Spring Mantel Decorating

I don’t know about you but I’m so over winter and ready for spring, flowers, warmer weather and longer days. And to help welcome spring into our home, I set about decorating the mantel to spring ahead into the next much anticipated season – spring!

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

Looking for a big backdrop for seasonal decor? Simply wrap a large canvas with wrapping paper or fabric. Leave it as is, attach glittery garland or a pretty wreath and you’re good to go (and super easy to swap out for every season without having to store art work, not to mention lots of options for the perfect size and coordinating colors).

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

Gather up those ceramic bunnies from the thrift store and give them a coat of spray paint for your spring themed vignettes. 

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

 Display a nest full of faux eggs in a bird cage…

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

Add a cute little birdhouse…

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

A mix of twigs from the yard and faux branches in a vase add a touch of spring and balance…

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

The tulips and daffodils aren’t poking up through the ground yet, but a fresh bouquet of spring flowers indoors will chase away the winter blahs.

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

Are you ready for spring?

Spring Mantel Decorating Ideas

Check out more spring inspiration in the It’s a Spring Thing Blog Hop!

It's a Spring Thing

It’s a Spring Thing Blog Hoppers

 ~ Monday ~

Maryann from Domestically Speaking

Heather from Setting for Four

Kim from Sand & Sisal

Courtney from French Country Cottage

~ Tuesday ~

Jennifer from Town and Country Living

Roeshel from DIY Show Off (you’re here!)

Kristin from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

~ Wednesday ~

Destiny from A Place for Us

Angelina from JoJo & Eloise

Kristin from Yellow Bliss Road

~ Thursday ~

Mary Beth from Cupcakes & Crinoline

Heather & Vanessa from At the Picket Fence

Kristi from Lolly Jane

Debbie from Debbie Doos

~ Friday ~

It’s a Spring Thing Linky Party… come share your Spring décor, recipes, crafts and more!

DIY & Show Off: That DIY Party Decorating & Home Accents Highlights

Looking for some DIY decorating and home accent inspiration? I’ve gathered some favorites from January’s That DIY Party: 

That DIY Party highlights - January 2014

Cute curvy coat rack {repurposed table legs} from Denise on a Whim repurposed table legs coat rack - Denise on a Whim

Brrr! Baby it’s cold outside! Embracing it with a winter mantel at the Happy Housie…love the pine cone pom pom garland!

winter mantel @theHappyHousie

Loving gold? Me too! The gold leaf tray at Homey Oh My is a great way to display jewelry. 

gold leaf jewelry tray @HomeyOhMy

Kim’s beachy neutral Valentine’s mantel at Sand & Sisal is sweet for all year long. 

neutral beachy Valentine mantel @SandandSisal

When your bedroom makeover is on a tight budget, check out Corey’s great tutorial for making your own duvet cover at Tiny Side Kick

how to make a duvet cover @TinySideKick

 

Who wants these? Yep, me too! See the great DIY rustic floating shelves tutorial at Tiny Side Kick. 

floating shelves tutorial @TinySideKick

Lisa’s DIY Ikea wall light hack at Shine Your Light – not only just as beautiful as her inspiration but way more budget friendly too!

Ikea wall light hack @ShineYourLightBlog

Looking for some easy sweet DIY wall art? The DIY sweetheart hoop at Sugar Beans fits the bill. So cute!

Sweetheart Hoop Art @SugarBeans

for the little ones…

Oh.My.Goodness! Isn’t this the most darling thing ever? It’s a DIY retro play kitchen at Imperfectly Imaginable

DIY play kitchen @ImperfectlyImaginable

Need a place to hide away until spring arrives? I’d love to hole up in this DIY play tent at the DIY Mommy. Operation hibernation commence. 

