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    March 5, 2015
    Evolving Doors

    If you live in a home with those flat, featureless hollow-core doors (as I do), here’s a great idea for adding some color to your room: wallpaper. Even if you’re renting (as I am), you can try removable wallpaper or just commit to replace the door should you move. Just ask your landlord first! Above photo by Brittany Ambridge of Domino Magazine via sfgirlbybay.

    Find the above brief how-to from Martha Stewart here.

     


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    February 12, 2015
    The Golden Hour

    I just found this great post from Annabode featuring 10 Ikea hacks that require only a can of gold spray paint. I don’t know what it is, but gold paint really does elevate these simple, inexpensive pieces. Above, gold paint added to the inside of a $20 FOTO pendant lamp. Below, gold paint on the metal bases of TOBIAS chairs ($79 each).

     


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    February 2, 2015
    A Flashy Backsplash Alternative

    I ran across this bright, geometric backsplash alternative on Pinterest. I love the contrast of natural grays and browns with prismatic brights. Even better, this is a super cheap alternative to adding tile. You can get small sample cans of paint from Sherwin Williams for $7 a piece.


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    January 16, 2015
    Friday Fun: Funky DIY Planter

    A sense of humor goes a long way – both in life and in decorating. That’s why I love this cute DIY planter with eyes. Too cute. Find this and a few more funky planter ideas here.


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    January 15, 2015
    Update Your Ikea with O’verlays

    I ran across this fantastic Ikea Rast makeover on Honey & Fitz and realized that I’m totally out of touch with the Ikea-hacking movement. The Gold overlays used to give the above Rast chest of drawers that vintage look are from a company called O’verlays that I had no idea existed. They make simple decorative add-ons that can be affixed with glue. Prices are totally reasonable and they also make decorative corners and frames for Ikea mirrors.


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    November 18, 2014
    DIY Gift Boxes

    You can make these super cute gift boxes yourself using some handy templates from Des Petits Hauts. The links for the templates are towards the top of the post, but the instructions are in French and don’t translate. The photos provided should help, though.


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    November 14, 2014
    Home Screen Printing Kit

    Finally, an affordable home screen printing kit. This would make the perfect gift for your favorite maker. I’ve seen this listed at up to $250, but it’s just $99 at Amazon.com. Via Poppytalk.


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    October 28, 2014
    Pom Pom Rug

    I own a set of pom pom makers. Most days, I wonder why I bought them. Then I run across something like this pom pom rug diy and I feel vindicated. By the way, you don’t need a pom pom maker to create this. You can make pom poms using cardboard or forks. The maker just makes it slightly easier. Get the full instructions at Say Yes.


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    October 23, 2014
    DIY: Rock ‘n’ Roll

    This pegboard display is a fantastic way to display your kids’ collections – whether they are into rocks, shells or arrowheads. Get the full DIY at Lay Baby Lay. Via Poppytalk.


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    October 15, 2014
    Tutorial Time

    I’ve run across several fantastic tutorials on Pinterest this week – and with shorter, colder days on the way, it’s the perfect time to find some new indoor projects. Above, a retro diamond focal wall from Vintage Revivals.

    And while you’re cleaning out your sweater drawer, why not make an old sweater into a cross stitched pillow. Get the how-to over at A Beautiful Mess.

    And if you’re looking for a classy twist on fall decor, check out these decoupage pumpkins over at Poppytalk. Happy crafting.


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