How to: Make a Modern, Scandinavian-Inspired Wooden Christmas Tree

I am a huge fan of simple, clean shapes, and triangle are my all time favorite. This little alternative Christmas tree was inspired by a tree I saw in a shop window in Sweden a couple years ago.        

                     

 

 I’m loving this little graphic tree in my bedroom. Most of the rooms in our house have a touch of Christmas here and there, but our room had nothing. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • a small piece of 1/4″ plywood (about 30″x20″)
  • a jigsaw, table saw, or hand saw
  • painter’s tape
  • pencil, ruler, and straight edge
  • small paint brush
  • black craft paint
  • sand paper

    Start by drawing out your tree shape.

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How to: DIY Typographic No-Sew Holiday Banner

Yep, the season is here and I'm ready to deck. those. halls. Each year, I lean more and more towards minimal Christmas decorations and I love simple black and white with splashes of metallics. I'm a huge fan of a banner or pendent. They are easy to hang and roll up small and compact to pack away for the rest of the year. Banners add a relaxed, informal vibe to a space. This no-sew, narrow NOEL banner is perfect for a tight space. Continue Reading

Before and After: How to Transform a Rusty Metal Cabinet to a Modern Statement Piece

Photo: Jeran McConnel

Okay, confession time.  I have a lot of random junk in my garage.  I love to thrift, so when I come across furniture that has “potential”, I buy it and save it for a rainy day.  This ugly little metal drawer cabinet has been in my garage for a couple years now collecting dust.  I bought it at the Pasadena Flea Market and paid about $20 for it.  It was very rusty and had a lot of holes and chipped layers of paint.       Continue Reading

How to: Paint a Buffalo Check Table

Buffalo plaid table painting DIY

I love black and white, and what better pattern to show off this high contrast combo then buffalo check (also known as buffalo plaid). For the last few years, I've been adding more and more of this (usually) red-and-black flannel pattern known to my fall/winter wardrobe and home decor.  Last year, I decorated a whole Christmas tree for $10, and buffalo check was the main star.  

So, when I found this solid little table at a thrift store for $8, I decided to give it a giant gingham makeover. Continue Reading

How to: Make These Simple + Stylish DIY Geometric Pillows

Photo: Jeran McConnel

I can’t get enough of graphic grid patterns.  It’s a clean, less busy version of plaid. Add a grid pattern to a space, and it instantly seems modern and current. I few months ago I hand drew an entire wall in a grid pattern. Ever since, I’ve been on the hunt for all for more grid patterns to add to my home. These bold pillows in a classic black and white grid are sure to stand out in any space. Continue Reading

How To: Cozy Up this Season with this DIY Typographic Pillow Project

Pillows are the best way to change up a room for the new season.  And nothing is more cuddly and warm then a soft flannel shirt.  This fun flannel pillow is sure to encourage some quality time on the sofa.

Here’s what you’ll need: 

 

photo: Jeran McConnel
photo: Jeran McConnel

Start by printing out the template and using an x-acto knife (or take a short cut [like I did] and use a personal cutting machine like a Cricut Machine) cut out the freezer paper stencil, shiny side down.  Continue Reading

Make It! DIY Modern Pet Bed

Everyone in your family deserves a stylish little place of their own.  We love our cat, Pumpkin, but he isn’t allowed on the sofa.  I’m just not a fan of pet hair on everything.  I wanted to give him his own special spot, without sacrificing style in our home.  This easy-to-make pet bed cost only $10 in materials.  Instead of buying expensive designer fabric, I created my own look with modern black and white splatter effect.   Continue Reading

How to: Modern and Colorful Geometric Mobile

I recently became an aunt again. I've made baby quilts and mobiles for all three of my brother's kids. The first one was a drift wood and sea shell one and then I made a birch bark and birdy one, but for this third baby I made a brightly colored quilt in triangles, so I wanted to continue that theme with the mobile. 

A few supplies from the craft store, a drill and some craft paint, and I had a mobile made in about an hour.                   Continue Reading

How to: DIY Typographic Concrete Garden Art

I am having so much fun playing with cement. It's such an inexpensive material and there are so many possibilities for projects. I also love the durable, rough nature of cement. Something about it's raw look and feel adds a cool, relaxed feeling to your decor. It's definitely not a pretentious material.  

I love having a little splash of decor outside my home to give folks an idea of what might be going on inside. These fun BOO garden stakes add just a hint of fright to my yard for Halloween. Continue Reading

How To: Make Easy Large-Scale Optical Illusion Art with Paper

Photo: Jeran McConnel

I love adding large-scale statement pieces to my home, especially when it comes to art.  It instantly upgrades the space and pulls together a room effortlessly. So, when I spotted this gorgeous rug at Anthropologie, I decided I’d recreate the pattern in the form of a budget-friendly, large-scale art print. All you’ll need is a large frame and a few sheets of colored card stock.         

 

Photo: Jeran McConnel
Photo: Jeran McConnel

Materials:

  • 6 sheets of 12×12″ colored cardstock (2 sheets each of 3 colors)
  • a paper cutter
  • double sided tape
  • a large frame (mine is 18×24)

Instructions:

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