Hi, I'm Marlene, a DIY fanatic, baker, cat mom, and blogger from Boston. I thrive on that unique feeling of joy you get from making something yourself, which is why I blog at Idle Hands Awake, where I share my passion for DIY projects and inspire new creatives to get comfortable making. When not covered in paint, glue, or sawdust, you can usually find me curled up with my cat Jax and a chai latte, binge-watching a B-rated fantasy show or scheming what crafty skills to tackle next.
Urban jungle fever is still going strong in the design world, and I don’t mind one bit!
From hanging air plants in every way imaginable, to covering a room with plants of all sizes, this decorating trend has us all “bringing the outdoors in” in ever-inspiring ways.
To pay tribute to the uncontested queen of stunning indoor plants, the monstera deliciosa, also known as the split-leaf philodendron, I created this embroidered monstera leaf art print. Continue Reading
So Mother's Day is in three days, and you're empty-handed.
JK! There's no judgment here – I am the absolute worst at planning ahead.
But, let's not leave our moms thinking we don't care about them. Instead of panicking and grabbing the first tchotchke that catches your eye on the way home and playing it off as totally intentional, try one of these last-minute gifts your mom will love.
We've got you covered with gifts you can order online, simple ways to make a gift of flowers more special, and experiences you can share with your mom that will really make her day. Continue Reading
Ahh, the stocking — a staple of Christmas celebrations! Have your stockings been hung yet? If not, we’ve got a great modern idea for you today that you will love: DIY leather monogram stockings! They are simple to make and totally in keeping with a minimal holiday decor style.
If you’ve never embroidered, don’t worry — you only need to one stitch, the blanket stitch. Keep reading to see how to make your own! Continue Reading
Finding minimal holiday decorations isn’t always the easiest. Let’s face it, this is not a season known for restraint!
As my own decorating tastes are turning ever more minimal, I decided to take a cue from my favorite design style and make a few DIY Scandinavian-inspired ornaments. I just love how simple and natural this look is, while still being festive.
Keep reading to see how to make all three decorations so you can style your own minimal holiday tree! Continue Reading
Every winter, it’s the same story. I get a handful of thoughtfully selected, lovingly written cards for the holidays…and, I have nowhere to put them.
Tacked on the fridge with the grocery lists and unpaid parking tickets? Jammed on a shelf between the dusty knick-knacks and piles of unopened mail? Ok, my house isn’t THAT disorganized (most of the time), but I’m sure you feel the pain of receiving beautiful mail and having nowhere to display it. Continue Reading
It's the holidays and, SURPRISE! Everyone is stressed.
Be it the in-laws, end of year deadlines, travel, or all the shopping, this is a time of year that just makes us crazy. And as hard as it is suffering from burnout ourselves, it's even harder watching it in someone you care about.
There is something about bright and airy Scandinavian design that just calls to the senses.
The soothing use of color and light; the negative space that allows the gaze to wander and breathe; the layers of cozy, natural textures that invite you to curl up with a good book; it’s no surprise that Nordic style is so popular. If you’re thinking about a Scandinavian-inspired room makeover, want to know what the heck “hygge” is all about, or are curious about where Scandinavian design comes from, this is the post for you!Continue Reading
No, I don't mean the Big C. My absolute favorite time of year is — fall!
Every year when autumn hits here in New England, my senses come to life. Crisp, clear air; leaves to crunch through; snuggly scarves; cozy lit windows on dark, chill nights; there are so many little daily luxuries to savor.
And this year I'm adding another one, which will also help in my goal of better self-care: DIY chai spice tub tea! Continue Reading
Hunting for a rental apartment is just about the worst thing about modern urban life. Not only do you have to contend with application fees and sketchy brokers, compete with other prospective tenants, and traipse through one messy, half-packed living room after another; but once you finally find a place that you can afford and that doesn't have literal holes in the walls — you have to move in and actually LIVE WITH all the ugly, outdated apartment features that you tried desperately to ignore as you signed the lease and handed over your entire month's income. Continue Reading
Those Swedes sure do love to organize. Flip through any edition of the IKEA catalog, and the first impression you’ll likely get is: a place for everything, and everything in its place. But don’t our cluttered, modern, go-go-go lifestyles make it seem impossible to live up to this standard? Most especially in that most dreaded place in our homes — the closet. Chances are, if you’re a Curbly reader, you love organization just as much as we do. Continue Reading