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Have you ever been jealous of the mom who seems to be good at just about everything–including sewing? I have. No matter how hard I try, I’m just not a natural seamstress. The farthest my sewing skills take me is putting a button back on.

However, I’ve recently found a new passion that I’ve begun to enjoy very much–weaving. I’m constantly amazed at the countless things you can make and the vast variety of materials you can choose to work with. If you’re like me and you aren’t loving the whole needle and thread thing (or even if you do), then take a peek at these 5 trendy woven projects. Who knows? You might just discover a hidden talent!

 

Isn’t this Woven Circle Mat by A Beautiful Mess stunning? I’ll take 20 please!

 

 

Dress up a plain lawn chair with Henhouse‘s Woven Chair Tutorial. The new transformation is sure to be the talk of the block.

 

 

Okay, yes there isn’t a lot of weaving involved here, but for those who want something simple (and inexpensive) to spruce up a blank wall then check out I Spy DIY‘s Wall Hanging. It’s colorful. It’s fun. It’s bright. And I can’t think of a reason NOT to love it!

 

 

If you’re looking for something a little more natural, then call off the search because you’ve stumbled upon Free People‘s secret to DIY Branch Weaving.

 

 

Say Yes’ DIY Woven Necklace makes a stunning homemade birthday gift.

 

Give weaving a whirl! You never know, it could become your latest obsession.

Happy Friday!

 

xxmadison


BHG-5 Reasons to Love Leather

Last year, while on an impromptu thrifting excursion one rainy Friday morning, I found “it.” There it was, crammed behind floor lamps and an eclectic mix of old stuff, the perfect leather chair. I had been dreaming about finding one like this for a while, it was large, comfortable and the perfect shade of worn caramel, so you can imagine how excited I was! But, when I took a look at the price, my delight turned to decision, it was way more than I wanted to spend. I went back & forth for a while, pacing the store, hoping it would just come to me. Like I said it was a rainy, cold day and my car was already packed with groceries so I decided to walk away. I know, bad decision, right?! I haven’t found anything close to that leather chair since but I am hopefully optimistic. Since my boys have gone back to school I have been on the hunt, I have come close a few times and will continue to look because I am so smitten with leather these days. Here are 5 reasons I am loving leather and why I think adding it to your space makes sense….

1.Leather is easy to clean. If you have pets, children or maybe a messy loved one, then leather may for you. It is family & pet friendly, it can be vacuumed easily and messes can be simply wiped away. I love that it is practical and pretty at the same time.

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2. The styling options with leather are endless! If leather has the right patina, I like a light cognac or caramel tone, then you can mix it with just about any style, mid-century modern, cottage, coastal, farmhouse and traditional. You can also add pattern and color or you can keep things neutral.

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3. Leather has an organic patina that adds a natural texture. Layers of texture and natural elements can make a space feel warm & inviting. Leather also has an ability to ground a space and act as a neutral. Adding texture can change the entire look of a space, don’t be afraid to start small by bringing in a footstool, some accessories, a rug or an ottoman, it is a good way to see how it feels in your room before committing to a larger piece.

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4. A vintage leather piece will add a ton of personal style. You know when you walk into a room and it feels authentic and stylish but not overly staged. There is something so casually wonderful & edgy at the same time about leather. It feels hip and original & has an ability to say “designer” in a quiet way.

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5. Leather can be a happy medium for 2 different design aesthetics. Most days my husband gives me free range to decorate and add items I love to our home but often a space has more than one interested person in the design process and function of a room. Leather is such a great option for appealing to both a feminine and masculine aesthetic. It can blend 2 design ideas gracefully and make for space everyone can enjoy.

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Thank you for stopping by, have a beautiful week,

Jen-City Farmhouse


Who doesn’t love a good makeover? I’m obsessed with them these days! From fabulous new facades to a side table turned into a cake stand, I’m always amazed by creative ideas. With my obsession in mind, I scoured countless blogs to discover my favorite furniture refreshes for this month’s Best of the Blogs feature.  Here are my top picks!

 

1. This revamped table from House of Fifty shows that little details go a long way. I’m all about gold accents right now!

 

Photo Credit: House of Fifty

 

2. This Ikea-hack dresser from Sarah Hearts combines two of my favorite trends: two-tone and overlays.

 

Photo Credit: Sarah Hearts

 

3. More Ikea upgrades! This one, featured on Armelle, gets a new look with fresh white paint and eye-catching hardware.

Photo Credit: Armelle

4. I’m always pleasantly surprised when people turn basic items into creative pieces. This toddler chair-turned-planter from Four Generations One Roof  is such a fun way to recycle unused furniture.

Photo Credit: Four Generations One Roof

 

5. One thing I’m currently coveting for my work space is a colorful tray to use as a catchall. I love that this DIY tray from Simplified Bee can be customized with inexpensive wallpaper scraps.

Photo Credit: Simplified Bee

 

6. I’m a sucker for all things colorful, especially this bold green chair from Young House Love. The rattan-inspired design and cheerful ikat pattern make it my ideal office chair.

Photo Credit: Young House Love

7. A ladder turned into shelving? Yes, please. One of my favorite things about this makeover from A Beautiful Mess is that that you can easily remove the shelves to use the ladder for its original purpose.

Photo Credit: A Beautiful Mess

8. I’m amazed at how Remodelaholic turned this inexpensive table into a console with drawers and shelves. I’m also a big fan of baskets and how they add contrast to this piece. 

 

Photo Credit: Remodeacholic

9. As I said, I love a pop of color. This teal table from Yellow Brick Home brightens the entire entryway and the Greek key pattern on the sides is the perfect subtle detail.

Photo Credit: Yellow Brick Home

 

10. A touch of rustic style is a great unexpected element and these reclaimed wood tables from Kojo Designs seem incredibly simple. They also saved extra money by using wood from a fence they had just taken down!

 

Photo Credit: Kojo Designs

11. I think this refreshed empire dresser from Picked and Painted is the perfect cottage style piece. The slightly distressed paint gives it a great worn in look while the glass knobs add a touch of elegance.

Photo Credit: Picked and Painted

Have you ever given a piece of furniture a new look? I have an old coffee table waiting for a fresh coat of paint and after seeing all of these projects I can’t wait to start! Next month we’ll be sharing some of our favorite 4th of July decorations and DIYs. Do you have one that you’d like to send our way? Shoot me an email at BHGBloggers@Meredith.com.

- Kenzie Kramer, Social Media Editorial Assistant


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