Mid Century Fish Sculpture

Hello friends! Yes, I’m on the road and heading to Canada, but I wanted to let you all know I’m over at Style Me Pretty today, sharing this fabulous handmade Mid Century Fish Sculpture! I just didn’t want you to miss it!  We are huge fans of all things mid century (which is pretty obvious by now) and decided to try to make one of our own pieces inspired by that classic design. Be sure to check out the full post and tutorial here!!   What do you think?! XOXO, Lidy Feel free to leave a comment! You can also follow Hello Lidy by email, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram...

We’re Moving!

If you haven’t heard it officially, then WE’RE MOVING! Yes, we are beyond excited! I have loved this California life for the past seven years, but it’s time to move on to new adventures back in our home land.  But as excited as I am, this is not going to be easy. I am leaving behind a lot of amazing people and a lot of amazing memories. This has been home to us for many years. This is where our children were born and their sisters still live. And my heart breaks all over again thinking of that separation. I do not doubt God’s will in all of this, which is why I leave knowing there is a bigger picture. I’ve seen it already begun, I know there will be a good end.  So, we’ve packed up our lives in 200+ boxes and bins. No, seriously. I’ve numbered them. And not because I’m organized like that, but because immigrating into Canada isn’t a breeze just because you’re Canadian. There are SO many things I did not anticipate, so we are taking it a day at a time. I look at this empty house. The empty walls. I look outside my windows and breath in all that I can. The blue skies. The bright sun. The palm trees. How lucky are we that we lived in this beautiful state, this country. We’ve had a really good life here – for that, I am forever blessed. And because these are such memorable times, I am going to be stepping away from the blog for a week or so. I need that time to...

Mid Century Desk Organizer

We recently came across this cute mid century desk organizer at Salvation Army. I think we paid $1 for it…how can you say no?! It was a little worn and scratched up, so we put some new life in it again!   We sanded it and re-stained it, as well as gave the brass some shine! I love how it looks like new. You just don’t see organizers like this anymore – I especially love it paired with my Revamped Green and Gold Desk!  I try to keep organized when I can. I can have my to-do lists and sketch books handy. As well as pens, tape and other easy to find pieces! It’s great not having to rummage through the drawers or panic when I need to find something in a hurry.   Not to mention, it’s a great way to add a little color and texture to the desktop! I can work efficiently and in style. Love those mid century touches, no matter how big or little! What do you think?! XOXO, Lidy  Feel free to leave a comment! You can also follow Hello Lidy by email, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram    ...

Revamped Green and Gold Desk

This weekend, I had a lot of fun giving an old piece of furniture a fresh and modern look! I’ve been trying to sell this desk before we moved for a couple weeks, but I just wasn’t getting a whole lot of interest.   A few years ago I bought it for my studio space to work from. Soon after, we got placement of Holden and Violet and the room quickly became a nursery and the desk collected nothing but dust. It’s an arts and craft design, with your typical light oak finish – something I’m really not digging as of late. I personally would want something a bit more trendy if I were on the market for a new desk. I used this as my inspiration and have been a long time fan of campaign furniture! I ALMOST bought this desk to revamp, but just couldn’t justify it when I still had my old one sitting around. Even after all my IG friends voted yes on my new find (sorry guys…). I decided to take the plunge and paint the old one green with some gold accents, because gold just makes everything that much better! I sanded down the desk, wiped it clean and painted the entire piece (I used three cans of spray paint). After the desk dried completely, I taped the legs and drawer handles and painted them gold using liquid gold leaf paint. It dries pretty quickly. For extra protection, I recommend spraying your piece of furniture with clear enamel. I removed the tape and voila!  Now that it’s revamped, I’m wondering….should I sell it or keep it? I love the...

New Beginnings | New Home

I have some amazing news! Our house sold! As spectacular as it sounds, it was also very bitter sweet. We didn’t even put it on market and a lovely family expressed their interest in our home and the rest is history. We’ve signed the papers and are just getting a few things out of the way. We should be all moved out by the end of August. I have loved this home of ours the last 6 years. It’s charm can never be replaced, the memories truly priceless! But I have peace leaving it, knowing that a wonderful family will be moving in and making even more great new memories! Not to mention, we have a photographer from LA coming the end of this week to photograph our space to be featured – which I will share more details soon. For now, you’ll have to live in suspense! It will be a nice way to remember this home for years to come and have it documented in a sense.  After our home sold, we were a little worried (naturally) about where we were going to be moving. We knew we would be in Canada by the end of August / beginning of September, but buying a home is SO stressful. ESPECIALLY when you are doing it from another country. Seriously. We looked at a few online, but it’s so hard to tell what it really looks like judging just by pictures. Although there were many we were willing to purchase, there was one particular house that just felt right. It looked like the perfect home for our family of five (and...

Rental Studio Apartment | Before And After

Our sweet friend Lindsey just moved into her new studio apartment this week! So exciting! She asked me to help her find a simple design solution for her space. Because it’s a studio apartment, everything blends together: the bedroom, dining and living space. We wanted to create something that flowed and worked seamlessly together. We also wanted to use items that were mainly hand-me-downs and thrifted! This was such a fun challenge for me and I think the end result worked perfectly for her. Here are a few before shots of the space I was working with: I told you it was a small space! But I’m so excited to share with you the end result. It’s amazing how much bigger the space feels and how everything has completely transformed. The most important thing is, it screams Lindsey!  This was my first experimental design project, outside my home. It had it’s challenges, but I’m glad it stretched me in that way. I had to think outside of my realm of design and comfort zones and go beyond all that. I really had to get into the shoes of my client and out of my own head. There are a few things I would still like to do, like her bedroom area! Perhaps add a nice shelving unit, some fun art for the walls and a bit more color and texture. For now I decided to show you how we created a warm, cozy and eclectic space! It’s fun, colorful and perfectly sweet – which is exactly how I would describe Lindsey. So I would say this design project was a...

Wood DIY Plant Hanger

Happy Monday friends! I’m sharing this fabulous Wood DIY Plant Hanger on DIY Candy today – be sure to check out the full how-to there!  XOXO, Lidy...

Weekend Picks | For An Office Space

Today for Weekend Picks, I decided to grab a few fun pieces for that imaginary office space makeover we all might be dreaming about! I thought pops of color and texture would help the space feel refreshing, making it easier to get all that work done!  RUG | PLANT | LAMP | ART | DESK I might be dreaming when I hope for a nice little office space in our new house, but it doesn’t hurt to plan ahead and put some simple mood boards together! What about you – would you use this design concept in your imaginary (or real) office?! XOXO, Lidy Feel free to leave a comment! You can also follow Hello Lidy by email, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter,...

Mini Mood Board | Boys Shared Room

As we are packing up for the big move over the next few weeks, we dug out a few fun pieces from our vintage booth we had a few years ago. I felt inspired to make a few mini mood boards to help steer me in the right direction with the boys new shared room! We are going for a modern summer camp vibe!  I’m thinking of a nice white, blank canvas to act as the backdrop for the boys room. I’m wanting to add a graphic element to their walls, such as painted mountains in a nice light grey or, if I’m brave, black! I’ll add pops of color and great texture by paying close attention to the smallest of details , it’s going to be fun!   I can’t wait for a nice clean slate to work with. I’ll be sure to share more of the boys room design once I have a better idea of what their space looks like! So far, we are still on the hunt for a new house. Wish us luck!!  So, what do you think – can you kind of see where I’m headed?! XOXO, Lidy Feel free to leave a comment! You can also follow Hello Lidy by email, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram...

Revamped Vintage Tool Box

A few weeks ago, Joel and I went to our favorite flea market in Long Beach. That day was especially interesting, the Swiss Cross seemed to be a huge theme. From antique first aide kits to huge flags, they were everywhere! And I felt inspired!  We came across this vintage tool chest. It was in rough shape, with old smeared paint, dings and dents. I love that kind of character. But it needed a bit of a modern touch! Sometimes, a simple revamp makes a piece feel brand new and fresh. It doesn’t have to be a huge makeover and I think we were successful in making this piece stand out a lot more than it did before!  Materials: Old Tool Box (or other piece if you prefer) Ruler Pencil Paint Brush Directions: 1. Gather your supplies 2. Wipe the area clean that you intend to paint 3. Begin measuring your Swiss Cross using your pencil (Remember: with a Swiss Cross design all sides are equal) 4. Begin painting within your markings and outline 5. Continue step 4 until you have completely covered the inside of your outline and the paint is nice and even 6. Let dry and enjoy!  It’s pretty amazing how a simple symbol can change the look of an entire room. I restyled our space a little and suddenly our living area looked a bit more organic and sophisticated! It’s an affordable way to update any room and flea markets are the best place to find those truly unique pieces! Not to mention, this was a great solution to hide and store all those toys that make...
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