My favorite part of entertaining has always been finding my own way to do things that is cool and low cost. This particular project is one that I’ve done a few times before for other parties and just love how customizable it is. Beverage tubs and champagne buckets tend to be one of those things that are weirdly expensive. I saw an iron one last year that I like and it was over $100! Really, it’s just a tub!
So, I have started using small (bathroom sized) trashcans as a stand-in to keep bottles cold during our parties. They’re inexpensive enough to not be a big blow to your party budget and with a couple of drawer pulls or knobs from the hardware store and a quick customization they also turn out way more cute than the run of the mill version.
It’s an easy three step process and rolls in at under $20. Want to make your own? Continue Reading…
Christmas is coming guys. I have my house totally decked out right now so that I can be sure to capture ideas early enough for you guys to get some inspiration and I’m really getting into the spirit. This little bar vignette is just a little taste of what this year’s theme will be… can you guess? Maybe if you follow me on Pinterest you’ve seen some of my inspired pins? I’m going to leave you hanging for now, but will announce it next week, so check back!
In the meantime, I have a really exciting announcement today that you guys are gonna love! I’m teaming up with a fabulous group of bloggers and The Home Depot to make this year a ‘how-to’ holiday for you all. I’m one of a few sponsored bloggers hosting the a Do-It-Herself workshop at Home Depot stores all around the country to show you guys how to make Ana White’s ‘JOY’ marquee sign! It’s the perfect way to deck your halls with a handmade touch.
I’ll be hosting the Columbus workshop on November 20th (Next Thursday!!) at the Grove City location from 6:30-8pm. We are SO excited to have you all involved, so SIGN UP HERE ahead of time! Everyone at the Grove City location will be able to build and take home their light – which is pretty amazing.
If you’re not in Columbus, check out some of these other bloggers who are hosting in their towns, or check your own Home Depot for the workshops that will be hosted by the fabulous store associates.
As you can see, I took a custom spin on the project, but still used the instructions originally created by Ana. For those of you who can’t make it to the event, I’ll be sharing my step by step on the blog after the event is over, so hold tight! For those of you who CAN make it, I’ll be walking around the workshop showing you guys how to get your own spin on the project and we’ll have some fun giveaways as well! I can’t wait to see you all there!
Not ready to talk Christmas yet? I’m sharing my top five entertaining tips today on the Bali Blog which will be perfect for all of those visitors you’ll be hosting in the next few weeks! Enjoy!
I’m ecstatic today to finally share with you my completed headboard and transition to the king bed! As we spoke about last week, Matty and I got a new mattress from Tuft & Needle, and were able to upgrade to a king! Previously we wouldn’t have been able to fit a King sized mattress up our bending staircase, but the mattress from Tuft & Needle came in a 12″ x 12″ x 60″ box, so it fit up the stairs just fine.
With my previous queen bed, I’d made a linen headboard with a nailhead border. The past design took just an hour or so to complete and was under $60. I wanted to up the ante a little bit this time and create a headboard that was inspired by the restoration hardware chesterfield style that I loved. After we got the mattress in the room, however, I realized that a rectangular headboard would cut off way too much of the built-in bookcases, so I decided instead to create a scrolling design which allowed more of the bookcases to be visible.
For this design, there was more work involved due to the tufting and creating covered buttons. The majority of the cost of the entire project was actually wrapped up in the 2″ foam that I used to creating deep tufts (whereas on the last headboard, I just used batting). None of the steps taken were very difficult, but I can certainly say that covering over 40 buttons was certainly time consuming. All in, the total cost was $318. I used lots of JoAnn’s coupons (60% off this weekend!). Definitely make sure to get those coupons out of the mail (or just use their app) before buying the materials, as I saved about $250 using them.
Aside from the actual headboard, I dressed the bed in the dotted West Elm sheets, a while West Elm duvet cover, and various throw pillows. I still want to explore a few more pillow options to be closer to my original vision (and add it a little more brown and navy)! Are you interested in seeing the step by step headboard tutorial? Keep on reading for the full material list, photos of our process, and PDF with plans and measurements. Continue Reading…
We are really putting on our boho crafty hats today. I’ve seen woven wall hangings in lots of high end shops recently and since don’t like paying hundreds of dollars for something I could make, I took the plunge. I have a ton of yarn on hand (because I keep thinking I can knit, but I can’t) so I had plenty of materials on hand to experiment with!
Most of the projects I make are just a few steps and I chirp on and on about how quick they are. This isn’t one of those projects. It isn’t hard to do, it’s just one of those ‘get-a-glass-of-wine-and-settle-in-for-the-longhaul’ projects. This little woven banner took me about four hours from start to finish, but since it was just mindless, it would be an awesome project to do with a group of girlfriends (over that aforementioned glass of vino).
I love the way it turned out, but I wish it were bigger… which would take even more time! I might try a macrame version as well and see how that goes, but in the meantime, let’s get started on this fun and funky project! Continue Reading…
Candlelight is one of those things that’s always welcome. In the summertime, we love how candlelight punctuates our warm, romantic dinners al fresco, and when the weather starts to turn cooler it turns evenings indoors into a glowing warmth of family, friends, and holiday.
Beautiful hurricanes are also one of those things that always shocks me with the price! You’ll walk out of any home store paying between $30 and $40 for a good sized hurricane. That is why I decided to make these lovelies! I think you’ll agree that they’re as darling as store bought and they’re a cinch to make.
