DIY Your Way To Your Dream Office

There are times when you just need to go to your office and work on whatever you need to work on and not get distracted. However, the issue with that is most of the time your office is a mess and papers are everywhere, you don’t know when your meetings are, or what you’re even supposed to be working on. Don’t worry, it happens to everyone. That’s why you should immediately tackle these easy DIYs to improve your productivity.

Over-sized Calendar
The KEY to having an organized life is having an organized calendar. The easiest way to achieve this is to have an over-sized one to hang on your wall so you can just quickly glance at it and know what’s going on next in your day.

What you’ll need:
- Frame (however big you’d like your calendar to be; back of frame included)
- 42 paint chips (whatever colors you’d like)
- Glue
- Expo marker and eraser
- White paper (enough to use as background)

Craft on:
Cut the white paper so that it fills the background of the frame and glue it to the background. Cut 35 of the paint chips into equal sized squares to align them into 5 rows of 7 then glue them starting from the bottom of the frame up. Cut the remaining 7 paint chips so that they’re half the size of the squares, these will be your days, and glue them above all the squares. You want to make sure there’s enough room at the very top of the frame so you can write down the month. Place it all back in the frame and write down the days of the week, the corresponding numbers for that particular month and you’ve got yourself a calendar!

Message Frame
This is a great way to make your daily to-do list and be able to erase your dos once they’re done. Depending on your preference, you can DIY a big one to hang on your wall or a small one to keep on your desk.

What you’ll need:
- Frame (whatever size you’d like)
- Colored paper (whatever color you’d like)
- Expo marker and eraser

Craft on:
Simply cut the colored paper so that it fits and fills the the frame then make your to-do list!

Inspiration Board
Sometimes you just need a place to put all the little creative things you comes across. This is where the inspiration board comes in. It’s the ideal way to visual things you want to create, hang up pictures you love, or for others to leave you notes.

What you’ll need:
- Bulletin board
- Fabric (enough to cover the board and then some; whatever fabric you like)
- Staple gun
- Push pins

Craft on:
Iron out the fabric so that it’s nice and smooth. Lay out the fabric, backside up and lay the the board, right side down on top of the fabric. Fold the excess fabric over the back of the board, make sure you stretch it across and staple gun every side down so that it lays perfectly on the board. Flip it back over and voila! Your own inspiration board to push pin things to.

A mug adds the perfect finishing touch to your now organizing office. Most people need their coffee or tea in the morning so take 20 minutes and make your own mug!

What you’ll need:
- Black permanent marker
- White mug
- Oven

Craft on:
Simply draw a design that you like on the mug then bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. THESE ARE NOT DISHWASHER SAFE! Make sure you hand wash only.

What are ways you organize your office with DIYs?

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Popular Patterns And What To Do With Them

There’s always going to be patterns that are timeless and look marvelous no matter where they are. But what about the ones that are just fads? How do you use them in your home decor without feeling outdated three months from now? Well, after doing a little bit of research we’ve compiled a list of popular patterns for you and how to incorporate them into your home.

The floral pattern has been around for centuries but in the past few years it’s become popular again through clothing. You can often find shorts, skirts, and dresses featuring this pattern but what about your home? We’ve seen a lot of homes with this pattern as an accent wall. If you don’t think you could handle that then opt for some floor-to-ceiling curtains.

Lattice has typically been for outdoor uses in the garden has a way to grow vines or use as a barrier on your porch. However, it’s made its way into the home through various ways. A popular use of the pattern is as a back splash in your kitchen. If you’re feeling a little more daring, use it as your mudroom’s floor design. They usually aren’t the prettiest rooms so the lattice will make it seem like you care about every room in your home.

Houndstooth is another classic pattern that made a comeback. Make your own throw pillows with a bright color to throw (no pun intended) on top of your boring couch. If you don’t feel like making them then simply buy some! Another simple DIY for you front door is covering one of those giant letters in houndstooth as the first letter of your last name. It’ll spice up the facade and your friends will know which house is yours!

This is one of our favorites! The pattern looks amazing on basically anything but popular ways to use it are as wallpaper. If you would rather DIY, there’s plenty of stencils you can buy to paint it on a wall. You can also refurbish a dresser and paint this pattern on the top of it. It’ll add a little something extra without overwhelming you.

