5 Spring DIY Ideas

Spring is one of my favorite seasons; everything is in full bloom and I can finally open the windows to let the cool breeze flow through the house.  I enjoy the process of spring cleaning my home, changing out my decor and updating things around the house. Of course, I , like you- love that sense of pride that comes with tackling home improvement projects that doesn’t come with handing the task over to a contractor. But, since there are some complex projects that only a professional should do; I thought I would make a short list of ideas for those DIYers who just can’t resist a challenge.

1. Make Your Own Throw Pillows: Usually fabric stores have remnants of fabric they are selling at a huge discount; you can usually get a couple of yards out of a remnant for less than $30. With your time and labor at no charge; you’ve just scored yourself a heck of a deal for new throw pillows and a little pride as a bonus. Rule of thumb: 1/2 yard of fabric will make one 20″ x 20″ pillow; if you want a decorative trim you are looking at about 2 yards of trim for 1 pillow. Here is a great tutorial from Craftiness is not Optional blog.

il_570xN.307563137

2. Update Bathroom Faucets: This is one of the least complicated parts to updating your bathroom.  But, it will dramatically update your space. A great company that has quick delivery and reasonable prices is Signature Hardware. And, their customer service is excellent! FAUCET

3. Let There Be Light!! Make your own lamp from a beautiful vase: Making your own lamp may seem a little daunting but its fairly easy. With the right tools and tutorial you can make your favorite vase into your favorite lamp. Tip: You will need a lamp pipe and a kit from a big box store that comes with the harp, socket and wire. If you are willing to try your talents; you can have a beautiful lamp on your night stand in a couple of hours without breaking the bank. Here is a great tutorial from Between Naps on the Porch blog to help you. However, if you don’t want to make your own lamp, take a tip from Centsational Girl blog to make an inexpensive lamp look great! (Image Credit: Centsational Girl)

e134fb735d0f3fa8111174a8bff5f9c1

4. Let’s Color: Paint A Room – Painting a room is the easiest and the least expensive way to give your home a facelift. I recently found this amazing tool on Sherwin Williams website called Chipit!! You can translate your inspiration image into colors that you can use in any room of your home.  Once you use this tool you will not go back to choosing your paint colors from a fan…it is so fun!!  Click here to start your own paint chips.  Below is one I did recently…

f7777621e3b1351c9abcde4c0eece2d9

5. Gold Leaf Agate Coasters – Trending like mad this year is Agate. You see it in a variety of colors and applications from jeweled boxes to lamps.  I always love to use natural stones in various applications when designing for my clients. So, I thought for a simple DIY project, Gold Leaf Agate Coasters would be pretty additions to your side tables that can be done in less than 1/2 a day.  Tip: I recommend going to your local rock barrel stores, they will usually have a variety of stones you can work with to make coasters if you want something different than Agate. Take direction from Desert Domicile, she will give you step by step instructions on gold leafing your coasters. (Photo Credit: High Market)

agatecoaster

I hope this post has given you a little inspiration to get started on a DIY project for the Spring.  If you’ve done or decided to tackle one of these projects please let me know.  I want to hear from you and see your finished project!!

 

2014 SNEAK PEEK – DALLAS MARKET

dallasmarketI am delighted to have been asked for the third time to be on the Sneak Peek host committee for the Dallas Market in January. Every year I attend its better than the last and I am sure this year won’t disappoint. This is a great opportunity for bloggers to have an exclusive look behind the scenes at what products are trending and network with manufacturers, showroom managers, fellow bloggers and social media influencers.

Registration is open so be sure to sign up today because there only 20 spots, which sell out fast. As a special thank you they are letting us extend a DISCOUNT to my blogger friends. Regular registration to Sneak Peek is $50, but use promo code HOST2014 at check out to take advantage of the offer for just $40. Not only do you get to have a behind the scenes tour but a portion of the proceeds go towards helping one my favorite charities….Dwell with Dignity, a non-profit helping families escape poverty and homelessness through design.

And, last but not least here are my fabulous co-hosts: Leslie Wood, Hadley Court, Shay Geyer, IBB Design, Kelley Copeland, The Hidden List , Denise McGaha, Denise McGaha Interiors  Hillary Walker, Our Style Stories 

cohosts

Blue, White & Classic Design

 Black and white with a mix of pop art hues are certainly the trend for Spring 2014 from Ralph Lauren to Céline.  Although, I must admit the Resort Collections with blue and white are more exciting to me.  I absolutely love blue and white, even better with a touch of gold…a classic I go back to every time. Regardless of how long ago; I love that women who are photographed in classics always look inspiring.   c819740bc9e5fb41570efc85bb5e0556 nigimagenavy

Carolyne Roehm – A Passion for Blue and White

chloe

Chloé

John KnottJohnFondasBjornWallander

John Knott and John Fondas Photo Credits: BjornWallander Source: Quadrille Editorials

goldbox

Tory Burch

KellyFordKirstenFitzgibbonsMax-KimBee

Kelly Ford and Kirsten Fitzgibbons

e27073296d760991a8b55fe5ceb74e87

Mark Hampton

0610Nye16-de

Joe Nye

blue and white CR

Carolyne Roehm

Miles-Redd-House-Bahamas-01

Miles Redd

untitled (2)