I’ve got the product list and three easy steps after the jump, so let’s get started! Continue Reading…
We’re getting closer and closer to all hallows eve! As things start to get spooky in your neck of the woods, you can do a few very easy things to get in the spirit. If you like simple, this last minute Halloween project is for you! It’s actually a pretty fun project to do with kids too and involves puff paint, and who doesn’t like puff paint? It really brings me back to my younger days of puff painting anything from a caboodle to my keds.
Although I did feel a bit silly buying the stuff, this project is anything but! It’s a super easy (and dare I say darling?) way to get a little creepy decor into your home right before the scary holiday.
ONE print our spider template and lay it underneath a piece of wax paper or parchment paper. TWO trace over the template with black puff paint, ensuring very thick, solid lines. THREE after letting the spider dry for 24-48 hours, peel it off the parchment.
To apply to the window, warm the spider in the palms of your hands. Once it’s warmed up a bit, breathe on it like you would when cleaning your glasses. Then, it will stick to a clean window. You might have to press it on just a bit. The cleaner the window and the more moist/warm the spider, the better the stick.
It’s a fun, easy little project to do if you’re looking for a simple way to show your spooky side this Halloween!
I’ve posted a few events and projects lately that are all centered around a long, narrow, outdoor harvest table. If you happened to be following along on instagram about three weeks ago, you would have seen that I made the table and not only did I make it, but the whole project was under $100 and took less than two hours. It was a pretty fun weekend project. The best part was that I did it all myself!
Here it is as I styled it for my Home Depot style challenge that went live last week (full article here)! I have loved the outcome so much that I just keep using it over and over.
It’s made of weather-friendly treated pine and my little secret for this (and loads of other projects) is that I have all of my pieces cut at The Home Depot. Since the kind folks in their lumber department do all the cuts, I just have to assemble. Easy, right? Read on for the full photos of each step in the process and the complete shopping list!
It’s getting a little spooky around here! Halloween is in just three weeks and this is the prefect time to start incorporating some small decorations around the house. I don’t go all-out for halloween, but I like a few clever nods to the holiday. My halloween decor usually is very very simple, not store-bought, and just a tad spooky.
There is a big reason why I don’t buy something pre-made and stick it up on the wall. I think decorations are all the more eerie when they’re incorporated with your everyday look. It almost makes someone do a double-take when they see it, which sends a little chill down their spine and that is the perfect way to decorate for this fun and festive holiday.
My plan worked like a charm too, last night these glass specimen jars where neatly styled in the bookcase and my husband all of a sudden was like, “are there bones in there?”. To which I replied, “of course”. I think he was a little weirded out, but that’s the point, no?
When it comes to dinner parties, I like to think outside the dining room sometimes to create a more magical experience for our friends. I’ve always wanted to do a big outdoor sit-down dinner, but various technicalities have gotten in the way. This year, it’s happening. I built a table (more on that later) and have been starting the planning process.
One thing I knew I wanted to include were some white name card holders. Although actual white pumpkins can be used, they’re fairly pricey and don’t last super long once cut. I made a very sleek, modern version using some run-of-the-mill foam pumpkins from the Home Depot.
The result is a beautiful, serene tablescape that isn’t a cacophony of color (which you know isn’t my thing). The white gourds lend themselves well to the other colors incorporated in the table and won’t compete with any of the other decor. The best part is that since they’re faux, they’ll last throughout the whole season and I can use them all of the way through Thanksgiving.
It’s a super easy project that I’m almost embarrassed to call a ‘DIY’ but sometimes it’s the little things, right? Let’s go! Continue Reading…
I feel like everyone knows about the importance of networking. It’s how we get jobs, meet spouses, make friends, and create connections that end up building the very lives we lead. We usually talk about networking in the business sense, but how many friends did you meet through other people? Or how many of you met a spouse through someone else’s friend group?
As we get older and more established, I’ve noticed that new connections and fostering old ones can become more of a challenge. Especially as people move, have children, and grow into adults, we tend to forget about how way-back-when we started it all with just a ‘Hello!’
This topic actually hit pretty close to home last night when I realized my ability (or lack thereof) to foster relationships that I’ve built. I know there are several people in my life who I should reach out to and let them know that I am thinking of them and that I treasure the relationship we have! Additionally, there are new people every day all around me who could use a little introduction, so I though it was fitting to team up with the people over at Lindt HELLO chocolates to help me make these connections even sweeter! They’re done their take on making connections and here is mine!
For the new mothers in my life (there seem to be a ton of them!), the new neighbors who moved in across the street, or the the friends in my life who I’ve let too much time pass since we spoke. I have a package for everyone!
AND we have something for you too! To celebrate the launch of the trendy new line of chocolates, Lindt is doing a give-a-way each week (but you can enter every day!)
Girls Just Want to Have Fun (9/24 – 9/30) ENTER HERE
• Enjoy a shopping spree with the girls + yummy Lindt HELLO Chocolate!
Sweet Staycation (10/1 – 10/7) ENTER HERE
• Lindt HELLO treats you to a pampered night in – movies, books + chocolate!
Besties Reunion (10/8 – 10/14) ENTER HERE
• Reconnect with your bestie at the spa for a day + Lindt HELLO chocolate to sweeten the deal.
ANDthat’s not all! If you want to send a little care package like I have below, I have the labels here for you to download!! There is a special one for new mothers, fostering old connections, and greeting new neighbors.
Do you guys like this idea? Are there people in your life you could reconnect with? Or maybe someone you’d like to start connecting with (wink, wink)?
Give me your thoughts! I’d love to hear how making, fostering, and cultivating friendships has changed for you!
Disclosure: A BIG thanks to Lindt for sponsoring this post and enabling me to have some fun with crafts at their expense Definitely pop over and show them some love for helping to spark this project!
Hi, I'm Erin!
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