DIY play tent tutorial @theDIYMommy

Remember to pin from the original source. See more DIY highlights on That DIY Party Pinterest Board for easy re-pinning…

thatdiyparty.pinboard

Have a DIY project to share? Well head on over to “show off” your DIY…

That DIY Party

Valentine’s Day Decorating {Vinyl Decal Glass Top Table Runner}

I’m not quite late in terms of sharing my Valentine decorating, am I? I don’t do much…just a little here and there, mostly in the dining room. 

Valentine dining room decor

More pictures after a little vinyl tutorial: Having a vinyl cutting machine is GREAT for last minute decorating! Our reclaimed barn wood dining table is protected by a beveled glass top. And a glass top table is the perfect spot for an adhesive vinyl table runner just in time for Valentine’s day!

Valentine glass top table vinyl decals

You’ll need:

  • Adhesive vinyl from Happy Crafters in pink and soft pink
  • Transfer paper

Tools I used:

  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Silhouette Design Studio software
  • scissors
  • credit card/gift card

Happy Crafters Adhesive Vinyl

Using the Silhouette Design Studio software, I used different fonts to create Valentine text along with a few shapes from the online store.  Because I wanted to have the text reading different directions, I used the rotate tool to flip some of the text and shapes. 

Silhouette Design Studio software

Before sending the design to cut, I uploaded the vinyl into my machine color side up then changed my setting to cut adhesive vinyl. 

When cutting was complete, I removed and trimmed my vinyl design. Then inserted another sheet of vinyl and cut the design again. I used two sets of vinyl decals to create my table runner.  cutting adhesive vinyl

Next up is removing all of the negative part of the vinyl design. Simply remove all vinyl that’s not a letter or shape. 

weeding vinyl decals

Now it’s like a sheet of vinyl stickers. Not something you want to place letter by letter so apply a piece of transfer paper over top of the vinyl decals. 

Measure placement and alignment of where the vinyl decal table runner will go onto your glass top table. 

vinyl decal placement

Rub the vinyl decals with a gift card so that the adhesive vinyl transfer from the wax paper backing to the transfer paper. 

transfer paper

Remove wax paper backing. Sometimes I have to use my fingernail or thumbnail to help along the transfer. 

adhesive vinyl decal tutorial

Carefully align and place the vinyl decal with transfer paper onto the glass. 

glass top table vinyl decal

Rub with a gift card so that the vinyl transfers from the paper to the glass. 

transferring vinyl decal

Remove transfer paper. 

transfer paper vinyl decal

That’s it! Now the glass table top sports a sweet Valentine’s message!

adhesive vinyl Valentine centerpiece

Simply peel away the vinyl for easy removal.

Valentine table decor

More decorating around the DIYShowOff house: 

Valentine centerpiece

 

Valentine wreath

Valentine's day dining room decorating

Valentine Mantel

 

DIYShowOff Valentine Mantel

 

Valentine dining room decor

 

Valentine dining room decor

 

Valentine decor

 

See more Valentine’s crafts in the DIYShowOff project gallery

 

Valentine kitchen

 

Valentine decorating

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  I really love working with this vinyl. Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for inspiration for your next project. 

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Halloween Mantel

The Raven (Nevermore) Halloween Mantel:

Nevermore Halloween Mantel

nevermore Halloween tree

The Raven Halloween Mantel  

  1. Halloween Nevermore Tree Tutorial
  2. Halloween potion bottles and jars (DIY by my daughter, Ali)
  3. Halloween poison bottle (Thanks, Ali! Love them!)
  4. Iron cake stand with skull {affiliate link}

