Spring this year came a little sooner than usual. Then it kind of waved us goodbye again and the temperature dropped. But now, it is officially Spring and that gets us thinking about outside dining, cookouts, and afternoons by the pool. I have been wanting to hand dye a couple of home items for quite some time. From placemats, to throw quilts or pillow cases. So, the other day I wore my plastic blue gloves and finally did it. Making hand dyed indigo napkins is a fun way to add more pattern and color to the table setting making the next mealtime a little extra special.
1- Napkins (you can order the same ones I used here, or use what you have in your home)
2- Tie dye kit (I recommend this one here because it comes with the dye as well as a couple of tools, like the rubber bands, gloves, popsicle sticks and square wooden pieces)
4- Large bucket
We’ve partnered with Project Nursery once again for another DIY project. And guess what, if you still have some left over copper pipes from our previous projects like this one here or this one here, you might have all the materials you will need. We’ve put together a very simple and stylish DIY clothes rack for those cute baby clothes. This hanging rack is a functional idea to keep the nursery organized. Click here to see the step-by-step instructions at Project Nursery.
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What can you do with some copper hardware and chunky yarn? Well, a gorgeous wall tapestry off course! We’ve put together another DIY project in partnership with Project Nursery. We’ve designed a DIY wall hanging tapestry that is easy to make, affordable, and it looks super GOOD. You can use this décor item in the baby nursery, as well as a bedroom, or family room. So, visit the post here to see the step-by-step instructions and all the materials you will need. Happy decorating!
We’ve made a list. We’ve checked it twice. We modified it, but then finally decided it was nice. Now that it is all done, it is time to think about unique gift wrapping paper. So, gather your supplies and let’s have an elf gift wrapping party, shall we? All you need is a Kraft paper roll, black paint, and white strings.
If you are feeling a little crafty and want to add a personal touch to your Christmas gifts this season, visit Project Nursery here to see all the details about this DIY gift wrapping project we did. We promise you that it is super easy to make this custom and unique gift wrapping paper. These gorgeous packages will feel right at home under your Christmas Tree.
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I am thrilled to have partnered with Project Nursery, one of my favorite kids’ blog. In case you never heard of them, you must check them out. At Project Nursery’s blog you will find tips about kids décor, kids parties, and everything that is trending in the baby world.
For this partnership, I will be writing about one DIY project every month. These projects will range from simple, yet elegant décor for kids’ spaces, to free printables and more. So let me give you a sneak peek of our first DIY project for Project Nursery.
Because almost every baby will have a difficult time transitioning from crib to big bed, we decided to create a DIY headboard to make that milestone more fun. For more details and to see all instructions about this very simple DIY project, visit Project Nursery here.
Oh, and just in case you have any ideas of projects you would like to see, feel free to contact us. Since Project Nursery is all about baby, think about projects that would target mamas that are decorating their kids’ spaces.
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We have been talking about this chandelier for such a long time. It has probably been two years since we decided we needed/wanted it, until the time we hung it up last Sunday. It turns out I have some very talented and artistic men in my family. One of them being my brother-in-law, Rique, owner and co-founder of Tomada. Tomada is a company that specializes in unique, modern, and eclectic lighting. From chandelier, to floor lamps and more, all of Tomada’s items are handmade in Brazil, by my brother-in-law and his business partner.
So, when Rique and his wife Paula flew from Brazil for a two-week visit, we gathered together and watched him as he planned our very own custom chandelier by Tomada. Once we settled on his idea, Alex and Rique hit HomeDepot and Yukon, our favorite local lumber yard, for all the materials.
One afternoon, the building party begun in the garage. There were lots of drilling, cutting, and wire weaving. Rique used wooden blocks for his massive chandelier design. All blocks were cut into 8″x8″ cubes. The blocks were then arranged in a large circle and connected using a metal pipe. The chandelier hangs from three simple steel cables. There is a beautiful contrast between the weight of the blocks versus the lightness of the cables. He installed twelve spot lights in different places of the chandelier. Four of the lights point down, two lights point to the side, and four more point upwards.
How does caring for a dying fiddle leaf fig plant turned into a DIY graphic basket project? Well, I have been struggling to keep my two fig plants alive for the past 5 months. They used to be so full and so green. But slowly, they are losing lots of leafs. After changing how regularly I water them and adding fertilizer, I decided that I had to find another spot for them in the house. Once I moved them around, I immediately found myself a new house project. Right next to one of the pots, this old brass-colored basket was looking so shy. That big vase was just too much for that old basket. The basket looked naked, or just not charming enough. I have been seeing some gorgeous graphic baskets from Serena and Lily. So I thought that it would be fun to try and mimic the look of these adorable storage baskets. With the project in my mind, I searched the house for materials. I found some tape in the garage and some leftover paint. All I was missing was black spray paint. I quickly stopped by my parents house to steal their black spray paint I had purchased for another project and 10 minutes later, I had all the materials I needed and I could claim this was a cost FREE project.
This was a pretty easy little project. First, I covered the basket with black paint. I left it to dry for two days since I was going to be using tape over the freshly painted black paint. After two days, I taped my design, painted it white (with a hint of silver), and voila! It was all done.
From an old brass-colored basket to a truly one-of-a-kind graphic basket. For more projects and updates follow us on IG. Have you seen how we made a modern-looking oversized chandelier? Head on over here to see details.
Last weekend we happily celebrated Bela’s birthday. This NINE-year-old wanted to celebrate her birthday in 80’s style, as you can see it here. To celebrate her birthday, I baked my first fondant cake. With a little help from our friend Yolanda from howtocakeit, Raquel, my Mom and I tackled this challenge and ended up with a two layered cake covered with white fondant and adorned with colorful candles. It sure takes a sweet time to bake and decorate a cake, but it is much easier than I thought. I think it turned out pretty ok, right? And if you stop tilting your head, you will realize that those candles are in fact not crooked at all. I forsee many more fondant cakes in my future. Oh, and the best part to me was to hear the kids saying “wow” as they found out the inside of the cake was a bright rainbow layered cake! The simple décor, including the candles, the candle stand, and honeycomb tissue balls are all ala #targetstyle.
A couple years ago, Alex and I were sitting on the couch, having a glass of wine while we chatted with my brother-in-law who was visiting from Brazil. We started talking about our house projects when we were faced with our super-traditional-beautiful-not-my-style-chandelier in our hallway. We knew that grand chandelier would have to go one day, but we always felt guilty about removing it. The chandelier did seem a little out of place in this traditional house that was slowly changing its mood to a more modern vibe. As we talked about all the reasons why the traditional chandelier should stay and all the reasons why it should go, the glass of wine spoke louder and we decided that we had just found our next house project. So that night we brainstormed some design ideas. Secretly, Bruno and I were hoping that nothing would happen the next day and that in two years we would say: “- oh, remember when we talked about taking down that oh, so grand chandelier?” But Alex crushed our lazy hope and the guys both went to the home improvement store in search of some wood the very next morning.
The idea for the new chandelier was to create something modern and big, but something that was not too overwhelming. We thought geometric shapes, industrial-looking, clean lines. How about a big cube? Yeah, that will do it. A hollow one that is. So construction started in the garage. It was summer time and Bruno was in vacation mode while visiting us. There were probably three hundred and one more interesting things to do than to squat down and clamp wood. But at least, the boys were in good company.
When we got ready to start decorating my parent’s house we were faced with a dilemma. We needed a large dining table. To be more precise, we needed a table for 15. The problem was that the dining room wasn’t THAT big. Meanwhile, my parents were envisioning happy family gatherings around a large dining table on a perfect lazy Sunday afternoon. So, of course, I could not crush that little dream of theirs. After 300 plus opinions, we decided to do a round dining table at the “official” dining room for smaller dinner gatherings and breakfast. We then took advantage of the large living room and decided to transform that room into a living room combined with a dining room and a game room as well. Once we had a goal, we started our search for a dining table that could fit 15. It turns out, it is nearly impossible to find such table. But back in my dark attic, an old table sat there quietly, waiting patiently amongst boxes and boxes of Christmas decorations and Halloween costumes. A couple of years ago, we carefully placed my old dining table in the attic despite our strict attic rule. We do have very strict rules about this attic of ours. And by we, I really mean Alex. The rule is simple, very simple. Nothing goes in the attic. According to Alex, the attic can only store seasonal items. Things that stay there for a while but come downstairs once in a while to say a quick hello. But my old table, oh, I could not let that one go. Her legs were just too good-looking. Skinny and shiny, and oh, so metallic! I knew that if I saved it in the forbidden attic for a couple of years, one day she would come downstairs to show off her legs again. And I had just found the perfect opportunity.