6 Tips for Dynamic Indoor Fall Decor

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Autumn is a beautiful time of year that lends itself well to fun decorating ideas.  You may already have a stash of red, gold and orange with numerous gourds and pumpkins that you pull out each September.  But if you have a hard time knowing where to start when it comes to dressing your home for the fall season, your decor can miss the mark and end up feeling flat and drab.  Need some help?  Don’t despair!  The ideas and inspiration are everywhere this time of year, and we’ve got six useful tips for indoor fall decor that you can use for any room.

 

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1.  Draw inspiration from color.  

Fall is an incredibly colorful time of year, so bring the outdoor colors inside!  Reds, oranges and yellows in every warm-toned variation are obvious choices.  Also abundant this time of year: greens with gray or muted yellow undertones – hunter, olive, moss, fern, avocado.  Dark blues or blues with gray or green undertones – navy, blue sapphire, cadet, cambridge, silver lake, dark electric.  Fall neutrals include cream, warm grays, tans, beige, and taupe.  If you’re looking for ideas or exact matches to these color, try Find The Best/Colors.

2. Bring the outdoors in.  

Natural elements are extremely common in fall decor.  Branches, twigs, wood cross-sections and logs of all shapes, sizes and types are used for artwork, in place of flowers, for candlesticks or pedestals and much more.  Leaves are a great choice for vase filler or even sewn together in a natural garland.  There are colorful fall flowers in wonderful, deep jewel tones that are great for centerpieces.  Stones, pine-cones, grains, gourds, squash, hay, straw, and grapevine are all great choices for many different applications.  Almost all of these items are free or inexpensive and easy to find in your own backyard, the park or at farmers markets or nurseries.

3. Don’t overlook other natural elements.  

Other items that aren’t necessarily found in the great outdoors are still natural in construction or feel.  You can use these in a variety of ways.  For example, jute or cotton twine can wrap around glass vases, tie flowers together at the stems, wrap around a wreath form for a base, tie stacks of vintage books together or hang mason jars.  Raffia in natural, neutral colors like wheat, off-white or cream can be used in nearly all the same ways.  Burlap is another natural-type material that is common in fall decor.  Wrap strips around jars, like this arrangement, or create a whimsical wreath.  Other items you may want to consider: natural rope, raw wood pieces (candlesticks, platters, pedestals, plaques, monograms, etc.), moss, cinnamon sticks, wood chips or shavings and yarn.  Consider using faux or real antlers for bookends or mantel decor.

4. Bring in some metal.  

Whether your style is glamorous or more grunge than glitz, there’s a way to incorporate metal into your fall decor that will make it more interesting.  If you like glitter and glitz, try spray painting pumpkins gold, using gold leaf votive holders, or dip painting branches and twigs with gold paint.  You can also add gold or copper glitter to pine-cones, dress up pillar candles with gold glitter tape, or spray paint fake leaves and hang them!  If you prefer a more industrial look, use aged metal wire baskets to hold hay, straw or leaves, create pumpkins from mason jar lids, use vintage castors or wheels in interesting groupings and arrangements, incorporate DIY wooden orbs or metal spheres into your pumpkin vignette, even use golden thumbtacks to create gilded pumpkins!  However you decide to use metal in your fall decor, it will round out all of the natural elements.

5. Don’t forget layers and textures.  

This goes hand in hand with tip number four.  You want your decor to look dynamic and full.  It doesn’t matter if your style is subtle or bold, dynamic means energetic, interesting and much more pulled-together.  Make sure to use a variety of materials in your items – fabrics (in different textures), metals, natural elements, books, and glass are only a few material ideas.  Don’t forget to place things at different heights and depths, as with this fun fall vignette.  Stack books and place items on top, use candlesticks to hold things other than candles, place pedestals of different heights strategically, lay some things flat and hang some things up.

6. Try to take some risks.

Don’t just play it safe with your decor.  Use things in unexpected ways.  If you find an awesome vintage piece you love – say a kitchen scale or typewriter, incorporate them into your fall display by using them as a stand or draping other things over them.  Lay things horizontally that should be vertical and vice versa.  Use old or new fall-colored artwork as a tray instead of hanging as art.  Get creative and step outside the box.  It will guarantee a more aesthetically interesting experience.

