Weekend Inspiration: No. 44

Weekend Inspiration: No. 44

Is anyone else finding it hard to get into a good groove post-New-Years? I’m really struggling! I feel like nothing I’m doing behind the scenes for work is coming out good enough, and I’m experiencing a bit of creative block, too. Don’t get me wrong, I still have lots of ideas and dreams for 2019, but it all just feels so overwhelming to me since I’m really the only person who can actually make it happen. Some days are empowering as an entrepreneur, but others are a little harder to muscle through, and I guess the latter mentality has been my mindset lately.

The good news is that I know it’s just a phase and I’ll be back to my hustling self soon enough. I just need to be patient and give myself the benefit of the doubt, you know? A lot of good old fashioned self care helps, too, so I think I’ll take things extra easy this weekend in the hopes that I can start fresh next week. Here’s a list of the links and launches that managed to pump me up this past slightly slow week!

Weekend Inspiration: No. 44

1. Have you snagged your favorite item from Collection No.4 yet? My newest set of six ceramic pieces launched yesterday in the DGD Pottery shop on Etsy, and I also put several older pieces on sale. See the full collection here.

2. Speaking of ceramics, I loved this roundup of modern potters to follow.

3. Learn to set your table for a casual dinner party over on The Sweetest Occasion blog. Don’t miss Cyd’s tip-filled video!

4. We’re set to get a bunch of rain this weekend, so I think the plan is to stay in PJs all day and binge watch something on TV. Got any recommendations to share? I’d love to get into a good documentary if you have suggestions!

5. This list of 8 mood-boosting foods is exactly what I need to inspire me to get out of the winter funk I’ve been in lately.

6. Here’s another recipe I can’t wait to try this season!

7. I’d like one of everything from the West Elm Maker’s Studio, please. Which piece of art stands out to you from the collection? This one is my favorite.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 44

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Reveal of DGD Pottery Collection No.4

Reveal of DGD Pottery Collection No.4

I just love pottery launch days…They’re filled with so much anticipation and excitement because I finally get to ship these handmade pieces off to the homes they were always meant to be in. It’s so thrilling to me as a small business owner to picture you guys enjoying your DGD Pottery pieces all across the country. So, where will today’s collection of six new cups, dishes, and bowls end up? Let’s find out! But before we get to all that, keep scrolling to learn just a little more about the pieces in this latest batch.

Reveal of DGD Pottery Collection No.4

Reveal of DGD Pottery Collection No.4

One of my main goals this year with my pottery is to find a few shapes and forms that I’d like to repeat. In other words, consistency is something I’m still trying to master. I’m really eager to start honing in on the types of silhouettes that feel right for me, and the mug in today’s collection is a top contender for something I’d love to recreate. So, if it speaks to you, too, definitely keep an eye out for many more like it in lots of different colors and patterns. Maybe oversized circles next?

Reveal of DGD Pottery Collection No.4

Reveal of DGD Pottery Collection No.4

Like most gals in the age of Pinterest, I’m a sucker for green succulents and small house plants, so I’m also really excited to release my first-ever flower pot. I tried to be really intentional with the garden-inspired shape on this little abstract striped pot, and can see it sitting pretty on a nightstand or kitchen window sill playing host to live greenery. Can you picture it?

Reveal of DGD Pottery Collection No.4

I hate to play favorites, but if I had to choose just one from today’s launch, it would be this mini bowl. As you’ve probably noticed over the past year, I’ve been really drawn to Japanese ceramic design, and this little dish speaks to that love with its ultra thin walls, angular foot, and the subtle ribbing on the sides. Make sure you click through to the listing here to see all of the intricate details, including that punch of minty green on the inside of the bowl!

Reveal of DGD Pottery Collection No.4

While some pieces are on the more precise side, like that mini minty bowl, others are a little more abstract and free-form. Take that cup above for example. I wanted to give the simple shape a bit of pizazz, so I took a paint brush and went a little crazy with black and blue glaze on top of the white. The imperfect brush strokes give this one extra personality that makes it stand out from the crowd.

