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5 Crafty Weekend Projects

Take advantage of these sunny summer weekends — or extra time off — to spruce up your abode with one of these creative, weekend-friendly projects, including color-blocked lockers for the mudroom, cute no-sew trivets to brighten up the kitchen table, a hairpin-leg breakfast tray with serious mid-century cred, and more.

DIY No. 1: Color block storage lockers. With back-to-school right around the corner, creating more storage for all of the backpacks, school papers, and shoes is pretty high on my to-do list right now. But even if I didn’t have kids at home, I could easily see using these storage lockers in the entryway, mudroom, or office! The lockers themselves are purchased, so all you need to do for this project is pick your colors, tape off sections, and paint away. Get the full DIY at Sugar and Cloth.

DIY No. 2: Rainbow rope trivets. All you need for this super-cheerful DIY is upholstery cording, a bit of acrylic craft paint in the colors of your choice, and a hot glue gun. To create your trivet, first dip portions of the cotton cording in colorful paint for a color-block effect. Once completely dry, begin to coil the cord up, glueing in place with a dot of hot glue every few inches.Then place on your table and enjoy! For complete instructions, see Brittni Mehlhoff’s tutorial on Momtastic.

DIY No. 3: Mood board organizer. If you’re looking for a unique addition to take your home office or creative studio from bland to wow, this is the DIY for you. A large piece of plywood is cut into a house-shape and painted in two hues to form the base. Next, you can customize your mega-inspiration board with a copper basket for books and magazines, a rope and s-hooks for hanging tools, or even a section of pegboard. Lean against a wall, and let the inspiration-gathering begin. Find the how-to at Paper & Stitch.

DIY No. 4: Mid-century breakfast tray. Make Saturday mornings special by savoring breakfast in bed on your own gorgeous wood breakfast tray. With mid-century inspired hairpin legs, and a smooth wood top, you would never guess this was so simple to make. All that’s required is a pretty wooden tray, a set of hairpin legs (easily purchased online), and the ability to work a power drill. Leave as-is, or kick it up a notch by cutting a piece of leather to fit inside for a luxe touch. See A Beautiful Mess for the details.

DIY No. 5: Shibori tea towels. These deep indigo tie-dyed towels make a statement in the kitchen, and hide stains, to boot. This is a great project to tackle on a sunny summer weekend outdoors, and if you have kids, they’ll love to get in on the action, too … just be sure everyone is dressed for the mess! You’ll need to follow the instructions on your dye kit, but the basic idea is to create areas of resist by using rubber bands or clothespins to create a pattern before submerging plain towels in the dye bath. Read all about this project on A Beautiful Mess.

Once you’re done with your weekend of DIY fun, accessorize your newly spruced up home with one (or more) of the fun, colorful throw pillows shown above. Then pour yourself a tall glass of iced tea or fresh lemonade, sit back, and savor your space!

Shopping Guide: 1. Kate Spade New York Yorkville Pillows Tassel in Pink; 2. Kate Spade New York Yorkville Pillows Dobbins in Red and Pink; 3. Surya Abstract Pillows Southwest Delight in Beige, Salmon, Charcoal, Burgundy; 4. Surya Southwest Pillows Dip Dyed in Light Gray and Cherry; 5. Surya Beth Lacefield Pillows Kilim in Magenta, Beige, Burnt Orange, Chocolate; 6. Kate Spade New York Yorkville Pillows Embroidered Dot in Pink and Tan.

For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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Perk Up Curb Appeal With A Front Door Refresh

Repainting an entire exterior is a huge undertaking — thankfully, that’s not the only way to boost your home’s curb appeal! Making your home the belle of the block is simple if you focus your energy where it counts most: the front door. Read on for 4 design ‘recipes’ to inspire your front door makeover, plus a roundup of cute doormats perfect for a summer refresh.

Southern Living
Southern Living

Cobalt door + citrus planters + copper details. This gracious southern home features a bold blue door, flanked by potted dwarf citrus trees and flowers. Warm metals like the copper lantern and brass door hardware echo the warmth of the brick underfoot, bringing this bold traditional look together.

Urban Mettle
Old Brand NewUrban Mettle

Yellow door + wall planter + desert pottery. A can’t-miss-it lemon yellow door pops against the crisp white siding of this home. Instead of typical house numbers, consider using a wall planter with house numbers built in for a modern twist. Clay pots of cactus and a pair of aqua chairs add up to a quirky Southern California modern vibe.

Schoolhouse Electric
Schoolhouse Electric

Black door + barn light + cafe chair. If understated chic is what you’re after, this is the look for you. A glossy black door and matching black barn light are simple and timeless, while the folding cafe chair and hedgehog boot brush provide a fun twist.

Lesley Unruh for One Kings Lane
Lesley Unruh for One King’s Lane

Pink door + stenciled doormat + purple flowers. A pink door is certainly not for everyone (or every house!) but when it works, the pure joy can’t be denied. Keep things light with a painted porch floor, a pair of simple terracotta flower pots, and a fun doormat featuring a stenciled message.

Ready to start your front door makeover? The easiest way to begin is by replacing that ratty old doormat with something fresh and new! Here are six of my current favorites, including floral and lattice prints, a classic monogram, and even a cheeky lemon slice:

Doormat Shopping Guide (clockwise from top left): Nourison Waverly Greetings accent rug in navy; Nourison Elegant Entry Personalized Rug; Nourison Waverly Greetings accent rug in aqua; Nourison Waverly Greetings Accent Rug in Aqua; Nourison Waverly Greetings Accent Rug in Blue Bell; Liora Manne Front Porch in Lemon Slice.

For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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Thinking Beyond the Kitchen: Eggplant

Bo Concept
Bo Concept

I think it’s time. Time to take that rich purple known as eggplant or aubergine out of the kitchen and bring it into the other rooms of our homes. Purple is known as the most royal of colors, and the deeper the hue the more elegant it can feel – in other words, this isn’t the same purple your junior high self likely would have chosen.

If you’re all in on eggplant and looking to add tons of impact and charisma, you might want to consider biting the bullet and painting the walls. As I continuously say, there is no better bang for your buck than a few gallons of paint. (Bonus: If you end up hating it, it’s not an expensive fix either!) I think this color would look incredible on the wall of a dining room or bathroom.

via Beauti Tone

Okay, okay. So maybe you’re not into painting an entire room eggplant, but what about making a statement with your front door? Choose a tone that’s so deep and dark that passersby are left wondering if they’re looking at dark purple or black. It looks great with just about any color of brick and any other neutrals as well!

Romero Armchair

The right eggplant can act like a neutral, believe it or not. Check out these stunning chairs with mid-century lines that manage to strike a balance with the wood tones and natural textiles in the room. They’re showstoppers without being scene-stealers.

via Frenchy Fancy

Last, but certainly not least, are accessories. Whether it be a great throw, a piece of art featuring the color, or floor rug, there are a hundred different ways to inject a dose of eggplant into your current decor. One of my favorites is a plant called Oxalis that has stems capped with shamrock-like leaves and is very easy to grow.

What’s your favorite way to incorporate a new, bold color in your space?

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For more inspiration from Kelly, follow along with her at Design Crush!

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Father’s Day Gift Idea: Outdoor Makeover for Dad

From cheering on soccer games to being there with words of much-needed advice, Dads do so much. Think beyond the tie this year, and gift dad something he can really get excited about — a cool makeover for his outdoor space! Read on for 5 awesome backyard additions that work for any price point (and any dad).

Domino - hammock
Domino Magazine

Hang up a hammock. Just the sight of a hammock gently swaying in the breeze is relaxing. Give dad a hammock to call his own, stationed in a shady spot on the porch, or strung between two trees in the backyard. Be sure to include a small table nearby where he can set his drink, and at least one cushy pillow.

Domino - outdoor bar
Domino Magazine

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Whitney Leigh Morris via House Beautiful

Rig up an outdoor bar. What could be cooler than a backyard bar where he can hang out with friends? If you want to go all-out (and have the budget for it) you could hire a pro to install a backyard wet bar, complete with built-in fridge to keep his beer frosty cold. But even on a shoestring budget, you can still put together a cool setup like the ones shown here: start with a freestanding bar or table (check Craigslist listings for affordable options), and deck it out with his favorite drinks, and a cool new set of glassware. Bonus points for adding a record player!

Domino - bbq
Domino Magazine

Grill something. Whether you upgrade his entire grill setup, or just add some cool new accessories (like a grill basket and quality tongs), optimizing his outdoor kitchen is always a hit. Want to spoil him? Spring for a new gas grill, or a specialty item like a pizza oven. Then help break it in by bringing over fixings for a backyard feast to cook and enjoy together.

Domino - fire
Domino Magazine

Light a fire. What dad isn’t just a little obsessed with fire? Treat him to a fire pit, and you can look forward to many summer nights gathered around the blaze! Freestanding wood-burning models tend to be the most affordable options, though some propane-burning fire pits are fairly budget-friendly and have the advantage of being portable. The big splurge would be on a custom built natural gas fire pit, surrounded by seating for a crowd. No matter which option you choose, don’t forget to throw in a pack of s’mores fixings!

Camille Styles - movie night
Camille Styles

Host a backyard movie night. With digital projectors coming down in price, buying him his very own isn’t too far out of reach (especially if you make it a group gift). But even if you’re not ready to buy him his own projector, you can still make a night of outdoor movie magic by renting a digital projector (many office supply stores rent them, as well as some libraries) and rigging up a white sheet for the “screen”. Gather the whole family, pop some popcorn, cue up a family favorite on the laptop, and kick back for a Father’s Day movie night under the stars.

Man Cave Rugs

Man-cave worthy rug picks (clockwise from top left): Shalom Brothers Durham Kilim in Gray; Safavieh Kilim in Blue and Ivory; Liora Manne Capri Ropes in Navy; United Weavers Modern Textures Cupola in Harvest.

For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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