Light & Bright Summer Swaps For Your Home

How To Freshen Your Home With Light Colors

This post was actually meant to be a list of tips for making your home feel light and bright for spring and summer, but I realized something when I actually sat down to write it—there’s really only one sure-fire way to make your home feel bright, and that’s by swapping out heavier, darker accessories with (you guessed it!) light-colored options. So, as I mentioned last week, I spent a little bit of time adding soft, neutral home accents to my Amazon shop, and I’m sharing 12 favorites with you guys below.

12 Light & Bright Summer Swaps:

1. Mid-Century Coat Rack

2. Casa Tissue Box Cover

3. Macrame Woven Wall Hanging

4. 7-Piece Tea Pot Set

5. Cast Aluminum Frying Pan

6. Modern Metal Pendant Light

7. Turkish Cotton Towel Set

8. Essential Oil Diffuser

9. Metal Circle Mirror

10. Textured Fringe Throw Blanket

11. Magnet Hook

12. Eat Drink Nap: Bringing the House Home, by Soho House

Do you have a favorite from that list? Have you started transitioning your home over to more season-appropriate décor now that it’s finally starting to heat up? I was watching Jacquelyn Clark’s Instagram Stories the other day, and she mentioned that she actually keeps one Tupperware box in storage with all of her seasonal décor in it. Come spring, she packs up all of her cedar-scented candles and fur blankets, then pulls out all of her lightweight textiles and summery candles. I love this idea (especially that she limits herself to just one box of swaps), and might just try it myself this year. Who’s with me?!

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 13

Weekend Inspiration: No. 13

Does anyone else feel like winter went straight into summer? At any rate, that’s how it is here in Virginia, and I’m loving all of the gorgeous hot weather! John and I have been going out for drives almost every evening to take full advantage of these windows-down-type days, and I hope you guys are enjoying lots of delicious sun wherever you are, too. I’m actually getting ready to head out of town again for a family friend’s wedding, but here are a handful of fun links to peruse in case you want some inspiration (or a digital distraction!) this weekend.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 13

1. I’m so inspired by light colors right now in home décor, so this week I stocked my Amazon shop up with light and bright wishlist items. See the curated collection here.

2. Speaking of home décor, this roundup of 16 ways to style a console really has me itching to move things around in our own space.

3. Cross body bags are my absolute favorite during these on-the-go spring and summer months. I love the green version of this one from Topshop.

4. We’ve got plans to fire up the logs in our back yard this summer, so I think it’s just about time to remake our recipe for Rice Krispies Treat S’mores.

5. The boho bedroom in this home tour makes me want to redo our guest room, stat! (you know…since our master just got a facelift)

6. I was glued to my screen while taking this renovated guest house tour on YouTube.

7. I’m adding these DIY Abstract Earrings to my must-craft list for summertime. I love how you can customize the color scheme—what colors would you do?

8. New favorite Etsy shop alert!

Weekend Inspiration: No. 13

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A Recap Of Our Summer Vacation

Summer Vacation To Hilton Head Island

Another year, another family beach trip! I’m so grateful to have had the chance to sneak away with my parents and sister earlier this month. If you’re new to the blog, then you might not know we’ve been going to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, since my parents went there on a whim for their honeymoon. We’ve been back to visit the island countless times (believe me, we’ve tried tallying them up but it’s just too complicated) and always have the very best of times.

Summer Vacation To Hilton Head Island

Summer Vacation To Hilton Head Island

Summer Vacation To Hilton Head Island

Summer Vacation To Hilton Head Island

Summer Vacation To Hilton Head Island

Summer Vacation To Hilton Head Island

Summer Vacation To Hilton Head Island

This year we had some of the nicest weather we may have ever had, so we spent looooooong hours lounging by the pool and hot tub at our rented lagoon-side home on the golf course. We’ve been back to this house three times now, and I’ve shared tours before, so feel free to click here and here for a bigger peek inside. Every time we come back, our family agrees that the house just can’t be beat by any other on the island. It’s not too big, not too small, and we always have so much fun watching the golfers (and alligators) right in our “own” back yard.

Summer Vacation To Hilton Head Island

Summer Vacation To Hilton Head Island

Summer Vacation To Hilton Head Island

Summer Vacation To Hilton Head Island

Summer Vacation To Hilton Head Island

Summer Vacation To Hilton Head Island

My dad decided to leave his golf clubs behind this trip in order to save a bit of cash, and also to spend some extra hours with us around the pool. He did pack up a bunch of art supplies, though, since he knew the activity could end up being a family affair. My sister, dad, and I all spent at least a few hours working on new masterpieces to show for our time away.

Summer Vacation To Hilton Head Island

Summer Vacation To Hilton Head Island

Summer Vacation To Hilton Head Island

Summer Vacation To Hilton Head Island

I actually didn’t shoot as many photos or videos as I usually do during this trip because I wanted to shut down completely and relax. The photos in today’s post are, admittedly, a really random peek into our week away on the coast, but I still wanted to share them in case you’ve been following along with our annual Hilton Head adventures. It’s also just so cool to be able to look back on these mini entries to reminisce about time away with my family. They are the very best people in the universe, and these trips are my favorite memories with them—hands down!

Summer Vacation To Hilton Head Island

Summer Vacation To Hilton Head Island

Summer Vacation To Hilton Head Island

Summer Vacation To Hilton Head Island

Summer Vacation To Hilton Head Island

Summer Vacation To Hilton Head Island

Summer Vacation To Hilton Head Island

Summer Vacation To Hilton Head Island

Summer Vacation To Hilton Head Island

Speaking of family, I can’t remember if I’ve ever mentioned it, but the reason you never see my sister’s face is because she absolutely hates having her picture taken. Vehemently hates. I’m lucky that she’s given into my efforts over the years to at least let me photograph her feet, hands, and back. It might sound silly and I could be the only one who thinks so, but I always feel like these stories are so much stronger with at least a tiny bit of human element. Plus, her hands are so pretty, right?!

Summer Vacation To Hilton Head Island

Summer Vacation To Hilton Head Island

Summer Vacation To Hilton Head Island

Summer Vacation To Hilton Head Island

Summer Vacation To Hilton Head Island

Summer Vacation To Hilton Head Island

Summer Vacation To Hilton Head Island

Summer Vacation To Hilton Head Island

Summer Vacation To Hilton Head Island

Summer Vacation To Hilton Head Island

Summer Vacation To Hilton Head Island

Summer Vacation To Hilton Head Island

Summer Vacation To Hilton Head Island

Summer Vacation To Hilton Head Island

Click ‘Play’ on the video below to see our vacation in motion, and let me know in the comments where you plan to go on your own 2018 vacation! If you’re headed to Hilton Head, feel free to revisit this past post for a breakdown of a few of my favorite places to visit and things to do while on the island.

Summer Vacation To Hilton Head Island

P.S. To hear more about last year’s trip to Hilton Head (video included!) click back here.
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How To Shop Smart For Home Decor

How To Shop Smart For Home Decor

As much as I wish it weren’t true, our home decor budget is pretty darn tight. I know I harp on that reality a lot, but it’s true, and I get the inkling that it’s the case for a lot of you, too. The good news is that, these days, that’s not really a huge deal. There are so many awesome resources out there for learning how to get the most bang for your buck when it comes to making a home beautiful. I eat articles like that up constantly, and have worked hard to implement as many tricks as I can so that I can feel like we’re creating a home that looks high end but really isn’t in terms of how much we spent on it.

Now that we’re coming up on the third anniversary of our move to this modest retro brick ranch of ours, I feel like I’ve learned enough to pass the goods along to you. Keep scrolling to read my advice for shopping smarter for home decor, including a handful of my favorite budget-friendly brands to keep an eye on.

