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Danish Inspired Mid Century Side Table

September 6, 2013

Danish Inspired Mid Century Side Table

Last weekend, my husband and I got out of town with our three kids. We headed to the beach to escape the heat! My husband saw that there was a flea market where we were headed, so we made a quick stop to see what we might find. I am so happy we did! We came across a couple wonderful finds and for cheap! 

Danish Inspired Mid Century Side Table

Because our home is getting an overhaul, my eyes are always peeled for those mid century pieces. I have a few things I am on the look out for, which I will share on Monday. Once in a while, you come across something that’s not on the list though. And if the price is set right, I might take that too! 

Danish Inspired Mid Century Side Table

We happened to find this amazing Danish inspired mid century side table by Lane. It was in fantastic condition! The sweet elderly lady selling it said a friend was trying to just get rid of it, so she just threw a price at us. We paid $30, which compared to something similar would run in the $200s! I could not say no! 

Danish Inspired Mid Century Side Table

I am loving the danish modern lines of the table. The tapered legs and beautiful wood inlay! To me, these pieces are truly timeless and are absolutely beautiful. They have stood the test of time!

Danish Inspired Mid Century Side Table

What do you think of this fabulous find?

XOXO, Lidy 

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Dining Room Dilemmas

September 5, 2013

Dining Room

Because our home is one level and spread out in a “U” shape, our dining room and living room have to share the main area. This can cause a lot of issues creating a nice space that flows evenly from one to the other. Not to mention, as soon as you walk into our front door, you are walking right between the two. It can be a confusing space, so I am trying to figure out ways to make it separate and unique until I can find a proper solution. 

Dining Room

For the time being I have kept my dining room pretty simple and minimal, while keeping the midcentury vibe we have going on with our living room pieces. I am starting to prefer it this way anyway – the more stuff I have in the space, the more cluttered the entire area begins to feel. I hate the room feeling smaller than it really is, so I try to keep it bright, light and happy. Our geometric white and grey wall paper really helps keep the area formal, yet funky and not too sterile with all the surrounding white walls. 

Dining Room

Our Black and White rug adds a bold and graphic element to the space, but still keeping it classy. It helps the dining room look separate and steering the space from blending into the living room area. I also created a fun black striped design on one of our small dining room walls to play in with the rug and to add even more fun to the space. 

Dining Room

I’ve also created a glass hexagonal table runner with some Ikea mirror tiles. It’s different and a bit out there, but it really opens up the space by creating more light through the reflecting glass. I like how it brightens up the dining room just a bit more, since there are no direct windows near by. It also plays nicely with our DIY Sunburst Mirror on the adjacent wall.

Dining Room 

What do you think of this space so far? Do you have any suggestions as to how I can keep the two rooms feeling separate and more identifiable? 

XOXO, Lidy

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Black and White

September 4, 2013

I am currently loving black and white accents throughout the home! They go with almost any kind of decor and really pop! From stripes, polka dots to playful designs, it always works! Together, these two classic colors truly compliment one another in the most gorgeous way! I am always keeping an eye open for great black and white pieces for my home and these are my top 5! 

Black and White Decor

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

Which one is your favorite? I would be happy to have any one (or all) of these in my home! 

XOXO, Lidy

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DIY Shelf Accents

September 3, 2013

DIY Shelf Accents

First thing, I promise this will be my last post about contact paper! But it’s sure given me a lot of use for only $2! Today I’m sharing a fun way to enhance a rather boring shelf unit you may have on the wall. I purchased these Ikea shelves a few years ago. They are practical and useful, considering we have no shelving anywhere in our living room. 

DIY Shelf Accents

Ever since we painted our living room walls white, the shelves no longer pop. Rather, they blend in. Our fun decor is now kind of floating in mid air and so I wanted to figure out a way we could enhance this area without having to spend more money on shelving. 

DIY Shelf Accents

Using my contact paper, I accented the shelves by creating a fun backdrop. I decided to have the wood patterned paper ascend upward to really draw the eye across the shelving. I simply measured the length of both shelves and height between the two shelves. I cut downward from the upper left corner to the bottom right of the other (and the opposite for the bottom shelf). This created a triangular shape, rather than just a boring large rectangular background. Now, the decor pops from the background and you are more likely to notice our fun little vintage finds and DIY pieces more than before.

DIY Shelf Accents

I love the look this small area of the room now has! It goes perfectly with out midcentury pieces and really brings that retro vibe out. I love the white with that touch of brown and how it still works well with all the black and white accents. This was a cheap and easy fix and I am pleased with the finished look!

