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DIY Geometric Heart Floor Mat

January 21, 2014

DIY Geometric Heart Floor Mat

I’m back from a lovely long weekend! So many exciting things in the works that I can’t wait to share with you, but for now I will share this fun little DIY! 

DIY Geometric Heart Floor Mat

What you will need:

Black floor mat

White spray paint ( you could get special fabric paint to keep your design more permanent)

Freezer paper

X-acto knife

Iron

Plastic bags

Tape

DIY Geometric Heart Floor Mat

What to do:

Draw out a design you would like to have on your new floor mat! With an x-acto knife, cut out the design from your freezer paper.  Iron the stencil onto the mat with the plastic side facing down. Tape the plastic bags onto the freezer paper to cover the rest of the mat. The only area that should be exposed is the area that you want to paint. I used some extra spray paint we had hanging around. If you want to use your mat for years to come, you can easily find fabric paint at your nearest craft store! I did 3-4 coats of spray paint to finally get my heart the shade I wanted. This can differ, depending on the paint you use.  Let the paint dry completely. Carefully peel the stencil and plastic bags from the mat. Then enjoy! 

DIY Geometric Heart Floor Mat

I decided to keep the mat inside near our patio doors, just because it goes so nicely with the rest of our Valentine’s decor! This is such a simple solution to add a modern and fun touch to the upcoming holiday! 

DIY Geometric Heart Floor Mat

What do you think?

XOXO, Lidy

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Heart Shaped Pillow

January 16, 2014

Heart Shaped Pillow

What would Valentine’s be, if you couldn’t snuggle a pillow with the one you love? Ok, maybe it’s just me! My hubby and I are always fighting over pillows, so I decided to whip up one just for the holiday! 

Heart Shaped Pillow

What you will need:

Black and white fabric (then the pillow can be reversible!)

Fabric pen

Scissors

Sewing machine and proper supplies

Heart Shaped Pillow

What to do:

1. Gather your supplies 2. With chalk, make a faint line of your heart to use as a guide. Cut out the heart (I actually couldn’t find my good fabric scissors, so make sure you do! It will do a much better job of cutting!). Iron the material as flat as possible. 3. Turn the fabric inside out and begin sewing your heart 4. Leave a small slit so you can turn the material back out so your design is now face outward. Stuff your pillow and hand stitch the opening closed using a simple needle and thread.

Heart Shaped Pillow

This is a fun and festive little DIY! I love the modern feel and the option of having the pattern facing outward (which I drew out with CHALK!) or just the plain white side if you prefer! It’s even something you can keep out year round, since it’s not too overly Valentine’s-ish! I have to admit, it’s not perfect, but that’s perfectly ok! 

Heart Shaped Pillow

What do you think of heart shaped pillow for Valentine’s? 

XOXO, Lidy

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DIY Hexagonal Dining Table

January 15, 2014

DIY Hexagonal Table

A little while ago, I shared some dining table DIY ideas! For months we thought about what would fit our little area the best, while still seating our family comfortably. We talked about different table solutions: circle, square or rectangle. In the end, we decided that we wanted something a little less traditional, a lot more fun and way more modern! We agreed that a hexagonal dining table would be just right! 

DIY Hexagonal Table

There aren’t a whole lot of hexagonal tables out there. There are a few, but we really wanted to incorporate hair pin legs into our design and maybe even spray paint them a gold or copper to match our sputnik chandelier! We love the idea of combining metal and wood, so it was at the top of the list. I have to be honest, when we first started putting it all together it was a bit of a nightmare. You have to have it just right, otherwise the table can wobble or tip easily. In the end, it all worked out perfectly! 

DIY Hexagonal Table

I love how it leaves us a lot of space in the dining area, but also a lot of table top space as well! It can fit six people perfectly, but leaves just enough room to add a couple more. I love the simple plywood top! It’s perfect since we are going for a more Scandinavian look over all: bright, white and fresh! 

DIY Hexagonal Table

Be sure to come back later this week to check out the how-to! I didn’t want to overwhelm this post with too many pictures, because there are a lot! I decided to just show you our finished product and get to the more serious stuff later! Perhaps it will motivate you to make one yourself! 

