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Modern Christmas Balloon Decor

December 3, 2013

Modern Christmas Balloon Decor

I wanted to do something really fun that you could use as decor this holiday season or that party you’re thinking of hosting! This could even carry through to the New Year, it’s just too fun! How about some modern Christmas balloons? 

Modern Christmas Balloon Decor

What you will need:

Balloons in black and white

Paint in black and white

Paint brushes

Tinsel garland (any color)

Streamers in black and white

Tape

Wire

Modern Christmas Balloon Decor

Modern Christmas Balloon Decor

First, inflate four balloons (or more if you would like). Paint each balloon with a fun holiday word! I chose “Joy”, “Peace”, “Hope” and “Cheer”! Let them dry completely. Fringe your streamers by cutting slits down the outer side of each. Once the balloons are dry, tie your tinsel or streamer to the bottom of each balloon and simply hang on the wall! I used some lightweight wire by taping it to the back of the balloon and creating a loop on the top of the wire so I could create different lengths. Be careful not to pop your balloons! 

Modern Christmas Balloon Decor

I love how playful this DIY is! Every time I walk into our front door, I feel like there’s always a party going on! It’s modern, simple and spectacular! Don’t you think this would be great for a Christmas or New Years party!?

Modern Christmas Balloon Decor

XOXO, Lidy

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Hanging Enchanted Mushroom Forest

November 29, 2013

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So, Thanksgiving is officially behind us and I think it’s safe to say we can now jump head first into Christmas! My house is already pretty much primped and prepped. I’m just working on some of the finer details in each room, like this fun hanging enchanted mushroom forest! It ties in nicely with my moss wreath too!

Hanging Enchanted Mushroom Forest

What you will need:

Faux mushrooms (various sizes)

Confetti (I used some fun shimmery-snowy-like confetti)

Moss

Mod Podge 

Paint Brush

Pretty dish/container (I used an antique silver bowl) 

Hot glue gun

Yarn so you can make this

Hanging Enchanted Mushroom Forest

Hanging Enchanted Mushroom Forest

1. First start by putting a nice layer of mod podge on the tops of your mushrooms. Dip the tops into the bag of confetti (or sprinkle on top) 2. Let them dry completely 3. Place hot glue to the bottom of each mushroom stem and place firmly onto dish until it is dry 4. Repeat with the other mushrooms. Finally, finish it off by placing moss onto the bottom of the dish and little bits of confetti to give it that enchanted look! Once you have created the yarn holder, place the container carefully into the center and slowly lift from the top. Make sure it’s perfectly balanced and stable before hanging. Adjust where needed. Then and enjoy! 

Hanging Enchanted Mushroom Forest

When I was done, I placed mine in our breakfast nook . I love how it adds a small amount of sparkle to that space and creates that Christmas flow from one room to the other without being too in-your-face! It’s like a winter wonder land for mushrooms! It’s so playful and whimsical, perfect for the season! 

XOXO, Lidy

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Woodland Moss Wreath

November 28, 2013

Woodland Moss Wreath

I was looking for some more greenery to add to our holiday decor. My tree just wasn’t enough for me! I needed something pretty and natural to add to my dining room wall! Alas, a woodland moss wreath! 

Woodland Moss Wreath

What you will need:

Straw wreath

Reindeer moss

Red berries

Woodland animal (I used a handmade wooden fox)

Hot glue gun

Woodland Moss Wreath

1. Gather your supplies and start to break your moss into nice sized portions 2. Carefully hot glue the moss onto your straw wreath 3. Cover the top completely and work your way to the inside and outside of wreath (add more in thin spots where needed) 4. Place your berries where you would like 5. Add moss to cover the ugly bits 6. Add your woodland animal!

Woodland Moss Wreath

I think the wreath looks great paired with my paper garland, the dining room has a very Scandinavian feel to it now! There are all sorts of great ideas out there and I’ve been busy pinning them to my wreath board for a while now! I love the idea of this wreath being simple, with a little touch of color and amusement! 

Woodland Moss Wreath

I love wreaths during the holidays! I think they are such a great way to decorate and I truly believe you can never have too many! So stay tuned, I might have some more ideas up my sleeve! 

