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Recovered Mid Century Burke Chair

July 14, 2014

Recovered Mid Century Burke Chair

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! 

Recovered Mid Century Burke Chair

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! 

Recovered Mid Century Burke Chair

Directions

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!!

Recovered Mid Century Burke Chair

Recovered Mid Century Burke Chair

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!  

Recovered Mid Century Burke Chair

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! 

Recovered Mid Century Burke Chair

Well, friends! What do you think of this recovered Mid Century Burke Chair?!

XOXO, Lidy

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Revamped Vintage Tool Box

July 9, 2014

Revamped Vintage Tool Box

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! 

Revamped Vintage Tool Box

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! 

Revamped Vintage Tool Box

Materials:

Old Tool Box (or other piece if you prefer)

Ruler

Pencil

Paint

Brush

Revamped Vintage Tool Box

Directions:

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! 

Revamped Vintage Tool Box

Revamped Vintage Tool Box

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. 

Revamped Vintage Tool Box

Happy styling! 

XOXO, Lidy

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Repurposed Desk Organizer

July 7, 2014

Repurposed Desk Organizer

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! 

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!

Materials:

Desk Organizer

Sander

Cloth

Paint

Paint Brush

Plants or Succulents

Repurposed Desk Organizer

Directions:

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.

Repurposed Desk Organizer

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!

Repurposed Desk Organizer

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!

Repurposed Desk Organizer

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!

XOXO, Lidy

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DIY Geometric Triangle Wall Art

July 3, 2014

DIY Geometric Triangle Wall Art

Hey friends! I’ve created a pretty unique geometric triangle wall art and I’m sharing the DIY on Craftaholics Anonymous – be sure to check it out! 

DIY Geometric Triangle Wall Art

It was a lot fun to put this piece together, simply using scrap pieces of wood. I think it’s a bit abstract and modern, so it keeps the space balanced out with all out thrifted pieces! 

DIY Geometric Triangle Wall Art

Be sure to come back and let me know what you think! Is it awesome or awkward?!

XOXO, Lidy

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Repurposed Macrame Fringe Bag Planter

June 27, 2014

Repurposed Macrame Fringe Bag Planter

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!

Repurposed Macrame Fringe Bag Planter

Repurposed Macrame Fringe Bag Planter

Of course, this meant a quick trip to Target where I spotted this great macrame fringe bag that 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.

Repurposed Macrame Fringe Bag Planter

Directions:

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! 

Repurposed Macrame Fringe Bag Planter

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. 

Repurposed Macrame Fringe Bag Planter

Repurposed Macrame Fringe Bag Planter

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?!

Repurposed Macrame Fringe Bag Planter

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!

XOXO, Lidy

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Wall Hanging DIY

June 23, 2014

Wall Hanging DIY

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! 

Wall Hanging DIY

Materials:

Dowel

Placemats (I found mine at Target)

Hot glue gun

Spare glue sticks

Wall Hanging DIY

Directions:

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. 

Wall Hanging DIY

Wall Hanging DIY

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! 

Wall Hanging DIY

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! 

Wall Hanging DIY

XOXO, Lidy

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Put A Number On It

June 19, 2014

Numbered Chairs

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!

Numbered Chairs

Numbered Chairs

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. 

Numbered Chairs

Numbered Chairs

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. 

Numbered Chairs

Numbered Chairs

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! 

Numbered Chairs

What do you think about the addition of graphic numbers in spaces?

XOXO, Lidy

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Flower Crown How-To

June 18, 2014

Flower Crown How-To

On Monday I shared my Flower Crown Workshop recap along with The 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!

XOXO, Lidy

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DIY Fibre Wall Hanging

June 17, 2014

Fibre Wall Hanging02

I’m so happy to announce that I am now a contributor over at Style Me Pretty Living – pinch me! I am beyond excited and feel so honored to be there today sharing my first post: DIY Fibre Wall Hanging

Fibre Wall Hanging

Be sure to check out the full tutorial and let me know what you think! I had a lot of fun creating this DIY, hopefully you find it helpful for making a unique piece for your home!

XOXO, Lidy 

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Recap! West Elm LA Flower Crown Workshop

June 16, 2014

West Elm Flower Crown Workshop

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:

West Elm Flower Crown Workshop

West Elm Flower Crown Workshop

West Elm Flower Crown Workshop

West Elm Flower Crown Workshop

West Elm Flower Crown Workshop

West Elm Flower Crown Workshop

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.

West Elm Flower Crown Workshop

West Elm Flower Crown Workshop

West Elm Flower Crown Workshop

West Elm Flower Crown Workshop

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!

West Elm Flower Crown Workshop

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!

West Elm Flower Crown Workshop

Also to Rachel who is THE best cohost and all around fabulous friend!

West Elm Flower Crown Workshop

West Elm Flower Crown Workshop

Of course, ALL our sponsors who were insanely generous and spoiled our attendees rotten! (Photo below via The Crafted Life)

West Elm Flower Crown Workshop

Confetti and Decor by The Flair Exchange / Journals by Minted / On Words Cards by Compendium

DIY Goodie Bags by Whimseybox / Craft Supplies by We Love Citrus / Handmade Earrings by Tribes and Society / Card by Vitamini 

West Elm Flower Crown Workshop

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

XOXO, Lidy

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DIY Cutting Board

DIY Cutting Board

Howdy friends! Be sure to head to Wayfair today to check out my  DIY Cutting Board and for all kinds of fabulous inspiration! 

DIY Cutting Board

Don’t forget to come on back and let me know what you think! 

XOXO, Lidy

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Revamped Geometric Side Table

June 13, 2014

DIY Geometric Side Table

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!

DIY Geometric Side Table

DIY Geometric Side Table

Materials:

Thrifted Side Table

Contact Paper

Scissors

DIY Geometric Side Table

Directions:

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!

DIY Geometric Side Table

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! 

DIY Geometric Side Table

Are you fans of contact paper or do you just go straight to paint?!

XOXO, Lidy

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