How To Shop Smart For Home Decor

How To Shop Smart For Home Decor

How To Shop Smart For Home Decor

How To Shop Smart For Home Decor

  1. Leave it in your cart: Try leaving an item you’re considering in your online cart for a few days. Not all stores do this, but every now and then I’ll get a reminder email from the brand saying I’ve left something in my cart plus a coupon code for something like 10% off. You’ll either realize that you don’t need the item after all, saving yourself the expense, or you’ll be able to put that little incentive coupon to use and save a few bucks.
  2. Download the app: I know…I know…The last thing you want to do is download another app, but if you find a store that offers coupons or discounts through an app, do yourself a favor and add it to your phone’s collection. Target’s Cartwheel app has already saved me a bundle this year.
  3. Negotiate (when appropriate): Don’t be afraid to haggle with antique store dealers or Craigslist sellers. Put on a big friendly smile and then ask them if the current price is their best price. You might be surprised by how much you save with very little effort.
  4. Stick to a scheme: Since deciding to decorate our home using a certain color palette throughout, I now only shop for home decor that fits within that scheme. That means that our entire collection of home accents is interchangeable. In other words, a pillow I bought for the living room also works in the bedroom, and the rug I’m using in the sunroom could eventually work in the kitchen if I decide I want a change. Being able to shop our home has curbed my urge to shop for new things as often because I’m able to switch items we already have between rooms when I want to redecorate. When I do occasionally go shopping, I’m also able to instantly nix all of the in-store options that don’t fit our whole-house palette, which keeps me from over-buying.
  5. Go off the beaten path: Lately, I’ve done my best to avoid the more popular home decor stores and brands (here’s looking at you, Target) because I hate the idea that everyone will have the same accents as we do. Instead, I try shopping at stores or websites that either have more variety (AllModern, Amazon, Etsy, World Market) or that maybe feature a revolving collection of decor (Tuesday Morning, HomeGoods, T.J.Maxx) so that our look is a little more one-of-a-kind.
  6. Shop local: You might end up spending a little more money at a local boutique shop or antique mall, but I just feel better knowing I’m contributing to our own town’s economy. You’re more likely to get a really unique item that no one else has, too, which means that you’ll treasure it more and hold onto it for longer.

How To Shop Smart For Home Decor

How To Shop Smart For Home Decor

How To Shop Smart For Home Decor

I could clearly chat about this topic for ages but this post is already probably too long. If you’d like more suggestions, please shout for them in the comments! And since I’d really much prefer this to be an open conversation (I’m still learning how to save money just like anyone else out there!), I’d love to hear your own money-saving tips and tricks. Feel free to weigh in below and let me know how you shop smart for home décor.

How To Shop Smart For Home Decor

How To Shop Smart For Home Decor

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How To Create A Bar Cart Vignette Without A Cart

*This post was sponsored by Oriental Trading

How To Create A Bar Cart Vignette Without A Cart | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

First, I’ve got a controversial question for you…Is the bar cart trend dead? It seems like this stylish entertaining accessory experienced its height a few seasons ago, but that now it might be losing steam. That could very well just be my own opinion, though!

I was positively smitten with the look for the longest time (and had the gold cart to prove it), but I finally admitted defeat a year ago after realizing that it was a piece of furniture that seemed to be all for looks with no real function. The pretty-yet-excessive party glasses were mostly just gathering dust and I also learned that the bottles of bourbon and vodka that we did drink from could be losing their flavor out there in the sunny open.

So, if you remember, we changed things up and bought a slimmer secondhand enclosed bar cabinet to house only the pieces we use most, like pitchers, wine glasses, and the collection of spirits that John and I use on special occasions.

How To Create A Bar Cart Vignette Without A Cart | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

How To Create A Bar Cart Vignette Without A Cart | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

We had figured out a way to make our bar work for everyday life, but what about the occasional gathering? Now that we were sans-cart, we were left with no other option than to place party drinks on our already-crowded dining room table or, worse, in the kitchen. This plan wasn’t working either!

So I teamed up with the folks at Oriental Trading to put together a simple tutorial for creating a bar cart “zone” without using an actual bar cart. This set-up is so simple to recreate and takes up a lot less room than the traditional full-sized cart. It’s the ideal solution for small space dwellers or renters, and the best part is that you can tuck everything away when not in use.

How To Create A Bar Cart Vignette Without A Cart | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

Visit Oriental Trading’s Fun365 website here to read all of my styling solutions, and you can get the DIY tutorials for my handmade watercolor art and labeled wine decanters by clicking those links, too. Now, tell me in the comments below: are you still a die-hard fan of the traditional bar cart, or is this portable temporary option more your speed?

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12 Planter Pots To Use This Summer

12 Planter Pots To Use This Summer

First, I want to thank you guys so much for all of the sweet feedback and love over our revealed One Room Challenge space last week! You sure know how to make a gal feel special, so thanks for all of the kind support and encouragement. It was a really fun project to tackle and it makes me wonder how I could rethink other rooms in our home. Maybe it’s time to give our dining room a new look and feel?

Anyway, today is my first official day back in the office from our beach vacation, and I just had to kick things off with a big plant-inspired roundup. While we were in South Carolina last week, we were surrounded by lush greenery—from hanging moss and big coastal pine trees, to lower plants sprouting huge sculptural leaves (think: monstera). So, today I’m putting a big spotlight on pretty planters that will hopefully inspire summer planting as we get deeper into the hotter months of the year.

12 Planter Pots To Use This Summer

1. Aurelien Ceramic Pot Planter

2. Iris Planter + Chevron Stand

3. Ceramic Japanese Style Plant Pot

4. Valentina Ceramic Pot Planter

5. Sphere Large Light Grey Planter

6. Rattan Planter (Set of 3)

7. Ceramic Pot Planter

8. Mid-Century Turned Wood Leg Planter

9. Wood And Metal Alicante Outdoor Planter

10. Concrete Fluted Planters

11. Vintage Southwestern Nemadji Pottery Planter

12. Vaquita Orange Footed Planter

Which one is your favorite from the list above? Do you have a different planter that has served you well in spring and summer seasons gone by? I’m all ears, so feel free to comment below with links to your top picks. In the meantime, I’m off to go daydream about the surf and sand I left behind over the weekend while I play catchup in the office…Happy Monday, indeed!

12 Planter Pots To Use This Summer

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Week 6: My One Room Challenge Reveal

Week 6: My One Room Challenge Reveal

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We finally made it to ‘Week 6’ of the One Room Challenge, and you know what that means: it’s reveal time! Click those links above to catch up in case you’re just tuning in, but as a general recap, my husband John and I moved into our retro brick ranch home back in 2015, and hadn’t touched our master bedroom other than to fill it with the furniture we had already collected over the years.

Although we actually liked the existing mint paint color, the previous homeowners didn’t leave any color information behind, making touchups a major headache. So, we decided to start fresh with new white paint, a faux paneling feature wall, and lots of globally inspired decorative accents to bring it all together.

I couldn’t be more excited to finally welcome you into our completely transformed master bedroom retreat today, and hope it can inspire a room transformation of your own this season. Click ‘Play’ on that video below (or hop over to YouTube here) so you can see the process unfold in action, and then you’re invited to keep scrolling for the full reveal in photo form.

Week 6: My One Room Challenge Reveal

Week 6: My One Room Challenge Reveal

Week 6: My One Room Challenge Reveal

Quilt | Clock | Faux FernAbstract Art | Brass Switch Plate

I really did my best to be adventurous when it came to the color palette throughout this room refresh. You probably noticed that the scheme is almost all natural earth tones, but the range of light-to-dark helped give the whole room a bit of high contrast edge.

When I first started adding in the decorative accents, I struggled to find just the right balance. Everything was in that same sort of medium tone family, making the room look flat and boring. It wasn’t until I started playing around with dark gray and white, deep rusty reds on top of soft blue, and oatmeal over wood grain, that things started to feel lived in and intentional.

