Eclectic Family Room {What’s Your Style Series & Giveaway}

Today I’m discussing my decorating style as a part of the “What’s Your Style” series. What words describe the look and feel of your home’s decor? Sometimes it isn’t as simple as a one word definition or description. family room What I love about decorating for myself in my own home is that there are no rules, no titles, no terms, no laws. All that matters when it comes down to it is that we’re comfortable. And what makes me happy (in a decorating sense) is being surrounded by a mix and match of colors and styles and things that I love. colorful painted wooden candlesticks I’ve never been able to pinpoint one specific design style (see my home tour) to describe the look of my home. It’s always evolving, ever changing. I can easily describe my style in one word: “mutt”. You’ll find rustic charm, vintage but modern too, a touch of cottage style here and there mixed with flea market and farmhouse inspired decor with a bit of fun and colorful and even industrial elements. Quite a mix, right? greenhouse frame desk So it goes without saying that “eclectic” is one word that encompasses the mutt-mix of design style in my home. I really don’t give labeling my design style much thought. I just do what I love. diyshowoff eclectic family room  But after walking through my rooms, I’d call my style “intrinsic eclectic”, short for “eclectic-vintage-modern-farmhouse-country-fleamarket-cottage-rustic-charm”.  It really depends on which room you’re standing in around here and what time of the year it is.  eclectic decor As a part of the “What’s Your Style” series, we’re taking a look at living spaces. If you’re visiting from the fabulous Danika at Gorgeous Shiny Things, welcome! I’m so glad you’re here! C’mon in, make yourself at home! You can find a list of all 13 bloggers’ living spaces at the end of this blog post along with an awesome Mohawk rug giveaway. desk decor Our family room is casual, fun and definitely eclectic.  I’m never afraid to combine periods and styles and prefer to mix new with old and flea market finds to create a space that feels at home in our home.eclectic family roomSummary: Because of my love for decorating, I find that I’m drawn to flea market finds and DIY accents that fit my style (and budget) best… a fun challenge that drives my creativity and results in a unique look that I love. eclectic family room  “Intrinsic Eclectic” sums up my style. What about you?   Italian Greyhound Rosie Next up in the What’s Your Style series is Michelle and her beautiful style at Iron & TwineStart at the beginning and make your rounds using the schedule below:

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Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof
Lucy from Craftberry Bush
Melissa from Shabby Love
Laura from Finding Home
Roeshel from DIY Showoff
Michelle from Iron & Twine
 
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2 DIY Tire Flower Planter Projects

I recently needed new tires (don’t even look at the tread…it was bad)! This is a great idea for upcycling! The July Challenge for Lowe’s Creative Ideas is Outdoor Art so I headed to Lowe’s for some supplies. 

DIY Tire Flower Planter Tutorial

tire flower planter tutorial at DIYShowOff

My summer home tour revealed a sneak peek of a super easy DIY outdoor decorating/planter. DIY tire planter…

barn party patio

See it?

party patio

There on the wall? Isn’t it happy?

tire flower planter tutorial

Materials:

  • Old tire
  • Valspar spray paint (color is Exotic Sea)
  • potting soil
  • flowers.
  • I already had some leftover fabric weed barrier from the pallet herb garden and some packing peanuts on hand.
  • Optional: chain and s-hook.

I gave the tire a good scrubbing with soap and water and let it dry. 

upcycled tire planter

Then gave it a couple of coats of spray paint (paint + primer). Let dry. 

tire flower planter tutorial

Next we used a  (correction) 1/2 inch drill bit to drill 6 holes into the ‘bottom’ of the tire for drainage. This takes a sharp bit and a lot of pressure (as in I tried but had to have my husband take over). It also produces a little smoke. 

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Then lined the bottom with a piece of fabric weed barrier and a few styrofoam packing peanuts.

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Time to plant! 

