AIR PLANTS

I am SO in love with air plants right now! My thumb isn’t exactly green, and unfortunately some of my houseplants have bit the dust…err dirt. 😉
Bringing the outside in can certainly brighten up a home! Plants have now become a huge MUST for me when decorating. Air plants are so simple and lovely! You can put them just about anywhere and care is minimal.
Air plants or Tillandsia are plants that do not require soil for growth. They absorb nutrients through their leaves.
TIPS FOR AIR PLANT CARE:
  • Soak the leaves in rain water, filtered water, or let your tap water sit out overnight (to avoid as much chlorine as possible). Do this once per week for approximately an hour. I’ve read variances from thirty minutes to an hour and a half. Play around with your air plants to see what works best. For me, it’s an hour or less. Over-soaking will lead to the death of your plant. Once you’ve soaked them, place them in an area with good circulation to dry. I set mine out under the fan for about two hours.
  • Air plants need bright, but indirect light so place a few feet away from windows facing E/W and fluorescent lights.
  • Use a water soluble fertilizer in small doses if you want to stimulate growth.

Now that you know how to care for your air plants, let’s get to the fun part:

DECORATING WITH THEM! WHOO!!!

Since these plants are rootless there are more options for decor and placement!

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Use a vase for a traditional look as shown above and below.

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Find interesting nooks and crannies in your existing decor to let these little plants pop out of, like this wood carving above!

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Feeling the boho vibe? Hang your air plants from a N/S window sill with string or cord.
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Or place them on your wall in creative ways! Above, I placed two plants on top of the wooden piece which not only looks great, but camouflages the hardware. I placed one on a wooden coaster and simply secured it with gold string I had on hand. Lastly, I wrapped a faux leather headband around the root of the long plant and hooked it to the wall! 😀
I would love to hear about your experiences and decor ideas with air plants. Let me know in the comments below!
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Marvelous Mid Century Modern!

I couldn’t wait another minute to share the amazing Mid Century Modern finds we stumbled upon right here in the neighborhood last weekend! I love how life gives you what you need when you stop looking. Okay, I never REALLY stopped looking. I’m always perusing Craigslist and estate sales for great pieces. But alas, they are mostly too pricey for my budget. However, the fates smiled upon us last week when my husband left the house early to pick up dog food. It’s a minor emergency when the doggies don’t have breakfast. We don’t want a K-9 riot, or better yet…the stare!

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Let me tell you, no one gives “the stare” better than a rescue dog! And ahem, all of our dogs are rescues!

Before I get off track on my fur kids, let’s get back to the fantastic furniture! Fortunately, Chuck and I both have a love for Mid Century Modern so we agree MOST of the time on home decor. 🙂

Hubby inherited his father’s coveted George Nelson Herman Miller Walnut Executive Desk. The large, yet beautiful desk demands attention and has been the perfect item to build our home design around.

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Several years ago we also purchased a sideboard and Eames inspired lounge chair.

Since then, we had not been able to add to our collection…until now y’all!!

There was a garage sale right around the corner as you leave our neighborhood. It was maybe 8am so the sale was just underway. I won’t say exactly how much we spent, but I will say it was quite a bit less than an iPhone6!!!  <Yes, it requires that many explanation points b/c this girl right here is over the moon excited, grateful and still in disbelief at the bargain we received!

Check it out:

This beautiful bedroom suite, including the box spring and rarely before used Thera-Pedic, temperature sensitive, memory touch mattress is in near perfect condition. This mattress has already helped my back pain. Plus, I’m just in love with the knotty wood and warm color. It brightened up our room and has me re-thinking the entire bedroom decor. More DIY and decorating? Happy to do it! 😉

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Next, this Drexel side table and TEAC reel to reel audio tape recorder (which is OLD b/c I had to look it up, ha!) Here’s where I start getting supper giddy! :-p 

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Here we have the Barzilay stereo cabinet with three components: Fisher receiver, Gerrard turntable and a Columbia eight track deck. I’m still squealing!!

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Gorgeous, right?!

Here is a close up of one of the speakers. Please excuse the dust. This was before I cleaned these beauties up!

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I can’t believe everything was in such great shape after so many decades, AND the record player works to boot! WOOT!!

Here are the side tables and stools we bought as well.

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TRIPLE SWOON!!!

