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Weekend Inspiration: No. 55

Weekend Inspiration: No. 55

I just realized that it’s time to start getting serious about Easter crafting and menu planning! With only a little more than a week to go until the big holiday, I figured I’d jump-start your brainstorming with a roundup of fun Easter-themed craft projects to try, and tasty things to make in the kitchen, too.

Scroll on for tons of inspiration and the good news is that, even if you’re not planning to celebrate Easter, you can still make most of these anytime just for fun this spring. Which one will you try first? Let me know in the comments.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 55

1. Deviled eggs made in an instant pot? Sign me up.

2. This DIY rainbow Baby’s Breath centerpiece looks easy enough for anybody to pull off, even if things get down to the wire the day of the holiday.

3. Might as well taste-test a glass or two of these strawberry basil caipirinha cocktails this Saturday and Sunday to make sure they’re up to snuff for Easter (wink, wink).

4. This carrot cake would look mighty nice on your buffet table next weekend—am I right? And the bonus, of course, is that it tastes just as good as it looks.

5. Another thing that your holiday guests would probably love to sink their teeth into? These Easter cake pops. I really appreciate that cake pop troubleshooting guide toward the bottom of the post, too.

6. In case you need some new serving dishes to hold all of these tasty treats, here’s one that you could use next weekend and, really, any time of year.

7. Remember when my Blue Ridge Mountains-inspired painted Easter eggs were featured in last April’s issue of Food Network Magazine?! See the step-by-step tutorial here.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 55

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Budget-Friendly Terrazzo Home Accents

Budget-Friendly Terrazzo Home Accents

I should probably start by admitting that, until recently, I had no idea what real terrazzo actually was—or, at least, I had no idea how it was made. I think I saw someone on Instagram share a step-by-step video of the production process during a home renovation, and it really opened my eyes to just how intricate this look is to get.

In case you haven’t seen the process in action, terrazzo is basically made by integrating bits of crushed granite, marble, quartz, glass (or anything similar to those) together with a concrete or epoxy-resin binder. After that, the surface is ground down and polished to a perfect sheen. I looked everywhere for a cool video showing the process, but they’re apparently hard to come by.

Anyway, now that I know what goes into making terrazzo from the ground up (har, har), I appreciate it so much more in home décor. Luckily, the decorative home accents I rounded up below are a lot easier to integrate into your home if you don’t happen to have a big enough budget for all new handmade terrazzo floors or tiles.

Budget-Friendly Terrazzo Home Accents

1. Terrazzo Round Trivet

2. Terrazzo Bathroom Tray

3. Marble + Terazzo Salt Cellars

4. Jonathan Adler Terrazzo Droplet Vase

5. Terrazzo Print Napkins

6. Terrazzo Texture Floor Pillow

7. Terrazzo 16 Piece Dinnerware Set

8. Terrazzo Place Card Holders

9. Terrazzo Oversized Lumbar Throw Pillow

10. Melamine Terrazzo Tray

11. Mareike Boehmer Terrazzo Framed Graphic Art

12. Terrazzo Texture Throw Pillow

Do you have a favorite from the list? Of course, I’m pretty partial to the pieces that are true versions of terrazzo, just on a smaller scale—things like the salt cellars, bathroom tray, and card holders. But I still love that those softer, decorative accessories (think: the pillows, napkinsthis art print) get the point across by showing off the cool random pattern that’s so recognizable in the real deal solid material. Leave your vote for top pick in the comments below!

Budget-Friendly Terrazzo Home Accents

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 54

Weekend Inspiration: No. 54

I’m so grateful for spring—maybe more so this year than I’ve ever been before. It’s like I’m coming out from under a big gray cloud for some reason (I guess that’s winter for ya!), and it feels really good knowing that colorful flowers and fresh air are both on the horizon.

At any rate, we’ve been busy, busy behind the scenes helping my parents prep and plan for their move to town later this month, which is why things have been a little more on the quiet side around here and on Instagram, but hopefully things will settle back down by the time May arrives. In the meantime, I’m taking every chance I can to do something fun, which is exactly what I plan to do this weekend.

Scroll on for a few hints at my plans for these next two days off, plus a few creative ideas that caught my eye this past week.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 54

1. This weekend is one of the only ones where John and I don’t have work obligations to deal with, so we’re planning to celebrate our seventh wedding anniversary with a little day trip out of town. Hopefully we can find somewhere to watch both Final Four basketball games. Go Cavaliers! 

2. I’m hoping we can squeeze in a trip to one of my favorite nurseries while we’re out, too. I’ve got landscaping on my mind thanks to all the nice spring weather!

3. Did you catch the launch of DGD Pottery Collection No.6?! See the pieces that are left in the shop here.

4. Speaking of Etsy, I’m in love with these beautiful polymer clay earrings. Which color is your favorite?

5. If spring crafting is on your mind for the weekend, here’s a cool IKEA hack project that could fit the bill for a fast entry makeover.

6. This small space home tour has given me so many ideas for reworking our existing furniture and décor to make it feel a little more exciting for the new season. I’m even considering adding new DIY molding details to make our own white walls pop!

Weekend Inspiration: No. 54

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 53

Weekend Inspiration: No. 53

What a week! I managed to cross a bunch of big deadlines off my list, so I’m feeling pretty good this morning. I also tackled a big organizing project that’s been hanging over my head practically since we moved in more than three years ago, so that has me really feeling like I’m on top of the world! Big cleaning projects are definitely stressful, but always worth it in the end, I think.

Anyway, this weekend is the last one of March, so let’s all agree to make the most of it, shall we? Keep scrolling for a few of the stories and articles that have me itching to keep the productive momentum going into Saturday and Sunday.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 53

1. Speaking of organizing…Did you catch my review of The Real Simple Method To Organizing Every Room? That book has all the information and tips you need to get cracking on spring cleaning this season.

2. Here’s another handy guide for keeping up with things around the house (namely cleaning).

3. This list of 9 Expert Furniture Reupholstery Tips on Domino includes a few of my own DIY tricks and suggestions when it comes to fabric furniture makeovers. Tomorrow could be the perfect time to try one or two out for yourself.

4. That big organizing project I mentioned earlier was actually the closet in our guest room (pictured in today’s post). I bought a cart’s worth of nice boxes and containers for the project, and this one is my absolute favorite from the bunch. It’s bigger than it looks online, and is a great price, too.

5. If you’d rather just take it easy this weekend (good for you!), than might I suggest a binge watch of The Crown? I just heard that they’re getting ready to announce season 3, so it’s time to prep!

Weekend Inspiration: No. 53

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Etsy Spotlight: Her Name Is Mud

Etsy Spotlight: Her Name Is Mud

So, I actually found out about Her Name Is Mud on Etsy through Instagram, of all places! My Internet pal Molly, of Almost Makes Perfect, shared something she had snagged from Krista’s shop last year, and it took about .05 seconds for me to click over to the @hername_ismud feed for a closer look at the rest of this new-to-me artisan’s work.

Long story short, it took much less than .05 seconds for me to give Krista an “official” follow on Instagram thanks to her gorgeous, bright posts, and I’ve loved everything she’s published and launched in her shop since then. Keep scrolling for a list of links to the things I currently have my eye on in the Her Name Is Mud Etsy shop.

Favorites From Her Name Is Mud

1. Mustard Earrings

2. Leaf Ornaments

3. Clay + Cord Wall Hanging

4. Cactus Ring Cone

5. Terrazzo Ornaments

6. Geometric Ceramic Earrings

7. Rustic Salt Cellar

8. Geometric Wall Hanging

Did something special catch your eye from that list? Hop through to Etsy here because there’s sooooo much more to see. Krista’s work is really unique, and she’s got a lot of variety available, too—earrings, wall hangings, pins, functional kitchen vessels, and even cake toppers.

Oh, and if you love watching the process of artists actually working with clay, then follow Krista on Instagram. She’s really good at sharing sneak peeks of her process, and I’ve learned so much from her already. I can’t wait to see what Krista does next!

*By shopping the affiliate links above you’ll be supporting not one but TWO small businesses: my own and today’s featured Etsy shop spotlight. Commissioned affiliate links are not sponsored. Rest assured that I never recommend products we wouldn’t use or don’t already love ourselves.

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 52

*This post is sponsored by AVA Grace Vineyards.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 52

Guess what?! Dream Green DIY turns eight years old today! I’m so excited to kick off the weekend with this milestone in mind, and have lots of big plans to make sure I celebrate the occasion right.

Of course, I’ll be raising a toast or two to my eighth year as an entrepreneur (my new favorite springtime wine varietals are called out in the list below), I have tickets to the symphony, and I might just bake myself a big strawberry pie as a final treat. Keep scrolling for more inspiration in case you’re celebrating something big this weekend, too!

Weekend Inspiration: No. 52

1. I couldn’t possibly start celebrating without first saying a HUGE thanks to all of you. Dream Green DIY wouldn’t exist without your incredible support, enthusiasm, and visits, so from the bottom of my heart…thank you…You have literally made my dreams come true, and I hope I can return the favor with many more years of inspiring ideas, projects, and posts!

2. I was recently introduced to wine from this vineyard, and can’t get enough of their Chardonnay and Rosé—perfect for spring! BONUS: Watch my Instagram Stories today for must-taste wine notes from those two bottles.

3. These are still my favorite wine glasses for special occasions.

4. Want to try a version of my strawberry pie in your own house this weekend? I always start with this recipe, but instead of using the water it calls for, I use 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice and 1/2 cup of the Rosé wine I linked to above. I actually tend to double the recipe to make two pies at once, and freeze the second one for later in the season. Delicious!

5. With eight years worth of up-all-nights and deadlines under my belt as I keep this “one woman show” running, I definitely plan to take some much-deserved time off in our living room with nothing but that aforementioned glass of wine and a movie. This is a recent favorite one to rewatch.

6. While my weekend ahead is all about relaxing and celebrating, I’m excited to start my ninth year with an extra burst of momentum. This career website is a go-to of mine as I look forward to the next eight years.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 52

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My Spring Reading List & DIY Bookmarks

My Spring Reading List & DIY Bookmarks

I think I’ll go ahead and blame the cold weather, but I’ve been watching a lot of TV lately. Even during my mid-day lunch break I find myself defaulting to 30 minutes on the couch with my sandwich and the remote to catch up on a little West Wing in between work to-do’s. It’s not good, and I honestly wonder if all the headaches I’ve been getting lately have to do with my time in front of the television.

Now that the days are finally starting to get a little warmer, though, I found myself this past week choosing a book over a TV show or movie. There’s just something so calming about losing myself in a good book, and that sense of peace is even stronger when I’m able to head out to the sunroom to soak up that springtime sun while cuddling with my book.

My Spring Reading List & DIY Bookmarks

Inspired by this newly reformed habit, I put together a quick post for the Scotties blog all about how to make your own DIY bookmarks out of empty tissue boxes. The post you’re reading here on Dream Green DIY today isn’t sponsored and the brand isn’t paying me to mention the story that I wrote for their site, but I really loved the way the project turned out, and thought you guys might get something creative out of it, too!

See the full tutorial this way, and then keep scrolling here on DGD for a breakdown of the books and magazines I personally plan to work my way through this spring.

My Spring Reading List & DIY Bookmarks

My Spring Reading List & DIY Bookmarks

My Spring Reading List

1. Domino Magazine: The spring 2019 issue of this quarterly mag is one of my favorites ever from them. It’s packed with beautiful home tours, and there’s even a cool story all about emerging ceramists. I’m already planning to reread it.

2. The President Is Missing: Another one I’m planning to reread is this novel co-written by James Patterson and Bill Clinton. It’s one of those super fast-paced books that almost forces you to skim through the action to get to the finish line. I’m sure I missed some really clever details, so I’m keeping it within easy reach on my nightstand.

3. Daisy Jones & The Six: Word on the web is that this 1970s-rock-band-centered bestseller is going to be turned into an Amazon series (with help from Reece Witherspoon!). Count me in.

4. Pacific Natural: Simple Seasonal Entertaining: This one actually comes out tomorrow, and is one coffee table book I could definitely see myself reading from cover to cover.

5. Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave: My sister and I bought this book for my mom and dad as an early housewarming gift since they’re now thinking about how to decorate a new-to-them home. Before handing the book over, though, I couldn’t help but peruse the intro and first chapter. I might need to borrow it from Mom (or buy my own copy) because it’s surprisingly well-written and insightful!

6. The Southern Side of Paradise: I’m totally obsessed with the The Peachtree Bluff Series written by Kristy Woodson Harvey, and recently found out that the last book is set to be released in May. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy, and might not even come up for air while I’m reading it.

My Spring Reading List & DIY Bookmarks

My Spring Reading List & DIY Bookmarks

My Spring Reading List & DIY Bookmarks

Did I leave a book off the list that you’re excited to dive into this spring? Do tell in the comments below because I’m always looking for suggestions. I tend to ramp up my reading in the spring, but I go absolutely NUTS with it in the summertime, so I need all the recommendations I can get. And be sure to visit the Scotties website next so you can peruse the DIY bookmarks tutorial that I produced for them—happy spring reading, everybody!

My Spring Reading List & DIY Bookmarks

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 51

Weekend Inspiration: No. 51

Hallelujah, it’s Friday! This week was incredibly stressful to start as things continued to go back and forth with that thing I mentioned last week. I know I shouldn’t be so emotionally invested in something that doesn’t really even involve us, but I just want what’s best for my parents. That, and I think I started to realize just how much fun it would be to help decorate a Dutch Colonial house!

Anyway, I’d love your help sending positive vibes to my family as they work out all the small details that go along with real estate transactions. I think we’re pretty much in the home stretch now, though (pun intended!). At any rate, I’m hoping to lay low this weekend as I come down from the highs and lows, but here’s a list of creative links and ideas to occupy your own time off these next two days.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 51

1. I’m working on building out a big spring reading list for next week, so this weekend is going to be spent doing a little research. Do you have any titles you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments here so I can add them to the list before next week.