XOXO, Lidy

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Giant Geo Ornaments

November 27, 2013

Giant Geo Ornaments

I thought it would be so fun for the kids to have a few giant ornaments hanging from our ceiling for the holidays! I made some fun geo shaped ones and we are all kind of liking them! I’m thinking they might just have to stay up year round! 

Giant Geo Ornaments

What you will need:

Paper Straws (I found some fabulous black and white polka dotted ones and gold striped ones

String

Scissors

Wooden skewer

Giant Geo Ornaments

I’m not going to lie, this process can be really complicated and I am terrible at explaining it. And honestly it took me a few tries to get it right, so I will direct you here for a better idea as to what I did! Keep in mind, I used regular sized straws in order to have the ornaments nice and big! 

Giant Geo Ornaments

Giant Geo Ornaments

This is such a cheap project! Who knew that string and straws could produce such a fun piece for the home! They go perfectly with the colors I am going for this year. Not to mention, they aren’t too Christmas-y, so I can keep them up as long as I would like! 

Giant Geo Ornaments

Today is the start to our Thanksgiving holiday! I hope you all have a fabulous time with your family and friends! 

XOXO, Lidy

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Modern Joy Banner

November 25, 2013

Modern Joy Banner

This year, I wanted to create a fun banner to hang out on the wall as part of our Christmas decor! I was so inspired by this Halloween banner, I just had to make my own version! 

Modern Joy Banner

I chose  to use the word”JOY”! This year has been such a blessing! We have the most incredible children and I often just stare at them, wondering how we got so lucky! Not to mention, my family and all our friends have really been such an encouragement throughout this whole adoption process. I am truly full of joy! 

Modern Joy Banner

What you will need:

Twine

Dowel

Scissors

Fabric (whatever pattern)

Felt (in any color your choose + with sticky backing)

Modern Joy Banner

I started by creating strips of fabric to drape over the dowel. I created tiny cuts at the top of the fabric and then ripped by hand all the way to the bottom so I ended up with a strip of fabric. I did this until I had enough to cover the entire dowel. I then placed the black felt onto the fabric strips to create my focal point. I cut out a J, a diamond for the “o” and Y. I placed the letters onto my black backdrop. I also put some glittered sticky paper inside the diamond to add a little sparkle! 

Modern Joy Banner

I love the unique feel the textured fabric creates! The varying lengths and widths add a playful and whimsical feel to the banner! It  sits so nicely on the wall and really modernizes the rest of my Christmas decor. 

Modern Joy Banner

So there you have it, my idea of a fun holiday banner! What do you think?

XOXO, Lidy

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Dip Dyed Holiday Garland

November 22, 2013

Dip Dyed Holiday Garland

One project I love to recreate again and again for the holiday’s is a good garland! Garland’s are one of those additions that instantly make the space fun and seasonal! There are a million materials you can use and styles you can go with! 

Dip Dyed Holiday Garland

I decided to put a vintage book to use this week (one of the many copies of reader’s digest)! I pulled out a few pages and thought it would be fun to give them a new look. I put some black dye in a cup with a little water to dilute it a bit. I filled the cup to maybe a 1/4 full. I then rolled my papers and placed them into the water so only a bit of the pages would become colored. I let them sit there for a few minutes to let the color settle in a bit. I rolled the cup around a little so the color would run unevenly over the pages. This will give each piece of paper a unique design. I carefully pulled them all out, separated them and let them dry completely. 

Dip Dyed Holiday Garland

Once the pages were completely dry, I punched small holes in the top center of each page and pulled a piece of string through them. Then, just hang it up and enjoy! It’s such a straight forward technique, but I love the end product. The pages are so fluffy and the dip dyed ends bring out so much depth and texture! I think this will look great with the rest of my black, white and gold Christmas decor this year! 

Dip Dyed Holiday Garland

Dip Dyed Holiday Garland

I think a bunch of these strung across a wall or ceiling could create a beautiful effect! I might make a few more in varying lengths and layer them above one another to see what it looks like! It’s just too fun! 

Dip Dyed Holiday Garland

What do you think?!

XOXO, Lidy

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Gold Polka Dot Wall

November 21, 2013

Gold Polka Dot Wall

The last month, my husband and I have been trying to give our kitchen a small makeover on a budget. I gave the cupboards a face lift, added a fantastic mid-century cabinet and made some custom light fixtures! But I have to say, I was pretty excited about today’s DIY! It’s really solidified the look of the room and makes everything feel a lot more fun and modern! 

Gold Polka Dot Wall

I came across this great DIY and knew I had to do it! Our kitchen is so small and it just looked and felt neglected. I knew adding these gold dots would really make the room feel more loved on! I simply ordered some gold contact paper and bought a fancy circle cutter. I then experimented with the sizes of dots to figure out what would look better on our wall. 

Gold Polka Dot Wall

Because the wall is pretty small, I didn’t want to overwhelm it with big dots and I didn’t want it to look too busy with the smaller dots either. I found that 2 1/4″ was perfect for our wall! It really has become the focal point in the room. The space feels so much brighter by adding more warmth to the kitchen! The gold works nicely with all our wood accents and it really pops off the white walls. I actually want to spend time this room now, it’s a miracle! Hmm, maybe I’ll cook and bake more…

Gold Polka Dot Wall

I am so glad I decided to make my own, I loved the challenge! It feels so rewarding at the end too. Call me crazy, but it was so therapeutic to cut, peel and paste the dots to the wall. It really didn’t take too much time at all and it’s so easy to adjust if you make a mistake along the way! 

Gold Polka Dot Wall

What do you think of (gold) polka dot walls?

XOXO, Lidy

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Stacked Wood As Art

November 20, 2013

Stacked Wood As Art

So, Thanksgiving hasn’t come…..yet. But in Canada (my homeland) it has, so  I’m justifying why it is I am going to be slowly transforming our home this weekend for Christmas! I can’t wait anymore, it’s torture!! Don’t worry, I’m easing into it! 

Stacked Wood As Art

To me, there isn’t anything more cozy and comforting than seeing stacks of wood. I don’t know why! Maybe it reminds me of snuggling up near a crackling fire place or being outside on a crisp, wintry night to star gaze! Can you tell I miss having real winters?

Stacked Wood As Art

Regardless, I thought it would be fun to have a small stack of our own! In our house, we have a rather odd cubby hole in our breakfast nook where the telephone use to belong. Right now, it just collects stacks of paper and all sorts of odds and ends. To try and keep this from happening again, I decided to stack some fun pine wood from our yard to give it a cozy feel in an already cozy room of the house!

Stacked Wood As Art

But having just a random stack of wood wouldn’t make a whole lot of sense, so I transformed them into art by simply using a black and gold sharpie to create some “tree” like shapes facing outward…well, technically triangles! Every year I love to incorporate nature in my home decor in some way! It’s free, easy to get a hold of and always makes the space feel fresh! What do you think?

XOXO, Lidy

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DIY Bleached Painted Thanksgiving Napkins

November 18, 2013

DIY Bleached Painted Thanksgiving Napkins

Thanksgiving is coming fast! There is so much on my mind, some of which I need to stop thinking about and stressing over! To keep my mind occupied I decided to put my hands to work and have some fun with these fabulous Thanksgiving napkins! 

DIY Bleached Painted Thanksgiving Napkins

What you will need:

Fine tipped paint brush

Household bleach

Napkins (any color)

DIY Bleached Painted Thanksgiving Napkins

I decided to have fun with the idea of Thanksgiving by creating images that were both true to the season, but could easily be used throughout the year! Tipis, feathers and arrows are so popular right now, it just seemed fitting for this project! Remember: bleach is toxic, so while it’s in use be SAFE and have fun of course! For great tips when working with bleach and textiles, follow these directions! I pretty much used the same tips when working with my project as well! 

DIY Bleached Painted Thanksgiving Napkins

I decided to have fun with the depth and consistency of the color that developed on my napkins. At first, I wanted stark white on the black, but as the colors developed, I appreciated them a bit more! It’s quite fun and I kind of want to bleach paint some more!! 

DIY Bleached Painted Thanksgiving Napkins

I think these will be really fun to serve at our Thanksgiving table this year! I will also be sharing a fun Thanksgiving centerpiece that will go perfectly with these napkins, it involves feathers (of course). I guess it’s just becoming a theme this year! 

XOXO, Lidy

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Thanksgiving Tabletop Design

November 12, 2013

Thanksgiving Tabletop Design

As we are getting closer to Thanksgiving, I am getting more and more excited! I love the holidays and spending it with friends and family! I really wanted to start challenging myself this year by “hosting” my first Thanksgiving dinner. So, I’m trying to come up with a beautiful tabletop design that looks warm and inviting! 

