Shopping Guide: How to Put Together an Affordable Mid-Century Modern Patio

CB2 Ixtapa Chair
Source: CB2

Who loves a good deal?! Yep, me too! Whether you're setting up your patio for the first time this summer, or just giving it a little zhuzh for the season, it's always more fun when you find affordable goodies and killer seasonal sales – more summer for your buck, so to speak. For this shopping guide, I've put together a soft, summer-y version of Mid-Century Modern. Not too edgy, but with the right amount of clean lines and angles – and at an affordable price.        Continue Reading

Pastel Paradise: How to Make Natural Dyes for Fabric

I'm all about pastels right now, and I suspect we'll be seeing even more pastels while spring is in bloom. To create the pastel paradise I want for Easter, I felt I needed pastel colored fabric napkins. Since I wanted to learn more about natural dyes, I searched for ways to dye fabric with traditional household items in order to achieve my pastel color palette. I decided to experiment with a few different ingredients, and ultimately, red onion skins, turmeric and blueberries helped me create three pastel napkins to use this season.  Continue Reading

How To: Update An Old Pitcher With A Gold Mod Vibe

Don’t you love it when a friend admires something in your home and you can puff your chest out a bit and admit that you made it yourself? That’s exactly what will happen with this pretty pretty pitcher. And it’s just as easily removable as it was to create in the first place!      

 

I’m really wanting to add gold circles to every item in my home after seeing this pitcher makeover! Continue Reading

Make It: DIY Confetti-Sprinkled Linen Napkins!

created at: 03/21/2012

Okay, you guys.  Here’s my plan.  We’re going to make a bunch of those twine garden lights (in lots of pretty, spring-y colors), and then we’re going to make a bunch of these awesome confetti napkins.  And then?  Then we’re going to throw ourselves a big ol’ garden party!  Sound good??  

 

Elisabeth from My Growing Home put together a sweet little tutorial for Design Mom yesterday on how to make your own confetti-sprinkled linen napkins.  I love the cheery colors and the pops of glittery gold, don’t you?   Continue Reading

How to: Make a Dining Room Table from Reclaimed Wood (for $50!)

created at: 02/24/2012

HI! I’m Rebekah from Potholes and Pantyhose where I share and photograph detailed tutorials of my DIY projects, recipes, photography tips and remodeling endeavors. 

I like to re-invent and create things around my home and I also love to fill up a person’s belly until they are beyond full…and then heap a dessert on top. A large dining room table, with the ability to seat twelve, was a dream of mine. So, I decided to make it a reality -a beautiful, unique and inexpensive reality. Continue Reading

How to: Make a Contemporary, Glittery Holiday Tree Centerpiece

created at: 12/01/2011

Truth be told, I’ve never actually owned, made, or utilized a dining table “centerpiece.” See, I’m lucky enough to have any dining area at all in my urban apartment, in which I barely manage to fit a small table big enough for four. Once the table is set, filled with glasses, place mats, and the like, there’s no room for extra decor. I would need an actual dining room, with an actual dining table.

But, this holiday season, I decided to make one anyway. Continue Reading

Holly Turns a $40 Rug into a Show-Stopping Focal Point

created at: 10/17/2011

It’s easy to get excited about furniture. And it’s plenty fun to explore paint colors, wall art options, and accessories. After all, those are what go into a room’s design, right?

Well, yeah. That’s part of it. But don’t forget those other two sides of the space – the ceiling, and the floor. Of course, a room defining floor piece can often cost significantly more than that can of paint or awesome framed print. Like, a whole lot more. Continue Reading

Make It: DIY Table Number Napkins (Free Download)!

created at: 10/06/2011

With October kicking off the beginning of non-stop holiday shenanigans, these DIY numbered table napkins will help keep the festivities organized!  

Kathleen from Twig & Thistle shares this great tutorial (and a free download – woohoo!) for creating your own table number napkins.  While we love this alternative to traditional numbered table cards, it would be fun to adapt this concept for smaller events where each guest could have their own unique number.  And hey, if you do go that route, I’ve got dibs on number 5!   Continue Reading

Roundup: 25 Tabletop Textiles, Placemats, & Tablecloths to Die For!

created at: 08/17/2011

From modern tea towels to tassels to tie dye, we’ve shared some of our favorite kitchen textiles and related DIY projects.  Now it’s time to take that passion to the dining table with a roundup of some of the most colorful and unique table linens out there!   

 

created at: 08/17/2011

1. Räsymatto Napkins by Marimekko

2. Apples and Pears Table Runner by Lizalew Design

3. Numbers Runner from CB2

4. Mina Tablecloth from Anthropologie

5. Grid Placemat by Modern Twist

created at: 08/17/2011

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Craft It: A Robot Centerpiece for the 4th of July!

created at: 06/28/2011

PatriBot 3000 is what I’m calling this quirky Fourth of July centerpiece.  With a belly full of cookies and a head full of forks, he’ll be the star of the festivities (after the fireworks, of course)!  Ready to make a DIY robot of your own?  Great.  Let’s get this freedom party started!  

Mr. PatriBot would be a great craft to work on with the kids because, c’mon, what kid doesn’t love a robot?  They (and you!) will have fun putting all the parts together for what will no doubt be the coolest 4th of July centerpiece ever made.   Continue Reading