I mentioned not too long ago how this year I was starting a new little adventure over at Linda’s fabulous blog, Craftaholics Anonymous! Today is day ONE and I am sharing a DIY that I think you’ll love!! I can’t tell you how lucky I feel to be working with SO many talented and amazing ladies!
Today I’m sharing a great way to add a playful element in your home by creating a little science nerd fun, simply by making your very own DIY Molecule Model! It’s a great way to add some personality in your space, while keeping your decor interesting!
This DIY has so much potential to play around with different designs and color combinations, I know you’ll love it! So be sure to check out the full tutorial over at Craftaholics Anonymous! And if you’re up to it, let me know what you think! It’s my first day out on the job! I’m a little nervous, but mostly excited!
Yesterday, I shared with you how my husband and I were shopping fiberglass shell chairs. We felt it was time to introduce a furniture piece that was a good investment and something that felt perfectly aligned to our style and aesthetic! For as long as I can remember, Joel and I have loved midcentury modern furniture, especially Eames designs.
It was so surreal walking into Modernica a few weeks ago on the hunt for a new piece. It’s a strange feeling seeing in person all those chairs, shelving units, tables, planters and sofas in person. To be surrounded by some of the most timeless and classic pieces was such a treat! It was so hard to leave, I wanted to move in and make myself at home.
We even brought our kids with us, which was terrifying! I did not want anything to get broken or damaged, so I was relieved nothing was harmed in the mean time. Our three year old son said to me,” Wow mom, this is really beautiful furniture”. Naturally, I felt that was confirmation we were in the right place, at the right time!
There are SO many amazing chair designs to choose from, not to mention colors! I so badly wanted a pink rocker, but Joel wasn’t too keen on it. Maybe one day? Our natural inclination was to go for the bold black or clean white, but we wanted it to be a color that popped. But not in a bright way! As much as I loved the green or yellow, it wasn’t something I could see in my home 5 to 10 years from now. Those colors are best used for accents!
We decided to go with a color that was still a darker shade, like black, but also a color that brought stability, like white does in a room. Of course, something that was neutral, making it easy to go with any color palette. Joel suggested indigo because that’s the color of blue jeans and blue jeans go with any color. Point taken.
Indigo it was! It even matches our velvet pillows! It’s the perfect pop we were looking for, but something that’s not so loud it steals all the attention from the other pieces in the room. I am just so thrilled we have an original Eames rocker amidst our home decor!
What do you think of this color? There were SO many choices, it felt impossible to choose only one. What would you have picked?
I had a lot of fun making this little eclectic light fixture! We thrifted this old dish rack a while ago, so I decided to repurpose it over the weekend and create this quirky accordion light fixture!
I simply took a light and cord we had hanging around and intertwined it with the rack. It was such an easy project and it adds a lot of personality to that space. It’s super easy to move too, so if I find another place more suitable it won’t be a big fuss!
You can really play around with the hight of the light, since it easily folds. It’s nice and sturdy, so I’m not too worried about it tipping over! This could also look great with a wood dish rack or even coat rack if you want! Sometimes you just have to use what you’ve got and a little imagination!
We can never have enough light in our home. It was built in the 40s, so there is hardly any overhead lighting. I like the option of turning on different lamps, depending where I am. It sets a nice and relaxing mood in the evenings!
What do you think of making your own accordion light with thrifted pieces? What would you use the dish rack for?
Happy Friday friends! Here is a super easy DIY you can whip up over the weekend! We made this for my mom as part of her birthday present and she loved it! You can easily make one for your home too.
What you will need:
What to do:
1. Hit up your local thrift stores and find that perfect frame (you can easily paint your frame any color, but we loved the wear and tear of ours). Also gather the rest of your supplies. 2. Measure and sketch out the backing of your frame. 3. Cut out the measurements with your scroll saw and sand smooth. 4. Make sure it fits nicely. Adjust accordingly. 5. Paint your wood with the chalkboard paint until you get the thickness you desire. We did 2-3 coats. Let dry completely. 6. Nail the chalkboard backing onto your frame and you’re done!
This is the perfect little gift for that someone special or even for your own home decor! You can even find a frame with the backing already attached, so you wouldn’t even need any power tools! It’s perfect for writing out a list of to-do’s or display an artsy quote!
While wandering around Target a few weeks ago, I came across a flag display case that was on sale. It was the only one left and I thought it would be fun to convert it into something fun for the home!
