I guess it just comes with the territory at this point, but whenever I go out anywhere and spot something that falls into the ‘DIY inspiration’ category, I take a picture and email myself. It’s something I picked up from a friend a long time ago, and it’s really stuck with me – especially when traveling.
But when I’m not headed some place new for inspiration, I’m still spotting decor trends that can and should be DIYed. Only I’m finding them online. So, I rounded up seven of my recent favorites and am sharing them today for another installment of I Spy.
1. This seating area in Jesse Kamm’s LA Office features a super easy DIY curtain rod ideal for light and bright spaces. Just some tacked up leather and a wooden dowel (see it in the left corner). And a minimal sofa, similar in shape to a DIY sofa I recently spotted from A House in the Hills. (Image via Domino)
2. Terrazzo patterns are still popping up in decor and this wallpaper from MuralsWallpaper is something I’d be interested in trying out, especially if I could remove it once the trend dies down.
It could be neat to make your own version using 3-4 colors or textures of removable contact paper cut into organic shapes and applied in a similar pattern to traditional terrazzo. (Image via MuralsWallpaper)
3. I’m always on the hunt for good art (and good art never goes out of style), and this piece from Atelier CPH is something I’d love to have hanging up on my dining room wall. While I’m definitely all for supporting artists, I can’t help but re-envision how I could DIY a similar style. But I also might have to add this piece to my ever-growing online shopping cart…
For this type of art you could cut out pieces of chip board and glue it on white paper, or use canvas in two neutral colors. Or add some pops of color for a fun addition to your kid’s room. (Image via Atelier CPH)
4. Wall hangings are still trending and this wall art seen on Urban Outfitters could be the perfect DIY to try.
Round up a piece for copper pipe, a wooden ring, modeling clay, string, and cookie cutter from the craft store, and get started. You can roll out the modeling clay, cut into semi circles (or any other shape, really), poke holes for hanging, and let dry before attaching to the rest of your craft. You could also incorporate some other textures and colors by using woven or leather drink coasters in place of the metallic and pieces. (Image via Urban Outfitters)
5. I don’t see “California Cool” going anywhere anytime soon, and that means those beachy, woven pendant lights are here to stay for a while. This oversized lighting from this Lisette Voute beach house design is the perfect example of what I’m talking about.
To make your own you could add a large basket or open weave hamper to an existing pendant by cutting the bottom of the basket, fitting over the light fixture or bulb, and “weaving” back together with a similar material or neutral rope. Hot glue could also do the trick! (Image via Lisette Voute)
6. This custom designed sofa from Daphne Javitch’s NYC space is pretty dreamy, and while it would be a pretty big undertaking, it can totally be DIYed.
You could start with layering 5-6 pieces of stained wood, one of which is covered in canvas or other durable fabric and studded, and top it off with some custom bolster square cushions and pillows for back support. Could make for a great daybed, too. (Image by Sarah Elliot for Camille Styles)
7. This minimal baby mobile idea was too cool not to share. You could easily replicate this hanging mobile with a handful of wooden dowels and wooden blocks from the craft store. And actually, the process would be pretty similar to our DIY Eames Molecule project with a tweak or two…
Just drill holes to match the diameter of the dowels, wood glue together, drill a hole in each dowel, and string up with sturdy fishing line. Probably want to make sure it’s really secure and hung high enough that baby can’t have too much fun with it though. (Image via Jenni Kayne)
What’s been inspiring your DIYs lately?