 

Here’s a beautiful natural tablescape that will give you more ideas!  Or check out these fall decor ideas.  And if you’re a fan of metallics in your fall decor, don’t miss these gold home decor projects!

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterestBloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

The Golden Rules of Interior Design

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Are you struggling to make your space your own and don’t know which direction to go? Terrys Blinds has compiled key rules used by design experts from around the world into this useful infographic!

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Special thanks to Terrys Blinds for sharing their Golden Rules of Interior Design with our readers!

Interior Design by Decade Infographic

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Enjoy a visual look at the history of interior design with this beautiful infographic from Harvey Water Softeners!

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The Complete Curtain Cheat Sheet Infographic

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This amazing infographic is the perfect resource if you are choosing curtains for your home. This complete curtain cheat sheet has all the information you could possibly need, including tips about fabric and hardware.

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5 Steps to an Organized Playroom

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An organized playroom can encourage creative play, imagination, teamwork, cooperation, and of course, playfulness!  These are all great qualities we want in our kids.  If you don’t want your playroom to fall flat, you’ll need to focus on more than the toys.  Make your space fabulous and organized with these five simple steps!

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1. A place for everything, and everything in its place.

The old adage rings especially true in spaces for children. Kids need to know there are designated spots for every toy and tool they use, so labeling is key. What you store things in is secondary to the kids being able to easily find what they need.  This will save you from headaches when you ask them to clean up, too! There are tons of ways to label. Try clear bins, so the kids can easily identify the toys inside.  Use pictures and words for little ones who can’t read yet. Try chalkboard labels so you can easily change them. If there are wire baskets or handles, use tags that can be tied on. If your bins are plastic, use vinyl cutouts:

2.  Organize top to bottom.

Think about organizing the space “top to bottom”. Consider items that might best be stored up higher, and those things you want within easy reach of toddlers and other kids. For instance, you might want art supplies or fragile toys up on a shelf, while books and puzzles could be in a bin or rack near the floor. Thinking top to bottom not only helps you to focus your attention on where best to place items for safety and ease of use, but it also forces you to utilize the entire space. Take advantage of all that vertical area. Don’t forget about corners, closets and doors, which can easily be fully utilized for storage.

3.  Go for double duty.

Let your storage be part of the design. Use bins or buckets that are artistic and work well with the decor scheme. Stick to storage that matches the color palette. Use toys as art.

4.  Keep it colorful. Keep it playful.

It is a playroom, after all. Kids love color and this is a space just for them, right? Colorful storage solutions begged to be played with. You don’t have to decorate in a rainbows, but sticking to a fun, colorful palette makes the space more kid-centered. This is a room that should be geared specifically toward fun–even your storage solutions can do that!

5.  Think outside the box.

The toy box, that is. There are so many interesting, fun and unique ways to store all the items that come along with childhood. Recycle old crates. Paint antique suitcases. Put wheels on old drawers. Try reusing items in unexpected ways, like rain gutters or spice racks for book storage.

Thinking about adding a designated reading nook to your playroom or other space? Check out the ideas and tips for great reading nooks here!

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest, Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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8 Ideas for a Stylish Ceiling

8 Ideas for a Stylish Ceiling

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Your ceilings don’t have to be boring! Instead of painting them white like everyone else, why not try something different for your fifth wall? Check out these 8 stylish ceiling ideas and get some inspiration to decorate your ceiling in a way that makes you smile!

 

1. Paint a ceiling medallion around a light fixture. (picture: slide 1)

If you have a beautiful pendant, show it off by painting a medallion to highlight the light. You could always hire a local painter to do the mural if you’re not confident in your painting skills. This painted ceiling medallion is a breathtaking sight that will leave a lasting impression on guests.

