Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 7.18

Hello again, friends! This week I wanted to share some ideas for re-purposed wood projects, because I think those kinds of pieces are some of the coolest ones out there. It’s cheap, it’s creative, it’s fun, and it’s hard to beat that mix of old style and new flair.


Take a look at these amazingly easy dyed bamboo placemats from The Homesteady next time you’ve got a half hour to spare. I love their bright, simple, earthy look, and so will all of your dinner guests.



If you’re looking for some extra storage options around the house and have an old ladder hanging around in the garage, try this ladder shelf idea I pulled off of Refresh Restyle. It puts a fresh twist on an old piece of hardware almost everyone has handy but never uses.



For a more creative project idea–and one your kids will love–grab some branches from the yard and make some of Tonya Staab’s  tree art. It’ll be a fun afternoon for the kids, and a piece of their art you’ll want to keep forever.



I think these repurposed wood cut-outs from Primitive and Proper are super fun and full of character. If you’ve got the right tools and a decent drawing hand, customizing different shapes or outlines would be a cinch!



And finally, can we just talk about how absolutely awesome this tree house from Say Yes is?? I’m convinced I should probably build one ASAP (cue handy husbands/boyfriends/significant others everywhere). Who decided adults were too old for tree houses, anyway?



Get building while these crazy summer days last!

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!

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.


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: 12 Outdoor Lighting DIY’s

Trend: DIY Outdoor Lighting. 

With the warm summer coming up, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about barbecues and spending more time outside! That also means we need some lovely lifting to see while we’re all sitting around enjoying some wine and roasting marshmallows by the fire. These 12 Outdoor Lighting DIY’s are just the thing you need to light up your yard this summer. Enjoy!

Birthday Hat String Lights DIY, on Creme De La Crafts.

 DIY Painted Jar Garden Lights, on Cheryl Style.

 Recycled Wine Bottle Torch, on Design Sponge.

Tuna Can Hurricane Lantern, on In My Own Style.

DIY Glowing Orbs, on The Art of Doing Stuff.

DIY Doily Stenciled Voticed, on Cheryl Style.

Mason Jar Porch Light, on Saved By Love Creations.

DIY Mason Jar Solar Lights, on Today’s Creative Blog.

Paint Can Lights DIY, on Lowes Creative Ideas.

Outdoor MOVIE Light Sign, on We Lived Happily Ever After.

 Outdoor Planter Pendant Lamp, on Design Sponge.

Mason Jar Chandelier, on BHG.

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. The 4 images in the first photo are from: The Art of Doing StuffCheryl StyleBHG, and Design Sponge.

Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: 10 Outdoor Organization DIY’s

Trend: Organizing Your Outdoor Space

If you’re ever in need of some great outdoor organization ideas, all you really need to do is check out your favorite blogs. There’s really some amazing ideas out there and I really enjoy finding them and sharing them with you! I know I always say this, but my house is VERY lacking in the storage department. Inside and out. That’s probably why I always love a fantastic organization blog post. Well, below you’ll find 10 awesome outdoor organization DIY’s. Enjoy!


DIY Barbecue Station, from DecoManitas.

DIY Sawhorse Table (cost under $85), from Shanty 2 Chic.

 DIY Tin Can Lanterns, from 80/20 NYC.

Outdoor Side Table made from Flower Pots and a Pizza Pan, from Apartment Therapy.

Outdoor Buffet Cabinet and Bar, from The Apron Blog.

Bucket Hose Organizer, from DIY Del Ray.

Concrete Rolling Storage and Cooler, from HomeMade Modern.

DIY Tool Shed Made from Doors and Windows, from A Cultivated Nest.

 Outdoor Storage Box/Table/Seat, from Sand and Sisal.

 Organizing Garden Tools with PVC Pipe, from Ashbee Design.

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. The DIY’s from the first image are from: DIY Del RayA Cultivated NestAshbee Design, and Sand and Sisal.

Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Painted Trellis DIY

Ok, I know there are plenty of fancy pre-made trellises out there, but there just weren’t any that I liked for the price I wanted to pay. I needed something VERY long and made from good quality wood (so it lasts longer than one summer). I wasn’t willing to spend a ton of money and that’s why we made our own! It takes just a little bit of time, but it’s worth it. I’m loving how this garden piece turned out and I can’t wait to start growing out plants on it. Want to make one for your home? You can follow my directions below. Just adjust the dimensions to fit the size you need.


- 3 six foot long by two inch wide cedar

- 3 six feet by one inch wide cedar pieces

- 6 three feet by one inch wide cedar pieces

- 6 four feet by one inch wide cedar pieces

- a box of wood nails

- 2 cans of white primer spray paint

- 2 cans of white outdoor spray paint

- optional: 1 can of colorful spray paint

- hammer


- Let’s build this trellis! If needed, cut your wood to the sizes you need. We purchased all of our pieces at the sizes we needed. The sizes will be completely up to you. We have a couple of raspberry plants we are using this trellis for, so we needed it to be a little bit larger than normal. It’s 6.5 feet wide. If you don’t need something that crazy wide, just skip the 3rd six foot long by two inch wide cedar piece, or make your horizontal pieces shorter (our horizontal pieces we’re 4 feet long).

- Let’s prep the main frame for the trellis:

  • Above you’ll see the frame outlined in 3 different colors.
  • Evenly space the 3 six foot long by one inch wide pieces (green) horizontally on the ground (ours are spaced 12 inches).
  • Place the 3 six foot long by two inch wide cedar pieces (pink) vertically on TOP of the horizontal green pieces. They should be spaced just under three feet from the center piece (or the spacing and sizing can change based on how wide you’d like your trellis). Use your wood nails to attach the pink pieces to the green pieces.
  • Evenly space the three feet long by one inch wide pieces (yellow) vertically over the green pieces. Use your wood nails to attach the yellow pieces to the green pieces.
- Now that your frame is built, it’s time to get fancy. We placed the the 6 four feet long by one inch wide pieces (pink) horizontally over the frame. You can get creative here. We chose to evenly space them in the main section of the frame, with a little bit of the piece hanging over the frame age. It’s all up to how you’d like your trellis to look! Use your wood nails to attach the horizontal pink pieces to the frame.
- When your frame is built, spray your white primer paint over the front and back of the trellis. Let dry completely.
- Optional: You may have noticed, in the top photo, that I have 2 horizontal blue pieces of wood. If you’d like to do this, follow this step. Use your colorful spray paint to color 2 of the middle horizontal pieces. Let those dry completely. Use some painters tape to cover the sprayed blue pieces.
- Let’s paint this thing! Use your white spray paint to cover the front and back of the trellis. Let dry completely and remove the painters tape.
- You’re ready to use the trellis! Trim the bottom leg height to your desired height, and place wherever you need some plant support.


Happy gardening!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama