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This or That: DIY Succulent Pots

Does anyone else get into color kicks? Let me explain. You see a color and/or combination. You start to pin a bunch of things that reflect this. You start to buy things and notice, “hey, this is the same color I’ve been obsessing over!” Slowly, but surely you realize that your apartment, clothes, accessories are all orange, or blue, or black and you can react in one or two ways: 1. Change – you begin to say, “No more [insert color here].” 2. You embrace it. You realize you struck gold.

I am out of denial. I realized that a lot of my accessories are in this orangey-red color. I don’t hate it. I’m not sick of it. But, I think I want to transition to more of a classic look. The cycle is repeating and I’m gravitating towards white, black, and pops of metallics. Do I sound like a broken record? If I do I’m sorry!

So here is today’s dilemma. Do I take the first way: Change. Or do I embrace it? Today I present an example of this – my succulent pots.

This is what they currently look like:

DIY: orange + gold succulent pots

Cute right? Well, one got a makeover and now I can’t decide. If I add 1 more coat of paint there is no going back. So do I try for black + gold? Behold:

DIY Black + Gold Succulent Pots

What do you think?

this or that by bedsidesign

Help me choose! Leave a comment with your favorite color combo and the majority wins!

I would also like to state that I bought these succulents back in June. That’s right – they are still alive. I finally found an apartment plants thrive in! 


DIY: 2013 Geometric Calendar

Before we know it 2013 will be here. In an effort to be prepared for the new year I would like to share a simple & quick [took me all of 10 minutes] DIY geometric calendar. We are working on our office and I’m sticking with a black and white theme with metallic accessories. I fell in love with this 2013 printable calendar from Natasha Mileshina‘s etsy shop. The first step would be to purchase the calendar.
geometric 2013 calendarOnce you have the calendar you can print it out. You will also need to gather some supplies.

supplies to make a DIY calendar

Cut the calendar months into the size that you would like. Use the ruler to keep your cuts straight. Secure the calendar month to the cardstock with strips of electrical tape [washi tape will work too]. I wanted the tape to look a bit more thrown on together but you can use precise pieces if that’s more your style. Use both sides of the cardstock to conserve paper. I put Jan/Feb on one, March/April on another and so on.

DIY geometric calendar

Look at all the shapes! Once you tape all your months together use your lil binder clip to fasten them together. Behold:

DIY geometric calendarIt is as simple as that! 2013 you lookin’ so fly!

P.S. If you make one I would LOVEEE to see it.

DIY Snazzy Seed Bead Necklace

It must be the week of necklaces and boy to I have a DIY treat for you! Sara from Beautifully Contained is here to show you how to make a pretty snazzy necklace! Are you like me an can’t get enough of her creative DIY projects? Follow her on Twitter + Facebook + Pinterest!

Beautifully Contained DIY

Hey!  I am really excited to be back today because I’ve been saving up this seed bead necklace especially for you guys!  And look at who agreed to be the lovely model for the project?  Thanks Christie—you are the best!  DIY Seed Bead Tutorial

It seems that statement necklaces are huuuuuge this year.  A few weeks ago I was walking past the bead section of my local craft store and they happened to be on sale.  Like, 50% off on sale.  Now, I’ve got pretty good self-control, but I do have a few weaknesses: 1) put a piece of chocolate out in front of me and dare me not to eat it (ha), and 2) throw me in the middle of a bunch of beads and dare me not to buy any (yeah right!).  So after a lot of hemming and hawing over the huge selection, I ended up walking out of there with two bunches of pre-strung cobalt-blue seed beads, which I then used to make this:

DIY by beautifully contained

Isn’t it cute?  It goes with so many outfits!

BUT, onward to the important stuff—the how-to!  First off, these are the things that you’re going to need:

  • Nylon thread
  • Seed beads (I suggest the pre-strung ones because they make re-stringing onto the nylon a LOT easier).
  • Crimp beads
  • Small pliers or crimping pliers
  • 2 medium-sized jump rings and 1 necklace clasp
  • Scissors

If you’ve never used crimp beads before, they are actually little metal beads that can be flattened down with pliers.  You can use them to secure strands of beads so that all of your hard work doesn’t slide right off.

DIY necklace

To make your bead strands, you’re going to string a bunch of beads to the length that you want, and then at the end add 1 crimp bead.  Take the end of your nylon string and loop it back through the crimp bead to form a little loop, and then clamp it shut with the pliers to hold everything in place.  You’ll do this for each end of the bead strands.

DIY: end of bead strand

Once you’re done stringing everything, your bead strands will look like this:DIY: all bead strangs

Take one of your jump rings and open it up.  Loop one end of your bead strands onto the jump ring and then attach one end of your clasp.  Repeat this for the other side of the bead strands (and the other end of the clasp!). DIY: jump ring

When you’re done, your clasps/rings/strands will look like this:

DIY: clasp config

And now you’re done!  See how easy that was?  I made all of my bead strands exactly the same length, although kind of I wish that I had left them all slightly different to give it some more dimension.  I guess that this will just give me an excuse to go back and make another one sometime!

DIY: The Beginnings of a Gallery Wall

I love gallery walls. One of my all time favorites is from Young House Love – their hallway gallery has the most amazing collection. Definitely check their post out because they also offer an amazing tutorial on how to hang all those frames. By using the same color frames all the artwork and displayed items look cohesive. I picked out a wall in my living room/dining room and it has stayed unharmed.

I was mesmerized the first time I saw this. I have an awesome Rothko print that will live on the other side of the wall so I wanted that to mesh well with my collection. I settled on unstained wood frames. We picked up 5 frames in rectangles and squares from A.C. Moore for $1 each.

unstained wood frames from AC Moore

Now the hard part…what to I put in them? I’m planning on making this wall a mixture: pictures of us, quotes, odd graphics and bold colors…totally us. I’ve been collecting scraps of paper and paint chips so I threw together 5 (almost free) pieces. I used a bit of washi tape too. If you are planning on making a gallery wall you can pick a theme and find variations of it. Since we are more eclectic I didn’t want to take it too seriously.

gallery wall DIY by bedsidesign

Before I committed to placing them on the wall I put them on the table and started playing with the arrangement. Have fun with this! I changed it up a ton of times.

DIY gallery wall by bedsidesign

Since our walls are nearly impossible to drill holes into [concrete + brick] and we live in an apartment I used Scotch adhesive mounting tape – this also makes it easier to change-up later if needed.

DIY gallery wall by bedsidesign

Each frame is slight irregular so we didn’t worry too much about whether it was straight or not. Now that we have a core we can branch outward as we add photos and frames. It was so easy and I’m so happy we got started on it. What do you think? What would you put in a gallery wall?

DIY Geometric Pillowcases!

Guess what friends? Sara from Beautifully Contained is back with her second DIY post for you. I am seriously in love with this one and have been brainstorming colors and patterns for my pillowcases since I saw hers! If you are looking to be inspired check out more of her amazing DIY projects and we also have a Pinterest board conveniently created for you to get your pin on with these ideas.

DIY SERIES Beautifully Contained

Lately I’ve been trying to find small ways to bring more color and pattern into my house.  This isn’t second nature to me, so I’m taking baby steps—a little artwork here and maybe a throw blanket there—it’s slowly coming together!

Anyway, I’m completely and utterly smitten with all of the geometric textiles that I’ve been seeing around the web lately.  I’m also mildly obsessed with mint green (that’s what I painted my living room!), so it’s no surprise that the two joined forces for this project: geometric pillowcases! 

DIY closeup pillowcase

First, I raided my linen closet for two plain Jane pillowcases.  After giving them a quick iron, I used a piece of cardboard to stretch out the end of the pillowcase and keep the paint from soaking through the second side of the pillowcase.

DIY pillowcase

I used some basic painters tape to tape off a design.  Don’t stress yourself out about making it absolutely perfect!  Each pillowcase is oh-so-slightly different, but you’d never be able to tell unless I pointed it out.

DIY taped pillowcaseGrab some paint.  I used Martha Stewart’s line of paints because they can be used on a variety of materials—including fabric.  Mixing a little bit of fabric medium with the paint is supposed to help make the paint softer on the fabric (non-crunchy) and help it wash well over time.

DIY paint supplies

Don’t mix too much fabric medium with the paint though, or else it will make the paint runny and it may bleed underneath your tape!

DIY painted geometric pillowcase Use a small foam brush or paintbrush to paint your design.  Peel off the tape and let it dry in a safe place.