DIY Hexagonal Table

What do you think about this kind of dining table? I’d love to hear what you think! 

XOXO, Lidy

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Swiss Cross Painted Heart

January 14, 2014

Swiss Cross Painted Heart

I’m back today with another modern Valentine’s DIY! I was itching to paint something and so I decided to make this fabulous swiss cross painted heart! I’ve loved this pattern for some time and couldn’t wait to use it again! If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen me playing around with the pattern a bit last week. 

Swiss Cross Painted Heart

What you will need:

Black paint

Paint brush

White canvas

Swiss Cross Painted Heart

What to do:

1. Collect your supplies 2. Pour your paint in a disposable container 3. Dip the tip of your paint brush in the paint and make sure you have enough for a few strokes on the canvas 4. Make five vertical lines in the center, followed by 5 horizontal lines. This should help with the spacing a bit if you do your vertical lines first (although I ran into some spacing issues, but it doesn’t have to be perfect). Re-dip your paint brush as needed. Work your way outward by making 5 more, then 4, then 2. Be sure to refer to the photos to help guide you a bit more. Let it dry completely and then hang to enjoy! 

Swiss Cross Painted Heart

This is a great alternative for those of you who aren’t necessarily crazy about this holiday! It’s something that you don’t have to take down right away and it would easily go with any decor! You could also choose to use some other fun colors if you aren’t a crazy fan of the black!

Swiss Cross Painted Heart

What do you think of a more modern take on Valentine’s day? Are you loving the black and white trend for your home this year? Personally, I am loving it! 

XOXO, Lidy

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Black Triangular Wall Hearts

January 13, 2014

Black and White Triangular Wall Hearts

It’s almost that time of the year – Valentine’s Day! You either take it or leave it, but over the years I’ve grown quite fond over this holiday! I’ve been blessed by many loves in my life – including my incredible husband and three amazing kids! I thought I would start sharing some fun and modern ways you can get your home prepped for this lovely little holiday! 

Black and White Triangular Wall Hearts

What you will need:

Black Vinyl

Scissors or X-acto knife

Pencil

Black and White Triangular Wall Hearts

What to do:

Start sketching out different sizes of triangles on the backside of your vinyl – small, medium and large. Take your scissors or X-acto knife and cut them out. Begin playing with the designs on the wall! Vinyl comes off easily, so if you don’t like the placement of one triangle, no problem! Just peel it off and play around some more! In the end, have fun – hearts don’t have to always be so traditional! 

Black and White Triangular Wall Hearts

I love the idea of a modern black and white Valentine’s! I am currently obsessed with this clean and simple look, so I though it would only be appropriate this year. Geometric designs are still very popular in the design world, so having an abstract, triangular heart will make your home look trendy and fabulous! It won’t look too obvious that it’s Valentine’s decor either!

Black and White Triangular Wall Hearts

I know I ask every year, but what are your thoughts on this holiday?! Be sure to come back and check out some other fun modern ideas I’m working on for this little holiday – coming soon! 

XOXO, Lidy

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Scandinavian Inspired Pillows

January 10, 2014

Scandinavian Inspired Pillows

Now that it’s a new year, I’m itching to give our house a nice and clean makoever. I have been loving the idea of a black and white interior for some time now, so I decided to start adding more pieces into the home that are fresh but still fun! 

Scandinavian Inspired Pillows

Scandinavian Inspired Pillows

I have been a long time fan of the Gran Black pillow by Fine Little Day! I was dying to have that pillow in my home, but my husband did not like the idea of me spending $50 on a pillow…maybe one day though! So, I did some research and came across a fabulous website called Zazzle where you can upload your designs and get them printed for cheap!

Scandinavian Inspired Pillows

Scandinavian Inspired Pillows

I decided to create a pillow inspired by the Gran Black pillow! It’s not as pretty and fabulous, but it’s pretty close! I also created a double sided Dala horse pillow, which I thought was a lot of fun! I can have it facing out white or black, depending on our mood! It was so easy to upload my images, choose the fabric, the size and place my order! 

