Trend Alert: “All-Seeing Eye” Motif

Photo: Sinnen Rausch

Eye spy a trend popping up all over the internet lately, on everything from textiles to phone cases to kitchen accessories… the all-seeing eye! Inspired by historical designs like the Eye of Providence and Olle Eksell's One Eye, it's a bold motif with a lot of fun variations so it really lends itself to DIY projects. So today I'm sharing ten of my favorite eye-covered products and DIYs… click through to check them out.    Continue Reading

How To: Make a Modern Geometric DIY Leather Mouse Pad

created at: 09/30/2012

We’re nearing the finish line of our office makeover (more on that later) and so I’ve turned my attention to some of the finer details… details like, you know, mouse pads. After a desperate search to find some that blended form and function in a way that made my aesthetic-loving soul happy — and failing — I decided to make my own. And I’m glad I did because, holy cow, I love them!     

These bad boys combine a few of my favorite things: leather, triangles, and the color black (always good in the right doses). Continue Reading

How To: Make a Modern DIY Copper Mobile

created at: 12/12/2012

This is by far one of the coolest DIY mobiles I’ve ever seen. It helps that it’s in über-on-trend copper, of course, but it would look awesome in any color or finish! Check out how to make it below.     

created at: 12/12/2012

Loryn from The Crafty Sisters created this mobile from copper discs. It’s really quite simple and the array of shapes you can get from two round pieces is impressive! See her tutorial right here.

What color or finish would you use? Continue Reading

Make It: DIY Neon Fabric Coil Bowls

created at: 11/06/2012

I remember making a coil bowl from scrap fabric as a kid — it turned out terribly. Now that my dexterity and attention to detail and general craftin’ skillz have increased, I really want to give this trendy neon version a go.     

Lisa from The Red Thread created a super detailed tutorial for creating your own fabric coil bowls — check it out right here! It’s so detailed, in fact, I’m feeling inspired and confident enough to maybe try a giant, over-sized version. Continue Reading

Roundup: 5 Ways to Decorate with Washi Tape!

created at: 03/30/2012

Ahh, washi tape.  The craft-o-sphere’s wunderkind!  This seemingly all-purpose material can be found gracing the surfaces of everything from Easter eggs to vases and now… walls!  Check out a few of our favorite unexpected decorative uses for this craft supply miracle!   


created at: 03/30/2012

1. This apartment in France uses washi tape in every bedroom, adding a nice pop of color and whimsy!  See more here. [Photo: Julien Fernandez]

2. Created as a backdrop for a neon-themed wedding, this door’s architectural detailing gets some serious “oomph”.   Continue Reading

How To: Make a DIY Gold Paint-Dipped, Faux-Porcelain Bowl (from Scratch!)

created at: 12/05/2011

Metallics have been all the rage for the last few years, but 2011 was the year they really shined (heh).  So, like any dutiful design blogger, I decided to apply the trend to a simple DIY project and even mixed in some paint dipping shenanigans to boot!  It’s a regular ol’ trend explosion up in this joint–but classy, of course.  Always classy.   

This faux-porcelain, (faux) gold-dipped bowl (well, it’s more of a dish, really), is capital E-A-S-Y.   Continue Reading

How to: Make DIY Ombre Glowing Hurricane Glasses

Heads up, cool kids: ombre is all the rage these days. The term is French, simply meaning “shaded” or “dark,” and the look was all over New York Fashion Week this year. So now, of course, it’s time to bring it into your home with a little DIY ombre decorness.

To start, how about these glowing fall-inspired and very Thanksgiving-ready ombre hurricane glasses?   The best thing about this project is though it looks like it’d take multiple colors of tissue paper, it actually only requires one sheet and some tricky layering. Continue Reading

Are Wall Decals ‘So Over’?

modern apartment Freshome20 Charming Apartment with Surprising Design Elements

Crusing through the usual sites recently, I came across a post at one of my regular stops. (No, I won’t mention which one.) The poster said that we were over wall decals, which made me ask two questions.

 One, “Do you have a turd in your pocket?” and two,”Are we over wall decals?” This morning, I spotted the one pictured above over at Freshome and squealed a little*. I guess that means I’m not over them yet. Continue Reading

30 of the Hippest Hotels in the World

I have a theory that anyone who uses the word ‘hip’ isn’t, but since this list of the Top 30 Hip Hotels in 2008 is coming from Trend Hunter, I’ll suspend my belief this one time. As for me, I’d pass on my local FantaSuite and book a stay at Airstream Europe, which is in rural France, near Mirepoix. For the entire top 30 list with links, visit Trend Hunter.

Image of the ‘Full Moon’ in Baku, Azerbaijan, aka the Death Star. Continue Reading