Last but not least, we also now have an amazing Danish Modern American of Martinsville Hutch.  Currently, my dining room has a dining set…and curtains. Now I will have space for my china and it will be visible for all to see and admire (I’ll probably be the one  doing most of the admiring, lol!). Oh, and I adore the “x” inlays on the corners of the table top!

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Sorry about the reflection. Our dining room windows are shaded by trees so the light was a necessity.

I’m still researching the brands of the other pieces and will update when I find the information. Feel free to chime in on the comments section if you know! 🙂

Ahhh…continuously making a house homier is just the best. Don’t you agree?

Antique is so CHIC!

Happy, happy day y’all! The weekend is just in sight. One of my favorite things to do on the weekend (or whenever I can squeeze it in really) is to go antiquing!

Today I’d like to shine a light on how ah-maze-balls antique stores can be! My favorite super local one is High Street Antique Mall, http://highstreetdfw.com. If I were to venture farther out into Dallas, my favorite of all time is hands down Lula B’s, http://lulabsdallas.com. I’ve literally been shopping there since I was nineteen years old. Trust me, that’s a long time! If you’re ever out in the Big D, check these places out! You’ll be happy you did. 🙂

Full disclosure, I am a Mid-Century Modern gal with bohemian flair…IF you had to box me into one category. However, I love other eras and you’ll often see various influences in my crafts and design choices.

Speaking of bohemian flare, check out these GORGEOUS agate rings I found just the other day at my local antique store! These rings are unique, gorgeous and fantastic conversation starters!

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Also, I LOVE taking pictures! I want to capture every memory to look back fondly on one day. ❤ This is what sparked my interest in vintage cameras. My collection is quite small right now, but I found these gems at my local antique store.

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Despite my love for antique/vintage, I certainly do enjoy keeping up with the newest in technology, especially when it reminds me of the old just like this Kodak Instax Mini!

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…and it’s adorable case.

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The older cameras will look fabulous with my new MCM furniture! This table is just a peak at the over the moon deal my husband found at a garage sale right around the corner!

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I mean seriously, I squealed with delight while doing a little hop-jiggy dance and clapping my hands! 😍 It was just like one of those myths you hear about…just happening upon a garage sale as it’s opening to find MCM furniture in beautiful shape at a knock your socks off, blow your mind price! I mean, those things only happen to other people right?!

Well, keep antiquing, thrifting and garage sale hunting peeps b/c there are diamonds in the rough all around. We just have to be willing to put that extra effort in! I can not wait to show you our amazing MCM finds in a future post.

Five Fantastic DIY Gifts for Him! 

When I was younger, I did not appreciate DIY or homemade gifts the way I do now. The young me internally thought, “Umm…you could’ve just gotten me the gift card I asked for.” Ha! I was a little high maintenance (My husband might say I still am). crickets chirping. I blame ‘only child syndrome’. 😉 Well anyway, with age comes wisdom. With age also comes times in life when funds are tight. I am so grateful now for those times because it forced me to be creative! And yes, I do mean forced because I was a self proclaimed “un-creative.”

Now that I’ve given gifts I’ve made, I understand the thought, time and love those gifts represent. That person cared enough to create something for me that took time and effort away from other people or tasks in their life. Now don’t worry, I still LOVE gift cards and receiving gifts that I’ve asked for! 😀 In tough times (or not) though, it’s nice to give and receive a thoughtful, homemade gift to show that special someone just how much you care!

Below are my top five fantastic DIY gifts for him…

1. Favorite Song Wall Art:  Maybe it’s your wedding song, a song that is a private joke between the two of you (Like Lionel Richie’s ‘Hello’ for me and Chuck) or just a song that you know he loves! Whatever it is, write out the lyrics in your own handwriting (I think handwriting as opposed to stencils is much more personal for this project) on canvas to create a great piece of wall art that reminds the recipient of that wonderful memory you shared together.

Supplies:

  • Stretched canvas – size and color of your choice (I used 15×30 Artist’s Loft black canvas)
  • Metallic Chalk Markers (I used Craft Smart)
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Song Lyrics of your choice (check online to make sure you have the correct song lyrics before you get started) Better to be safe than sorry!

Okay, so I did a little bit of a cheat with how I spaced out my lyrics. I wrote them out as they were shown on the lyrics site. I did this a while go and unfortunately can not remember the name of the site. There are a lot of websites out there to look up song lyrics though so you should be able to find one without difficulty. This saved me a lot of time trying to figuring out measurements. Numbers…Yuck!

I measured out the number of lines needed for the song and drew the FAINTEST lines possible with my pencil. I wrote the name of the song at the top in the light blue metallic marker shade. Next, I wrote the lyrics in silver. At the bottom, I wrote a special note for the recipient, i.e. My hubby. 🙂

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Unfortunately, you can see a bit of the pencil lines in this well lit photo. However, you can not see them at all in our bedroom. Also, I did not seal this upon completion which is now evident in a few places where the paint has possibly gotten wet and run a bit. Boo! SO…my tip as a newbie DIYer: ALWAYS seal your artwork. 🙂

Regardless, the hubby absolutely loved this gift and it’s meaning. Beauty is in the imperfections riiiight??

2. Handwritten Card or Note:  This seems like, duh right?! BUT if you’re more the funny card kinda gal then this will be a welcomed and appreciated card for your loved one. By gone are the days of a written love letter or telegram. Purchase a thoughtful card and continue the notion with your own words or use a blank card or even a handmade card! Spilling your heart out on paper may seem daunting, but my bet is the recipient will keep that card and read it again occasionally for a smile. 🙂 If not, lose him. You don’t need unsentimental people that don’t hoard Hallmark cards and look back on them occasionally for nostalgia in your life! 😉

3. DIY Massage Oil:  Essential oils are not just for women. Men certainly benefit from the therapeutic uses, and there are many scents he’ll enjoy! I created this blend especially for Chuck (hubby) for it’s earthy, masculine aroma and benefits each oil brings to him.

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Supplies:

  • Dark glass bottle (I used a leftover glass, massage oil bottle from a bath and beauty store)
  • Carrier oil of choice (I used Now Solutions Almond Oil)
  • 30 drops Idaho Blue Spruce – Relaxing, can be emotionally balancing and a wonderful aphrodisiac (wink, wink…it works!!) 🙂
  • 25 drops Cedarwood – Calming, anti-spasmodic (great for Restless Legs Syndrome) with a woodsy, pleasant scent
  • 25 drops Stress Away – a blend to help wind down
  • 25 drops Copaiba – Relaxing to aches and pains. Also amplifies the benefits of all other oils combined with it!
  • 15 drops Cypress – Can benefit circulation, herniated discs, arthritis, etc.
  • 15 drops Lavender – Overall calming and soothing

Combine carrier oil and essential oils into a dark glass container. Essential oils are heat sensitive so it’s best to keep in a dark container if possible. If not, please keep in a cool, dark place. You could also paint the outside of your bottle or wrap it in Washi Tape!

I only trust Young Living Essential Oils. Please do your research on oils before purchasing and using. Stay tuned for a post about why Young Living is how I choose to care for my family in SO MANY ways!

Not only will your beloved appreciate this homemade massage oil, but he’ll LOVE the future massages in store. 🙂

4. Frame an Old Family Photo:  My husband had this ADORABLE and large baby photo. Professional matting was outrageous in my humble opinion so I did it myself…mostly.

Supplies:

  • Photograph
  • Matting paper
  • Photo Frame

Because of the picture’s size, it was difficult to find a frame. Therefore, I purchased a frame that held two 5×7 portraits and removed the matting that came with it. I gave it a good go with the matting, but umm…NO. It was a jagged mess. Luckily, I was able to choose a matting and have the framing department cut it to my specifications for less than $10!

The result? Something that made my husband and kids smile and stimulated conversations of childhood nostalgia. My in-laws loved it as well. sky punch!

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5. Picture Collage for Men:

I absolutely love capturing our lives in photographs. It’s like getting to revisit wonderful moments in time whenever you’d like! I chose a large, rustic frame with chicken wire and small laundry clips at Michael’s Craft Store for 50% off. I proceeded to print out pictures of us in wallet size along with many, many Instagram photos! It was great to look through all the years of photos and reminisce about the time we’ve shared together.

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I MAY have gone a little photo crazy on this project. 🙂

I hope these five awesome, homemade gifts inspire you to create something personal for HIM! And of course, these projects can be tailored for anyone you love. That’s the great part about Doing It Yo Self!!

BEWARE: Upon opening gifts expect conversation, laughing, maybe a little crying and definitely cuddling! ❤

Remember, it’s not the size or price of the gift that matters. It’s the massive and priceless love and joy you share together that counts!

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Loving and laughing!


