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Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 7.11

Hello, Style Spotters! It’s that time of the week where I get to obsess over all the coolest, cutest, most creative ideas from our BHG Insiders’ blogs with no shame. I’m running on full-out, unfiltered DIY-ify frenzy. Prepare yourself.

 

I think there’s always room to celebrate the little things. Oh, you just ran a couple miles for the first time since college? Time to celebrate! You didn’t hit a single red light on your drive home from work? Party time! For your next celebration, however serious or whimsical it might be, try out some of these tropical themed party ideas from Celebrations at Home. Besides being super cute, it’ll be like a mini luau in your own backyard.

 

 

More and more as the summer goes by, I can’t get enough of being outside. I’ve always been a nature person–or at least I like to think I am. I’m the go-to bug-squisher in my house (ahead of my two guy housemates…), and I tolerate hiking about once a year. That qualifies me as an outdoorsy person, right? For those nights you want to lounge on the deck, these DIY Solar Paper Lanterns on Finding Home would be a perfect addition.

 

 

I grew up in Colorado–I’m a greenie. I’m all for sustainability and recycling and home-grown veggies. These herb garden ideas from Roses & Pepper put a creative twist on the classic indoor herb container garden, and add a little color and freshness to the house.

 

 

My aunt just had a little baby girl the other week–Ellie Rose. I absolutely cannot wait to go home and meet her! I love this DIY Fairy House Pillow I spotted on Alice & Lois. I might have to pick up sewing and try this out before I buy my plane tickets. For any new additions to the family, this would be an adorable way to say welcome to the world!

 

 

And because I feel like I should advocate healthy hobbies every once in a while, take a look at this creative (and sustainable–greenies unite!) way to grow your own wheat grass. Honestly, I can’t stand wheat grass, but I sort of want to try this out anyway.

 

 

Have a fabulous week, Style Spotters!


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: 14 Fabulous Decorating DIY Projects!

Trend: 14 Fabulous Decorating DIY Projects! 

It’s been so hot outside this past week that my family has been hiding in the cool air of our home. This has given us a TON of time to think up some new decorating ideas. I love this BHG post and was inspired to find some tutorials and DIY’s from their list of decorating ideas. While the headboard DIY may take a bit of time, most of these projects listed below are quick ways to add some color and design to your home.

 

1. Add a coat of paint to some old furniture, from Natty By Design.

2. DIY Faux Wallpaper (made with a sharpie), from Vintage Revivals.

3. Update old frames with colorful paint, from BHG.

4. No-Sew DIY Rickrack Window Panels, from BHG.

5. DIY Tablet Stand (perfect for reading recipes in the kitchen), from The Lowes Blog.

6. DIY Banquet Seating, from Melodrama.

7. Natural Dyed Lamp Shade from BHG Style Spotters.

8. DIY Painted Memo Board, from Lemon Drop Life.

9. Silhouette Artwork DIY, from The Paper Mama.

10. Bookcase Back Panel Herringbone Makeover, from LollyJane.

11. Fabric Dyed Pillow, from High on DIY.

12. Fabric Upholstered Headboard with Curved Arms, from Sarah M. Dorsey Designs.

13. Frames Made of Washi Tape, from Design Sponge.

14. Skip the paint and try a fabric wall panels instead, from Bella Dia.

What are you up to this summer? Any decorating ideas?

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. Photos from the first image are from BHGNatty By DesignSarah M. Dorsey DesignsLemon Drop Life, and Vintage Revivals.


Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 7.4

Happy Fourth of July, everyone! This has always been one of my favorite holidays, and I hope your long weekend is full of laughs, food, fireworks, friends, and family! Before you’re too busy enjoying all of the festivities, whatever they might be, take a look at these cuties:

 

This USA Cake from Oh Happy Day might just be the most adorable (and geographically accurate) cake I’ve ever seen. This sweet dessert is definitely a crowd-pleaser that’s easy enough to make for even the most baking-illiterate of us.

