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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


backyard chickens dream house chicken coop

Our little flock of backyard chickens has a new home–a little white cottage coop with a sunny yellow door. When we first got our day-old chicks, we kept them in a large moving box in the garage. That was their home until they outgrew it and had enough feathers to move outside. And the smell of chickens in your garage gets overwhelming pretty quickly! Then they lived in a big rabbit hutch, which started out really roomy and spacious but got a little too snug within a few months. At the beginning of the summer, we found someone to build a new coop for our ladies, and on the last day of August, it was finally ready!

white chicken coop with yellow door

Inspired by several lovely coops we’ve seen on the internet, we had the builder make a cute, clean coop with a run attached to one side. The outside and inside are both painted white, and the front door is a happy yellow. The inside of the coop has a set of metal nesting boxes attached to one wall, and pine shavings on the floor. We just bought some waterproof wood laminate flooring to install under the pine shavings to make cleaning out the coop a breeze. Ultimately, we want to have a little paved front porch area and some pretty landscaping around the coop–just like you’d want for a real house. Paving the area just in front of the door will help keep the outside of the coop cleaner, and will help us avoid a muddy mess during the rainy season.

yellow door white chicken coop

The fenced-in run where the chickens spend most of their time has a skinny door on the front, and another one on the side closest to the garden. In the winter months when we aren’t trying to grow anything and don’t have to worry about them pecking at our vegetables, the chickens will be able to range all over the garden and orchard without having to go too far from home.

backyard chicken coop flower box with mums

Until we can get some landscaping done around the coop, my husband built a long, low cedar planter box to add a little seasonal color to one side of the coop. We thought about filling it with dirt and actually planting shrubs in it, but for now, we’re just setting mums in their plastic pots inside the box. They look just as cute that way, and it’s a lot less work. Plus, leaving the plants in their pots will make it easy to switch them out when we want to change plants in the future.

backyard chickens silver-laced wyandotte

Our ladies are so happy in their new home! It’s nice for them to have plenty of space and not be cramped and on top of each other. And maybe it’s a coincidence, but they started laying eggs the same weekend they moved into their new place. I think that means they approve!


Say goodbye to summer in style by throwing a late-summer soiree. Think about it: One last chance to show off your tan and catch up on some much-needed girl time before the temperature drops and the kids go back to school. Let’s get this party (pardon me, soiree) started, shall we?

 

First thing’s first. Decor. Decorations are a key component to throwing a successful summer soiree. Summer-inspired centerpieces, floral decor, colorful tabletops and elegant place settings will set your soiree apart from other sunny season extravaganzas. I’ve put together 10 easy decor ideas to get your creative juices flowing!

 

1. I’m officially in LOVE with these DIY Oversized Tissue Paper Flowers from A Blissful Nest. They’re beautiful, dramatic and oh-so-chic!

 

 

2. Check out Making Home Base‘s  Citrus Stamped Tea Towels for a quick, colorful and cheap update to any white linen.

 

 

3. Songbird‘s Easy Summer Arrangement is a refreshing take on a classic centerpiece.

 

 

4. How stunning are these DIY String Chandeliers by Ruffled?! With balloons, glue and twine you can make these beauties yourself.

 

 

5. Dessert anyone? Let your candy creations shine with a DIY Tissue Paper Flower Backdrop. See Project Nursery for step-by-step instructions.

 

 

6. Stylize your dishware with Sugar and Cloth‘s DIY Pineapple Plates tutorial.

 

 

7. Instead of flowers, opt for a succulent/cactus centerpiece. Add a burst of color to your table with these DIY Gold Dipped Plant Pots from The Style House.

 

 

8. Add instant fragrance to drinks with Petal Ice Cubes courtesy of Express – O.

 

 

9. I didn’t know this was possible! DIY Decoupage Palm Frond Balloons ?! Get the deets at Balloon Time.

 

photos courtesy of Studio DIY

 

10. Fruit made pretty! 100 Layer Cake does a Spray-Painted Pineapple Centerpiece flawlessly.

 

 

Happy Summer!

