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Styling a Gallery Wall

November 3, 2014

Artfully Walls

I’ve been wanting a gallery wall in our home for quite some time! We just have so many more walls to work with in our new home, it seemed such a waste not to. Thankfully, I had the amazing opportunity to team up with Better Homes and Garden for a styling session centered on the collection of Artfully Walls prints to be featured in the November issue of BHG this month! Of course, I could not refuse!!   read more

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DIY Tissue Paper Decor

October 30, 2014

DIY Tissue Paper Decor

Last week I decided to add a little last minute Halloween decor! But really, this Tissue Paper DIY can be carried on through November and into the Christmas season! Basically, it’s for anytime of year and it’s so easy! Instructions are below:

DIY Tissue Paper Decor

I decided to hang mine over our mirror above the fireplace! I think it’s a lot of fun and love the final look of it. The black and white go perfectly with our living room and it adds a bit more texture and pattern to the space! 

DIY Tissue Paper Decor

DIY Tissue Paper Decor

These are so easy to make and the possibilities are endless with color! Wouldn’t this be fun as a huge wall installation for a party or the holidays? I might just have to do it! 

DIY Tissue Paper Decor

So, are you a little crazy like me and still putting together some last minute Halloween decor?!

XOXO, Lidy

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Modern and Monochrome Halloween Decor and Photo Contest!

October 29, 2014

Monochrome Halloween Decor

I teamed up with Wayfair today to show off my favorite Halloween decor that I’m sporting around my home! This year I wanted to add a bold statement by going with a very monochromatic theme! I’ve reorganized and decorated our shelving unit with black, white and grey pieces to really stand out as a whole.

Monochrome Halloween Decor

Monochrome Halloween Decor

I’ve made sure not to go too overboard with traditional Halloween decor by bringing in pieces that could potentially be used in my everyday decor to create a modern vibe, such as my ceramic hand, skull and head collection. Which, when brought together in one space can really look a little spooky! I’ve also brought in my DIY pumpkin planters, painted pumpkins and owls to tie it all together!

Monochrome Halloween Decor

Monochrome Halloween Decor

If you’ve ever been to Wayfair’s Shop the Look section, you probably noticed that it’s a great resource for inspiration and design! Now, they are expanding even further by creating a new category of Seasonal Décor, which you can be a part of! Wayfair is looking for Halloween Photos that are so good they’ll raise the dead! 

Monochrome Halloween Decor

Monochrome Halloween Decor

All you have to do is upload your photos HERE (up to 5 photo entries per household) and Wayfair will select their favorite to win a $500 Wayfair Gift Card. Amazing right?! Thought so!

Monochrome Halloween Decor

Monochrome Halloween Decor

Monochrome Halloween Decor

This is going to be a lot of fun, so don’t hesitate to share your creative Halloween decor! Good luck friends!! 

XOXO, Lidy

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Hello Makeover: Painting Walls White

October 17, 2014

Painting Walls White

The dining room makeover is in full swing people! There is so much planning, time and a whole lot of energy that goes into these projects. But it is so worth it all! We’ve partnered with Sherwin-Williams to give this space a much needed overhaul! This, my friends, is beyond exciting! 

Painting

A couple years ago, Sherwin-Williams introduced designer-inspired interior and exterior paint colors (wallpapers too!) to US homeowners. It had such positive feedback that HGTV and Sherwin-Williams decided to release their amazing products into Canada as well!  I was so lucky as to have the honor of giving HGTV Home By Sherwin-Williams a try and I must say, I am without a doubt sold! I can’t help but get just a little excited when I find paint that not only looks amazing, but has fantastic quality that I know I’ll just keep going back for more!

Painting Walls White

Painting Walls White

So, good-bye green walls that were just not right for me and hello fresh white walls! In the end, we went with Incredible White (7028), which was the perfect shade for us! This is just a little sneak peek of the room transformation, but I will be giving you a formal introduction soon, so stay tuned! Also, you might have noticed my official project hashtag on Instagram, #hellomakeover? I wish I could take all the credit, but really it was all Joel’s idea. It’s a fun way to see what we are doing in each space in our home. Feel free to follow along! 

Painting Walls White

Painting Walls White

What are your thoughts on white? P.S. If you are getting ready to repaint a room in your home, make sure to check out HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams interior and exterior color palettes to help you find that perfect color combo you might be looking for! It’ll sure take all the guessing out of the game – believe me!

XOXO, Lidy

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Hanging Pumpkin Planters

October 16, 2014

Hanging Pumpkin Planters

I’m so excited to share this DIY with you all! It’s truly a lovely piece for Halloween that’s far from spooky and just plain old sweet! I created these super simple Hanging Pumpkin Planters for our home and I just love how they turned out. 

Hanging Pumpkin Planters

Be sure to head over to Style Me Pretty for the full tutorial and for even more photos – don’t forget to come back and let me know what you think friends! 

