Simple and Modern DIY Copper Candelabra

Simple and Modern DIY Copper Candelabra

It’s officially fall and the weather is already beginning to change. The air is cooler, leaves are changing and days are getting shorter. Thankfully, no snow yet (knock on wood)! It’s the perfect excuse to create a warm environment inside the home to snuggle and keep warm. And this DIY Copper Candelabra is a great start to cozy-up any space. Head on over to Curbly today for the how-to and be sure to come back to let me know what you think! XOXO,...
The Plant Series | Lipsick Plant

The Plant Series | Lipsick Plant

The plant series is back! I love the name of this particular Indonesian plant – the Lipstick Plant – don’t you? It’s pretty cute if you ask me. Just like the ZZ Plant, these plants are tropical and have beautiful pointy, waxy leaves. And if you take care of them properly, they will bloom bright red flowers – bonus!  The Lipstick Plant apparently gets it’s name from the red flowers that grow out of the dark maroon buds, which look like a tube of lipstick. Personally, I don’t see it. But still, cute name regardless. Good news is, this plant is really straight forward and growing one successfully isn’t all too difficult: 1. Lipstick plants should be watered moderately, allowing the plant to dry out slightly between waterings (especially in the winter). They love fairly high humid environments, so you can choose to mist them daily if the air is dry, like here in Canada. Although I have to admit, I have never done this and mine is doing just fine.   2. They are happiest in lots of bright, indirect light and should never be kept in direct sunlight – that would be bad. 3. These pretty plant stems can grow to 2 ft long, so they would be perfect placed in a hanging planter or on a tall shelf!  So there you go, another pretty plant for the home that happens to be on trend with the whole tropical vibe! And it’s pretty darn easy to care for too. What do you think of this little guy? XOXO, Lidy...
Around Here

Around Here

Well, it was a busy week again, but I’ve had worse. It seems like a common theme amongst friends is balance and it’s not easy to find. Especially when your a mom and trying to work at the same time. It’s a fight between passion and responsibility and one always gets the shaft. But, I’ve really embraced taking it easy and doing what I can without compromising my time with family and friends. Some things are just more important – wouldn’t you agree? 1. I’ve started adding a bit of cinnamon to my morning coffee and it really gives it a nice little kick for fall! Have you tried it before?  2. My parents are pretty amazing. They love to have the kids over whenever they can, but they also love to have one-on-one time with each of them. Since Holden is in school full time, Violet has been spending the week at my folks place. Which, let’s be honest, makes things a lot more quiet around here. And I’ve had to break out the Lego’s for Sebastian, because it’s the only thing that keeps him busy enough without noticing he is lonely without his big brother and sister. Poor buddy.  3. I am gearing up for an entryway makeover in the next month or two, which I am so excited about! I am totally over the green walls and banisters. I’ll most likely be sticking to our black and white theme around here. Cannot wait to share more with you guys!  4. The weather is starting to cool down as of late, which means crackling fires! I am so...
DIY Modern Wood Candelabra

DIY Modern Wood Candelabra

Ok, so this DIY should be described as simple and modern. Because it really will be the easiest thing you’ve tried in a long time. Not to mention, a lovely center piece for your dining table this fall!  Materials 2x4x6 Treated wood drilled rail  Chandelier candles  Flowers and greenery  *Disclaimer: Please use common sense when working with candles. If your table is shorter or you don’t feel comfortable, I advice you buy a 2×4 and lay on the widest part. From there, you can drill you own holes accordingly. It will look just as nice! Instructions 1. Measure how long your dining table is and cut your 2×4 accordingly. Ours happened to be the perfect length, which most standard dining tables should be. I found that the longer the centerpiece, the more stable it was. 2. Twist your candles into the pre-drilled holes.  3. Disperse your greenery and flowers on either side of your centerpiece.  4. Enjoy!!  I love the scandinavian vibe from the wood and neutral colored greenery. It’s the perfect look for fall if you ask me! My folks were over the other day and my dad asked what was up with the “candle train”. I thought it was pretty funny – whatever you call it, it’s sure to be a show stopper!  XOXO,...
DIY Stamped Place Cards

DIY Stamped Place Cards

Can you believe we are already in the middle of September?  I absolutely love this time of year. For me, fall happens to be the perfect excuse to entertain, so I thought it would be fun to host a wine and mini dessert night in our home! A time to unwind, sip and nibble on some treats. I decided to create these modern DIY stamped place cards to put on the table to personalize it just a bit. Materials Martha Stewart Metalworking Alphabet Stamp Set Hobby and Craft Metal Sheets Scissors Thick Cardstock (or other material to adhere name to) Glue Dots Twine Instructions 1. Choose your letters and slide into the groove on the track handle. (keep in mind that you need to insert letter to be stamped in reverse) 2. Place a rubber embossing stamp or similar material under your metal and press firmly with a slight rocking motion.  3. Cut your metal name to desired length. 4. Using a glue dot, adhere the metal name to your cardstock. (I actually found some pretty vinyl siding samples at Home Depot that I thought would make fun name tags!). 5. Tie a piece of twine onto your tag. 6. Slide into your folded napkin and voila! It’s a pretty simple and playful way to dress up your table this fall for guests. They can even keep the cards if they want!  Having a name tag on the table seems to elevate the experience just a bit – even if it is just for some wine and sweets!  You can check out the how-to for this easy and fun Modern Wood Candelabra here!  XOXO,...
DIY Space-Saving Collapsible Side Table

DIY Space-Saving Collapsible Side Table

Ok guys, I am super excited to announce that I am now an eHow Contributor! Although it’s been a little quiet around here because of my recent gigs away from the blog, I do hope you check out all these fabulous DIYs that we are putting all our love (and sometimes tears) into! It’s still the same old us, just channeling in different forums.  Our first project is a really cool (if I do say so myself!) DIY Space-Saving Collapsible Side Table. Head on over to eHow for the full tutorial and please come back and let me know what you think! I feel blessed by your support – thank you friends.  XOXO,...
DIY Giant Modern Clock

DIY Giant Modern Clock

If you’re looking for a fun weekend project, this DIY Giant Modern Clock is for you! Not only does it serve a purpose (as clocks always do), but it also adds that great burst of color and a geometric touch to the space in a big and bold way!  For the full tutorial head on over to Curbly! And as always, I would love to know what you think. Happy Friday friends! XOXO,...
Modern Scandinavian 3-Tier Wooden Stand

Modern Scandinavian 3-Tier Wooden Stand

I love a good IKEA hack, and this one is a super simple and easy one! I’ve been looking for a fun 3-tier stand for a while to help organize our daily items a bit around here, but I could never find one that works for me. I guess I was just meant to make my own. For the full tutorial, head on over to Curbly and be sure to come back and let me know what you think! XOXO,...
Turn A Birch Door Into a Dining Table With Prettypegs

Turn A Birch Door Into a Dining Table With Prettypegs

Ok guys, I’m pretty excited about this DIY. I’ve teamed up with PrettyPegs, a company based in Stockholm, Sweden.  It’s an absolute joy to introduce you to these products, which combines classic Scandinavian simplicity with colorful playfulness. This Birch door turned dining table only takes about 30 minutes and you have yourself a lovely new piece for the home.   Materials Solid Birch Door Sandpaper Damp Cloth Minwax Water Based Polyurethane Foam Brush Prettypegs  (we went with the Otto 700) Screw Driver Instructions 1. Sand your table if it hasn’t been pre-sanded already. 2. Put your first coat of Polyurethane onto your table top. Allow to dry and sand again. Wipe clean. Put on a second coat.  3. Once your table top has completely dried, flip over and measure where you would like to place your legs. Screw in the hardware accordingly.  4. Simply screw in the legs, flip over and enjoy!! It’s so easy, you could make these all day long. If you really wanted to. I love this dining table! The soft pink legs truly make the overall space look more modern and Scandinavian-inspired. I mean, seriously. You could make so many projects for the home using their amazing selection: tables, sofas and beds to name a few.  I’m debating on using our new table as a large desk/craft table in our studio space! It’s just so pretty – what do you think?!  XOXO,...
The Plant Series | ZZ Plant

The Plant Series | ZZ Plant

I’m excited to introduce a new series on the blog! Of course, it is totally dependent on whether you guys find this helpful at all, so be sure to let me know what you think! The Plant Series is really a guide to common houseplants and suggestions for those of you just exploring the idea or those of you who have had years of houseplant experience! Either way, I am eager to share with you all that I have learned the last few years. To start this series off, I’ve chosen the very easy-going East African ZZ Plant! I’ve been told this particular plant thrives on neglect, if that is even a thing. But really, it’s very forgiving if you forget to water it for a few days and doesn’t panic when it’s in low light. This is the perfect plant for those of you who are just wanting to test your green thumb!  The ZZ plant is great for adding a bit of emphasis in a particular area of any space! It’s upright stems and deep green, glossy leaves are what makes this plant so attractive.  Here are some plant care tips: 1. Keep your ZZ in a bright to low light room. You don’t want to put this little guy in direct sunlight, otherwise you run the risk of scorching their pretty leaves.  2. Water thoroughly and allow the top 2-inches of soil to dry completely in between waterings. Overwatering your ZZ will be a fast way of killing it – so avoid soggy soil! You also want to keep the leaves clean by gently wiping them...
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