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The Hottest Trends for You and Your Home


Trend: Add interest to your living room with these tutorials. 

The living room is the space that most people spend the majority of their awake time, so why not make it comfortable and lovely? You don’t need to buy expensive furniture and paint all the walls, you can really add color and pattern with the accessories. Sew your own curtains and throw, build some triangle shelves, or you could paint your own rug and pillows. All of the tutorials below are very budget friendly. Enjoy!


Triangle shelves would be so cute in any living room, from Whimsy Darling.

Make this wonderful copper tubing table, from The House That Lars Built.

Paint a dropcloth to make a new rug, from Nellie Bellie.

This beautiful coffee table is made from pallets, on The Merrythought.

This handmade Spring Throw is lovely and easy to sew, from Design Mom.

Paint some pre made pillows, from Burlap and Lace.

Make your own artwork with paint drips, on BHG.

 Make this acrylic curtain rod, from A Storied Style.

Sew up some colorful curtains to dress up the window, from Bright Bazaar.

Add some plant life to your living space with these cute painted pickle jar planters, from Hibrid.


Do you have any living room update plans?

- Chelsey

DIY-ify: Organizing The Kitchen On A Budget

Trend: Organizing The Kitchen On A Budget

Every time we hit the New Year, I have this crazy obsession with organizing everything in my home. I feel like the best place to start this year is the kichen. We spend a lot of time in there and it can get messy fast. Below you’ll find 10 great ideas to get your kitchen cleaned up and organized for the New Year.


Storing food in clear jars and containers looks so much nicer than a bunch of boxes, from The Paper Mama for Home Depot.

With some small pieces of wood and a bit of glue, you can easily create an organized drawer, from Lapsus Humanus.

Use a pegboard to organize your most used kitchen items, A Beautiful Mess.

Make and attach a spice  rack to the back of a pantry door, Shanty 2 Chic.

A tabletop paper towel stand could be use for cookie cutter organization, from BHG.

Meal Plan Board DIY, The Paper Mama for HP Create.

Tension rods are the perfect solution to prop up those awkward trays and cookie sheets, BHG.

Take advantage of that unused space above the refrigerator with a DIY cubby, from Shanty 2 Chic.

Under the cupboard recipe book/tablet holder DIY! It folds right up under the cupboard when you’re done, from Sawdust and Embryos.

Get the fruit off the counter with this DIY hanging fruit basket, from Living Simply.

Happy Thursday!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

Trend: Simple Makeup Organization for Small Spaces

Flat surfaces are in high demand at my home. We don’t have enough storage space, so my husband and I are constantly coming up with low cost organization ideas. This time around I tackled my makeup and brushes. I typically keep all of these items in a big bag and it’s hard to find exactly what I’m looking for, so we moved my makeup to the inside of the bathroom cabinet door! This little space saver project makes it 100% easier to find what I need, saves shelf room, and it takes no time at all to put together.





Gather the makeup you use most often. Use the hot glue gun to attach a strip of magnet to the back of each piece.
Tip: these magnetic strips can’t hold anything too heavy, but can easily hold up light shadows and mascara. If you have heavy items, put them in one of the  acrylic cups. 

Clean the cupboard door, back of the tray, and cups. When these are dry, follow the Command Strip directions to apply to the back of the cups and tray. Then, attach the tray to the cupboard door.

Put away all your makeup and enjoy!

Do you have any organization ideas for the new year?

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

Budget Friendly Master Bedroom Reveal

Hi there! My name is Jen, I am the author of the DIY & decorating blog City Farmhouse. I also write for BHG’s Style Spotters, you may have read some of my Flea Market Chic/Vintage Living articles. I am so happy to be sharing my master bedroom today! My Rustic Chic Budget Friendly Bedroom is being featured in the Feb 2015 issue of BHG and I couldn’t be more excited!!! This reveal has never been seen anywhere so that makes it even more thrilling!

