08/22/14

6 DIYs to Try This Weekend

This weekend is shaping up to be the first couple of days in a long while that I don’t plan to work. At all. We have nothing planned and I’m completely happy with that.

Maybe I’ll get around to some DIYs, just for fun. Or maybe I’ll just catch up on the new season of The Killing. Either way, it should be a good weekend.

Here are a handful of DIYs to try, if you feel so inclined…

1. s’more ice cream sandwich recipe

2. gold scalloped umbrella project from Sarah Hearts

3. woven pencil pouch DIY from Lovely Indeed

4. DIY llama keychain from my recent ‘What’s In My Bag’ post

5. an indoor DIY pool party (with plenty of DIY ideas) from Studio DIY

6. candy coated end table makeover that I created for Curbly (plus s $200 gift card giveaway to Sherwin Williams)

What are your plans for the weekend?

08/21/14

Interior Obsessions // I Spy 5 Things I Can DIY

I thought I’d have some fun with Interior Obsessions this week and combine my first love, DIY, with my second love, great design. So, I scoured my backlog of interior links, searching for clever decor items that could potentially be DIYed. Fun, right?

Here’s what I found…

1. Potted Pendant Light: I saw this quirky, cool house on The Design Files and love the hanging pot pendant light.

Remodelista shared a tutorial for how to make a similar hanging pendant light, on your own. So, this one is definitely DIYable. Even without a tutorial. You basically just need a light kit and a pot.

Interior Obsessions // I Spy 5 Things I Can DIY

2. Leather Storage Straps: These leather straps from Mathilda Clahr are perfectly minimal and act as an interesting design and storage element on the wall.

They can be DIYed with a long strap of leather and a long nail or screw, but can also be purchased here, ready for hanging (which I would seriously consider because they’re so perfect).

Interior Obsessions // I Spy 5 Things I Can DIY

3. Unexpected Gallery Wall: A gallery wall in an unexpected place, like a bathroom, is an easy DIY to tackle. And this bathroom gallery wall is one of the most interesting I’ve seen lately. (found via my buddy, Chelsea at Lovely Indeed)

All you need are some framed prints, paintings, postcards, etc. Matching frames not required. Map out a general plan for how you want the cluster to look, on the floor first, before hammering any nails. Rue has a tutorial for hanging the perfect gallery wall if you need a little guidance.

Interior Obsessions // I Spy 5 Things I Can DIY

4. Blanket Ladder: I love blanket ladders, generally. And when I saw this one being used as a place for shoes and accessories, I thought it was really clever. It might be a little too rustic for my taste, but still, I like it.

And there is a great tutorial for making your own mid-century inspired blanket ladder, over on A Beautiful Mess. So, something like this could be DIYed fairly easily.

Interior Obsessions // I Spy 5 Things I Can DIY

5. Copper Clothing Rack: And finally…I fell in love with this hanging copper clothing rack, from Madelynn Hackwith Furlong, along with everyone else, when I saw it on SFgirlbybay.

A couple of months later, Madelynn shared the DIY tutorial for the same copper rack on SFgirlbybay. It’s one of my favorite clothing rack DIYs because it doesn’t take up any floor space. Plus, it’s copper. Hard not to like that.

Which one of these would you be most likely to try in your home?

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Also, big thanks to Bloglovin’ for featuring last week’s Interior Obsessions post, Planter Banter. Follow me on Bloglovin’ here if you haven’t already.

08/20/14

How to Create a Freeform Floral Centerpiece Without a Flower Frog

At this point, browsing beautiful flower arrangements on Pinterest has turned into a sad little hobby of mine. Sad only because I don’t think I can count Pinterest as a hobby. Can I? 

But after all of that browsing, I’ve realized that there aren’t many tutorials to show how to make the type of arrangement that I am particularly partial to. The kind of arrangement that feels a little more wild, organic, and freeform. Not rigid. Or ball-shaped. You know the type, right?

Sooo…I thought I’d create a tutorial today on how to make those free spirited, imperfect arrangements that I’m so fond of. Without a flower frog. That way, you can use a transparent vase or vessel. And bonus – you don’t need any extra gadgets.

This small arrangement is perfect for an impromptu dinner party, or resting on a side table in your living room. Want to make your own?

DIY Freeform Floral Centerpiece (without a flower frog)

Let's a make a freeform floral centerpiece

Here’s how…

Flowers + Greenery Needed: white/green ranunculus, delphinium, thistle, stock, ivory hypericum berry, queen anne’s lace, freesia, pittosporum

Additional Supplies: short open mouth vase (I used a $2 wine glass from West Elm), scissors or floral shears

Flower Power: How to Create a Freeform Floral Centerpiece Without a Flower Frog

How To:

This how-to is probably a little easier to describe via photos, as opposed to words, but just in case, I have both.

1. First, add at least one inch of water to a short, wide vase (in this case a wine glass). Set aside.

2. Next, you’ll want to prepare the flowers and greenery, by removing the bottom layers of leaves and blooms. You don’t want any leaves or flowers touching the water line, so keep that in mind.

3. You’ll also want to cut the stems down to relatively the same length (its important for some stems to be longer than others, but you’ll want the stem lengths to all be within 2 inches of each other – give or take). I’d recommend cutting a stem down for the greenery, testing it out to make sure it’s a good length, and then going from there. Instead of cutting all the stems down at once, without testing.

4. Now, it’s time to start putting the centerpiece together. Start with the pittosporum. I added 3-5 small stems total to give the arrangement a good, hearty base. By intersecting the stems (meaning that stems are different angles), it creates a loose grid of sorts to support the flowers that are added next.

5. Then, just let some of the flowers do the talking for you. Not in a hippie kind of way (though that may work too). If you see that a stem naturally leans to the right, for example, arrange that stem on the right-hand side to let the arrangement naturally veer out to the right. And then find a stem that leans left to balance things out on the opposite side. Fill in holes with smaller blooms and, if possible, vary the sizes and colors throughout, for a more organic look.

Note: Generally, I like to start with adding the largest, statement flowers first and then work my way down to the smaller sizes to fill in holes, etc. But there’s no exact science here. It’s flower arranging! It’s supposed to be fun. So feel free to carve your own path.

Delphinium, Ranunculus, and Queen Anne's Lace Arrangement

Anatomy of a Freeform Bouquet / Centerpiece

All in all, the flowers in this arrangement cost me less than $20 in flowers to make (and those are flower shop stem prices, not wholesale), and took about 10 minutes to make.

Ranunculus, Delphinium, and Queen Anne's Lace Arrangement

DIY // Arranging a freeform floral centerpiece

Flower DIY // Delphinium, Ranunculus, Queen Anne's Lace, and Freesia

Not too difficult, right? And you don’t need anything special to recreate this look, either. Which is what I like about it.

Think you’ll give this DIY arrangement a try for your next dinner party?

Photography Sarah Eddy // Concept and styling Brittni Mehlhoff

Looking for more DIY flower projects to try? Check out the flowers tag for more project ideas.