Striped Drink Perch | Francois Et Moi

There’s a fight at my house for the side of the couch that has the side table. I have a very small lounge space so I try to keep furniture to a minimum. But when my family comes to stay, there’s a lot of precariously perched coffee cups. But this will solve all my problems, and it’s as cute as a button! Plus I have a crafty dad who could make this this weekend. The chair wars are over!


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Himmeli Geometric Gem Decor | Transient Expression

There’s a shop I won’t mention that I love to visit that had some gorgeous light shades like this one here. Imagining the possibilities, I glided over to the bronze and black beauties - wouldn’t this be amazing above the dining table? Or above the bedside tables?…. OH MY GOD, $300! Seriously. Am I the only one who thinks that’s insane?! There are some things I’m happy to spend money on but that’s re-donculous. Making this is much cheaper and it’s not too hard to find the materials. Also if you want something even more cheaper and quicker to make, there’s a tutorial on how to make these out of straws - how cute would floral straws in different shapes and sizes be hung as a group? Sold! But not bought.


Pallet Swing Bed | The Merry Thought

Hammocks? Uh, so hard to get into (and harder to get out of!). Swinging chairs? Not the easiest thing to lay on. Day bed? But it doesn’t swing! Pallet swing bed? Best of all worlds! It looks so comfortable too. This is more than a one day project, and you need something sturdy to hang it from, but I’m sure the idea of spending your Summers laying on this, reading a good book, drinking an iced tea and napping will keep you motivated! I’m going to show this project to my dad and try to convince him to make one for me…


Instagram Projects

Don’t let your amazing Instagram pics sit on your phone, bring them to life with these three amazing projects! I have to say I’m in love with that little Polaroid necklace (interchangeable pics, so cute!)

Big Display Ideas For Instagram | Dot Coms For Moms

Tiny Polaroid Magnets | Ambrosia Girl

Polaroid Necklace | Dot Coms For Moms

Stamped Clay Bowls | Gathering Beauty

Aren’t these gorgeous?! And seriously, the process is so easy to follow, you’re going to have a stack of these bowls in no time. What to do with all your bowls? Keep them on your bedside table or near your front door for your keys/jewels/watch. Put it in your bathroom with some pretty soaps in it or just use them as decoration anywhere in your house. Plus this would make a really lovely gift - you should be able to get a few bowls from a packet of clay, meaning you’ve got a cheap gift that looks a million bucks!


DIY Inspiration

At Home With Jen Lula | A Beautiful Mess

While browsing the Beautiful Mess blog, I spotted this amazing wall art in Jen Lula’s home. I’ve featured string & nail wall art before, and it’s such a fun and creative way to add colour and texture to your place without a ton of effort. The nice thing is that it’s always going to be unique depending on the string you use, the size of your letters, etc. I think I might need to go and buy some nails and wool tomorrow!


30 Renter Friendly DIY Ideas | A Beautiful Mess

I know I have a lot of renter-readers, so I knew y’all would love it!  I know some of you get bummed by the fact that you can’t paint or wallpaper your place, but there are a ton of great ideas on how to bring colour and fun into your digs. I think that some bright yellow chairs are in my future…

Handwriting Statement Wall | A Beautiful Mess

A Beautiful Mess is like the place to go for amazing statement walls! This time it’s in the form of a phrase, repeated over and over - and if I’ve learnt anything from watching every season of Design Star, it’s that when you repeat something over and over it has a big impact. But as you can see, it’s best to keep everything else relatively neutral so your room doesn’t get too busy. You could also paint your wall in one colour and then do your writing in a shade lighter or darker. A big impact that’s incredibly original!


10 Clever Spray Paint Ideas | Curbly

Spray paint has a bad rep. Back in the day it was oily, toxic and only available in colours like black, brown, red and browny red. But as you can see, spray paint has changed with the times and comes in a myriad of colours, types and textures. Curbly has rounded up a fantastic set of projects using this overlooked product, in lots of different ways. Personally I adore those gold letters (formerly plastic blue, yellow & red!) and the gold/pink book ends. Click through for all the links!


Favourite Home DIYs of 2011

So I’ve gone back through my archive and picked out my most favourite DIYs that I blogged this year. I still haven’t done any of them, but now I’m all excited about them again after ‘rediscovering’ them. I think I need to make that terrarium with the little man though.

Top, L-R:

Foam Deer Head | Chronicle Books;

Pallet Reading Bed | Ashley Ann Photography;

Cross Stitch Family Portrait | Martha Stewart

Middle, L-R:

Jewelry Bust | Design*Sponge;

Butterfly Dome | Stylist Home

Tea Shelf | Design*Sponge

Bottom, L-R:

Dressed Up Dresser | Lena Corwin for How Tuesday

Profile Bulletin Board | Country Living

DIY Terrarium | Intimate Weddings