Easy DIY Faux Sheepskin Rugs

I just LOVE the lush look of fur, don’t you? It adds so much texture and warmth to a space. However, the only real fur I plan to wear is the fur left on my pants from the four legged fur babies! Therefore, I went on the hunt for faux sheepskin fur and found it at Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts.

These rugs can be placed just about anywhere, instantly making your space more interesting! I wanted several for different parts of my home. Similar rugs retail individually  for approximately the total I paid in fabric to make six rugs!

Enter fabric store. I purchased five yards (which was all they had left at the time) of cream colored faux fur for around $12.99 per yard. Check http://www.joann.com for weekly discounts that are definitely worth the few seconds it takes to look them up! If there’s not a location in your area, you can order online or find a fabric store near you.

Supplies:

  • Sheepskin hide template I created freehand from an old yoga mat
  • Faux sheepskin fur (I purchased five yards)
  • IKEA Stop Filt Rug Underlay  *Optional
  • Adhesive Velcro  *Optional
  • Scissors

Call me crazy, but I totally free handed the sheepskin hide (not every hide is perfect or identical right?) 😉  I Googled sheepskin rugs and freehanded the shape onto an old yoga mat. I then cut out the shape and used it as a template. I traced the shape onto the back of the fabric and simply cut it out with fabric scissors. Don’t worry about rough edges. Fluff the fur, and you won’t even see the edges! 🙂

If these are for decorative use only then consider this project done! Say whaaaaat?! :-O Yes, that’s it! Leave the fabric as is to be gathered a bit to your taste or tossed over a chair for an easy, relaxed look.

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If you’re using these on the floor then I STRONGLY suggest an anti-slip underlay. I purchased IKEA STOPP FILT Rug Underlay with anti-slip, size 5’x7′ for $11.99. I have concrete floors downstairs and this underlay works y’all! No slipping and sliding, yay!

I cut out the underlay fabric using my oh so professional yoga mat stencil and applied peel and stick velcro to attach it to the rug. I made the pads removable for washing purposes. Also, it’s just nice to have the convenience down the road if I decide to use the faux sheepskin in a different way.

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I initially made these as throws for my dining room chairs last winter. Some of them have moved around since then to serve as rugs or throws on living room seating. I do put them back in the dining room though for gatherings. 😉


Can you hear it? What?! It’s the dining room SCREAMING for a makeover! Stay tuned to see how I transform this Early American dining set into something spectacular!

 

Spray Paint Outdoor Furniture

Do you dream of an outdoor oasis tailored to just your specifications? Perfect for family gatherings, kid’s outdoor play, pet’s play area and still perfect for an intimate evening with the hubby? Well, me too, but this isn’t a tutorial for that! It’s a good start though! 😉

In my experience, the biggest problem I come across whether it’s indoor or outdoor is seating. There never seems to be enough for get-togethers. Now, I’m about to share a major secret with you. These chairs were not originally mine. Someone in my neighborhood left them out for trash day! :-O OMGoodness, I know. I can’t believe it either! Here I am admitting to the world that I took someone else’s trash. The horror! The shame!! 😀 I’m here to tell you the saying is true, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

Another little secret I have to reveal is http://www.nextdoor.com. If you are not using this site or app, you should be. In my humble opinion of course! 🙂 It’s basically a Facebook for your neighborhood and surrounding areas. My reason for sharing this site in this post is because neighbors often post about items for sale or free items. FREE items close to my home where often there are photos and notes about the condition? I’m in!

Supplies:

  • Folding metal chairs with plastic arms rests found for free
  • Various spray paint colors for indoor/outdoor use; also for use on plastic! I used the following:
    • Rust-Oleum 2x Ultra Cover Paint and Primer in Sun Yellow
    • Rust-Oleum 2x Ultra Cover Paint and Primer in Ocean Mist
    • Rust-Oleum 2x Ultra Cover Paint and Primer in Real Orange
    • Krylon ColorMaster Paint and Primer in Mambo Pink
    • Krylon ColorMaster Paint and Primer in Sunrise
  • Rust-Oleum 2x Ultra Cover Gloss Clear
  • Possibly a sander

These are folding chairs that were in very good, used condition.

