Design Your Own Wallpaper

Not too long after I designed this fun DIY Textile and Home Decor cacti pattern using my Sprout, I was dying to create something on a much larger scale! I really wanted to see how far I could take this next project. I thought I would focus on my daughter Violet’s bedroom and create an accent wall using wallpaper that I designed just for her!  As a design blogger, I am always trying to find ways to create spaces that have a distinct style and flavor that people will know as mine. Over the years, I’ve been really trying to hone in on more clean, simple and functional results. Which is why I kept the wallpaper design basic, using soft and feminine colors and one shape that would be appropriate for a 4 year olds bedroom.  1. I started by placing a simple diecut flower shape onto my touch mat and scanned the image. The Sprout is so amazing, as soon as the image has been captured it is automatically uploaded into my gallery. The detail of my shape is outstanding, something I could never do on my own!! 2. I played around with size by placing both index fingers on my flowers and either bringing them together or apart until I felt that it looked about right. I replicated the shapes until I had enough to form a pattern. 3. Once I was happy with the overall layout,  I saved my finished file as a jpg. I then opened my file in Photoshop, where I manipulated the colors a little – I wanted some muted pinks, blues, greens and greys. 4. When I was finally...

DIY Colorful Side Table

With the fresh white walls in our newly painted basement, I needed just a little more color to help pull in our geometric painted accent wall! I decided to play with a variety of bright and happy colors using DecoArt’s new Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint. I had so much fun designing this fun colorful side table and it just so happens to be SUPER easy too!  Materials 18-in Pine Round Sandpaper  Damp Cloth 3 Straight Top Plates 3  Wood Table Legs DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint (I went with Legacy, Relic and Promise which you can see here) Wood Varnish Paint Brushes  Painters Tape Instructions 1. Lightly sand your table top and legs. Wipe excess dust with damp cloth. Tape your design using painters tape.  2. Begin painting your table (and legs). Allow each coat to dry completely before the next.  3. Once your paint has dried, carefully remove tape.  4. Use wood varnish to prevent from wear and tear! Allow to dry.  5. Place top plates to the back of your round table top and screw in your legs according to directions.  6. Now your table is ready to be displayed and enjoyed!!  I love the burst of color this table brings to the space! It’s a great addition to our family room and is both playful and modern! I decided to pay extra attention to the legs and bring in a little  more detail by creating trendy triangular shapes that tie in some of our home decor. The options are really endless for this piece – wouldn’t it be great as a coffee table or even bedside table!?  What...

DIY Hanging Plant Wall

I am SO excited to share this project with you all today! It was a DIY I did recently for our basement makeover. It’s really easy and I think it makes such a great addition to any room!! And if you love plants as much as I do, then this hanging plant wall is just for you.  Be sure to head to Curbly today for the full tutorial and feel free to come back and let me know what you think!  XOXO, Lidy...

Family Room Reveal

It’s finally time to show off our new and hopefully improved family room! We worked so hard on this space and put so much time into it. I think it paid off – I am so happy with how it turned out and even more thrilled to have had a really good reason to get to work! That is, in honor of  Sherwin-Williams National Painting Week of course! Last week, I shared a sneak peek and progress of our Basement Battles. It was so very confused and uninviting! Don’t you think? The walls were daring, but not in a good way and decorating this space was very limited! It just wasn’t us. My aim was to create a colorful Scandinavian-inspired family room, so it flowed with the rest of the home. You probably hear me using that term a lot. Like, a lot. It’s not that it happens to be a really popular trend right now and all over Pinterest. Truth is, it’s been around forever. But the whole principle of Scandinavian design is a good rule of thumb when decorating any space in your home. Just think simplicity, minimalism and functionality. You can add your personal style in the mix, but always keeping those three principles in mind. And that’s what I really was focusing on in our family space. I do tend to get a little “busy” when bringing in all my collections and knick knacks, but that’s just me adding a little bit of my personal style to the bigger picture. Really, this room is the heart of everything because it’s where we can all spend...

Make Your Own Mod Wood and Paint Coat Hooks

I’ve been itching to make my own wood and paint coat hooks for a while! Now that the basement makeover is complete (the reveal is this Monday – eep!), I had a great place to hang them and I’m so please with how they turned out.  Natural wood looks so great with bursts of color, don’t you think? They really stand out against the white walls and bring a modern and playful touch to the otherwise empty hallway.   If you’re looking for an alternative way to display or organize all that stuff hanging around, be sure to  check out the full tutorial on Curbly today!  XOXO,...

DIY Faux Cacti Terrariums

I’m ready for summer and the weather here has been so perfect lately! Yesterday, we went for two walks with the family. In the morning we went to the park to play and later on in the afternoon we walked to the grocery story for some hot dogs and buns so we could have a bon fire! It was so nice not having to use our car for a day – which is rare these days I feel.   In honor of all the summery festivities lately, I shared these super bright and happy faux Cacti and terrariums over on The Land of Nod‘s Blog, Honest to Nod. This DIY is kid-friendly, but adds a playful  element to any room in the home. Be sure to head over there today for all the simple instructions!  XOXO,...

Basement Battles

Ok friends, I have a really fun room reveal planned for next week, so be sure to come back for that! Until then, please bare with me as I go over all the many details of our basement battles! I know many of you may be interested in it, as I have already received a lot of emails and messages in regards to the sneak peeks on Instagram.If you’re like me, you might despise this space in your home. And maybe even just turn a blind eye to it. If you don’t see the ugliness lurking its head every time you go down to do a load of laundry, then it’s not really there. Right? Well, if you hate reading, then feel free to just look at the before/progress pictures of our basement battles! Otherwise, enjoy hearing about some issues you might be facing this very moment, right now too!  Thoughts on starting this project: If there’s one space in my home that was really a source for sore eyes and looming over my head, it was the basement. Although the colors were bold and bright, the space felt small and dark to me. It was our family room/play room, but it really didn’t feel that way at all. And to be honest, it was the last room I wanted to tackle because I knew it was going to be a really big job. When I was asked to participate in this years Sherwin-Williams National Painting Week I could not refuse! It was just the kick in the butt I needed and the perfect excuse to transform this confused and uninviting basement into...

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,...

Win a Ticket to My Market Collective Workshops!

Hey friends! So, this weekend I’m hosting my two very first workshops at Market Collective in Calgary. If you are local, I hope you can make it! But today, I have some exciting news – I’m giving away one ticket for each class! And one of those workshops is good for two people (you and your favorite lady, mother, friend, sister…) and will include drinks and light snacks!  So, if you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend, be sure to enter below for one or both workshops and I’ll see you there!  For the Potted Plant Workshop: a Rafflecopter giveaway For the Woodblock Stamped Pillow Workshop: a Rafflecopter giveaway That’s it – good luck friends!!  XOXO,...
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