 

xx madison


It’s that time of year again when all of the fashion aficionados declare the season’s newest styles. Some are gorgeously flattering. Others are a little…out there. This week I’m going to share with you some of the more doable fashion trends for spring 2015! Follow these flawless styles and the streets will turn into your very own winding catwalk.

 

The biggest new trend I spotted was white lace. YUM. I could fill this whole post up with nothing but lace, but I’ll spare you. Nothing says sophistication, elegance and class like this perfect lace dress on Fashionista. I, for one, hope this trend sticks around.

 

 

On the opposite side of the spectrum, dark denim is in again, and whoever said you can’t put denim on denim was dead wrong. I love the casual, comfy look of this light and dark wash ensemble on Little Blonde Book. Paired with gladiator shoes (which are resurfacing this season again as well) you’ve got the perfect look for a day out on the town.

 

 

If you’re a regular reader, you know that I love the outdoors, recycling and sustainable living. All that said, it should be no surprise that I’m absolutely stoked for the return of the bohemian look. And if Vogue says that Boho is back, it has to be true. Now I’ll finally fit in again, right?

 

 

I personally have never jumped on the Gingham train, but with an outfit like this one that I found on Style, I could be tempted. It’s one of those styles you have to grab by the horns though–not for the faint of heart. But it’s doable! Checkered patterns don’t always have to remind you of your grandma. Or a picnic table.

 

 

I’m not really sure if yellow ever went out of style, but if it did, it’s back with a vengeance. Spring fashion this year mandates yellow in all its vibrant, glossy hues–and Elle Apparel proves that a fabulous yellow skirt is all you need to take an outfit from gorgeous to glamorous!

 

 

 

We couldn’t have said it any better, Margherita.

See you next week!

Erin


A few weeks ago my husband Simon and I took a little weekend getaway to Dallas. We were perusing all the lovely things at Crate & Barrel when my eye fell on the most gorgeous canary yellow sofa. My mind started spinning in all the ways I would decorate with a fantastic yellow couch.  ”What are you doing?” Simon asked, wondering why I just continued to sit there.  “Just leave me for awhile. I’m in love,” I told him.  He laughed – he knows how I get on a design kick and can’t leave it alone. So I’m going to live vicariously today and talk about all the yellow sofas that I could love. And why you should love them too.

I absolutely adore the idea of unexpected colors on furniture. My assistant Nancy has the most fantastic vintage wingback chair upholstered in yellow velvet, and I’m halfway tempted to break into her house in the middle of the night to steal it. She is forbidden to get rid of it without discussing it with me. And every time I see that chair, it immediately reminds me of blog friend Will at Bright Bazaar, whose lovely yellow sofa graces the color of his new book.

source: Bright Bazaar

Yellow is a statement-making color but can work in almost any room – just plan on it being the focal point. And color is one of those things that can be used no matter what style of furniture you prefer. Want it modern? Traditional? Contemporary? Mid-century? The sky’s the limit – and sometimes an unexpected color on a traditional piece can create a completely new and modern spin on a room.

source: A Beautiful Mess

Whether you accent it with neutrals, primaries, or even fellow warm colors like orange or pink, yellow can run the gamut from soothing to exhilarating. Here are my top yellow sofa picks!


This week’s color is the ever-optimistic-and-happiness-inducing yellow. I’m actually pulling this particular color inspiration from BHG’s Color Palette of the Year. In case you missed it, you can check it out here. I’m totally obsessed with the palette and even more excited that it includes a sunny yellow. For me, yellow is my go-to color when I want to infuse a little happiness and energy into a space.

Taking its cue from nature, yellow, like spring tulips and daffodils, instantly makes a room feel fresh and alive. You can see this in the inspiration picture above. Without being overly bright, the sunny yellow accents make this white bedroom for two a warm and welcome retreat.

Something as simple as a pillow, an accent table, or even a bouquet of daffodils can add a touch of happy yellow. Here are a few of my favorite joy-inducing yellow pieces.

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Which is your favorite?

Happy Decorating,
Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm


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