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Folding chairs are great for indoor and outdoor use. I’m sure come fall I’ll store them for indoor use, but for now they are an everyday essential for the backyard pool area! I wanted the backyard to be full of color this summer. Lots of brights to emulate the energy we bring to our outdoors in the warm months. Here are the spray paints I used:

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After giving the the chairs a good wash and dry, I began to spray each chair in a different color. I also had this tiny little outdoor table with iron legs, but the table top was a rustic color that wouldn’t match my bright decor. I chose to paint the top in Krylon ColorMaster Sunrise. I simply wrapped the base in an old sheet and tied it in a knot. Didn’t even use painter’s tape. 😀

I would love to say this project was easy breezy with zero problems, but I did run into a hiccup with the plastic on the Sun Yellow chair. After googling to see what the heck this was and how to fix it, I now know this as the dreaded “orange peel” that can sometimes happen for various reasons when spraying painting plastic. Unfortunately, you do need to sand off all the paint on the surface and start over. Womp-wooooomp.

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Since I have a few other projects going at the moment, the yellow chair will wait before joining the others in the backyard. 🙂

For now, a cheerful seating area for three will do!

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Please follow complete directions on all spray paint as instructions may vary. Paint in a well ventilated area and wear protective gear. Spray paint is seriously awesome for quick and colorful updates to just about anything don’t you think? 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Easy Furniture Makeover

Yes, the first DIY project I decided to take on was painting an Early American bedroom suite! Go big or go home, right? 🙂 This furniture has found it’s way into many of my relative’s homes throughout the years. When my aunt no longer needed it I decided this would be a great DIY project and also extra furniture to fill a new, larger home! Woohoo!!

I had done some research online and came across Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. This stuff sounded PERFECT! No stripping or priming necessary. No toxic smell. Wax the furniture upon completion and voila! It sounded like something this self proclaimed “uncreative” girl could actually do! This paint is super versatile and easy to use so check it out at http://www.anniesloan.com. Luckily for me, there is a dealer for this brand of paint inside my favorite antique mall! Another reason to go antiquing? Yes, please. 🙂

As you can see from the photos below, the furniture is sturdy and in fantastic shape. It’s just a weeeeeeee bit outdated! All the hardware is original, also in great shape with no missing pieces. I just didn’t think about taking photos until the process was underway. That happens when you don’t realize you’ll be starting a blog about this someday! 😀

Supplies used for this project:

  • Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (I used Paris Grey)
  • Annie Sloan Clear Wax
  • Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover 2x Satin Canyon Black Spray Paint
  • Good quality paint and wax brushes; a lint free cloth can also be used for waxing
  • Screwdriver for removing and reattaching hardware

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After much consideration, I decided to go with Annie Sloan’s Paris Grey color. I thought it would be super refreshing for these dark, heavy pieces. I pulled out the drawers and  removed the hardware prior to painting. The paint is fairly thick giving optimum coverage in minimal coats making this project easy, even for those of us that get distracted by shiny things! After the paint was dry I applied Annie Sloan’s Soft Wax.

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You can see that too much wax has been applied in the above picture, on the right door. Oh boo! 😦

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Apparently wax can be tricky for those accustomed to polyurethane. However, I had no experience with poly so I thought the wax worked well! I didn’t apply it perfectly the first time, but now I know for next time. 🙂

My advice from the experience:

  • Apply the soft wax sparingly with an Annie Sloan wax brush, lint free cloth or any other good quality wax brush. I found that a soft cloth was best for big surfaces while the brush allowed me to get into the grooves and designs of the wood. If you have applied too much wax the paint will feel soft and somewhat sticky leaving it vulnerable to dents from decor and a magnet for dust. I know this b/c of course it happened to me! In this case additional buffing will be necessary. Find your inner karate kid and WAX OFF!!

I actually went to the local craft store to sample new hardware. None of it felt right right in comparison to the original hardware. After trying out flat, satin and gloss finishes, I decided to paint the hardware a sleek, modern Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover 2x Satin Canyon Black. The hardware was the only thing I painted outside. The chalk paint barely had a scent. I was able to throw down a drop cloth and get right to it without worry of moving furniture back and forth, airing out the house, etc. I reattached the hardware and OH. MY. GOODNESS. Same exact furniture and hardware but an entirely new vibe!

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I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy makeover project! My family members that have had this furniture in their home at one time or another are in awe of the difference a little paint made on this fabulous bedroom suite.

Do you have an older piece of furniture just waiting for a makeover? Go on and get after it! I was so thrilled with the outcome! This first project gave me the confidence I needed to continue exploring the world of DIY. Happy Painting y’all!