This one is extremely popular on a canvas. You can DIY for an afternoon art piece or simply buy a new comforter to make your bed the center of attention. There’s an excessive amount of rugs and carpets out there with ikat on them that are just begging for a home. If you’re not sure you’d want this kind of pattern lining your entry floor, spread one out in your bathroom or as an easy way to decorate your closet.

Share with us your favorite patterns and how you use them!

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Incorporating Pink Into Your Home Decor

As we all know October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, which is why this post will be dedicated to incorporating pink accents into your home decor. Whether it’s a hot pink chair or a new rug with a light pink pattern, there’s always a way to sprinkle the color throughout your home. If you don’t think you can handle a lot of pink then settle for a few candles!

Hot Pink
This is for the bold and beautiful. It can be a little overwhelming to have a hot pink piece of furniture or hot pink curtains but it’ll bring life to any room! A lot of the time we associate hot pink with teenage girls but it can be extremely elegant when used for an accent wall. For example, paint all the walls white in one room then choose one wall to paint a quatrefoil pattern with pink. It’ll draw attention to that particular wall but it won’t be overwhelming. Another way to incorporate this shade is through pillows. Whether your couch is brown, black or lime green, pink will add a little something to the dark colors without clashing. Now if you’re feeling extremely bold… paint your front door! People will instantly spot your house, in a good way.

Light Pink
Light pink is for those who enjoy the color but don’t want it to be the main attraction of a room. If you have built in bookshelves, go ahead and paint the back of the shelf so that there’s a backdrop to your items. As mentioned above, candles are a subtle way to show off the color without being obnoxious. Reupholster a white chair with plush light pink solid or patterned fabric to make it more interesting. If you’re feeling extremely crafty, sew in some light pink flowers onto your comforter, this looks great when move of your furniture in the room is white!

Popular Pink Items
Pink flowers always add a great touch to any occasion so why not put some out for the whole month! A hot pink accent chair will not only be comfortable to sit in but it will brighten up the room as well. If you’re feeling crafty and have some time on your hands, paint a design onto your white dishes. It will make them interesting and you can brag to all your friends that you made them.

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How will you incorporate pink into your home this month? Share in the comments below!

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Rehabbing Your Bedroom

The leaves are falling, the weather is beginning to look gloomy and all you want to do is curl up in bed with some soup and watch a movie. The only thing stopping you is your terrible bedroom decor. There are many ways to revive a room without having to do a full room rehab. Changing the curtains, making a new headboard, and painting an old dresser are affordable and quick decor ideas to turning your boring room into a safe haven you’ll never want to leave.

dv619054 243x300 Rehabbing Your Bedroom The first step is evaluating what kind of ambiance you’d like to have in your bedroom. Is it eclectic, cottage, or whimsical? For an eclectic style, you’ll want to do a lot of thrifting because that’s just how you find eclectic furniture and inspiration. For a cottage feel, stick with the dark woods. Maybe stain your bed frame with a dark finish or switch out the hard gray framed mirror for one lined with thick sticks. If you’re wanting to feel cozy, try the whimsicality of white twinkle lights hanging above your bed. There’s nothing warmer than shutting offs all lights and plugging those in to read a book.

The second step is deciding what piece of furniture you’d like to give a makeover to. Dressers are probably the easiest because all you need is a coat of paint but you’re feeling a little more daring: try repainting your desk and chair, or your closet doors! For most women, closets are the central part of a bedroom therefore it’s only fitting it be the eye catcher in the room. Whether it’s painting one color or using a stencil to paint on a great design, rehabbing a bedroom piece can instantly change the decor.

The thir108724832 267x300 Rehabbing Your Bedroom d and last step you will be accomplishing on this bedroom adventure is the headboard/bed frame. A majority of people are in their bedroom to sleep and nothing else. Ergo, the bed should reflect your bedroom aura. Paint your bed frame a new color to bring it back to life or make it complement the piece of furniture you redid. If you don’t have a bed frame, DIY your own personalized headboard. Faux fur for the cottage look or map of the world fabric so you can dream about your future travels under those twinkle lights.