I used this arrangement for the wall mounted tire planter…

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and these for the hanging tire swing flower planter:

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The drainage holes work! Specifically one of the six really works…

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When we’re entertaining, I move the wall mounted tire flower planter to the interior wall of our covered patio. It’s simply hanging on a big humungous sturdy nail. When the party ends, the tire planter is moved to an exterior wall for sunshine and rain/watering. It’s awkward but not too heavy or difficult for moving around to maintain.

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I loved it so much, I needed one to hang in our magnolia tree:

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Doesn’t it look beautiful hanging with my DIY chandelier flower planter in the background? 

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To hang from a tree: Use chain (double hanging length, add about 10″ for in the tire and more for the size of your tree limb). Wrap chain around tree branch and secure end pieces inside of the tire with an “s” hook. 

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Pretty!

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*After I stood back and admired my completed project, I decided to see if it had been done before and of course! You can see this idea at Recaptured Charm too. Sharing at So You Think You’re Crafty.

More planter ideas:

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House Number Flower Pots

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*Disclaimer: As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers network, I received a Lowe’s gift card to complete this project. The tutorial images, instructions and opinions are my own. DIY results may vary.

11 Patriotic DIY Decorating Project Ideas

Looking for some patriotic DIY ideas? Look no further. I’ve gathered 11 easy patriotic DIY projects from show off submissions and That DIY Party links. These talented and crafty blog friends have some awesome do-it-yourself projects for decorating your home for the 4th of July. 

11 Patriotic DIY Projects

I’m married to a former Marine. This time of year reminds me of how blessed I am to be an American and how thankful I am for the brave ones who defend our freedom. I love celebrating with family and friends, fireworks and good food.

11 Inspiring Patriotic DIY Projects 

My friend Amanda shares a great tutorial for creating an American flag pallet art with cross at Mommy is CooCoo

american flag with cross pallet by Mommy is CooCoo

See how to make an easy DIY Fourth of July star garland at Teenah’s Projects

fourth of july garland at teenahs projects

Marji created this gorgeous paper star tree template for the Silhouette online store. Get the details at Ashbee Design – perfect patriotic centerpiece. 

AshbeeDesign Tree of Stars

3 festive patriotic wreath tutorials:

Learn how to make this USA patriotic wreath at His Frugal Servant

patriotic usa wreath by his frugal servant

Red flag ribbon wreath at An Extraordinary Day

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Patriotic mesh ribbon wreath at Snack Cups & Smiles

patriotic mesh wreath at snack cups and smiles

Easy DIY flag canvas tutorial at Create and Babble

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Cristina at Remodelando La Casa has SO MANY awesome patriotic DIY ideas:

Cute DIY wooden star craft:

patriotic star by remodelando la casa

Patriotic drop cloth table runner

drop cloth patriotic runner remodelandolacasa

and a pretty PB knock off patriotic banner

pb knock-off Patriotic Banner at Remodelando la Casa

and a fun free 4th of July popcorn printable at Uncommon Designs

4thofJulyPopcornPrintable at Uncommon Designs

Thank you so much to the awesome ladies above for sharing their creativity! Do you have a red, white and blue patriotic DIY project to share? Head over to THAT DIY PARTY and link up…

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and be pinned to the DIY Show Off Patriotic DIY Ideas pinboard

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DIY Outdoor Giant Dice Game (LCR)

As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas team, I have the option to participate in monthly challenges. One of the themes to choose from for June is DIY Outdoor Games. Our family spends a lot of time together in the summer months at mom’s pool and at our home for cook-outs and bon-fires. Having a few games on hand makes get-togethers fun. 

DIY giant outdoor LCR dice game tutorial

I decided to make a giant version of a new-to-me dice game called LCR. Lowe’s supplied a gift card to complete this project. I think this would be a great summer DIY hostess gift too! 

DIY giant LCR dice game

Materials I used (can be altered using some leftover supplies too):  

  • Scrap 4″ x 4″ 
  • Sandpaper/sanding block
  • Stencils (3 “L”s, 3 “C”s, 3 “R”s and 9 circles). I created my own but Lowe’s also sells vinyl letters or you could draw/paint them free-hand. 
  • Rust-Oleum’s High Performance Enamel (gloss black)
  • Rust-Oleum’s Ultimate Polyurethane spray
  • 2 boxes of large canning jar lids (total 24 lids)
  • Rustoleum’s Self Etching Primer
  • Rustoleum’s Spray Gloss Protective Enamel (red)

TUTORIAL

Dice: 

1. Measure and cut cubes from the 4″ x 4″. Note: A 4 x 4 will more likely measure 3.5 inches, not 4 inches. My cubes are 3.5″ x 3.5″. I used scrap wood since 4″ x 4″ beams come in 10 foot pieces…although that’s great option for making these as hostess gifts this summer! 

cutting 4x4 DIY dice game

2. Sand edges and surfaces of each cube. 

sand wood cubes DIY giant dice game

Note: You can paint dice any way you choose: All one color with a different color lettering, color the lettering and leave the dice wood-toned, staining the wood and painting the lettering, etc. I will probably try something different with my next set so they’re each unique. 

3. Apply vinyl lettering/circles: one L, one R, one C to each die (the real game set shows them all beside each other on 3 face sides), then apply 3 circles to each die. Make sure to press them down securely. 

DIY LCR dice game tutorial

4. I elevated my dice and used a roller to apply my paint. Once dry, I flipped each die and painted the bottom side. 

giant LCR dice

5. Peel away vinyl stencils.

outdoor dice game tutorial

6. Once dry, I sanded each die for a distressed look then wiped them clean with a damp cloth. 

giant LCR dice game

7. Spray each die with a lacquer/clear coat sealant and let dry. 

sealing DIY dice

Chips:

Spray each side of each canning jar lid with self etching primer (allowing to fully dry on one side before flipping and spraying other side). Repeat with spray gloss protective enamel. Each coat takes a long time to dry, especially around the rubber seal of the canning jar lid. I found working outside helped speed up the drying process. 

DIY giant game chips tutorial

Time to Play!

DIY Outdoor LCR Dice Game Tutorial

Game Rules:

  1. Each player starts with 3 chips. 
  2. First player rolls the dice. 
  3. L = give a chip to the player to on your left. C = give a chip to the center pot. Roll an R = give a chip to the player to on your right.  Roll a dot = keep chip.
  4. Pass the dice to the player on the left for their turn. 
  5. You roll as many dice as chips you have (if 4 or more, roll all 3 dice).
  6. Losing all of your chips doesn’t mean you are out of the game…the game changes quickly! There is a chance another player will roll an L or an R and pass more chips to you. 
  7. Last person possessing one chip wins the center pot. 

DIY giant outdoor LCR dice game tutorial

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THAT DIY PARTY and DIY Project Highlights

Hello, DIY friends! A brand new week, a brand new DIY link party, DIY highlights and a DIY Show Off weekly recap. And Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads! 

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DIY Show Off Weekly Recap:  Old chandeliers get a new purpose. Our family had a great time making these, even the kids helped! DIY chandelier planter tutorial.

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I’m co-hosting a Summer Inspiration: Recipes Link Party. If you have a favorite summer recipe to share or are looking for some delicious summer food ideas, check it out!

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Get the recipe for this yummy EASY pineapple mandarin orange trifle summer dessert

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My husband, Mr. DIY, is sharing an entire awesome summer BBQ menu with recipes. Got a minute? I’d love for you to pop over and pin for later! 

  • Smoked ulled pork sandwiches
  • Dill red potato salad
  • Crunchy vinegar cole slaw 
  • Easy orange pineapple trifle

vinegar coleslaw recipe

Not a new ideas, but ‘new to me’ DIY decorative baseboard trim tutorial

DIY decorative baseboard trim

SHOWING OFF:  It’s my favorite time of the week, seeing YOUR creativityHere are some highlights from last week’s DIY party for some summer time DIY inspiration.

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~Awesome Rooms~

I love everything about this amazing living room at Charming Zebra (and her beautiful home shared in a mini updated home tour). 