Thanksgiving Tabletop Design

This year I will have the opportunity to practice my “hosting” skills with my lovely little family of five and hopefully a few friends. My folks and siblings are all up in Canada and my husband’s folks and siblings will all be on an epic trip to Sweden this Thanksgiving. Which means it’s going to be really quiet during the holidays, but also peaceful. Our lives have been really busy and stressful the last few months. It might be just what we need. 

Thanksgiving Tabletop Design

I wanted to stick to a rustic table design, with a touch of modern. I used the combination of natural textures and pops of color that were deep and rich in tone. I brought in some natural elements as well to give the tabletop a more playful feel! 

Thanksgiving Tabletop Design

I had a lot of fun putting this together and playing around with the placements and arrangements of each piece! Don’t be afraid to try different combinations by mixing patterns and textures! I think the more you play around, the more confident you’ll become.

Thanksgiving Tabletop Design

I tried to make the look cohesive and blend together smoothly. I love the pops of gold on the plate, as well as the handwritten names on the rocks (which were free, thanks to my back yard!). You could also spray paint the pine cones if you wanted more pops of that classic gold. 

Thanksgiving Tabletop Design

This look was made possible by a few simple and affordable pieces that anyone can easily attain! Here is a list of the items you can find to recreate a similar look for your Thanksgiving tabletop design!!

Thanksgiving Tabletop Design

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What do you think? Do you have any exciting plans this Thanksgiving? 

XOXO, Lidy

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Faceted Wood Blocks

November 11, 2013

Faceted Wood Blocks

This weekend, my husband and I were itching to do a fun little project that didn’t require too much time or money. The kids were all napping at last and it just seemed a waste to let those hours slip by in front of the television! 

Faceted Wood Blocks

A few months ago, we had a crazy wind storm blow through town. I was inside my home when I heard a huge thud. I looked around the house to see what might have fallen (I have two toddlers, so it’s very possible), but I never found anything. I looked outside our patio window to find a 20 foot long branch had snapped from our tree and miraculously missed our house! It was insane people! My husband had to chop the branch into various pieces to remove it from the yard.

Faceted Wood Blocks

Needless to say, we decided to put a part of that branch to good use! While I did some spray painting for another project (I’ll share that with you soon!), my husband played around with his table saw and created these beautiful faceted wood blocks from our old tree branch! 

Faceted Wood Blocks

I love how each piece can lay on various surfaces where they can stand on fun angles! I also loved the detail of the wood, so I haven’t decided if I wanted to paint them yet or not. I think we might make some more and play with paint color – we do have 20 feet worth of branch to work with! 

Faceted Wood Blocks

You really can make beautiful things from “ashes”. I thought that branch was long gone, but I am so glad we created these fun pieces for our home! What do you think?!

XOXO, Lidy

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DIY “Thanks” Banner

November 8, 2013

DIY "Thanks" Banner

I decided to start adding little touches of Thanksgiving decor to the house this week, since it’s right around the corner! I created a really easy “Thanks” banner!  All you will need is a: tea towel, white puff paint, gold glitter, black fabric paint, paint brush, dowel and twine. 

DIY "Thanks" Banner

I saw this cute little owl tea towel while at the dollar store the other day. I thought I could play around with it and if I messed up, it wouldn’t be a big deal. It only cost me $1! I started by placing puff paint on the owl, to make it appear a little more 3-D. I sprinkled gold glitter on the puff paint and allowed it to dry completely before removing the access glitter. Once it was dried, I carefully shook the remaining glitter off the tea towel back into the glitter container. 

DIY "Thanks" Banner

I then took a fine tipped paint brush and painted a little floral border around the owl and “Thanks” at the top. You can rough draft a design using pencil, but I kind of went with it – although, I should have played around with the hand writing a bit more! 

DIY "Thanks" Banner

While the paint was drying, I tied twine on either ends of a wooden dowel. When the paint was all dried, I simply folded my towel in half, over the dowel and hung it up! SO easy! Now the house is looking a little more festive! Do you have any fun plans this Thanksgiving?!

DIY "Thanks" Banner

XOXO, Lidy

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