How to Build DIY Floating Shelves 7 Different Ways

Want to build your own DYI floating shelves? Here are 7 different tutorials that show you how.
Photo: Rachel Jacks

When I first set out to build live-edge floating shelves in my kitchen a few years back, I had no idea how to do it. At the time, I had to figure a lot out myself. Luckily for you, the internet now has step-by-step instructions for a variety of different methods for building shelves without visible brackets. Having personally built floating shelves two different ways, I can tell you that it's not difficult once you have some basic woodworking skills. Continue Reading

How High Should I Hang A Picture: The Ultimate Cheat Sheet

How high to hang pictures? Wall art placement tips

How high to hang pictures? Should they be at eye level? Does that mean my eye level or the eye level of the average person? What if I have very high ceilings? What about those gallery walls everyone is posting Pinterest pictures of? It's a lot to think about, right? Sometimes it seems as if there are as many answers to this question as there are different kinds of houses. This quick cheat sheet is designed to help you make this decision based on your own interior, and find the perfect height to hang pictures in your home. Continue Reading

A Quick Start Guide For the Soft-Core Minimalist

Simple desk, minimalist workspace

A Guide To Minimalist Living

Are you starting to become intrigued with the minimalist lifestyle, but don’t know where to start? It might seem as easy as just throwing out all the things that don’t bring you joy, but it’s more than that. Let this guide to minimalist living take you through the easy steps that will help you have a stress free transition into minimalism.

What is Minimalism?

So, we all probably hear this term thrown around all the time, and it’s thrown all over your Instagram and Pinterest pages, but what exactly is it?  Continue Reading

An Evening Cleaning Tip That will Change Your Life

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Conduct one Pinterest search, and you’ll quickly discover: there is no shortage of cleaning hacks out there. Of course, some of them more reasonable than others. I once read a tip suggesting that instead of dusting my window blinds, I should wash them all at once in the bathtub. Brimming with misplaced cleaning confidence that only a long Pinterest session can inflict, this seemed like a brilliant idea. The inevitable and unfortunate results? Continue Reading

The Wabi-Sabi Home: Learn to Embrace Imperfection and Authenticity

Wabi-sabi home

I used to own this cup and saucer set. It was white with a yellow border – I found it at the thrift store. The handle of the cup was comfortable, and the saucer large. I loved it. I loved it in a way that it seemed to make my coffee taste better in the morning. One day, my yellow cup met a fate that many ceramic dishes face. It was dropped, and the cup cracked. Continue Reading

Easy DIY Snowy Mountain Napkin Holder

Easy DIY Snowy Mountain Napkin Holder
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

A napkin holder is one of those (usually) mundane dining items that you never think about until you need it. And typically, napkin holders aren't exactly visually exciting. Unless you make one yourself! Today I have a fun, super simple project that will up your napkin game exponentially. Click through to find out how to make this trendy snowy mountain motif napkin holder.   

 

Easy DIY Snowy Mountain Napkin Holder
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Materials

 

  • Handheld saw
  • 1/2 inch thick wood cut into three pieces: (2) equilateral triangles with 6 inch sides, (1) 6 x 2 inch rectangle 
  • Acrylic craft paint in white, blue and green
  • Wood glue
  • Paint brush
  • Pencil
  • Sandpaper
  • Blue painter's tape
Easy DIY Snowy Mountain Napkin Holder
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Step

Begin by cutting your wood into two equilateral triangles (6 inches on each side) and one rectangle (6 x 2 inches). Continue Reading

9 Areas of the Home You Commonly Forget to Clean, and How to Deal With the Dirt

You've cleaned your home from top to bottom - or so you think. Here are nine things most people forget to clean!

Occasionally you won't notice how dirty something in your house is until it's that dirt is called out. You drop something under your couch and discover a gang of dust bunnies living underneath. You throw open your curtains and find yourself in a front-row seat to a dust dance-off floating right in front of your face. Since it's spring cleaning season, now is as good a time as any to tackle those forgotten areas of your home. Continue Reading

XOXO Valentine’s Day Decor for Your Mantel (Or Anywhere!)

XOXO Valentine's Day Mantel Setup
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, which means we have another great excuse to decorate our mantels (as if we even need an excuse!). Today I'm sharing an easy mantel setup using x's and o's… and lots of 'em. Click through to find out how to make the different elements of this fun display.   

 

XOXO Valentine's Day Mantel Setup
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Some pieces of this mantel setup are store-bought, and some are handmade. Here's what you'll need:

Materials

 

  • x's and o's from the craft store (be sure to raid the sale bin, keeping in mind that you can paint them a different color)
  • Spray paint
  • Scissors
  • Metallic cardstock
  • Large xoxo computer printout in your favorite font
  • Alphabet stickers
  • White chalk marker
  • Scrap wood
  • Sharpie (not pictured)
  • Gold votives
  • Flowers with clear vases 
XOXO Valentine's Day Mantel Setup
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

For the pink xoxo board, place large alphabet stickers on a piece of scrap wood and spread them out evenly across the board. Continue Reading

How To: Make 3-D Cork Christmas Trees

How To: Make 3-D Cork Christmas Trees

It's certainly time to decorate our homes with some much needed Christmas cheer! This year, we are focusing on adding more handmade pieces to our Christmas decor to help the holiday feel more personal and inviting! These simple and modern 3-D cork Christmas trees are a sure way to add that festive touch to your tabletops this season!  

How To: Make 3-D Cork Christmas Trees

materials

  • Cork tiles 
  • Cutting mat
  • Cutting tool (or X-Acto knife)
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Painters Tape (optional)
  • Paint
  • Brush
  • Hot glue gun

Step

How To: Make 3-D Cork Christmas Trees

Using your ruler, decide how big you want your first tree to be. Continue Reading

81 Do-It-Yourself Christmas Decorations That Are Actually Stylish

A mega roundup of do-it-yourself holiday projects that are actually cute

Christmas decor comes in a wide range of styles. Some decorations are cute, some are classy, and some are, well… I'll say it: ugly. Sadly a lot of do-it-yourself decorations can fall into this last category, but I'm here to tell you it doesn't have to be that way. I've found 81 examples of stylish Christmas decor that you can make yourself (and proudly display when you're done).           

What's your favorite decor style for the holidays? 

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