DIY Shelf Accents

What do you think of these shelf accents?! For more projects using this fabulous contact paper be sure to check out my DIY Deer Wall Decal, Kitchen Cabinet Makeover and Geometric Fixture

XOXO, Lidy

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Geometric Light Fixture

August 30, 2013

Geometric Light Fixture

While I’m still on the hunt for the perfect geometric fixture (if there is such a thing), I decided to revamp my Ikea lamp we’ve had for some time now. I wanted to turn this fun lamp into something even more unique for our home!

Geometric Light Fixture

If you haven’t guessed, I’m currently obsessed with my  Magic Cover Self-Adhesive! It’s SO versatile! I’ve managed to create a fun wall decal and give my kitchen a makeover with this fabulous stuff! Did I mention it’s super cheap too?

Geometric Light Fixture

I simply started to cut some triangles to create a pattern for my pendant lamp. The adhesive will cling to practically any hard surface. I cut 12 triangles in total to create my pattern and stuck them to my light fixture! 

Geometric Light Fixture

This was an easy way to revamp my lamp and add my own twist to it! I’ve had a lot of curious people ask why I am so in love with geometric shapes and other specific things I am doing right now. They want to know where I get my inspiration, so feel free to check out this article! It gives you some of the top trends for 2013. Plus, you can find this stuff all over Pinterest! Gotta give credit to someone, right?! 

XOXO, Lidy

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Black Wired Pyramid

August 28, 2013

Black Wired Pyramid

I am becoming more and more obsessed with Danish designs. I find myself perusing blog after blog, soaking in all that clean and simple interior design and figuring out ways on how I can implement this fabulous style into our home. Our living room is slowly looking more and more the way I have always imagined,with our mid century inspired pieces, yet adding our own personal flare! I’m just working on the rest of the house. 

Black Wired Pyramid

I created a simple black wired pyramid for our home. It’s a cute little guy that decorates my space just a bit more. I love the clean design, with that funky twist. 

Black Wired Pyramid

What you will need:

Black floral wire

Wire cutters

Black Wired Pyramid

I simply started to shape one triangle at a time, creating four in total with one solid piece of wire. I laid it out flat, then pulled each triangle into the center to make it pop into a 3D figure. I secured each bottom corner of the triangles by twisting additional wire to connect one triangle to the other. I fixed the shape to where I felt I wanted it and I was done! 

Black Wired Pyramid

It has that look I love , where the black blends seamlessly alongside other pieces. I am really loving black and white as contrasting colors in each room, it seems to add the perfect amount of funk and neutrality.

Black Wired Pyramid

So, what are your thoughts friends?! Likey or no likey? 

XOXO, Lidy

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Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

August 27, 2013

Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

I’ve been itching to revamp my kitchen in a small way. It’s probably my least favorite room by far. Perhaps it’s the lack of space and storage. There isn’t a whole lot that can be done, since we are working with such a small area. The cabinets were a basic white and there wasn’t a whole lot of color in the room. However, I was able to give the kitchen a whole new look by making one small change – and I love it! 

Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

Using the same shelf adhesive as my DIY Deer Wall Decal, I measured each one of my cabinets. I wanted to create a modern, but vintage look to our kitchen atmosphere. I cut my adhesive according to the measurements and applied it carefully to the outside of my top cabinets, leaving the bottom ones white. I have to admit, this process took a very long time. It was all very simple, but the measuring, cutting and applying took commitment!

Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

When I had finally finished, I was so pleased with how it turned out! It really improved the look of the entire room. It somehow became much brighter and a lot more modern, but keeping that vintage vibe. It truly looks like the cabinets were once wood.

Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

Who knew this sticky, thin adhesive would come in so handy! I was able to give my kitchen a makeover under $10! I am inspired to create/find some midcentury window treatments and perhaps find some new knobs for the cabinets! 

Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

There you have it, a simple and cheap solution to improve the look of some rather boring cabinets! What do you think?

XOXO, Lidy

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Yarn Plant Holder

August 23, 2013

Yarn Plant Hanger

It’s Friday and I have a DIY you can play around with over the weekend! Yay! It’s easy (duh) and cheap (of course). It’s a lot of fun too, so enjoy! 

Yarn Plant Hanger

What you will need:

Yarn

Scissors

Plant (mine might be a fake one from Ikea from ages ago. Just saying.)

Yarn Plant Hanger

Take your yarn and cut 4 LONG strands. I didn’t measure exactly , but they are long! Think about the height you want to hang your plant, then cut there. On a flat surface, double up your yarn and create an X. Tie the two strands of double yarn in the center. Place your plant in the center of the X. Collect your 4 strands and create knots all the way to the top. You can space them out every 2-4 inches. You can also add beads after each knot, to create a fun little touch. A pop of color would be great! Secure at the top and hang.

Yarn Plant Hanger

I have mine in a little corner of the living room and I love it. It adds just that bit of green I was looking for! And I don’t even have to water it! What do you think? 

XOXO, Lidy

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DIY Fiber Art

August 22, 2013

Fiber Art

I don’t know if you read the blog Brick House? But you might have heard the name. I am obsessed. I find myself constantly reading blogs heavily focused on interior design, because it’s always been something I’ve enjoyed doing myself. I’m constantly rearranging, changing and adding things to my home! If you don’t believe me, follow me on Instagram! You will see me changing things all the time! I’ve been this way for as long as I can remember, it keeps me feeling inspired. 

Fiber Art

When I saw the post on Brick house about Fibers, I was instantly drawn to her AMAZING finds! They are so oddly wonderful and she makes it work in the most gorgeous way. I’m sure if I had those pieces in my house, someone would just make fun of me. Maybe because my house is no where as cool. I don’t know. 

Fiber Art

Fiber Art

Nonetheless, it didn’t stop me from trying! I wanted to create a smaller scale Fiber art piece for our home. I used materials I already had and made a very simple design. I took an old vintage wood hanger from my closet, some colorful yarn and started to cut varying lengths. I looped the yarn onto my hanger and created a pattern. 

Fiber Art

When my husband first saw the finished product, his words were, “What is it?”. Ha, hilarious. So now, I just refer to my source of inspiration and all is well again. I love it and now kind of want to buy a TON of yarn to make a larger piece! It can be done. 

Fiber Art

So, what do you think of Fiber art?!

XOXO, Lidy

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Prototype Diamond Shaped Shelf

August 21, 2013

Diamond Shelf

I came across some great pieces of wood at the craft store. They were thin sheets of plywood and were pretty lightweight. I decided to take them home and experiment. See what I could do! I thought I would design a prototype for a larger scale shelf I was thinking of making down the road. Sometimes it’s nice to have an idea of what something might look like once it’s out of your head and on the walls!

Diamond Shelf

The first thing I tried to do was remove the barcode stickers. Fail. They were stuck on there good – such a shame. I decided that I would have to resort to painting one side with black paint in order to hide the stickers, it was the best thing I could come up with. I just didn’t feel like having a war with these silly things longer than I needed too. 

Diamond Shelf

After all the sides were painted and dried, I began to play around. I resorted to creating a fun shape and making a little shelf to act as an art piece for my walls. See what this baby was going to look like! Since the wood isn’t as sturdy as other plywood (these are super thin sheets and very temporary), I can only have very lightweight decor pieces for display. Even then, it looks pretty neat on it’s own! 

Diamond Shelf

I simply used hot glue to attach all the edges together, which worked pretty good. I haven’t had any problems as of yet! It looks nice with the inside walls a contrasting black and the outside a nice light wood grain – it goes well with the rest of my decor! 

Diamond Shelf

The triangle shape pulls through with the other pieces in our living room. It also has an overall diamond appearance, which is new and fresh for us! Either way, I’m liking the non-tradional look this shelf has! After it all, I think I might go ahead and have my husband help me construct a larger scale shelf kind of like this. I think it’s time to get rid of our generic white Ikea shelves. What do you think?

XOXO, Lidy

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Back To School: Nerdy Decor

August 20, 2013

Well, school has officially started! Although none of our little ones are old enough for school yet, my husband is a teacher. He is lucky enough to be educating fourth graders again this year! I thought I would do a little homage to back to school in honor of him, but nerdy style (he’s not really a nerd though….)! Here are a few fun decor pieces for the home! 

Nerdy Decor

Periodic Table / Decal / Pillows / Wooden Sign / Print / Molecule Set

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DIY Hanging Triangle Mobile

August 19, 2013

Hanging Triangle Mobile

Hello Monday! It’s a bitter sweet week, seeing as the summer is officially over in our home. My hard working hubby is back to teaching and I’m back to being a full time stay at home mommy! I am so thankful for the great life we are able to enjoy and live. 

Hanging Triangle Mobile

Today, I created another project to fill your home with cheer! I created a modern hanging triangle mobile, using some left over wood craft sticks from a previous project and a hot glue gun! I threw in the bright polka dot garland for some color! 

Hanging Triangle Mobile

Hanging Triangle Mobile

I simply hot glued my sticks to form triangles and pieced them all together. I attached twine and a wood stick to create nice balance at the top, while still keeping the triangle shape. This DIY took minutes and I love how it turned out!  

Hanging Triangle Mobile

It’s such a great feeling to do something creative on a daily basis. It relieves my mind of worry and stress, keeping me focused on a task that makes me feel happy! My kids had a great time helping me out, since this DIY is very kid friendly (just watch out for the hot glue gun)! 

Hanging Triangle Mobile

I am still experimenting with materials for my DIY light fixture. I’ve thought about using these light weight wood craft sticks. We’ll see what we can do! 

XOXO, Lidy

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