Matisse-Inspired Mixed Foliage Painted Tray

Matisse-Inspired Mixed Foliage Painted Tray

Not only is it Friday, but we are in May already! Can you believe it?! Things are really busy here lately. It seems the chaos of life comes in waves and right now it’s a doozie! But that doesn’t stop me from being creative and having fun, so I thought I would share this super easy Matisse-Inspired Mixed Foliage Painted Tray with you!  It’s bright, bold and packed full of pattern – perfect for the summer months ahead if you ask me! So if you are in the mood to have some fun, be sure to head to Curbly today for the full tutorial.  XOXO,...
Mini Corner Gallery Wall

Mini Corner Gallery Wall

I am a huge fan of gallery walls – no matter the size or arrangement. Whether perfectly symmetrical with matching frames or totally eclectic with various pieces. I think it’s a great way to add personality to the room and so I decided that I would add a mini corner gallery wall in our family room!  Although I can’t reveal the whole space just yet (coming soon!), what I CAN show you is this fun corner gallery installation! I partnered up with Minted to create that perfect focal point of vivid colors and patterns.  1 2 3 4 5 I picked five prints that I thought had fantastic colors to brighten up our previously dark basement. The designs are a mixture of mid-century inspired meets modern abstract. The space was a small indented wall that had always been a bit neglected and needed some love. I picked the same white frames in large, medium and small to give it order, but then placed the frames off center and around the corner to add a bit of fun. And to just mess with the OCD…my husband being one of them!  I have the option of leaving this area open with a few decor items or bring in the TV and mid-century stand. Even though some frames are partially covered, you still see that pop of color and pattern behind it. Which I love rather than a stark white wall and a big black television – don’t you think?  When it comes to picking out art, I always choose Minted time and time again. I’m sure you’ve seen me share their pieces before, like here. I just love...
Make Your Own DIY Mid-Century Inspired Geometric Wall Art

Make Your Own DIY Mid-Century Inspired Geometric Wall Art

I’m SO honored to announce that I am now a featured writer for Curbly! Can you believe it? Curbly is one of those blogs that inspired me from the very beginning  of my blogging ventures and is still one I check out daily. Pinch me please – I am feeling so grateful!  My first post went up yesterday: a DIY Mid-Century Inspired Geometric Wall Art! This project was inspired by my teeny-tiny obsession with Mad Men. I just love some good mid-century design. So, if you are anything like me, be sure to check it out and let me know what you think!!!  XOXO,...
Slow Down With Schoolhouse Electric and Supply Co

Slow Down With Schoolhouse Electric and Supply Co

When I think of Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co, I think of my long wish-list of pieces for our home. Naturally! But when they asked me if I would like to participate in their campaign involving their new spring line, I could not refuse.  Slow Down.  Today is the perfect day to reflect on that. Two years ago today we became a family of five. A sweet little baby made our family complete and changed our lives forever. As I look back on pictures of our kids especially, I catch myself always asking where did the time go? And I think a lot of us can attest to that.  Time went quickly. Quickly wishing they would grow up so we didn’t have to continually change diapers, dress them, feed them, clean them, carry them down the stairs, read to them, sing to them and snuggle them. Because we were so busy.  I hate that that was my excuse, but it was. Housework needed to be done, dinner needed to be made, errands needed to be run. And life doesn’t wait for us to get those things out of the way first, it keeps on moving. Quickly. And now two years later, I look at my once little baby, and I wish I could go back to enjoy those moments more. Putting more emphasis on my little family before my busy life. Don’t get me wrong, I spent a lot of time with my kids and enjoyed plently moments! But you always have that feeling where you know you could have done just a little more to soak it all in. So, in...
DIY Textiles and Home Decor

DIY Textiles and Home Decor

I’m so excited to finally share with you a little project I’ve been working on the last couple weeks. First, let me begin by telling you how AMAZING technology is these days friends – it freaks me out a little! As we are about to begin our basement makeover, I wanted some textiles and decor that were catered to the kids, but something I still loved for myself. I decided to create my own DIY Textiles and Home Decor using my new Sprout in just a matter of minutes! It all started when I found this super weird faux cactus at a garage sale. Call it an impulse buy, but I knew it would come in handy one day! And here’s where the technology blows my mind! The HP Sprout has a built-in projector, scanner AND a 3D Camera. I simply laid my faux cactus on the touch mat and with a press of the capture button the image was scanned. The computer automatically deletes any background for you, saving me a bit of extra editing and giving me what I really want. My final scanned image! Once I captured my cactus, I wanted to take it to another level. I still wanted that child-like look I was aiming for. And so I created my very own version of this cactus by tracing and coloring it in using the draw tool on my touch pad. I saved that illustrated cactus and then just dragged and dropped more to create a pattern. Once I got the design I liked, I grouped the image and saved it to make one file and simply created a JPEG. This took me a matter of...
Colorful Yarn Tassel Planter

Colorful Yarn Tassel Planter

For Spring, I’m really craving some color. Normally, color is a little more subdued in our home. But this is the perfect excuse to have some fun where normally I might not be so brave! This yarn Tassel planter is the perfect way to add something new for Spring!  You’ll need  Yarn (in 4 complimentary colors – I chose blue, coral, pale pink and green) Terracota Planter Hot Glue Gun Plant or Cactus What to do Before you begin, cut about ten 10-inch strands of yarn in two bunches per three remaining colors (I used Coral, Blue and Green). Set aside. Start with the first planter. Begin by dabbing a small drop of hot glue to the bottom of the planter and start wrapping yarn around your planter (I used the pale pink since it was the lightest, most neutral of the four colors). Work your way up about 2-3 inches and dab your hot glue to keep the yarn from slipping around.  Loop the first two bunches of yarn to create your first tassels onto the single strand you are wrapping your planter with. Continue another 2-3 inches up and repeat until you have all your tassels attached to your planter! This is definitely a very unique looking planter! It’s quirky and totally fun! I created a simple yarn plant holder using the same four colors to bring the two together. I love the burst of color they bring to my space!   It feels like a little Fiesta with the cacti and pops of color, don’t you think?  XOXO, Lidy  ...

Using Nature as Props and Decor

I am always looking for interesting ways to make my space look visually stimulating, but also fun pieces for events, parties and birthdays!  Our family loves to go on walks around our neighborhood and often there’s all kinds of debris from the trees losing their beautiful branches. It seems like such a waste, but I decided this time to collect a few and bring them home. Yes, I was the crazy mom hauling three toddlers with an arm full of huge tree branches. But it was fun and totally worth it!  I looked for unique shapes and sizes and came home with a few gorgeous branches. The shape creates the illusion of motion against our white walls. They almost frame pieces that surround them and I love the modern look they bring. You could easily spray paint them, but I loved the organic look they had with all the white and black decor in our home.  These branches have already made an appearance in one of my posts and I’m pretty sure they will continue to for a little while. I placed them in a crisp white and geometric vase. I’m sure I’ll be playing around with placement in our house! So there you go, sometimes decor can be free and you can find them in the most unlikely places! What do you think of bringing this kind of nature indoors as home decor? XOXO,...

Hoop Yarn Art

I love those simple projects that add color, texture and personality to your home! And this hoop yarn art is just the thing! I’ve always been a fan of fibre art of any kind, so I made this cheap and easy DIY for our walls to add that little pop of pink!  What you will need Two embroidery hoops – one large and small Yarn in any color – multi colors or just one  Hot glue gun What to do Simply start by popping out the center circle of the smallest hoop. Cut your yarn to the length you want. I wanted the yarn to stop just passed where the largest hoop ended. Then, hang your re-cut yarn over the circle of the smallest hoop until you have the desired amount. Carefully pop the circle back into the smallest hoop and tighten the adjusting screw if needed. Line up the hoops at the top so both screws are lined up. Take your yarn and wrap it tightly around the two tops of the hoops to hide the adjusting screws. Use a tab of hot glue to secure the yarn ends. Tie a small piece of yarn on one end of the hoop to the other to create a hook to hang your new hoop art!  You could create any size or however many you like for a great statement  for your home! I love how it adds just the perfect amount of pink to our walls to pull in other pieces in the room. I don’t think this trend is dying just yet! What do you think? XOXO,...

DIY Low-Profile Round Tables

I’ve been on the hunt to find a super simple furniture DIY that anyone can do by simply finding the supplies and recreating the project on their own. No cutting wood or welding involved! I took a little trip to Lowes with the kids one day to research and see what my options were. I wanted something that was modern, simple, sleek and of course, Scandinavian-inspired.  I’ve been really drawn to the idea of low coffee tables. They are still functional, but a lot more subtle and contemporary. Besides, who makes these rules anyway – that coffee tables need to be a specific height?! So, I created two coffee tables with this design in mind! Here are the supplies you will need: Pine Round, 1-Step Stair Frame (black), 1-Step Stair Frame (White), Wood Screw, Finish Washer Here’s what I did: In order to keep the tables looking sleek I went with three step stair frames as legs for each table, instead of your traditional four. I decided to do one table with white and the other black, since I couldn’t decide what I liked more! (Heads up: the steps come with stickers that are quote difficult to remove, but with the help of a little gasoline they came off a lot more easily)! Simply pre-drill two holes for the screws per leg. With a screw driver, place two screws and washers in the two holes on the thin, flat metal surface of the legs. Repeat until all legs are secure to the table top. Be sure to pre-measure the distance of the legs so they are all centered. I chose to keep the pine top natural and as-is. ...

How to Create a Scandinavian-Inspired Living Room

I’m thrilled to finally share with you a scandinavian-inspired living room makeover I did with The Land of Nod! About a month ago, I decided it was time to give our upstairs living room a bit of personality. Our main aim was to create a modern, simple and functional space. Here’s what we did to the space: 1. Repainted the green walls a fresh and crisp white. 2. Built a faux mantle to break up the stone fireplace. 3. Took down the beige drapery and added white curtains to go with the flow of the walls.  4. Added a built-in desk to utilize the functionality of the space. 5. Added black, white, grey and pink accents thanks to The Land of Nod’s gorgeous spring pieces! Be sure to head over to Honest to Nod for the full reveal! It would mean the world if you came back to leave a comment letting me know what you think about the whole transformation! XOXO,...
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