Archive for the ‘home decor’ Category


Mint, Gold, and Greys

Houston! I'm coming for ya...

I'm so excited to announce that I will be hosting a DIY home decor workshop in Houston next month, with my good friend Ashley of Sugar & Cloth.

The two of us will be teaching attendees how to make 5 different home decor items (just like the ones in these photos) that you'll take home at the end of the workshop. DIYs include: how to make a retro wall clock, a DIY pendant light (from scratch - how to wire / assemble, etc), patterned linens, cool stone coasters, and a geometric planter.

All project supplies needed to create these 5 projects will be provided to you as part of the ticket price, so all you'll need to bring with you is a smile.

Mint Green, Greys, and Gold

Houston Workshop // 5 DIY Housewares Ideas to Try

Big shout out to our vendors / craft suppliers, Color Cord and West Elm, for helping us make this workshop as amazing as possible with the highest quality supplies for attendees.

Sweets, cocktails, and lunch will also be provided. Along with an awesome goodie bag filled with home decor products to add to your stash of DIYs with brands like Creativebug, Simple Goods Supply, Inkwell Press, and more.

Curious to see what this workshop will be like? Check out this recap from one of Ashley's previous workshops.

Houston Workshop // 5 DIY Housewares Ideas to Try

5 DIY Housewares Ideas to Try


-Date: Saturday March 28th, 11-3pm
-Location: Sugar & Cloth Studio - 2001 Commerce Street Houston, TX
-Tickets available hereSpace is limited, so be sure to grab your ticket(s) soon, if you're interested.

Let me know if you have any questions, in the comments below. Hope you can join us!



Photos by Jared Smith / Styled by Ashley Burdette


DIY Nameplate Napkins

After a little experimenting this week, I am completely convinced that I can transform nearly anything in my house that involves fabric, using just two supplies. Yep, two!

So what are those two supplies, you may ask? Pastel dye sticks and fabric pens. That's all you need.

In partnership with Pentel of America, I've transformed 3 fabric household items (cloth napkins, a decorative pillow case, and a lampshade) using Pentel Arts Fabric Fun Pastel Dye Sticks and a special Gel Roller for Fabric...

3 Ways to Dress up Plain Household Textiles in Just a Few Minutes

All three project ideas are super easy and (bonus) won't take long to make.

Want to give 'em a try? Here's what you'll need...

Pentel Supplies for DIY

1. DIY Nameplate Napkins

Give plain napkins a mini makeover with this easy nameplate design that is as simple as writing on a piece of paper. Only it's fabric! If you need any hand lettering tips before you get started, check out this post.

The gel roller for fabric pen works exactly as a normal pen and smoothly writes directly onto fabrics without any trouble. If you're hoping to create intricate designs and/or fine lines, use this pen. Bonus! It's instantly smear proof  and waterproof. So you can use the napkins right away and toss them in the wash when they get dirty.

DIY Nameplate Napkins

DIY Nameplate Napkins

A Tray Full of Macarons

DIY Nameplate Napkins

DIY Nameplate Napkins with Waterproof Ink

2. DIY Doodle Pillow

This one is so fun and easy. I used the Fabric Fun dye sticks to create a doodle color field pattern all over a blank pillow case that I had left over from this project.

The doodles ended up creating a kind of swirling pattern. And I just did loop after loop after a lowercase cursive 'l'. Over and over and over again. The dye is permanent, once heat set with an iron, so you won't have to worry about it rubbing off on the couch, etc.

DIY Doodle Pillow

DIY Doodle Pillow

DIY Doodle Pillow

3. DIY Easy Patterned Lampshade

This last DIY is probably my favorite.  Here's the story... We had an old lampshade sitting in the garage, that I'd been meaning to toss or donate. It had some stains on it and was looking a little worse for wear. So needless to say, it had all but been abandoned at that point.

Instead of throwing it away though, I gave it a little makeover and now it's one of my favorite things. Strange how that works out sometimes, huh?

