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After a ridiculous amount of Pinterest and Etsy browsing, I decided to make my own wreath. I have to say the choices were pretty dated for my taste and I had something really specific in mind. There was a eucalyptus arrangement in my living room that I’ve been meaning to change so I use that and leftover copper pipe that I had lying around.
What you'll need (where I got it from)
- Copper Pipe (Home Depot)
- Tri-colored eucalyptus (Micheal's)
- Very thin bendable wire (Joanns Fabric)
- Pipe cutter (Home Depot)
- Masking tape
Step 1 Measure the pipe before cutting. I simply held it up to my door, to measure. It ended up being about a foot and a half wide.
Step 2 You need to cut eeiit! Tighten the pipe cutter until it fits snug but not tight enough to squeeze the pipe. Twirl it around a few times until you do not feel any resistance. Tighten and repeat until the pipe is cut. Tape together with the masking tape.
Note: I tried using a glue gun and craft glue and it didn't work at all.
Step 3 Lay each stem out to plan the design before you begin. This will give you an idea of what it will look like before you attach everything. This is an important step because each branch is different, and it will be a pain in the ass to remove the stems and wire after the fact.
Step 4 Add each stem separately, first securing it to the pipe, then secure any protruding parts of the stem. This will help it look more full. I kept some as is because, I liked how looked.
Step 5 When you get to the end, turn the last few stems in the opposite direct to cover the ends of the previous stems.
I had some smaller pieces that I was able to stuff in the wreath to fill in any gaps and cover wire towards the end.
Step 6 Hang it! I used twine and a clear command strip to hang my wreath because I didn't want to drill a hole in my door and conventional wreath holders were cramping my minimal style dreams.
I'm in love, it looks beautiful and it smells divine!
|Years ago I fell in love with this dress on Etsy and asked the tailor to save every last bit of fabric that he could. I wore it to my 25th birthday party, which was just as epic as this dress.|
|"If I were hosting a game show at my house I guess it would’ve been appropriate"|
The cut is TERRIBLE right?! But the fabric, the mesh front, and the back out were enough to overlook the 10lbs of tulle in the shoulders alone. I had never seen anything like it.
I love that the fabric is not only beautiful but has so many great memories tied to it. I’ve been phasing out a lot of old shit that I still have from college and beyond mainly because my style is different, but I like holding on to just a few things like this.
Now I feel good enough about it to mount the tv and begin to hang my art up on the walls. I have to admit when I first moved into my condo I was afraid to put anything in the walls. I didn't want to ruin anything. Ha! I’m hella over that now and I’ve been diving in
I will most likely paint the island a different color but for now it is the base color that I used for the rest of the walls. I’ve been stalking lots of cool geometric, black and white designs/shapes online with the intention of either painting the island or one of my bathroom walls with a pattern.
I also added bar hooks that I picked up at home depot for about $3 for a pack of two. It’s such a cute little accent and my place it small so it is a great space saving solution for when I have my girls over.
Small space solution: Add bar hooks to your kitchen island.
This whole update was super cheap. I may of may not be using every bit of restraint I have not to washi every damn wall! The best part is that I can change it without too much fuss.
Hooray for my my new island. :)
Pour yourself a drink and listen to this.
I’ve been researching how to make a bar light to accompany my the shelf. All the tutorials were much too involved. So I came up with a simpler solution, and honestly this meshes much better with the rest of the room.
I was sitting at work when the idea to make this sign hit me. An homage to one of my favorite artists and one of my favorite spirits. One day I may get this made into a real neon light sign, but for now this is giving me everything I need.
What you’ll need
- A picture frame. I used this one
- Lights. If you do not want the cord to show then get battery operated lights
- Peel away letter decals
I used painters tape to make sure that the letters were aligned. And cut the tail of the “Z” to make the apostrophe.
I used the metal clamps on the back of the frame to secure the lights onto the frame. They can also be glued for a more permanent solutions.
And that’s it!
I have a lot to be happy about these days and I come across a lot of cool art/home/style things when I’m trolling the internet for shiny pretty things and I can’t share them all. Things I love Thursday is for me to share what I’m grateful for/happy about and all awesome stuff that inspires me!