Halloween raven mantel

The Raven ~ Edgar Allan Poe

  Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
`’Tis some visitor,’ I muttered, `tapping at my chamber door -
Only this, and nothing more.’Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December,
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
Eagerly I wished the morrow; – vainly I had sought to borrow
From my books surcease of sorrow – sorrow for the lost Lenore -
For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore -
Nameless here for evermore.And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtain
Thrilled me – filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before;
So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating
`’Tis some visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door -
Some late visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door; -
This it is, and nothing more,’Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer,
`Sir,’ said I, `or Madam, truly your forgiveness I implore;
But the fact is I was napping, and so gently you came rapping,
And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door,
That I scarce was sure I heard you’ – here I opened wide the door; -
Darkness there, and nothing more.Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before;
But the silence was unbroken, and the darkness gave no token,
And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, `Lenore!’
This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word, `Lenore!’
Merely this and nothing more.Back into the chamber turning, all my soul within me burning,
Soon again I heard a tapping somewhat louder than before.
`Surely,’ said I, `surely that is something at my window lattice;
Let me see then, what thereat is, and this mystery explore -
Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore; -
‘Tis the wind and nothing more!’Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter,
In there stepped a stately raven of the saintly days of yore.
Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he;
But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door -
Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door -
Perched, and sat, and nothing more.Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,
By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore,
`Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou,’ I said, `art sure no craven.
Ghastly grim and ancient raven wandering from the nightly shore -
Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night’s Plutonian shore!’
Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.’Much I marvelled this ungainly fowl to hear discourse so plainly,
Though its answer little meaning – little relevancy bore;
For we cannot help agreeing that no living human being
Ever yet was blessed with seeing bird above his chamber door -
Bird or beast above the sculptured bust above his chamber door,
With such name as `Nevermore.’

But the raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only,
That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.
Nothing further then he uttered – not a feather then he fluttered -
Till I scarcely more than muttered `Other friends have flown before -
On the morrow he will leave me, as my hopes have flown before.’
Then the bird said, `Nevermore.’

Startled at the stillness broken by reply so aptly spoken,
`Doubtless,’ said I, `what it utters is its only stock and store,
Caught from some unhappy master whom unmerciful disaster
Followed fast and followed faster till his songs one burden bore -
Till the dirges of his hope that melancholy burden bore
Of “Never-nevermore.”‘

But the raven still beguiling all my sad soul into smiling,
Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird and bust and door;
Then, upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to linking
Fancy unto fancy, thinking what this ominous bird of yore -
What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and ominous bird of yore
Meant in croaking `Nevermore.’

This I sat engaged in guessing, but no syllable expressing
To the fowl whose fiery eyes now burned into my bosom’s core;
This and more I sat divining, with my head at ease reclining
On the cushion’s velvet lining that the lamp-light gloated o’er,
But whose velvet violet lining with the lamp-light gloating o’er,
She shall press, ah, nevermore!

Then, methought, the air grew denser, perfumed from an unseen censer
Swung by Seraphim whose foot-falls tinkled on the tufted floor.
`Wretch,’ I cried, `thy God hath lent thee – by these angels he has sent thee
Respite – respite and nepenthe from thy memories of Lenore!
Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe, and forget this lost Lenore!’
Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.’

`Prophet!’ said I, `thing of evil! – prophet still, if bird or devil! -
Whether tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore,
Desolate yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted -
On this home by horror haunted – tell me truly, I implore -
Is there – is there balm in Gilead? – tell me – tell me, I implore!’
Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.’

`Prophet!’ said I, `thing of evil! – prophet still, if bird or devil!
By that Heaven that bends above us – by that God we both adore -
Tell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn,
It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels name Lenore -
Clasp a rare and radiant maiden, whom the angels name Lenore?’
Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.’

`Be that word our sign of parting, bird or fiend!’ I shrieked upstarting -
`Get thee back into the tempest and the Night’s Plutonian shore!
Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken!
Leave my loneliness unbroken! – quit the bust above my door!
Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!’
Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.’

And the raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;
And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon’s that is dreaming,
And the lamp-light o’er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Shall be lifted – nevermore!