What to do:
1. Purchase your flag display case 2. Flip over the case and unlatch the back hooks 3. Remove the backing and glass 4. Clean off the frame and hang as your new triangle shelf!
It’s SO easy and no fuss at all! You can play around with the placement of the triangle by hanging it straight on or off to the side for a funky look! It’s a great way to display those fun little trinkets in a clever little way! You could easily paint the shelf a different color to go with your home, but I kept mine black since it goes with the rest of our decor.
I wish I could have grabbed a few more to create a fun design on the wall – I will have to keep my eyes open! If you didn’t want to hang it as a shelf, you could always use it as a shadow box to display other decorative pieces and have it sit on a shelf.
I do love the look of geometric shelving in the home! I would love to build a custom honeycomb shelving unit, but that’s for another day. For now, this will do just fine!
What do you think of this repurposed triangle shelf?
For the longest time, I’ve had my eyes on these BEAUTIFUL plant stands! Ferm Living is one of my favorite design and interior products by far! I LOVE their Scandinavian pieces: traditional designs with that retro flair. My husband and I would buy everything if we could!
I was thrilled when Joel took up welding after I saw what kind of amazing things he could create, like our Steel and Wood Coat Rack! When he gave me this plant stand, I nearly keeled over! It was amazing!
The lines are simple and clean, but built strong enough to hold my heavy planters. We spray painted it black to go with the rest of our home decor, but white would look very nice too I think! This particular design is actually inspired by Modernica’sCase Study Planter design, which I also love!
We recently went into Modernica’s showroom, where we bought our FIRST Eames piece….ever! We’ve worked hard these last few months and decided it would be a nice purchase to save up for! They have SO many amazing pieces, definitely another one of our favorite companies!
It’s always so fun to recreate certain pieces ourselves to test our skills and abilities! This plant stand was a lot of fun to create and I think we might have to try some more in the near future! What do you think about all these fun designers and pieces?
This year, my husband and I decided to make my parents a similar version of our industrial table for Christmas! They are always complimenting our pieces in our home, so it was a lot of fun coming up with a new design just for them!
We found the wood at our favorite lumber store in northern California. It was a little long, so we cut some of the tip off and made a small shelf to go along with the table. It turned out really cute (not shown).
My folks loved the table! You might have seen me share a picture of it on Instagram over the holidays. Making furniture or DIYs for gifts is so much fun! Not only do you get to use your skills and imagination, but it can be a lot cheaper than going out and buying it.
After our move, I’m hoping to have a space where I can breath a little and have my own little work space. Maybe then I will see if we can make a small wood and metal desk of some sort to work from!
I think in the perfect world, my husband and I would love to have a shop where we can sell and recreate our pieces! Perhaps in the near future after our lives settle down a little!
Happy Valentine’s Day friends! I am so thankful to have my mom here this year. She has been so generous and SO helpful since she’s arrived. I forget how much easier parenting can be when you have family close by to help when things get overwhelming and you’re feeling exhausted! She even offered to babysit so we could have a date, I can’t even tell you the last time we went on a real date! It’s going to be a wonderful Friday! I decided to share a great DIY to help end this week on a happy note on the blog as well!
What you will:
Thick card stock
Optional: Depending on your clock works, you might need a thicker width. In that case, you will need plywood, table saw and wood glue.
What to do:
1. Gather your supplies 2. Measure and trace an octagon on your thick card stock using a pencil 3. Take your x-acto knife and carefully cut your shape (I changed my card stock from black to white, but you can use any color) 4.Trace your card stock octagon onto your cork board 5. Cut your shape out of the cork board 6. Put a nice layer of glue on the back of your card stock 7. Line up your cork board and card stock and carefully place them together 8. Push down firmly so all sides are securely attached 9. Take your tape and tape off the area you want to paint 10. Spray paint your cork! It may take several layers, since cork is very porous.
Not shown: Trace your shape onto your plywood. Cut the shape out of the wood using the table saw. Sand the edges smooth. Glue the plywood to your cork board. Let it dry completely. I spray painted my gold clock works black to create a more modern look, but you can leave yours as is. Drill a hole in the center of the clock. Follow instructions of your clock works and enjoy!
I love the minimal and geometric design! It’s certainly more interesting to tell time on! The texture from the cork looks great paired with that pop of color, even if it is just white. A bright color would look fantastic as well, but I am really loving the simplicity of the white! If you choose to use wood for your backing, you can have the option of hanging your clock or just having it sit on a shelf or table! Options are always fun.