When we moved into our renovated coastal Long Island home 4 years ago I had BIG plans. I was so eager to transform our home into a stylish oasis that oozed warmth and charm. But these things take time & money which at the time I didn’t have an abundance of either. With 2 little boys and a new mortgage, my husband & I made a choice to go one room at a time. Hard as it was at times, I always felt so blessed to have a home that was practically new, overlooking the bay & barrier island. Plus, it really is way more fun to take your time & to be thoughtful about what you choose for your home.

As time went on, we did as we said and went one room at a time. We tackled all of the common area rooms first and all the while my wheels were turning for my master bedroom. I knew I wanted it casual, clean, rustic with a touch of glam. When the time finally came I was so ready. I began by sketching out my ideas. I laid out a solid plan so that I stayed on track & budget. I knew what I was looking for at my favorite retail shops, what I wanted to repurpose & what I would DIY. I tried to find a balance in layering all of these details & projects so it felt seamless.

The first DIY project up was my HERRINGBONE WALL. I have always loved herringbone, even in my early 20′s. It is a classic pattern that can work with any style. Here I took a traditional design and made it more modern with only a few dollars. The base color is Beach from Valspar and the white detail is just a semi gloss I had left over. After sketching my grid on paper with my actual measurements of the wall I was ready. I found my middle first and worked outward from there using a measuring stick and pencil.

DIY Herringbone Wall

The vertical lines are 16″ apart and the horizontals are 12″. I then taped a 1/2″ seam, making sure I pressed firmly on the tape to seal the edges. Tip-you can run caulk along the edges with your finger to allow for a perfect line, especially if your walls have a texture. I then took a small foam brush and painted the white detail. Be sure to use a small amount of paint at a time and stroke inward to lessen the bleeding. Two coats will do it, once it is dry you can pull off your tape.

This project is one of my favorites of all time, it took me about 4 hours to complete and the best part, if I tire of the design I can simply paint over it.

City Farmhouse DIY Headboard & Herringbone Wall Dimensions

The next project I chose to tackle to save some money was the HEADBOARD. The original headboard was custom made by Calico Corners many moons ago, it was originally done in a red & gold chenille that was beautiful when we were living in Colorado but didn’t seem to fit with my new design plan. I love fabric headboards, they add warmth to a space and are super comfy. So I began the hunt for fabric to update this focal point. When I saw this discontinued linen fabric {that was probably meant for a kitchen or family room} I fell head over heels. The texture and vintage feel was perfect. I tore off the existing fabric from the frame which took a long, long time and upholstered it with the new fabric. For around $65 we had a whole new headboard which I absolutely love.

City Farmhouse Gray & Peach Bedroom DIY Upholstered Headboard

I had been hunting for SIDE TABLES for a while but I never really saw anything that spoke to me for the right $. So I shopped my basement, remembering I had bought clearance tables at Target 6 years ago for less than $20 a piece. They were perfect with their X design on the sides, they just needed a little lift, literally. I added height by adding a plywood bottom & casters. I then painted them with Benjamin Moore Stormy Night. Total cost for each makeover just under $40. I finished the makeover by adding a DIY color blocked basket for storage.

City Farmhouse Rustic Chic Bedroom All On A Budget-DIY  Side Tables

This DIY Driftwood Mirror has my heart. The great thing about DIY is sometimes you get to create beautiful things with your loved ones. And that always adds a layer of meaning to your home. One day last year in early June I took my boys to the beach. We pretended to be pirates, finding as much treasure {aka driftwood} as we could. When we got home they helped sort the sizes and assisted in creating this stunning focal point. We finished the back by writing “made with love”, our names and the date. Total cost just $3 for the mirror. Memories of a fun day spent together-priceless.