XOXO, Lidy

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DIY Marble Table Top

October 10, 2014

DIY Marble Top Table

You might remember this chrome and faux walnut table we thrifted a month ago? It was the perfect fit for our kitchen nook, but after moving in our mid century buffet, the table needed some help! Suddenly there was just a little too much clashing going on in our little space. 

DIY Marble Top Table

DIY Marble Top Table

I’ve always been such a huge fan of marble top tulip tables like this one! They were just a bit out of my price range, so I was happy to take this $15 table. But then I was pleasantly surprised when Joel decided to give this guy a little makeover!

DIY Marble Top Table

DIY Marble Top Table

Simply using grey, black and white spray paint, he was able to create a marble design. He added high gloss to give it some shine and voila! A new table! It completely changes the look of the entire room and I couldn’t be more happy. 

DIY Marble Top Table

DIY Marble Top Table

Before the room felt heavy and a bit dark. Now, the space feels light and open – amazing what a little DIY can do! I might not have been able to have my dream table, but this one is a great alternative if you don’t have that kind of money to spend! 

DIY Marble Top Table

What do you think of this simple transformation? Be sure to check back next week – I’ll be revealing our new kitchen lighting soon! 

XOXO, Lidy

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Fall Yarn Art

October 8, 2014

Fall Yarn Art

Just over a year ago, I went to Alt for the very first time in San Francisco. I’m sure you remember reading my recap and all about how amazing it was! It was there that I first spotted the beginning of the DIY yarn art trend . A matter of fact, I’m pretty sure it was the first of its kind (dare I say)!

Fall Yarn Art

While attending our sponsored dinner with Creative Bug, I spotted these amazing pieces displayed as decor on the walls! It took me a long time to finally give in, but I decided to do an inspired DIY just in time for fall! 

Fall Yarn Art

Fall Yarn Art

The thing I love about this project is it’s SO easy to do and it has such a huge impact in any space. It’s probably way over done now, but I just had to try it for myself. I decided instead of hanging my yarn, I would drape it to create flow. It also creates this illusion that the yarn is coming out from the branch, rather than just being tied onto it. 

Fall Yarn Art

Fall Yarn Art

I decided to use a branch like I did in this project a while back. Bringing a part of nature indoors is a really great way to instantly make your home feel holiday ready! I had a lot of fun creating this piece and I might try some other variations of it, but we will see. For now, I love the pop of color it brings in our home! 

Fall Yarn Art

I like to mix up my fall and Halloween decor, I don’t want to focus on one season over the other! What do you think of this effective, yet subtle fall decor?

XOXO, Lidy

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Modern Pumpkins Decorated Three Ways

October 7, 2014

Modern Pumpkins Three Ways

Every year around Halloween, I try to put a modern twist in my holiday decor. I’m not the kind of person that goes all out and with little kids, the less spooky the better! I’ve taken some faux pumpkins and given them a modern makeover, plus I’ll show you three simple ways to decorate your home in a less spooky and more trendy way! 

Modern Pumpkins Three Ways

First, I simply sprayed painted my pumpkins a nice grey, as well as put a little ombre touch on one of them to add a bit more variation. It’s amazing what a little spray paint can do. If you are unsure how to decorate your home, no worries! It can be less overwhelming if you think of making little vignettes around your space, rather than trying to work on everything as a whole. 

Modern Pumpkins Three Ways

1.) Simple | Modern

Keep it to the bare minimum by using your pumpkins as the star of the show, while adding a piece of modern decor. I love how this black Dala horse works great in this vignette. It makes the overall look feel very modern and you really didn’t have to do a whole lot. Less is more, right?

Modern Pumpkins Three Ways

2.) Simple | Spooky

Like I said, I’m not huge on spooky. But this white ceramic skull still feels trendy enough that it steers away from the overly scariness of the idea of a skull. Add a candle for a more welcoming touch!. Plus, if it’s scented with those delicious fall flavors it’s a win-win! 

Modern Pumpkins Three Ways

3.) Modern | Spooky

This last one is kind of taking everything and making it one big masterpiece! I’ve taken my spooky pieces and added those modern twists. Keeping the colors simple (I stuck with black, white and grey) can really help the overall look feel more cohesive and flow better. I love the pops of my regular home decor in the mix, which kind of works for this season. Is that sad? I just love my black porcelain hand, it had to make an appearance. 

Modern Pumpkins Three Ways

These are really simple ways to decorate your home and I hope you found it helpful if this isn’t your sort of thing! Thanks for stopping by friends – happy decorating! 

XOXO, Lidy

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Simple Fall Bouquet

September 29, 2014

Simple Fall Bouquet

I’ve got to be honest, I don’t know a whole lot about plants or flowers. Other than some of them smell really good and look very pretty. I decided it was high time to learn a few things here and there while I play around with making pretty (but simple) bouquets! 

Simple Fall Bouquet

This weekend, my family and I walked around a market and I spotted a lovely little flower shop with a small selection of flowers. I wanted to make a very simple and modern bouquet for our home and decided to just grab a few that I thought looked pretty together. I basically winged it.