Living Room at Charming Zebra  

An (unbelievable transformation) cutest cottage kitchen makeover at Shabby Love with the sweetest attention to detail. Wow!

cottage kitchen makeover at vintagemellie.com/Shabby Love

Let’s join Manuela on her beautiful screened porch at A Cultivated Nest. You bring the cookies, I’ll bring the lemonade. 

screened-porch-decorating at A Cultivated Nest  

Dawnelle invites us over to her beautiful and inviting home at Just Dawnelle

home tour at Just Dawnelle

Awe…check out the sweet modern nursery reveal at Tiny SideKick. So many fun DIY details. Love the ceiling!

modern boy nursery at Tiny SideKick

~Fab Furniture~

This changing table transformed into a beverage station at Twelve O’Eight is awesome! A must do for our barn patio, don’t you think? Yard sale time!

beverage and drink stand from changing table at Twelve o Eight

 

~Amazing Accents~

Sometimes the cost of drapes means saving or going without but Lisa shares at great tutorial on turning sheers to black-out drapes at Before Meets After

sheers to blackout curtains Before Meets After

Maryann’s hanging mason jar succulents are so cute! See more details at Domestically Speaking

mason-jar-succulents at Domestically Speaking

 

Awesome DIY Roman shades with grommet detail tutorial at Just the Bees Knees. They’re fabulous!

DIYRomanBlindswithGrommetDetail Just the Bees Knees

And another great curtain DIY… curtains from sheets with black out lining tutorial at Better with Age.

curtains from sheets with black out lining at So Much Better With Age

~Outdoor Projects~

How cute is this outdoor foot washing station at Bles-Id? What a great idea. I know after a day of being outside in flip-flops, this would come in handy! 

foot washing station at Bles-Id

Outdoor hanging candle holders at Living and Learning with Luisa are an easy and cute outdoor decorative accent…great idea!

easy outdoor candle holders - living with luisa

 

This is the dreamiest front porch ever. See the beautiful pergola at French Country Cottage

pergola at French Country Cottage

~Tips & Tricks~

Great tips for growing and storing onions from the Seasoned Homemaker. Must give this one a try!

Pin Courtesy: Follow THAT DIY PARTY highlights Pinterest board with highlights from the That DIY Party links every week to re-pin my pins linked to original party link sources.

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More DIY Highlights: Previous week’s DIY highlights if you missed them. So much creativity!

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Summer BBQ Menu and Summer Recipe Inspiration Link Party

What? Recipes at DIY Show Off? Well, cooking is a do-it-yourself process, right? In our home, my husband does the cooking (not because I can’t but because he really enjoys it). We host a lot of dinner parties, summer cook outs and picnics and recently held a Mother’s Day BBQ (see the beautiful chandelier planters our guests and I made). Oops…back to HIS passion FOOD! and the reason for today’s blog post…our BBQ menu and a Summer Recipe Inspiration Link Party. Our BBQ menu included:

Summer BBQ Menu

We’re new to sharing recipes (and taking food photos too). Let us know if you have any questions. 

Pictured above:

