Steel Plant Stand

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!  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! 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! 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! 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 Feel free to leave a comment! You can also follow Hello Lidy by email, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram...
Wood and Pipe Table

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!  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).  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.  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! 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 Feel free to leave a comment! You can also follow Hello Lidy by email, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter,...
DIY Octagon Cork Clock

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!  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.  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...
Color Block Wooden Hearts

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!  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) 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.  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!  These would make great little gifts too! What do you think?! XOXO, Lidy Feel free to...
Minimalistic Inspired Wooden Birds

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.  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.  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!  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 Feel free to leave a comment! You can also follow Hello Lidy by email, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram...
Steel and Wood Coat Rack

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!  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.  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.  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...
Heart Shaped Message Boards

Heart Shaped Message Boards

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!  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!  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!  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!  What do you think of a heart shaped message board for Valentine’s day? XOXO, Lidy Feel free to leave a comment! You can also follow Hello Lidy by email, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter,...
Valentine’s With A Handmade Touch

Valentine’s With A Handmade Touch

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!  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!  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!  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!  Are you giving out any Valentine’s this year?  XOXO, Lidy Feel free to leave a comment! You can also follow Hello Lidy by email, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter,...
Valentine’s Bleached Banner

Valentine’s Bleached Banner

A banner is a nice way of making a big (or little) statement on the wall! Well, that’s how I feel! You can put whatever message or reminder and it’s instantly effective! Especially for Valentine’s! What you will need: Felt (in any color with sticky back) Dowel Twine Scissors Chalk Paint brush Household bleach Small container Paper straws (mine are from Target) What to do: /Arrow/ 1. Gather your supplies 2. Cut the shapes for the top and bottom of the arrow 3. Flatten the top of the straw 4. Remove the paper from the back of your first triangle and stick one side to the top of the straw 5. Repeat with the second triangle and line up evenly with the first triangle 6. Make slits to create the look of a faux feather 7. Remove a portion of the paper back and stick to the straw 8. Repeat!  /Banner/ 1. Gather your supplies for the banner 2. Use your chalk to create an outline of the design you want your banner to appear as 3. Take your scissors and cut according to your chalk guide 4. Take your chalk and create the message you want on your banner. Once you are happy with the layout, follow your chalk guide with your bleached dipped paint brush (be sure to give it time to dry in between coats so you can tell how much bleach was applied) 5. Take your twine and wrap it around each end of the dowl. Tie it off to keep from unravelling 6. Make two small incisions at the top of your banner and...
Valentine’s Flower Arrangement

Valentine’s Flower Arrangement

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I have flowers on my mind! I love it when my husband comes home and surprises me with a store bought bouquet or fresh flowers from the garden. There’s just something so romantic and lovely about having flowers in your presence! I decided to arrange a simple group of flowers to add a little romance!  What you will need: Carnations (whatever color you prefer) Roses Lily Queen Anne’s lace Greenery (to add the extra texture and volume) A pretty container (I used a tinted canning jar) Scissors Flower preservative (optional) Water What to do: 1. Seperate your supplies 2. Trim the bottoms on an angle according to the heighth you need to fit your container 3. Fill your container with water (optional: add flower preservative to help prevent bacteria from growing) 4. Trim and discard the dead leaves or flowers and start to arrange your flowers the way you would like. I tried to keep it even on both sides, keeping my lily in the center as the focal point 5. Touch up where needed by filling in any gaps with your greenery 6. Enjoy!  This is a very basic arrangement, but I am happy with the outcome. It’s texture and colors work well and it’s perfect for the upcoming holiday! For now, I’ve played it safe and made this simple arrangement work for now. Perhaps one day I’ll get a bit more experimental and make more of a bold statement! Now the mood is set, hopefully these flowers last until Valentine’s – if not, I guess I’ll just have to make...
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