I’ve been watching Sherlock a lot recently (the BBC version) and the men usually have the most beautiful decanters in their office or home. I've always been fascinated with decorative containers so this felt like it was right up my alley. I found these amazing decanters on etsy and I-am-obsessed! I need them. All. Plus I feel like they would look brilliant on my bar shelf. Old fashioned anyone? *raised eyebrow*
I recently went to the Gordon Parks: Segregation Story exhibit at the High Museum in Atlanta and fell in love with the photography. I knew I wanted to grab a book on my way out and I ended up picking this photo book and I can stop looking at it. There are a lot of books/articles about our story but these images really just speak to me. Link to photo book
I’m dying to change the tile in my bathroom so I’ve been taking note of amazing tile when I’m out. I was getting drinks with friends last Tuesday and this establishment had THE most amazing tile! Black, white and gold…yes please.
If I were a store it would look a lot like this. I need everything from this place. Literally ever-ry-thing. I’m not sure where I would put everything exactly, but I need it. Salt and Sundry
D’angelo. Love. Still. As seen here. I have a few D’angelo inspired DIY projects that I will post soon, I know you’ll love ‘em. Insert wet emoji.
What’s making you happy this week?
Now that I’ve got most of my place painted, I’m spending time on the smaller details of the decor. I am obsessed with adding texture to each room in subtle and not so subtle ways.
For my bedroom I choose a jewel tone palette and I want the vibe to be rich and sexy in color, texture and overall vibe. I’ve done this by mixing modern and natural accents and lots of saturated fabrics both solid and patterns.
This scaled piece has been on my list for a while now. I’ve had several ideas on how I want it to look. I considered making it a headboard, doing a trio of square pieces, etc. but when I saw this frame in salvation army I knew that I wanted to use it for this project.
I saw the original project on pinterest, which uses slightly different materials. I used what I had.
I highly recommend buying a circle cutter for this project versus hand cutting the circles. You really want them to be precise and it will go by much faster.
- A frame or plywood
- Circle cutter
- Glue gun
- Craft paper
- Poster paper
- Spray paint
How it’s done
I bought bunch of poster board from the dollar store and used the circle cutter to make 4” circles. You can make them big or small, I think smaller circles look much better.
Once it is covered leave it overnight to dry.
When it’s completely dry flip it over and cut the round edges off.
Glue the edges done.
In a well ventilated area spray paint the frame. Now, you can use any color you want to match your decor.
This is a fairly simple project, cutting the circles was the most time consuming part.
I’m in love with the finish product. It is just perfect for the tone that I’m setting in my bedroom.
- Use poster paper! If you use a thinner weight then the circles are more likely to crease.
- Make sure you get under the circles you don't want any white parts showing.
- Ask a friend to help you hang it. My frame is currently a bit crooked, hanging a frame of this size is definitely a two person job!
So it’s your first time hosting Thanksgiving at your place. Maybe it’s just friends, your significant other or even your family coming to town, either way, it doesn’t have to be stressful. Check out these five simple steps to killin’ it this turkey day.
1. Plan ahead
Write everything down, I mean everything! Make a detailed list of the ingredients you will need and then do some digging to see what you may already have at home. Don’t forget about cookware, do you have the right pots and pans? What about serving dishes, folks and knives? Also don’t forget about the aftermath, do you have foil and plastic wrap?
2. Don’t try to do everything yourself
Thanksgiving is all about the potluck! Let people know what you are making and ask them to fill in any gaps. What you should do is, make the staples. Shoot for the main meat dish (turkey, lamb, etc.), stuffing, and one or two big sides, think macaroni and cheese or green beans. Along with place settings, cleaning your place and other prep, you’ll have your hands full.
3. Ask an expert
If there was ever a time to go to specialty and artisan shops and get those fancy things you’ve always had your eye on, this is it! You’re having company, treat them to all of your favorite things and really enhance your meal and leave a lasting impression. Get the right cut of meat, better quality cheese and an excellent wine that will enhance a simple dish.
4. Skip dessert
Buy dessert. Baking is a whole other beast to tame. Find a great bakery or a baking inclined guest and have them take the lead on dessert, a pie or two should do the trick.
Go the extra mile to impress your guests and buy extra Tupperware for them to take leftovers home. No one wants collard greens juice all over their car seat, so stop by the dollar store and pick up extra Tupperware its cheap, easy and makes you look pretty brilliant.
If you have questions about what you should cook for any occasion let me know! Leave a comment below or shoot me an email.
Brownbelle’s Thanksgiving Menu
- Turkey Roulade
- Cast Iron Cornbread
- Holiday Spiced Sangria
- Sage Sweet Mashed Potatoes
I've REALLY been into metallic tones lately. Gold, silver and bronze accents add richness while remaining neutral. My bedroom will have many more gold accents but for starters I've added a pop of gold with this easy gold foil diy.
You will need:
- About a foot long piece of foil. Start bigger you can always rip it to make it smaller.
- Gold spray paint
- Picture frame