For some reason, I love, love, love the idea of using this one to hold makeup brushes or cotton balls in a minimalist bathroom. I may be biased, but I feel like that subtle pop of color is all you need to dress up a vanity or set of open bathroom shelves.

Reveal of DGD Pottery Collection No.4

Speaking of minimalism, how about this rounded tea cup? I keep a small journal of pottery ideas within easy reach when I’m at the studio, and this design was one of the first I sketched out on my “must-make” list. Somehow it turned out pretty darn close to what I had pictured, with a tiny squared-off foot and exaggerated curved sides. My next (admittedly lofty) goal is to make a set of four with a matching tea pot, too.

Reveal of DGD Pottery Collection No.4

You already know all about the mug above, but I’m so excited to chat for a minute about the carved dish you see below. This piece was actually sold before I even had a chance to list the collection on Etsy, which is just so humbling to me. Have I mentioned how grateful I am for the support you show my tiny little shop?! Well, if I haven’t conveyed that quite enough today, just know that it makes me feel on top of the world.

Anyway, I can’t wait to try recreating this mini dish in the coming months now that I know just how popular it is. Even though it’s sold, you should still be able to hop through to the listing on Etsy to see a few detail shots of the Asian-inspired floral carving along the sides. It actually goes all the way around the piece!

Reveal of DGD Pottery Collection No.4

Well, there you have it. That’s everything! Click over to Etsy here to shop Collection No. 4 now. Whether you decide to invest in a piece or not, I hope you spotted something special in today’s set of six. Feel free to tell me what you favorite dish is in the comments below!

Reveal of DGD Pottery Collection No.4

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Decluttering Tips For Starting The New Year Right

This may sound strange, but one of my favorite ways to spend any downtime between Christmas and New Years is with organization projects. It’s one of the few times during the year that I get true time off, so I often spend it getting down to business on the home projects that got put off throughout the other seasons—things like weeding through my clothes, reorganizing kitchen drawers, and taking a long, hard look at the home décor I keep stored away for no good reason anymore.

I managed to do exactly that over this past holiday season, and, throughout the process, kept a running mental list of all the things we did in case you’re looking to declutter your own space in honor of the new year. Keep scrolling for five of the biggest takeaways I can offer, and then be sure to share your own tips in the comments so we can keep our collective motivation going through spring!

Decluttering Tips For Starting The New Year Right

1. Use old Tupperware as drawer dividers: John and I spent one afternoon just after Christmas going through our Tupperware collection, and ended up finding a few containers that didn’t have matching tops for whatever reason, or that had just generally run their course. Instead of throwing them away or donating them, we decided to use the containers as recycled drawer organizers. They’re now playing host to odds and ends in our junk drawer to keep things separated and more readily accessible. It may not be pretty, but it works—plus it was free!

How To Make DIY Labeled Medicine Storage Drawers | dreamgreendiy.com

How To Make DIY Labeled Medicine Storage Drawers | dreamgreendiy.com

2. Make the most of closet shelving with removable boxes that have drawers: If you have a shelved hall or linen closet in your home like we do, then do yourself a favor and store up. In other words, invest in a few inexpensive organizers with drawers, and set them on the shelves so you can take advantage of that often-neglected negative space in between the shelves. As an example, we keep all of our medicine in labeled drawer organizers in the hall closet so that the bottles aren’t cluttering our kitchen cabinets or drawers. Use this life hack to store small things vertically, like jewelry, extra beauty products, or even your receipts.

Decluttering Tips For Starting The New Year Right

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3. Style exposed storage solutions that are pretty to look at in addition to being functional: Sometimes clutter just can’t be avoided, especially when you need certain items to be within extra easy reach (think: coffee pods, everyday jewelry, etc.). For those items, disguise them as décor by using decorative bowls and handmade jewelry stands to corral them. That way you can keep these things out in plain sight, but they look more like intentional décor than usable clutter.

