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diy: bottle lamp

Last summer, I found a wine cask on clearance at Pottery Barn for $20.  I had no clue what I was going to do with it or where I was going to put it, for that matter (it’s HUGE), but I liked the seeded glass and figured I would eventually find the perfect spot.  It…

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diy: how to make new wood look old and weathered

 In yesterday’s post, I showed you how I made my own custom picture frames for nautical charts and today I thought I’d show how I created the weathered stain – it’s super easy and very inexpensive!  I wanted to create a finish similar to the mirror and candlesticks on my fireplace, since the frames will…

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diy: make your own picture frame

  I’ve posted before on oversize art and the impact it has in a space, so I decided to take my advice when it came to my own home!  We have a huge vaulted ceiling in our living room and I needed something big to fill all that wall space over our couch.  My hubby…

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diy: step-by-step guide to whitewashing furniture

Lately, I’ve gotten quite a few emails asking for help creating the whitewashed finish I wrote about last year, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to post a step-by-step guide for anyone interested in trying it!  Whitewashing is a simple technique of watering down white paint and literally washing it over a…

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sharpie wallpaper

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  Aside from throwing elbows to get through Ikea on Saturday, for me, this weekend was all about relaxing and regrouping after a long and crazy week.  I tried to limit myself to an hour of Pinterest and about fell over when I stumbled upon this guest bathroom…

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diy: book page wreath

Just in time for Christmas, I thought I’d try my hand at making a wreath out of book pages.  I know I’m certainly not the first person to attempt this, but I’ve always loved how beautiful and simple they are and I’m pretty impressed with how mine turned out.  They make a great Christmas or…

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diy: forcing paperwhites

Paperwhites are one of my favorite parts of Christmas decorating.  They are so easy to plant and it’s fun to watch them grow each day, but the best part are the fragrant blooms that last well after Christmas.  I usually see them grown in pea gravel, but I’ve always had the best luck growing them…

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diy: homemade banner

One of my nearest, dearest friends is expecting her first baby at the end of December and, while the sex is going to be a surprise, she has already decorated her nursery in a nuetral color palette with a little animal print thrown in for good measure.  In keeping with her theme, I kept decorations…

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diy: tissue pom poms

This weekend, I hosted an intimate baby shower/luncheon for a good friend of mine who is expecting her first child this December.  To keep things light and airy, I tried my hand at making a bunch of tissue paper pom poms and not only did they turn out fabulous, but I was surprised at how…

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diy: pine cone wreath

I was so inspired by the pine cone wreath I featured in this post last week, that I decided to make one for my front door!  If there’s one thing there is an over abundance of in the state of North Carolina it’s pine trees, and since we have a ton of them in our…

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diy: painting stripes

I’m working on a nursery for a first-time mommy-to-be, who has a small niche off her master bedroom.  The room is small-10 feet by 10 feet-and so, instead of cramming a bunch of small pieces of furniture and accessories everywhere, I started by adding some visual interest to draw the eye upward and painted stripes…

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DIY: grid gallery wall

Decorating a large expanse of wall or even one with a vaulted ceiling used to frustrate the heck out of me, but I quickly learned there is power in numbers.  A gallery wall of your favorite photos or artwork hung in a grid pattern packs a huge visual punch and makes a beautiful display. Remember…