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Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 10.10

Aaaand…we’re back. Hope the week has been nothing short of fabulous for you all. I’ve just checked in for my flight (Utah, here I come!) and I’m ready to go off the radar for a couple days! This time of year has a way of catching up to you, but it’s all about enjoying the moments you’ve got. This week, I wanted to share fun little things you can do in a weekend or 10 minutes–just things that will, hopefully, put a smile on your face.

 

I love the simplicity of these painted rocks from Handmade Charlotte. Perfect as table centerpieces, bookshelf knick-knacks or porch step decorations, painted rocks are a cute, easy way to craft with the whole family.

 

 

This gilded bowl tutorial on Julip are the perfect way to add some nature to your home. Even better, they’re the perfect go-to gift for all of those upcoming holiday parties.

 

 

Need party decoration ideas? Check out these adorable donut stools from Studio DIY. I love the bright, playful spin these put on otherwise overlooked seats–doesn’t get much cuter than that.

 

 

I’ve been super into gallery walls lately. Find some inspiration with these DIY art ideas from Poppytalk. I can’t get enough of the colors, the random feel, and the unique pieces used for this wall! I think I’m in love with that pineapple.

 

 

And for a more permanent fixture, take a look at this DIY retro diamond focal wall from Vintage Revivals. I’m definitely excited to paint one of these bad boys someday. LOVE IT.

 

 

And there you have it. Enjoy your week, Style Spotters! Enjoy the little moments.

 

Erin

 


Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 9.12

Happy Friday all! This week, since it’s finally starting to feel like the fall we all know and love, I decided to share some decoration inspiration to help prepare your home for the season ahead!

 

Fall means football (whether that makes you groan or cheer is totally up to you). For your next tailgate, revamp an old aluminum chair with this easy DIY makeover from A Beautiful Mess to make a statement out of your seat! Team colors optional.

 

I love this painted geometric cube porch from Little Green Notebook. It brings just the right amount of style and flair to the most inviting part of your home!

 

 

Always wondered how to dry flowers and never knew quite how? Take a look at this tutorial from Cedar Hill Farmhouse and learn not only how to dry them the right way, but how to use them for decoration as well.

 

 

Nature and fall go hand in hand. DIY Enthusiasts pulled together a list of nature-inspired fall decorations, and I spotted this awesome idea while I was browsing. Such a simple and cute way to add some visual appeal to any empty space in the house!

 

 

Lastly, need inspiration for your tabletop this fall? Look at Aunt Peaches easy ways to spruce up your house with these “golden” tips and tricks.

 

 

Enjoy the week!

Erin


BHG Guest Blogger

Mariam Naficy: Favorite Finds from Minted

Hi, I’m Mariam Naficy, founder of the art and design marketplace site Minted. It was so exciting to share my go-to entertaining tips with you in the September issue, and today I’m writing about a few of my favorite finds from Minted this fall.

1. This is the dayplanner I carry – I chose the very slim monthly planner version of this to plan and keep track of my monthly goals and I keep it with me at the office:

2. Here at Minted we’re already thinking about the holidays! Of the 4,103 number of holiday cards submitted in Minted’s sixth annual holiday card challenge, ‘Painted Triangles’ by Waldo Press was a personal favorite.  I love how the subtleness of the watercolor contrasts with the angles of the triangles.

3. I love how this Woodland Wreath ornament card by Kristie Kern for Minted doubles as a gift tag – write a note to your recipient on the back, and you have a holiday card and gift tag in one! It comes with ribbon included.

4. For the first time this holiday season, we’re offering styled recipient address printing and it’s free! The recipient’s name on this design almost looks like calligraphy and the pine branch is a nice, whimsical touch.

5. Minted recently launched foil-pressed stationery (my favorite product on the entire site) and these are the two designs (Arrow Head by Fig and Cotton Paperie and Wanderlust by Grace Cobb) by I’ve personally been sending out.

6. My daughter loves fairies and asked for a fairy-themed seventh birthday. We used these lovely Very Fairy invitations by Olivia Kanaley.

