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Modern Decor: DIY Molecule Model

February 27, 2014

Modern Decor: DIY Molecule Model

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! 

Modern Decor: DIY Molecule Model

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!

Modern Decor: DIY Molecule Model

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! 

XOXO, Lidy

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Eames Rocker In Indigo

February 26, 2014

Eames Rocker In Indigo

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. 

Eames Rocker In Indigo

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. 

Eames Rocker In Indigo

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!

Eames Rocker In Indigo

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!

Eames Rocker In Indigo

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. 

Eames Rocker In Indigo

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?

XOXO, Lidy

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Blog - DIY - Repurposed

DIY Accordion Light Fixture

February 24, 2014

DIY Accordion Light Fixture

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! 

DIY 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!

DIY Accordion Light Fixture

DIY Accordion Light Fixture

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! 

DIY Accordion Light Fixture

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! 

DIY Accordion Light Fixture

What do you think of making your own accordion light with thrifted pieces? What would you use the dish rack for?

XOXO, Lidy

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DIY Framed Chalkboard

February 21, 2014

DIY Framed Chalkboard With Thrifted Frame

Chalkboard monogram found here

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. 

DIY Framed Chalkboard With Thrifted Frame

What you will need:

Thrifted frame 

Scrap wood

Chalkboard paint

Paint brush

Table Saw

Sander

Nails

Hammer

DIY Framed Chalkboard With Thrifted Frame

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! 

DIY Framed Chalkboard With Thrifted Frame

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!

DIY Framed Chalkboard With Thrifted Frame

Chalkboard art found here

What would you use it for?!

XOXO, Lidy

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Blog - DIY - Repurposed

Repurpose A Flag Display Case As A Triangle Shelf

February 20, 2014

Triangle Shelf

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! 

Triangle Shelf

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! 

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. 

Triangle Shelf

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. 

Triangle 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! 

Triangle Shelf

What do you think of this repurposed triangle shelf?

XOXO, Lidy

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Steel Plant Stand

February 19, 2014

Steel Plant Stand

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! 

Steel Plant Stand

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!

Steel Plant Stand

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’s Case Study Planter design, which I also love!

Steel Plant Stand

Steel Plant Stand

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!

Steel Plant Stand

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?

XOXO, Lidy

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Wood and Pipe Table

February 18, 2014

Wood and Pipe Table

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! 

Wood and Pipe Table

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). 

Wood and Pipe Table

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. 

Wood and Pipe Table

Wood and Pipe Table

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!

Wood and Pipe Table

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! 

XOXO, Lidy

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DIY Octagon Cork Clock

February 14, 2014

DIY Octagon Cork Clock

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! 

DIY Octagon Cork Clock

What you will:

Cork board

Thick card stock

X-acto knife

Pencil 

Ruler

Glue

Spray Paint

Painters tape

Drill

Clock works

Optional: Depending on your clock works, you might need a thicker width. In that case, you will need plywood, table saw and wood glue. 

DIY Octagon Cork Clock

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. 

DIY Octagon Cork Clock

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! 

DIY Octagon Cork Clock

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. 

DIY Octagon Cork Clock

What do you think? Do yo have any fun V-day plans?

XOXO, Lidy

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Color Block Wooden Hearts

February 13, 2014

Color Block Wooden Hearts

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! 

Color Block Wooden Hearts

What you will need:

4 Wooden tags (I found mine at Berverly’s)

Spray paint in two colors (I chose black and gold metallic)

Hot glue gun

Leather scrap strings (I found mine at Hobby Lobby)

Color Block Wooden Hearts

What to do:

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. 

Color Block Wooden Hearts

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! 

Color Block Wooden Hearts

These would make great little gifts too! What do you think?!

XOXO, Lidy

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Minimalistic Inspired Wooden Birds

February 12, 2014

Minimalistic Inspired Wooden Birds

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. 

Minimalistic Inspired Wooden Birds

Minimalistic Inspired Wooden Birds

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. 

Minimalistic Inspired Wooden Birds

Minimalistic Inspired Wooden Birds

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! 

Minimalistic Inspired Wooden Birds

Minimalistic Inspired Wooden Birds

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?!

XOXO, Lidy

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Blog - Giveaway

14 Days of LOVE Giveaway – CLOSED

February 11, 2014

14 Days of Love Giveaway

 

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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I am THRILLED to be teaming up with West Elm to give each of you a chance to win $100 to spend on some of their amazing products!  Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and why not think outside the box this year and get something really special for someone you love! I’ve picked some of my favorite Valentine’s Day Gifts and put them on my wish list. Hopefully my husband will get the hint! 

West Elm

Bowls / Candleholders / Paper Flowers

Vases / Flatware Napkin Rings

Leather Pouches / Tealight Holders

So why not treat someone to these beautiful heart warmers this Valentine’s! I don’t know about you, but I am ready for something that lasts a bit longer than flowers and chocolates! Simply enter this AMAZING giveaway below! Don’t forget, there’s still time to head over to Frock Files and  Melissa Creates to enter their giveaways as well – good luck! 

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XOXO, Lidy

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Party

February 10, 2014

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Party

This weekend, we celebrated our little mans 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”! 

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Party

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Party

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. 

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Party

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Party

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! 

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Party

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Party

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. 

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Party

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Party

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! 

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Party

Thanks for reading along friends and putting up with all the pictures! Have you thrown any fun parties lately?

XOXO, Lidy

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