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diy: reindeer moss wreath

With the exception of Christmas, I've never really been one to hang a wreath on my front door, but I wanted something bright and Autumn-inspired to greet guests when they came for my baby shower last weekend.  My first thought was a preserved boxwood wreath, but they are a tad bit pricier than I wanted to spend, so, instead, I picked up a bag of reindeer moss at my local nursery in the most GORGEOUS shade of lime green and got to DIY-ing with my mama dukes, who was in town for the shower. 

All I used was a 24 inch grapevine wreath I picked up at Michael's for $3, a glue gun, glue sticks and my reindeer moss and got to glueing!  I had no idea what they sprayed the moss with to preserve it, so I wore gloves and if you're prego like me, I would suggest you do the same!  It was so easy - just dab some glue on to the back of each piece of moss and place it on the wreath.  The whole wreath took less than 20 minutes!

And here is the gorgeous result - the spongey lime green moss looks so stunning against my glossy black door!

Happy Hump Day!


domaine home

Everyone is blogging about Domaine Home, the brand spanking new home interiors site from the creators of Who What Wear, and it's easy to see why - fabulous decorating ideas, celebrity home tours, inspiring DIY projects and even a few delectable recipes thrown in for good measure.  Trust me when I tell you, you will DEVOUR each and every article!  Here's a little peek of what's in store:

Designers Jeffrey Alan Marks and Ross Cassidy's master bedroom redesign:

LOVE this cozy built-in daybed in the adjoining sunroom:

Lea Michele's West Hollywood bungalow makeover:

Interior stylist Lotta Agaton's beautiful black and white living room:

Fashion stylist to the stars Simone Harouche's lovely kitchen:

Love this article on how to pull together a collected, ecclectic look:

Check out the rest of the website here.  Enjoy!


diy: homemade banner

One of my nearest, dearest friends is expecting her first baby at the end of December and, while the sex is going to be a surprise, she has already decorated her nursery in a nuetral color palette with a little animal print thrown in for good measure.  In keeping with her theme, I kept decorations neutral for her baby shower/luncheon, including this simple banner.  It's super easy to make-I whipped this one up in less than half an hour, and the mama-to-be can hang it in the nursery.  Here's how I did it:

All you'll need is two different colors of thick cardstock; a small, single hole punch; a 2 1/2" hole punch; a 3" hole punch; glue and some twine:

First, using the larger of the two hole punches, I punched circles on the darker cardstock. (I turned my hole punch upside down to see where I was punching):

Next, I printed letters on the lighter cardstock and then punched them out with the smaller of the two hole punches. 

I glued the two circles together:

Then, using the small, single hole punch, punched holes in either side of each circle:

Next, I tied each one together with a piece of twine until all the letters were connected, and you're done!



Have a great weekend!


diy: pine cone wreath

I was so inspired by the pine cone wreath I featured in this post last week, that I decided to make one for my front door!  If there's one thing there is an over abundance of in the state of North Carolina it's pine trees, and since we have a ton of them in our backyard, I headed out with my furbaby to grab a bunch.  This was a super easy (and inexpensive) diy project - all you need is a glue gun, glue sticks, an 18-inch grape vine wreath and a bunch of small to medium-sized pine cones to make it lush and full: 

I started gluing the medium-sized cones to the outer rim of the wreath, points facing out, like this:

Once I made it all the way around the outside of the wreath, I started filling in every bare spot:

For some of the tight spots that needed filling in, I yanked the bottoms off of a few smaller pine cones with some needlenose pliers:

...it made it a lot easier to fill in the rest of the wreath:

And here it is:

With all those pine cones, this sucker's HEAVY, so I had to use a metal wreath hanger, but then I covered it with 4-inch wide burlap ribbon to soften it.  I also glued a little felt onto the back of the wreath in a few spots so it wouldn't scratch the door.

What are your favorite craft projects with pine cones?  Hope you're off to a great start this week!


diy: painting stripes

I'm working on a nursery for a first-time mommy-to-be, who has a small niche off her master bedroom.  The room is small-10 feet by 10 feet-and so, instead of cramming a bunch of small pieces of furniture and accessories everywhere, I started by adding some visual interest to draw the eye upward and painted stripes all the way around the room.  I'll admit, the first time I attempted to do this a few years ago, I was definitely intimidated, worried I wouldn't get the lines straight or that paint would get under the tape, but if you have the right tools, it's easier than you think.

All you need is a great laser level, like this one...

...and A LOT of this:

First, attach your laser level to the wall, once you've decided where you want your stripes to be.  When the bubble is directly in the middle of the level, that means your line is straight:

Next, tape your first line.  For mine, I taped UNDER the red line.  This would be the bottom of my first stripe.  You can see it in the above picture, to the left, where the tape is under the level line. Make sure the tape is attached firmly, that there are no air bubbles, otherwise paint will get under it and ruin your lines.

Next, place the level above the first line...

...get the line level, then place the bottom of your tape ABOVE the red line, like this:

Continue taping all your lines in the same way. And don't be afraid of corners!  Your level will go around them, continuing a straight line for you.  Mark the line with a piece of painter's tape, then place your level in the middle of the second wall, lining up the level with that piece of tape.

Once you're done, it will look like this:

Now that the hard part is over, get to painting! I used a Purdy 2 1/2 inch angled brush...

...and got to work!  It took two quick and light coats:

I let it dry completely for 24 hours, then removed the painter's tape for crisp, clean lines.  Here is a sneak peak of the nursery now:

Happy painting!