  1. Pulled Pork Sandwiches (recipe below)
  2. Fresh Crunchy Vinegar Cole Slaw (recipe below)
  3. Fresh baked buns (add pulled pork and coleslaw)
  4. Dill Red Potato Salad (recipe below)
  5. Pineapple Orange Trifle (recipe below)
Smoked Pulled Pork
Serves 15
This recipe utilizes a Big Green Egg for smoking which makes the smoking process easier, with only loading charcoal one time and cooking for up to 18 hours or more.
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Pulled Pork Ingredients
  1. 3-5 lb. pork shoulder
  2. 1 bottle of Allegro Marinade
  3. 1 bottle of Heinz Hot Relish (12 oz)
Smoking Ingredients
  1. Royal Oak Natural Lump Charcoal
  2. 6-8 hickory chunks soaked in water and 1/2 cup vinegar.
This is what I do
  1. Using a jaccard* or sharp knife, poke multiple holes in the pork shoulder, top and bottom. This will help the marinade penetrate the meat. Place pork into large resealable bag. Add Allegro marinade and squeeze out the air in the bag. Allow to marinate for 3 days.
  2. Ready the fire on your smoker. I use Royal Oak Natural Lump Charcoal. Get the smoker to a temperature of 220 degrees. Use about 6-8 hickory chunks soaked (covered) in water and about 1/2 cup of vinegar. Place hickory chunks on the coals. Place a large turkey roasting pan filled with water on the grid above the coals. Next place the pork shoulder on a grid above the water. Insert a remote meat thermometer set to go off when the meat reaches 190 degrees. Estimate time to be approximately 11.5 hours.
  3. After that time frame, wrap meat in foil and continue cooking for another 3-5 hours when temperature reaches 220 degrees.
  4. Remove pork shoulder and pull apart. Add about 1/2 bottle of the hot relish. Mix and pull and mix.
  5. Serve on buns with vinegar cole slaw.
Notes
  1. *jaccard is a meat tenderizing tool
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Believe it or not, this vinegar cole slaw is requested at every family gathering! Try it!

Vinegar Cole Slaw
Family favorite requested at every picnic gathering. Serve on a bun with pulled pork or as a summer side dish.
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Ingredients
  1. 3 ribs of celery (sliced thin or minced)
  2. 1 head of cabbage (sliced thin)
  3. 1 full sprig of dill (minced)
  4. 1 full sprig of parsley (minced)
  5. 4 small red/orange/yellow bell peppers (chopped)
  6. 2 tsp. sugar
  7. 2 tsp. Kosher salt
  8. 1/2 cup vinegar
  9. 1/4 cup olive oil
  10. optional: chopped radishes, green onion
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a very large bowl. Cover and let sit 2 hours. Toss and serve.
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Red potatoes, dill, olives? Delicious! 

Dill Red Potato Salad
A yummy spin on potato salad.
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Ingredients
  1. 5 lbs. red potatoes
  2. 6 jumbo eggs (hard-boiled and sliced)
  3. 3 stalks (ribs) celery
  4. 1 cup salad olives
  5. 4 green onions (minced)
  6. 1 bunch fresh dill (minced)
  7. 1 1/4 cup real mayonnaise (Hellman's preferred)
  8. 3 tablespoons dijon mustard
  9. fresh cracked pepper to taste
  10. smoked paprika
Instructions
  1. Boil red potatoes in salted water with skins on until tender. Drain. Cut potatoes into chunks. Combine the rest of the ingredients and sprinkle with smoked paprika. Cover.
Notes
  1. Serve warm or cold.
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Easy and perfect for summer time!

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Pineapple Orange Angel Food Cake Trifle
Yummy fruity summer trifle dessert.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 box angel food cake mix
  2. 1 - 20 oz. can of crushed pineapple
  3. 1 - 11 oz. can (or larger) of mandarin oranges
  4. 1 container of Cool Whip
Instructions
  1. Spray 9x13 glass baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside. Combine angel food cake mix and 1 20 oz. can of crushed pineapple (with juice). Bake at 350 degrees for 25 - 30 minutes. Let cool.
  2. Cut cake into serving size pieces. In a trifle dish, layer cake, Cool Whip and mandarin oranges. Serve. Refrigerate.
Notes
  1. *Original source for the pineapple/angel food cake is unknown.
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All of that food serves our family gatherings of 15-20 people with plenty to eat, decent serving sizes and even seconds (in some cases thirds!).  
 
Summer Inspiration: Recipes! It’s a link party and you’re invited to share your favorite summer recipes!

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This is the first time I’ve shared Russ’ cooking and an entire event menu all in one spot. I can guarantee you he’s reading the comments so, what do you think? Curious as to what my chef cooks for me more often? Something you’d enjoy seeing more of? 

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and Thank you so much to Melissa from The Happier Homemaker for organizing this awesome summer series and for inviting me to participate! So fun! See the FULL Summer Inspiration series:

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