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.
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!
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)
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…
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)
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!!
I 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
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.
Carolyne Roehm – A Passion for Blue and White
John Knott and John Fondas Photo Credits: BjornWallander Source: Quadrille Editorials
Kelly Ford and Kirsten Fitzgibbons
Chanel Vintage Bracelet
Kelly Ford and Kirsten Fitzgibbons
Paolo Moschino and Philip Vergeylen
Alexa Hampton – Visual Comfort
Vogue – Vintage
Tory Burch (love the chic stripes)
Tory Burch (adore the striped shoes)
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….
Source: Pinterest – Dryden Wallpaper- Osbourne & Little
Hubert de Givenchy
Sofia Coppola Handbag
C. Z. Guest – Templeton (love the animal print carpet)
One of the things I love most about winter is the snow; it makes everything beautiful. I love coming home sitting by the fire with a hot cup of cocoa and a cashmere throw. Here are some of my winter essentials…
2014 The Year of Confidence that radiates joy, love and health…Pantone’s Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid 18-3224
Runways, Hollywood Red Carpets, Interiors will be infused with its beguiling charm….
The list of pieces you need in your home with that little something extra
COLOR MY HIDE soft lilac meets nickel.
ARTERIORS ~ Kelli Lamp
BE DAZZLED unlike any reflection on your wall.
BUNGALOW 5 ~ Romano Wall Mirror
THE GOLD CUFF CHAIR No pillow required.
CARACOLE ~ Ice Breaker Chair
THE BRONZE AND WHITE QUATREFOIL TABLE certainly won’t get mistaken for your grandmother’s table.
GLOBAL VIEWS ~ Quatrefoil Rectangular Table
THE BLACK FLIRT the look of entitlement, in a day bed.
KOKET ~ Prive’ Day Bed
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
2. THE CASHMERE BLANKET
Warm, cozy, make up your own stories. Sferra Cashmere blanket
3. THE LOUNGE WEAR
Our casual take on luxury. Hanro Emma cashmere lounge shirt & pant
4. THE STATEMENT PIECE
Better in mixed company. Jan Showers Anders Gold Leafed coffee table
5. A DRAMATIC LIP
COURTESY of Tom Ford Tom Ford Lip Shine in Willful
6. THE METALLIC HEEL. All in the details. Michael Kors Arielle metal toe pump.