Halloween mantel

 More DIY Halloween here and here

Summer Carnival Mantel & Fun in the Sun

Summer time! It’s my favorite time of the year.  I love that I can do some fun decorating in our colorful and eclectic family room in progress. I’ll be sharing a tutorial for the gallery wall but the collection is all thrift store items from my decorating accessories stash. The colorful glass were filled with flower arrangements at our wedding reception nearly 8 years ago. My colorful candlesticks were an easy DIY thrifty transformation. 

summer carnival mantel decor

Sunshine, long days, festivals, carnivals, amusement parks…don’t you love that stuff?

summer carnival mantel

Funnel cakes, elephant ears, cotton candy, candy apples, gyros, french fries, snow cones, popcorn, hot dogs,  

summer carnival mantel

Rides. Wait. I’m more of a merry-go-round than roller coaster type girl and avoid things called ‘tornado’ and ’tilt-a-whirl’ or anything that drops. 

summer carnival mantel decor

 Concerts, bands, music festivals and fireworks.

colorful eclectic decor

Duck pond, ring toss, games, balloon animals, clowns, cheesy prizes, face painting and pony rides.

summer carnival mantel decor

 Step right up! 

summer carnival mantel

 Everyone’s a winner!

summer carnival mantel decor

See the DIY foam board accent wall/wall art/gallery template tutorial for more details on a lightweight, easy, cheap way to add pattern and color to your decorating.  

Crazy and whimsical and temporary. Keeping furniture and walls neutral allows me to change things up more often. I’m using the foamboard for another project, so it’s now looking a bit more like this:

summer carnival mantel

Do you decorate for the seasons? Have you been following along with the Fun in the Sun series? So much summer inspiration! Here are the details:

Fun in the sun summer linky party and giveaway

Be sure to visit all of the Fun in the Sun hostesses and their awesome summer projects:

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia – how to make pom pom lanterns

paper-lantern My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Sand & Sisal – summer centerpiece

Summer-Centerpiece-Sand and Sisal

Fox Hollow Cottage – pool noodle summer wreath

AlohaSummerFlipFlopPoolNoodleDIYWreathCraft - Fox Hollow Cottage

Adventures in Decorating – Summer Porch

summer porch - Adventures in Decorating

Setting for Four – summer beach mantel 

beach mantel - Setting for Four

Debbiedoo’s – 5 quick summer craft projects including this recycled can caddy…

recycled-cans-Debbie Doos

French Country Cottage – summer table setting

summer table setting French Country Cottage

Cupcakes and Crinoline – beach inspired desserts

beach inspired desserts - Cupcakes and Crinoline

Domestically Speaking – Ultimate All American Sundae

ultimate-all-american-sundae - Domestically Speaking

At the Picket Fence – DIY outdoor coffee table

chalkboard-outdoor-coffee-table At the Picket Fence

Yellow Bliss Road – sweet & simple summer mantel

summer mantel - Yellow Bliss Road

JoJo and Eloise – avocado, blueberry & coconut cream popsicles

avocado-blueberry-coconut-cream-popsicles-gluten-free-dairy at JoJo & Eloise

DIY Show Off – summer carnival mantel

summer carnival mantel

Coming up tomorrow (6/27): Fun in the Sun Link Party & Kindle Fire Giveaway! 

Chevron Reindeer Games sign tutorial

DIY Chevron Reindeer Games Sign 

DIY colorful Christmas chevron reindeer games sign

It’s officially time for Christmas decorating in our home! I know! By blogging standards, I’m late to the game. With a family room makeover in progress, it’s at a point where plans for completion can be put on hold until after the holidays and I can still decorate that room to be pretty once I put away the ladder and some tools. I really loved the chevron garden sign I made for summer {here}. I decided I wanted to create a fun colorful Christmas sign incorporating some of the fun colors in the fabric I chose for the curtains.

Remember the tabletop I replaced on the kitchen bar for the apartment? {If not, you can see my post on my DIY wood plank kitchen bar top.} Time to recycle it! I knew it’d be a great material for a DIY sign one of these days. Tabletop to holiday decoration. Why not? To prep for making a sign, I scuffed up the finish with sandpaper and gave it a coat of left over teal paint and let it dry. I’ll call it my “canvas”.

