How to Decorate Your Tree in the Scandinavian Style with DIY Minimal Ornaments

 

DIY Scandinavian Ornaments
Images by Marlene Sauer

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

DIY Gift Idea: Make This Wood Cutting Board (in Under a Day!)

wood cutting board
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A few weeks ago I took a woodworking class to familiarize myself with some new power tools. The class involved making a simple wood cutting board, much like this one. I was so excited with how mine turned out, and with how quick it was to make! Since it's the holidays and everyone could use a little help coming up with gift ideas, I'm sharing this DIY wood cutting board tutorial with you today. Continue Reading

Real Christmas Tree 101: Everything You Need to Know About Tree Care

Real Christmas tree maintenance

The other day a friend told me about her family’s tradition of getting their Christmas trees the day after Thanksgiving. While other people are feverishly chasing Black Friday deals, they spend the morning at a nearly-empty Christmas tree farm, cutting down fresh Christmas trees. Sounds pretty ideal, doesn’t it? With proper Christmas tree maintenance, they don’t have any trouble keeping them looking good for a whole month, so here’s what you need to know to buy a real Christmas tree, and keep it in tip-top shape throughout the holidays.     Continue Reading

How to Repaint Furniture | The Painted Dresser Project

How to repaint a dresser

Ready for a fun before-and-after project? A boring Craigslist dresser is transformed into a vision of blue beauty, in just 10 steps! There is a right way to to achieve a great finish on a painted dresser, and there is certainly a wrong way, too. Sure, you could just slap on a coat of paint and call it a day, but impatience and rushing through the repainting process means sloppy results. However, we're here to share our careful step-by-step process, and to make sure you get it right the first time around so your Craigslist finds can shine!             Continue Reading

Discarded Dumpster Chair Gets a Second Chance

Painting metal chairs - Office chair makeover
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I live for a great trash-to-treasure project. And this piece literally came from the trash.

I wasn't intentionally dumpster-diving, but one of our neighbors in the building was moving out, and leaving a lot behind. While taking out the garbage, I found a plastic case that had a lovely blue typewriter inside (immediately snatched that up), a squeaky office chair (I left that behind), and this ratty old seat. Continue Reading

3 Tutorials That Will Have You Lettering Chalkboards Like a PRO

Chalkboard lettering made easy
Background by Mateusz Liberra / Shutterstock

Okay, show of hands… How many of us have sat down with chalk in hand in front of our new DIY chalkboards, ready to start lettering, only to realize that our chalkboard lettering skills stink? This morning at about 4:30am while I was surfing the webs –because that’s what I do when I wake up waaaay too early and I don’t want to get out of bed and my iPhone is within reach–I spotted a genius tutorial on Indie Craft Parade that shows how to letter like a total pro. Continue Reading

What I Learned About Interior Design from Living with a Video Game Designer

My husband designs video games for a living, and over the years, I've realized that video game design and interior design actually have a surprising amount of overlap. Room designers and game designers are both designing experiences for people to interact with, and though they may have very different end goals, some of the principles are the same.                 

 Even though I'm not a gamer myself, I have played the games my husband has worked on, and we're not talking about Tetris here. Continue Reading

IKEA Hack: Turn an Inexpensive Cabinet into a Rolling Kitchen Workspace

IKEA IVAR cabinet, hacked
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For a while now, I've been trying to figure out how to make the kitchen in my apartment more user-friendly. It's tiny house small. It's a classic galley, only instead of countertops and cupboards flanking both sides of a narrow passage, everything is shoved on one side, facing a blank wall. Because the rental kitchen is so narrow, it hasn't made much sense to put anything on the adjacent wall, save for a trash can and recycling bin. Continue Reading

Conquer Clutter with 44 DIY Jewelry Organizers and Displays You Can Make Yourself

Display your jewelry with these DIY jewelry organizers and storage ideas you can make yourself. #DIY #jewelry #jewelrystorage #organization

As fun as jewelry is to collect and wear, it can be tricky to figure out how to store all your pieces. If you're not careful, it can too easily turn into clutter. Home organization stores would love to convince you to run out and spend tons of money on jewelry organizers and storage. But if you're willing to get a bit crafty, you can easily make your own DIY jewelry organizer or holder to store your jewelry in style.                Continue Reading

Make This: Oversized Wood Bead Garland

Over-sized wood bead garland
Photo: Amber Dickson

Wood bead garland is receiving a lot of love at the moment, and for good reason! It introduces texture and interest, but is neutral enough not to clutter your space. It’s suitable decor for minimalists and maximailists alike! One way to update this trend is to play with scale and supersize your beads.         

 

The beads on this large-scale garland are made from a wooden table leg and a wooden dowel.  Each are easily sourced at the hardware store or anywhere you find small architectural salvage for sale. Continue Reading