A few years ago after I moved from a house into my downtown loft, I realized that my Christmas decoration collection had found its way to the donation pile. I saw it as an opportunity to try something different, to fill the tree with handmade paper ornaments. This started a new tradition, and now in… Read more.
Today I am going to share my ombre holiday trees. I am decorating my home this Christmas in golds, silvers and whites to create a woodland wonderland look and this is one of my projects. These trees are pretty simple to make and you may even use this as a family craft project. I love… Read more.
All I need now is the Turkey, the rest of the fixings and five of you to come sit at my table! I will miss cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year since I will be off in Amsterdam, so to fill up on some of that Thanksgiving love, I designed a rustic luxe dinner table setting…. Read more.
For your Thanksgiving centerpiece this year, why not make it an interactive arrangement? That’s right, a Thankful Tree with leaves leaves printed, trimmed and ready for your guests to share their gratitude. Once they have added their sentiment they simply tie their leaf or leaves onto the centerpiece branches. I have made it very easy… Read more.
This week I replaced my worn door mat with this fun DIY stenciled monogram centered inside of a silhouette of deer antlers. This seems perfect for my Pacific Northwest home as the days become wet and windy. I picked up the 24 x 35 inch natural fiber coir mat at Ikea and after searching for a… Read more.
Happy Friday! As promised, I am in sharing the next room in my home tour. . . the dining room. This room is in the heart of the home, as it should be. It is flanked by the living room and kitchen, which together make one large great room. This room has many new things… Read more.
Tomorrow I will be touring my dining room in my little craftsman house. To finish up the room just in time for the tour, I just updated the dining room chairs I have been collecting and thought it would be fun to show the before and after with you. The truth is, I have far… Read more.
Welcome back to my home tour! Today I am going to share my bedroom. I have been busy finishing up all of the details for this room all week. You may remember my envelope pillow tutorial and the back tab curtains post just a few days ago. When I look at where I’m at in… Read more.
Today I am finishing up my curtains for the bedroom. Wow! What a difference well placed curtains can make. I will be sharing a post on how to hang curtains in the future but for this post I want to talk about how to make them. Below you can see my before (the curtains that… Read more.
Another favorite version of pillow covers that I like to DIY for decorating is the envelope style. If you missed yesterday’s post here is a link to the zipper pillow cover tutorial. This simple envelope style cover is made from three pieces of fabric where two are overlapping, to make an easy insertion and removal… Read more.
If I were asked what I thought the two simplest ways to quickly change the look of a room would be, I would say to paint a new color on the walls and to recover your pillows with new fabric. I am doing the second this week in my beautifully teal, aqua and green living… Read more.
What a busy week this has been. I was working hard to finish at least one room for another home tour and I am close, but did not quite get there. I am off to San Francisco today for a writer’s conference so I needed to grab one of my “oldie but goodie” tutorials to… Read more.
I am starting to decorate my house for the fall and winter seasons. The teals and aqua items are going into storage to be replaced with plums and golds. To begin my Fall update I made a paper leaf garland and wreath out of metallic antique gold, gold leaf, copper, bronze and ruby. All I… Read more.
One of the pieces I have had ready to chalk paint is this old dresser that I found at a neighborhood church garage sale. I knew I wanted to venture away from my favorite Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan colors (Graphite and Old White) and try something a bit more daring. So I gravitated to… Read more.
Yes, a new video! You may recognize this table from the entryway tour. It is painted in my all time favorite Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan color. . . Graphite! In this video I share my favorite technique to get an old world look using this dark grey paint and both dark and clear soft… Read more.
You may remember seeing this framed chalkboard show up as a prop in posts from time to time. I made it over a year ago using a thrift store frame that I painted teal and filling the space with a chalkboard paint covered piece of foam board. At the time I used the foam board… Read more.
Being the paper flower crafter that I am, it is a must that I add some of my DIY paper blooms to my own home decor. . . without over doing it. So when I was looking at how I might create a dynamic entryway (see full entryway tour here), I knew that the light… Read more.
Happy Friday! Here is a fun and easy project that you can use to dress up your plain white pillar candles and cylinder glass vases. Even though I display these in my house year round, (you can see the two glass vases filled with heart shaped cutouts and scrabble pieces in my hallway tour and… Read more.
The most used rooms in my house are the office and studio. I will be showing the actual studio in the next post, but since the two rooms are joined I will call it a part 1 and 2. Truthfully, this may be the nicest office I have ever worked in and primarily because I… Read more.
Last week I was working on some new Christmas and Winter Holiday projects and started experimenting with gold paper and gold foil to make some festive paper feathers. Though they are perfect for some upcoming holiday posts, I am also loving them for Fall. Of course they make an gorgeous Autumn gift topper and these… Read more.