Chanel Vintage Bracelet

Screen shot 2011-01-30 at 3.56.34 PM

Kelly Ford and Kirsten Fitzgibbons

a853d60faee86343f45b80b5e2ae9b00

Paolo Moschino and Philip Vergeylen

tory burch cococozy vogue tory in valentino in dining room Iksel paneled walls Iznik

Tory Burch

9435e6f448463c85f9ddde89978a81e2

Vogue

63bf2d473d044059adc34f04ad50e6d4

a-passion-for-blue-white-pg-233

Carolyne Roehm

d995278d55f234908ab514706de6c2c8

Mary McDonald

1-jackie-kennedy-stripes

Jacqueline Kennedy

AH5215NB

Alexa Hampton – Visual Comfort

421d376a8a0fb5abe3d7e80cd2bb85f5

Vogue – Vintage

tb

Tory Burch (love the chic stripes)

blue and white MH

Mark Hampton

tburcg

Tory Burch (adore the striped shoes)

XXX_443_1379964459_1

Hermès

1233432_626822690691181_1027602788_n

Valentino

GREEN WITH ENVY

Last year was the year for Green without a doubt.  And, I’m still loving it for 2014. The depth and richness of emerald green is especially inspiring. In the midst of redesigning my formal living room my love for emerald green has become a force and I really love it with blue and white porcelain thrown in the mix.

Here are a few of my favorite interiors and fashion inspirations….

tory-burch-vogue-larger-9

Tory Burch

d3f9b75f86fab55e592587f96cf253df

ralph-lauren-fall-2011-rtw-valentina-dress-profile

Ralph Lauren

emerald-green-decor-12-lgn

Phillip Jefferies

0e95682e4bcc20fd71f9bc6f51d365da

Tory Burch

ed7c993c1a28fcf34ed944fb0329003c

Source: Pinterest – Dryden Wallpaper- Osbourne & Little

MICHELLENUSSBAUMER

Michelle Nussbaumer

AHEPBURN

Audrey Hepburn

4d05e792d04aad0afae9af183d515069

image_thumb[57]

 Hubert de Givenchy

47b5865175ba85bc4a7f20e18fc31af6

Gracie Wallpaper

image_thumb[37]

Tory Burch

jEFFREYBILHUBER

Jeffrey Bilhuber

7e2297897f7904ea7124f3c08f63f367

Grace Kelly

ba10b5ae2ecb61ebf4a8afc49a02b42b

Jeffrey Bilhuber

image_thumb[46]Tory Burch

tumblr_m8gg2b93PP1r3llqho1_500

Tory Burch

c0233e2c3c1370fe698c9d954debc251

Sofia Coppola Handbag

0603guest5

C. Z. Guest – Templeton (love the animal print carpet)

e37ec71e97efbe2c0ad1aaba174c872e

Anna Wintour

db25887a39e3c29e94c3026869929aad

Vogue, 1965

emerald-green-decor-01-lgn

Monique Lhuillier

victoria-david-beckham-vogue-cover1

Color Wheel

2014 The Year of Confidence that radiates joy, love and health…Pantone’s Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid 18-3224

orchidsharp12152

Runways, Hollywood Red Carpets, Interiors will be infused with its beguiling charm….

Manolo Blahnik

dfa3764ccf420335be122946b030cb1c

                 

7422ec6749948422936d4e7288fab746

                                                                           pantone-color-05

pantone-color-04

pantone-color-

4e58b1e56203efdead5300ffcf2a9822

The Five

The list of pieces you need in your home with that                      little something extra

01

COLOR MY HIDE soft lilac meets nickel.

KELLILAMP

ARTERIORS ~ Kelli Lamp

02

BE DAZZLED unlike any reflection on your wall.

ROM-670-78

BUNGALOW 5 ~ Romano Wall Mirror

03

THE GOLD CUFF CHAIR No pillow required.

8dc0c36623501106c56717ae6a177cfa

CARACOLE ~ Ice Breaker Chair

04

THE BRONZE AND WHITE QUATREFOIL TABLE certainly won’t get mistaken for your grandmother’s table.

0912476fecf11ba91e4fb1220ad842b6

GLOBAL VIEWS ~ Quatrefoil Rectangular Table

05

THE BLACK FLIRT the look of entitlement, in a day bed.

prive_p

KOKET ~ Prive’ Day Bed

6 Accessories for Right Now

 In case you overlooked them – the extras I’m most excited about….

1.     THE RIGHT PILLOW

Perfect size. With a little texture.   Kyle Bunting pillow

_DSC8841_0

2.       THE CASHMERE BLANKET

Warm, cozy, make up your own stories. Sferra Cashmere blanket

 NMH6YES_mx

3.      THE LOUNGE WEAR

Our casual take on luxury. Hanro Emma cashmere lounge shirt & pant

 NM-4K56_mx

 4.       THE STATEMENT PIECE

Better in mixed company. Jan Showers Anders Gold Leafed coffee table

 6 accessories for right now

5.      A DRAMATIC LIP

COURTESY of Tom Ford Tom Ford Lip Shine in Willful

NMC1BC0_mx

6.    THE METALLIC HEEL.  All in the details. Michael Kors Arielle metal toe pump.

.MKORS