Week 6: My One Room Challenge Reveal

Week 6: My One Room Challenge Reveal

Week 6: My One Room Challenge Reveal

Week 6: My One Room Challenge Reveal

Pottery | Bed | Slider Table | Duvet | Pillowcases | Pillow on Bench

I think the high contrast pairing that was really the “aha moment” for me was the dresser and the faux paneled wall. If you click back to the original reveal of our faux wood paneling, you can see that our vintage dresser sported white sides and wood drawer fronts. I liked how the dresser looked against the new feature wall, but it felt like something was kind of missing and it didn’t pop like I wanted it to.

After staring everything down for a couple of days, I realized that the wood grains were just a little too jarring against each other, so I decided to paint the entire dresser white. The original veneer on the drawer fronts had always been a little worse for wear, so I didn’t feel guilty painting the wood white to match the already-white edges of our thrifted dresser.

The new white dresser is now a star in the room, and I didn’t have to pay a dime to make it look brand new again. I just used white paint that we had left over from repainting the rest of the room (the exact color is “High Reflective White” by Sherwin Williams in case you’re curious).

Week 6: My One Room Challenge Reveal

Week 6: My One Room Challenge Reveal

Week 6: My One Room Challenge Reveal

2-Drawer Table | Green Throw Pillows | Abstract Watercolor

So, what’s actually new in the room? We managed to keep our collection of new-in items to a minimum for this space since I mostly shopped the rest of our home for accents, art, and décor, but one of my favorite additions to the space is the new bedding. I spent a long time on the CULTIVER website choosing the perfect mis-matched collection for our bedroom, and ultimately picked out a dark gray duvet, set of light gray pillowcases, and a pair of striped cases, too.

The green throw pillows are also new to the space (just $11 from the clearance aisle at Target!), and that gorgeous multi-color vintage pillow in front came from Revival Rugs. It adds an unexpected hit of color and pattern that I love, and was the perfect replacement for the too-bold global blanket that, if you remember, didn’t quite make the cut.

Week 6: My One Room Challenge Reveal

Week 6: My One Room Challenge Reveal

Week 6: My One Room Challenge Reveal

Week 6: My One Room Challenge Reveal

Week 6: My One Room Challenge Reveal

Side Chair | Rug | Basket | Geometric Gold Bowl | Fringed Pillow

The far wall (where my taller dresser is) stayed largely the same. We still have an upholstered side chair over there, which we use all the time to sit and put shoes on, and to toss throw pillows on from the bed at night. I had planned on changing the white lamp out for this new teal one, but when I polled you guys on Instagram, the white lamp actually took top prize, so I returned the other one and am more than happy to appreciate what we already have.

Week 6: My One Room Challenge Reveal

Week 6: My One Room Challenge Reveal

Week 6: My One Room Challenge Reveal

Frame | Faux Fiddle Leaf | Vintage Pillow on Bed | Black Lamp

The rug is the only other piece that I don’t think I’ve addressed over the course of these past six weeks. It was originally intended for our family room and was unrolled there for the longest time, but it strangely never lay flat over the big plain area rug we also kept in the room.

I was hoping to achieve a layered look with the smaller patterned rug on top and the oversized plain rug underneath, but it never quite worked. We kept tripping over the big wrinkles that formed (see what I mean in the photos here), so I decided to pass our existing shaggy bedroom rug along to friends, and then brought this one up from the family room.

The new low pile rug is much more muted than the bold shag rug was, and I really like the subtle tone-on-tone pattern. The creamy color grounds the space without taking too much attention away from things like the bedding and paneled feature wall, but the rug is still soft enough underfoot to make the bedroom feel luxurious.

