Dream It Yourself


Finding a beautifully-designed, modern and unique table can cost a fortune, and rightfully so. A surface area that provides both function and show-stopping form can certainly make a statement and elevate any space. But where to find a suitable option that won’t break the bank?


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A Custom (Free!) Coffee Table


I love the idea of re-purposing old pallets found and discarded outside of restaurants, shipment centers or office buildings. From beds to sofas (and more ideas here!), they offer a wide range of possibilities while providing plenty of character from any space. (There’s just something so very comfortable and “lived in” about a rustic piece, and you truly can’t get more rustic than a recycled wood pallet, right?) Yet by far, one of my favorite pallet transformations is this smart, functional coffee table from Ellinors Hus.


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Paper Chandeliers


Cristina Parreño created a stunning display at ARCO Madrid. One simple idea, applied en-masse becomes a  brilliant chandelier. A paper tube sculpture lights the dim room creating drama and intrigue. How great would this be in a loft space, restaurant, or even on a smaller scale, over the dining room table?  Low cost, low technical know-how, get stringing and start hanging! This is one DIY project that could really make an impact, and provide the necessary wow-factor to keep your dinner guests talking.

Image source  Cristina Parreño

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DIY Palette Garden



It’s not too late folks, to get that garden going. Fall vegetables enjoy the sun with cooler temperatures, and will thrive when started this time of year. Broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, lettuce, spinach and radish just to name a few, will do beautifully in many zones when planted in late July and early August.  I’ve been wanting to build a raised bed garden, and of course the summer has gotten away from me. I found the perfect solution in a ready made palette. No need to spend a lot on lumber for this project or find the time to build a traditional raised bed. Shipping palettes are often discarded and can be found readily at stores in your community. Simply place in a sunny spot and fill with a mixture of  soil and compost. Sow your seeds, water, watch and wait, and you’ll be enjoying a fall harvest in no time. A beautiful addition to your garden, good enough to eat.

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Why Don’t You…?


…camouflage that aged, stained floor with a striped redeux?


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