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I am by no means a hoarder, but I find that I have a hard time parting with items that could potentially be repurposed and used for a future project. Do you have the same problem too?

Hi, I’m LZ Cathcart, and I’m the creative mind behind The Summery Umbrella shop and blog. Recently, my coffee station was featured in the May edition of the Better Homes and Gardens ”I Did It” section, and I have to say that I couldn’t be happier! It was such an amazing experience, and I’m so thankful that I have been provided the opportunity to share with you how this DIY project came about.

I have to admit that I do enjoy a few cups of coffee every morning and sometimes even in the afternoon. I’m not a caffeine addict by any means, but rather I love the comforting taste. With that being said, designing a coffee station in my home was an absolute must!

Originally, I started the project with just a simple shelf that measured out to be approximately six feet in length. It was the perfect size for all of my much-needed coffee accessories, but this simplistic design looked rather awkward on the wall that I was using. It definitely required a few other companion pieces to complete the look.

Although the overall cost of this project was technically free (since my husband and I used items that we already had on hand), the design did take a few months to plan. I’d much rather create a project from castoffs than spend a fortune on new materials, so working with what I had did take a little bit of brain power to round up the perfect items.

I started with the doors of my coffee station because reclaimed windows seem to always look amazing no matter where I put them. I then enlisted the assistance of my husband for the cabinetry since he has a great eye for woodworking details.

Last, I tested out a few items above my coffee station to see what would create the most cohesive and rustic look I was aiming for. Because I’ve always adored large china cabinets, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and try a mirror from my own bedroom vanity. I had planned on moving this mirror out of the room at a later time but didn’t have the heart to throw it away. Thank goodness I didn’t!

My advice for your own similar projects? Take it slow. Sometimes an idea needs to be tossed around a few times before it will turn out the way you would like.

Get the free plan for this coffee station here!

Potted plants are a staple in many gardens, especially cozier spaces. They also have a funny way of multiplying, taking over every surface, including your ground, patio floor, and garden tables, until your place becomes a sea of clay containers.

As gardeners, plant habitat designers, and co-founders of The Horticult, we, Ryan and Chantal, know this dilemma all too well. In searching for ways to design with clay pots in attractive, space-saving ways, we hit a wall. Well, so to speak. We ended up designing a screen that turns a collection of clay pots into a vertical garden in which the pots seem to be levitating on top of each other. Bubbling over with flowers like nemesias and petunias, it’s also the friendliest kind of privacy screen.

As we share in the “I Did It!” section of the April issue of Better Homes and Gardens, this magical effect comes courtesy of some hardware and a little bit of muscle. We strung our clay pots together using all-thread rods, and turned plastic test plugs (found in the plumbing section of the hardware store) into drainable flanges that, in tandem with nuts and washers, secured the pots in place. Hooks and sleeve anchors allow you to hang your installation.

Another benefit of raising your containers to eye level? The more you see your plants, the more likely you are to take care of them. Keep in mind that hanging plants — especially those in breathable pots — tend to dry out faster than non-hanging plants. You can also adapt this vertical garden to many types of spaces. We’ve hung our floating planters from the eaves of friends’ balconies and attached them to our own rolling arbor.

We also built a custom frame for a super-size installation that’s now wild with glossy tropicals like anthurium and black gold philodendron. Attaching the hanging plants to a frame with casters makes it possible for renters to take their garden with them during a move. Get more gardening tips for renters here!

Want to make your own vertical clay pot garden? Pick up the April issue of Better Homes and Gardens now for the full DIY, or check out our blog for more instructions, photos, and pro tips!

Hi, I’m Ursula from Home Made by Carmona, and I’m excited to be here today to share one of the most versatile and high-end projects you can execute for your own home —  rug painting! Yes, you read right. Instead of shelling out the big bucks for that really edgy rug you’ve been eyeing, consider making your own at a fraction of the cost. I am honored to have my painted rugs featured in the “I Did It!” section of the March issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine, and now you can create your own stunning painted rugs! By the way, it doesn’t just stop at rug design. The same techniques you use to create the rug of your dreams can be used to craft stellar throw pillows, curtain designs, cloth napkins, and more. But more on that later…

Today I’m giving you five tips to help you achieve the professional high-end rug you crave.

Tip #1: Create bold geometric patterns

Geometric patterns are in, and, lucky for us, they are the easiest designs to DIY. Lay tape down randomly for a modern application, or strategically imitate a favorite design.

Tips to make DIY geometric painted rugs

Tip #2: Use a great painters tape

Start with a really good painters tape to keep sharp lines and prevent bleeding. The green FrogTape is my personal favorite and works incredibly well on fabric. Make sure you take your time pressing along the edges of your tape for perfectly clean lines, then remove the tape as soon as the paint has been applied. The faster you remove the tape, the better.

Get the template for this rug here!

Tip #3: Go with sisal or flat weave rugs

From a decorative perspective, we love a flat weave or sisal rug, but from a paint-it-yourself perspective, we really adore it! Sisal has a texture that makes painting simple and generally bleed-free, and a flat weave rug (with the emphasis on flat) or any cotton-based rug that doesn’t have large woven bumps ensures tape can be applied flat and secure.

Tip #4:  Use stencils or other creative templates

Tape may be the go-to for creating designs, but don’t stop there! A simple cookie cutter can be used to create a popular polka dot design, and stencils are perfect for more intricate designs. Be creative, and think outside the box!

Tip#5: Go off script and apply designs to other mediums

Apply your newfound skill to curtains and throw pillows for decor that complements your beautiful new rug design. Learn how to make these trendy designs using tape at Home Made by Carmona.

By painting a rug or other decor item, you’ll add a posh, custom feel to your space, as if you shop only high-end decorator designs. Not to mention, you’ll save a ton of money and obtain some serious bragging rights!


Hello, everyone! I’m Krys Melo, the blogger behind Melodrama. You might recognize me from the “I Did It!” feature in the February issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine. The article highlights my IKEA hack, seen above, in which I turned a VITTSJO coffee table into an upholstered and tufted cocktail ottoman. I couldn’t find what I desired in stores, but with an IKEA foundation and a little spray paint, foam, fabric, and buttons, I was able to create the perfect addition to my living room.

We all know IKEA is a great place to find inexpensive furniture for all of life’s stages, but the simple style can sometimes be too minimalist. This is why I tend to take IKEA pieces as merely suggestions. Now I’m no stranger to IKEA hacks. In fact, some of my most popular posts on Melodrama are low-cost and simple but highly effective ways to customize IKEA items.

The first IKEA hack I ever did was turn a EXPEDIT (now KALLAX) bookcase on its side to create a banquette seat for my dining room. I originally thought to use it as a bench seat but decided on adding an upholstered backboard for added comfort. This easy change created a lovely statement piece and added plenty of extra seating in my room.

Another simple way to transform items is with paint. IKEA’s DALFRED bar stools had the modern look I wanted but not the gold-dipped metallic finish I sought. I simply used a highly metallic paint to create the look.

But enough about me! Let’s take a look at some other every day staples from IKEA that can be transformed into useful decor with very minimal effort.

You wouldn’t believe that this copper side table from Poppy Talk was actually made out of a spray-painted IKEA serving tray and an ÄPPLARÖ outdoor folding stool! Think of all the color varieties!

The LACK coffee table is one of the most popular and inexpensive items from IKEA. Triple Max Tons took away the boxy legs and replaced them with retro-style tapered legs to create a much more stylish look.

This one really blows my mind. Erin from Style Me Pretty completely transformed a LOCKSTA chair with gold spray paint and leather fabric. Now it looks straight out of a trendy high-end furniture store.

Did you know you can decoupage with fabric? That’s just what Little Green Notebook did with this $20 SNILLE office chair. A touch of gold spray paint pulls together the rest of the transformation.

We can’t forget the outdoors! This simple project from Brady Bunch Remodel brings a little midcentury modern style to your plants. They were made by glueing together two Kardemumma pots base-to-base and filling with plants.

I hope this inspires you to think outside the box when it comes to shopping for home decor. With a little imagination even the smallest budgets can achieve big style. Thanks for reading!

Hi everyone, it’s Liz Lidgett, The Art Hunter. I’m here as a guest on the Style Spotters blog today to talk about thinking outside the box when decorating with art.

As an art advisor, the success of my company relies on me coming up with new ways to display artwork. There are always new trends in the interior design world — it seems like every stylish home has a great gallery wall, for instance. The next trend I’m looking to in decorating with art is going to be hanging artwork anywhere but the walls.

