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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!
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?
The reason why I decided to change it, is because I spilled a white paint sample all over it, my floors and the wall. Good times…
Since it was ruined I had to paint it.
I sanded all the outside edges to get rid of as much of the texture from that paint splatter looking finish and gave it a good cleaning with a soapy damp cloth.
After two coats of primer I was satisfied with the results.
I painted the inside with liquid gold paint and the outside with a high gloss black paint.
Side note: this color scheme would look stunning on a bar cart and goes well with most decor.
I wanted it to feel a little bit masculine. I want to add more neutral/masculine pieces to give the room balance. This shelf also acts and a little bit of a divider for the dinning room/kitchen and the living room. I plan to reinforce that with the paint when I get to it!
I added clear sticky dots onto the glass so that there is a barrier between the metal and the shelves.
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!