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    July 16, 2014
    Pom-Pom Wonderful

    Another fantastic pom-pom project: super cute pom-pom magnets. If you’re looking for a fast, easy way to make pom-poms, I recommend picking up a set of these.

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    June 30, 2014
    No Hassel Tassel Garland

    All you need to make this super cute mini tassel garland is some embroidery thread, cardboard, a glue gun, and scissors. Get the full instructions at La La Lovely.

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    June 27, 2014
    Wall Power

    Lately I’ve been stashing my probably too large collection of shoes under-the-bed storage and in a laundry basket under my desk. Obviously, neither of these is idea. One is hard to get to. The other is pretty unsightly. Now I find myself considering these industrial wall shelves as a real alternative. I’ve been a bit hesitant to put my shoes on shelves as not all of them are aesthetic winners. But I like the idea of mixing in boxes in which I could hide some of my more utilitarian pairs.  I think Ikea’s Grundtal Wall storage shelves would be a great option for pulling this off ($19.99 per shelf).

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    June 12, 2014
    Pretty as a Picture Windows

    These lace window screens are a lovely idea. I don’t know how long they would survive, but they sure are pretty. Via 365 Slojda.

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    June 4, 2014
    Oversized Prints from Photojojo

    If, like me, you’ve been an admirer of  Debbie Carlos‘ oversized engineer prints you will also be thrilled to hear you can now get 3′x4′ prints of your own photos from Photojojo for just $25 (shipping is free). Photos must be a minimum of 1000 pixels long and wide and in jpg or png format. Via SwissMiss.

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    May 20, 2014
    DIY Hanging Table

    I can’t get over how gorgeous this DIY hanging table from Merry Thought is. The instructions are relatively simple. Except for tying the knot that holds the whole thing together. I’ve never had a talent for knots, so maybe it’s time to call on the nearest Boy Scout.

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    May 16, 2014
    Expedit Kitchen Storage Hack

    I love a good Ikea hack and this is definitely one of the cooler – and simpler – ones I’ve seen lately. The folks over at Ikea Hackers to an Expidit shelf and added simple hinged doors to create a custom kitchen storage unit. Via Curbly.


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    May 6, 2014
    Want to Read: DIY Furniture 2

    I ran across DIY Furniture 2 (now available for pre-order at by Christopher Stuart while browsing Urban Outfitters and was instantly intrigued. I’ve done my fair share of simple furniture building, but the stuff featured here looks a little more involved without seeming undoable. I am tempted by the kitchen cart featured on the cover, but also by this gorgeous macrame swing chair.

    There is also a DIY Furniture (1), though the projects focus heavily on PVC pipe, which I don’t love.

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    April 25, 2014
    Boutique Clothing Bar DIY

    My new apartment has exactly two closets, both of which are about deep enough and wide enough for one thin person to stand in. Of course, that just wasn’t going to cut it, so I went to pinterest for some inspiration. I found the below image featuring an industrial-style curtain rod used to store clothes.

    I priced out curtain rods at West Elm, Restoration Hardware and Crate and Barrel and found nothing for less than $70. So I decided to do it myself.

    All it took were a few plumbing fittings from Home Depot, a can of black semi-gloss spray paint, and a little help to get it installed. Total cost: under $40. Total time investment: 1 hour of work, several hours of waiting for paint to dry.

    What you will need:

    2 half-inch diameter lengths of 24″ black or stainless steel plumbing pipe

    2 half-inch diameter 90 degree elbows

    1 half-inch diameter Threaded T

    3 half-inch diameter floor flanges

    You will first have to pick and scrape off the insanely annoying price tags and the tape that they are attached with. Then I used a multi-purpose bathroom cleaner to remove the grease they use to keep the pipes from rusting (if you don’t, your paint won’t stick). I then assembled my hanging rod (I didn’t want to risk getting paint in the pipe threading, making them difficult to screw together). Then I gave the whole thing two coats of black semi-gloss. I used Rustoleum and let the second coat dry over night just to be safe. Then you install it using screws and drywall anchors. Make sure you have a level handy and someone to help. Voila – more room for clothes.









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    April 16, 2014
    DIY Floor Lamp

    I found this great industrial floor lamp DIY via How About Orange (via Lamps – especially stylish ones – can get so so expensive, but they’re not something I usually think about doing myself. This one, however, feels totally doable. I’ve done four or five projects using black metal plumbing pipe and found it really easy to work with. You can even order the pieces online at Home Depot and have them set aside to pick up.

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