Leather Pulls

Leather Pulls{I love the way the pink reflects onto the white cabinetry}

The other day I was feeling particularly annoyed by how boring and off-the-shelf my cabinet pulls were.  In my little studio I have to look at those cabinets all day long, so I wanted something special and different.  I was playing around with some leather for another project and it gave me an idea.  Forget hardware, I’m going to make Software! :) (I was pretty thrilled with this little pun)  It was so simple and SUPER inexpensive (yay!)

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Here’s how you can make your own:

  1. Cut strips of leather (as many pulls as you’ll need) to 1 1/4″ x 5″ (If you want to add color to the underside, now’s the time)
  2. Use the felt-tip pen to mark a dot where you want your screw to go
  3. Make the hole for the screw using a phillips screw driver and a couple whacks of your hammer
  4. Push your screw through the hole and secure it to the cabinet with a hex nut
  5. Enjoy your new software!

software{Add paint + brush to your supply list if you want to add a pop of color on the underside like I did}

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A little creativity goes a long way!

Sig

Paper Cranes

Paper CraneThere’s something sweet and peaceful about paper cranes. For some reason I’ve been feeling like I want to make a paper crane mobile. I can do that, right? Like mobiles aren’t just for babies??

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PC5So, the obvious next step here would be to learn how to make a paper crane, and in case you’re like me and don’t know how yet, here are the steps:

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I’ll let you know how mine turn out! ;)

Sig

Teacup Succulent

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I’m constantly looking for clever ways to re-purpose things, especially when I’m scouting out the thrift stores.. ;) The other day I found these adorable vintage teacups. Not needing teacups (but still wanting them) I tried to think of a way to give them new life as something else. I settled on tiny planters for succulents :) I love the delicate look of the teacups with the live green plant inside.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

Simply fill your teacup about 3/4 full with potting soil, making a well for your new succulent. Place your succulent inside the well and fill in with potting soil. Water it a bit, then you can add your moss. I used reindeer moss for a little extra color contrast. These make adorable house-warming or hostess gifts too ;) Enjoy!

Design 101: Balance

Here’s a little something you learn in the very beginning of design school: Balance.

There are 3 types-

  1. Symmetrical: A mirror image – usually seen as a more formal atmosphere
  2. Asymmetrical: Disproportion between two parts – more informal
  3. Radial: Balance that radiates from the center

These 3 images below (as well as the first image above) represent ‘symmetrical’ balance.

Now, here are a few examples of ‘asymmetrical’ balance

And finally, ‘radial’ balance

I hope you learned something from this post and maybe even learned a little bit about yourself in the type of balance you prefer. Don’t be afraid to experiment and mix it up a little bit!

Images via 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10

Coastal California Inspiration

{Look to nature for design inspiration, because nobody does it better}

Here’s my quick guide to accomplishing ‘beachy’ design without feeling cliché  ;)

You don’t need a comforter with a seashell pattern, you don’t need starfish hanging on your wall, and you really don’t need vases full of sand and shells. Instead, look to textures like a soft braided sisal rug (like this one), the use of driftwood in unexpected places (like here), and a palette of soothing colors. Like these:

Accessorize with Red Coral, Vases that resemble beach glass, Tropical Plants, and fun artwork like these vintage prints:

Have fun creating your new beach inspired space!

NewsFlash!

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You can PAINT fabric on furniture! Am I the only one who didn’t know about this??? I was recently confronted with a project to reupholster 30 office/waiting room chairs and was worrying that with the time + cost of materials, it might be cheaper to just buy new chairs. Then my mom told me that a friend of hers had painted a leather couch… with interior house paint…! I did a little research online and immediately found a few projects on blogs where people had done the same thing. I was totally shocked… this changes EVERYTHING! Oh my… the possibilities are endless! As long as the fabric is in decent condition with no holes or rips, it’s totally paintable. All you have to do to the paint is mix in a product called Fabric Medium. This basically makes the paint flexible and turns any latex or acrylic paint into fabric paint!

I mean really, check out these before and after photos!!

I’ll be testing this out on the chairs this week.. stay tuned for updates!

Wrap It Up

My beach cruiser was given to me a couple of years ago by a very dear friend, and its life at the beach has been a little rough on it. With the moist salty air, the handlebars started to rust, (which made me a little sad, because beach cruisers should be cute, fun bikes). So I decided to spruce it up, totally hiding the rust, by wrapping the handlebars in yarn.

To begin wrapping the yarn, simply secure the end to the starting point on your bike with a bit of super glue. Then just continue wrapping (be patient, this takes some time) while occasionally pushing the yarn toward your starting point (this is just to ensure that you won’t have gaps in-between). After the length you want wrapped is covered, just secure the end of the yarn to the bike with another dab of super glue, and ta-da! Your bike has a whole new look!

Desk Re-do: Sneak Peek!

{Before}

As I mentioned here, I have a little project I’ve been working on that I can’t wait to share the final product with you :) It’s the perfect companion to my little red desk chair!

This writing desk was a Craigslist find and I think I paid $30 for it. It’s exactly what I was looking for and is totally suitable for my needs, (a space-saver with just enough room to set my laptop!). I knew I would need to re-finish it, as it had a lot of little nicks and scratches, particularly on the top surface. But I’m so happy with the way it’s shaping up!

{After Sanding}

Be sure to check back on Monday to see it all finished! ;)

The Art of Hanging Art

I’ve found that many people have trouble hanging artwork correctly. They have pieces that are most commonly hung too high, smaller pieces that get lost in gallery walls, and spacing that seems to be all off.  I’m going to provide you with a little guide that should be helpful in aiding the art of hanging art :)

  1. Start by organizing your artwork on the floor if you’re creating a composition of different pieces. This will give you a chance to come up with different configurations and choose your favorite, before nailing holes into your wall.
  2. Once you’ve come up with a pleasing design, measure your artwork and cut pieces of paper the same size as each piece of art. Tape the pieces of paper up on the wall in the same arrangement you had on the floor and play with the spacing between pictures. I’ve found that between 1-2 inches works well for most projects.
  3. After the paper is taped up and arranged with a consistent spacing, leave it up and live with it for a couple of days just to make sure you really like it.
  4. Measure twice, hammer once ;) Be sure to pay attention to where the wire or other hanging device is attached to the picture, and secure the picture hook appropriately.
Extra (very important) tips!
  • When hanging art over furniture, you want the piece(s) to be close to the same width as the furniture pieces it’s hanging above.
  • As a rule, hang your art at 57″ on center (meaning that the middle of your picture is at 57″ high). This standard represents the average human eye height, and is commonly used as a standard in galleries and museums.
  • Try to keep spacing consistent so that the eye doesn’t focus on gaps of negative space.
  • Don’t rely on your eyes.. use a level to make sure your art isn’t hanging wonky!
  • Don’t be afraid! Nailing a hole in the wrong place is not going to make your wall fall down. Be creative and have fun with it!
Here are a few DON’T examples for you…
{This piece is hung WAY too high and the scale seems too small for this application}
{Again, the scale is not right, the pictures are way too small, especially considering that they’re matted, and the composition should be about the same length as the couch}
{There are pieces in this composition that are just getting lost in the mix.. a way to avoid this would be to treat a collection of the tiny pictures as one piece and group them together, preferably in a different space where they would be more easily visible. It’s also still a little high.}
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 OK, now for the ones that are done RIGHT!

{I like this composition and the repetition of black, white and pink}

{3 large scale pieces over this extra long couch works perfectly}

{I love the scale and architectural appeal this art offers the room. Don’t be afraid to go big!}

{This is the perfect size for its application}

{Notice how the piece over the bed isn’t hung extra high just because it’s large}

{I love the clean lines of this gallery wall}

{The repetition of all of these horizontal lines… perfection}

I hope this helps to guide you in all of your art hanging endeavors!

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Bookcase Merchandising

As promised in my last post, here is my bookcase re-do (sorry the picture isn’t fantastic quality)! In case you missed it, while I was home I did a little re-organizing in my parent’s living room. Mainly, moving out the stereo cabinet (whose contents will go into a smaller cabinet with the TV in the corner of the room) and moving in their bookcase. I had them go through the books, make a ‘donate’ and a ‘keep’ pile, and got to work sorting and organizing them. I removed all of the dust covers (this makes a huge difference!) and sorted them by size, color, hardback or paperback, and type (travel book, magazine, pocketbook, cookbook etc.) I had so much fun re-merchandising the shelves while incorporating a few of my parents’ favorite things. We were short on bookends, so we got creative and used a few choice rocks from my dad’s extensive collection, he was thrilled. ;) I love the pop of yellow that the stack of National Geographics offers! The empty spot on the bottom right has been reserved for a basket that will hold a slew of my dad’s records.

Here’s some more shelving inspiration for you if that wasn’t enough! ;)

Happy Organizing!

Images via 1/2/3/4