Dining Room Table Solution

a / b / c For a couple years now, my husband and I have wanted to replace our thrifted dining room table for a new one. It’s super sturdy and the shape is nice, but our home is ever-evolving and it is slowly starting to stick our like a sore thumb. Not to mention, our new chairs don’t quite fit underneath the table, so we have lost a bit of space. It’s our on going dining room dilemma! It’s not easy shopping for dining room tables. Especially if you aren’t going for a set! Because I purchased the chairs beforehand, I’ve made my dining table search a little bit harder. Now I have to find a table that will not only fit our tiny dining room, but also the chairs. Not so smart. But I love my chairs and I think it’s worth it!  Since our dining room and living room are one big space we need a table that can fit our family of five, without taking up too much space. Right now, our table is JUST the right size. We’ve considered three possibilities so far: Square: Takes up less room, but could only really fit four comfortably. Circle: Takes up less room and would fit 4, MAYBE 6 comfortably.  Rectangle: Takes up more room, but can fit 6-8 comfortably.  We have looked and looked for months and could never find the right one! We finally decided: none of the above! Yes, I know. Crazy. You might be wondering what’s left to choose from then? Well, we decided on a rather interesting shape!  Can anyone say HEXAGON!...

Portrait Art For The House

I’ve always loved finding art for the home. It’s one of those things that you slowly learn to love and discover what your style is. I have a variety of art in our home. Some of my prints and DIYs, some vintage pieces we’ve picked up, art for a cause and pieces from friends. I’ve always admired my Oma’s home, which is full of beautiful pieces she’s collected over decades. It’s like walking through a gallery. You find yourself stopping and gazing on each piece for minutes at a time, just taking it in. Letting the piece speak to you and figuring out what it means, if anything!  Last weekend, my family and I went for breakfast and stopped by an estate sale on the way home. It was a dream. My dream estate sale, that is! The home was very mid-century. There were a lot of unique pieces, a lot of influence from around the world. I could tell who ever once lived there was very creative. Sad to think about it. She also happened to have an art studio in the back full of original artwork she painted herself. It was all so lovely, I would have taken every piece if I could.  I was immediately drawn to these two portraits. There were all sorts of pieces, but these two really spoke to me. They were friendly and peaceful to look at. I loved the colors, the textures, the depth of each face. When I brought them home, the room came alive. They were exactly what was missing and I finally felt like I found those pieces...

Halloween Owl Display

My daughter and I had  a lot of fun puttng this Halloween owl display together. While my boys were still down for their nap, V and I played with this fun little arrangment and created a cute and spooky piece for our living room!  My daughter LOVES owls! I think it was even one of her first words.  Last Christmas, we got these two fuzzy little owls for her. She loved them so much, we decided to keep them out year round in her room so she could enjoy them a little longer!  I wanted this display to look nature inspired and as authentic as possible. I took my repurposed birch wood hurricane and used it as a tree like vase. I collected some floral elements I already had laying around the house. Some black eucalyptus, twigs from our yard, vintage glass sprigs and a few mini wrapped yarn twigs. Lastly, I added the fuzzy owls to the display! I’m pleased with how it turned out. The owls keep the display from looking too spooky! I think all the different elements work well together! I am starting to enjoy making these little arrangements! I had so much fun putting my fall wreath together, my pumpkin terrarium diorama and now this owl display! It’s like a piece of art when you see it all come together!  What do you think of this Halloween owl display? XOXO, Lidy Feel free to leave a comment! You can also follow Hello Lidy by email, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter,...

Reversible Wooden Dala Horse

I decided to take a little break from fall and Halloween to share some other day to day things we are doing! One of them being, this fabulously reversible wooden Dala horse! We have some amazing scrap wood from Northern California laying around for a few projects in mind. We thought we would use a piece to create a little homage to my husbands Swedish roots and create a fun piece for the living room. Because the wood was recycled, one of the sides had some worn paint while the other was still in it’s natural form. Hence, it’s reversibility!  I don’t know about you, but we have a little Dala horse collection going on in our home. So far, we have three authentic and traditional red Dala horses, which are displayed in our new mid century curio cabinet. And now 4, with our latest creation!  I am a very sentimental person, so having things in our home that have special meaning to us is important to me. I am happy to decorate our home with little bits and pieces of our families history and it doesn’t hurt that they are cute to look at! I would love to have some more authentic ones in fun colors like blue, pink, black or white! Perhaps I’ll have to put it on my Christmas list?! What do you think of this reversible dala horse? XOXO, Lidy Feel free to leave a comment! You can also follow Hello Lidy by email, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter,...

Mid Century Curio Cabinet

On Saturday, my little family and I headed to our local antique flea market to score some weekend finds! We were really lucky and found some pretty unique pieces. It was a two day event, so we decided to go back and see if we could find any last minute deals on Sunday. So happy we did!  As we were heading to leave, we spotted this fantastic mid century curio cabinet. They were asking $45, which was already super cheap. We were able to talk them down to $30 and we had ourselves a deal! I still can’t believe that’s all we paid for this beauty.  It was in pretty good condition! It was built in the 50s and was with the original owner the whole time, until now. The original glass doors are still intact, which is fantastic! For now we are using it as a book shelf/odds and ends. It’s the perfect size for our little home!  I am really grateful for the little things we are able to pick up to make our house feel more like a home. I think my husband and I are finally finding pieces that really suit our personal style and we’ll keep them for years to come!  What do you think of this lovely new cabinet?  XOXO, Lidy Feel free to leave a comment! You can also follow Hello Lidy by email, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter,...

