It seems there is never a shortage of problems that need creative solutions and for us one of those problems has been the lack of adequate lighting in the living room. For the last four years we have made do with two lamps on our end tables and let’s just say, the amount of light they offered left much to be desired. Making our own light fixture has been a goal of ours and so we have been mulling ideas over for quite some time. All we knew was that we definitely wanted something that gave off rustic, jungalow, boho vibes. We also wanted something inexpensive; something we could make out of upcycled and thrifted materials. It didn’t take long for us to settle on the garden lattice sitting abandoned at the back of our garage. Not only did it give us the look we were going for but it also helped us solve another design problem: what to do with the overgrown arrowhead vine taking over the living room. And then, almost in what could only be described as divine intervention, something possessed my husband to stop at a garage sale where he found this set of 5 really cool Edison bulbs for $5 (normally they would go for around $7 a bulb).
I wanted to create an autumn-themed tablescape for thanksgiving that was non-traditional. I was looking for a clean design that included some of our favorite bohemian colors and elements: muted greens, gold accents, tassels, textured glass, and palm leaf. To pull this look together, I relied mostly on what I had lying around our home. For each place setting, I simply layered IKEA palm leaf placemats with Dollar Tree gold chargers, white plates, and checkered napkins that I had purchased from Target. For the centerpiece, I placed a small glass cup filled with eucalyptus and sage in the middle of a black candle dish and arranged white pumpkins, faux florals and pears, and real plums all around. For colorful touches, I included teal glassware, textured crystal, and gold flatware. I used my old amber essential oil diffuser bottles to showcase the dahlias and sage from our garden. The cost of this project includes the price of making the tassel table runner and 4 placemats, 4 napkins, and 4 gold chargers (assuming you don't just have them on hand). If you're just making the table runner, it will cost around $5.
When we searched for bread storage online, we immediately fell in love with the charm of those rustic farmhouse bread tins. Of course it would have been easy to click purchase and have one delivered straight to our doorstep for $45 but where’s the fun in that? Instead we took our time getting ideas until we came up with an easy DIY bread box. Not only is it way cheaper than any bread tin you’ll find in store but it’s super easy to make and customizable too. For the base of this project, we used the Beromlig from IKEA which came with two sizes for $8.99 and we used the larger one to make the bread tin box . This is a perfect functional and decorative kitchen item and makes a wonderful house-warming gift too :)
Who likes those weight-bearing poles that stand out like SORE THUMBS?We thought long and hard, did our research, and in the end came across these awesome pole-wraps from Home Depot. We wanted to save space so the pole-wrap was perfect because it wasn’t too bulky and it also fit with the woodsy clean look we were going for. You can stain these poles if you want but we like the bare wood look so we kept them as is. With that being said, here’s what you’ll need and how to do it!
A squeaky bed can be a real nuisance. The bed’s boxspring was the problem. When I opened up the boxspring, I was surprised by how flimsy it was. It was basically a big cardboard box framed with wood. The smartest option it seemed was to replace the cardboard and reinforce the structure of the box using sturdy, quality plywood and screws. It was a fairly easy and inexpensive project (under $40) that has successfully eliminated all squeaks and creaks (hooray!).
We are really digging the more muted and subtle fall colors like burgundy, peaches, grayish greens and I really wanted to celebrate those colors in the form of a welcoming wreath. Using a grapevine base from Michaels and florals from Dollar Tree, I built this beautiful wreath in under 15 minutes and for less than $10.
In April 2017, we took on our first One Room Challenge and completely renovated our bathroom in 6 weeks time. We did everything from design, demolition, tiling, grouting, painting, and installing the vanity.