Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A very, merry DIY Christmas!

Let's face it. Most of us are on a budget. Throw in what you've got for presents and there's not much left over! If you like the idea of crafting, being creative, and being proud of something YOU made, then check out some of these clever holiday decorating ideas bound to make your home a little extra special this year ;)

1. Can't find your holiday decorating colors? These ornaments were made with clear glass/plastic ornaments and simply filling the inside of them with a (non-flammable) acrylic craft paint color of your choice!

2. More with clear glass/plastic ornaments- fill it with literally whatever! The possibilities are endless!

3. Want that all natur-al, neutral, vintage theme? I saw a version of these at Anthropologie!

Make your own version with different colored or patterned paper. Add buttons, etc. Here's another paper tree to get your wheels spinning:

4. Start saving your toilet paper rolls! Trash can become treasure. Can you say R-E-C-Y-C-L-E? 

Another creative version of this toilet paper roll flower:

5. Paper ornaments 101. These are ridiculously easy. I actually made the larger ones, but plan to make the smaller tree ornaments to match ;) 

6. Yarn, not just for knitting! These ornaments are super customizable and cute to boot. 

7. Felt. Your friend. 

And MORE ornaments!

Check out the DIY board on my Pinterest for source info and how-to's!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

It's looking a little like Fall

I think most states have already entered into a season of Fall and temperatures have started to dip, sweaters and scarves are coming out, and leaves are starting to change. Here in Texas, we don't really have fall per say- we get some cold fronts, the leaves change a little... WE GOT RAIN TODAY!!! Since Thanksgiving is just around the corner, I'm feeling a little inspired by all things that feel Fall.

1. Birch Bark candle holders- Bragging Bags, Etsy.
2. Crisp fall days paper garland- Arts Delight, Etsy.
3. Book page pumpkins-Pinterest.
4. Empty Nest photograph. Lucysnowephotography, Etsy.
5. Cozy living room-Pinterest.
6. Gemstone earrings- Art Inspired Gifts, Etsy.
7. Autumn sunset loop scarf- White Moth, Etsy.
8. October Dusk photograph- Ara133photography, Etsy.
9. Autumn yarn wool organizer- Blueroom Pottery, Etsy.
10. Woven burlap ribbon- Gorustic, Etsy.
11. Yummy fall desserts- Pinterest.
12. Vintage geode bookends- Kingsdownroad, Etsy
13. Fall fashion- Pinterest. 

Monday, November 14, 2011

Office Space

Since transitioning into my own Interior Design business, I have begun to really focus on getting my office space together and organized! This is kind of a challenge because as of right now I am working out of my home to keep the overhead low. It's very easy to plop down with my laptop just about anywhere, and I like the flexibility (don't get me wrong), but I'm starting to have enough things going on that require me to really get organized and get a good storage system going. For now I will be sharing our upstairs loft area with my husband's drum set, oh joy ;). So it will be kind of like a play area/work space. I love a modern, clean aesthetic with some rustic, natural elements mixed in. I'm inspired by these spaces, found on my new addiction Pinterest.

We have a window seat area just like this in the loft, so I'd love to have a cushion made and throw some pillows up there to make it more comfortable and a space where we can hang out, listen to Merrick play the drums (with our ear plugs in), and work.  And here's a quick design board I put together of what I invision our loft work space to look like: