How To: Make a Modern Dip-Dyed Rope Dog Leash

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Colorful rope dog leads have been all the rage in the pet accessories world lately — and I am obsessed! But, with prices ranging anywhere from $70 to over $150, they're a little outside most people's “dog stuff” budgets. If you'd still like to get your paws on a stylish leash for your pooch (in whatever color your heart desires) without breaking the bank, give this easy DIY rope leash project a whirl! You'll learn how to make a dog leash that perfectly fits your fido's taste (and yours!). Continue Reading

How To: Make Your Own DIY Dog Treats!

In this post, you'll learn how to make dog treats that are healthy and all-natural. 

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I'm known around these parts as “the crazy Schnauzer lady”, but in truth, I'm crazy about ALL dogs… and think they deserve some tasty, homemade treats every now and then!  This simple, two-ingredient recipe can be customized like nobody's business, so get creative and have a little fun (while pampering your pooch) with this easy dog treat recipe!   

 

I love my homemade dog treat!

I originally made these treats for Wrigley's first birthday (yes, I celebrated it. Continue Reading

63 DIY Advent Calendars to Get You in the Holiday Spirit

A DIY advent calendar is the perfect way to bring tradition and beautiful holiday decor into your home for the Christmas season. We scoured the web for our favorites – Scandinavian-inspired, modern, inventive, and colorful – so we hope you find one to make with your family this year! 

 

15 Scandinavian-Inspired Advent Calendar Ideas

Scandinavian DIY advent calendar roundup

It's almost December, which means it's time to bust out your diy advent calendar! Here are 15 Scandinavian-inspired DIY options to try this year.     Continue Reading

The Best Laundry Room Ideas

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I don't know about you, but my laundry room is a black hole in which I spend as little time as possible.  It's dark, tiny, and dank… in other words, the complete opposite of all these awesome laundry room makeovers.  If you're in a similar boat and looking for some serious inspiration, check out these laundry room ideas.

 

Scandinavian inspired laundry room

Erin's white-washed wood paneling is a Scandinavian-inspired laundry room retreat! And check out that DIY concrete countertop — nicely done!   Continue Reading

How To: Make a Modern Geometric DIY Leather Mouse Pad

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We’re nearing the finish line of our office makeover (more on that later) and so I’ve turned my attention to some of the finer details… details like, you know, mouse pads. After a desperate search to find some that blended form and function in a way that made my aesthetic-loving soul happy — and failing — I decided to make my own. And I’m glad I did because, holy cow, I love them!     

These bad boys combine a few of my favorite things: leather, triangles, and the color black (always good in the right doses). Continue Reading

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets: A Step-by-Step Guide to DIY Bliss!

This is our most complete guide on how to paint kitchen cabinets. A DIY cabinetry painting job can be time-consuming, but if done right, the results are excellent. We show you two examples of DIY kitchen cabinet makeovers, one light and one dark. Read on to find out how to do it!

How to paint kitchen cabinets (step by step)

Yesterday we had an interesting discussion about whether or not painting kitchen cabinets was a simple, one-weekend project.  On Twitter, this commonly-repeated idea was referred to as “commercial break cabinets” and “design on a crashing dime”.   Continue Reading

40 Scandinavian-Style Christmas Decor Ideas You Will Adore

40+ Scandinavian Christmas decorations

What's black and white and wood all over? A modern, rustic, Scandinavian Christmas! We've rounded up forty (40!!) Scandinavian Christmas decorations that will have you daydreaming of log fires and warm glasses of glogg in no time. God Jul!      

1. Simple Black and White Scandinavian Christmas decorations

2. White Christmas Kitchen Decor

3. Elegant Bathroom Christmas Decor

4. Rustic Bedroom Decor with DIY Branch Garland

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5. DIY Rustic Advent Candles

6. Branch and Tube Candle Display

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Holiday Gift Guide: 12 Great Handmade Gifts for Men

We’re kicking the gift giving season off with a roundup of some of our favorite hand-crafted items for guys! In an effort to encourage “shopping small” this holiday season and supporting our fellow makers, each product featured is handmade by independent Etsy shop artisans. Enjoy!        

 

 

 

 

 

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The Best Online Sources for Mid-Century Modern Hairpin Table Legs

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With all the inspiration available these days, it's easier than ever to find a totally do-able DIY table project. From console tables to coffee tables to dining tables, it seems these projects all have one common denominator: hairpin legs. But where to buy 'em? How much are they? Do they come in different sizes? Styles? Colors? Wonder no more, folks! We've scoured the internet and rounded up our favorite sources for quality hairpin legs!      

Each of these shops has your standard hairpin leg style, but many offer custom colors, unique twists on hairpin legs, as well as other super awesome table leg designs and options so be sure to check them all out! Continue Reading

How To: Make a Custom Epoxy-Topped Desk

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This is, hands down, one of the coolest DIY desk ideas I’ve seen in a while. Sure, industrial pipes, trestle legs, and the occasional hairpin-leg-plus-plywood desk are all great projects. But what if you could up the ante with a custom epoxy tabletop? Here’s how to do it — the easy way!       

Joshua Rhodes shared this project on A Beautiful Mess last fall and I think it’s just fabulous. While he built the desk itself from scratch, the epoxy technique is something you could easily apply to a pre-built table or desk (can you say “IKEA hack”?). Continue Reading