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The above image shows the incredible restaurant Earth at Hidden Pond in Maine. The vintage paintings on the ceiling perfectly highlight the peaked shape and gives visitors a reason to look up. Such an unexpected design that I would love to see replicated in a home.

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The perfectly sized horseshoes are a great addition to this country-chic home. While many would have placed the series along side the staircase on the wall, this placement shows off the collection with a twist.

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While so many would think this photo is all about that amazing chest, I’m focused on the photographs hung to the door. The paint blocking and gallery wall being included over the door gives such a rich and cohesive look to the room. Pro tip: If you attempt this, be sure to use sticky tack on each of the back corners of the frames. This will keep the frame from rattling each time you shut the door!

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Hanging artwork directly on your bookshelves can kill two birds with one stone. It can add high style to your room, all while hiding any unsightly storage. This could be the perfect way to cover any electronics you don’t need to access regularly, like your wifi box. Setting the artwork directly onto one of the bookshelves is also a nice alternative.

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This is something I really want to try in my own home. What a cool idea to hang artwork on a window frame. If you have nosy neighbors, it can pull double duty as a privacy screen and bring big style into the room.

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Finally, speaking of privacy, if you have a tiny space– I’m looking at your NYC apartment dwellers– try hanging artwork from the ceiling to create a room divider. This artwork is a great way to divide living spaces like an office and a den or a bedroom from guest space.

So what do you think about hanging artwork anywhere but the walls? Just by trying one or two of these ideas in your home, you can make a big change using artwork you already own. Low cost + high style is what I am always aiming for!

For more ideas on how to decorate with artwork, check out my new video series The Art Hunter with


Hi there! I’m Ashley, the author behind the blog Cherished Bliss. I’m so excited be here with you today sharing a little about our mini mudroom that’s been all decked out for Christmas. When we first moved into our house about 2 years ago, I knew one of our top priorities would be to create a space for our winter gear. The one thing this house lacked was a mudroom, but there was quite a bit of space and storage so I was pretty confident we could make it work. And when Better Homes and Gardens wanted to come out and photograph our little space for the “I Did It” section in the magazine, well I was as excited as one can be and then some!

This bench is extremely easy to build and a great beginner project if you would like to dip your toes into the world of woodworking! It mainly consists of pocket holes (which are a lot easier than they sound) and finishing nails. You can get the building plan here.


After building the bench, I wanted to make sure it was still a stylish space because it does technically reside in our living room. I had already built a chalkboard that I was using in my dining room, but I’m known to move things around constantly so the chalkboard found its new home right above our new farmhouse bench. Get the plan for the chalkboard here. I get a lot of questions about the color of stain I used. I actually used a homemade wood stain so that I could complete this step in my basement without breathing in toxic fumes! So let’s talk about getting this little space ready for the holidays.

3 Ways to Update a Mini Mudroom for Christmas

Add Labels
The amazing stylist Char came out and helped stage the area for the photo shoot, and she was absolutely amazing! We added some little wooden tags to the metal bins to label what each one was to be used for. This is great for the kids so they can remember what goes where!

Bring Nature Inside
Next we added a live evergreen wreath to the chalkboard. This chalkboard is my absolute favorite place to hang wreaths. It provides the perfect background for our mini mudroom! I also adore how this space welcomes in guests and provides a place for them to drop their purses or diaper bags. It’s very convenient to have right inside the living room, and with the fresh wreath, guests are immediately greeted by the smells of Christmas!

Add Warmth
Last but not least, the accessories. We added some colorful Christmas pillows to provide a warm and cozy atmosphere at our entrance. Char then drew some beautiful chalkboard art, which unfortunately I was not able to duplicate (but you can see above) being that I have the art skills of a one-year-old! But it really adds a bit of holiday cheer!

If you are interested in seeing this space outside of the holidays, you can see that here.

It was seriously a once in a lifetime experience to have Better Homes and Gardens photograph our mini mudroom for the December 2015 issue! I had so much fun with both the stylist and the photographer. They were so down to earth and an absolute joy to work with!

I would love to have you follow along with the journey as we turn our house into a home, so please feel free to stop by my blog and say hi! For behind-the-scenes pictures and sneak peeks, you can follow us on Instagram!

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