2. You know I couldn’t talk about weekend to-do’s without mentioning at least one retro craft! I love the mid-century vibes of these hand-decorated wine glasses.

3. If you’re feeling gutsy and want to break out bigger tools (like paint brushes and drop cloths), give the gorgeous paint color used in this guest bedroom a try somewhere in your home. I might just follow suit as soon as I have more time on my hands.

4. Feeling bored as you wait for 5:00 p.m. to roll around? Pass the time with this test to find out what your interior design style is. (I’m a Modern Minimalist!)

5. In case a Netflix binge is in order for you this weekend, here’s a roundup of new titles already streaming and coming soon this month.

6. You could try your hand at installing under-cabinet lighting this Saturday and Sunday, or maybe restyle your open kitchen shelving using our list of tips.

7. If you can’t be bothered to do anything but lay around in PJs with your laptop (I don’t blame you!), check out J.Crew’s 40% off sale, going on now through Sunday. I’m personally considering this denim top.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 51

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 50

Weekend Inspiration: No. 50

I’m really sorry for the short posts this week, guys, but it’s all for a very exciting reason! My parents are moving here from an hour and a half out of town, and this week has been full of big stuff (think: inspections, last-minute home tours, offers submitted and ACCEPTED).

It’s been a little on the emotional, albeit exciting, side of things and I’m right there in the thick of things with them since they live a ways away and I want to make myself as available as I can for them. Fingers crossed that it all works out, but in the meantime, here’s a sneak peek of the design inspiration I’ve pulled together to help distract my parents from the “not fun” stuff, like contracts. Maybe when all is said and done they’ll let me share new room tours, furniture makeovers, and before/after renovations using their new home as a blank canvas! Would you be into that?

Anyway, until things settle down behind the scenes with that, posts might be a little on the shorter side around here. Luckily, I’ve built up a solid collection of stories for Hunker over the past month, so I’ll be able to send you along to their website to read my longer-form words if that’s what you prefer. Enough of my scatterbrained rambling, though…Let’s get to this week’s list of cool links!

Weekend Inspiration: No. 50

1. As spring inches its way closer and closer, I can’t help but crave fresh sweet treats like the homemade lemon lavender muffins I made last year with the folks over at Farmhaus Coffee Co.

2. This list of 28 ethical clothing brands to support really caught my eye since I’ve become more interested in “slow fashion” in the last six months or so.

3. Thanks to the list I linked to above, I discovered a new-to-me sustainable brand to love (not to mention this amazing striped box-top!).

4. Need more shelf styling motivation ahead of the weekend? Here’s everything you need to get started.

5. Spring might be less than two weeks away, but that doesn’t mean it’s suddenly going to be 70 degrees outside. So I’m bookmarking this tutorial for a DIY flannel frog to keep my feet warm throughout the transition.

6. What a smart way to rethink wallpaper!

7. Have you scoped out Collection No.5 in the DGD Pottery shop yet? A handful of items are still on sale through the weekend, so don’t wait if you’ve had your eye on something.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 50

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Striped Home Accents We’re Loving

Striped Home Accents We're Loving

With all the decorative patterns in the world (namely, all over Pinterest—who else gets sucked down that rabbit hole on a weekly basis?!), I sometimes forget that simple ones do exist. I appreciate an intricate repeated Moroccan tile just like pretty much everybody else, but I think I’ll always, always come back to classics, like stripes.

To be honest, though, I was a little worried that I’d be able to find a dozen really unique, modern versions of striped home accents to share with you guys today, but my search led me to all sorts of gorgeous options worthy of consideration. The list below proves that it’s very much possible to update this simple pattern to suit your home in 2019 (and beyond).

Striped Home Accents We’re Loving

1. Grey and Navy Blue Geometric Striped Ceramic Round Vase

2. Brookneal 1000 Thread Count Striped Cotton Blend Sheet Set

3. 2pk Striped Kitchen Towel

4. LR Home Montego Decorative Storage Basket

5. Rachelle White Stripe Bottle Table Lamp

6. Bellair-Meadowbrook Terrace Bath Rug

7. Quilted Wall Tapestry

8. Horizontal Solid Stripe Throw Blanket

9. Boyes Armchair

10. Stone & Beam French Laundry Stripe Pillow

11. Cotton Rope Basket with Handle

12. Quilt Texture Stripe

Do you have a favorite from that list? I’m absolutely, positively head-over-heels for that armchair. I can’t personally vouch for its comfort, but I wouldn’t mind testing it out for you (if only I had room for another chair). I’m also of the mind that a person can never have too many striped kitchen towels, so these are also at the top of my wish list.

Share your favorite pick in the comments, and I’d also love to know if there’s a particular simple-yet-classic pattern other than stripes that you come back to over and over again.

Striped Home Accents We're Loving

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