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DIY Leopard Print Gold Leaf Tray by A Creative Day

DIY leopard print gold leaf tray

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Beautiful do-it-yourself projects that are so simple I wonder why I never thought of them always catch my eye. This DIY Leopard Print Gold Leaf Tray by A Creative Day is one such DIY. All you need to make this project at home is a gold leaf pen, a little creative flair and a tray that is in desperate need of some leopard spots!
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Quirky Item of the Week: RoboMustache

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(Image Credit: RoboMustache)

If you are easily derailed and excited by cuteness, this warning is for you. Proceed with caution, because what you are about to witness is by far the cutest thing in the world. Continue reading

DIY: Circle Shelf from The Merry Thought

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(Image Credit: The Merrythought)

There comes a time in a person’s life where they head to the internet (e.g. Tumblr or Pinterest) for decoration inspiration. My latest inspiration comes from The Merry Thought. I was introduced to the idea of a DIY Circle Shelf which looks extremely complicated at first glance but it’s really not! Continue reading

Quirky Item of the Week: Melting Clock

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(Image Credit: ThinkGeek)

In the modern world, try as you might, you’ll never get away from time. It’s everywhere you look — your phone, computer screen and your watch, if you still wear one. Wherever you go, time is sure to follow. Sadly, time dictates our life in many ways, which is why it’s important to keep careful track of it, and yet equally important to remind the time who’s boss. Salvador Dali understood this. He melted and warped his clocks to illustrate that the schedules and deadlines we submit to are arbitrary increments of time, created by humans, who have no idea what they’re doing.

Step into Salvador Dali’s dream world with the addition of a single quirky item in your room: the legendary Melting Clock, in three dimensions. Not only is it practical in keeping perfect time, but unlike other clocks, the melting clock shows us that time is just a figment of our collective imaginations. The surreal appearance of the clock reminds us not to take time too seriously.

So if you’re looking for more weirdness in your life, look no further. Next time reality gets just a little bit too real, give yourself a healthy dose of surrealism.

Quirky Item of the Week: ‘Game of Thrones’ Dragon Egg Canister

game_of_thrones_dragon_egg_cookie_jarI’m a huge Game of Thrones nerd, so anything related to the book and/or television series will always catch my attention. This hand-painted ceramic canister resembles one of the Khaleesi’s beautiful dragon eggs (the one that hatches to become Rhaegal, in case you were wondering).

This container will make you feel like you’re in Westeros, only without all of the stabbing and murdering. If only they had an entire line of cooking supplies so I could make my kitchen Game of Thrones themed…but then everyone would be scared to attend my dinner parties. You can also use it to keep your baby dragons cozy at night so they won’t get out and bother your cats.

If you want one for yourself, you can buy it here at ThinkGeek along with some other cool official Game of Thrones merchandise!

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DIY: Tips for Creating Your Home Library

(Image Credit: Holly Storrow / The Daily Quirk)

(Image Credit: Holly Storrow / The Daily Quirk)

When my books covered more floorspace in my bedroom than my actual furniture, I knew I needed to make a change. And I sure wasn’t planning on giving up my book addiction, so the next logical step was to give my books a place of honor in my home, on shelves made specifically for them. And thus, my library was born. Six months of painting, building, shopping and organizing later, and the storage room in our house was converted into my very own home library. And I’ve never been happier.

So if you’re thinking about tackling the same project in your home, here are a few tips from what I discovered about creating my home library.

(Image Credit: Holly Storrow / The Daily Quirk)

(Image Credit: Holly Storrow / The Daily Quirk)

1. Plan, plan, plan!

The last thing you want to do when transforming a room into your home library is cost yourself extra time and money because your not sure what you want. So grab a tape measure, a utility knife and an old cardboard box and plan yourself a room. I’m a fan of visualizing things in advance, so I found it helpful to measure the dimension of my room, including the locations of the door and window, to see just how much space I had for shelves, seating and any decor I wanted to add. Then, using the box, I cut everything down to size for a mini-model of my future library. Without it, I might have bought a couch so large it blocked any and all entry into the room.

But if you’re not a fan of the make-your-own version, there are plenty of free online room planners available, like Room Sketcher and the Icovia Room Planner available for you to use.

2. Know your limits

Even if you have a small space to work with, don’t underestimate the time and (potentially) money that you’ll be putting into your library. Shelving, if you choose to make your own, cannot be built, primed, painted and ready for books in one day. Heck, your room cannot be painted and ready to move in all in one day for that matter. Plan a weekend for a small, solo project, or grab a few buddies and make it a transformation that lasts a couple of weekends. Just don’t stress yourself out. Creating your own library is supposed to be fun and something to be proud of when it’s all finished.

(Image Credit: Holly Storrow / The Daily Quirk)

(Image Credit: Holly Storrow / The Daily Quirk)

3. Pick your style and get creative

Decorating a library can be expensive if you plan on buying everything new. And that’s where flea markets, antique stores and Pinterest all come in handy. There are plenty of cool DIY decorating projects that you can tackle all on your own for a lot less money. I wanted my library to have an antique feel, but I’m living on a recent college grad’s budget, so flea markets became my best friend. I dug through some of my grandmother’s old pictures to make a stylish black and white photo collection, used antiques bottles that I had collected throughout the years to decorate empty shelves and bought discounted fabric to sew accent pillows.

And don’t let anyone fool you into thinking that you can’t make cool things!

I loved the idea of this window coffee table but I didn’t have the budget to buy it. Instead, I hunted up an old window of my own, used the extra wood and paint from my shelves, and viola! A total of $16 was all I spent to get the coffee table of my dreams.

(Image Credit: Holly Storrow / The Daily Quirk)

(Image Credit: Holly Storrow / The Daily Quirk)

4. Splurge on seating

One thing you don’t want to do is skimp on seating. Assuming that you’re creating a library to not only house your book collection, but to also have a comfortable and relaxing place to read, you’ll want a seat that won’t make your back ache or butt fall asleep 15 minutes into your newest read. Here’s where saving on decor allows you to spend a bit of extra cash on a super comfy couch or chair. Just make sure it fits nicely in the room and doesn’t overpower the space. Stores like Ikea and Overstock.com have good deals on furniture from time to time, but shop around until you find something you like. I managed to snag my loveseat at Walmart for a good deal.

5. Make it your own

Lastly, make sure the space is all you. If you want hot pink walls and purple carpeting or white everything, it’s cool. As long as your library is a space where you can unwind, then do your thing. Don’t be afraid of color. Add movie posters, pictures or your own art to the walls. Have mini-bookshelves or fill the entire room with books. Ask for suggestions from the people around you, but ultimately make sure that the final result is a space that you’re going to love just as much a year from now as you do the day you finish.

So for all my book lovers out there, I hope you’re adventurous enough to give creating your own home library a shot. And I seriously hope you have as much fun with your project as I had with mine.

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5 Ways to Feng Shui Your Place

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(Image Credit: Woodleywonderworks)

Whether you’ve had a stressful day at work or a fight with your significant other, the best part of any difficult day is being able to come home and relax in your own personal space. For most people, this magical sanctuary is usually their bedroom. Being the room you get your beauty sleep in, having your bedroom in check is key to living a healthy, balanced life. Continue reading

Simple Ways to Add a Nautical Touch to Your Home

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I am not a beach girl. Despite growing up about an hour away from the Jersey Shore, I can think of about a million other things I’d rather do than sunbathe in the sand all day or go boating with the wind in my hair. Despite this, I am a huge fan of all things nautical – clothes, jewelry, decor – you name it. Of course, you don’t need to go full-on sailor to incorporate some nautical pieces into your life. At home, for instance, all you need are a few simple decorations to feel like you’re living life by the sea.

Some cheap options for nautical décor include  or a striped picture frame (which many a nautical-lover probably already have in shirt form), and this chic tabletop compass. To get a little more inventive, Nautical Rope Lanterns are a functional and subtle nod to your seafaring style, and can be recreated with a little bit of DIY magic if the price gives you a bit of sticker shock.

If you don’t mind splurging a little, whale bookends are an adorable way to nautical-ize your home. They’re a little pricey, but it’s a really cute whale, ok? Besides, everyone needs something to help hold their books up, right?

Porthole Mirror (Image Credit: Thos. Baker)

Porthole Mirror (Image Credit: Thos. Baker)

For the grandest nautical item of them all, I present to you the porthole mirror. Did anyone know that this was a “thing”? I sure didn’t, but it certainly excites me. Imagine looking in the mirror and feeling as though you’re out to sea – it doesn’t get much more nautical than that! For some this may be a little overboard (pun so intended), but it is a small accent piece that will contribute in a big way to capturing the ocean vibes.

Some more quirky touches that will leave you yearning for the sea air include a ship’s wheel to adorn your wall, a model ship to sail your shelves, an octopus pillow to get cozy with and a ship’s bell to ring whenever it’s time signal “Ahoy” for meals!