Now that you have redone your bedroom the way you’ve always wanted it, go ahead and pick out your favorite movie, make some hot chocolate and cozied up in bed.

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Bring The Pumpkin Patch Into Your Home

It’s October and time to go pumpkin patch picking! In a previous post we talking about ways to decorate your home for fall and we mentioned pumpkins. This will be a more extensive list of what you can actually do with the squash! For each of these DIYs you will need to put on your boots and head over to the closest pumpkin patch to pick the best pumpkins. It doubles as a craft pick-up place and an outing with your friends or family!

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Chalkboard Pumpkin
What you’ll need:
- Pumpkin
- Chalk paint (any color you’d like)
- Paint brush
- Chalk stick

This might be the easy DIY you ever do. Simply paint the entire pumpkin, excluding the stem, with the chalk paint. Once it’s dry, chalk away! Display in your kitchen to write down meals for the week or write down your favorite fall recipe so it’s always on hand.

Confetti Pumpkin
What you’ll need:
- Pumpkin
- Large metallic confetti
- Hot glue gun

Here’s another fairly easy craft for you! The idea is to make a scattered effect by putting a large concentration of the towards the stem and spreading them out more and more down the pumpkin. Just hot glue gun?the confetti to the pumpkin and make sure you’re holding down each individual confetti long enough so it doesn’t slip.

Tights Pumpkin
What you’ll need:
- Pumpkin
- Sheer black patterned tights of your choice
- Black ribbon
- Scissors

Pull one leg of the tights over the pumpkin so that the foot part covers the stem. Flip the pumpkin over and tie a know in the tights so that when you cut it, the tights stay on. Put the pumpkin right side up and cut enough black ribbon to tie a bow around the stem. This will make the tights line the stem better and add a little extra fab to it!

Studded Pumpkin
What you’ll need:
- Pumpkin
- Metal Studs (various shapes and sizes)
- Hammer
- Black paint
- Paint brush

This one is for the chic souls with a dark side. Paint your pumpkin black and let dry. You’re more than welcome to choose a different color if you’re not feeling it! Once the pumpkin is dry, decide what type of pattern you’d like to have on it. We like lines going down the pumpkin, alternating each stud with a different shape. You can also form rings of studs around the pumpkin or if you’re feeling super artsy, create a shape! Remember that once a stud is place into the pumpkin, it will leave a hole so make sure you know exactly where you want the studs to go. If you don’t think you can free hand it, make marks on the pumpkin with a pen to know exactly where to place the studs.

What are your favorite ways to pumpkin patch your home?

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New Ways To Display Your Photos

If you’re wanting to spice up your home decor while displaying your photos, this post is for you! We’ve compiled some exciting new ways to display photos in your home while leaving behind the old boring frames.

Mason Jar
What you’ll need :
- Photo of choice
- Mason jar with lid
- Vegetable oil

This is one is extremely easy! All you need to do is place the photo in the mason jar however you’d like it displayed, pour the vegetable oil over the photo so that it fills the jar and tighten on the lid. If you would like to add beads, dried flowers, or anything else of that sort to decorate the jar a little more then insert the items into the jar after you pour the oil. It’s a great way to give a photo a vintage feel.

Vintage Window Pane
What you’ll need:
- Window pane with separators
- Spray adhesive
- Photos
- Hot glue gun (optional)

Make sure the glass is still in the window and that the photos are blown up to the proper size to fill the different sections of the window. Flip the window over so that front is facing down. Spray the the glass with the spray adhesive and place the photos on the window pane however you’d like them displayed. Once the adhesive has dried, you are done! If you would like more security, you may hot glue gun the edges of the back of the photos to the window to make sure they do not move once you display your window.

Frame and clothes pins
What you’ll need:
- Large frame (26″x32″)
- Photos
- Clothes pins (preferably mini)
- Spray paint
- Twine
- Hammer
- Nails

Spray paint the front of the frame and clothes pins a color of your choice. Once the frame is dry, flip it over so the front is facing down. Hammer in four nails equally spaced apart on the wide side of the frame. Hammer in nails on the opposite side so that they line up with each other. Make sure to leave enough of the nails sticking out so you can tie the twine around them. Cut four pieces of twine, enough so that you can stretch it from one to nail to the opposite one. Go ahead and tie the twine around the nails. Flip the frame back over and begin clothes pinning the photos to the twine. Simply place the finished frame with photos against the wall. If you’d like to hang it up, nail in a frame hanging hardware and hang it up!

