Modern Christmas Village Using Paint Chips

Last week I popped into Sherwin-Williams to grab some paint samples for our master bedroom makeover (coming soon!) and I might have grabbed just a few extra paint chips for a fun little Christmas project!!  Materials Paint Chips (or any colored paper will do) Hot glue gun or tape Directions If you are using colored paper, simply cut house shapes ahead of time. Otherwise, fold at different lengths to create your little village. Hot glue (or tape) a few together to create solid pieces. Arrange and display! It’s SO easy and totally cute, right?! Last year, we created a Scandinavian Christmas Village, which we are using again this year in our dining room. But I thought it would be kind of fun to create another modern village for our living space this year to change things up by adding just a bit of black, white, grey and light pink. And I love it!  Add some fun little wood trees to give it a a bit of texture and depth – hope you enjoy!!  XOXO, Lidy Feel free to leave a comment! You can also follow Hello Lidy by email, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter,...

DIY Imperfect Plus Table Runner

Earlier this morning I announced some changes that are coming soon, but I also wanted to carry on with the week and show you some fun projects I’ve been working on! This DIY Imperfect Plus Table Runner was inspired by Schoolhouse Electric‘s super sweet sheet set! Because they are so darling and so easy to make!  Materials Shelf liner  Sharpie Scissors Directions Measure your table length to see how long you would like your runner to be. Cut your liner accordingly. Take your sharpie and make quick and easy plus sign designs in any pattern you see fit! Remember, it’s called imperfect plus for a reason! Let dry and place on your table!  By using the shelf liner as your runner, it sticks nicely to any surface without moving around! Not to mention, it adds great texture and pattern to your holiday table! It’s trendy, bold and can be used all year round if you wanted to. Don’t you love these kinds of projects that take no time at all?! XOXO, Lidy Feel free to leave a comment! You can also follow Hello Lidy by email, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter,...

How To Make a Simple Tree Skirt in 20 Minutes

Around this time of year, I am always short on time! I really needed a new tree skirt for our white tree, but I don’t want to face the Christmas rush that’s already flooding the stores! I decided to make my own, but seeing as I don’t have a whole lot of spare time, I opted for simple materials in order to make my own! And yes, it only took me 20 minutes!  Materials Thick piece of white felt 4 rectangles of black felt with sticky back Scissors Sharpie Directions Measure the circumference of your tree, depending on how big you want your skirt to be. Cut a circle out of your white felt according to your measurements. Cut a slit to the center of your white felt and cut our a small circle so the circle is directly in the center. This will be your tree skirt. Iron if needed. Trace out any shape you would like on the backs of your black felt (I chose a swiss cross design – surprise surprise!). Cut out your shapes. Peel the backs off the black felt and press firmly on your white felt. Continue until you have the desired pattern on your tree skirt! Place your skirt under your tree and enjoy!  This only took me 20 minutes, if it takes a little longer, no worries! It’s fun making something that’s festive and so easy!  XOXO, Lidy Feel free to leave a comment! You can also follow Hello Lidy by email, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram  ...

Yarn Wrapped Candles for Christmas

Recently I came across a bag full of lovely yarn at a thrift store for cheap! I loved how delicate this particular yarn was and decided to use it to wrap candles for our new Candlestick!  Materials Yarn Candles Hot glue gun Directions Simply start wrapping the bottom of your candlesticks with the yarn of your choosing. Hot glue the ends to ensure they don’t unravel. Then display! It’s that easy!  The candles pop a lot more and I love how festive and warm they feel! You can have all sorts of fun picking colors, but don’t you just love this green with the metallic yarn?! Disclaimer: Please use common sense, don’t leave a burning candle unattended. As it burns and becomes shorter, remove yarn if necessary. Or, use strictly for decorative purposes. XOXO, Lidy Feel free to leave a comment! You can also follow Hello Lidy by email, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram...

Scandinavian Inspired Christmas Tree Ornaments

Christmas is almost nearing and I’m getting super excited! Every year, I try to make at least one handmade ornament to add that personal touch to our tree. This year, I wanted to try something a little more bold and modern. I stuck with very clean and simple colors: black, white and pops of metallics (mostly gold and silver).  These Scandinavian inspired Christmas tree ornaments take 5 minutes to make – they are so easy!  Materials Black leather Scissors Hot glue gun Ornament hooks Directions Gather what you need. Begin by cutting triangles with your scissors until you have the amount of trees you are looking for. I did quite a few so I could evenly disperse them on our tree. Hot glue three triangles together to create a tree. Hold the triangles firmly together while the hot glue is cooling so there is good contact! Otherwise, the hot glue will peel off quite easily. Take your scissors and make a slight cut in the top triangle for your hook to go through, then hang to enjoy!  I love the graphic element it adds to our tree! It feels very minimal and I love it – it’s quite refreshing to be honest! These would make great little gifts for family and friends. I also have a few other plans for these little guys, so stay tuned!  XOXO, Lidy Feel free to leave a comment! You can also follow Hello Lidy by email, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter,...

Working With Dote Magazine

One of the many things I love about blogging are all the amazing opportunities that come from it. But especially when those opportunities are local! A few months ago, after we had just moved from California back to Canada, an old friend emailed me about a new lifestyle magazine here in Calgary: “I was reading my first Dote Magazine www.dotemagazine.com and thought of you: you need to be a contributor or columnist. It is very you. Check it out and maybe apply!” And I did a crazy thing. Something I would normally talk myself out of for fear of rejection…or sheer laziness. I contacted them. To my surprise, I heard back and even had coffee with the publisher and editor. They were truly lovely! We discussed my possible role and their vision for the overall magazine, as well as my contribution.  So, fast forward to today. I am now a lucky columnist for Dote Magazine. My column will be focused on fixing a design problem that plagues many different types of homes and introduce simple solutions. Mainly, I’ll be doing a lot of fun makeovers and styling a lot of fabulous spaces. Two words. Dream. Job.  Via Yesterday I got to hang out with a couple Dote ladies, Kate (the publisher) and Blair (their resident photographer)! We worked on my first project, which will be coming out in their 2nd issue! I am SO excited! But unlike the blogging world, you shoot WAY in advance for it to be in print months later. It’s a different world, but it’s a lot of fun to watch and learn this new process. The issue will be coming March 2015 ,...

Christmas Home Tour with Merry Mag

Happy Monday friends! I’m so excited to be a part of Merry Magazine, a holiday guide packed with inspiration: DIYs, decor, recipes and so much more! A HUGE thank you to my very talented friend Melissa of The Sweet Escape for all her hard work and for putting it together so beautifully! Be  sure to sit back, relax and enjoy every page – it’s truly stunning! Last week, I showed you my Christmas Mantle Three Ways and today I’m sharing a little Christmas home tour! Let’s start in my favorite space: the living room! As I’m sure you know, we love to decorate for the holidays! Every year we try to mix things up with new and old pieces for the season. Since it’s our first year in this home, we wanted to create an atmosphere that perpetuated happy memories for the future and a calm sense of welcoming for our guests! Our formal living room is naturally very light and bright, so we stuck with decor that would really set off those qualities. I brought in a lot of metallic pieces that would flow with pops of white and natural elements, such as our cedar and magnolia garland over the fireplace and simple firewood. I wanted the space to have that magical Christmas feel. We opted for a white tree this year for this room. It really reflects all the white snow you can so clearly see from our large front window. It’s almost like those two worlds collide and there really is no barrier from the inside out, keeping it simple and organic. For our dining room, we brought in a lot of...

DIY Fireplace Mantle Facade

This is the first time I’ve ever had a fireplace in a home! It was at the top of my list when we were house hunting and I am so pleased we found a beautiful home with one!  Our fireplace was a little outdated and it had no mantle. Although I was perfectly content with that, I debated how we could modernize it just a bit. Joel and I discussed possibly painting the stone white or black, but it seemed so permanent and you always run the risk of losing the personality of your home. The problem was, the stone was just too much, especially after we painted our living room white!  Then it dawned on me that we could just build a custom mantle. We decided to design a modern and minimal mantle, keeping it as simple as possible. Joel created a facade, but it’s really hollow and obviously not attached.   Because it’s not securely attached, we made a simple solution of placing eye hooks to stabilize the mantle to the wall. This would ensure the mantle wouldn’t fall and possibly hurt one of the kids! We also added a piece of solid Douglas Fur wood to the top of the mantle to soften the overall look and give it more flow.  I love how it turned out! It changes the look of the entire room – it feels more modern, but without losing that original stone. It’s essentially the best of both worlds. It softens the overall look of the living room and creates a more inviting and warm environment. Best part is, I now have a fun little space to decorate...

DIY Teepee Shelf

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to create a little project in honor of the season! And why not something a little more unique, like a super sweet DIY Teepee Shelf?! This is one of those pieces you might just want to keep up all year round.   Be sure to head to The Land of Nod‘s blog, Honest to Nod for more fun pictures and the full tutorial!  XOXO, Lidy Feel free to leave a comment! You can also follow Hello Lidy by email, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter,...
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