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DIY-ify: Floral Coffee Mug DIY

Floral Coffee Mug DIY

Floral Coffee Mug DIY

Floral Coffee Mug DIY

Trend: Floral Coffee Mug DIY

It’s really no secret that I love coffee mugs, and I might have too many… The thing is that I want my coffee to sit in a cute vessel, not something plain and boring. That’s why I makeover plain coffee mugs! You can easily find a plain white mug at most stores, or I suggest wandering to a local thrift shop to buy a mug for cheap (there’s always a ton of mugs that need some love). For these projects I typically use paint or a paint pen, but for this Coffee Mug DIY I tried something new. I have discovered that Mod Podge now makes a dishwasher safe gloss! That opens up my mug creativity to adding fabric, glitter, and even paper. For my first time using this gloss, I made 3 floral printables to dress up those plain mugs. I have shared them below so you can make your own!



Floral Coffee Mug DIY


Print out the flower printable you want to use on your mug. Cut out the flowers, leaving a small white border around the shape.


In a well ventilated space, preferably outdoors while wearing a mask and eye protection, spray a light layer of clear acrylic sealer spray onto the cut out flowers. Let dry completely. The spray will keep the ink from smearing when applying the Mod Podge.

Floral Coffee Mug DIY


Wipe down the mug with the rubbing alcohol to clean it, then let dry.

Floral Coffee Mug DIY


Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the back of the paper flower, and apply a layer of Mod Podge on the mug. Attach the flower onto the mug. Be sure to smooth out any air bubbles under the paper. Repeat this step for all the flower pieces.


Let the paper flowers dry for about an hour. Apply a layer of Mod Podge over the paper flowers. Let that layer dry for 2 – 3 hours. Apply 1 – 2 more layers (allowing dry time in between each layer).


This step is important. Before using this mug the glue needs to set for 28 days. I know this seems like forever… but the time will fly by. I promise. After the wait time is up, you can wash this cute mug on the top dishwasher rack!

Floral Coffee Mug DIY

You still have plenty of time to get these mugs made for Christmas gifts!

If you create any of these mugs, I’d love to see it! You can share a link in the comments below, or tag me in Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. Just a reminder: all of my free printables are for personal use only.



You may know her from Restaurant: Impossible or her work revamping countless spaces for her Boston-based firm, but interior designer Taniya Nayak has a new gig: Ellen DeGeneres handpicked her to represent ED on Air, the comedian’s new whimsical home line for QVC. Writer Jolene Edgar interviewed Taniya for the November issue to find out about her fall obsessions–Ellen-related and otherwise:

“ED is Ellen’s nickname–it’s what Portia and her closest friends call her. These Chunky Becket Knit Throws are among my favorite things in the fall line. I love the textural design of the weave–it reminds me of my most beloved winter sweaters.”


“I always keep a travel candle like this one from Paddywax with me—the kind that comes in a tin with a lid—when I’m staying in a hotel, it really soothes me.”


“I like a heavy, precise liquid line on top, and Sephora Collection Long-Lasting 12HR Wear Eye Liner stays all day and doesn’t smudge. I pull it out a bit, extending the line just beyond my lashes, not a full cat eye.”

“The day cream and serum from Natura Bisse’s Cure line saved my skin. I’ve struggled with mild adult acne on the sides of my face–I think from the heavy TV makeup–but I started using these products, and suddenly, I feel like I can go out without any makeup on. I could never do that before. They evened my skin tone, and I don’t get blemishes anymore.”


Innovative Surfaces for Kitchens and Baths

It’s so easy to get swept away by shimmering, scene-setting surfaces — especially when notice-me looks merge with modern convenience. Burn rings from hot pans, evidence of red wine spills, and scratches from sharp utensils are all worries of the past thanks to today’s innovative surfacing materials. Along with a few other journalists, I recently had the opportunity to visit Cosentino’s global headquarters in Almeria, Spain to learn about its leading brands, Silestone and Dekton, and see how they partner time-honored materials with forward-thinking design.

Silestone is a scratch-resistant, non-porous quartz product. Many colors in the Silestone line also feature bacteriostatic protection, making the material a pretty and practical surface option for kitchens, bathrooms, and work surfaces. No germs, no scuffs, no fuss.

Silestone is available in a variety of texture options, from perfectly smooth to a matte finish. Polished Silestone in Lyra on the floor, vanity, and walls takes center stage in this sleek, streamlined setting.

Dekton, Cosentino’s ultra-compact surfacing material, is created by manipulating a blend of minerals and raw materials via an accelerated metamorphic process. High temperatures and pressures mimic the aging process of natural stone over thousands of years to quickly render a remarkably versatile material. Available in a wide range of colors and patterns, its beauty is deserving of the spotlight in a kitchen or bath, yet durable for use on high-traffic floors or staircases. Dekton’s resistance to compression and UV-rays also makes it suitable for driveways, terrace flooring, and exterior cladding.

Dekton’s manufacturing process allows great control over each slab’s pigment and design, making it easy to produce large pieces without showing seams. Aura, pictured on the left, resembles the classic appearance of marble without any of the upkeep.

And finally, take a look at Cosentino’s Prexury line. Constructed from beautiful semiprecious stones and natural materials, Prexury takes its design cues from traditional jewelry-making materials such as agate and amethyst. This luxe material would be an eye-catching addition to a kitchen island, makeup vanity, or dining table, don’t you think?

Flea Market Chic: 12 Clever Uses For Crates

Flea Market Chic-12 Clever Uses for Crates

I was my in my late twenties when I moved to Colorado, with not much money to my name to get started & build a home, I scoured thrift stores, antique malls and flea markets every weekend. I was in desperate search for affordable ways to showcase my style & stay organized. I couldn’t afford anything new but that was OK because I loved buying vintage and the idea of connecting with the past. Plus, the aged patina & worn details created such a warmth that couldn’t be purchased new, especially back then. Each weekend would yield a full trunk of lots of goodies, big & small and of course lots of fun. The supply of big, beautiful crates out in CO blew me away. They were cheap & my thrifty self love that, some just a few dollars, so I used them everywhere. There was a time though my husband actually had to say, “enough, we are good with crates,” that was until I found an old chicken coop and made it in to a TV stand, but that is another story for another post:).

Crates have always served a useful purpose, to store & transport things from milk, to oranges and even animals. You can find them just about anywhere these days and some still for just a few dollars. The aged wood & worn texture lends a warmth to any space and provides practical storage every home needs. Here are 12 clever ways to use creates in your home…

1. Most of us have any entry way or family room with a console table, why not add a crate underneath & fill that empty space. You can use it to host blankets, hats or shoes. Tip, if you add casters to your crate you can slide it back under after using it, without worry of damaging your floors.

BHG Flea Market Chic-Crates, use for entry way storage

2.Flip your crate vertically & add casters for additional height & mobility and viola you have a unique & versatile side table. You can also add another piece of wood for more shelf space.

BHG Flea Market Chic-Crates Image by Marie Nichols


3. With a busy family myself I am always looking for functional mudroom solutions, especially during the colder months, when the amount of accessories quadruples. Nestle a group of crates under a bench or stack them vertically to house your winter essentials.

BHG Flea Market Chic-Crates, a clever addition to your mudroom to store shoes, hats & scarves Rooms for Rent


BHG Flea Market Chic-Crates, Finding Home Farms Clever Boot Storage


4. Love the idea of rustic chic, then why not use a small crate as a vase to hold your centerpiece. I may have cheated with this one a bit because it is actually made from paint sticks but I had to share, it is so visibly pleasing and original.

BHG Flea Market Chic-Crates, a clever centerpiece idea, The Wedding Chicks


5. Hang a grouping of crates of varying sizes and tones right on the wall for added interest and functionality. There are no rules for what to display and store inside, have fun & try not to over clutter, that way it looks more curated.

BHG Flea Market Chic-Crates, create a functional wall display Coco Kelley


BHG Flea Market Chic-Crates, mount them to the wall

6. How about stacking them side by side for a coffee table? By layering 4, it visually takes up more space and feels balanced in front of the sofa. Tip, face the openings in for a tidy, more fluid look.

BHG Flea Market Chic-Crates, makes a unique & clever coffee table

7. We all need kitchen counter storage, when things are placed cohesively on a tray or shallow container it just looks better and feels more organized. You can use a counter crate to host kitchen essentials or maybe use it as a coffee station {which is what I use mine for}. Tip, use items with varying heights & similar function to give balance.

BHG Flea Market Chic-Crates, Making Home Base Kitchen Storage


8. Use a variety of crates, in odd numbers to create a plant stand, genius right?! Grouping your plants together gives a cohesive feel and is a great strategy for staying on top of watering and time management.

