Art For A Cause Part II

Last week I purchased this beautiful print for our home through Sevenly. I also purchased these prints from them not too long ago for our home as well. I love to give to charities and causes that I feel passionate toward. So anytime I see something on Sevenly that really strikes a chord, I am sure to snag something right away so that part of the proceeds go to that specific need. You can read more here to understand how it all works! I love this new print – it’s so colorful and playful! The print on wood is a nice complement to the other pieces in our home. Originally I thought of putting it in our daughter’s room, but my husband really liked it and suggested keeping it in the living room so we could enjoy! I think I might have to agree. I placed the print in a nice, clean white frame. I wanted the print to really stand out on our existing white walls. It adds a little color to the living area. It draws your attention in a pleasant way, while not distracting from our other prints and art pieces.  What I love most about this print  is it’s versatility. You can have it in a toddlers room, living room, play room, dining area or even kitchen! It has the ability to transform into any atmosphere! I’ve always loved the expression, “Home Is Where The Heart Is”. Now, it’s a part of our home and benefitting another. I urge you, if you are ever looking for a unique piece of art for your home, visit...

On The Look Out For Mid Century Modern Finds

This weekend I am heading to the Long Beach Flea Market with my family! I am so excited! I’ve been to the Pasadena Flea Market a few times and love it. They always have a TON of vendors and a lot of great things. I’ve heard that Long Beach is a bit smaller, but the selection is a lot better to choose from and cheaper!  I am on the look out for a few things for our home. I’m looking to complete the look in our dining/living room and also find some bigger pieces for our master bedroom. Here are a few items I hope to come across – it’s a good thing we are bringing two vehicles, we might need all that extra room!  1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6  These are more big ticket items, so I don’t expect to find all of these. I sure would be happy with at least one of them though! I’ll let you know how it goes! XOXO, Lidy Feel free to leave a comment! You can also follow Hello Lidy by email, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter,...

Upcycled Leather Belt Bench

Let’s just say right away, this was my husband’s project and vision! For a couple of years he has been talking about collecting old leather belts to repurpose a vintage piano bench we’ve had forever. He actually found it by a dumpster of all places! Last week, he finally got his project done and I have to say, it’s pretty neat!  He simply picked up some leather belts from a thrift store for super cheap – even some fabulous snake skin and alligator skin belts! He began weaving the belts until the surface of the bench was covered. He trimmed off the access belts and secured them into the bench using screws and washers. It’s so easy, it should only really take an afternoon to complete!  It surprisingly compliments our home decor nicely! The leather and wood are a nice contrast to the other decor items we have added to the room recently! As much as we love mid century pieces and the simplicity of a Scandinavian inspired home, we don’t want it to be too much of one thing. A nice balance is a good thing!  I have to say, my husband has great vision for things I sometimes don’t have. I think it’s great that we can both bring our own separate styles together and compliment one another, as well as finding a style we both love! We share this home and I think it’s important that it says a lot about who we are as individuals and as a couple!  What do you think of this fun DIY?! Maybe one day I will convince my husband...

Danish Inspired Mid Century Side Table

Last weekend, my husband and I got out of town with our three kids. We headed to the beach to escape the heat! My husband saw that there was a flea market where we were headed, so we made a quick stop to see what we might find. I am so happy we did! We came across a couple wonderful finds and for cheap!  Because our home is getting an overhaul, my eyes are always peeled for those mid century pieces. I have a few things I am on the look out for, which I will share on Monday. Once in a while, you come across something that’s not on the list though. And if the price is set right, I might take that too!  We happened to find this amazing Danish inspired mid century side table by Lane. It was in fantastic condition! The sweet elderly lady selling it said a friend was trying to just get rid of it, so she just threw a price at us. We paid $30, which compared to something similar would run in the $200s! I could not say no!  I am loving the danish modern lines of the table. The tapered legs and beautiful wood inlay! To me, these pieces are truly timeless and are absolutely beautiful. They have stood the test of time! What do you think of this fabulous find? XOXO, Lidy  Feel free to leave a comment! You can also follow Hello Lidy by email, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter,...

Dining Room Dilemmas

Because our home is one level and spread out in a “U” shape, our dining room and living room have to share the main area. This can cause a lot of issues creating a nice space that flows evenly from one to the other. Not to mention, as soon as you walk into our front door, you are walking right between the two. It can be a confusing space, so I am trying to figure out ways to make it separate and unique until I can find a proper solution.  For the time being I have kept my dining room pretty simple and minimal, while keeping the midcentury vibe we have going on with our living room pieces. I am starting to prefer it this way anyway – the more stuff I have in the space, the more cluttered the entire area begins to feel. I hate the room feeling smaller than it really is, so I try to keep it bright, light and happy. Our geometric white and grey wall paper really helps keep the area formal, yet funky and not too sterile with all the surrounding white walls.  Our Black and White rug adds a bold and graphic element to the space, but still keeping it classy. It helps the dining room look separate and steering the space from blending into the living room area. I also created a fun black striped design on one of our small dining room walls to play in with the rug and to add even more fun to the space.  I’ve also created a glass hexagonal table runner with some Ikea...

Black and White

I am currently loving black and white accents throughout the home! They go with almost any kind of decor and really pop! From stripes, polka dots to playful designs, it always works! Together, these two classic colors truly compliment one another in the most gorgeous way! I am always keeping an eye open for great black and white pieces for my home and these are my top 5!  1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 Which one is your favorite? I would be happy to have any one (or all) of these in my home!  XOXO, Lidy Feel free to leave a comment! You can also follow Hello Lidy by email, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter,...

DIY Shelf Accents

First thing, I promise this will be my last post about contact paper! But it’s sure given me a lot of use for only $2! Today I’m sharing a fun way to enhance a rather boring shelf unit you may have on the wall. I purchased these Ikea shelves a few years ago. They are practical and useful, considering we have no shelving anywhere in our living room.  Ever since we painted our living room walls white, the shelves no longer pop. Rather, they blend in. Our fun decor is now kind of floating in mid air and so I wanted to figure out a way we could enhance this area without having to spend more money on shelving.  Using my contact paper, I accented the shelves by creating a fun backdrop. I decided to have the wood patterned paper ascend upward to really draw the eye across the shelving. I simply measured the length of both shelves and height between the two shelves. I cut downward from the upper left corner to the bottom right of the other (and the opposite for the bottom shelf). This created a triangular shape, rather than just a boring large rectangular background. Now, the decor pops from the background and you are more likely to notice our fun little vintage finds and DIY pieces more than before. I love the look this small area of the room now has! It goes perfectly with out midcentury pieces and really brings that retro vibe out. I love the white with that touch of brown and how it still works well with all the black...

Geometric Light Fixture

While I’m still on the hunt for the perfect geometric fixture (if there is such a thing), I decided to revamp my Ikea lamp we’ve had for some time now. I wanted to turn this fun lamp into something even more unique for our home! If you haven’t guessed, I’m currently obsessed with my  Magic Cover Self-Adhesive! It’s SO versatile! I’ve managed to create a fun wall decal and give my kitchen a makeover with this fabulous stuff! Did I mention it’s super cheap too? I simply started to cut some triangles to create a pattern for my pendant lamp. The adhesive will cling to practically any hard surface. I cut 12 triangles in total to create my pattern and stuck them to my light fixture!  This was an easy way to revamp my lamp and add my own twist to it! I’ve had a lot of curious people ask why I am so in love with geometric shapes and other specific things I am doing right now. They want to know where I get my inspiration, so feel free to check out this article! It gives you some of the top trends for 2013. Plus, you can find this stuff all over Pinterest! Gotta give credit to someone, right?!  XOXO, Lidy Feel free to leave a comment! You can also follow Hello Lidy by email, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter,...

Prototype Diamond Shaped Shelf

I came across some great pieces of wood at the craft store. They were thin sheets of plywood and were pretty lightweight. I decided to take them home and experiment. See what I could do! I thought I would design a prototype for a larger scale shelf I was thinking of making down the road. Sometimes it’s nice to have an idea of what something might look like once it’s out of your head and on the walls! The first thing I tried to do was remove the barcode stickers. Fail. They were stuck on there good – such a shame. I decided that I would have to resort to painting one side with black paint in order to hide the stickers, it was the best thing I could come up with. I just didn’t feel like having a war with these silly things longer than I needed too.  After all the sides were painted and dried, I began to play around. I resorted to creating a fun shape and making a little shelf to act as an art piece for my walls. See what this baby was going to look like! Since the wood isn’t as sturdy as other plywood (these are super thin sheets and very temporary), I can only have very lightweight decor pieces for display. Even then, it looks pretty neat on it’s own!  I simply used hot glue to attach all the edges together, which worked pretty good. I haven’t had any problems as of yet! It looks nice with the inside walls a contrasting black and the outside a nice light wood grain...

Back To School: Nerdy Decor

Well, school has officially started! Although none of our little ones are old enough for school yet, my husband is a teacher. He is lucky enough to be educating fourth graders again this year! I thought I would do a little homage to back to school in honor of him, but nerdy style (he’s not really a nerd though….)! Here are a few fun decor pieces for the home!  Periodic Table / Decal / Pillows / Wooden Sign / Print / Molecule Set Feel free to leave a comment! You can also follow Hello Lidy by email, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter,...
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