When it comes to mid-century, of course nothing can top an authentic antique. Whether we’re talking furniture, lighting, or even linens, I will always choose “real” over “reproduced.” Yet, that said, actually affording the real deal is often out of reach. Sometimes I have to make do with a budget-friendly reproduction in order to save and save (and then save some more!) for a true antique later on down the road. I don’t really mind—after all, the hunt is half the fun.
So when I caught sight of a cool geometric mid-century print on eBay the other day, the wheels in my head couldn’t help but start turning: “How can I get the look without shelling out all that cash up front?” The results? My handmade DIY Mid-Century Inspired Paint Chip Wall Art Print for eHow. This piece of colorful, shapely art took only about 20 minutes to put together, and since I had all of the supplies on hand and the paint chips cost $0.00 at the hardware store, it was entirely free to make!
Hop through to eHow now to learn how to make your own version of my DIY Mid-Century Paint Chip Print, and then tell me below: what mid-century antique are you dying to add to your own thoughtfully curated collection? Is it out of budget at the moment? If so, don’t give up. In time, you’ll either find the cash to invest, or you might just stumble upon a steal!
There is positively no denying that I missed out on my family’s green thumb gene. The property surrounding my parent’s house sports the most gorgeous landscaping, with beautiful trees, beds of free-form flowers, and pots spilling over with lush succulents, but it’s hard enough for me to keep our grass alive.
The problem is that, despite all of this, I love having live plants in the house. If you follow along on Snapchat, you might be familiar with my “Watering Wednesday” tradition. This system has been the only thing that allows me to keep our greenery looking, well…green, and today I’m sharing the handful of plants that have stood the test of time under my enthusiastic (albeit somewhat cursed) care.
Fiddle Leaf Fig
I’ve heard mixed reviews about Fiddle Leaf Fig trees. Some say they are tough to keep alive, and I have to say that I agree, but the secret seems to be routine. Our Fiddle Leaf Fig actually inspired my Watering Wednesday routine in the first place after I read somewhere that they tend to like the same amount of water the same day every week. I figured, if that’s the way to keep our Fiddle Leaf happy, maybe the same would be true for all of our plants. So far, the system has worked.
I pour about two cups of water around the base of our Fiddle Leaf Fig every Wednesday, and keep him and his pot in an indirectly sunny corner of our living room. Although he seemed a little droopy right after the move last October (they really don’t like change), he seems to have bounced back. If you want to try this one in your own home, place the plant in one spot and leave it there, then give it the same amount of water on the same day each week.
I bought a Parlor Palm in honor of our sunroom makeover back in January, and just love the tell-tale tropical vibe it gives off. The flourishing leaves and chest-height stature make this mini tree a pretty stunning focal point in any room, plus they are fairly cost effective plants to adopt, too. Follow the care instructions on the tag that comes with your tree, but ours seems to do well with the same weekly watering as our Fiddle Leaf Fig.
There might not be an easier plant to keep than a Philodendron. If I can do it, you definitely can, too. I think the secret to keeping this trailing plant happy is weekly waterings. I know I sound like a broken record, but this system has truly turned things around in our house. I used to be able to keep nothing but faux foliage around, but now with weekly care, our plants are staying green month after month.
One thing I love to do with our potted Philodendron plants is manipulate the longer strands of leaves. We have one hanging in our sunroom near the window, and I just recently decided to gently twist the leaves around the curtain rod. Philodendrons grow surprisingly fast, so pretty soon, the curtain rod will be sporting neat living trim and a jolt of cool green color along the top. I can’t wait!
Our master bedroom is in the very back of the house and only gets decent light for about two hours in the morning—and even then, it’s more of an indirect light than full on sun-shiny rays. Not wanting the space to be left out of our plant crusade though, I’ve been testing out a number of different varieties that can handle the lack of light. Only two have lived to tell the tale, and Dracaena is one of them. Again, weekly waterings seem to do the trick, but I tend to go a little lighter on the amount of water so as not to drown it where it sits in the shade.
The second plant that has stuck it out in our shady bedroom is the Snake Plant. You’ve probably heard rumors that this is an easy one to keep alive, and the myth is true. It’s actually the only exception to my weekly watering rule since it seems to need next to no watering at all. I give it a tiny pour every couple of weeks and that seems to be all it needs. It’s the easiest plant I’ve ever owned (our particular potted Snake Plant is going on three years now!), and doesn’t seem to care about being moved from room to room either.
Do you lack a green thumb, too? What types of plants have you found to be the easiest to work with? Do you have any tips for those of us who can’t even keep cacti or air plants alive (guilty!)? I’d love to hear your own advice, so leave your wisdom below in the comments.
Everybody knows that some things just go together. Peanut butter is best buddies with jelly (and also, as it turns out, Nutella), forks go with spoons, chips pair perfectly with dip—the list could go on forever. And, of course, the same could even be said for art! For example, would you put a portrait of an elegant half-clad swimmer above the coffee maker or stove in your kitchen, or a pretty fruit slice still life in your bathroom? Probably not, but the opposite situation suits each room perfectly!
The fact is that certain portraits and subjects complement certain rooms best, so my challenge to you today is to really think through your art placement, and to even go so far as to allow your art to dictate the theme of your space as a whole. Scroll on to see how I recently did just that, plus enter to win $300 worth of art.
It all started with a framed print—aptly called Shaken Not Stirred—that came to us care of Photos.com. The black and white portrait features James Bond actor (and all-around English film star) Roger Moore sipping on a cocktail, with a simultaneously smoldering cigarette held in the same hand. It’s sort of an edgy photograph, what with the general substance abusing, but Roger’s smirky expression gives it a lightness that I felt immediately drawn to. Would I hang this in a child’s room or a guest room? Probably not, but it was the perfect starting point for a lounge-like bar area in our downstairs family room.
First, I leaned the framed print on top of the built-in console in the corner of the room. Then, playing off of the dapper bow tie, retro glass, and slightly mussed hair of the actor in the photo, I settled on styling the area with a few mid-century bar cart accents, like a 1960’s hand-painted table lamp, series of vintage gold-accented cocktail glasses, and festive mixers, too. Finished with a record player, the entire set-up now feels complete, and I love that the inspiration for everything came from one single photograph.
Are you feeling inspired yet? Think you could craft your own room around a piece of art? Well, you’re in luck because I’m partnering with Photos.com to offer one DGD reader $300 worth of art—your choice!
To enter, hop through to Instagram here, and follow the instructions. Don’t have an account on the social media platform? Don’t worry! Just leave your answer to this question in the comments below: “What’s your favorite type of art? Are you into photography, abstracts, retro portraits, or something entirely different?” I’ll make sure that your name is entered for a chance to win the prize.
Contest is open to US residents only and ends Monday, August 29 at 12:00 a.m. EST, so don’t delay. If you just can’t wait a whole week (I hear ya!), ALL Dream Green DIY readers can snag 30% off and free shipping on Photos.com now through 10/31 using the code “DIY30”!
The first post in this brand new 2-day challenge series prompted you to dig into your vanity and reorganize all of your beauty products one by one. For the second installment just last Friday, I encouraged you to clean out your microwave and oven and even offered my favorite Pinterest tutorial to help you get it done. Well, this Friday I’m gonna let you guys take things a little easier. The only thing I suggest? Head to your favorite farmers market, grocery store, or local flower cart and snag yourself a big, bountiful bunch of blooms to style somewhere in your home!
Although this 2-day to-do is a simple one, the impact will be major. Whether you style your flowers in lots of individual bud vases and pepper them all throughout your home, or you stick your stems in a single vase to create a focal point, this is one challenge that you literally can’t mess up. Besides, who says you have to wait for a special occasion to buy yourself and your home a bouquet of flowers?! Not me, so hit the market and pick out whichever bunch of flowers speaks to you. Have a good one, guys!
Are you looking to add some new prints and patterns to your wrapping paper collection? I, for one, am always hunting down new rolls to stick in the basket I keep in my studio because, really, wrapping paper can be used for so much more than just decorating gift boxes. I paste trimmed rectangles of wrapping paper behind photos in picture frames, as a decorative hit of color in lucite trays, and even use it to line the backs of bookshelves.
This round up of 20 wrapping paper rolls from Minted is bound to keep your own imagination busy, and yes…I might have added a Christmas themed pattern or two! Which one is your favorite?
- Acorn Parade Wrapping Paper
- Sketchy Scallops Wrapping Paper
- Feather Party Wrapping Paper
- Modern Marble Wrapping Paper
- Speckled Florals Wrapping Paper
- Cheery Garden Wrapping Paper
- Circus Of Shapes Wrapping Paper
- Holly Holiday Wrapping Paper
- Watercolor Chevron Wrapping Paper
- Tetrahedron Wrapping Paper
- 12 Days Wrapping Paper
- Beach Bohemian Wrapping Paper
- Watercolor Flowing Wrapping Paper
- Holiday Bouquet Wrapping Paper
- Printed Pines Wrapping Paper
- Iconic Dance Wrapping Paper
- Lil Zebras Wrapping Paper
- Simple Snapshot Wrapping Paper
- Box of Ribbon Wrapping Paper
- Various Dots Wrapping Paper
P.S. Have you entered the globe light giveaway? Click here to see my DIY Portable Industrial Color Pop Chandeliers in partnership with Lights For All Occasions, and while there enter to win over 50 feet of string lights so you can make your own!