 

 

I love the summery, sophisticated look of this laced back dress featured on Stripes & Sequins. Add a pair of flashy red heels and a couple red accessories, and you’ve automatically got an outfit that screams July Fourth.

 

 

If you’ve always wanted a hammock (like me), and live somewhere with a couple good trees to tie one up to (unlike me), let this Simple Summer Hammock DIY from Design Sponge inspire you to get to work! A couple yards of flashy fabric will add even more color to a blooming garden, and a space for you to relax and enjoy the summer days!

 

 

If you’re throwing a party over the weekend and need a last-minute red, white, and blue decoration idea, try this bright blue Seashell Vase I spotted on Brewed Together. Patriotic enough to stand out for the Fourth, but subtle enough to earn a permanent place in any room.

 

 

And lastly, check out this tutorial on how to make burger balloons from Studio DIY. They gave me a good chuckle, I hope they’ll do the same for you.

 


BHG Guest Blogger

A Colorful Nursery Accent Wall

 

 

Hi! I’m Erin. I’m a small-town girl with a sweet eight-month-old baby girl and a husband who spoils me by letting me be a stay-at-home mama. I’m an English teacher by trade and a blogger, aspiring photographer and eater of way too much ice cream by…whatever the opposite of “trade” is. Baby girl and I typically spend our days reenacting scenes from Enchanted and frolicking in grassy knolls like this:

 

 

 

 

 

Okay, so there might sometimes be avocado down my shirt, and she might sometimes be eating cat fur, and we (or at least those among us that have hair) might not brush our hair. And we might not actually ever pretend to be from Enchanted, mainly because we can’t agree on who has to be Prince Edward.

 

Sometimes I have to brush my hair, though, like on those totally run-of-the-mill days when Better Homes & Gardens sends a camera crew and stylist to my house to take pictures of my daughter’s nursery.

Kristine the wonderfully down-to-earth stylist also made me wear lipstick. I don’t even own lipstick. Magazine people these days, you know? Expecting you to, like, look like you aren’t the bride of Frankenstein and stuff. The nerve. ;)

I know you’re dying to hear more about my cosmetic unfitness for being in this publication, but let me distract you from my weirdness by instead telling you what inspired the raindrops that landed us an email from Kit Selzer at BHG. The short answer: my aging stash of Oracal adhesive vinyl was threatening an uprising of Katniss caliber if it had to sit and stare at my equally abandoned collection of scrapbook paper for ONE MORE SECOND. So after fiddling around a bit in Photoshop to see which colors I wanted to use and get an arrangement I liked, I enlisted my Cricut to cut out the raindrops…and the rest, as someone in history once said, was history: my daughter had 187 raindrops falling on her sweet little head later that day.

You wouldn’t think of raindrops as being cheery, but these are absolutely the exception. I see them and feel all warm and fuzzy. (Or maybe that feeling is just yesterday’s avocado creeping across my navel?)

Either way, I love how those colorful raindrops brighten up her wall and just make the whole space not take itself too seriously. Perfect for a little girl who makes faces like this.

A face that could only be loved by a mother who doesn’t brush her hair, am I right? :)

 

To read more about the nursery, the day of the photo shoot, and the antics of our everyday life (like the time a herd of gazelle ambushed our wall-to-wall carpet), I’d love for you to come visit us at my blog, His & Hers. You don’t even have to brush your hair or wear lipstick! Promise.


Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 6.27

This week has been a particularly rainy one, and I’ve gotten a little antsy looking out my windows waiting for the weather to perk up. I’m the type of person who always has to be busy with something, and so I tried my luck with some of these awesome DIY projects this week (although mine didn’t turn out nearly as well):

With the Fourth of July coming up, I wanted to make something festive that I wouldn’t throw away as soon as the day was done. This Fourth of July Clothespin Wreath from Washi Tape Crafts is cute enough to leave up all year round.

 

I love flowers, and couldn’t pass up an opportunity to try this Gold Fruit Bowl DIY by House of Earnest. While gold paint creates a chic look, bright colors make the whole ensemble even more eye-catching.

 

 

As the days get (hopefully) more sunny, outdoor activities will become a regular routine. I love the playful look of this Painter’s Canvas Picnic Blanket I found on A Subtle Revelry’s blog. Such a cute and easy way to enjoy an afternoon laying on the grass.

 

 

I can’t wait to try out this gallery wall I spotted on The Proper Pinwheel. The random but unified collection of frames makes the room visually interesting but not overwhelming or distracting.

 

 

And while I like accessorizing rooms with textures, colors, and funky pieces, I’m starting to realize an appreciation for more minimalist, natural-looking decoration. These easy ways to decorate with tree branches on A Hammer and Heels brings a simplistic and earthy vibe to any room in the house.

 

 


Chelsey Andrews

Photo Canvas DIY: 2 Ways

Do you love photo canvases, but don’t really have the budget to buy them? Well today I’m going to share 2 ways you can make these neat creations without breaking the bank. The first way we’ll use iron-on transfer paper to transfer an image to fabric, then print onto tissue paper and Mod Podge the image! Trust me, it’s easy. They are great gifts, or just keep them for yourself to decorate your home.

Iron-on Fabric Photo Canvas DIY

Supplies:

  • 8 x 8 canvas
  • 1/2 yard of white fabric
  • fabric iron-on paper
  • iron
  • high quality photo
  • scissors
  • staple gun and staples

Directions: 

- Let’s start with printing our photo onto the iron-on transfer paper. Set up your photo on your computer. Flip it horizontal so the image is “backwards”. The image will iron-on the correct way when transferred to fabric. Note: if you don’t have a printer, you can take an image to a local print shop. I’ve brought my iron-on transfer paper to a local printer in the past and they printed on it for me. Just call them and ask. You can also ask them to flip the image for you, if you’re not sure how.

- Iron-on the image onto the fabric (following your iron-on transfer paper instructions). Let cool and peel back paper. Trim the fabric to an 11 x 11 square.

- Center the image on the front of the canvas. Carefully flip over and staple the fabric onto the back of the frame. Fold fabric corners on the top and bottom of the frame. Note: if you mess up and the image isn’t even over the canvas, just pull out a staples and start over.

- You are done! The cool thing about this project is you can use an old canvas frame. Have a painting you don’t like anymore? You can just staple this fabric over the painting. Just pull the fabric off if you get tired of the image.

Total cost: under $15

Mod Podge Tissue Photo Canvas Diy

  • 8 x 8 canvas
  • 8.5 x 11 printer paper
  • 8 x 8 image
  • white tissue paper
  • painters tape
  • acrylic sealer spray
  • Mod Podge
  • paintbrush
  • white acrylic paint
  • printer

Directions:

- Let’s prep the picture. Carefully smooth out and tape the white tissue paper onto the printer paper (you’re printing onto the tissue paper). Put it into the printer and print your 8 x 8 image. Let the printed image dry completely. Note: while taping the tissue paper onto the printer paper, make sure the tissue is very smooth. If it’s too wrinkly it will print weird.

- In a well ventilated area wearing a mask and eye protection, spay a very light layer of acrylic sealer spray onto the printed tissue image. Let dry for an hour. Carefully remove the printed tissue paper from the printer paper. Trim the sides of the tissue paper (leave a 1/4 inch border around the image).

- Grab your canvas and apply a very light layer of Mod Podge. Very carefully place the printed tissue image onto the mod podged canvas. Carefully smooth out the image from the center out. Apply one more coat of Mod Podge over the tissue image to seal the picture. Let dry for a couple of hours.

- Use the white acrylic paint to cover the side of the canvas (to cover any excess tissue that folded over the side). Apply 2 – 3 coats of the paint.

- When the paint is dry, you’re done!

Total cost: around $10

I hope you enjoy! Let me know how this Photo Canvas creating goes!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama