A while back, Joel and I came across a twin National Parks blanket with the classic stripe design at a flea market. It wasn’t in horrible shape, but it did have a few wear and tears in the material. On one side of the blanket, there were even a couple small holes. That never bothered us, but we wanted to use it for a fun project one day – and we finally did!
We knew our Mid Century Burke chair would look amazing recovered with the National Parks blanket! We originally recovered it with a white vinyl material, which was nice and simple. But now it really pops and I have to say, it looks so good!
1. Grab a thrifted chair that you can recover and material (like a National Parks blanket!) 2. Remove the cushion(s) and upholstery 3. Cut a section of your material that you are going to use to recover (save the remaining material for another project if you have enough!) 4. Lay your cushion according to how you would like your design to be displayed 5. Cut the fabric far enough away that you can wrap the material around your cushion 6. Wrap your fabric around the cushion and securely hold while stapling it to the back of the cushion. Continue until the material is completely covering the cushion 7. Place your cushions back on your chair 8. Enjoy!!
Loving the lines and pops of color! This chair will look so good in the boys new space! I’m currently working on their room design for the new house and searching for a fun Campaign Desk like this one to go alongside the Burke chair. I think the combination of the two will look amazing – or so I’m hoping anyway! If I can’t find one before we move, no problem! This would also make a great DIY too!
For now, I have a small collection of thrifted and flea market finds to go with our new and improved chair! Like the vintage Pelican Oar and paint by numbers print as shown. Not to mention a handful of great U.S. and Canadian national parks pennants! Can’t wait to show you the room reveal!
Well, friends! What do you think of this recovered Mid Century Burke Chair?!
A few weeks ago, Joel and I went to our favorite flea market in Long Beach. That day was especially interesting, the Swiss Cross seemed to be a huge theme. From antique first aide kits to huge flags, they were everywhere! And I felt inspired!
We came across this vintage tool chest. It was in rough shape, with old smeared paint, dings and dents. I love that kind of character. But it needed a bit of a modern touch! Sometimes, a simple revamp makes a piece feel brand new and fresh. It doesn’t have to be a huge makeover and I think we were successful in making this piece stand out a lot more than it did before!
Old Tool Box (or other piece if you prefer)
1. Gather your supplies 2. Wipe the area clean that you intend to paint 3. Begin measuring your Swiss Cross using your pencil (Remember: with a Swiss Cross design all sides are equal) 4. Begin painting within your markings and outline 5. Continue step 4 until you have completely covered the inside of your outline and the paint is nice and even 6. Let dry and enjoy!
It’s pretty amazing how a simple symbol can change the look of an entire room. I restyled our space a little and suddenly our living area looked a bit more organic and sophisticated! It’s an affordable way to update any room and flea markets are the best place to find those truly unique pieces! Not to mention, this was a great solution to hide and store all those toys that make their way into the living room.
If you are looking for a way to freshen up your space this summer, then plants are the way to go! They are simple, cheap and instantly add life to any room. Not to mention, you can have a lot of fun finding unique vases to display them in. Yep, even a repurposed desk organizer!
I went to Home Goods last week to escape the crazy hot weather we’ve been having lately. I spotted this simple desk organizer and thought it was too perfect for the cacti I just picked up!
Plants or Succulents
1. Gather your supplies 2. Sand your desk organizer and take a damp cloth to wipe clean 3. Apply your first layer of paint and let dry 4. Continue until you have the shade or color you want and let dry completely 5. Play around with how you would like to display your plants or cacti 6. Place carefully in your new vase and enjoy! Tip: Leaving your plants in the pots allow you to easily remove and water for proper drainage.
I love the pop of color, not only from the green cacti, but that bright blue! I think the colors work great together and it definitely adds personality to our shelves. They look perfect next to our vintage paint by numbers post cards!
I’ve always loved the color green, but I’ve never been a big fan of decorating with it oddly enough. I just couldn’t find the right shade that didn’t come off as too tacky. For me, plants are a great way to incorporate green in a natural and classy way!
Happy decorating friends! What kind of non-conventional things have you used to display your plants in? Be sure to check out my Repurposed Macrame Fringe Bag Planter for another fun way to display plants in your space!
Happy Friday! I don’t know about you, but things have been a wee bit stressful around here. Yesterday, I had to take a break from the world and regain a little perspective. Joel watched the kids while I did a few errands. Sometimes a little shopping therapy (even if just for groceries) can do the mind some good!
Of course, this meant a quick trip to Target where I spotted this great macrame fringe bagthat I thought would make for a great project to repurpose! Yes, I love to give new meaning to pieces in fun and unique ways. Kind of like my placemat wall hanging DIY.
1. Grab a fun bag, a plant (I found mine at my favorite local nursery just down the street from our house) and a vase 2. Be sure to measure your bag before purchasing your plant and vase to ensure it will fit nicely 3. Place the vase into your bag, this will protect the interior from collecting dirt or water run-off 4. Place your plant into the your new plant hanger and enjoy!
I decided to hang my new piece in the main bath. It needed a pop of color and a little life! I never thought a bag would make a fun plant hanger, but I’m sure glad I gave it a try.
Besides the vibrant color, I love the texture it adds to the room. It has that great 70s trend I’m looking for and certainly creates interest in the space. I mean, there’s a bag hanging from my ceiling…with a plant in it. How interesting is that – am I right?!
So there you go my friends, hopefully you feel inspired to buy a bag and stick a plant in it! Hopefully I don’t sound completely crazy!
Last week I shared a super simple DIY Fibre Wall Hanging over at Style Me Pretty! Today, I’m back with yet another really inexpensive and EASY way to achieve this decor trend in your home using placemats….yes, you heard you me…placemats!
1. Begin by folding each placemat in half (tip: you will need to choose placemats with tassels) 2. Hot glue the two folded sides together 3. Press firmly until hot glue is dry and continue until all placemats are glued in half 4. Begin stacking one placemat on top of the other in a pattern of your choosing – hot glue accordingly 5. Measure your dowel width and hot glue the sides of the very top placemat about an inch toward the center on each side. This will be where your dowel slides in and voila! Hang and enjoy.
This is truly the easiest DIY! You have so many fun colors and patterns of placemats to choose from! Best part is, his project only cost about $13!
I love the fresh pop of color on the walls – perfect for summer and to bring a more vibrant palette to our living room! So there you have it, another DIY to help you get on trend and save you a little extra cash. I am still hoping to learn how to weave, but until then, this will do just fine!
I’m not going to lie. Our dining chairs are Eames knock-offs that I bought a while ago because they were a great deal and I thought, why the heck not. Then we purchased our Eames rocker – the real deal – and I vowed to never buy another knock off again. There is such a HUGE difference! Seriously people, worth saving your pennies for. So now we are stuck with these pretty cheapo chairs and I decided to have a little fun with them until I can save up for some new ones!
I decided to put a number on it! I love the strong graphic statement it makes and they add a super playful feel to the space! I found some vinyl numbers while I was out and about one day. I thought they would be great for something – even on dresser drawers. In the end, the chairs were the happy chosen ones! Simply peel and place on surface.
The stark black against the white works perfect with the space. The chunky font isn’t too delicate, that it gets lost in the mix! It’s kind of fun to number them, I can tell the kids to sit in seats 1, 2, 3 or 4. A good way to learn how to count – no? Ok, maybe not.
The thing about designing and styling spaces is that you tend to get a little bored faster than your regular joe. So little projects like this are enough to satisfy that itch for change, without spending a fortune!
What do you think about the addition of graphic numbers in spaces?
On Monday I shared my Flower Crown Workshop recapalong withThe Crafted Life! Today I’m sharing the how-to with this a fabulous video we made the day before our event! Rachel and I had so much fun visiting the LA Flower District. There was this buzz of excitement as we put this DIY together for you all to enjoy!
1. You will need grapevine, selection of flowers and greenery, floral tape and floral wire 2. Begin by measuring your grapevine around the circumference of your head and twist your grapevine ends to hold securely according to your measurements 3. Make bundles with your flowers and greenery (make sure stems are about an inch in length) 4. Secure each bundle with floral tape 5. Make enough bundles to go around your entire crown 6. Secure the bundles to the crown using floral wire going in a clockwise direction.7. Place the next bundle over the stems of the bundle before to make sure the floral tape is hidden 8. Repeat step until your crown is completed. These are perfect for all kinds of occasions or just because you like to look pretty spectacular wearing a floral crown!
Thanks again Ian for working your magic! Friends, I would love your feedback. Be sure to let me know what you all think!
I’m so excited to finally be able to share with you a little peek into our Flower Crown Workshop a couple weekends ago! This is probably at the top of my list when it comes to achievements as far as my blogging career is concerned. It was just too cool! Words cannot begin to describe how grateful I am for having been given the opportunity to team up with The Crafted Life and West Elm LA for this amazing event! This was our first ever workshop and we sold out! Yes, I still stand in awe!! I owe that to a lot of amazing friends out there for helping spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and email! You know who you are (so many to list!!) – THANK YOU! Without further ado:
Our attendees were DARLING and did such a beautiful job with their flower crowns. I felt like a proud mama as they pranced around, smiling and snapping pictures. It was so surreal being able to meet face to face with so many lovely ladies.
I also met up with a couple blogging buddies: Molly of Almost Makes Perfect and Amy of Homey Oh My. Be sure to check out their blogs when you get a chance – you won’t be disappointed!
A HUGE thank you to West Elm for opening their doors and being such fantastic hosts to a couple newbies! Their team was absolutely AMAZING to work with, so helpful and encouraging. Without them, I might have been freaking out. Just a little. Thank you CJ for making everything run as smoothly as possible!
Also to Rachel who is THE best cohost and all around fabulous friend!
Of course, ALL our sponsors who were insanely generous and spoiled our attendees rotten! (Photo below via The Crafted Life)
And last but not least, our talented photographer, Ian Kennelly, for capturing so perfectly all the magic of our event and for a pretty rad DIY video (coming soon)! Thank you thank you thank you! For more fun pics and photo booth snapshots, click here and here!
For the past couple years, we’ve had this wood side table that’s just a little too boring for my taste! It’s been an eye sore long enough and so I decided to give this little guy new purpose and meaning. Alas, our Geometric Side Table!
Thrifted Side Table
1. Clean the surface of your side table 2. Measure and cut your contact paper accordingly. 3. Carefully apply the contact paper to your side table surface. 4. Repeat until all sides are complete!
Contact paper is such an easy and affordable way to revamp furniture pieces. It’s also equally as easy to remove if you grow tired of the color or layout! The geometric design is the perfect way to give our side table that new and fresh look!
Are you fans of contact paper or do you just go straight to paint?!