March 31, 2010

pretty diy jewelry organizing idea

Posted in Apartment Project, decorating, diy at 5:38 pm by Brit

I’m not the only one whose necklaces have an uncanny ability to tangle themselves to the point of no return, right?

I’ve had to throw away jewelry because the knots they managed to create in themselves were beyond repair (RIP cute purple chunky necklace).

Something had to be done.

my jewelry hung nice and neat

Read the rest of my post here.

(I know, slightly cheating, but it’s still my posts, just at a different site! Hey, at least I got a one up finally!)

March 1, 2010

free furniture is the best

Posted in Apartment Project, diy, furniture tagged at 2:23 pm by Brit

At the end of every month, aka moving time, the sidewalks of New York are lined with rejected pieces of furniture, not worthy of being taken to the new apartment their owners are moving into.

But one person’s trash is another’s treasure, am I right? Point in case:

Found this puppy on the sidewalk by my apartment last night. Poor thing, all it needs is a little tender loving care. Nothing a few coats of paint (and a new drawer for the bottom) can’t fix.

No idea where I’ll put it, but I figured if I can’t find a place, then I’ll just put it back out on the sidewalk for another creative person to find and give it a new home.

In the meantime, Scout the Cat is enjoying a new height to perch upon.

November 23, 2009

make your own cornucopia

Posted in diy, holidays tagged , at 4:41 pm by Brit

martha stewart

Thanksgiving is this week. Holy cow. I felt like I was just writing about Halloween (oh wait, I was…damn I’ve been slacking on my posts, sorry guys!). As you can probably tell from my recent lack of posts, I haven’t really had a lot of extra time on my hands, but with the holiday season ahead of us, I’ll try to not disappoint!

I always love having a cornucopia in a Thanksgiving decor scheme. It’s just so traditional. It’s derived from Greek mythology in which a magical goat’s horn filled itself with whatever food and drink its owner requested. It has since become a universal symbol of bounty, which, in turn, is celebrated at America’s Thanksgiving.

You can make your own “horn of plenty” at home and fill it with your heart’s desire. Here’s how:

What you need:

2-foot-long wicker cornucopia (available at crafts stores or floral shops)
2 yards of burlap
Scissors
Hot-glue gun
Three 200-gram packages of raffia
Spool of jute string
Large binder clip

  1. Pull the burlap around the wicker cornucopia frame, and tuck it inside. Trim any extra burlap with scissors, leaving enough to fold under at edges for a finished look.
  2. Hot-glue the burlap to the frame, lifting the fabric in several areas to apply glue. Press firmly for several seconds so the burlap sticks. Inside the frame, fold the burlap edges under to make a clean hem, and glue to the frame.
  3. Assemble a hank of raffia about 3/4 inch thick; using string, tie a knot around one end of the hank, and clip it to the table. Then wind the string around the raffia at 2-inch intervals to make a yard-long rope.
  4. When you get to the other end, tie a knot. Make another raffia rope. Then, using a short piece of jute string, tie the two ropes together end to end to create one double-length rope.
  5. Make a total of 9 double-length ropes to cover a cornucopia of this size. For the lip of the cornucopia, make a double-length raffia rope, about 2 1/4 inches thick, tying the string around it at 4-inch intervals so the result is looser.
  6. Tie the end of a raffia rope to the tip of the frame with string. Wind the raffia around, and apply glue as you go. At the end of the rope, tie it to another with string, and continue. When all but the lip is covered, tie a long piece of string to the end of the last raffia rope and wrap it around the frame; knot it.
  7. At the basket lip, attach the thicker raffia rope to the last thin rope with string, tying at 4-inch intervals.
  8. Apply more hot glue where needed to secure the raffia ropes to the frame. To display, line the opening with stalks of dried wheat, and add long-lasting fruits and vegetables. I suggesting stuffing the inside with hay, leaves, or something similar…that way you won’t have to buy as many fruits and vegetables, which are a bit more expensive.

August 20, 2009

new uses for old finds

Posted in Blogs, decorating, diy at 9:00 am by Brit

With a new season approaching, I may turn my flea market herb box into this:

the lettered cottage
the lettered cottage

P.S. Layla, the talent behind The Lettered Cottage blog just opened an online store, Lettered Cottage Home, filled with unique, one-of-a-kind finds. Be sure to check it out!

June 26, 2009

diy mirrored furniture

Posted in diy, makeover at 4:22 pm by Brit

anthropologie

anthropologie

Beautiful dresser, right? Pricetag…yikes. I really love mirrored furniture, it goes along with my supposed “Hollywood Couture” style. And, not surprisingly, it’s become super trendy this year. But, damn, it’s so pricey!

Luckily, I came across this post at Apartment Therapy about a DIY mirrored furniture project. The cost is still a little pricey (around $400) but it sure beats the $1300 one from Anthropologie.

Here’s the homemade one:

apartment therapy

apartment therapy

Fabulous!! I might change my mind on the white paint for my dresser

For instructions, click here.

June 5, 2009

dresser makeover

Posted in Apartment Project, decorating, diy, furniture tagged , , , at 8:00 am by Brit

Back in college, I went through an “Asian-themed” phase. I have since moved on, but still have a few stragglers in the forms of accessories and this dresser:

pier 1

pier 1

I really like the actual bones of the piece, and I believe it’d make a nice makeover project. Maybe painted an off-white or light grey-blue color, sandpaper it down, and top it off with pretty knobs like these:

drawer pulls AT

Note to self: Scour the flea markets over the next couple of weeks for vintage knobs.