Despite its unfortunate current condition, the charming shape of this jewelry box caught my eye while browsing at an Out of the Closet thrift shop. I liked the shape and thought the bones of the box were good, so I decided to work some DIY magic to transform it into something I am now happy to display on my shelf. I love projects like these, where you take a rundown or badly decorated everyday piece of furniture or accessory–like a jewelry box, or a vase or side table–and give it a new life by making a few fundamental, but simple, upgrades. It doesn’t take a lot of resources to make something look brand new and lovely. Continue reading “Thrift Store Jewelry Box Makeover”
English Roses, also called David Austin roses for the breeder who developed them in the 1960s, are some of my favorite varieties of flower–their intricate centers with swirling and curving petals are quite sculptural, and I was determined to make one of my own—from tissue paper, wire and floral tape—to enjoy year-round! Continue reading “Paper Flowers: English Rose”
Lately I have fallen in love with making tissue and crepe paper flowers. In the past I had always written off paper and fabric flowers as typically somewhat tacky tabletop accessories, but my opinion toward faux blooms completely changed when I was introduced to the work of artist and stylist Livia Cetti. I got her book for Hanukkah, in which she outlines her techniques for creating different types of blooms, and ever since then, my floors have consistently been covered in a layer of tissue paper cuttings (just kidding–I vacuum and sweep daily…). I have loved going through her book and practicing her techniques, and doing so has led me to develop techniques of my own, which is even more fun for me! Slowly but surely, any open space in my apartment is being filled with these new creations. Continue reading “Crafting Lately: Tissue Paper Flowers”
This is another project that can be used for Valentine’s Day or for any other festive occasion. All you have to do is pick out ribbons that match your theme. I used white dinner napkins and sewed on three different types of ribbon to create a set of napkins that will instantly upgrade any Valentine’s Day tablescape!
Add a charming, topical touch to plain white cocktail napkins!
Originally a dull shade of yellow, this tray took on a whole new life once I covered it in a coat of white spray paint and added a single gold stripe down the middle.
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When I moved into my first apartment, I was SO, so excited that I would be able to furnish and decorate it, however I wanted, from scratch. Obviously I had in my mind my vision of what the perfect space would look like: clean and simple furnishings filling a bright, airy interior with pops of color to bring it all together. Making this vision a reality proved not to be a simple feat, as beautiful, high-quality furniture is expensive and I didn’t want to live in a space without necessities like a dresser or couch as I perused both the internet and brick and mortar stores looking for the perfect pieces. So what’s a girl with a limited budget and a knack for DIY projects to do? Well, this girl found some pieces at places like discount furniture stores and Goodwill, and did some DIY’ing (this Ikea dresser hack, for example).
Cheap furniture is ideal for DIY experimentation because I feel less nervous about potentially “messing up” than if I were making modifications to a high-end piece. So, without further adiou, here’s how I dressed up a side table–which I found at a discount furniture store in Santa Monica–in 2 steps.