Archive for the ‘home decor’ Category

10/03/13

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With all the hoopla about the arrival of the new iPhones, I started thinking about the constant use of tech in our homes. Be it a smartphone, a tablet, a laptop or a desktop computer, we are rarely without some type of internet or computer access. But have you taken a look at many interior shots? How often do you see one of those items, especially in a carefully staged photo? I don’t know about you, but if all of my family is home, in our family room there might be 4 phones, 2 iPads, 3 laptops and a desktop computer down the hall. Thank goodness my sofa has wide flat arms! I’m longing for good ways to handle having all that equipment around the house without it looking like an electronic dumpsite.

One person I know used to keep her iPad in a shelving unit, plugged in and running a slideshow, so it became a photo frame. Another keeps hers on a stand in the kitchen. I tend to carry mine around from place to place, and it always ends up on a counter, table or sofa arm. One of our laptops stays on the ottoman all day long, while I keep mine inside a box on a mid-height shelf when not in use. There are lots of great options for desktop computers and laptops if you have a designated workspace. Any small table will really do. Sometimes the dining room table end becomes the default computer work area. While I was designing a house last week, the idea of a charging area came up. But that assumes you’re willing to park all your handheld devices away for a while. The nightstand that used to house a couple of books and a carafe of water is now comprised of cords and devices that recharge as we sleep.

(above) Corner Desk

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Mid-room Workstation

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Dining Table Desktop + Dedicated Office

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Office Desk + Shelving Unit

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Double Duty Hallway

Do you have any inspiring ways to handle tech clutter?

Amy wrote this post. She is the designer and owner of FormFire Glassworks, where she creates modern lampwork glass beads and jewelry, and by day designs custom homes for a small firm in Southern California. You can follow her twitter @formfireglass.

09/19/13

DIY // upcycled cans to fabric vases

The sweet ladies at The Fabric Store recently sent me a gorgeous stack of fabric from their shop to kick off their new store opening in Los Angeles. If you live in Australia or New Zealand you’ve probably heard of The Fabric Store already, and now that a US store has opened, everyone here in the states can enjoy it too.

Since this LA location (136 South La Brea Avenue) is the flagship store for the US, it’s kind of a big deal. A.K.A., definitely worth the trip to visit the shop in person.  Awesome thing to note: All fabrics at The Fabric Store are grouped by color and type, which makes it easier to find exactly what you’re looking for, even if you’re in a hurry. Kind of like a clothing store. Pretty cool, huh?

I am in love with the prints they sent over (get an idea of the available selections here) and can only imagine how great the selection in-store is. Really wish I didn’t live all the way across the country, so I could visit in person. For now though, I am hoping to live vicariously through all you LA peeps who might take pity on me and post a photo or two on Instagram so I can pretend I was there.

Here’s a quick peek into the shop…

The Fabric Store (storefront)

The Fabric Store // interior shot

If you aren’t able to make it into the store, you can always check ‘em out online as well: Website // Blog // Instagram // Pinterest // Facebook // Twitter

Okay, so do you want to see what I made with the fabrics they sent over?

It’s an easy one and (bonus) uses upcycled materials.

So here was my thought… Vases can be pretty pricey and a lot of the options that are actually affordable kind of suck in the looks department. So, this is my DIY solution for that: fabric-covered vases made from soup (and beans) cans. The short container is the bean can, in case you’re looking for different sizes at the grocery store. Whenever I look at it, I say (in my head), ‘Roll that beautiful bean footage’. Remember that commercial?

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Materials:

empty soup cans // fabric scissors // spray adhesive // fabric

How-To:

1. Start by cleaning out a soup can with soap and water, then remove the paper label and dry the can off completely.

2. Next, cut a piece of fabric to size (slightly larger than the can – about an inch wider, longer, and taller). Set aside.

3. Spray the can with a coat of spray adhesive.

4. Then, put the fabric down on a flat surface and place the can on top. Begin rolling and pressing down on the fabric as you roll, to secure the fabric and remove bumps. Secure extra end (that overlaps where the fabric started) with more glue/ spray adhesive.

5. Spray the inside of the can with adhesive and then tuck the top of the fabric, where the opening is, inside the can.

6. Add water and flowers and you are done.

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DIY vases made from recycled cans

What do you think? Will you be saving soup cans and fabric scraps for a project like this?

For more DIYs like this one, visit the DIY & Tutorials page.

The Fabric StoreThis post is brought to you by The Fabric Store, a company that specializes in designer dress fabrics stocking an amazing range of silks, cottons, linens & wools as well as specialty pieces such as sequins and leather. You can follow The Fabric Store on Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest // and Instagram. All opinions and ideas are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible.

09/16/13

DIY // chalkboard placemat

A couple of months ago, I started working with DIY Network on a handful of projects and I wanted to share one of the first of those projects with you today: how to make a no-sew fabric chalkboard placemat.

It’s hard to tell without seeing the full tutorial (which you can check out here), but these placemats are really sturdy (almost more like a tray than a placemat), which makes them perfect for writing messages and little doodles after breakfast, before lunch, etc.

I’ve been using my set of these to jot down notes/ write to dos and have actually been thinking about hanging them on the wall, since I don’t eat at the table much. So, they would definitely work as wall art as well if you’re not a ‘meal at the table’ kind of girl. 

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Chalkboard Fabric Placemat DIY

Chalkboard Placemat DIY

Want to know how to make your own? Visit this post on DIY Network for more photos and the full tutorial. And be sure to check back over the coming weeks. I’ll be sharing some Halloween and Christmas/ Holiday projects soon.

For even more DIYs, check out the DIY tutorials page.