home decor

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


Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 9.5

Welcome to September! I can’t wait for the leaves to start changing color, the days to get chillier, and the return of jackets and leg warmers and mittens! It’s been far too hot for my taste these past several months, and I’m so excited we’re finally in the home stretch. Among many other things, fall is the beginning of the holiday season. Use these clever tips and tricks to get your home ready for all of those holiday visitors!

 

Entryways are one of the rooms that most often get overlooked. Nalle’s House adds a spunky spin to their entryway with an unconventional design approach! I can’t even tell you how much I love that wallpaper. Guests will be amazed as soon as they step foot into your home!

 

 

If you’re impressed with that, take a look at this bathroom revamp by A Beautiful Mess. An easy-to-create geometric stencil, a few paintbrushes and some of your favorite paint colors are all you need to transform any room in your house into a visual hotspot.

 

 

I am absolutely amazed by these LED Mason Jar lights I spotted on Sarah Hearts. Add a hand-spun twist to your home with this chandelier that is guaranteed to impress! Imagine how perfect that would look in any high-ceiling entry way–your guests would be rooted to the spot!

 

 

Eating a meal with your family and friends is often times one of the most memorable experiences people have together. These fall-themed painted burlap place settings from A Night Owl will be perfect for any upcoming family get-together.

 

 

And lastly, I love the delicate homemade feel of these DIY teacup candles from Hey Gorgeous. Whether you take a trip to your local dollar store or use old cups lying around the house, the handmade touch of these cuties will soften any space in your home, just in time for the holidays.

 

 

Until next time! Have a wonderful week!

Erin


Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 8.29

Good morning all! With all of the activities that create our crazy lives, it’s hard to find time to do things just for the fun of it. These quick and simple DIY’s will treat you to a little me-time, and great pieces to show for it.

 

I’ve never been much of a carpenter, but even I could make this amazingly simple Leather Handled Cutting Board from Almost Makes Perfect. What starts out as a plain piece of wood turns into a gorgeous testament to your inner craftsman.

 

 

Another in-kitchen idea: decorated tea towels. I know, I know, how overdone…But these Confetti Trail Tea Towels on For The Makers were too cute to pass up. What an easy way to add some color and fun to your kitchen!

 

 

I love mirrors–the crazier the better. These amazingly easy Salvaged Yard Mirrors by Killer B. Designs put a creative new (or old?) twist on your framing options. Who says all that junk in your garage is useless?

 

 

I still really can’t get enough of terrariums and air plant vases. Pile on some color with this super simple Paint-Dip Planters tutorial from Vintage Revivals. I especially love how she hung them on her wall–SO ADORABLE.

 

 

And lastly, I love the look of this coffee table serving tray and drawer from The Design Confidential.  A little more demanding than the others, after you channel your inner craftsman one last time, you’ll have it finished and ready to impress in no time.

 

 

Happy creating! Have a wonderful week!

Erin


Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 8.22

Happy Friday! Summer is officially winding down–kids are back in school, the heat is slowly taking all the color out of grass and gardens, and busy lives reconvene. The Pumpkin Spice Latté is almost back. To mark the end of a wonderful summer, I pulled some gorgeous room decor photos to help inspire us to keep our indoors bright while the days get shorter and chillier (hopefully)!

 

This beautiful fall centerpiece from Hello Natural is perfect for welcoming back autumn! Long-lasting and fragrant, this eye-catching ensemble will wow for months.

 

 

Some of you may have children heading off the college this year–send them with some dorm decor ideas that will let their style show. These 12 Affordable Ways to Add Personality to Dorm Rooms by The White Buffalo Styling Co. are easy, stylish, and budget friendly!

 

 

Always wanted a barn door, but never knew how to install one? Worry no more. East Coast Creative shows us how it’s done with their Upcycled Barn Door.

 

 

Shelving can sometimes be a daunting task if you don’t know what you’re end-goal is. I love the open and light look of these DIY Iron Display Shelves from A Storied Style.

 

 

And if you’re looking to add some spunk to a plain wall–look no further. This brick wall tutorial from AKA Design adds a playful touch to their small space!

 

 

Have a great week, Style Spotters! Until next time!

Erin

 


Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 8.8

Hello, friends! Another week has come and gone, and here we are to talk about cool things from the internet yet again. I’m not complaining. This week I came across a ton of DIY projects, and I wanted to share a couple with you today, because some things just need to have that hand-crafted touch.