All I did was use the Fabric Fun dye sticks to draw an easy curved pattern (basically an upside down 'U'), all the way around the shade. Once the design is complete, I used an iron to heat set it, just like the pillow. Be sure that your lampshade is cotton. This will help ensure that it sets properly.

DIY Easy Patterned Lampshade

DIY Easy Patterned Lampshade

DIY Easy Patterned Lampshade

Creative Direction, Production and Styling // Brittni Mehlhoff
Photography // Kimberly Murray

Think youll give any of these DIY ideas a try? Which one is your favorite?


This post is in partnership with Pentel of America. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this site possible. To more posts like this, visit the dip dyed hand lettered DIY stationery that I created last month.


Flea Market Finds in ATL

Now that I'm getting adjusted to life in a new city, I feel like I've been exploring non-stop. There are so many cool places to check out, shops to pop into, etc. And I'll take any excuse to get out of the house for a while. Exploring I will go.

So when Valspar asked me to update a piece of furniture as a part of their Flea Market Fixer challenge, I (very happily) agreed.

The rules are simple. Find a piece of furniture in need of some TLC and give it new life with the help of Valspars Chalky Finish Paint, which launches on March 1st at Lowes.  Information on the product will also be available on their website at that time.

Flea Market Finds in ATL

Flea Market Finds in ATL

Flea Market Finds in ATL

It was a fun little adventure, driving around the city searching for the perfect piece for the challenge. But things took a slight detour when I realized that the best / only flea markets happen just once a month. I tried, oh I tried! But the flea market situation was a little bit of a bust...I stopped by one in Stone Mountain over the weekend and... I will just say it. I got right back in the car and left. Not good. Not good at all.

So, I moved onto plan B. And headed out to a couple of shops (Decades and Paris on Ponce) that always have great stuff, along with a photographer (thanks Kimberly!) to document the occasion. The two shops I went to have a mixture of affordable odds and ends and pricier pieces. So I just had to hunt around and cross my fingers.

Tulip Chairs

These rugs!

It should be noted that Paris on Ponce is only a mile or two from my house. Which means I'm in there almost daily. Sounds like an exaggeration. It's not.

Moving right along...there were some really great pieces at Ponce (like that set of tulip chairs), but I didn't have any luck finding something to remix / make over.

So, we drove out to Decades for round two of searching. Success!

I found a small side table with a cool shape and just knew that I had to take this little guy home with me. It looks like it's been repaired toward the bottom of one of the legs and I'm not a fan of the color, but the shape is good. And I can fix the color with paint super easily. Yay. 'Flea Market Fixer' found!

Flea Market Fixer Challenge

Then I did a few more loops around to make sure I didn't miss anything.

I found all the things...including my spirit animal, which happens to be a ceramic beaver. If you can look at the face on this thing and not crack a smile, we cannot be friends. The end.

Ceramic Beaver // My Spirit Animal

In other news, these lights were pretty awesome too...

This light fixture!

Flea Market Finds

And I found some mini letter books as well. You may be thinking, cutting up books? Nooooo. I get it. I really do. But I mean, look at that ampersand in the middle there. It deserved a photo.

P & S

Anyway, after I took my side table home and shed a tear for leaving my spirit animal behind, I put together a quick inspiration board for my makeover plan...

Flea Market Challenge Inspiration Board

Like I mentioned before, I'm using Chalky Finish Paint from Valspar, (find it at Lowe's starting March 1st). And I am pretty excited to try it out because there are several different finishes that can be applied for these paints (antique, distressed, satin, and ultra-matte). I'm deciding between an ultra-matte or satin finish. What do you think would look best?

As for the color, I'm fairly certain I've settled on Woolen Stockings, which is a really pretty grey - similar to the hanging light fixture in my mood board.

I'll be sharing how this mini table makeover turned out in just a couple of weeks. So stay tuned.

Photography by Kimberly Murray for Paper & Stitch


This post is in partnership with Valspar... I'm really excited to be working on a series of paint posts with them throughout the year. So expect to see more makeover stories (big and small), DIYs, and more. Can't wait to share what I'm working on. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Paper & Stitch running.