Decluttering Tips For Starting The New Year Right

Decluttering Tips For Starting The New Year Right

4. Hide excess stuff in matching baskets: John and I used to keep our most-often-used folded clothing out on the shelves in our closet, but it started to look really messy and cluttered. So I bought six matching white baskets from Target (similar option here) to keep those everyday pieces within easy reach but hidden from sight. It instantly made our closet look cleaner, but everything is still really accessible. Try this trick with just about anything that you keep on closet shelves—from stacked magazines and books, to shoes and accessories.

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5. Put furniture pieces with drawer storage in every room: It may seem a little strange at first to put a dresser in your living room or dining space, but trust me when I say that these types of pieces are game-changers when it comes to hiding clutter! We have furniture with drawers in every single room in our house (even the bathroom) to help hide away the things we use all the time—board games, extra batteries, cake stands, cords, and guest linens. It’s much easier to disguise a dresser as a console table with clever styling then it is to try and hide clutter in a space with no hidden storage options.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 43

What decluttering tips am I missing in this list? I know you guys have all sorts of clever organization solutions to offer, so please tell us about them in the comments. I’m working on a much more involved post all about drawer organization (five ways to do it, in fact!), so stay tuned next month for that. In the meantime, let’s keep the conversation going—share your own decluttering ideas below.

Decluttering Tips For Starting The New Year Right

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Minimalist Clocks For A Neutral Home

Minimalist Clocks For A Neutral Home

Okay, so I can’t really claim to know my stuff when it comes to designing a minimalist home (just one look at our home tour will prove that we’re not great at simplifying), but as someone who at least appreciates minimalist décor, I’ve picked up on the fact that these spaces celebrate form meeting function.

In other words, since minimalism is based on the idea of having less, that often means that decorative accents play double duty as functional pieces, too. Take, for example, clocks. Minimalist pros seem to have cracked the code that these ultra functional devices can also act as beautiful art in a space.

To see what I mean, all you have to do is picture any one of these 12 neutral clocks sitting pretty in an all-white space with nothing more than maybe a potted plant to complete the look. So simple, right?!

Minimalist Clocks For A Neutral Home

1. Wood LED Digital Desk Clock

2. Carlo Marble And Brass Wall Clock

3. Flip Clock

4. Driini Wooden Analog Minimalist Desk Clock

5. Oslo Radial Brushed Brass Wall Clock

6. Extra Large Display Digital Alarm Clock

7. Arne Jacobsen Alarm Clock

8. Mello Wall Clock

9. Umbra Blink Wall Clock

10. JENSEN Digital Alarm Clock Radio

11. Desi White Marble Desk Clock

12. Project 62 Black Wall Clock

Tell me: do you consider yourself a minimalist? Are you good at parring things down to just the bare (albeit beautiful) necessities? I’m trying to get better at it, but I do love pretty things—and lots of them. I’m going to try my best this year to get rid of even more, though, and swap our busier-looking functional items out for more neutral options.

Maybe our clocks collection is a great place to start! We already have #6 in our master bedroom, but I’m also eyeing that Marble Desk Clock for my office. Which minimalist clock is your favorite from the list above?

Minimalist Clocks For A Neutral Home

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Thrift Store Score: Vintage Seaside Artwork

Thrift Store Score: Vintage Seaside Artwork

Happy Monday! Quick question for you: have you watched this video on my YouTube channel yet? It’s the one where I take you room by room through our house talking through all of our very favorite secondhand furniture finds. In keeping with the tradition set by my #ThriftStoreScore series here on the blog (the first of which went live all the way back in 2012!), I instinctively called the furniture throughout my video “thrifted.”