 

I’ve dabbled in printmaking a little bit, and I have to say that big prints are A LOT of work. Luckily, for all of us who don’t have weeks at a time to spend in the print studio, Yellow Brick Home has found a way to make it a little easier. Their DIY giant frames not only make dinosaurs look even more awesome than normal, they do it in a quarter of the time.

 

 

We all know lighting can make or break a room. We also all know that the design of the lighting fixture is a vital part to any room design, as well. These simple-but-chic copper wire DIY pendant lights from Kristi Murphy carry the perfect balance of light and unique design. Ideal for a home office, study or bedroom, these lights are sure to brighten any room’s aesthetics.

 

 

If you’re looking to add a little more texture and color to your walls, look at this wood frame gallery DIY from Christina’s Adventures. I especially love the paper flower centerpiece–and what a better way to put those old books collecting dust on your shelves to use!

 

 

If I could post pictures of my cat on here, I would (never thought I would say it, but I’m totally that person who obsesses over their cat on a regular basis…). Alas, she will have to wait for another day. In the meantime, look at Cuckoo 4 Design’s cats, and the wonderful outdoor enclosure she created for her furry friends! I’ve already told my boyfriend to start planning on how he’s going to build ours. Yes. We will be those people.

 

 

And because it’s almost September, that means one thing–football season is nearly upon us! As an honorary Midwesterner, I can appreciate the rivalry shown with this broken bracket sign DIY from Sawdust & Embryos. Specify your team hostility as much or as little as you want with this fun way to (equally) show your spirit with your spouse or friends!

 

 

Until next week, compadrés! Go Broncos!

Erin


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Painting with Bleach

Painting with Bleach Lampshade and Napkins DIY // thepapermama.com
Last week I decided to try painting with bleach. Instead of adding color with paint, I’m taking it away. I have to say this was a fun experiment. You don’t really know how it’s going to turn out until everything is all washed and dry. It’s inexpensive and you can try it on most cotton fabrics! I painted on napkins and lampshades for my first attempt. Want to try it out for yourself? Check out the directions below.
Supplies:
  • Clorox Bleach Pen
  • old paintbrush
  • solid color cotton fabric napkins and/or a lampshade
  • gloves
  • goggles
Directions:
Painting with Bleach Lampshade DIY // thepapermama.com
Painting with Bleach Cloth Napkin DIY // thepapermama.com
STEP 1:
In a well ventilated area: put on your gloves, goggles, and apron (I did all this outside). Open the Clorox Bleach Pen and squirt some of the bleach into a jar.
Painting with Bleach Lampshade DIY // thepapermama.com
Painting with Bleach Cloth Napkin DIY // thepapermama.com
STEP 2:
Dip your paintbrush into the bleach and brush a small horizontal line onto the fabric and/or lampshade. You can do little short lines, or long lines. Create a little pattern with the lines. Don’t worry if the design isn’t perfect, freehand painting this project will give it charm. Though, if you’d prefer, you can always use a washable fabric pencil and ruler to mark where you want the lines to go.
Painting with Bleach Lampshade DIY // thepapermama.com
Painting with Bleach Cloth Napkin DIY // thepapermama.com
STEP 3:
Let the bleach sit on the fabric until you start to see the fabric turning white. Mine sat for about 3 hours.
Painting with Bleach Lampshade DIY // thepapermama.com
Painting with Bleach Cloth Napkin DIY // thepapermama.com
STEP 4:
Napkins: Wash and dry the napkins (separate from any clothes) before using.
Lampshade: Rinse off the bleach in the sink and let dry completely before using.
Painting with Bleach Lampshade DIY // thepapermama.com
Painting with Bleach Cloth Napkin DIY // thepapermama.com
You are done. Feel free to get creative with your designs! You don’t have to brush the bleach on with a paintbrush, instead you can use the tip of the Clorox Bleach brush to make a neat design. Polka dots, lines, and swirls. Maybe some flowers? Words? You can paint with bleach on most cotton items. Blankets, placemats, pillowcases, clothes… etc. Have fun!
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
P.S. if you try any of my projects, I’d love to know! You can share a photo in the comments below, or tag me in a photo on Instagram. My username is: @thepapermama