You don’t need to get a boating license, shop at J.Crew or even participate in Talk Like a Pirate Day in order to live the life of a sea-lover. When it comes to décor, the details go a long way in transforming your home to match your favorite style.


Shopping Links

Linea nautical home decor
$36 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Magnetic compass
modcloth.com

Authentic Models home decor
$205 – occa-home.co.uk

Eichholtz nautical home decor
$295 – occa-home.co.uk

Battery operated lantern
grandinroad.com


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The Best Apps and Sites for Decorating Your Home!

Home Decorating (Image Credit: Burrs&Berries)

Home Decorating (Image Credit: Burrs&Berries)

Decorating a new place can be a difficult task. From deciding on color schemes to taking infinite measurements and arranging furniture and the like, it’s probable that you’ll feel extremely overwhelmed. However, the wonders of this technological era are here to help. Endless apps and websites are at our fingertips to simplify the decorating process, and these are some of the best out there. Continue reading

5 Fun Retro Inspired Housewares

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Whether you’re a first-time homeowner just starting to decorate, you’re trying to revamp your current place, or you simply enjoy browsing the web for cool housewares like me, you can find some unique pieces out there if you look in the right stores. Sure, places like Ikea are great for a good bargain, but you might want to look elsewhere if you aim for your home to stand out. What better way to do so than adding in a retro touch here and there? Check out these finds to spice up your living space! Continue reading

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Quirky Item of the Week: Color Drip Candles

Color Drip Candles (Image Credit: Urban Outfitters)

Color Drip Candles (Image Credit: Urban Outfitters)

Candles are used to create various kinds of moods. For me, it’s relaxation. Some candles on the side of a bubble bath are literally my picture perfect idea of unwinding after a long day. For some, particular my mother, lit candles mean a clean and warm house (she’s a clean freak). However, I think for most people candles create an atmosphere of romance, which is particularly perfect for the upcoming Valentine’s Day festivities. But, what if all of these don’t really match your style? What if you’re looking for a more fun atmosphere? Urban Outfitters has the candle for you.

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DIY Printable Cuckoo Clock (Image Credit: Handmade Charlotte)

DIY Printable Cuckoo Clock by Handmade Charlotte

DIY Printable Cuckoo Clock (Image Credit: Handmade Charlotte)

DIY Printable Cuckoo Clock (Image Credit: Handmade Charlotte)

Practical décor is the best kind of décor, isn’t it? While paintings, posters, and shelving can add some excitement to otherwise drab walls, there are perhaps few decorative pieces more important for our everyday functioning than a clock.

That’s why this Printable Cuckoo Clock, created for Handmade Charlotte by Sarah Neuburger of The Small Object, makes a mighty fine DIY project that is worth the effort. Conveniently, the site offers a template for the clock. After printing (preferably on a stock card or watercolor paper), you can be on your merry way making your cuckoo clock with the help of a few items you probably already have like glue, tape, and a X-Acto blade, and some you may not (like a Quartz Clock Movement Kit). Continue reading

DIY Golden Snitch Ornament by Tiny Apartment Crafts

DIY Golden Snitch Ornaments by Tiny Apartment Crafts

DIY Golden Snitch Ornament by Tiny Apartment Crafts

DIY Golden Snitch Ornament (Image Credit: Tiny Apartment Crafts)

If you’re a Harry Potter fan, behold: the perfect excuse to throw a Harry Potter holiday party. Round up your closest friends, kick back with a frothy mug of butter beer and get crafting on these adorable DIY Golden Snitch Ornaments, brought to you by Tiny Apartment Crafts. Perfect for distributing as gifts to friends and family. The best part is that anybody can appreciate these golden snitches, not only Harry Potter fans. They’re festive and gorgeous and go well with any Christmas ornaments and decorations. Continue reading

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Quirky Item of the Week: ixxi Custom Wall Art

ixxi Wall Art (Image Credit: ixxi)

ixxi Wall Art (Image Credit: ixxi)

I’m always suffering from interior decorator’s block, so I was so psyched when I found out about ixxi. Check it out!

Ixxi is a decorative wall system that allows you to create your own wall art. It works off printing your selected design onto hole-punched mini squares that come together through slipping them onto mini x’s and i’s pegs that are easily secured with a ‘power strip’—the superior cousin of double-sided tape. These photo squares can be arranged to either create one whole picture on your living room wall, or produce a collage of photos from your personal collections. Continue reading