Week 6: My One Room Challenge Reveal

Week 6: My One Room Challenge Reveal

Week 6: My One Room Challenge Reveal

Week 6: My One Room Challenge Reveal

Week 6: My One Room Challenge Reveal

Week 6: My One Room Challenge Reveal

Week 6: My One Room Challenge Reveal

Week 6: My One Room Challenge Reveal

Week 6: My One Room Challenge Reveal

Week 6: My One Room Challenge Reveal

Remodelista | Plant Drawing | Vintage Lamp | Pillowcases | Fan (similar)

This project has been such a fun one to work on, but a bit humbling to tackle, too. I feel like it took me forever to find the right combo of textures and colors, and (for better or worse) it reminded me that I’m still learning as I go. I’m sure a professional designer could have knocked my vision out in a matter of days, but it also probably would have required a lot more buying of new items that we (clearly!) didn’t really need and definitely a bigger budget overall.

Our budget constraints sort of forced me to make the most of our existing home décor, but that turned out to be the best lesson from this project: that you can make a room look brand new just by repurposing the supplies, art, and textiles that you already have lying around.

Week 6: My One Room Challenge Reveal

Week 6: My One Room Challenge Reveal

Week 6: My One Room Challenge Reveal

Week 6: My One Room Challenge Reveal

Week 6: My One Room Challenge Reveal

Week 6: My One Room Challenge Reveal

Week 6: My One Room Challenge Reveal

Throw Blanket | Lumbar Pillow | Faux Hanging Plant

So, what do you think?! Make sure to hop over to my YouTube channel to see the transformation unfold in real time, including my to-do list for the project start to finish. Afterward, feel free to leave your thoughts on our reimagined bedroom in the comments below, and visit the One Room Challenge event website hosted by Linda, of Calling It Home, for more design inspiration.

Week 6: My One Room Challenge Reveal

One Room Challenge: Week 1

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 12

Weekend Inspiration: No. 12

Well, guys, it’s official. I’m out of the office for the next week on my way to the beach with family! John’s staying home again this year to keep an eye on the house and pets, and also to take advantage of a few extra fly fishing hours after work, so I’ll certainly be leaving a little “piece” of myself back home as I miss my sweet hubby and fur babes. As they say, though, absence makes the heart grow fonder, and this happened to work out as the best plan for us.

You might notice that things are a little quiet here on the blog next week as I enjoy an unplugged week on the coast, but be sure to follow along on social media and check back in next Thursday for the reveal of our completed One Room Challenge space. If you’d like to see an exclusive sneak peek of our made-over bedroom, sign up for the DGD Tribe newsletter here. The pre-tour goes out to inboxes at noon EST on Wednesday, and includes a bunch of my favorite photos of the finished room. In the meantime, here are a handful of links to inspire your creativity while I’m gone.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 12

1. My blogger friend, Marlene, is also taking part in this season’s One Room Challenge event! Check out some of her progress here.

2. I love the quote Amy chose for her colorful plaque project. Such a sweet reminder.

3. Here’s an on-point guide to doing polka dots right in your home.

4. If you’re in need of gift ideas for Mom this Mother’s Day, which is coming up on May 13, check out this post to learn how to put together a DIY Gardening Gift Basket.

5. John got me this water bottle for my birthday, and I think it’s going to be perfect for staying hydrated while lounging by the pool next week.

6. I’m not usually into rustic farmhouse décor, but I’m just smitten with this quaint cottage in midtown Tulsa.

7. Learn how you can help Habitat for Humanity provide homes to those who need them here (HINT: one way involves shopping—I’m in!).

8. The dress I’m wearing on repeat right now.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 12

How To Truly Disconnect During Your Summer Vacation

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One Room Challenge: Week 5

One Room Challenge: Week 5

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Welcome to ‘Week 5’ of the One Room Challenge! If you need to catch up with this 6-week project, feel free to click those links above, although you’ll notice that the ‘Week 6’ link isn’t active yet since the reveal doesn’t go live until next week. Today, I’m sharing a few quick sneak peeks of the art and lighting we chose for the room. A lot of it we already had on hand, which helped us save a ton of money, but we also took this project as an excuse to refurbish one piece in particular that had been lying half-finished in our basement for years—yes, years.

One Room Challenge: Week 5

One Room Challenge: Week 5

The hanging light you see above has actually been in our collection since we moved into town in 2015. I purchased it for $65 from a secondhand store in Charlottesville thinking I’d be able to find the perfect spot for the light after we got settled and all unpacked. Well, as it turns out, I should have taken my time getting to know our new house before purchasing anything new because there really wasn’t a great place to put the hard-wired pendant light.

Late last year I went so far as to put the light in my car to take to Goodwill, but I never did have the heart to hand it over for donation. The cool mid-century shape and unique brass and wood finishes really stole my heart. So, I did what I always do when I’m ready to throw my hands up in defeat over a project: I begged my dad for help.

It took him a few weeks to get the lamp all sorted out (and, I think, quite a bit of stress…sorry, Dad!), but he really managed to bring it back to life. He gave it a deep, thorough clean, and he also reworked the fixture so that it went from a hard-wired light to a plug-in pendant. All I needed to do afterward was hang it from the ceiling to finish, and now we’re in love with how it looks swinging in the corner of our bedroom. I’m so excited for you to see it in the full reveal next week.

One Room Challenge: Week 5

One Room Challenge: Week 5

One Room Challenge: Week 5

Now, how about that art? The vintage framed painting you see here is a $50 piece I picked up at the Williamsburg Antique Mall the last time I was in town. I haven’t mentioned it here on the blog yet because I was looking for the perfect place to hang it, and that turned out to be right above my dresser. My sister isn’t a big fan of the frame, but I love how it feels sort of 1950s—like you’d see it in the sitting room of a home like the one in Father of the Bride. The small engraved artist’s name on the bottom is another favorite detail that makes me want to keep the painting and frame together forever.

The other pieces in the room are in the same sketchy, abstract style—a watercolor (that’s, unfortunately, no longer available online, but is by this artist in case you’d like to know), an oversized abstract pulled from my office, and a leafy line drawing that was once up in our living room. Keeping our art collection down to just four framed pieces is a new record for me, but our brand new faux paneling really deserves to steal the show anyway.

One Room Challenge: Week 5

One Room Challenge: Week 5

Feel free to leave your thoughts about our progress in the comments below, and then hop over to the One Room Challenge event website hosted by Linda, of Calling It Home, for more design inspiration from my fellow guest participants. I also wanted to mention that I found a way to give you guys the opportunity to see the room before the reveal goes live on the blog next Thursday. Click here to sign up for the Dream Green DIY newsletter, and then keep an eye on your inbox next Wednesday for an exclusive pre-tour of the space. I can’t wait for you to see!

One Room Challenge: Week 1

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DIY Decorative Air Dry Clay Wall Bells

DIY Decorative Air Dry Clay Wall Bells

Remember yesterday when I unveiled my latest collection of handmade pottery? Well, it turns out that you don’t have to have a potter’s wheel in order to make pretty clay works of art. Case in point, I worked with my editor at Hunker to come up with a way to make a set of decorative clay wall balls using inexpensive air dry clay as a base material.

This tutorial is geared toward those of you who might not have access to a pottery studio so you can create one-of-a-kind art right from your home. I actually made these bells at our coffee table one afternoon, so you don’t have to feel pressured to find a fancy spot to get your crafting on.

DIY Decorative Air Dry Clay Wall Bells

The main aspect of this project that I encourage you to keep in mind is patience. Since you’re not relying on a kiln to pull the moisture from your clay, you have to wait for the clay to dry out on its own. That said, these clay bells require very little hands-on time to make.

Hop over to Hunker here to learn how to make your own, and please feel free to leave any questions down below. I really want you guys to feel like you have all the tools and instruction you need to make this project a reality in your own home, so fire away in the comments with any reservations you might have! I’m always here to help.

DIY Decorative Air Dry Clay Wall Bells

*If you’d like to see what a set of decorative clay wall bells could look like using a wheel, hop back to yesterday’s post to see the set I made at our local pottery studio.
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