Share your favorite photo DIY displays in the comments!

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Pinterest Worthy Senior Photos

It’s that time of year high school oldies, senior photos! It can be hard to come up with original ideas for pictures or poses unless you have a competent photographer. We’ve compiled a list of ideas for you so that you can make the most of your photoshoot.

This will be your favorite if you’re a fan of Disney’s Up. Blow up a bouquet of different colored balloons and snap some photo of you holding them. You can jump up with them and it will look like you’re flying away towards your future. Pull a Mia Thermopolis from Princess Diaries and pop one leg or simply sit cross-legged with them bunched up next to you.

I’m not saying write out your phone number and take a picture of it. That could get weird. Grab some wooden letters or those big block ones, paint them, make them all cutesy and have fun with them! Lay them out next you, try to hold all them in your arms, hang them from a tree. It makes it easier for the forgetful family members to remember your graduation date.

Best Friends
This can be your human best friends or your pet best friend. It’s a great way to capture your friendship and to remember your senior year together. Hold hands and skip down the road or jumping on a trampoline. Another favorite is laying on your back, legs in the air with you hair falling off the side of the bed.

This is one you could do with your best friend or alone. Buy some confetti, preferably all different colors for a better effect, take a handful, and blow them out of your hands. It will be Pinterest worthy!

First grade photo
This will probably by your mom’s favorite photo because she probably took your first grade photo. Blow up your first ever school picture, if it isn’t already, hold it in your hands stretched out in front of you. It’s a great way to compare first and last year of school!

College Mascot
If you are pursuing an education at a university that has a mascot, try to get some photos with it! It will get you in the spirit of going to college, if you’re not already excited, and make you the coolest cat around.

I’m not talking about sports. Reading, shopping, movies, baking, running, and more are all great activities to have represented in photos. Get an action shot of you running, pile up some books behind up and lean against them. There’s multiple ways to portray your favorite activities. But of course if you play sports and that’s your hobby then by all means, take a photo.

What are some of your creative senior photo ideas?

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Mason Jar Madness – Get Your Craft On

With fall comes indoor activities a.k.a crafting! Whether you’re into the rustic look or not, mason jars are cute and functional. Here are three easy ways to utilize them while making them look fabulous at the same time.

What you’ll need:
- Mason jar
- Rubber grommet
- Straw
- Electric drill
- Stencil design on your choice
- Paint
- Paint brush
- Modge Podge

Craft on:
- Place the stencil design on the mason jar wherever you’d like
- Paint over the stencil so that the design appears on the jar
- Once the paint is dry, paint a coat of Modge Podge onto the jar so the design doesn’t rub/wash off
- Once the Modge Podge is dry, drill a hole into the lid of the mason jar. Either centered or closer to the edge depending on your preference
- Place the rubber grommet into the hole so that it holds the straw better
- Insert the straw into the hole and voila!

Salt and Pepper Shakers
What you’ll need:
- Two mason jars (preferably the small ones)
- Electric drill
- Salt
- Pepper
- Paint with chalk finish
- S and P letter stencils
- Paintbrush

Craft on:
- Place the letter stencil on the mason jar
- Paint around the P stencil so that the letter appears on the jar unpainted
- Repeat this process with the letter S on the other mason jar
- Let both mason jars completely dry before continuing
- For the pepper shaker, drill five small holes into the lid
- For the salt shaker, drill one small hole into the lid
- Fill both mason jars with respective spice
- If you’re feeling European, switch the salt so it’s in the mason jar with multiple holes and the pepper in the mason jar with one hole

Desk Organizer
What you’ll need:
- Three large mason jars
- Two smaller mason jars
- Hot glue gun

Craft on:
- Hot glue gun and place the three large mason jars next to each other
- Once the glue has dried, hot glue gun and place the two smaller mason jars on top of the three
- Make sure all five mason jars are facing the same direction
- Once all the glue is dried, place the mason jar pyramid on its side and start filling those up with pens, markers, and whatever else you’d like

If you do not think you’ll need that many, try doing a three mason jar pyramid with two large ones and a small on top.