Scandinavian Inspired Pillows

I love the scandinavian feel of these pillows! It’s starting to look a lot more modern and lovely in here! What do you think? 

XOXO, Lidy

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Wood Plant Stand

January 9, 2014

Wood Plant Stand

For months I’ve been swooning over this amazing plant stand from Modernica! Sadly, I just couldn’t spend that kind of cash at the time. We have so many things going on that we really need to save for! Like our big move in a few months – totally dreading all the packing  

Wood Plant Stand

My husband and I decided it would be a fun challenge to create an inspired wood plant stand and I am so happy with the end results! It’s exactly what I was hoping for and I am so happy that our budget didn’t keep us from having this great piece as part of our home decor! 

Wood Plant Stand

I love the sleek and modern look, as well as the mid century vibe it has! I decided to use an old crock as a planter, which seemed to suit it better than anything else I came across. It’s a stable little planter and stand that’s easy to move around, instantly making the room more fun! 

Wood Plant Stand

This was such a fun project to watch come to life! Sometimes it’s worth trying it out for yourself to save a bit of money, but still enjoying all those beautiful designs for your home! Thank you Modernica for the inspiration! 

XOXO, Lidy

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Top 10 Posts

January 2, 2014

Top Ten Posts

I wanted to share my top ten posts of 2013 with you all. Without your support, encouragement and interest in Hello  Lidy this would not be possible. I am so incredibly blessed to have such amazing friends out there all over the world, from the bottom of my heart, thank you! 

Brass Swing Lamp

1. DIY Brass Swing Lamp

Industrial Pipe Shelving

2. DIY Industrial Pipe Shelving

Home Tour: Dining Room

3. Home Tour: Dining Room

Home Tour: Living Room

4. Home Tour: : Living Room

Paper Tree Topper

5. DIY Paper Tree Topper

DIY Chalkboard Tray

6. DIY Chalkboard Tray

Sputnik Chandelier

7. DIY Sputnik Chandelier 

Cabinet Makeover

8. Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

Leather Belt Weave Bench

9. Upcycled Leather Belt Bench

DIY Terrarium

10. DIY Terrarium

 

By looking at this list, I’ve really seen this shift in my blog style and focus. It’s a great way to reflect and use this data to keep moving forward in similar DIYs and future projects! Do you agree? Is there anything you would like me to further hone in on? I would love to hear your feedback! Thanks again friends, so thankful for all of you!

XOXO, Lidy

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DIY Wreath Chandelier

December 19, 2013

DIY Wreath Chandelier

I’ve been on a wreath kick this month! To me, nothing seems more festive! I decided to go a little less traditional and maybe a bit crazy by creating a fun wreath chandelier!! 

DIY Wreath Chandelier

What you will need:

Greenery

Floral wire

Metal wreath frame (in two sizes)

Ribbon

Hot glue gun

DIY Wreath Chandelier

What to do:

Take your floral wire and begin to wrap the greenery to your metal frame. Continue to do this until you have a good amount of greenery on each frame. Take your ribbon and connect the top wreath to the bottom by looping the ribbon and hot glueing the ends so the ribbon doesn’t disconnect the two wreaths. I created four loops of ribbon, but you can do less. I then created two loops on the very top to allow my wreath to hang and attached it to the ceiling with a simple tac! Done! 

DIY Wreath Chandelier

I think this is a great way to change things up in your holiday decor and have a little fun with a less traditional wreath! What do you think? 

XOXO, Lidy

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Light Fixture Turned Snowglobe

December 18, 2013

Light Fixture Turned Snowglobe

Did you know you can repurpose those old light fixtures into some fun looking snowglobes this holiday season?! It’s so easy, you can be done in a matter of minutes! 

Light Fixture Turned Snowglobe

You can find any sort of light fixture at a thrift store – preferably globe shape! Simply, turn your light fixture on it’s bottom and unscrew. Remove the glass. Put a small amount of tape over the hole where the wiring goes through. I placed a good amount of my faux snow on the bottom and added a fun graphic tree and a little fawn. 

