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!
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.
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!
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?
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!
What you will need
Two embroidery hoops – one large and small
Yarn in any color – multi colors or just one
Hot glue gun
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!
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?
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!
All you will need is some gold twisty ties, which I picked up at the craft store.
Begin by twisting 4 ties together to create a flat square. Repeat.
Twist four more ties on each corner of one square.
Attach the opposite ends to the second square and you have your first 3D sculpture!
For a triangle, simply make the flat square. Attach ties to the corners and twist the opposite ends together in the center.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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:
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.
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.
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!
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!
The sky is the limit and you can really have so much fun with them! What do you think?!
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:
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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!
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!
Once it had dried, I used a pencil to sketch out the rest of the logo.
When it looked about right, I retraced it with a Sharpie. Then I framed it, hung it and bam – done!
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.
How do you feel about framing your logo as art? And as a positive reminder for why you do what you love!
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!
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!
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!
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!
I have to admit, I’ve been wanting to marble something for a looooooong time! I’ve looked at all the different techniques, but the one that caught my attention was this Marbling Using Nail PolishDIY, which inspired this project. So naturally, I gave it a try. Yep, it’s pretty safe to say that I instantly fell in love with how easy it was and how beautiful the results were.
All you will need is a container that’s big enough to submerge your entire object, nail polish and water. Right off the bat I am going to warn you that using old nail polish that you might have kicking around from who knows when will NOT work. I tried it all. It gives you clumpy results, rather than that nice smooth finish you’re looking for.
I used nail polish that was fairly new, it doesn’t have to be expensive by any means! Don’t be afraid to practice until you feel comfortable with your technique. I failed the first few times, but finally got it right on my final two projects. For decor, I simply used an As-Is candle holder form IKEA that we got for $2.50 and an old ceramic trophy I found at Target a couple years ago.
Fill your container with water and drop your nail polish into the water in whatever pattern you desire. I did little swirls, but you can do anything! You may choose to swirl the polish once it’s in the water with a skewer, but I let the polish take on it’s natural form. Don’t wait too long, within a few seconds you should be dipping your object carefully into your water/polish mixture. I simply pressed one side of my object straight down on one side of the container and turned it on the other side as it was making it’s way out of the water so the entire object was covered. If you just want to dip your object into the mixture, simply submerge it until you have the amount covered, depending on the look you are going for.
Carefully place on a dry surface. Do not touch until the object is completely dry! Once dry, display your piece and enjoy! I’ve tried all kinds of colors, there are so many beautiful outcomes! It’s impossible to not have fun with this.
I ultimately chose a grey nail polish for a more modern look which better suits my decor, but I’ve also used a hot pink which was SO fantastic (keep an eye out for another Marble-y DIY soon)!
I’ve been loving Pastels and Polka Dots lately! I can’t decide which one I love more than the other, so I thought I would combine the two for a fun accent wall in Violet’s room. Since we’ve moved in, we hadn’t really done a whole lot to her room yet. It was a nice blank slate, so it didn’t feel urgent. Now that things are slowing down a bit, I had a chance to start working on her room with a lot more thought and a whole lot of inspiration!
I love the idea of minimal design in kids spaces. I didn’t want her room to be too loud, but rather calming. I decided to create a wall that had a clean and simple design that added a girly and whimsical touch!
I’ve been inspired by all those amazing paint ideas out there. I decided to go with a fun house silhouette to frame her bed. I thought painting the whole room pink was a little cliche for a girls room, so I opted for a pop of pink instead. I went with a very soft/pale hue, but thought the wall needed a little something extra!
I decided to make some more Mini Vinyl Heart Wall Decals for her wall and placed them in a random pattern. I love how it adds some nice texture to the space, but still holding true to that minimal feel. I added some house shelving to balance out the painted house silhouette and some stars to create the illusion of a sky above her bed (both are fun night lights!).
This is just a little sneak peek, how do you like the direction of the space so far?
Simply start on the bottom of your clock (to hide the uneven ends) and begin to wrap your washi tape around the surface. Every time you make a complete circle, begin a whole new row of washi tape and wrap around again until the surface is completely covered. I told you it was easy!
My clock went from boring white to pops of pattern in no time! I’m sure you can do a better job of lining up your dots on the washi tape. I actually wasn’t going to show you this DIY, so I didn’t take any pictures. Then I decided that was just a silly idea! I had to share how simple this was, so I removed the washi tape and started over…in a bit of a hurry. Sorry excuse, I know. At least you get the idea – right?!
I love washi tape and I love quick projects like this. So if you’re anything like me, than you’ll love it too!