BHG Flea Market Chic-Crates, The Happy Interior Blog, use them as a plant stand, genius!!


9. Stack them on the floor for extra office storage. You can use them facing out or even up to store files. Either way it is an affordable way to stay organized in your work space.

BHG Flea Market Chic-Crates, use as additional office storage, Advice From A Twenty Something


10. Open shelving is a hot trend right now, so why not add a few shallow crates to house books, magazines or records. It will give your smaller items structure and give a balanced look with scale & size.

BHG Flea Market Chic-Crates, use in a book case to store books, Craftberry Bush


11. Attach a bunch of crates of similar size and tone for a custom wall unit that is both original & purposeful. Tip, mount them in different directions for a sleeker, more modern look.

BHG Flea Market Chic-Crates, use to create a build in custom wall unit by Front & Main a CT coffee shop on West Elm Blog


12. If you like wine then why not stack similar size crates in a cool, dry place to host your collection. Tip, check them to be sure they are sturdy and mount them to the wall for added security.

BHG Flea Market Chic-Crates, wine storage

I am completely inspired by crates again, which means my husband could be in trouble:). Thank you for stopping by! Happy hunting,

Jen-City Farmhouse

Organize With This: Colorfully Painted Products!

Season after season, painterly finishes are making a splash in a big way! Colorfully painted patterns can frequently be spotted on the catwalk in the world of fashion, on windows, sofas and beds through textiles, on canvases displayed on the walls of our homes and inside of the finest galleries, and even in the storage and organization market.

Colorfully Painted Header - Trendy Storage Solutions

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Whether you prefer dip dyed, brushstrokes, watercolor or painterly; these prints are creating playful and bold statements in homes all around the world. Even when used in small doses as a throw pillow on a side chair, a notebook on the desk or salad plates at the dinner table, these prints create a grand moment. What I love most is that they are promoting creativity within designers, and the patterns can provide instant impact in either large or small scales, single or multiple colorways and in either flowing or geometric patterns. The ability to use such forgiving and abstract patterns is also taking the DIY world by storm, as many individuals are feeling confident to grab a paint brush and bring bold life to their creations.

Today I am rounding up my favorite products to inject bold color into your daily organizing projects. So whether you have laundry to sort or notes to jot down, your work will give you something colorful to smile about.

Painterly Storage Product Picks

gift wrap | laundry sorter | cosmetic case | daily planner | page flags | canvas bin | dish | storage box | personalized notebook | mini binder | lucite tray | desk calendar | woven basket | ring dish | canvas tote | market tote | zippered pouch | decorative tape


How have you been splashing these prints around your home lately? Any additional favorite prints or storage product sources you would like to share?

Blogger’s Fab Flea Market Finds

After an exciting day at our BHG Stylemaker Event, East Coast Editor and flea market maven Eddie Ross treated seven of our event attendees to a trip around Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market in NYC! Eddie shared some of his top thrifting tips including how to spot the differences between bone china and porcelain, tips for getting the most for your dollar, and, of course, Eddie’s specialty of how to mix flea market items with modern decor.



Each of the bloggers received a tote bag from Vera Bradley which were all filled to the brim by the time that we finished! Check out who attended and their favorite purchases of the day below and see more from the flea market tour and the Stylemaker Event by looking at #BHGStyle on Instagram.


Susan from House of Brinson found a set of matching lion heads with rings through the mouth for $130 for the pair. She’s not sure what she’ll be using them for yet but with her major home revitalization that she’s currently working on we’re sure she’ll find a place for them!


Ibie, who you can follow on Instagram at @ifalc, spotted this Lenox centerpiece bowl for just $20! It pairs well with the rest of her haul including a set of candlesticks, two stylish bags, and vintage flatware.

Grace from A Storied Style picked up this vintage lucite bar cart set. The cost: $10!

Jen from I Heart Organizing scored a Lenox footed compote that could make any dessert look even more decadent! Bonus: It was only $25.

Brittany from Addison’s Wonderland will be dressing up her table with a set of gold Pickard salt and pepper shakers that she picked up for just $20.

Maghan with Addison’s Wonderland is adding a set of hand-stitched pillowcases to her home for just $18 for the pair!

Lindsay from Suite One Studio (who was also featured in our September issue!) picked up a cute dalmatian paper weight for $10. We think it’ll pair perfectly with her gorgeous handmade pottery!

Eddie added a silver plate pheasant to his bag for $20. Thanksgiving table decor, anyone?


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