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    March 27, 2014
    DIY: Wood Beach Pendant Lamp

    Here’s a great tutorial from Camille Styles for transforming a plain pendent lamp kit into a beaded wood pendant. The Etsy shop that makes the light kit she references is currently on vacation, but you can find something similar at More For Less NYC.

    Via Curbly.


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    March 25, 2014
    Basic Geometry

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    When I ran across this gorgeous Zoid Console on Pinterest I expected it to be expensive, but whoa Nelly is it expensive ($24,000)! I had almost forgotten about it when I ran across something with a very similar feel at Urban Outfitters.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Magical Thinking Diamond Side Table is just $120. With a little matte gold paint, I think it would be very chic.


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    March 20, 2014
    DIY Leather Magazine Holder

    This simple Leather Magazine Holder DIY would be a great way to upcycle old belts. There’s not an office how-too, but it looks like a leather punch, leather strap and button are all that is needed.


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    March 6, 2014
    Trend: Half and Half

    I’ve been noticing quite a lot of half-painted walls on Pinterest and the trend is really starting to grow on me. I especially like the versions with the edge that shows the roller strokes. It lends a casual elegance. I also really like the way the above color treatment pulls double duty as a headboard anchoring the bed.

    I think the technique is particularly stunning with a contrasting dark gray. In this example, they have the color on the top half of the wall, which saves you painting your baseboards (which is a pain to do and undo).

    And including the door makes this version particularly striking.

    I’ve always been afraid to use pink in my home because I feel like it could get overwhelmingly girly. But the above example is lovely and subtle. Not to mention painting half the wall means half the work. Something to think about.

     


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    February 18, 2014
    DIY Leather Pendant Light

    A super-stylish leather pendant DIY from Poppytalk. Get the instructions here.


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    February 11, 2014
    Polka Dots

    Who knew a trip to Office Depot could be so stylish. This polka dotted wall was made with round black labels. $8 for 1,008 at OfficeDepot.com.


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    February 4, 2014
    Framed

    Faux frames painted on the wall and accented with photos and art. What a lovely idea. Via French By Design.

     


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    January 27, 2014
    Hanging Out

    This is a great way to bring plants indoors without using up all of the counter / furniture-top space that you could otherwise use to leave your stacks of unread mail and pocket change. Or decorative items. Whatever floats your boat. All you need is a length of pipe, rope or wire, a few hooks and a level.  Via Blood & Champagne. 

     


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    January 24, 2014
    The Gilded Age

    These gold shelf brackets would make for a simple DIY. Just take some Ikea Ekby brackets ($2 each).

    And a few cans of Rustoleum Metallic Gold (which performed best according to the Bright Green Door).


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    January 8, 2014
    The Rad Hatter

    I took one look at this DIY Hat Box Doll House from Sweet Paul and was completely smitten. I mean, look at the inside. And the squirrel on the roof is beyond adorable. This version has a Christmas theme, but I think one of these would be fun all year round. Now all I have to do is find the time and patience to make my own.


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