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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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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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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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Steel and Wood Coat Rack

February 7, 2014

Steel and Wood Coat Rack

With my husband’s mad skills and drive to learn new things, he was able to make for me this amazing coat rack I have drooled over for years inspired by Eames! He recently took up welding, which I thought was crazy at first! Until I started pointing out all the pieces I wanted for my home and he would magically make them appear. I think I’ll keep him! 

Steel and Wood Coat Rack

I know this isn’t something everyone can do, but with enough drive you can teach yourself so many amazing trades and skills. Although welding was a challenge, with a bit of time and practice you can create some amazing things! Oh, and the wooden hooks….he turned those using a lathe…I’m telling you, he’s my caveman squishy. 

Steel and Wood Coat Rack

I’m not saying, take up welding, but I think it’s important to challenge yourself and think about what you can create without having to spend hundreds of dollars. Although I would have been happy to have purchased the Eames Hang-It-All Coat Rack (not so much the bank account), I was pretty amazed that we managed to save $200. My husband and I are all about  making modern design accessible to those of us that can’t necessarily drop money like it’s hot. 

Steel and Wood Coat Rack

I am so thankful to have such a handy husband, whom a lot of these amazing projects wouldn’t be possible! I love the modern sleekness to this simple coat rack. It’s not clunky and I love how it’s on the wall, so we don’t lose any floor space! I can’t necessarily start up welding or wood lathing, but I have pushed myself to try new things as well. Recently, I’ve taken up calligraphy (much more appropriate for me, I think). It’s challenging, but I am loving the learning process and seeing what kinds of fun things I can create with a bit of will power, ink and pad of paper! Have you challenged yourself to start any new hobbies lately? 

Steel and Wood Coat Rack

What do you think of this fabulous coat rack? We need one for every room – easier said than done! 

XOXO, Lidy

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Heart Shaped Message Boards

February 5, 2014

Heart Shaped Message Board

I’m all about incorporating Valentine’s Day decor in a subtle and modern way this year! I decided to make something to go along with my Black Triangular Wall Hearts and my Geometric Heart Floor Mat! But also something you could keep out year round, like this Heart Shaped Message Board! 

Heart Shaped Message Board

I simply drew out my heart shape on some plywood. Cut it out with a scroll saw. Painted it with black chalkboard paint (regular black paint would work as well). Then, I wrote some fun little Valentine’s messages to leave around the house for my husband and kids using chalk! 

Heart Shaped Message Board

Since it’s geometric in shape, it can easily sit on a shelf or table with a quote you love or even as a reminder note! It’s something I know I will leave up for a while – it’s both handy and cute! 

Heart Shaped Message Board

This would also make a great gift for family or a special friend. Simply write a little love note, grab a flower for that pop of color and give them out to that lucky someone! It’s almost like a modern Valentine’s card! 

Heart Shaped Message Board

What do you think of a heart shaped message board for Valentine’s day?

XOXO, Lidy

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Valentine’s With A Handmade Touch

February 4, 2014

Valentine's Day Cards

A couple months ago, I came across these fabulous cards made to look like polaroids. They were too adorable to walk away from, so naturally I had to get them! 

Valentine's Day Cards

I decided they would make cute little Valentine’s this year, but they needed a handmade touch! Each picture, I hand wrote a little love note or term of endearment for that someone special! 

Valentine's Day Cards

Valentine's Day Cards

I love the simplicity and the uniqueness of these cards! They seem so personal and perfect to give out to your closest friends and family. The pictures take you back in time and have  such a nostalgic feel to them. I think they could also make a beautiful banner for Valentine’s, with or without the written messages! The colors and pictures would certainly romanticize any room! 

Valentine's Day Cards

I’m not against buying store bought cards, but it’s sure fun to put your own twist on them if you can! It makes the cards that much more special! Now, to write a lovely note inside and hand them out! 

Valentine's Day Cards

Are you giving out any Valentine’s this year? 

XOXO, Lidy

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