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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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Use Thrifted Copper Dishes As Fall Decor

September 19, 2014

Thrifted Copper as Fall Decor

As the leaves slowly start to turn color, I am starting to feel like our home is ready for a little fall decor! I am loving copper for this upcoming season. It’s earthy, but still very trendy! Now-a-days you can find copper at almost any thrift store or anywhere for that matter, so why not stock up and add a pop of color to your home this autumn! 

Thrifted Copper as Fall Decor

Thrifted Copper as Fall Decor

I chose Heather to compliment these beautiful copper containers I got at our local thrift store. The simple greenery makes the perfect contrast and looks quite modern in the space. You can choose to use any kind of plant or flower, it’s completely up to you! 

Thrifted Copper as Fall Decor

I decided to play with the placement of the copper arrangements. They look great grouped together as a centerpiece on a dining room table or sitting solo on a shelf.

Thrifted Copper as Fall Decor

The options are endless and it’s something you can really leave out all year round if you wanted. The copper truly reminds me of the changing leaves, so it’s the perfect piece to bring a little outdoors in! 

Thrifted Copper as Fall Decor

What kind of decor do you like to bring out during the fall?

XOXO, Lidy

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Faux Fur DIY Stool

September 18, 2014

Faux Fur DIY Stool

Yesterday I was sharing my Wednesday’s Wishlist. On it, was the amazing Faux Fur Stool by Nate Berkus! My dilemma: buy or DIY? As you know, I love a good challenge so I decided to just make my own easy-peasy version for home! 

Faux Fur DIY Stool

Faux Fur DIY Stool

Materials

Stool (mine was an old IKEA stool, but this one would be perfect!)

Faux Fur (IKEA has a great selection)

Safety Pins

Spray Paint (in white if you have legs you want to cover, but wood legs would be lovely!)

Directions

Faux Fur DIY Stool

1. Gather your supplies 2. If you have a stool that doesn’t have wood legs, I suggest spray painting them white to help look a little more chic 3. After you have sprayed a few layers of paint and it has dried completely, take your stool and wrap your faux fur around the top of your stool 4. Secure with safety pins. Yes, safety pins 5. Once most of the fur has been secured together, flip over and adjust and pin where needed 6. Fluff your fur and enjoy!! 

Faux Fur DIY Stool

It’s not Nate Berkus, but I did save myself $60 and I think it’s pretty fun! You can use it as a foot stool or even an extra seat if you wanted. Because it is only safety pinned you may have to adjust or repin over time. The best part is, the fur isn’t damaged and you can reuse elsewhere if you want at a later time! 

Faux Fur DIY Stool

This is a great addition to our home, I love the all white look. Not to mention, there’s just something about a furry stool that gets me every time! What about you – are you a buy or DIY in this case?

Faux Fur DIY Stool

XOXO, Lidy

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Color Dipped DIY Wall Art

September 15, 2014

DIY Dipped Wall Art

You might remember me sharing this fun project on DIY Candy last month, but I just had to share it again with you all! This was such a great project for me because it included two of my favorite things: thrifting and creating! 

Materials

DIY Dipped Wall Art

Art

Spray Paint (in any color to suit your space)

Painters tape

Garbage bag

Directions

Materials

1. Tape off the section you would like to spray paint. Wrap the remainder of your art in a garbage bag to protect from the paint. 2. Spray your art with your paint. Let dry completely between layers until you have the desired tone. 3. Carefully remove tape and garbage bag. 4. Touch up where needed (sometimes the spray paint bleeds through, I find a magic eraser takes off those spots easily). 

DIY Dipped Wall Art

I think this would be a great project to do for a craft night! You could meet at your local thrift store, grab some art (it doesn’t even have to be pretty) and have a lot of fun adding a splash of color to really rejuvenate your piece once more. I would love to do this on a wall at home as a statement piece with either one color palette or just a bunch of vivid colors that really pop. How fun would that be?! 