DIY geometric pillowcase

Following the directions on the back of the paint container, I used a hot iron to set the paint after it had been drying for 24 hrs.  Then I washed the pillowcases to make sure that they are all clean and ready to snuggle with!

DIY geometric pillowcase

I love how they turned out!  What do you think?  Want some more ideas?  Try doing this to the edge of a tea towel, or maybe a blank art canvas.  It’s amazing what a little tape and paint can do!

DIY closeup geometric pillowcase

Isn’t this a great idea? Check out Sara on Twitter + Facebook + Pinterest

Apartment Tour: Sneak Peek #1

Since I’ve promised an Apartment Tour I thought it would be fun to posts a few teasers before I showcase our new place entirely. I will post them in fragments and you’ll be able to see how they fit together by the end of the month [yikes – gotta keep this place clean!]. Let me know what you think and take a shot guessing where things are!

#1: The trinity: Comprised of 2 DIY Ombré paintings I painted while I made these coasters and an “&” + our initials purchased on sale from Hobby Lobby.

DIY ombre painting by bedsidesign

gold & and initials home decor from hobby lobby

DIY Ombre Painting by bedsidesign

Where do you think these hang?

Prints + Patterns + Spaces: Watercolor

There is nothing quite like the fluidity of a watercolor painting. The way the paint is absorbed into paper fascinates me. Recently I’ve noticed a wave of watercolor-esque patterns and designs making their way into interiors, fashion, and accessories. I welcome this invasion and love the result.

This is a watercolor roundup for prints + patterns + spaces

[ one | two | three | four | five | six | seven ]

The best part is this opens up endless DIY possibilities! Check out the DIY tutorial from OnceWed on creating those chic painted votives.

DIY: Ombre Coasters!

Our apartment has white walls and rose/beige carpeting throughout so needless to say it is screaming for some color. I certainly don’t have a problem with color. The last apartment still had all the original woodwork [moldings, floors, doors etc.] so it looked really heavy and drab. I tried to spruce it up with a lot of white accents to make it appear bright and cheery [I’m still not sure if it really worked so don’t quote me on this!]. Now that we are in a white, boxy apartment all my white decorative accents are blending into the walls. JoAnn’s put their acrylic paint on sale [who can resist a sale on acrylic paint?] so I stocked up on some new colors  for DIY projects. The first projet I would like to share is extremely easy and cost-effective. You can make 5 coasters for under $10!

DIY Coaster project by bedsidesign

Home Depot sells individual tiles that are extremely cheap. We picked 5 tiles for $0.40 each. To make sure that the tiles won’t scuff or scratch your furniture purchase self-adhesive bumpers. We found a pack for about $3. We put six on for each coaster.

The four paints used in the DIY coaster project by besidesign

A DIY project for ombre coasters by bedsidesign

You can leave the tiles as is or you can decorate them. I love ombre patterns so I knew that these would look great in the accent colors I’m using in our living room/dining room. At JoAnn’s I picked up 4 colors to go with this project: one metallic gold, one white, and two colors an orange and bright red. Each paint was about $0.40 on sale. I mixed the colors up and painted each coaster, let them dry and painted a second coat.

Affordable DIY coaster project by bedsidesign

I think they look pretty great stacked and unique as individual coasters. The texture of the stone tiles mixed with the colorful hues has a really modern feel.

Stacked DIY ombre coasters by bedsidesign

What do you think? Are you working on any DIY projects?

Introducing a DIY Series: Beautifully Contained!

This is a DIY series called Beautifully Contained

I am so excited to finally share something that I have been working on for the past couple of weeks. I love Syracuse and I knew that there has to be someone else out there in the blog world that’s located here. I sent a shout out at the end of the August Blog Brunch to see if there were any Central NY bloggers and someone responded! Thanks Jessica for introducing me to Sara Aaserud of Beautifully Contained. I immediately read through Sara’s blog and fell in love with all of her creative DIY projects [yes that’s right, a DIY blog here in Syracuse – a girl after my own heart!!!]. We started emailing back and forth and it led to a collaboration! Sara is guest blogging here on bedsidesign today so please make her feel welcomed! I figured it would be great to get to know her so here is a little Q&A for ya [please don’t miss her amazing bleach shirt DIY after the Q&A]!

bedsidesign: What’s your favorite thing to do in your city (or about your city)?

