“Design” Circle of Life…..

You toil for days on a design project, put it on the blog and send your baby into the world.  You hope it inspires others to try their hand at the task, but all you get is the sound of cyber crickets?  Sometimes the life of a blogger is solidarity but other times you are bathed in the soft warm glow of comments, emails, Pinterest pins and Twitter retweets.

For myself, the stenciled wall I did in 2010 is the proverbial post that keeps giving.  I have received countless emails from  readers and fellow bloggers about the post gave them the push to try a paint treatment in their home.  I like to think that my blog post is part of the “design circle of life” (cue Lion King music).  Seriously, I firmly believe that by putting my effort, time and sweat (and at times blood) into crafting these projects, it helps demystify the process and inspires others to try.  In turn, those people inspire others and before you know it, a DIY revolution has transpired…..

Just call me the Ghandi of DIY (no offense intended)…..

But seriously, I was tickled when I received two different emails on the same day from Janice and Samantha telling me that they had taken the bull by the horns and attempted a Moorish tile paint stencil.  I am happy they did because the results on both turned out AWESOME.

Janice decided to use the stencil as an accent wall in her bedroom.  I love how her metallic paint plays up the sheen in her duvet and the sequins on her pillows…

Samantha of So Many Moments opted to use the Moorish stencil in her newly opened photography studio.  The stencil, while glam, provides a great boho quality to Samantha’s office that makes perfectly with the rest of the decor….

Kudos to both ladies for tackling the stencil project.  I love seeing how the same stencil completely changes the feel of a room.  With a little time and elbow grease, each got the room they wanted at a fraction of the cost of wallpaper.

Okay peeps, keep it coming!  If you have done any projects that were inspired by the blog, I want…I need… I must see them!  Shoot me a picture at lifeoutloudmail@gmail.com and you just may end up on the blog!

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Weekend DIY: Coaster Shadowboxes

So yes, I am doing a “weekend” DIY on a Wednesday but I figure many of you all are on vacation now, so this Wednesday is LIKE a Saturday.  That is my justification and it makes perfect sense (in my head)……

In any case, many of you asked about the coaster shadow boxes that were highlighted as part of my House Proud segment on the Nate Berkus Show.

They are SUPER easy to create and require the barest of supplies:

1) Shadow Box

2) Picture Mat

3) Craft Paper

4) Coasters

5) Hot Glue Gun

6) Spray Adhesive

That be it folks….6 materials to create your own shadow box.  For the three boxes I made, I picked up the shadow boxes at Michael’s using the ever-present 40% off coupon.  I then rummaged through my stash of picture mats and selected three that I picked up during a clearance sale for pennies (literally).  As for the craft paper, I bought 2 sheets with a slight metallic sheen for $1.

The major investment was in the form of the coasters.  They are sliced agate slate.

I was fortunate enough to have been gifted a set of coasters from a family friend.  However, you can find the coasters at a variety of stores.  A quick internet search for “geode coasters” found these amethyst star coasters, this agate slate option as well as this crushed glass option.

Once you have all your materials gathered, the project goes by quickly:

1) Cut your craft paper down to size to fit the back of  your shadow box.  Once cut, spray with mounting adhesive and adhere to back of shadow box.

2) As your craft paper dries, take your picture mat and dry fit to the front of the shadow box.  You will be attaching the picture mat directly to the  inside of the glass to give the illusion that the mat is floating.  Place a small dot of hot glue in each corner of the mat and adhere to glass.  Set aside to dry.

3) Pick up the back of the shadow box that you covered in craft paper.  Find the center and place your coaster.  Take the front of the shadow box and lay on top to confirm coaster placement.  Once you have confirmed that the coaster is centered and aligned properly, attach coaster with hot glue to craft paper.

4) Allow all pieces to dry 10-15 minutes before assembling and hanging.    I waited overnight to be on the safe side.

I knocked out all three of the shadow boxes in about an hour.  I love this project not only because anyone can do it, but because it’s a great way to give importance to any object you want.  For example, if you travel internationally, you know that the currency exchange kiosks never take back coins.  So rather than  chuck them in a drawer, use this  method to create a fantastic shadow box of your travel adventures.

The possibilities are only limited to your imagination and the size of the items.  Have fun and go wild!  Speaking of going wild, I have one more shadow box DIY to share with you all on Friday that is part of my Christmas tablescape!

So what are you doing with your holiday time off?  Tackling craft projects?  Home repair?  Or taking it easy?

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Guest Vignette: Ten June

I have a treat for y’all today.  My friend and fellow Centsational Girl contributor, Michelle of Ten June is here today to participate in my ongoing “Guest Vignette” series where I ask fellow bloggers to photograph and describe a meaningful vignette in their home.  Michelle’s home is warm and cozy – the culmination of her approachable design style and keen eye for easy but high-impact DIY projects.  Today she shares with us a vignette in her Atlanta living room……

Hello hello! The name’s Michelle and I’m the author of the DIY design blog, Ten June. As all of you know, my friend Courtney here is the king of all things “detail”… his vignettes and tablescapes are so inspiring! With that said, I’m excited that he asked me to stop by and share the little details of my favorite vignette from my house.

I’m sharing a space from my living room. Seated next to a wall filled with bright white plantation shutters (that I just repainted!) are two slipper chairs from Target. I love the khaki colored basketweave fabric- it’s the perfect neutral color for the space. In between the chairs is a set of painted nesting tables that I thrifted from Craigslist. These guys were a score for $20! I painted the tables a glossy navy blue, which brings in the bold color that I used to paint my adjacent dining room walls. The nesting tables are topped with my grandmother’s vintage milk glass lamp and some of my favorite design books.

I love this bright space next to the windows- it’s the perfect place to curl up with a good book or to relax and watch some television. I love changing around the books and pillows to switch the look of the area up every once in a while. It’s definitely one of my favorite spots in my home!

I love that Michelle was able to incorporate her Grandmother’s milk glass lamp into her vignette.  It is the perfect foil to modern and linear details in the vignette plus it adds that bit of nostalgia that I believe every house needs to make them a home.  Thank you so much for sharing Michelle!

So do you have a special accessory or furniture in your home that you inherited?  Leave a comment and tell me about it!

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