2.27.2015

DIY Wire Basket Side Table

I've been working on a fun makeover for a college kid this last week.  It's a really playful, quirky space - my favorite kind.  The reveal is coming soon, but I'm giving you a little sneak peek today and sharing one of my favorite DIY's from the room - this little DIY Wire Basket Side Table. It adds pattern to the space without being heavy and weighing it down.

I used this same wire basket in Dylan's closet makeover.  I love the shape and design of this Target basket, I like to think it's an inexpensive version of this Ferm Living basket that I've been eyeing for over a year now.  So, for about $30, I DIYed this little side table, and it took me just a few minutes to put together.


Here's what you'll need:

Wire Basket
Solid Pine 18" Round
Wood Stain (I used Old Master's Wiping stain in Walnut)
8 3/4" wood screws
8 1/4" nylon cable clamp (1/4" not available online, but this is what they look like)
Power drill or just a screw driver


Start by staining the 18" pine piece.  I love a wiping stain, it's totally fool proof.  Simply wipe on the stain with a rag and then wipe off the excess and let it dry.  A little dark walnut stain can make even the palest pine look rich.  Stain is your friend, I find myself using it more and more these days.


The next step is even easier.  Simply flip the basket over and center it in the middle of the wood top. Using a power drill or screw driver, attach the clamps spacing them evenly around the table top. Now how easy was that?  DONE!  You have a unique table, that is modern and clean. Now accessorize that bad boy.


Stay tuned to see more of the DIYs and thrifted treasures from this room makeover.

2.23.2015

Dark Green Inspiration

After a few years of the same old same old, I'm ready to change things up a bit.  I've been sharing a lot of pink and blush inspiration for the home, but I'm looking for colors that will compliment it as well.  Green is already my favorite color, so I'd like to play with this gorgeous dark shade of forest/emerald green a bit.  My Green Pinterest board is probably my favorite board of all time.  Here's some striking dark green interiors that have me wanting to experiment with it in my home as well. 


Bathtub and Tile (Via)




Do any of these dramatic greens appeal to you?  What color would you pair with pink/blush and all the grey that is already in my home?  

2.20.2015

Friday's Fabulous Five - DIY House Plant Holders

Another week down and another very busy weekend traveling ahead for me.  I've found some fun house plant DIYs for you to try this weekend. I've been loving house plants more and more this last couple of years.  And I'm finding which ones I'm good at keeping alive.  And the best part of a house plant, is the container you get to put it it.  Head over to these fine blogs and check out the full posts.  

2.19.2015

Thrifting Thursday - Credenza Makeover

AFTER
I'm working on a fun bedroom makeover for a college kid.  And this beautiful credenza is going to be one of the gems in the space.  I found this piece on Craigslist months ago, but finally spent sometime this week giving it a little TLC.  I kept it simple and went with my go-to look - wood and white (like this and this).  The top of this dresser had some really bad water damage, so I decided painting it was the only way to go.  Plus I like painting the outside of a wood piece white, it really frames the piece nicely and gives it a clean, crisp look.

BEFORE
This piece had some fun hardware, but it was a bit to brassy and cheap looking. So, I decided to take it all off and give it a quick coat of metallic gold spray paint.  I also replaced all the hinges, they had seen better days and were all bent out of shape.

This is such a great piece for holding so much stuff.  It has 9 drawers to keep everything organized.


Have you found any great finds while thrifting lately?  Does your city's craigslist have great stuff?  Should I be heading your way?

2.18.2015

Modern Rugs

Living in a 1920's bungalow, I want to maintain the character, but still decorate in a modern fresh way.  Having hardwood floors throughout our house, allows us to play with pattern in area rugs.  Our living room rug has seen better days.  We've lived on it for over 4 years now, and it's served us well.  Now I'm an the hunt for something new.  I'm looking at rugs that will give my space a little modern edge. And right now, that means geometric shapes and lines and a little touch of blush for me.  

1 // 2 // 3 // 4

Number 2. is probably the safest with it being just grey and white.  But, the touch of blush/pink in the others makes for a bit more unexpected and edgy design for a living room. Is there one of these rugs that speaks to you more then the others? Are you loving the trends of this season?  I think geometric shapes and pastels are still here for a while.

2.17.2015

Living Room Makeover

I'm excited to finally share a little living room makeover I worked on over the Thanksgiving break.  I helped my sister-in-law, Jess, who lives in Idaho, give her new grey sectional a little personality.  


Jess already had a couple great furniture pieces to start with. We had 4 main goals for the room:

1. Give the sectional personality.
2. Create a gallery focal wall.
3. Rethink the mantel.
4. Accessorize the surfaces.  

Head over to The Land of Nod's blog, Honest to see all the details and the full reveal.  And then come back here and let me know what you think.  

2.13.2015

5 Sweet Treats to Make for Your Sweetheart

Woot woot!  Friday is here.  Are you ready for Valentine's Day?  If you don't have something special for your sweetheart, I've found 5 sweet treats that you could whip up tomorrow.  Be sure to head over and check out these fabulous blogs and the bloggers behind them.


We decided this morning that we would get away for the weekend.  Lon's parents are visiting this week, so we're heading to Yosemite for a couple night of camping.  I love this park, be sure to head over to my Instagram if you want to see some gorgeous California scenery over the next couple of days.