely a very unique looking planter! It’s quirky and totally fun! I created a simple yarn plant holder using the same four colors to bring the two together. I love the burst of color they bring to my space!

Colorful Yarn Tassel Planter

 

Colorful Yarn Tassel Planter

It feels like a little Fiesta with the cacti and pops of color, don’t you think? 

XOXO, Lidy

 

 

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DIY Paper Floral Wreath

March 30, 2015

Paper Floral Wreath | Hello Lidy

Oh heyyyy, it’s Monday! And I am thrilled to be sharing a super cute and easy Paper Floral Wreath over on The Land of Nod‘s Blog, Honest to Nod today! Be sure to head over and take a peek!

Paper Floral Wreath | Hello Lidy

And of course, I would love to hear what you think!

XOXO, Lidy

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Colorful Geometric Easter Eggs

March 27, 2015

Colorful Geometric Easter Eggs | Hello LidyColorful Geometric Easter Eggs | Hello Lidy

Colorful Geometric Easter Eggs | Hello Lidy

Last week I shared my version of Black and White Scandinavian-Inspired Easter Eggs. Today I’m back with the same concept, but with some fun colors! These Colorful Geometric Easter Eggs are sure to be a hit.

Colorful Geometric Easter Eggs | Hello Lidy

Colorful Geometric Easter Eggs | Hello Lidy

Using the same white eggs from the craft store, I used the kids Crayola markers in assorted colors to create some of those clean designs. This year I am a big believer that less is more, so I stuck with basic shapes – leaving some as outlines and others filled in. I think they turned out great! 

Colorful Geometric Easter Eggs | Hello Lidy

Colorful Geometric Easter Eggs | Hello Lidy

They are perfect if you are a lover of color, but they are still minimal and trendy. I was trying to take a step in a new direction by getting away from the black and white and I am so glad I did! They still have that Scandinavian feel, but with pops of pink, purple, blue, green, turquoise, yellow and orange! 

What do you think?! Are you more a fan of black and white or color?

XOXO, Lidy

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Using Nature as Props and Decor

March 25, 2015

Using Nature as Props and Decor

I am always looking for interesting ways to make my space look visually stimulating, but also fun pieces for events, parties and birthdays!  Our family loves to go on walks around our neighborhood and often there’s all kinds of debris from the trees losing their beautiful branches. It seems like such a waste, but I decided this time to collect a few and bring them home. Yes, I was the crazy mom hauling three toddlers with an arm full of huge tree branches. But it was fun and totally worth it! 

Using Nature as Props and Decor

Using Nature as Props and Decor

I looked for unique shapes and sizes and came home with a few gorgeous branches. The shape creates the illusion of motion against our white walls. They almost frame pieces that surround them and I love the modern look they bring. You could easily spray paint them, but I loved the organic look they had with all the white and black decor in our home. 

Using Nature as Props and Decor

These branches have already made an appearance in one of my posts and I’m pretty sure they will continue to for a little while. I placed them in a crisp white and geometric vase. I’m sure I’ll be playing around with placement in our house!

Using Nature as Props and Decor

So there you go, sometimes decor can be free and you can find them in the most unlikely places! What do you think of bringing this kind of nature indoors as home decor?

XOXO, Lidy

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Hoop Yarn Art

March 23, 2015

Hoop Yarn Art

Hoop Yarn Art

I love those simple projects that add color, texture and personality to your home! And this hoop yarn art is just the thing! I’ve always been a fan of fibre art of any kind, so I made this cheap and easy DIY for our walls to add that little pop of pink! 

Hoop Yarn Art

What you will need

Two embroidery hoops – one large and small

Yarn in any color – multi colors or just one 

Hot glue gun

Hoop Yarn Art

What to do

Simply start by popping out the center circle of the smallest hoop. Cut your yarn to the length you want. I wanted the yarn to stop just passed where the largest hoop ended. Then, hang your re-cut yarn over the circle of the smallest hoop until you have the desired amount. Carefully pop the circle back into the smallest hoop and tighten the adjusting screw if needed. Line up the hoops at the top so both screws are lined up. Take your yarn and wrap it tightly around the two tops of the hoops to hide the adjusting screws. Use a tab of hot glue to secure the yarn ends. Tie a small piece of yarn on one end of the hoop to the other to create a hook to hang your new hoop art! 

Hoop Yarn Art

You could create any size or however many you like for a great statement  for your home! I love how it adds just the perfect amount of pink to our walls to pull in other pieces in the room. I don’t think this trend is dying just yet! What do you think?

XOXO, Lidy

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Gold 3D Geometric Sculptures

March 20, 2015

Gold 3D Geometric Sculptures

Gold 3D Geometric Sculptures

Gold 3D Geometric Sculptures

I’m looking for some fun ideas for sprucing my walls this spring and anything gold is good with me! Plus, it’s bright and cheery – just the way spring should be. These gold 3D geometric sculptures are great! 

Gold 3D Geometric Sculptures

All you will need is some gold twisty ties, which I picked up at the craft store.

Gold 3D Geometric Sculptures

Begin by twisting 4 ties together to create a flat square. Repeat.

Gold 3D Geometric Sculptures

Twist four more ties on each corner of one square.

Gold 3D Geometric Sculptures

Attach the opposite ends to the second square and you have your first 3D sculpture!

Gold 3D Geometric Sculptures

For a triangle, simply make the flat square. Attach ties to the corners and twist the opposite ends together in the center. 

Gold 3D Geometric Sculptures

Gold 3D Geometric Sculptures

Create as many as you would like and have fun! It takes just a matter of minutes and you can create a great statement for your walls.

XOXO, Lidy

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Black and White Scandinavian-Inspired Easter Eggs

March 18, 2015

Black and White Scandinavian-Inspired Easter Eggs

The months seem to just be flying by! Then again, I have three busy toddlers to keep me busy.  So before I know it, we’re already getting closer to another holiday! Can you believe Easter is only a few short weeks away?

Black and White Scandinavian-Inspired Easter Eggs

Black and White Scandinavian-Inspired Easter Eggs

I’ve already got a head start on decorating some eggs and this year I’m sticking to some clean black and white Scandinavian-inspired Easter eggs! I’ve been so incredibly inspired by these amazing designs, I knew I had to recreate them in some way.

Black and White Scandinavian-Inspired Easter Eggs

Black and White Scandinavian-Inspired Easter Eggs

I simply decorated some eggs I picked up from the craft store using my sharpie. I created clean designs that felt both trendy and fun! It was so easy, it took me just a few minutes and I had a great little collection going on.

Black and White Scandinavian-Inspired Easter Eggs

Black and White Scandinavian-Inspired Easter Eggs

Can’t wait to do some more decorating with the kids. They love to do crafts as a family and I am honored to create alongside them! What kind of Easter eggs have caught your eye this year?

XOXO, Lidy

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DIY Low-Profile Round Tables

March 13, 2015

DIY Low-Profile Round Coffee Tables

I’ve been on the hunt to find a super simple furniture DIY that anyone can do by simply finding the supplies and recreating the project on their own. No cutting wood or welding involved! I took a little trip to Lowes with the kids one day to research and see what my options were. I wanted something that was modern, simple, sleek and of course, Scandinavian-inspired. 

DIY Low-Profile Round Coffee Tables

DIY Low-Profile Round Coffee Tables

DIY Low-Profile Round Coffee Tables

I’ve been really drawn to the idea of low coffee tables. They are still functional, but a lot more subtle and contemporary. Besides, who makes these rules anyway – that coffee tables need to be a specific height?! So, I created two coffee tables with this design in mind! Here are the supplies you will need:

Supplies

Pine Round1-Step Stair Frame (black)1-Step Stair Frame (White)Wood ScrewFinish Washer

Here’s what I did: In order to keep the tables looking sleek I went with three step stair frames as legs for each table, instead of your traditional four. I decided to do one table with white and the other black, since I couldn’t decide what I liked more! (Heads up: the steps come with stickers that are quote difficult to remove, but with the help of a little gasoline they came off a lot more easily)! Simply pre-drill two holes for the screws per leg.

DIY Low-Profile Round Coffee Tables

With a screw driver, place two screws and washers in the two holes on the thin, flat metal surface of the legs. Repeat until all legs are secure to the table top. Be sure to pre-measure the distance of the legs so they are all centered. I chose to keep the pine top natural and as-is. 

DIY Low-Profile Round Coffee Tables

I love the mixture of wood and metal and I am so happy with how this project turned out! It takes a matter of minutes and you have so much fun putting the pieces together. Honestly, anyone can do this! 

DIY Low-Profile Round Coffee Tables

I still love our Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table, but it’s so nice to have a little bit of change and some options. The best part is, these tables would make great plant stands, side tables, bed side tables, plus more!

DIY Low-Profile Round Coffee Tables

DIY Low-Profile Round Coffee Tables

DIY Low-Profile Round Coffee Tables

The sky is the limit and you can really have so much fun with them! What do you think?!

XOXO, Lidy

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Dote Magazine | The Great Mantlescape

March 11, 2015

Dote Magazine Design Column | The Great Mantlescape

Back in November, I mentioned how I was going to be writing a new design column for Dote Magazine! My column would be focused on fixing a design problem that plagued many different types of homes and introduce simple solutions. Four months later and Issue Two has finally launched! Here was what I was working on:

Dote Magazine Design Column | The Great Mantlescape

When a city like Calgary is growing at an exponential rate, buying a home can be daunting. You throw all your expectations out the window and rely solely on necessity and reality. Which often means moving into a “cookie-cutter” home. 

Dote Magazine Design Column | The Great Mantlescape

Those awkward spaces above the fireplace for one, which most often collects a lot of “stuff”, making the overall space feel a bit cluttered. Perhaps the builders envisioned your standard television to go there, but not all of us want our T.V.’s to be the focal point in our family rooms. 

Dote Magazine Design Column | The Great Mantlescape

We came up with a simple solution that truly gave the space a new and fresh look! We closed off the opening above the fireplace and created a wall made of slat wood. By painting it white, this allowed the area to flow a lot better! The slats brought a great texture by breaking up the flatness of the walls that surrounded the fireplace. We also painted the mantle to help pull the fireplace together and making it look as one solid piece. The space certainly feels a lot more modern and minimal. Best part is, there’s a new mantle to style and decorate now – gone are the days of clutter! 

Dote Magazine Design Column | The Great Mantlescape

Now that we have the fireplace makeover out of the way, let’s talk mantles! Because if you don’t know me, I love to design a good mantle! It might be a small surface area, but you can really make a room pop if you know how to create that perfect look! I’ve created a simple formula to really help you navigate where to begin and how to go about creating a great design for your mantle:

  • Introduce at least one unique piece of art or decor that will act as that conversational piece! It can be something you picked up from your travels overseas, a thrifted item or even a family heirloom passed down to you. The point is, it’s one-of-a-kind and everyone is going to want to know where you found it! 
  • Keep a consistent color palette by bringing in art prints, photographs, vases, florals, books, knick knacks or even candles. This will help the mantle feel light and flow a lot more easily, rather than being chopped up and feeling out of sorts. Think color and texture – whether it’s bling from some brass or texture from a great painting – it’s all good. 
  • This last one is my favorite! If you haven’t heard the term “Mantlescape”, then you’re welcome. Basically, you want to think of a landscape when decorating your mantle. This will allow the eye to flow up and down in a more natural way. It won’t feel forced, but rather it will feel a bit more relaxed and comfortable.

Dote Magazine Design Column | The Great Mantlescape

I feel so lucky to have this amazing opportunity! I’m meeting the editor this week to go over some Ideas for the next issue. Such an amazing team and community to be part of! I am so excited for these opportunities that have been coming my way. Even if they don’t last forever, I am going to enjoy every minute of it! If you’re in Calgary and area, be sure to find a location to pick up a copy! For all my friends from afar, you can purchase a copy here! It’s full of SO much amazing inspiration!

What do you think of the fireplace transformation? Is there a design dilemma you would like to see answered in the next issue? 

XOXO, Lidy

 

 

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Watercolor Logo As Art

March 9, 2015

Watercolor Logo As Art

As I am slowly getting use to my little home office/creative space, I wanted to add something personal to my little corner! I decided to recreate my watercolor logo and use it as art! 

Watercolor Logo As Art

Watercolor Logo As Art

I simply referred to my blog logo and began with creating a nice watercolor backdrop. I am just starting to explore watercolor and it is so fun!

Watercolor Logo As Art

Once it had dried, I used a pencil to sketch out the rest of the logo.

Watercolor Logo As Art

When it looked about right, I retraced it with a Sharpie. Then I framed it, hung it and bam – done! 

Watercolor Logo As Art

Watercolor Logo As Art

It’s that perfect addition to my work space that reminds me to keep working hard for my little blog. To keep focused and do what I love. And to not get discouraged, but remember all the little successes along the way – no matter how big or small. 

Watercolor Logo As Art

Watercolor Logo As Art

How do you feel about framing your logo as art? And as a positive reminder for why you do what you love! 

XOXO, Lidy

 

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Hello Lidy on Live Television – Oh My!

March 6, 2015

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So this week I had a couple little DIYs planned, but then a little something came up. Well, it was a big something! I have this amazing friend named Sophie. She’s one of those girls that’s always got your back. She wants to see everyone succeed, cheers you on and is beyond supportive. All while running her successful jewelry business, Tribes and Society. She is something special….you can be sure of that! 

Hello Lidy

On Tuesday night I got an email from her asking if I would be interested in doing an artist workshop that she was suppose to do, but the dates got a little mixed up. I figured it would be a lot like the West Elm event I did last summer, so of course I said yes! Turns out, it was actually a panel on a morning show live on Trending On Shaw…and I freaked! I was excited, but also super scared to be talking on live television. What if I said something totally ridiculous? Which if you know me, I usually do. I was certainly fearful of opening myself up to potential judgement and criticism from others, but was it enough to keep me from this opportunity? Heck no! Instead, I got so much encouragement and positive feedback from friends and family – thanks guys! 

Hello Lidy

So I joined a couple amazing ladies – Bree and Libertee. Such talented gals!  We chatted photography, fashion, design and DIYs! It was heaven and I totally felt in my element. I am hoping that perhaps this could lead to some fun collaborations with these ladies, but also working with Shaw in the near future. Could you imagine?! Ahhh! 

Hello Lidy

(Photo Via Bree Jean Johnson)

Another huge thank you to my dear friend, Sophie, for putting my name out there! To Kate and Pheonix for having me on their fun show and to Bree and Libertee for being so inspiring and sharing their talents! Here is a video of my little chat – don’t judge. I was SO nervous! Needless to say, I won’t be getting to those DIYs until next week, but I’m sure you understand. Happy Friday friends! 

XOXO, Lidy