Confession: I used to think trays were an unnecessary part of decor. Unless they were truly used to carry items, I saw them as impractical. But when I created a tray for my last bedroom makeover, I became a convert. I discovered trays are much more practical than I’d once thought and I now have four in my home.
Trays are a wonderful decor item as they help corral loose items and can be used to showcase other decor, like part of a vignette. My main purpose in creating one was to add color and pattern that complements my living room makeover.
Read along to check out how I created my tray and how you can do the same!
NOTE: In updating my site to reflect my new name, The DIY Homegirl, this post gave me some wackiness while editing. So I had to repost this as a brand new blog. This makeover was done in 2011, but it’s still pretty fly!
Completing my kitchen’s decor has been an ongoing project for quite some time now. I actually tried out a few different color schemes before deciding a mostly white palette would be best. And boy, was it.
I won’t lie, this makeover was a challenge because I live in an apartment and can’t alter the cabinetry. But I did find a way to visually alter the cabinets without doing any harm. Find out how I completed this kitchen makeover after the jump.
From my teenage years on up, my friends would enlist me to redecorate their rooms. Most times this just involved rearranging furniture, reorganizing, and reusing items they already had. But I loved helping them breathe new life into their space and relished each opportunity.
Fast forward to today, where I’m manifesting those passions into becoming an interior designer (back to school next year!). When my parents asked for my help in making over their outdated country kitchen, I was glad to assist. This is the first large-scale makeover I’ve been a part of, so I’m quite excited.
Continue reading for details on how we came about this plan and the items we’ll use to create a stylish yet comfy kitchen.
When you live in an apartment and can’t paint the walls, you’ve gotta get creative to add color to a room. I’m currently decorating my living room and had to figure out a way to bring color to the wall where my TV is placed. This wall is opposite my sofa, where I’m using lots of color with pillows and pattern.
I’ve employed various methods in the past to incorporate color on my white rental walls. But this time, I wanted to try something different and also use items I already had to save money. Thus, I created this distressed color block wall art:
Continue reading to learn how I created this and another way color blocking was added to my living room.
Do you ever see a current decor trend or accessory and think, “I wish I could just make that myself to save money”? Or, “I love this but I wish it came in a different color”?
Ikat has been on the scene for a while now, but it’s still going strong. If you love the textured patterns of ikat but can’t afford the real deal (or want to save money instead of buying the printed versions)—I’m here to help.
Follow along for my tutorial on creating your own ikat-patterned fabric.
Recently, I embarked your help on my quest for the perfect paint color to make over this dining table. I’m happy to say it didn’t take too long to decide, which is a rarity for a Libra! I weighed colors that would’ve been more practical, but decided to be a little more daring. I love my decor to be one-of-a-kind.
Thus, I chose: Neptune Blue.
It’s similar to a royal or cobalt blue, but a bit less bold. It’s actually a specially-blended color the folks at Lowe’s made for me. I have a bunch of paint cards I reference when creating color schemes, so I brought one in with this color and bought a sample pot of it.
To add a sense of harmony in my home, I’ll coordinate the table with the neighboring spaces, the kitchen and living room.
Keep reading after the jump to check out the cobalt and navy blue inspiration I’m using to decorate these rooms.
Recently, I was reminded of a past art/decor project. Many years ago— before Pinterest, before entering the blogging world, before knowing I wanted to be an interior designer— I created a few Rorschach “tests.”
Rorschach tests were used back in the day by psychologists to help determine an underlying disorder with patients. They’ve always fascinated me, because like other forms of art, there’s no wrong perception from the viewer. Each person has a unique response to them.
When I first made these, it was just for fun, to see what would appear in the blots. I really liked the results, so I framed them and used them as decor. While pondering what art I could create for my living room, I recalled my previous DIY inkblots and decided to make them again.
Creating inkblots is very easy, but one thing I don’t like is that the fold in the paper is visible. Thus, I created this tutorial to show how it can be done without the fold, leaving you with a crease-free piece of art. Continue reading for my tutorial and tips on creating your own Rorschach art.
Here in the Great Lakes, September brings a sense of limbo with the weather and nature. There’s still a decent amount of daylight to enjoy, fruits and veggies are still in season, and sunny, warm “Indian Summer” days are common… all while nights turn cool, leaves start changing colors, and animals start preparing for the cold months ahead.
Fall signifies our last chance to enjoy nature’s warmth before it starts fading into the neutrals of winter… so I chose the mighty color red for this month’s Get Your Color On!.
Continue reading to learn my tips for decorating with varying levels of red, more of my decor picks in this classic color, and how other bloggers have incorporated red into their homes.
Your mission, Mr./Mrs. Blog Reader, should you choose to accept it, is to help me select a paint color for my dining table.
Am I the only one who has immense indecision when trying to pick colors?! That’s why I need your help!
I have a vacation that starts in one week—what better time to work on my blog and tackle a furniture painting project. Last year, I painted my vintage tanker desk a lovely teal; this year, I will be painting a pedestal table top (a far easier project!).
Continue reading after the jump for more info to consider for the color and to check out pics of my adjoining rooms.