How to Take Great Sparkler Pictures with Your Phone

Sparkler pictures - writing with light
Photo: Amber Dickson

Sparklers pictures are a fun and festive part of any 4th of July gathering.  Find out how you can document the day by taking long exposure photographs on your smartphone.  Your Instagram feed is going to shine!           

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Sparklers in hands
Photo: Amber Dickson

Safety First When Creating Sparkler Pictures

The most important step is insuring your safety and that of the people around you.  Always make sure any children are closely supervised.  Sparklers can reach temperatures above 1800 degrees Fahrenheit and need to be handled carefully.  Continue Reading

How to: Easy DIY Hand-Painted Brushstroke Accent Wall

Easy DIY Hand Painted Accent Wall
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

When I decided to give my guest room a makeover for the One Room Challenge, I knew it would be a great opportunity to create a cool accent wall. So once I finished the rest of the space, I dove into the final detail – a hand painted brushstroke accent wall using a slightly darker paint color.   

 

Materials

  • Original latex wall paint color
  • Black latex paint
  • One inch wide paintbrush
  • Washi tape
  • Level
  • Measuring tape
Easy DIY Hand Painted Accent Wall
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

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Begin by stretching a piece of washi tape across the wall, somewhere in the middle. Continue Reading

Before and After: How Smart Storage Transformed our Laundry Room

Before photo of our cluttered laundry room

I've always thought of my laundry room as the most troublesome room in our house. Not only is it narrow, but all of one side is taken up by a washing machine, sink and toilet. Add to that the fact that there are 2 doors that open inward, and the space starts to feel very small indeed.

I'd long ago resigned myself to having a difficult laundry room I didn't enjoy being in. Turns out I couldn't have been more wrong! Continue Reading

An Easy Way to Make Beautiful Wall Art Without Breaking the Bank

Stretched fabric wall art: An easy way to make beautiful art without breaking the bank!

One of the best things about beautiful artwork is how it can instantly transform the look and feel of a room. Sadly, large scale wall art is often expensive, placing it out of many people's budgets (mine included!).

That doesn't mean we have to go without, though. Using just a piece of fabric and some wood, you can whip up your own statement piece of art in the space of an afternoon. And the best part of all? Continue Reading

We Guarantee You Won’t Kill These 10 Houseplants

Best Low Light Houseplants

Believe it or not, I use to be a professional plant killer. Turns out, with a little love and care, keeping plants alive is really not that hard! You just need to know a few key tips. So today I’m sharing 10 low light houseplants (I actually own all of these) that are tough to kill (because I haven’t killed them yet!). So, if you want to introduce a few plants into your home, but you’re not sure you can keep them green, here are some you might want to look into!  Continue Reading

How to Furnish Your Walls at the Thrift Store

Gallery wall made from thrifted items!

I have a hard time spending a lot of money on wall art. I feel horrible saying that. I got my Bachelor’s degree in art, so I – of all people – totally understand the effort and talent that’s required to create good art. Honestly, I’m just cheap. While I might occasionally splurge for a print or photo I really love, my home is hardly a museum. I can’t afford to fill my walls top to bottom with one-of-a-kind art pieces. Continue Reading

How to Make Abstract Art with Fluid Painting

How to make abstract art with fluid painting

Marbling is gorgeous on just about any surface. It’s the perfect way to decorate your home, your clothes, your walls, your cakes, etc., so I decided to test out a new way to make beautiful marbled art with fluid painting. You can make abstract art with fluid painting techniques using any regular acrylic paint, glue and water, and each piece turns out completely unique. Grab your favorite colors that match your home decor, and you’ll quickly have a piece of art to brighten your walls.         Continue Reading

How to: Make an Easy + Colorful Hanging Air Plant Holder

DIY Hanging Air plant Pod
by Rachel Mae Smith

 

 

If you happen to kill every plant you’ve ever had, I have a trick for you: hang them at eye level! Sure, it’s not much, but having your plants at eye level is a great way to remember to water them. And if you’re new to plant ownership, there’s no better place to start than with an air plant and this 15 minute DIY! 

What you’ll need

– bell cup
– hammer & nail
– cord
– wooden beads (you can order faceted wooden beads on Etsy)
– acrylic paint

DIY Hanging Air Plant Holder
by Rachel Mae Smith

On the bottom on your bell cup, hammer a nail into the center to create a hole. Continue Reading

How to: DIY Embroidered Monstera Leaf Wall Art (with Printable Template)

DIY Embroidered Monstera Leaf Art
Photo: Marlene Sauer

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

How To Make Mid-Century Modern House Numbers

Here’s a great tutorial on making your own modern house numbers, inspired by the clean lines of mid-century design. 

modern house numbers diy project
Make these mid-century modern house numbers

The architect Richard Neutra is one of modernism’s iconic artists. He’s best known for his integration of both his residential and commercial buildings into their landscape, and for his care in matching his work with the lifestyles of his clients, rather than imposing his own vision over their needs. His attention to detail extended into every element of his buildings, including signage and house numbers. Continue Reading