What do you think? Do yo have any fun V-day plans?
The other day, I stopped at the craft store to take advantage of my free time! I had no kids with me and some time to kill, so naturally that’s where I gravitate towards! I came across some cute wooden tags that I decided to repurpose just for Valentine’s!
1. Gather your supplies 2. Spray paint two tags black and two tags gold (or other colors you may have chosen) 3. Do as many coats as it takes for the tags to be completely covered and let them dry completely 4. Criss cross your tags to create your heart shape 5. Place your gold and black together to create that color block look 6. Hot glue the tags together 7. Press down firmly to ensure they are attached securely 6. Tie your leather through each hole and create a knot. I used left over leather from our Handmade Christmas Ornaments, but you can find yours at most craft supply stores.
This was such an easy DIY and took only a few minutes to complete! They are the perfect piece to hang on your wall, you could almost leave them up year round. The wood and leather always make a great combination and the black, gold and white go nicely with the rest of our home decor!
These would make great little gifts too! What do you think?!
This year, my husband and I are trying to incorporate more simple and minimal designs in our home. We love the look of streamline furniture, clean lines and midcentury-modern designs. It’s hard to find anything like that where we live, unless we make frequent trips to the big city, but with three kids that’s highly unlikely.
Good thing I have a talented husband who makes a lot of beautiful items for our home. We are a great team and have identical tastes in things, so it makes designing our home a lot of fun! My husband loves it too! He gets a chance to try new skills and have some quiet time, which is highly recommended when you become a parent! You feel refreshed and ready to go again.
We have always loved the look of these minimalistic wooden birds! Because the heads can detach, you can change the directions of where they face and even flip the bodies upside down to play around with the different looks. It’s genius! As much as I love the originals (let’s face it – they are GORGEOUS), we just couldn’t justify fifty dollars on one. Though, I am not opposed to working hard and saving for these kinds of purchases!
I am so happy we have some of our own for the home – I know my hubby wants to keep playing with his wood turning skills, but I am happy with his first try! They sure add a lovely touch! What do you think?!
Finally! I’ve been looking forward to this giveaway for so long and the time has finally come! I’ve teamed up with some talented bloggers these past ELEVEN days (and still more to come!) to give all our faithful readers a chance to win some awesome goodies and to show you all a little extra love this Valentine’s Day! Thank you for sharing, encouraging, commenting and following along! Love you all!
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This weekend, we celebrated our little man‘s FIRST birthday! I feel this year has flown by so quickly! What a blessing he is to our family! For his first birthday (and party for that matter….poor sweet babe never had a baby shower), we wanted it to be very special! He was the little star for the day and how appropriate to have the theme “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”!
Last week, I shared my Party Planning Details! I think it turned out great and I know he loved all the treats! We picked gold, black and white as our color palette. Of course, stars on all the decorations and some party food! The Blackboard Perfection Party Decor from Minted was a great choice for this theme! It truly made everything flow nicely and fall perfectly in sync! I even used black foam board for the back drop, which went nicely with the black board party decor.
We decided that milk and cookies would be a great treat for all the kids! My mom was amazing and baked NINE dozen cookies for our little man’s special day! We had peanut butter, chocolate chip and s’mores! Yum! We also enjoyed the tasty star chocolate cake and star sugar cookies that were made by others as well! So nice not having to worry about all the food preparations and they all did such a beautiful job! My amazing hubby was also a huge help! Thank you everyone! Of course, every party should have little treats with goodie bags to fill, so I kept the candies black and white to help the table look even prettier!
The decorations are always my favorite part! I love seeing it come together and the theme fall into place! We hung shiny gold stars on the pergola. Every time the sun hit them, it would send sparkles shooting everywhere. It was really a starry night-like effect! We had a giant gold “1” balloon and a gold star, which all the kids loved, naturally! We also had “star dust” sprinkled on all the tables (fancy word for confetti)! I also made some really cute glittered star card holders for the sips and treats signs – it was just such a fun little theme to play around with.
Most of all, the kids had fun playing and eating all the treats! It was a beautiful day as we celebrated a very special little boy! I am so thankful for the people in his life that love him and show him just how special he really is, he sure deserves it!
Thanks for reading along friends and putting up with all the pictures! Have you thrown any fun parties lately?