I’ve never really considered myself Pinterest savvy. In fact, more times than not, my Pinterest projects turn into laughable Pinterest fails. I just accept it as part of my life now, and there is no shame in that. However, not every one of my projects I find through Pinterest fails, and I’m sure you’re wondering how. Well, the common denominator to all the successful ones is my husband.
Yeah, that’s right. He’s an engineering wizard that can help me take my Pinterest projects from fail to hell yeah in about three cuts of a table saw. This is primarily because I’m too scared, and probably too clumsy, to use a table saw on my own. So anything that involves heavy duty work like that needs an extra hand from my husband.
But have no fear! I don’t ever stop looking for cute, unique ways to flex my crafty muscles, and that’s why this super easy DIY Vertical Herb Garden is perfect for haphazard people like me!
Stores like Anthropologie make me wish I had an unlimited home decor budget (as opposed to the reality that buying even one item there could break my budget). Lots of DIY’s claim to replicate items from the store, but leave me wondering who do you really think you’re fooling? Either the look of the final product is all wrong or the quality is so poor I rather go without than bother doing it myself. But that is NOT the case with these stunning DIY Easy Anthropologie Confetti Tumblers by Radical Possibility!
Spring is in full bloom, but for those of us with allergies it can be hard to enjoy the beauty of flowers when it means sneezing, wheezing and itchy eyes are an added bonus. But rejoice, my flora deprived friends, we found a DIY that will let you add a touch of color to your home with some stems that won’t have you reaching for the tissues… but will have you reaching for the crepe paper!
Let’s Do Something Crafty has come up with an simple way to make your own bouquet of DIY Crepe Paper Flowers and it’s so easy that even the most Pinterest-failed among us can pull and poof it off! It’s also extremely inexpensive, requiring very few materials with the most important being crepe paper, and who doesn’t have an extra roll laying around from a party to practice with before committing to the DIY? So bring the colors of Spring inside without the risk of allergies by making yourself some of these crepe paper blossoms! Check out the Full DIY at Let’s Do Something Crafty.
Alright ladies and gents. Marbled-anything is a popular trend right now; who’s with me? I’ve seen marbled shoe prints, marbled phone cases and marbled laptop cases! Now what if you could bring the marbled look to an item that holds one of our favorite things…COFFEE! Best thing about it? It’ll cost you less than $5.
Have you found yourself constantly going back and forth between whether or not you should get a tattoo? If you’re a commitmentphobe like I am, you probably often find yourself wondering whether or not you would get sick of something permanently inked into your skin and wish that there was a way to test out your new look before going under the needle. Well, great news! The folks over at The Homesteady have come up with a great DIY method to do just that. My sister and I have both been contemplating getting tattoos and were eager to test out this do-it-at-home version. Continue reading “Featured DIY: Temporary Tattoos by The Homesteady”→
As a female 20-something, I adore Pinterest. I like healthful recipes, inspirational quotes, fashion, desserts and some of the other clever ideas people share on their online pinboards. But sometimes the crafts, recipes, workouts, etc. on Pinterest are just ridiculous. Here are five examples of crazy Pinterest ideas I will never try voluntarily, either because they’re outlandish or they just make me roll my eyes. Continue reading “5 Crazy Pinterest Ideas”→
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.
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.
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.
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.
Every now and then you may want to get fancy and throw on a little bling, but infrequently worn jewelry may be stored out of sight, collecting dust or rust. If you don’t want to spend money at a fancy cleaner’s, try these methods to spruce up your jewelry before decking out your latest outfit. In most cases a toothbrush, a shallow bowl, and one easy household item is all that is needed! Continue reading “Five Ways to Clean Your Jewelry At Home!”→
A lot of home renovations take all kinds of time, money, and professional talent. And let’s face it: most of us don’t have those things on hand. But you don’t need to do a complete overhaul on your house to make it look good. Even the smallest improvements can make a huge difference and get your humble abode looking a little less humble and a little more like the home you’ve always wanted. There are lots of do-it-yourself projects that will spruce up your home in no time. We’ll take a look at each part of the house for some ideas to get you started. Continue reading “Simple Home Improvements Anyone Can Do!”→
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 “The Best Apps and Sites for Decorating Your Home!”→