Although I’m no stranger to projects that involve supplies like paint, glitter, screwdrivers, and even a handheld saw or two, I tend to shy away from most electrical projects. Anything to do with intense wiring and the need to have a phone nearby for emergencies makes me nervous, so John often ends up spearheading those types of projects as they arise in our house. Long story short, when the idea came about for today’s DIY Portable Industrial Color Pop Chandelier, I knew that I needed to make it so simple that all you had to do was craft it and plug it in. Happily, that’s really all you have to do!
To get this vision off the ground, I partnered with the fine folks over at Lights For All Occasions. The goal? To create a lightweight light fixture that didn’t need to be hardwired to enjoy. The inspiration? The Big Fake Wedding bridal show to be held in Seattle this October! The Lights For All Occasions team is slated to have their own booth at the vendor-filled event, and wanted to outfit their space with something totally one-of-a-kind that DIY-savvy brides could make on their own. And that, of course, is where I come in! Read on for the full tutorial or click here for a printable PDF download that breaks the steps down one by one.
Cover one set of Lights for All Occasions brand string light light bulbs with painter’s tape. Since you have to mask off 10 bulbs and it can get sort of monotonous, I found that it was easiest to tear off a bunch of small strips and stick them to a nearby tabletop so that I could grab them quickly one after the other to mask off the bulbs.
When finished masking off all 10 light bulbs, screw them onto your first strand of lights. Don’t forget to mask off the plugs on either end of the strand with painter’s tape, too!
Lay your first strand of lights on a scrap of cardboard outdoors or in a well ventilated area, and coat it with a thin and even layer of Montanta brand spray paint on both sides. Let dry for 2-3 hours, then unscrew and set aside the taped bulbs. Repeat with a different strand of lights and a new spray paint color. Reuse the taped bulbs.
Assemble a 12-inch wire folding ball according to package instructions, and then wrap the dried painted strands of lights around the metal arms of the ball until they cover the form completely. I found that three painted strands covered the ball perfectly without overpowering it or weighing it down too much.
SIDE NOTE: As you’ll see, some of the paint came off of the strands as I assembled them. This could be because of the matte texture of the string lights strand, or because I didn’t wait long enough to handle the strands after painting them (I blame my general overexcitement and a looming project deadline!). At any rate, no DIY is ever really perfect, and I actually love that the speckled colors add even more character to the industrial-inspired project.
Screw clean light bulbs onto the strands of lights. Don’t forget that you can remove the painter’s tape from the light bulbs you used over and over again in the spray painting stage—they should be clean and ready to use alongside the other new, untouched bulbs. At this stage, you can also push some of the light bulbs on the strands towards the inside of the wire form. I found that keeping the bulbs all oriented to the center of the wire form helped give it a cleaner, more uniform look.
Plug the last strand of string lights into the outlet end of a 15-foot extension cord. Create a loop at this end of the cord (the one opposite the pronged end) and push it through the ring at the top of the wire ball.
Pull the pronged end of the cord through the loop you created in the extension cord at the top of the wire ball, and pull the slack through to create a snug knot.
Repeat steps 1-7 with as many colorful painted string light strands and wire balls as you like, and then hang your completed chandeliers from hooks. Plug them in and enjoy!
To celebrate our collaboration, I’m partnering with the Lights For All Occasions team to offer one DGD reader the following globe lights prize pack:
To enter, hop through to Instagram here, and follow the instructions. Don’t have an account on the social media platform? Don’t worry! Just leave your answer to this question in the comments below: “Which colors would you use on your own color pop chandelier?” I’ll make sure that your name is entered for a chance to win the prize. Contest is open to US residents only and ends Tuesday, August 23 at 12:00 a.m. EST, so don’t delay and good luck!
UPDATE: Congratulations to @llcandyll—you’re the winner of this giveaway! Please email me at email@example.com to confirm your prize and eligibility.
One trend I know a lot of us have picked up on this season is tassels—specifically, of the pom-pom variety. From gladiator sandals and tote bags, to door knobs, too, pom-pom tassels are picking up lots of steam in the crafting world, and for good reason. The projects are typically super affordable, not to mention they take no more than 30-60 minutes to complete. Now that’s my kind of craft!
Since I couldn’t let this trend go untested in my own studio, I decided to put some of my favorite Oriental Trading supplies to work to create DIY Pom-Pom Table Lamp Tassels. Hop over to the Oriental Trading blog now to get the full breakdown of steps. Spoiler alert: this one is truly a cinch to pull off!
The truth is that I have more thrifted lamps than I care to admit to in our house, but most of them are pretty scaled back in terms of shape and color (think: simple tapered silhouettes, solid colored or brass finishes). So these removable pom-pom tassels offer me the chance to give our plain light fixtures a bit of pizazz.
Now that I have two or three of the little crafted key rings made up, I can clip them onto a lamp in under three seconds whenever I feel the need for more color. It couldn’t be simpler or more stylish—at least…you know…in my biased opinion. My DIY Pom-Pom Table Lamp Tassels tutorial is this way.
Happy Friday! Are you ready for a brand new 2-Day To-Do? Click back to last week’s kick off to this new series if you need to catch up, but essentially these quick Friday posts offer a single challenging prompt to get you feeling energized and productive ahead of the weekend.
Today’s goal is a simple one: take a moment or two to clean your microwave and stove! I’ve been meaning to do this in our kitchen for ages, so I’m definitely planning on taking my own advice, and will cross this item off my list first thing tomorrow morning—or at least by Sunday night…Could your stove and microwave stand to get a wipe-down, too?
In case you don’t know where to start, I found this tutorial from Simply Stacie on Pinterest a while back, and have been using it ever since. It truly cuts your cleaning time in half. Like, you pretty much just make the 3-part solution, microwave it, let it stand, and then wipe the stuck-on stuff out with practically no effort at all. I’ll take any chance I can get to skip scrubbing, and I think you’ll love the results of this simple life hack, too. Got any other go-to oven and microwave cleaners? Let us know by leaving your links in the comments! Have a great weekend, guys.
Man, oh MAN, this post has been a long time coming. As in, we’ve been adding to the long-winded saga for over five months now. In case you’d like to read up on the “why” behind our sudden need to replace the original berber carpeting, click here and scroll to the bottom where I chat in detail about the den.
While reading that past post, you’ll also get to see the before photos of what it looked like pre-laminate, but today it’s all about the “new” and the “after” because I really just want to forget allllllllll about the process so that John and I can finally (finally!) appreciate our new view. And what a pretty view it is…
Our new laminate flooring came to us by way of Home Depot and Home Decorators and has been such a dream come true. It makes me think back to when we first toured the house as potential buyers and, after catching sight of the carpet, I said: “Well, that’s going to have to come up before we move in!” As with most things in life, it didn’t go quite as planned, and we moved right in—berber carpet and all!
Then our cat-tastrophy occurred (see what I did there??) and we were forced to say goodbye to the carpeting once and for all. Although it wasn’t planned and caused mega stress along the way, I can’t say that I was too sad to see the carpet go. To replace it, we decided on gorgeous laminate floors that—at least to our eyes—look almost like the real deal.
Since we were laying the new floors over concrete and because the den is on the ground level and somewhat susceptible to moisture, we chose laminate over hardwood and I’m perfectly pleased with our decision. The Home Decorators Collection Hand-Scraped Light Hickory laminate has a super realistic texture to it, and I’m infatuated with the rich, dark color. It has just the right amount of gray in it to feel neutral, but still manages to complement the other redder wood tones in the space (read: the paneled walls that we actually love, and the wood furniture and built-ins already in the space).
With the flooring finally down and quarter round molding nailed into place, we are ready to get this room outfitted with a new rug and all sorts of cozy, comfortable pieces of furniture again. We’ve got an entire living room redo coming your way very, very soon, so keep an eye out for that! In the meantime, if you need me, I’ll be sitting cross legged on our new flooring giving it all kinds of heart eyes.
It’s time for a brand new “How To Style [INSERT SURFACE HERE]” feature! You guys know that I am certifiably obsessed with the art of a finely arranged surface, and today I’m taking things up and onto the wall. More specifically, I had the chance to test out the new line of wall shelves from Minted, and couldn’t be more infatuated with them—I seriously want one in every room.
As I waited for my two 4-foot white ‘Artful Shelves’ to arrive, I spent more time than I care to admit considering the room styling options. Do I put them in our bathroom to hold pretty perfumes and lotions, or maybe the bedroom to show off my jewelry collection? Or maybe I could hang them in our family room to display our vinyl records?! In the end, I decided to hang them front and center in our dining room, and you’ll see the two arrangements I tested out below. I can’t wait to hear which one is your favorite!
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