I know it’s Spring and we’re susposta be all about color and what not, but I’m currently having a very black and white moment. I’m obsessed bouquets full of white flowers and I think the contrast of a black vase really make the arrangement stand out. So chic! Thankfully because of an intense relationship I had last Summer with mason jars, I have a few laying around. With a coat of paint they can easily be transformed and repurposed to use this Spring. This little project is beyond simple. You can complete the look of a room or the theme of a party in just seconds with these painted jars.
Your color options are endless. Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere posted lovely mint bottles last week. Here’s another idea… apply the chalkboard spray paint and add a personal message to your jar. This would make an absolutely fabulous gift for a special someone.
This past weekend, with a Starbucks vanilla latte in hand, I made a trip to my local IKEA to pick up a piece I neded for a DIY I’m hoping to share with you soon (hint: bar cart!!!!). While I was there, I figured I’d take a loop around the store and just “look”. Needless to say I ended up leaving with a big blue reusable bag full of goodies. Here are a few of my latest purchases from IKEA that I’m currently loving. Nothing of $100 and NO assembly required!
No.1 Faux Sheepskin Rug | No.2 Chandelier | No.3 Scented Candle | No.4 Alarm Clock | No.5 French Press | No.6 Espresso Cup + Saucer | No.7 Artificial Plant | No.8 Bowl | No.9 Candy Dish | No.10 Full Length Mirror
A few months I came across an instapic that totally inspired! See it here. I knew that come Spring, I would be giving the inspiration board in my office a makeover with these lovely DIY butterfly push pins. Now technically Spring doesn’t officially arrive until March 20th, but let’s be honest it was 90 degrees in LA this weekend so obviously Spring is sooooooo here, it’s Summer!!
To make these oh so pretty push pins add a healthy amount of glue to the top a push pin, then attach the butterflies and allow a little time to dry. I purchased these fake butterfly ties at Michael’s Craft Store but they’re available online here and here.
Recently I’ve been obsessed with anything monogrammed. I had this light brite/ pegboard monogram “K” since this Summer but had to wait until the Christmas decor was in the store so I could get my hands on some lights. This is such a fun and easy project. You can personalize it with your own letter or spell out any words you wish.
MATERIALS: Lights, Frame*, Pegboard, Glue Gun, Tape
*It’s important that you find a frame that is rather deep so that you have somewhere to store the cords of the lights. I found the PERFECT frame at Ikea (here) for $15. It comes in silver but you can spray paint it any color you wish.
The countdown to Thanksgiving is on and I’m completely thrilled! I’ve been loving all the tablescape post and photos floating round the internet lately. When I stumbled upon the above image on Pinterest I thought 1.) I want to go to their house for dinner and 2.) I need to make those gold painted wine glasses for my collection. THESE GLASSES!!!! So glamorous and so simple to make.
It’s amazing the transformation a coat of spray paint can make. My metallic gold Krylon has transformed these rocks into fab decorative pieces. Thanks to all who emailed/ tweeted these golden nuggets as inspiration. You were right… a pair of rock solid gold bookends is just want my office needed!
This past weekend my friend Kelly (of KellyGolightly.com) hosted a pool party at her new Palm Springs pad. A few weeks ago while shopping I stumbled upon cute mason jar cup set (Instagram pic here) and thought they would be a great DIY and a fun hostess gift for Kelly’s party. The jars would be super handing for entertaining and since Kelly was the first to comment on my picture, I knew she’d just love them!
Go glam and give that boring ole lamp shade make over! Use beaded garland to transform your lamp into a fancy chandelier.
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Spring has sprung and it’s time think about the details of my 2013 garden. I’m a little limited in my garden options since I live in an apartment, but that doesn’t mean I can’t cultivate a cool and colorful floral outdoor space. My plan is to use post to plant a few herbs, succulents and rose bushes. Since my plants will sit on my patio in clay pots, I really wanted to make the pots special. I headed over to Pinterest for a little inspiration (of course) and found that Mod Podging fabric to pots was a thing! Check out this super chic and easy project. Pick your favorite fabric and truly make this project your own!
My 30th birthday is 3 months away and party planning is in full effect (aka I’m already thinking about cupcakes!). I have no theme, no location, but I do know that my cupcakes will be resting on a beveled tiered mirror cupcake stand. Priorities!!!!! This project is so simple, so chic and the perfect addition to any party decor.
While thrift shopping in Palms Springs this weekend I purchased a few fancy glass liquor containers (here). They’re very “Mad Men” if you will, but since I’m not much of a hard liquor drinker I was trying to figure out what else to fill them with. I’m more of a wine lover but that doesn’t mean the top of my wine bottles can be fancy either. This project is simple and makes the perfect gift.
TIP: This might take a little effort so if need be use a pair of plyers to hold the knob in place and use your other hand to screw on the cork.
PS: In case you’re wondering Chateau St. Michelle (CSM to all the cool kids) is one of my favorite wines in the entire world! No lie, it’s so delicious (and they’re NOT paying me to say this either). It can be purchased at most local grocery stores ($6.99 with my Pavillions card) AND is often on the menu at some ritzy restaurants, so you seem real classy when you order it. If you haven’t yet experience the majesty that is CSM it’s time you get with the program. Try their riesling… you’ll love it! Enjoy responsibly… and by responsibly I mean at home, in your fanciest robe while watching reruns of the Golden Girls, Designing Women or some fab show like that!
I’ve been wanting to get a pet for some time now. I figured a fish would be a great starter pet! Plus a colorful Betta is a great and inexpensive way to add a little color to a room without pulling out the paint brush. I wanted a really decorative tank for my fish to live in. Since I always feel like I’m in an art museum when I stare at my Betta, I thought framing the tank would be a fun and creative idea to display my new moving art piece.
Tip: Your picture frame should be the same size as your tank. A rectangular vase that you find at your local craft or floral store will make a great tank. Just be sure it’s at lease 2 -3 inches deep to give your fish wiggle room.
My new fish really seems to be enjoying his new home. It’s bigger than that little bowl he’s been living in for the past few weeks and the plastic plant is quickly becoming his new BFF! Now it’s time to name him…
What should I name my new fish? If it were up to me I’d name him Elton, but thank goodness it’s not… I’m leaving it up to you guys! Leave any name suggestions in the comment section below and I’ll pick my favorite. If your name is chosen I’ll send you a little gift in appreciation! xo
Don’t get me wrong Pinterest is a good time, but my inner magazine junkie gets a real thrill from physically ripping out those glossie pages and pinning them on a real life inspiration board. I like having a board in my work space that is bright, colorful and inspires me to be creative. Obviously a regular ole cork bulletin board just won’t do! This floral fabric covered frame board is just want I needed to decorate my space. And the best part is that it doubles as wall art!
Note: I used a cardboard display board as my base. It reminded me of my 4th grade Science project!
I love walls that are covered with family photos and colorful prints, but the thought of hanging a frame scares me. Who would have thought that clothing hangers would make such a refreshing option? I was able to make over my wall with the help of these wood pant hangers ($3 each from The Container Store) and clear thumb tacks. Cheaper and easier than hanging frames. Enjoy this little video and don’t forget to subscribe to the GNG YouTube channel!
If you ever only craft one Glitter ‘N Glue DIY project let this be the one! This glitter accent bowl is a MUST for all girl obsessed with glitz. This project is so super simple that once you make one for yourself you’ll have to make one for your Mom, Sister, Aunt, Grandma, Cousin, Best Friend, Sorority Sister, the Mail Lady, your Gay Best Friend and so on and so forth (aka they make great gifts).
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Personalized welcome mat are genius! There’s no better way to bring a little personality to your doorstep. I hope you enjoy the little video of this fun and easy project. I’m loving this project and I might just be making one for my neighbor that reads “Hey Boo!”
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Have you decorated your Christmas tree yet? Well the clear plastic ornament is THE craft material of the season. It’s a blank canvas that allows you to custom design and DIY your Christmas tree. This project is just one way (…of about a zillion) you could customize your ornament.
Fellow DIY blog Thanks, I Made It has complied a collection of crafty and creative DIY ornament projects from across the blogosphere including glitter ornaments, dipped ornaments, melted crayon ornaments and more! To view the full list click here.
My absolute favorite thing to do on the weekends is to curl up with a hot cup of coffee (hot chocolate during the Holidays) and get caught up on my reading (and my reading I mean all my fashion magazines). I have a fun little corner in my apartment with with a cozy chair that looks out the big bay window where I usually do my reading. After making a zillion trips between the kitchen and my reading space, I realize it would be so much easier if I had a little tray to transport my snacks and so little tray I made.