This is what the top looked like before:

kitchen island before

Tips for creating a chevron pattern using FrogTape:

It’s hard to explain how to create a chevron pattern words/pictures {next time I’ll do a video} but some tips:

My first row is measured. 5″ strips of FrogTape.

DIY chevron Christmas Reindeer Games sign

Depending on how it would line up, I creased the edges of the tape (non-sticky side) to create a line for cutting.

DIY chevron Christmas Reindeer Games sign

Cut on fold.

DIY chevron Christmas Reindeer Games sign

I placed the angled side on my center pencil line and cut the bottom flush with the bottom of the canvas and smoothed it into place.

DIY chevron Christmas Reindeer Games sign tutorial

I drew vertical lines with my pencil from the peaks and “v’s” of my first chevron row.

DIY chevron Christmas Reindeer Games sign tutorial

Once my first line was in place, I used a piece of FrogTape for spacing, I worked from the center out by placing another longer piece of tape angled from the center pencil line down to the right pencil line.

DIY chevron Christmas Reindeer Games sign tutorial

Then I pulled up a corner and folded it on the pencil line so I would know where to cut. Most of the time, the pencil transferred to the sticky side of the tape, creating a cutting guide.

DIY chevron Christmas Reindeer Games sign tutorial

I repeated those steps until I reached the top and finished.

I used pink and white craft paint to add more color.

DIY chevron Christmas Reindeer Games sign tutorial

My plan was to paint the blue area showing green and peel away the FrogTape, but I decided to keep the FrogTape in place. {Paint colors: Benjamin Moore Pacific, DecoArt Pretty in Pink “Hope Pink” and Americana Warm White, Green is FrogTape}

Using my Silhouette Cameo, I chose a reindeer from the online store and my Cameo cut it out {brown vinyl}. I created my letters for “Reindeer Games December 25th” using the software and chose the premium dark red vinyl and LDI Fancy Font. I peeled away the negative vinyl (the parts that are not the design) and applied my transfer paper. I made sure the transfer paper was secure by rubbing with a credit card.

DIY chevron Christmas Reindeer Games sign tutorial

Peel away the backing {the vinyl is transferred to the tacky transfer paper} and place on canvas. Rub the design with a credit card to get it to stick and peel away the transfer paper. In my case, all of the design wasn’t transferring, so I had to be careful and some of my reindeer was applied just as I would a sticker.

I followed the same steps for my lettering, however, knowing that the transfer paper was tricky for my project, I chose to use Delicate Surface FrogTape (the yellow tape) to help transfer my letters. This worked a little easier than applying by hand like stickers and kept my lettering evenly spaced and level.

DIY chevron Christmas Reindeer Games sign tutorial

I haven’t had time yet, but since I have FrogTape and vinyl on my sign, I’m going to seal everything with a coat or two of ModPodge. Ta-da!

Colorful Christmas DIY reindeer sign tutorial Non-traditional. Colorful. Fun. I love it. It fits in perfectly with my eclectic colorful family room.

DIY chevron Christmas Reindeer Games sign

What do you think? I just sort of quickly staged for photos so I could share this today. I’ll be re-arranging, re-decorating. In fact, this mantel is even moving to another wall. More on the family room renovation and Christmas decorating coming soon.

colorful Christmas decor

I will attach a saw tooth hanger to the back and hang and rearrange but…I wanted to get this done to share and to tell you something important:

 

*I was not compensated for my review but I did receive vinyl and I participate in the Silhouette America affiliate program and will earn a percentage of sales when you use the code “SHOWOFF” for your purchase. This is a sponsored post brought to you by FrogTape. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience. Results may vary. 

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Countdown to Fall Party!!!

There’s no way to deny that summer is officially over any longer. With shorter days, crisp mornings and cooler evenings, I’ve been wearing sweaters, boots and snuggling under fuzzy throws. We’re still trying to hold off on setting the thermostat to “heat”…it feels too early! But, I’m warming up to the idea of lighting spiced candles and making home more cozy. Once I unburied the dining room this week, I started a little autumn decorating {it’s the only room I really decorate for fall}

autumn mantle

I am so excited to be hosting the Countdown to Fall linky party today! It’s my turn! I’m having so much fun joining my friends from Domestically SpeakingSand & Sisal and It’s So Very Cheri as we celebrate all things fall! {See their projects at the bottom of this post.} And I took a little break from apartment renovating and decorating. I even cleaned up my dining room for your visit today. Welcome! Well, at least what shows in the pictures. Shhh – Don’t tell. 

Countdown to Fall linky party

I was ready to add some rich color to our dining room for the autumn season. So I started with painting a fall leaf onto an old cork board. It still has the pin marks and scars from previous hanging. Anyone else find imperfection charming? Now it’s dark teal, rich red with coppers and golds…”warmth”.

red and teal fall mantle

Obviously I’m not an artist. DIY skills and creativity do not = artistic talent for me. Mr. DIY loves the “lion fish” I painted. What?! Okay, I have to agree that as a leaf, it’s a little sad and after a Google image inquiry, it does sort of resemble a lion fish.

my leaf painting…

teal red fall mantle

lion fish…

red lion fish

But, you know what? We embrace imperfection around here and I love the colors. Besides…it’s art. Unique. One of a kind. It’s precious, right? {you can lie if you feel you need to answer that. lol!} I guarantee no one else has a painting of a leaf from a lion fish tree…I like being different. :) 

red teal fall mantle

I’m still playing with it all and next week, you can bet it will all look different but the colors, the theme and that lion fish leaf painting are staying. I do love to rearrange though.

red teal fall decorating

Don’t these colors look amazing together?

red teal orange fall mantel

Materials: “etc.” was a clearance Target find earlier this year, the red and aqua vases are from JoAnns, the orange silk Chinese lanterns in the aqua vase were from Michael’s a few years ago, the silver dollar branches in the red vase are from our yard, the old turquoise insulator turned votive holder is a thrifted treasure, the mini chalkboard is a Shaw Floors/HGTV Home design challenge souvenir, the metallic faux pumpkins are from my long time fall collection. 

Still loving my pallet insert for our faux fireplace too…

red turquoise fall mantle

If you’d like to see more, I shared some more of my fall decorating earlier this week at the DIY Fall Festival…

decorating for fall

Fall Party

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We all would love for you to join the fun, if you haven’t already. We want to see your fall décor, fall crafts, delish fall recipes, fall traditions… anything that is fall related ! There are currently over 200 fall goodies to inspire you!

Please place the Countdown to Fall button in your post with a link back to this page so your readers can find the party too!



MaryAnn from Domestically Speakingfollow shared her fun fall craft when she kicked off the Countdown to Fall party a few weeks ago.

DIY apple art

A special thanks to MaryAnn who organized this fun fall event and for inviting me to participate! The second week, hosted by Kim from Sand & Sisal welcomed us with a festive fall front door…

Fall Front Porch by Sand & Sisal Thumbnail

And last week, Cheri from It’s So Very Cheri baked a delicious autumn recipe for the Countdown to Fall get-together. Delicious!

pumpkin brownies

DIY Fall Festival and Autumn Highlights

Welcome back to the week DIY Fall Festival! You’re invited to share your fall craftiness and autumn decorating or browse the links to visit our festive blog friends already all decked out for fall! There were so many great links last week. Here are a few fall favorites:

5 Minute Fall Crafts

Super cute canning lid pumpkin tutorial at Simply Klassic Home.

canning lid pumpkin tutorial

Looking for an easy autumn decorating or fall gift idea? Check out the cute vintage Halloween (or any season) candle tutorial over at Confessions of a Plate Addict.

easy seasonal candle

Fall plates craft by Dear Emmeline.

fall plate craft

Last week I shared my DIY yarn pumpkins, a super easy and quick fall project:

how to make yarn pumpkins

Fall Mantels

The fabulous fall mantel at Mom4Real has the perfect combination of texture, fall colors and a fun pop of whimsy in that polka dotted pitcher.

fall mantle at Mom4Real blog

Remodelando la Casa has a fall mantel full of DIY goodies. Love the burlap fall blocks and her awesome painted tree with falling flying leaves is perfect for the autumn season!

fall mantel  

DIY Show Off Fall Festival Party

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This week, I’ll be working on some fall decorating {finally!}. In the meantime, here is our fall decorated dining room last year…

Spring Mantel & 3D Love Letters wall art

I love spring and we have been having some ah-mazing nearly summer-like weather with lots of sunshine and warmer-than-usual temps. Nothing lifts my spirits more than open windows, fresh air and no snow. It’s motivation to do-it-yourself (that’s a verb, right?) something pretty, colorful and fun. A spring mantel:

DIY spring mantel

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DIY Show Off – Living Room Before and After Reveal

LivingRoom Transformation:  Here it is when we bought our home. Before, at time of closing:
Lots of strange angled corners to work with.
We repurposed this mirror by taking it down and framing it (more details here). It hangs in our back entry way.
The white walls were painted wallpaper. Fun!
We also tore out the nasty carpet and refinished the wood floors.
Then, I always wanted a red room. So – I painted the room red. It wasn’t quite what I pictured but I really loved it for a little bit. Excuse the mess. Some of these I snapped right before I began painting.
We installed French doors between the living room and family room.
We mounted the tv above the fireplace…I’m not sure if you can tell, but there aren’t a lot of options (wall 1=staircase, wall 2 = entry to hall and built-in shelving, wall 3 = French doors, wall 4 window/fireplace/window). It’s really not too high for viewing. We’ve adjusted to it being there. Our wood burning fireplace isn’t used at this time (another future project). Since behind the fireplace is a brick chimney and the walls are plaster, I currently hide the wires with garland (upcoming project to build up the fireplace surround will take care of that problem). Brick? Someday we’ll replace it with marble and I got a dirty look when I suggested we paint it. Mr. DIY does not like painted brick.
It didn’t take long before I didn’t grew tired of dark red. The room wasn’t getting any light. It just didn’t “feel” like the right color.
Here it is today:
Color is Benjamin Moore Smoky Taupe. It changes color in different lighting.
Mr. DIY’s leather chair has been replaced with another leather chaise. Compromise.
Updated pictures below.
My thrift store find – wine corks.
Vintage French linen pillows – Restoration Hardware
French pediment – Ballard (I plan on adding more trim to the French door to fill in the gap)
It’s weathered and says “Flanders Sweet Shop”
Drapery is from Target and Ebay. I ordered an extra panel to lengthen them. I love them framing the French doors.
I scored a bunch of vintage boxes and crates at an estate sale (3 are the same found at Pottery Barn for $24. I paid $8 ea!). This little box holds the remote controls.
Wall art from vintageprintables.com. Tips for hanging a wall gallery.
My style? You’ll see that I have a bit of interior design ADD. French, vintage, traditional, farmhouse and so on but the thing I love about designing my own space is that I can decorate with things I love and I don’t have to follow any rules. And we’re obviously not minimalists. It’s for us, not for a decorating magazine, right? We love how much taller and bigger the room looks and our mix of decorating styles works for us. I’d love new furniture but it’s not in the budget and this set from the 90s is in excellent shape. It works for now.
A few updated photos/fall decorated…
before
after
before
after
French doors in living room
before
AFTER

aged, vintage inspired wall letters
What do you think?
gallery wall, thrift store wall art, console table, stair wall, living room
eclectic traditional living room

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