While most people in the comments let my careless wording slide, a few did call me out for naming some of our more expensive antique finds “thrifty.” And, honestly, they were so right! The $500 dining room table we funded thanks to a generous wedding gift, for example, can hardly be placed in the same category as some of the retro tables that you guys score for just a handful of bucks at your own local charity shops.

So, essentially, I wanted to make sure I started this post with the tiny disclaimer that our latest #ThriftStoreScore isn’t so much on the “thrifty” side as it is the “SCORE!” side. I still consider it an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime find, even if it did cost quite a bit more than most truly thrifty artwork. Maybe it’s time for a series title change? At any rate, let’s get down to the story behind this pretty secondhand print.

Thrift Store Score: Vintage Seaside Artwork

Thrift Store Score: Vintage Seaside Artwork

Thrift Store Score: Vintage Seaside Artwork

The piece of art was found at one of my favorite antique stores in nearby Stuarts Draft, Virginia (for anyone local, it’s this one). I can’t remember if I’ve talked about it here on the blog or not, but I’m slowly working to replace the mass produced pieces I’ve gotten from Target and Minted over the years with new and vintage original art. While I love both of those brands so much, I’m excited to start curating an art collection that’s completely unique to our home and 30-something adult tastes. Is anyone else feeling the urge to do the same?

Anyway, I wanted to mention it because one of the first pieces I chose with that concept in mind was the vintage seaside etching I’m talking about in today’s post. The print is original and signed (see it faintly written out there in the corner above?), which made the $50 price tag seem reasonable to me. Though they’re both a little worn and discolored from age, the custom frame and mat are two of my favorite elements of the artwork. They just fit so well with the creamy tones of the print itself, and I couldn’t imagine it framed any other way.

Thrift Store Score: Vintage Seaside Artwork

Thrift Store Score: Vintage Seaside Artwork

Thrift Store Score: Vintage Seaside Artwork

One of the main motivations behind my purchase of the piece was actually this photo of a bedroom designed by Studio McGee. I’m a big, big fan of that design duo, and ever since picking up on how they tend to fill the walls above client beds with long, thin framed art I’ve kept my eye out for something similar to go over our own bed.

This seaside piece feels just right. It’s exactly the silhouette I was hoping to find for that awkward, slightly-squashed space above our headboard, and I also can’t help but think that the traditional look of the print and frame is the perfect counterpoint to our modern bedroom furniture, too.

What’s your immediate reaction? Was $50 too much to spend on it, or are you in support of the idea of investing in original art when it feels right for a particular space? Let me know in the comments!

Thrift Store Score: Vintage Seaside Artwork

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 43

Weekend Inspiration: No. 43

While I was out of the office between Christmas and New Years I spent a good part of my down time away from my computer, and I tried to limit screen time on my phone, too. Instead of keeping up with things on the web like I do most every other day of the year, I spent most of my days off with John shopping, taking neighborhood walks, and eating out. That said, I still allowed myself a little Internet leisure time. Scroll on to see what stood out during my holiday vacation!

Weekend Inspiration: No. 43

1. We started working on another big living room makeover over winter break using almost entirely different furniture—the catch was that we wanted to only use pieces that we already owned so that it cost next to nothing to do! More on that soon, but the one thing we did buy for the space was this double wall sconce. I can’t wait to share the before and after with you.

2. Another thing I freshened up over the holidays was my Instagram feed. I unfollowed a handful of profiles that no longer inspired me (or that I realized were actually bringing me down), and subscribed to a whole bunch of new people to reignite me motivation to try new things. One stand-out favorite is Jenny Komenda. She just started a new home renovation project and shared an amazing walk-through on IGTV. It’s a must-watch!

3. I also discovered Hermione Chantal’s YouTube channel around New Years, and am totally hooked on her home reno, too.

4. Speaking of good TV, have you tried watching the new Marie Kondo show on Netflix yet? I’ve seen one episode and thought it was pretty good. Kind of an unusual format (I didn’t realize she spoke very little English!), but worth a watch if you have time this weekend.