DIY Brass Swing Lamp

Last week, I shared some geeky parts for a project we were in the process of making! When my husband asked me what I wanted for my 30th this year, it was a no brainer. I REALLY wanted a fun new light for our living room! Naturally.  My husband’s design was inspired by the original handcrafted lamps over at One Forty Three! We have been long time fans of this talented team and love EVERYTHING they have ever created. I only hope that one day I can own one of their amazing pieces!  For now, I am so pleased with how this DIY brass swing lamp turned out! It fits perfectly into the little corner above my favorite spot to sit! It’s vintage inspired bulb casts a nostalgic glow and I feel comfort sitting under it’s dim light. The unfinished brass gives it a a great look and I love the midcentury modern feel it has overall! Most of the parts my husband was able to order online and piece together in his own way. He even bent the brass rods to create the 45 degree angles! I am so proud of his design and am thrilled to have it hanging in our home! It’s the best birthday gift a gal can as for! Thanks husband!  What do you think of the end product? Be sure to check out the full tutorial here!  XOXO, Lidy Feel free to leave a comment! You can also follow Hello Lidy by email, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter,...

DIY Geometric Cement Paperweight

For a while now, I’ve been seeing cement projects popping up all over the web! My husband and I have wanted to experiment with this material for quite a while and even talked about cement counter tops for our kitchen some time ago. Last week, we thought we would give it a whirl and try to recreate these fabulous faceted concrete hooks! Well, needless to say our first attempt was a fail. Yes, not all our DIY projects come out perfect! Cement is a tricky material to work with, so we’ve discovered. Firstly, we printed out the templates too small. Secondly, the sheaths for the brackets got bent inside, preventing us from sliding the brackets into the concrete hooks. Lastly, our cement mixture wasn’t the greatest and started to crumble a bit. But it won’t stop us from trying again!  Nonetheless, we were left with a pretty neat object! I love the triangular angles and texture they both have. It would have been such a waste to just throw them out, so we decided to give them a new purpose instead! How about these geometric cement paperweights?!  They sure look cute on our coffee table and even though our kids think we just brought in a couple rocks from outside, I’m pretty sure they like them too! I’ve thought about maybe painting them, but I like the industrial feel they bring in their natural state!  So you see, sometimes behind the scenes aren’t always what it seems. We have failures and successes with projects, but the important thing is making the most of it. Now we have some cool...

Thinking Of Cobalt Blue

Happy October! If it’s anything like last month, it’s going to fly by! Every year, we look forward to decorating our pumpkins and displaying them on our front porch. Last year, I did some fun neon pumpkins, but this year I’m trying to figure out something new: traditional or trendy?  1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 I’ve been loving the color Cobalt Blue! There is something funky, yet classy about this color. I’m thinking I might try to incorporate it in someway! Perhaps some stripes, polka dots, chevron, or other fun design! For now, I’ve pulled some cobalt blue inspiration!  What do you think of this color? Fun for pumpkins? XOXO, Lidy Feel free to leave a comment! You can also follow Hello Lidy by email, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter,...

Parts For A Project

For a long time, I’ve been inspired by lighting in today’s design world! There are so many amazing ideas for any style  of home. As we are slowly recreating the spaces in our home, I have thought about lighting more and more. It’s always been something I overlooked, I just didn’t think it was really that important as a design element. Boy, was I wrong!  I’ve slowly been discovering some amazing vintage lighting pieces (one is even brass!), but I also wanted to add another fixture that would really be the show stopper! Something a bit more modern to create that perfect balance with my vintage finds. The only problem was, all the fixtures I was looking to purchase were way more than I could justify. So, my husband and I set off to make our own!  We found a fabulous website that we could order all our pieces from to create our DIY light fixture. The parts finally came in and I am feeling giddy looking at them! It’s not even put together yet, but I already love it! I know it’s going to look fabulous in our living room and I can’t wait to show you the finished project! For now, I will bore you with the lovely little parts that will make up our new fixture. Can you guess what style of light fixture we are going for? I would love to hear your thoughts!  XOXO, Lidy Feel free to leave a comment! You can also follow Hello Lidy by email, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter,...

Our New Kitchen Addition

Last week I shared the before pictures of our new mid century china cabinet! We got it all sanded, polished and finally in our kitchen! I am so in love! This piece really makes that space come to life. It even matches our newly made over kitchen cabinets.  We are just hoping to order some glass for the china cabinet to make it complete! It has the perfect amount of storage for our glass bowls and other kitchen items. I also love that we can display some of our great vintage and new pieces! For the longest time they have been hidden away, but not anymore!   I am so grateful we found this piece, I know I am going to love it for years to come. It’s so unique and special in it’s own little way. The walnut wood is beautiful, the brass is old and so perfectly lovely!  What do you think of our new kitchen addition? Are there any furniture pieces you are hoping to find? XOXO, Lidy Feel free to leave a comment! You can also follow Hello Lidy by email, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram...
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