What are some creative ways you reuse your mason jars?


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Embracing Fall Decor When You’re Stuck In Summer

It’s already the middle of September which means it’s time for those bright candles and bamboo chairs to be switched out for fire pits and plush pillows. Here are some great ways to embrace the fall season by drinking pumpkin spice lattes and updating your home decor.

Curtains can be an eye catcher or a way to act like you care what your living room looks like. We go for the eye catcher! Patterned curtains are a fun way to bring extra color to a room and make it more interesting. If you want the classic fall look stick with the oranges, browns, and reds. If you’re wanting a more modern look, go with the slick grays and blacks. Maybe throw in a deep shade of purple.

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Thanks to Pinterest, wreaths are sprouting up like weeds, only pretty, all over homes. A popular one is made of burlap bows and fall leaves. Turn your kitchen into a craft room and make a wreath for your bedroom with sunflowers, twigs and your initial with a wooden letter. If your family is really into football, make one out of your favorite teams’ colors. Nothing says fall like football season!

Walking into a candle shop is usually overwhelming and results in a headache. Avoid that feeling by buying the same scent instead of switching room to room or at least floor to floor. Some favorite fall scents are vanilla, pumpkin, pine cone, and apple spice. If you’re not wanting the clunky candle style, get some bronze and gold candle stick holders for that cozy medieval ages look.

Pumpkins are completely underrated because they’re typically only used during Halloween season instead of all fall long. Make your neighbors jealous by infusing your home with fun pumpkin designs. Hot glue gun some painted numbers onto stacked pumpkins on your front porch to use as your home address. Glitter a bunch of small ones and line the mantel with them to bring a little something more to your chimney.

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Leaves and Flowers
Fall’s most recognized change is the color of the trees. So it only makes sense that you would bring those colors into your home with leaves and flowers. Dress up that dinner room table with an arrangement of dried leaves but make it over the top with twigs and long stemmed flowers. If you’re into the pumpkin ideas, try sticking flowers into it. Like a disco ball only with flowers and a pumpkin.



What are some of your favorite fall decorations?

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Update Your Home Decor with Canvas Prints

Canvas prints are a great way to liven up a living space. They add
warmth and visual interest to the walls, and help create a homey vibe.
Whether you?ve just moved into a new apartment or house, or you?re
updating the space you?ve called home for years, canvas prints are an
easy and fun way to decorate.

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Incorporating Canvas Prints into Your Home Decor

Redesigning your home decor can be costly, but canvas prints are a cost
effective way to jazz up a living room, bedroom, or even an entryway or
hallway. When you can choose the image on your canvas print, it?s easy
to incorporate prints into any color scheme or aesthetic. Decorating a
kid?s room or play area? Choose bright colors and fun photos featuring
family and friends. Decorating a living room or bedroom with a subdued,
modern twist? Apply sepia or black-and-white filters to your favorite
vacation or landscape shots and turn them into avant garde canvas

Snag Tips from the Experts

If you ever watch home design shows on TV or read design magazines,
you?re probably familiar with terms like ?balance? and ?symmetry.?
Learning from home decor experts is a great place to start when planning
a redesign of your space. With personalized canvas prints, you have the
power to choose the size of your prints, as well as the images on them.
Have a long hallway that needs some brightening up? Consider hanging a
series of same-size prints across the length of the wall. Experiment
with asymmetrical pairings and visual weight. For example, hang a single
large canvas print on the left side of the couch, and two smaller prints
on the right side. The two sides balance out and complement each other.

Involve the Family

For truly personalized home decor, involve the whole family in designing
a personalized canvas print. Does your family have a favorite photo from
a vacation or graduation? Put it on a canvas! Looking through photo
albums or long-forgotten computer photo files together is a fun way to
spend an evening, and will give you tons of ideas for personalizing a
new canvas print. Can?t decide between several well-loved images? Hang
four or five canvas prints in different sizes together as a wall

Kids love to see their artwork on the wall. Making a favorite doodle or
finger painting into a canvas print is a great way to brighten a living
space and preserve a memory for years to come. Personalized canvas
prints can warm up any room and make a house a home.

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