beautifully contained: I love to take my dogs for walks at Green Lakes State Park, which is just up the road from my house. Upstate NY is very beautiful!  Aside from that, I also really like to go thrifting and garage sale-ing and there always seems to be a lot of that stuff going on during the summer.  

bedsidesign: Why do you create, DIY or blog?

beautifully contained: I DIY because I like to have nice things, but I don’t like to spend a lot of money.  I started my blog to keep friends and family up to date on what I’ve been doing, and it kind of turned into a hobby.  

bedsidesign: Can you share a recent favorite read or find (could be music, a blog etc.)?

beautifully contained: A friend that I went to college with just started a fashion and lifestyle blog called The State Street Edit.  Jessica is a fantastic writer and takes some pretty awesome pictures to boot.   

bedsidesign: What is an interest, or something you’re passionate about?

beautifully contained: I have pretty much always driven a Volkswagen.  I have a black 1982 VW Rabbit that runs on diesel and I just LOVE that thing.  I’ll admit that the style isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I think that it’s adorable, and it gets really good mileage.  I can’t wait for the day when all cars get 50+ mpg!  

bedsidesign: What is on your bedside table?

beautifully contained: My Macbook | My West Elm ceramic pig speaker | A box of tissues |My glasses

bedsidesign: What are five things you couldn’t live without?

Other than the obvious friends and family:

  1. Chocolate
  2. My doggies: Max and Brooklyn
  3. Smartwool socks
  4. Button-up cardigans
  5. The TV show “Big Bang Theory”

DIY: Bleach T-Shirt by Sara Aaserud:

Hey!  I am so excited to be guest posting today!  I was thrilled when Christie asked me to do this, and I had just finished a project that I knew would be just perfect.

I’ve been seeing a lot of DIY bleach shirts around Pinterest lately (check out this one for more inspiration), so last weekend I decided to finally make my own.  It’s very straightforward, and I think that the hardest part was coming up with an idea for a design and then tracing it out onto the shirt.  I found the phrase inspiration “Make Art, Not War” from a sweatshirt that I found a while back, and popped the wording inside a heart to give it a graphic twist. (Mostly because I just really really love hearts).

First, grab yourself an article of clothing to bleach.  I got my t-shirt at Target for $8, and it is just a basic knitted cotton-polyester blend shirt.  You could also opt to do pillowcases, or a tote bag as well, so use your imagination!  However, I’m going to mention that my friend was using woven pillow-cases and the project didn’t turn out so well because the bleach soaked in and spread out a LOT when she applied it.  So before you commit to anything, put a drop of water on your shirt/pillow case, and see how it soaks in to be sure that you’re ok with how it looks.

You’re also going to need a piece of chalk, some fine paintbrushes, some bleach, and a piece of cardboard to insert between your fabric layers to keep the bleach from soaking through.

DIY materials for making a bleached t-shirt by beautifully contained

First, insert your cardboard between your layers.  This will make it easier for you to draw on your shirt with chalk, and keep the bleach from soaking through when you get to that step.

Then, get creative with your chalk!  Keep in mind that fine details that you draw out may not translate so well with the bleach later on.  This part took me the longest, and I ended up “erasing” some parts more than once.  If you’re not good at free-handing things, feel free to print something out and trace around to get the design that you want.

Once you’re done drawing with the chalk, take your paintbrush and draw with the bleach over your sketch.  You’ll have to go back and re-wet your brush fairly often.  Be careful as you go and take your time!  The bleach works its magic within a matter of minutes so you won’t have to wait long.

After you wash your shirt, you’re all done!

Prints + Patterns + Spaces: Herringbone

Keeping with the understated “beach” theme this week I thought it would be fun to round-up some great herringbone prints! Herringbone is a pattern that resembles the bones of a fish and are mostly used in textiles and interiors. I love the woven look and how different colors enhance the pattern.

This is a roundup of herringbone prints by bedsidesign

[one: this old house |  two: side project | three: serena & lily |four: nilesh ladd | five: toms | six: plume textiles | seven: wit & whistle]

What do you think about herringbone?

Check out these amazing herringbone DIYs!

How to Create a Herringbone Tabletop by This Old House

DIY Hand Painted Mug & Hand Painted Coffee Table by Wit & Whistle

How To Herringbone Chair by Martha Stewart