Simple Fall Bouquet

I absolutely love greenery – I sometimes think they are a bit underrated at times. I wanted to design a bouquet that was completely opposite what you would usually see. I really loved the idea of mostly green with just a pop of color. And I have to be honest, it was refreshing! Here is what I used in my Simple Fall Bouquet:

Simple Fall Bouquet

1. Ruscus: a low evergreen Eurasian shrub, with flat shoots and stiff spine-tipped leaves. These also have medicinal benefits as well! 

2. Yarrow: a very general occurring plant in the wild and is also considered a herb. So next time you’re out hiking, keep a look out! 

3. Myrtle: also an evergreen shrub or small tree with aromatic leaves – these truly have a lovely and refreshing scent. We actually use to have a lot of these trees in our neighborhood back in California. A little piece of our past I suppose! 

Simple Fall Bouquet

Sometimes it can be quite fun putting together your own little bouquet for home. It doesn’t have to be expensive and you can learn a lot! What do you think of this simple bouquet?

XOXO, Lidy

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Front Entry Decorating For Fall Under $50

September 25, 2014

Front Entry Decorating Under $50

Hello friends! Today’s post is a little different, so be warned! I’m venturing outdoors instead of staying inside. This feels very strange to me, so I hope you forgive the awkwardness that is this post….I just had to share! 

Front Entry Decorating Under $50

We all have budgets, mine is always on the lower end. I decided to share with you my front entry decor that I was able to acquire under $50! To me, that’s amazing…it seriously adds up. But here’s the thing, if you keep your eyes open and do a few little DIY’s you can really have a lovely outcome. Since this is our first year in our new home, I wanted to focus on making it feel inviting, both inside and out! 

Front Entry Decorating Under $50

1. Keep your eyes peeled on sales: I know, this is obvious. But shop around!! If you see something you love one place, check out the other stores in your area (even the dollar store) for something similar in design. I was able to find a tall ceramic planter for $10 (regular $25). It’s a great statement piece and I can use it for almost anything! 

Front Entry Decorating Under $50

2. Pick a color theme: This year I wanted modern and simple, so I stuck with white and pops of copper! Spray paint can be your best friend as can thrift stores!! 

Front Entry Decorating Under $50

3. Flowers go a long way: You know that mums are a poplular fall flower and they are cheap! For just $10, I was able to buy two bunches of them! PS. They last a long time!! 

Front Entry Decorating Under $50

4. Have fun putting your design together: It’s not rocket science and it’s hard to go wrong! Think balance and unity. I simply started at the back and worked my way forward. Just like a choir, tall kids in the back and the short ones at the front (bad analogy?). Give each piece some breathing room so you can really see what you’re looking at and it will come together in no time! Try to mix modern pieces with thrifted and vintage ones like these copper dishes

Front Entry Decorating Under $50

I didn’t have to spend hundreds of dollars to get the look I wanted. I had so much fun putting this together and I know you will too! 

XOXO, Lidy

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DIY Quirky Head Planter for Halloween

September 23, 2014

DIY Quirky Head Planter for Halloween

Yes, it’s true. I’m already talking about Halloween! But how can you not when the leaves are changing and the scenery outside is screaming fall?! Naturally, I had to do a quirky DIY head planter for Halloween.

Materials

DIY Quirky Head Planters for Halloween

Styrofoam head

X-acto knife

Pencil

Textured spay paint

Faux (or real) succulents or other arrangement

Directions

DIY Quirky Head Planters for Halloween

Make an outline with your pencil on the top of your styrofoam head. 

DIY Quirky Head Planters for Halloween

Take your X-acto knife and begin to carefully cut following along your outline. Note: This can take time and is a bit messy! 

DIY Quirky Head Planter for Halloween

Once you have the depth you need to place your arrangement, spray paint in a safe area. This will add texture to your planter!

DIY Quirky Head Planters for Halloween

Begin to place your arrangement, then display your quirky fall/Halloween decor! 

DIY Quirky Head Planter for Halloween

DIY Quirky Head Planter for Halloween

DIY Quirky Head Planters for Halloween

This really is an interesting piece and I might just have to keep it up all year long. I can simply change out the arrangement if I want and add a variety of seasonal decor throughout the upcoming holidays! What do you think of this DIY? Can you see yourself sporting a head planter in your home?!

XOXO, Lidy

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Black And White Print

September 22, 2014

Black and White Prints

I’m planning a fun DIY to share with you this week, but I need your help! I love these black and white prints, but which one should I choose? 

I have four prints that I absolutely love, two of which are my own photography. I usually have no problem just picking, but I am having difficulty choosing only one. I can’t wait to show you the DIY – it’s so easy and I think it will be a lot of fun in the space I plan on hanging it. Plus, black and white really help modernize a space I think. And I need a bit more modern! For now, which one are you leaning towards?

XOXO, Lidy

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