Light Fixture Turned Snowglobe

While the glass was removed, I took a gold leaf pen and created some fun mid century snowflake designs to the outside. It’s not too obvious, so it doesn’t distract from the scene. It’s such a simple and easy way to add a fun little touch to your holiday decor! Besides, who doesn’t like to repurpose something every now and then! 

Light Fixture Turned Snowglobe

What do you think of making your own snowglobe?

XOXO, Lidy

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Simple Triangular Black and White Trees

December 17, 2013

Simple Triangular Black and White Trees

A few months ago, I came across these fun paper mache triangular cones! I thought it would be great to transform them into something I could use year round! For now, I will call them my simple triangular black and white trees! 

Simple Triangular Black and White Trees

What you will need:

Paper mache triangular cones (in any size – I grabbed one of each)

Flat black spray paint

Flat white spray paint

Simple Triangular Black and White Trees

Simply spray paint each cone the desired color. You will need a few layers until the cone is completely covered! You can choose to leave them simple and modern or create some other fun elements to make it more your own! I have a lot of pops of gold this year, so I didn’t think it was necessary to do much else with them. 

Simple Triangular Black and White Trees

I enjoy the clean look these give the space! They go with any color of decor and can dress up the space or calm it down, depending on it’s surrounding. I have a lot going on in our house, so they are a nice balance with all the other elements! 

Simple Triangular Black and White Trees

What kind of projects are you working on this season?

XOXO, Lidy

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Scandinavian Inspired Christmas Wreath

December 16, 2013

Scandinavian Inspired Christmas Wreath

I am beyond excited! I’ve teamed up with seven other fabulous creative ladies for our first Quarterly Collab! This month, we are each sharing a DIY wreath! As we approach the holidays, I think about family traditions. For the past few years, we have paid tribute to my husband’s Scandinavian roots by incorporating Swedish inspired decor in our home. Not just for the holidays, but year round! 

Scandinavian Inspired Christmas Wreath

My husband and I have been long time fans of Scandinavian design. Whether it’s the clean lines on furniture or the white, fresh and simple interiors. I was really inspired to come up with a Christmas wreath this year that reflected our love for his Swedish roots! 

Scandinavian Inspired Christmas Wreath

Scandinavian Inspired Christmas Wreath

What you will need:

Metal ring

Thin floral wire

Greenery of your choice

Red berries

White birds (with clips)

Wood house and mountains (my husband cut these with a table saw for me, but you can find these shapes at a craft store)

White paint

Paint brush

White leather strips (I substituted this for the ribbon)

Scandinavian Inspired Christmas Wreath

What to do:

Wreath: Take your wire ring and start to attach your greenery where you would like. I used thin floral wire to attach the greenery to my ring. This also allows for mobility if things need to move around later. When the greenery is all attached, start adding your berries where you would like to add that pop of color. Clip your birds to the wreath, which are optional. Attach your leather strips to the bottom by making a large loop and pulling the strips through. 

Scandinavian Inspired Christmas Wreath

Wooden village: You can easily buy pre-cut houses at the craft store. You can also find pre-cut triangles that you can use as mountains as well. If you own a table saw, you can easily cut these out on your own. Paint the tips of your mountains white. Let them dry completely. Hot glue your village to a piece of thin floral wire. I used a small section of material to cover the wire on the backs of the wood cut outs. This also helps stabilize the wire to the wood. Attach the wire to the wreath so it hangs in the center. If the village starts to swing forward or back, you can twist the wire until it becomes more stiff and adjust the village to where it will sit straight. 

Scandinavian Inspired Christmas Wreath

Scandinavian Inspired Christmas Wreath

This wreath has many elements, but it still looks so simple and clean. I love it! It really has a modern flare with the hanging white leather strips and cut out wooden village. Yet, it’s still very traditional in shape and color! If you are looking for a scandinavian touch to add to your home this holiday season, this wreath is perfect! 

Scandinavian Inspired Christmas Wreath

Be sure to check out more from Quarterly Collab to find out what we are all about and to browse some other creative wreath ideas! Happy crafting friends!

Quarterly Collab

XOXO, Lidy

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