DIY Dipped Wall Art

Happy Monday friends! 

XOXO, Lidy

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Mid Century Fish Sculpture

August 26, 2014

Mid Century Fish Sculpture

Hello friends! Yes, I’m on the road and heading to Canada, but I wanted to let you all know I’m over at Style Me Pretty today, sharing this fabulous handmade Mid Century Fish Sculpture! I just didn’t want you to miss it! 

Mid Century Fish Sculpture

We are huge fans of all things mid century (which is pretty obvious by now) and decided to try to make one of our own pieces inspired by that classic design. Be sure to check out the full post and tutorial here!!

Mid Century Fish Sculpture

 

What do you think?!

XOXO, Lidy

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Modern Mountain Dresser

August 22, 2014

Modern Mountain Dresser

It’s been pretty busy around here lately! Don’t ask me where we find the time to do these DIYs, but we do. And to be honest, it’s kind of a nice way to relieve a lot of stress from packing and the idea of moving to another country in under a week. 

Modern Mountain Dresser

We’ve had this dresser from IKEA for ages. I’ve always had plans to paint it at some point, but never had the time. Until now…go figure! I decided to revamp it now, since it’s empty and the house is clearing out. That way, it won’t be hanging over my head when we get to the new house. 

Modern Mountain Dresser

Modern Mountain Dresser

I originally planned on having it in Violet’s room, but I decided to give her our mid century dresser in our dining room. The boys will have no problem sharing this one! Plus, it gave me an excuse to paint it black to match their new room design I’m currently working on. 

Modern Mountain Dresser

Modern Mountain Dresser

I simply used the same steps as my Revamped IKEA Organizer, but this time I taped top to bottom so it was mountain-like in shape. I removed the drawers and sprayed a few layers of black spray paint. When they had completely dried, I removed the tape and placed the drawers back in the dresser! It really took no time at all! 

Modern Mountain Dresser

I love the modern mountain look…it’s very geometric and abstract. It’s going to look great with all the other pieces in their new room! Can’t wait to have it all set up and show you the end result. What do you think of their new revamped dresser for now?!

XOXO, Lidy

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DIY Yarn Art

August 21, 2014

DIY Yarn Art

I can’t believe it’s Thursday! Where has the week gone?! Probably flying by because of all the packing and craziness going on at our house. Today I’m sharing some pretty fun DIY Yarn Art over at Craftaholics Anonymous! Be sure to head on over and check out the full tutorial. 

DIY Yarn Art

It’s so easy, you can whip up all kinds of fun designs, colors and shapes. Not to mention, this would be the perfect little craft for you and your little ones! What do you think? 

DIY Yarn Art

XOXO, Lidy

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Revamped Green and Gold Desk

August 18, 2014


Revamped Green and Gold Desk

This weekend, I had a lot of fun giving an old piece of furniture a fresh and modern look! I’ve been trying to sell this desk before we moved for a couple weeks, but I just wasn’t getting a whole lot of interest.

Revamped Green and Gold Desk

 

Revamped Green and Gold Desk

A few years ago I bought it for my studio space to work from. Soon after, we got placement of Holden and Violet and the room quickly became a nursery and the desk collected nothing but dust. It’s an arts and craft design, with your typical light oak finish – something I’m really not digging as of late.

Revamped Green and Gold Desk

Revamped Green and Gold Desk

I personally would want something a bit more trendy if I were on the market for a new desk. I used this as my inspiration and have been a long time fan of campaign furniture! I ALMOST bought this desk to revamp, but just couldn’t justify it when I still had my old one sitting around. Even after all my IG friends voted yes on my new find (sorry guys…). I decided to take the plunge and paint the old one green with some gold accents, because gold just makes everything that much better!

Revamped Green and Gold Desk

Revamped Green and Gold Desk

I sanded down the desk, wiped it clean and painted the entire piece (I used three cans of spray paint). After the desk dried completely, I taped the legs and drawer handles and painted them gold using liquid gold leaf paint. It dries pretty quickly. For extra protection, I recommend spraying your piece of furniture with clear enamel. I removed the tape and voila! 

Revamped Green and Gold Desk

Now that it’s revamped, I’m wondering….should I sell it or keep it? I love the color combination and can really see it in our new home and in our new studio space! I guess I can always recreate something like this again. All in all, I’m so happy with how it turned out! 

Revamped Green and Gold Desk

Revamped Green and Gold Desk

XOXO, Lidy

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Revamped IKEA Organizer

August 15, 2014

Revamped IKEA Organizer

I’ve had this organizer for as long as I can remember! As we are packing, I was debating about just giving it away, but it’s really great for storage. So, I decided to revamp it a little with this super simple DIY! 

Revamped IKEA Organizer

Materials

Organizer (mine is a few years old from IKEA)

Tape

Spray Paint (in any color) 

Directions

Revamped IKEA Organizer

Simply tape your design. 

Revamped IKEA Organizer

Spray paint the front of the drawers or entire organizer – it’s completely up to you! Let dry in between coats and paint again until you have the desired color you are looking for. 

Revamped IKEA Organizer

After the paint has completely dried, slowly peel the tape. 

Revamped IKEA Organizer

Display your new and improved organizer!! 

Revamped IKEA Organizer

I love the simple transformation. I also love how you can still see the wood grain through the black spray paint. It gives it some great texture! 

Revamped IKEA Organizer

Now I just need to find a place for this little guy in my little office space in the new house! I can’t wait to share more fun DIYs and design ideas once we move into our new home – stay tuned! Only a couple more weeks until we hit the road and make the long journey to Canada. 

Revamped IKEA Organizer

P.S. I hope you all enjoyed our week of Back To School Series! If you missed any, no worries! I have the full list of amazing DIYs and projects from these talented ladies! Be sure to check them out, there are so many outstanding ideas to start the school year on the right foot:

Tan of Squirrelly MindsPrintable Math Game
Rachel of The Crafted LifeColor Blocked Pencils
Sara of Confetti Sunshine | Back to School Printable
Lyndsay of Coco Cake Land | Apple Pie Donuts
Joy of Frock FilesCustom Mouse Pad DIY
MJ of Pars CaeliLunchbox Whiteboard

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 XOXO, Lidy 

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Back To School Series| DIY Sequin Planter

August 12, 2014

Back To School Series | DIY Sequin Planter

For the past five years, Joel has been a fourth grade teacher, among other things – like uber talented handy man at home! I know how hard he works to teach and nurture 30+ elementary students 5 days a week for 10 months of the year! It’s a lot of work and at times, very stressful. So to start the school year on the right foot, I’ve come up with a little DIY Sequin Planter to show your teachers just how much we appreciate what they do all year round!

Materials

Back To School Series | DIY Sequin Planter

Planter

Hot Glue

Stretch Sequin Trim in Gold (or other preferred color)

Plant

Directions

Back To School Series | DIY Sequin Planter

Simply clean the surface of your planter and hot glue your sequins to the planter.

Back To School Series | DIY Sequin Planter

Wrap tightly around your planter. Secure the end with hot glue.

Back To School Series | DIY Sequin Planter

Adjust and secure with hot glue where needed, although it may not be necessary. Place your plant in your new planter and enjoy! 

Back To School Series | DIY Sequin Planter

You may choose to add a fun little note! I made a little banner that reads “Happy First Day Of School” and secured it to a pencil simply using tape. I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t love to see a little greenery on their desk everyday! Plus, wrapping it in a little bling never hurts. If your teacher happens to be male, no problem! Just wrap it in bacon…just kidding! You can choose a more masculine color of sequins to wrap it in or just some simple ribbon or twine will do. 

For more great ideas be sure to head over to The Crafted Life today, where Rachel is sharing some fabulous DIY Color Blocked Pencils!  

XOXO, Lidy

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