City Farmhouse Farmhouse Chic-DIY Drfitwood Mirror

Last but not least my DIY JUTE ROPE RODS & linen drapes. I worked for Calico Corners for many years so I know what these things cost. I knew I could keep the cost down if I could DIY the rods and purchase the drapes at a discount. A while back I had seen something similar done with rope & kept it in my mental archive. It was a perfect idea since the other side {which is featured in the issue} is a bay window and those can be costly. I simply used thick 3/8″ jute from the hardware store, large eye hooks and cord cleats to secure the ends. Total cost for the rods for each window just under $12. This is a rustic look, it will not look perfect but that is part of the appeal. The drapes I found after many trips to Restoration Hardware at a 40% off sale for just $22 per panel.

City Farmhouse Master Bedroom Reveal-DIY JUte Rope Rods

This room is my favorite room in the house. I created a stylish space my family can enjoy on the smallest of budgets. It is well lived in and loved, we pack in the bed on weekend mornings, snuggle & read while we look out across the bay.  And that is what decorating is all about, setting the stage for the bigger things to happen:).

For more sources and details be sure to check out the Feb issue.

Thank you for having me today. Have a beautiful week,

Jen-City Farmhouse

Trend: Holiday DIY Crafts

It’s my favorite time of the year and I just feel so inspired. The house is decorated, it’s chilly outside, and I have Christmas music playing. I’m so ready for some holiday crafting! I have a few gifts I still need to make for some friends and I’d love to decorate our table with something colorful and festive, so I’ve been searching for inspiration. Below you’ll find 12 Holiday DIY’s you should try this weekend. There’s a DIY for everyone here: from gold painted trees to a christmas tree cactus! Enjoy.


1. These gold dipped trees are the perfect thing to decorate your holiday table, from Studio DIY.

2. Make a custom cheese board for your appetizers, or give as a custom gift, from Brit & Co.

3. These gold scalloped napkins are so lovely, from Sarah Hearts.

4. These mini holiday wreath drink stirrers are probably the cutest drink accessory I’ve ever seen, from Project Wedding.

5. A hand stenciled kitchen towel would be the perfect gift for the chef in your family, on The Paper Mama.

6. Make colorful snowflakes out of wood veneer paper, from BHG.

7. Turn an old sweater into a cute gift bag, from House of Earnest.

8. Use a non-traditional color scheme to decorate your holiday table, from Paper & Stitch.

9. If you’re feeling ambitious, follow this DIY to make this amazing oversized Holly Garland, from The House That Lars Built.

10. These Letter Bag Toppers could double as favors and place markers for your holiday table, from You Are My Fave.

11. Not everyone has room for a Christmas tree, so you can make your own Painted Geometric Tree, from Lovely Indeed.

 12. Another option for a small home that can’t fit a big tree: The Christmas Tree Cactus! So cute, from Sugar and Cloth.

 Happy crafting!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

DIY-ify: Holiday Mantel Ideas

Trends: Beautiful DIY Holiday Mantels

I love the holiday season, and I really love a lovely holiday mantel set up. This holiday season gives you the perfect excuse to go all out and OVER decorate (and add all that glitter). Need some inspiration? Below you’ll find a bunch of lovely DIY mantel ideas to create your own perfect mantel set up.

Modern Holiday Idea, 100 Layer Cake.

Rustic Woodland Mantel, Cherished Bliss.

Colorful Display, BHG.

Faux Fireplace Mantel, Love and Family and Home.

Mini Rosemary Wreath Garland, The Merrythought.

Cute Christmas Mantel with DIY Marquee Lights and Chalkboard, The Crafted Sparrow.

Faux Fur Tree Mantel, My Sister’s Suitcase.

Let It Snow Typography, Proper Pinwheel.

Vintage Inspired Mantel, Like A Saturday.

Mixed Metallics Mantel, Centsational Girl.

Vintage Woodland Christmas Mantel, The DIY Mommy.

Ho Ho Ho Christmas Mantel, Craftaholics Anonymous.

Silhouette Mantel, on Positively Splendid.

 If you set up a holiday mantel, we’d love to see it! Share an image in the comments below.

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

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