Monday, March 2, 2015

Simple St. Patrick's Day Decor

simple st patrick's day ideas


Hey guys! How is your Monday going? We spent the weekend catching up on work, grocery shopping, getting a jump on the laundry, and staring disconsolately out at the snow. Nothing too exciting. With only three weeks to go until the official start of spring, it's hard not to think about how much we miss green. So I pulled together some ideas for decorating for St. Patrick's Day that are heavy on the green, and light on leprechauns and rainbows. Check out these sophisticated, stylish (and cheap!) ways to decorate your home that will have all Irish eyes a-smilin'.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Kitchen Light Fixture



Hey guys! I'm super-excited to show you my new kitchen light fixture today because it's a lesson in "making do." This project came about because I desperately wanted to change our kitchen light and was so inspired by all of the DIY light fixtures I featured a couple of weeks ago, that I thought I'd try my hand at making my own, too. I thought. And thought. And just when I was about to give up and buy one, I had a Eureka moment when I found a basket I had. Hmmm. Would this fit?

You guys! It was like it was made to be my new lampshade! I unscrewed the old fixture and took off the globe, revealing the electrical plate. The basket fit perfectly around it. But I had to spray paint the part I was still going to use, so I had to take the whole thing down from the ceiling. Here it is prepped for paint. As you can see, I was very careful to wrap the wires and light socket with painter's tape so it would remain free of paint.



After the paint was dry, I put the plate inside the basket (and again marveled at how perfectly it fit), pulling the wires through the bottom of the basket. I did have to bend the socket a little so that the bulb would hang down right in the middle of the basket. I used the same screws that had originally secured the light to the ceiling, because luckily they were long enough to accommodate the extra depth of the basket (small though it was). After adding a clear bulb, voila! Here's the before and after shot.



Like I said, I'm so happy with the way this turned out, mostly because it cost nothing and was a cool exercise in working with what I have.

Other DIY Lighting Projects:


DIY Light Fixtures


Spray Painted Light Fixture


Chandelier Makeover

Monday, February 23, 2015

Watercolor-Inspired Home Decor Projects



Hello there! Hope you had a great weekend! My husband and I had a weekend away and it was much-needed. Now it's back to reality. And snow. Lots and lots of snow. I'm so ready for spring, aren't you? I've been seeing lots of watercolor projects around the blogosphere lately, and they are totally getting me in the mood for warmer temperatures, flowers, and oh, I don't know...seeing the ground for the first time in 3 months! Check out these ways to embrace the watercolor trend this spring. So pretty!


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