Get The Look | Home Office Makeover

I decided to put together a comprehensive guide on how you can get the look of my home office makeover/creative space! I loved this project because it posed a lot of design dilemmas – space being the biggest issue. And yet, we were able to pull off a stylish and functional work area without having to do any major demolition or overhaul. Bonus! 1. Modular Desk: This was a must-have for my small office area. I wanted to have options, so I didn’t feel stuck with one look! Especially since I can’t move anywhere horizontally, it was nice to have vertical space to work with. I can move my shelves around and play with the look a little more this way! If you can’t DIY one of your own like we did, then this modular desk is an affordable option!  2. Fabulous Lighting: Having a wall mounted lamp helps resolve the space issue by not taking up the floor/desk top area in any way, but also adding a playful element to it as well. It’s strategically placed so it’s both useful for my desk area, but also the living room as a whole. Not to mention, having modern lighting really takes the space to another level!  3. Modern/Comfy Chair: One way to set apart your teeny home office is having a less traditional office chair. Skip the wheels and go for something a little more minimal. This Wired Chair is a great option. Not only does it look light and airy,  it just doesn’t take up any space at all. Worried your bum might get sore? No problem! You can easily buy a...

Unfinished Painted Pink Vase

You might have noticed me sneaking in little pieces of pink decor in our home this season. I’m really looking for fun ways to slowly add pink in our living room and this Unfinished Painted Pink Vase is just the thing!  All you’ll need is a plain vase, acrylic paint and a paint brush! Simply paint your vase in the color of your choice. I opted for skipping tape (but you can totally do that if you like nice clean lines!). I wanted my edges to have a non-finished, imperfect look! I’m really digging that style, but I’m not brave enough to use it on my walls as seen here. So, I stuck to something quite a bit smaller and less noticeable!  Super easy and no fuss! This would be perfect for Valentine’s or incorporating a little bit of color in your every day decor!  XOXO, Lidy...

Master Bedroom Reveal

Well friends, the day is here! I am so beyond excited to share with you our master bedroom reveal! Never have we ever had a space to ourselves that has been this beautiful. I feel so very lucky indeed! Say hello to our new modern, but vintage-inspired get-away! So, way back when we first started taking this project on, I was SO inspired by this space by Schoolhouse Electric. It was everything I wanted in our new room: brass light fixtures, grey upholstered bed, playful patterns and pops of graphic black and whites. But with our own twist of course! Thanks to Wayfair, our dream makeover came true! We started with repainting our walls a bold and classic black, which we painted 3/4’s of the way up so the room didn’t feel smaller than it already was! I sewed curtains (yes, I sewed them!) with some amazing fabric I found at Ikea, which already improved the room substantially! I even sewed a matching pillow with the extra fabric…hey, why not?! Then the really fun part! We got to move in all our new pieces and style the space, which is my favorite of any makeover. Says everybody, I’m sure. Since we sold all our bedroom furniture before we moved, we really had absolutely nothing. I can’t tell you how nice it is to sleep on a REAL bed again! The mattress on the floor was just not working out all too well. I absolutely love the color palette we used for this space: black, white, light grey and pops of blue. It’s calming, soothing and perfect for resting one’s head....

Bedroom Makeover | Modern Walls

Ok guys, I’m back with the color reveal! If you haven’t guessed it already (or seen a few little pictures on Instagram), we picked Sherwin-Williams Tricorn Black for our walls!! Yes, it’s bold. It’s dark. It’s dramatic. But we wanted something that was a little risky and modern for our bedroom space.  In order to avoid our room feeling like a dark cave, we played around with some painting options (don’t mind my photoshop skills):  1. One solid black wall: this felt a little too safe for us, so we decided against. 2. Solid black wall + Diagonal: We wanted something a little edgier, but this felt almost too edgy! 3. 3/4 painted wall: It was modern, fresh and trendy. In the end, this was our final pick! It still allowed enough light to bounce off the ceiling and walls for that extra light and had that “wow” factor we were hoping for when you first walk in the room! I cannot tell you how good it feels to walk into our room and no longer seeing those bright pink walls! I already feel like it’s a retreat away from the rest of the house. Next week I’ll show you the complete room makeover with all our new furniture pieces and a few fun DIYs!  What do you think of the black? What would you have chosen? XOXO, Lidy...

Master Bedroom Makeover | Picking Paint

I’ve been absent most this week, but for good reasons! We’ve been working hard on our master bedroom makeover and getting closer to the big reveal! We initially had a tough time deciding on a color. We knew that this time around we didn’t want just all white. Although, that was very tempting. We narrowed it down to essentially blue, grey, pink and black. After much research and playing around with paint samples, we picked out the winning color! Yes, we got rid of the fuchsia and bubble gum pink walls!  I have been so lucky as to have the chance to team up with Sherwin-Williams once more on another makeover project – it wasn’t too long ago we redesigned our dining room!  I’ve grown to really love and admire their team of professionals and products. I don’t think I could go anywhere else, they’ve made everything so easy and the paint quality is phenomenal! I can’t wait to reveal the color we chose, but until then, I’ve had fun making a sneak peek video with my new camera!! It’s not professional by any means, but it’s a glimpse into our makeover process – enjoy!  XOXO,...

Dowel Christmas Tree

It’s been a crazy week and I just know that next week will be more so, since Christmas is on Wednesday! Sadly, this will be my last post until next year – there’s a crazy thought! I’m going to be taking a much needed vacation celebrating the reason for the season and having a relaxing time with loved ones and close friends. I decided to share one more nontraditional Christmas tree option for you: how about this modern Dowel Christmas tree!  Materials Dowel (1 1/4″ and 1/2″) Pine Board Drill Sander Spray Paint Tape Cloth Directions Cut your 1/2″ dowel into various lengths – biggest about 2′ and smallest about 6″. Sand and wipe clean with cloth. With the 1 1/4″ dowel, start about 10-12″ from the bottom and start drilling holes about 2″ apart all the way to the top and from various angles. Sand and wipe clean with cloth. Cut a base out of pine board and drill a hole about 1 1/4″ to fit the center dowel in so it can stand. Sand and wipe clean with cloth. Spray paint the base white, as well as a portion of the mail dowel (1 1/4″) by taping off a section. You can choose to paint as much or as little as you would like. Let dry and then put your dowel tree together! Enjoy!  Thank you all for such an amazing year! You have been such faithful readers and I have gained some amazing relationships because of it. This blog just wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for your kind comments, all those times you feel the need to...

Ideabooks for Houzz

hellolidyblog’s ideabooks I feel so honored to have been given the opportunity to work with Houzz (the largest home design destination on the web) on a totally fun project that’s right up my alley! I was recently asked to design an Ideabook and pick 20 home related products for a makeover project! Since we are currently working on our master bedroom, I picked my top favorite pieces for that space and why I chose them!  Feel free to check out my profile here and my Master Bedroom Makeover picks! Let me know what you think – do you have a favorite piece from my selections? As always, thank you for your constant support!  XOXO,...

DIY Felt Dala Horse Ornaments and Gift Tags

You might have noticed that I’ve been doing a lot of DIY Christmas projects this year. Our budget is a little tight, but I don’t want that to keep me from updating our decor or changing things up a little this year. The other day I shared a sneak peek on Instagram of some cute mountains and dala horses. Today, I’m sharing one of those projects with you. And yes,  it’s another super simple and cheap DIY: Felt Dala Horse Ornaments and Gift Tags! Yay!  Materials Felt Scissors Sharpie Metal Ornament Hooks Directions Begin by tracing out your dala horse by hand or using an existing item, like an ornament. I enlarged our dala horses a bit, but still used the ornament as a guide. Carefully cut out your dala horses. Simply poke the metal ornament hooks through the felt and hang to enjoy. For your gift tags, simply tape the hook to the wrapping paper. Easy! Dala horses are not only trending, but they are significant to my husband. He has always been proud of his Swedish roots and had always collected dala horses over the years. He once tried to convince me that we should buy a child sized dala horse at a flea market years ago. I refused at the time, but that would have been cool now…of course. It’s fun to see how popular they’ve become over the years!   XOXO,...

DIY Hanging Chalkboard Banner

On one of my recent trips to Target, I spotted some fabulous Chalkboard Wrapping Paper. I had already bought so much paper at that point (a lot of pretty metallics), but I decided that I could use it for something else!  Materials Chalkboard Wrapping Paper Copper Pipe or Dowel Bakers Twine Chalk Scissors Directions Simply unravel your paper and measure how long you want you banner to be. Cut your paper. Place your copper pipe or dowel at the top and roll just a small portion of your paper. Tape in place (optional). Tie the twine to either end of your pipe and hang. If the paper is rolling up too high, place the cardboard roll (that comes with the paper) on the bottom to weigh it down. Then enjoy! *Keep in mind it wrinkles very easily, since it is just paper* I love how simple it was to make and I had a lot of fun creating a little design with my chalk. I simply wrote “God Jul” and a little picture inspired by some Scandinavian art (I’m no artist…I know!). This will be a lot of fun for our kids as well after the holidays!  XOXO,...

DIY Painted Plywood Houses

There’s just something to be said about little miniature houses. No matter the size, shape or color, they feel so cute and festive! You might remember my Modern Christmas Village. Well, I decided to go with that theme and add a few more to our decor, but these ones can stay out year round!  Materials Plywood Pencil Ruler Table Saw (not shown) Sander Tape Spray Paint Directions Begin by measuring out the shape of your house in any style you please. Using your table saw, cut out your house. Lightly sand and wipe clean. Tape off a section of your house and cover. With the exposed side, spray one layer at a time making sure to allow each layer to dry completely in between. Slowly remove tape. You can also spray paint your house a solid color with no pattern, it’s completely up to you! I love the simplicity of these. Since we are on a huge black and white kick, we opted for those colors. But this project would look great with any color or shade you choose! I am definitely going to be leaving these up year round.  XOXO,...
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