 


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: 23 Budget Friendly Handmade Valentine’s Gifts!

Trend: Handmade Valentine’s Gifts.

First, sorry I’m bringing up Valentine’s in early January, but it’s just around the corner and it always sneaks up on me. In our home we try to spend very little for the Valentine’s holiday. That means if there are any gifts, it’s handmade or food (my husband is a wonderful cook, so I love that). I’m prepping some ideas to make a couple of gift items for my hubs, friends, and family. I hope you enjoy my inspiration.

Painted Love Mug: Lacquer & Linen.

 Painted Heart Bag: V and Co.

Faux Wood Candles: At The Picket Fence.

XOXO Pillows: Craftaholics Anonymous.

Leather Heart Coin Purses: Fabric Paper Glue.

LOVE Pillow DIY: The Paper Mama.

Faux Love Rocks: Matsutake.

Heart Coasters: Food + Femininity.

Wood Burned Spoons: Craftberry Bush.

Heart Hex Pendant: I Try DIY.

Date Night Jar: Southern In-Law.

Fringe 3-D Heart: On Julep by Hank and Hunt.

Message In A Bottle: Camille Styles.

Geometric Wall Heart: Oleander and Palm.

Glittery Heart Boxes: The House that Lars Built.

Heart Stitched Card: Dandee.

Kissing Thaumatrope: The Brooding Hen.

Floating Heart Backdrop for those romantic photos: Hank and Hunt.

Bacon Hearts: The Paper Mama.

Heart Potato Chips: Beard and Bonnet.

Strawberry Hearts Cupcakes: Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom.

Heart Shaped Fruit Skewers: Life in Wonderland.

Wine Label Valentine’s Printables: Just Add Ginger.

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Creative Gift Wrapping!

 

Trend: Creative Gift Wrapping. Forget the regular ‘ol store-bought gift wrap and make your own! There are SO many different things you can do to make a creative wrap. I’ve gathered a few favorites from around the internet to share with you.

Scarf Wrapping: Everything Golden.

Faux Chalkboard Wrap: Going Home To Roost.

DIY Fabric Ribbon: Dana Made It

 Woven Paper Gift Topper: Minieco.co.uk.

Washi Tape Wrapping: Poppytalk.

 Typographic Gift Wrap: Man Made DIY.

Yarn Wrapping with Stamped Paper, from Cotton & Flax.

Photo Magnet Gift tags: The Paper Mama.

Polar Bear Gift Wrap: Mr. Printables.

Scarf Gift Wrap: Lisa Storms for Fiskars.

Confetti Stripes: 3@12.

 Marshmallow World Wrapping Paper: The Paper Mama.

 Duct Tape Gift Tag (with free pattern): UCreate.

Have you ever made your own gift wrap?

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


Michael Wurm, Jr.

My Home to Yours: A Hip Holiday Office

TREND: Bold Color

Over the past few months, I’ve been renovating the space in my home that I now use as my office. Even though the transformation is not quite complete, I’m making the transition from office to holiday office. As I put the finishing touches on styling this space, it’s been fun to inject a little added color and sparkle to mark the holiday season.

Today, I thought I’d share my space with you and show you some products for creating a hip holiday office in your own home. As you can see, I painted the walls subdued shades for a neutral backdrop that comes alive with colorful accessories.

The neutral-colored walls along with white curtains, bookcases, and desks allow the accessories to be the stars of the room. I like this because, depending on the season or project, I can have fun playing and experimenting with a variety of colors. Being a creative type, I’m constantly moving pieces around. A neutral background gives me lots of flexibiltiy.

As you can tell by my Christmas tree, I’m not afraid of color.

So as I mentioned above, I thought I’d share a few pieces for creating a hip holiday office. If you like this look, let your creativity fly and try incorporating a few of these pieces.

 

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As always, Happy Decorating! And Happy Holidays, too!

Michael Wurm, Jr – Inspired by Charm