 

2. Paint the ceiling a fun color. (picture: slide 2)

Try a bold color to add a shot of happiness to an otherwise neutral and modern space. The teal blue ceiling in this gorgeous kitchen gives the room an unexpected touch that I just love. This is one of the easiest ceiling ideas listed here, but be warned, painting the ceiling is not a fun thing to do. However, the results are always so worth it.

 

3. Write text on the ceiling. (picture: slide 3)

This room is a beautiful example of how a body of text can add interest to a room. I think this ceiling treatment works the best in a bedroom where you can get really personal. Find a piece of poetry or a love letter and add it to your ceiling and then you can lay in your bed and read your favorite words as you drift into sweet slumber.

 

4. Put decals on the ceiling in an eye-catching pattern. (picture: slide 4)

This nursery just POPS thanks to the yellow triangle decals covering the ceiling. Here’s another awesome nursery with star decals on the ceiling. Don’t limit yourself to kids rooms for this ceiling idea, though! These cute dot decals would look really great on the ceiling in a bathroom, a crafting room, or, yes, a little girl’s room.

 

5. Decorate your ceiling with bronze nailhead trim. (picture: slide 5)

Nailhead trim looks great on furniture, but who knew how amazing it could look on a ceiling? Not me, but I’m convinced. Draw out a pattern, nail in your design, and admire your work!

 

6. Warm up a room by adding a wood ceiling. (picture: slide 6)

You could use reclaimed wood or stained wood boards to create a wood ceiling that will add lots of character to a room.

 

7. Install a beam and panel ceiling. (picture: slide 7)

Yes, you can actually install a beam and panel ceiling yourself! (See how here.) If you already have a coffered ceiling, here’s a great way to add architectural interest to your room.

 

8. Vault the ceiling. (picture: slide 8)

Yes, this is the most extreme of the ceiling ideas listed here, but if you’re remodeling a small, older house with low ceilings, vaulting the ceiling might be a great way to make the inside look so much bigger.

 

Make looking up fun and add some interest to your ceilings!

 

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“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

 

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10 Home Decor Updates Under $20

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Updating your home decor doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune. Breathing new life into a space can be as simple as changing a lampshade or adding a new piece of art. You’d be surprised how changing your pillow covers can make an old couch feel new again.

To help satisfy your interior design bug on a small budget, here are 10 items to update and refresh your home decor all for $20 or less.

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1. Lampshade

Tired of the same lamp you’ve had for years? Swap out the lampshade to create a brand new look.

2. Candle Holder

A candle holder is an accessory no coffee table or shelf should be without. Bring nature indoors with this festive candle holder from Zara Home.

3. Pillow Cover

Changing your pillow covers is one of the simplest and most affordable ways to update a room. H&M’s home line has a variety of options starting at just $5.95 per cover.

4. Vase

Your local TJ Maxx or Marshall’s are both fantastic places to find unique vases to hold your farmer’s market blooms. Choose a vase that reflects your personal style.

5. Frame

A new frame can transform the entire feel of a piece of art or gallery wall. Michael’s and Target are both great places to find appealing and affordable frames.

6. Art Print

Support independent artists and add charm to your home by purchasing an art print from Society6. No matter your style or aesthetic this site has something for everyone.

7. Mirror

Add new life to a wall by hanging one or several mirrors. Target offers a variety of shapes and styles.

8. Shelf

Not sure where to display your beloved trinkets? Instead of cluttering a table incorporate a shelf into your decor. You’ll find a variety of types and sizes at IKEA.

9. Tablecloth

Next time you’re in the market for a new tablecloth look no further than Etsy. Everyone’s favorite artisan site has numerous sellers with tablecloths under $20.

10. Throw

Resurrect a drab armchair or ottoman with a colorful throw. It can be a little tough to find throws under $20 but Target has several great options.

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Clarissa Fidler is a 20-something trying to find her place in this world. She grew up in Seattle, attended college in Utah, and now calls Chicago home. In her free time you’ll find her reading the New York Times, cuddling with her cat Harper, catching up on her favorite blogs, running along Lake Michigan, or checking out a new restaurant.  Read Clarissa’s blog: West Hawthorne Place.

28 Creative Party Backdrops

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28 creative backdrops to add a punch to your next party without breaking the bank.

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Throwing a party isn’t quite what it used to be. The explosion of ideas made available to us thanks to the Internet and its creative users and sharers have raised the bar when it comes to all things celebratory. But don’t let all the fuss over party themes and elaborate finger foods stress you out when planning your next party – because whether it’s an anniversary dinner, backyard barbeque, graduation, or your kid’s special birthday bash, the only thing you really need to add a bit of flair is a great backdrop.

Start with the basics of party décor and grab some inspiration from these 28 ideas to create a backdrop for a photo booth, banquet table, or reception area that is sure to draw attention. Use classics like balloons and streamers in new ways or go outside the box with feather boas or vintage sheets. No matter what kind of a backdrop you choose, you’ll be on your way to the perfect party… without all the hassle!

Classic Party Decorations

Balloons from Kara’s Party Ideas

Balloons with streamers from Almost Exactly

Twisted streamers from Baby Lifestyles 

Woven streamers from The Eclectic Life

Lights from Becoming Martha 

 

Paper

Paper zig-zags from Oh Happy Day 

Paper fans from Mom’s Best 

Newspaper from Maddycakes Muse

Wrapping paper from Live the Fancy Life

Sheet music from Style Serendipity 

Paper chain from Love, Joleen

 

Repurposed Table Accessories

Single-color plastic tablecloth idea from Borealis 

Multi-color plastic tablecloths idea from Like a Saturday

Square paper plate design from Pretty My Party

Circle paper plate design from Hostess with the Mostess 

 

Fabrics and More

Hanging tulle from Kara’s Party Ideas 

Fabric strips and ribbons from Paper Muse Press 

Fabric on a DIY stand from Anders Ruff 

Hanging quilt from Handmade Hilarity

Vintage sheets from Miss Party Mom

 

Non-traditional and Repurposed

Hanging tinsel from Lovely Indeed 

Feather boas from Simply Pchee

Heart garland from Hank & Hunt 

Doilies from ConfettiPop

Cupcake liners from Just Me, My Soldier, and Our 4 Little Chicks

Vinyl records from Lovely Indeed 

 

Personalized Photo Backdrops

Photo backdrop from Cherry Blossom Events

Photo number collage from Crafty in Crosby
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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

Decorating with the 2014 Pantone Color of the Year: 6 Simple Tricks

Pantone has been designating colors to capture the essence of the coming year since 2000. Every year, they choose “a color that will resonate around the world…a reflection of what people are looking for, what they feel they need that color can help to answer. Not necessarily the hot fashion color of the moment, but a color crossing all areas of design which is an expression of a mood, an attitude, on the part of the consumers.” (via Pantone’s website)

For 2014, the Pantone Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid – a vibrant and enigmatic purple. Pantone’s reasoning behind their choice? It’s modern and versatile, and offers an invitation to innovation. The rosy undertones emanate joy, love and health. Radiant Orchid is also known to encourage creativity and originality — a DIY-er’s dream come true!  Here are some simple tricks for incorporating Radiant Orchid into your home decor.

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6 simple tricks for using radiant orchid

1. Think small  

You may not have the budget, time or even desire to completely overhaul your space. But the good news is YOU DON’T NEED TO! Easy, small changes can make a big difference. Big ticket items don’t need to be changed — even if they aren’t a specifically neutral color. Orchid is a great color that’s versatile and meshes well with many other pallets. Just remember to keep your pallet to two or three colors, and one or two neutrals (with one extra pop of color if you want). This may mean you have to rearrange a few things — take some items to storage or find a new place for them if the pallet gets too busy. Then just add Radiant Orchid to the existing pallet a little at a time.

2. Consider impermanent options

Think about adding to or switching out your current storage items with temporary or portable options. Bar carts, small shelves, or DIY storage options can be found in orchid (like this awesome industrial style cart from Fermob) or painted with your favorite Radiant Orchid hued paint. You could paint just the inside back of a shelving unit, leaving the shelves themselves the original color. Take a look at this fantastic DIY tables turned shelves designed and executed by Isabel Quiroga or just use crates stacked together as shelves, which would be easy to paint any color.

3. Don’t ignore the floor

Rugs are a great way to add visual interest to a space! They ground seating arrangements, add layers and textures, and are easy to change to meet your current decor needs. It can be a very budget-friendly way to add a bright pop of color to any room. Take this super eco-friendly, modern Blue Dot Last Newspaper Rug in bright purple. Perfect!

4. Get warm and cozy

Just about the easiest (and most affordable) way to add new colors or switch colors from time-to-time is through your textiles. So don’t forget about throws, blankets  (which can be folded and stacked, draped over furniture, rolled in baskets or hung on racks) and throw pillows. This super affordable orchid throw with its subtle pattern is great, or if you like a more plush blanket, try this one. As for pillows,  you can find them in just about any design and fabric at most department or home decor stores for a very reasonable price. Check out this velvet stripe pillow. And don’t underestimate the advantages of making your own pillows, too!  Another textile that can easily be changed is your curtains. This can have a dramatic effect as the eye is naturally pulled to windows, doorways and archways. These soft and airy curtains are neutral with pops of Radiant Orchid in them. You can even DIY your own curtains by painting them.

5. Get artistic  

Dress your walls up with spray painted frames. Buy some inexpensive paintings, posters or photographs or make your own art. Then, put items together in a Radiant Orchid inspired gallery wall. Create custom plates in the right hue and design a fun plate wall. Wreaths can also add a fresh and fun look. You can make them from just about anything from feathers, to yarn, to fabric, or even paper!

6. Think thrifty

If you’re afraid of investing a lot of money into a color you may not like or keep around forever, think about buying trinkets and decor at thrift stores or garage sales and then simply spray painting them the perfect purple shade. Krylon “Rich Plum” or Rustoleum “Gloss Grape” are two good options.

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Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

9 Ways to Add New Life to an Old Space

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Guests coming? Change of seasons making you antsy for some change indoors? Whatever the reason, it’s fun to change up a space! If you’re wanting to get the fresh look of a room makeover without the time commitment or budget, try one of these 9 simple ways to add new life to an old space.  (featured image via Better Homes and Gardens)

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1. Buy fresh flowers

If you haven’t tried this before, it’s time. Even the simplest $5 bundle of daisies on your way out of Walmart can brighten a room or two. Clean them up a bit, cut them down to size, and spread them around your home in vases, mason jars, old glassware, or even teacups.

 

2. A pop of color.

No, not a neutral. A pop of color. What speaks to you? A bold red? Vibrant purple? Blazing orange? Get a little crazy. Step outside your typical boundaries. Add it in via a piece of art, a throw, a pillow, or a stack of books in various shades.

 

3. Add in new patterns

You might think you’ve got enough going on with a couple of plain pillows on your sofa, but you’d be surprised what you can do with another set of patterns! Floral, polka dot, and daring geometric patterns can work together in a single space to take it from “meh” to “yeah!” For some tips and ideas, check out these articles from Remodelaholic and see great examples for mixing patterns in kids’ rooms and in the master bedroom.

 

4. Reflections

Strategically placed mirrors can add depth and height to a small space. If you don’t want to put holes in the wall, try angling one or two tall mirrors as they rest on the floor. A mirror placed across from a window will add depth and light to a room.

 

5. Create a focal point

Do you have a space that is a bit lack-luster? When you walk into a room, are your eyes drawn to a specific point, or do they wander from place to place? If they land on a single area, is it the area you want to be drawn to? Take control of the room by rearranging furniture, adding color, or bringing in something new.

 

6. Unpile the piles

Declutter, one step at a time. Give the piles of paper and lost things in your home a true place to call their own. If you need some inspiration, take tips from blogs like IHeart Organizing, Organizing Made Fun, and I’m An Organizing Junkie.

 

7. Give old accessories a new home

Have some of the items in your decorating arsenal been placed in one spot and remained there, perhaps for years? A clock, a painting, a favorite collection – any of theses things, when moved to a different space, can begin a transformation.

 

8. Make a statement at the front door

A bold pattern or print, a bright color, or some great art to greet your guests as they come into your home will surely become a conversation piece. Look for places you could add these things: a bench, an empty wall, a doorway, or something as simple as throwing a rug down.

 

9. Familiarity

What do you have, perhaps buried in a keepsake box, that is uniquely you? Old black and white family photos or a hand-written recipe from your mother add character when placed in a frame and displayed in the appropriate space. Fill your blank walls with things that mean something to you.

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyineperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

5 Ways to Try the DIY String Art Trend

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DIY string art projects are so popular these days, for good reason. A well-executed piece of string art is impressive to look at, but easy to do. Here are five different ways to make a string art of your own to personalize and beautify your living space. (featured image via Nine Red)

1. Paper + Needle + Embroidery Thread

This string art project is really cute and perfect for small scale art. When you complete this project, pop it in a small frame and add it to your gallery wall. Or you could turn paper string art into delightful invitations for your next party!

You’ll need thick paper (try card stock) in whatever size you prefer, a needle, and embroidery thread in your preferred colors. Trace out your design on the paper and then poke out evenly spaced out holes along the line of your drawing. Grab your embroidery thread, put it through your needle, and go through the holes on your paper to bring your sketch to life.

2. Canvas + Long Needle + Embroidery Thread

You can find canvas in a wide variety of sizes at stores such as Michael’s and Hobby Lobby for great prices. Wait for a 40% or 50% off sale to grab the canvases you want and use one of them for this easy project.

Print and cut out your design and place it on the canvas. Use nails and hammer to poke holes along the line of your design. When you’re done, pull out the nails. Use a long needle and embroidery thread to connect the holes to create an amazing DIY art for your walls. If your needle gets stuck, use needle nosed pliers to pull out your needle from the canvas. Another idea is to use clear push pins or metal thumb tacks to hold the string art.

3. Painted Plywood + Nails + Embroidery Thread or Yarn

Plywood is great because they are so cheap and so versatile. Choose a plywood that’s not too thick (too heavy to hang) or too thin (will wrap easily). A plywood that’s 3/4 or 1/2 thick will do the trick. Ask an employee at your favorite home improvement store to cut down the giant plywood boards into the sizes you want — many of them will do that for free.

The only bad thing about plywood is that it can look like, well, plywood. Give your piece of plywood a nice coat of paint; don’t forget to paint the sides as well. For an unique look, paint your sides a different, bold color from the front. How about white on the front and hot pink along the sides? After your plywood is painted, cut out your printed design and hammer down nails along the lines. Try using 1/2 inch brad nails with a small head. Remove the paper and use either embroidery thread or yarn to string up your art.

4. Stained Wood + Nails + Embroidery Thread or Yarn

For a more polished look, try staining a nice piece of wood (pine is easy to stain and very light to hang) in your favorite stain. A long, rectangular piece of wood would be perfect for stringing up a child’s name, for example. After you stain your wood, follow the same steps as above.

5. Wall + Nails + Yarn

Bring some drama to a wall in your home by doing a large-scale mural with nails and yarn! You could string up a mural of a tree in your entry or a large map of your favorite country or state above your sofa. Whatever design you decide on, it’s sure to be a conversation piece.

You’ll need a projector along with the usual nails and yarn. Print out your design, pop it under your projector, and trace out your image on the wall. Do the whole nail and hammer thing and use yarn instead of embroidery thread for a more bold look. The best thing about this is that it’s easily removable if you tire of it — just cover up the tiny holes with putty and repaint.

 

String art can look very similar to embroidery, which is also easy and fun to do. Try making this cute DIY embroidered heart pillow for your little girl or even for yourself!

”I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

Grey and White Painted Kitchens

Blue Grey Kitchen Cabinets

Remodeling a kitchen can be expensive.   Luckily if your kitchen cabinets are in good shape, paint can do wonders.  One of my favorite looks right now for a kitchen are a mix of grey and white painted cabinets… especially when they are working together!  Check it out!

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