5. I’m so intrigued by the clothing challenge that Elsie Larson announced on A Beautiful Mess in early January. Do you think you could do it? I might try it out.

6. I added a few new books to my collection around Christmas, including this one by one of my favorite novelists of all time, this one (admittedly a guilty pleasure read!), and this one. Let me know in the comments if you’d recommend any others in honor of the new year.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 43

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Before & After: Removing A Dated Light Box

Before & After: Removing A Dated Light Box

There’s nothing quite like a new year (or, in this case, the end of one) to inspire the notion of finally crossing something that’s been lingering off your list. That project for us was getting rid of the random, odd, definitely-dated fluorescent light box that had been up in our family room long before we moved in.

See it there between the window and sliding glass doors in the photos below? Those images were snapped during our inspection before we had even finalized the purchase of our 1960s home. There was so much that I wanted to change about the space (think: the window treatments, wall color, carpet, etc.) that I almost didn’t even notice the light box. But I have to emphasize the word “almost” there because it definitely didn’t escape my inspection entirely.

Before & After: Removing A Dated Light Box

Before & After: Removing A Dated Light Box

Before & After: Removing A Dated Light Box

Fast forward three years later, and we had managed to transform the space so that it felt almost unrecognizable in comparison to those original “Before” shots. We hung new drapery panels in place of the old window treatments, painted the walls and fireplace bright white, switched out the fans for modern ones, and we even managed to find the time and budget to replace that old stained carpet with brand new laminate flooring.

Before & After: Removing A Dated Light Box

Before & After: Removing A Dated Light Box

Those two photos above (taken by my friend and fellow creative entrepreneur Meredith Sledge!) show what the room looked like before John and I finally decided to investigate the weird fluorescent light once and for all late last year.

Upon closer inspection, it looked like the previous homeowners had actually retrofitted a run-of-the-mill gutter into a DIY wall lamp, complete with wiring to a custom fluorescent fixture. It blended pretty well into the wall after I had painted it white way back when, but we still never used it to actually light the space, and I felt like the exposed gutter made the ceiling look a little lower than it actually was because it made your eye stop at that level instead of the true top of the wall.

Before & After: Removing A Dated Light Box

Before & After: Removing A Dated Light Box

I was so worried that we would end up finding all sorts of complicated electrical wiring behind the light when we took it down, but we were pleasantly surprised to find that the wall was left largely untouched by the original DIY installation, whenever that was. My dad actually came to help with the removal, and even though we had prepped for an hours-long ordeal, it took practically no time at all to wrap up.

First, we cut the power to the fixture and removed the bulbs, then we carefully pulled out the screws and nails holding the gutter to the wall. After that, I held the dangling light away from the electrical output while my dad snipped the wires.

Thankfully, the wiring was kept all to one side over by the window, so we were able to cover the protected wires with a simple plastic cap, and we were able to hide that by scooting the nearby window drapery in front of it. We decided to leave the wiring accessible as opposed to digging deep into full removal just in case we ever decide to add a wall sconce or something.

Before & After: Removing A Dated Light Box

Before & After: Removing A Dated Light Box

The difference may look subtle in these photos, but it’s a major upgrade when you see it in person. At any rate it’s nice to finally have open white space above the TV now, and I feel good knowing a little bit more about our retro home, too. I never like turning a blind eye to fixtures I don’t understand, so having this one conquered feels like a job well done.

Oh, and, in case you noticed the different lighting of our TV in that Before/After image, don’t worry! That’s just a decent representation of the power-saving mode of our Samsung Frame television. It changes the cast of the idle digital artwork depending on the time of day, as you can see really well in the side-by-side photo above.

You can learn more about our TV here, and feel free to let me know in the comments what you think about our quick fixture removal project! Would you have even bothered to take it down? Let me know below.

Before & After: Removing A Dated Light Box

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Modern Hardware For Your Cabinets

Modern Hardware For Your Cabinets

Over my 2-week Winter Break I managed to cross off tons of big house projects that had been on my list for ages—including painting the dated wood dresser in our downstairs hall bathroom. I’m planning to share the project (terrifying before-and-after photos and all!) soon, but let’s just say the piece needed a total overhaul, from top to bottom.

Brand new modern hardware was the perfect finishing touch to complete the furniture project, and I ended up falling down the rabbit hole of pretty pulls when I started working to choose the right one for our dresser. Scroll on to see a few that we considered, and stay tuned next month to see what we ended up pulling the trigger on for our bathroom dresser.

Modern Hardware For Your Cabinets

1. Dish Knob

2. Mabel Knob

3. Quinn Handle

4. Mid-Century Modern Solid Brass Drawer Knob

5. Galley Pull

6. Square Aerin Knob

7. Rebel & Quill Totemic Knob

8. Alberta Pull

9. Empire Knob

10. 3″ Brushed Brass Bin Pull

11. 4″ Bronze Corrugated Handle With Back Plate

12. Modern Dresser Knobs

Do you have a favorite from my list of 12? Number 11 was actually a top contender for our dresser for a while there before I decided to go in a slightly different direction. I’m surprised that I considered going with something a little more transitional, but am also excited to notice that my tastes might be evolving a bit.

Have you tried updating your own cabinets or drawers with new hardware lately? It’s such a budget-friendly way to completely change the look of furniture or cabinets in your home. I can’t recommend this type of DIY more!

Modern Hardware For Your Cabinets

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Upgrade An IKEA Side Table With Wood Dowels

Upgrade An IKEA Side Table With Wood Dowels

Everybody loves a good IKEA hack, right? Okay, well even if you don’t, I’ve got my fingers crossed that this one strikes your fancy for once! It might just be my very favorite furniture makeover of all time, and, while I’m clearly just a smidge biased, I think it’s almost hard to tell it ever started out as a $40 unfinished side table.

I teamed up with Hunker for this budget-friendly transformation, so you can hop over there for the full step-by-step guide and supply shopping list. Want to see what inspired this tonal, textural table project? It was actually this photo that I spotted on Pinterest last season. I loved the linear look of the wood slats across the face of the console, and thought it would be easy enough to replicate on a plain, unfinished table of my own.

Upgrade An IKEA Side Table With Wood Dowels

Upgrade An IKEA Side Table With Wood Dowels

The good news is that it worked like a charm! I tried extra hard to use methods that I thought anyone could replicate, even if you have only minimal woodworking experience. The hardest part (if you can really even call it “hard”) is cutting the dowels to size, but I found out that you can easily batch this step to make it go faster.

I’m not lying when I say that our freshly hacked IKEA side table is a new favorite in our house, and I’m already brainstorming ways to use the process to makeover other pieces in our house. Maybe wood-slats-over-white next time? At any rate, hop through to Hunker here to see how to get the look in your own home this winter.

Upgrade An IKEA Side Table With Wood Dowels

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Top 10 Posts of 2018

Weekend Inspiration: No. 28

Of all the years I’ve been blogging (this March marks DGD’s eighth anniversary!), I have to say that 2018 was my very favorite. It was one of those years where I felt the creativity coursing through me on overdrive, a fact I credit to my somewhat random start with pottery last January. There’s nothing like learning a new skill to take things up a notch, and learning pottery really gave me the extra dose of energy that, I guess, I had been missing in order to come up with fresh ideas here on the blog, too.

To commemorate all of that creative crafting, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at 10 of the most popular projects that published here on Dream Green DIY last year. The posts I list out below are a combination of the most popular in terms of traffic and the ones that really struck my own fancy as I live with the finished products day in and day out. Keep scrolling to see which ones took the “Top 10” prize, and feel free to click back to any of the ones you might have missed or need a refresher on.

An Updated Home Tour And New Interview!

1. DIY Faux Mid-Century Paneling Using Paint: Frankly, I still can’t believe this project actually worked! And it seems like a lot of you agree that the results are pretty darn cool. It’s my all-time favorite project of the year, and I’m definitely planning to reuse the technique in another room of our house, only this time I’ll use white paint to get the look of shiplap. Stay tuned.

Week 6: My One Room Challenge Reveal

2. My One Room Challenge Reveal: This was my first time taking part in the One Room Challenge, and I had such a blast working on our master bedroom for the design event. Having a timeline really helped me stay on track, and I was able to finish it so much faster than had I just been working at my own leisurely pace. Should I do it again this new year? Let me know in the comments if there’s a room in our house that you think could use a refresh—I promise not to be offended!

Retro Mid-Century Modern Home Tour

3. Our Home Tour Now Live On Domino.com: Speaking of our home, I’m still pinching myself over the fact that Domino.com featured our 2018 tour. See the story here, which includes lots of photos by my friend Meredith Sledge, plus an interview where I talk about everything from what inspires me during a room makeover project, to what I hope the previous homeowners would think of our renovations. 

DIY Wooden Rings Wall Hanging

4. DIY Wooden Rings Wall Hanging: Another one of the most exciting things to come about from 2018 was a new collaboration with Hunker.com. I started writing monthly craft tutorials for the minimalist-based site, and had so much fun dreaming up new ideas with my editor there. My most-read Hunker craft of the year? This DIY Wooden Rings Wall Hanging, which was actually inspired by a photo spotted in a back issue of Domino Magazine, of all places.

How We Keep Our Home Clean With Pets

5. How We Keep Our Home Clean With Pets: It might not be the most glamorous topic, but cleaning up after pets is clearly something we’re all interested in because this was definitely one of my most popular posts from 2018. Hop back here to find out how we keep our space clean with four pets running around.

DIY Vinyl Records Shelf Display

6. DIY Vinyl Records Shelf Display: I’m notorious for getting an idea in my mind for a home project, only to whip it together on my own while John’s not looking. That project for me last year was our new set of vinyl records shelves in the family room. I’m so glad I went for it, though, because they have been so fun to change up with new records every other week or so.

How To Make A Macrame Wall Hanging

7. How To Make A Macramé Wall Hanging: I promise I’m not exaggerating when I say that I was astonished at just how easy it really is to macrame. I thought it was going to be a multi-day (maybe even a multi-week) project, but I was able to pull it off from start to finish in just a couple of hours. See the tutorial to try it out for yourself here.

8. Our Functional Kitchen Décor Secrets: If you’re feeling the itch to declutter now that we’re into a new year, this post is the perfect one for you. It’s packed with functional décor ideas, and even though it’s all geared toward a kitchen, you can probably adapt the tips for just about any room in your house.

DIY Yarn Wall Hanging With Brass Rings

9. DIY Yarn Wall Hanging With Brass Rings: This is the perfect DIY craft to work on when you have a free afternoon this month. It only requires a few supplies, but boasts lots of high impact style when complete. I also love that you could change up the yarn to completely customize the look. What color yarn would you use?

DIY Embroidery Hoop Earring Holder | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

10. DIY Embroidery Hoop Earring Holder: Finally, this is one of my favorite projects from my work for Oriental Trading last year. It was so cool to see just how many of you gave the tutorial a shot in your own homes, too! 

Our Functional Kitchen Décor Secrets | dreamgreendiy.com + @tuesdaymorning #ad #TuesdayMorningFinds

Did I miss a past DGD post or project that you fell particularly hard for in 2018? Do tell in the comments below, and feel free to click here for a great big walk down memory lane. That page holds each and every one of my DIY projects going back years and years, so you’ll find plenty of creative inspiration to carry you through the rest of winter. HINT: If you scroll back far enough, you can see exactly where I transitioned from pastel DIYs, to my current more minimalist, earth-toned projects!

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