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DIY Window Hardware & Acrylic Rods

diy window hardware acrylic lucite

The most popular DIY on my site by far is my Acrylic/Lucite Rods.  They add a lot of glamour and style to a room for not much money.  I have used them here, here, and here.

I posted on my DIY Acrylic Rods with Plumbing Hardware awhile ago, but the Gray & Gold Nursery presented an extra challenge because I needed to turn a corner.  This room has two full walls of windows, and I really wanted to join them together rather than separate the walls.

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DIY Gold Contact Paper Ceiling Stripes

DIY Contact Paper Ceiling Stripes

Thank you so much for everyone’s kind words last week about the Gray, Gold, & White Nursery!  It was so much fun to do, and it is one of those spaces where you step back and just breathe “ahhhhh” when you see it.  This was a room that flowed out of me pretty easily design wise.  I saw the space, talked with the owners, and immediately had the vision.  As you can imagine, this does not happen super often due to rooms idiosyncrasies, but when it does, it is magical.

This week, I will be sharing more about the art, DIY window hardware, and overall thought process on the design of this sweet nursery, but I thought I would kick off this week’s posts with the DIY Contact Paper Striped Ceiling.

When I was visualizing this space, I loved the color scheme and direction it was going , but I felt it needed that extra zing to make it really special.   Continue Reading…

DIY Tutorial: Watercolor Paint

diy watercolor paint

Something you may not know about me is that I used to be teacher, a teacher of the Deaf.  I taught children ranging in age from pre-K to high school for a few years, and then I became a language therapist working with families of hearing impaired babies ages 0-3 in their homes.  I loved my students and families and still remember them fondly – I often sign things in my head when I am talking, it just comes naturally after awhile.  Teaching the Deaf is a very visual and expressive experience, so I think my love of color and styling really helped with that.

While I was going through some old boxes recently, I found some of my teaching materials and this paint recipe, and it inspired the theme for my Home Depot Challenge this year.  I knew my kids would really enjoy making the paint and mixing the colors.  I took advantage of this project to teach them about the color wheel, too.

This process is really easy, and all you need is probably in your pantry right now.  Here is the recipe…

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DIY Flower Wall

diy flower wall - a storied style

I almost feel silly writing about my flower wall, because let’s face it, a monkey could do this DIY, but it is fun and colorful, and I wanted to talk about it a bit more.

For my Home Depot Patio Challenge this year, I wanted to make it really fun for the kids.  I knew I wanted to do something with an art theme, but it also gave me the chance to use this idea of taping flowers on the wall.  I wrote about it in this post over a year ago, and if you want to see more “sophisticated” installations of this concept, click over and see the photos.  They are very inspiring.

I love this simple decoration plan for an outdoor/garden party on a blank fence (or an ugly fence you want to cover up!), a fun installation in a kid’s room, or an elegant way to display sentimental flowers and plants you have dried.

The best part is it could not be easier to do!  For this project, I used yellow duct tape since I needed a strong tape to grip the brick wall, and a few rowdy kids.  : )

In no time at all, the wall was coming alive.

I will say, you really need to make sure the tape is pushed down firmly, or you will end up with flowers on the ground.

Now my kids want “garden walls” all over our house.  : )

P.S. – You can see the DIY Tutorial for the Turquoise Bead Chandelier here.

Written by Grace

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