175 posts tagged homewares
I’ve always liked those pastel coloured milk bottles that seem to be in all the homewares mags these days, but I’ll be darned if I’m going to pay $30 for a milk bottle! And unfortunately they don’t sell milk in bottles here so I can’t even DIY my own.version. We do however have a lot of beer, so this tutorial will be much easier to make!
For a while I’ve tried a few things to decorate the dark hallway in my house. It really needs a skylight! But anyway, everything there looks wrong. There’s lots of wall space but it’s very hard to decorate. As soon as I saw this though, I knew that it would be a great way to spruce it up! Not to mention it’s made from my favourite ‘metal’, copper. And hopefully some blooms down there will lighten the place up a bit!
DIY confession time: I may have re-blogged this mainly for the awesome cat in the picture. But the chrysanthemum is also awesome! It’s easy to make (though a little time consuming) and looks amazing as a feature above the dining table. Purr-fect!
edit: sorry about that pun
I immediately jumped on this DIY because this is exactly what I have done at home! I used to have a ‘proper’ tv unit. I couldn’t afford anything very expensive and ended up with a very dodgy unit that rocked if you touched it. For something I was putting one of the most expensive things I owned on to be so shoddy…not very smart. I had an old dresser that I didn’t know what to do with so with a clever Dad and some tools we were able to convert it to a unit. And when you think about it, it makes sense. Big drawers for DVDs, CDs and - if you still use them - videos! With a hole drilled in the back of the unit big enough for your cord to poke through you can fit in your units. And the biggest plus - the old units were built super sturdy so you know it’s not going to rock over and take your tv and everything else with it!
I always get a little nervous when I post any DIY that involves altering books in anyway because I inevitably get a lot of comments/reblogs, etc of people saying ‘Sacrilege! Book destroyer! Gah!’. These bum me out but I also know that there are a ton of people who love these. I see it more as celebrating books and how much they mean to me than destroying them. These books would probably sit in a bin in an op shop before being chucked in the rubbish, so in a way you are saving them! I truly love this idea, though I don’t think I dust enough to justify having one! The beauty of this is that it’s also a statement piece so you’re not going to need a lot more decoration in your room. Just make sure you secure the books as directed or you might end up with your head in a book…literally!
Speaking of childhood fun, paper mache is another crafty project I loved doing! Though I never made anything as classy as these gold leaf bowls - it was mainly pig money boxes. But I would love to try again to make these, and it gives me another excuse to buy gold leaf which seems to be everywhere right now!
Liberty of London creates the most beautiufl chintzy floral fabrics and I was very excited to see that they have a new section of their blog dedicated to crafts. It’s a little sparse at the moment but this first project is fun and is a great lesson in applique. As Liberty Of London fabric can be quite pricey, check out etsy for bundles of off-cuts to create your piece.
It was hard to choose just one of the art projects from Dans le Townhouse but this one was my favourite. Creating your own art for your house is great because you can make it to suit your own tastes and your interior.
Why are printed doormats so expensive?! All the awesome ones are like $50. I’m not paying that much money for something I wipe my feet on. Well here is a really quick and easy project to make your own mat on the cheap - and you can write whatever you want that you can make out of masking tape!
One thing I miss about living in the country is that you can see so many stars at night it’s truly amazing. I love just laying out on our backyard lawn at night looking at stars - not that I know any of them! This constellation chart while not the same as the real thing is still a sweet piece of art to hang in your house. To find a chart, go the google (just make sure you get the right hemisphere!)
It was recently hard rubbish day in a suburb near me and being the weirdo hard rubbish nut that I am I was incredibly excited to see a couple of very dodgy looking chairs on the side of the road. The fabric on the padding was that weird avocado looking colour that seemed to be the height of class in the late 70’s but the chair was in pretty good nick. Currently they are sitting under the veranda waiting to be made over but I wasn’t sure which way to go - I was veering towards gold chairs with pink seats. But after seeing this makeover I think I will go for this pretty combo, which fits perfectly in with my dining room. And then I can do matching curtains, tablecloths, napkins…
Last year was the year of me blogging every single glitter project I could find, this year I think it’s tent DIYs! I just love them. There’s only so many tents you need but I’m still going to reblog them! I think what I like the most about Kellie’s version is the tassles and the geo print on the outside. Also the fact that it’s made from a wood A-frame means it’s a little more stable!
Though this project is for a swaddling blanket, it can be easily adapted for any light weight blanket. Adelaide is experiencing that weird weather that always seems to come with Spring - warm during the day and suddenly freezing at night! These little blankets would be perfect for wrapping in when it’s too hot for wool and yet not cold enough for the heater. Or of course, swaddling a baby!
How kick ass is this super cheap art?! Wit & Vinegar used vintage National Geographics for her ‘notans’ (don’t worry, she explains in the tutorial!) but you could really use anything for your background. Though a pretty sunset would look amazing in one of these. Or you could use a fashion shoot from a fashion mag or even paint a watercolor background. Make a set and get some cheap frames from IKEA to frame them!
I like to have classic pieces in my house - traditional lamps, white curved dining table, upholstered bed head - but I also love to have quirky pieces too! And accessories are the easiest way to add that fun touch without investing a ton of money that you may regret later. Take for instance these adorable vintage salt & pepper shakers! Using pictures from vintage dress patterns, SYTH printed them out onto decal slide paper and stuck them to some plain white shakers. Think of all the different patterns you could add - maybe old Elvis and young Elvis? - just make sure you remember which one is which…