Fireplace for the Holidays?

So, you don’t have a fireplace for the holidays? No way for Santa to get in, huh. Whatever will you do? Well, there’s nothing like the power of imagination. This chalkboard-paint creation is the perfect solution to a festive holiday mantle. Ok, so you might need a space heater handy for warmth, but what a cheerful and fun solution for  hanging those stockings by the chimney with care.

This simple project is made with a painters drop cloth, primed and then painted with chalkboard paint. Sew in a rod pocket, and design away! Happy Holidays.

Image sourced at http://www.hgtv.com

Tags: , , , ,

Two Wasabi Tape DIYs to Adore

I love DIYs but sometimes they take TMT (too much time) so when I spot one that is unique, fun and fabulous – I go for it. I recently tried 2 awesome, easy and time-friendly DIYs using….

…patterned wasabi tape that elevated 2 simple objects to new decor heights – a phone charger and plain feathers. With the phone charger, just wrap it in your fave design of tape and you have created a brand new vibe for something you use everyday. Next tape idea, take plain old feathers (you can find these at your local art store) and tape the entire shape. Now you have a very cool decor accent for your home.

Have you tried using wasabi tape to elevate the everyday?

 

wasabi DIY 2
wasabi tape DIY 1
source: 1) poppytalk 2) poppytalk

Tags: , , , ,

Beastie

www.bestie.ca

www.bestie.ca

Simple as it gets, and a real applied DIY story. Restauranteurs Clinton McDougall and Dane Brown opened their currywurst restaurant ‘Bestie’ in the heart of Vancouver BC’s Chinatown. Designed for flexibility, and a DIY install, components are uniform, utilitarian, and perfectly spare.

The main wall is made up of an array of 116 holes and wooden pegs which support an ever-changing rotating composition of locally produced design objects and art; coats and umbrellas; additional stools and pendant lights. Always changing to adapt to the current need or configuration, yet appearing organized and thoughtfully designed. Painted surfaces, define areas within the space and their function as well as make cleaning high traffic areas a snap.

Stripping away what is not necessary seems to work, providing space to enjoy the environment and the people within, with clarity, focus, and loads of character.

Images and excerpt sourced at http://retaildesignblog.net

 

Tags: , , , , ,

Why Don’t You…?

e5ab03dcf7989ddba1dc8a990fd0a21e

… write on your cabinetry?

Black and white graphic elements are all the rage, but I love this personalized touch from Swedish designer and calligrapher Ylva Skarp. To be fair, calligraphers certainly have the upper hand (pun intended!) in the type department, but why not give it a go with a few stencils to help guide you?

(more…)

Tags: , , ,

DIY Project: Minimalist Shelving

al6_52272e42ddf2b30efdb60818

I’m one of those antsy homeowners that loves to change up her space every month or so. By switching out art prints or throw pillows or yes, even knick-knacks, I’m continually transforming my home’s personality in an attempt to fight the dreaded decorating boredom. After all, if I freshen up small corners of my home often enough, I’ll keep my eyes from wandering to the bigger projects, yes? (Here’s hoping!)

(more…)

Tags: , , ,