01/13 DIY

DIY Fabric Covered Magnet Board

DIY Fabric covered magnet board

Does this fabric pattern look familiar to anyone?

I got WAY too much fabric for my fabric lid boxes, specifically 2.5 yards when I only ended up needing 1/4 of a yard.  I might suggest poor planning, but I’d rather think I had foreseen wanting to use the fabric again for other projects since I liked the pattern so much.

Yay for using left over fabric!

For this project, I basically did the same exact thing I did with my fabric lid boxes, only this time I used the Spontan magnet board from IKEA.  I got it in college but since moving have kept it hidden in my closet because I felt it no longer matched with my current decor, but this fabric makeover has brought it some new life!

IKEA Spontan magnet board

I cut the fabric along the red lines shown above, and circled in green are the corner flaps that will wrap around the corners.  The photo shows the magnet board face up, but it should be face down for the next steps (the magnet board basically looks like a big magnetic lid).

All I did was apply Mod Podge on these fabric flaps and wrapped them over the magnet board edges.  I started first with the two shorter sides since the corner flaps needed to be glued over the corners before folding over the longer fabric flaps. The fabric didn’t initially stay folded over so I had to hold it down until the glue dried a little bit. (Sorry I didn’t take pictures on these steps!  You can refer to my fabric lid boxes for some images on these details.)

Fabric covered magnet board

The board is sitting on my desk and I threw on some photos and other random things with some small, strong magnets I got from Office Depot (they work SO well and I will surely be getting more).  And that mini tree is no longer a Christmas tree, but just a gold tree ;).  Anyone recognize where the fabric swatches are from??

ALSO, I just found out my friend Alexis at Persia Lou did this same exact project almost 2 years ago when she recently shared this printable on her blog. So I guess I’m a little late on this idea :P.  Nonetheless, I’m happy to feel like I have any creativity remotely similar to hers!

Do you like the idea of having a magnet board instead of a cork board?  I personally prefer a magnet board MUCH more.

01/10 DIY

DIY Gold Leaf Jewelry Tray

Gold Leaf Jewelry Tray with Jewelry

I love gold, and I love jewelry, so the idea to decorate this tray was an easy choice.  Stripes are also a huge favorite of mine, so you’re seeing a lot of what I love through this DIY!

DIY Jewelry Tray Steps

The tray is actually a ceramic “salad plate” I got from Target, though that should not suggest this project is food safe (it’s not!).  I taped the design with 1/4″ 3M blue tape, then applied a gold leaf pen in between the tape.  This took a few strokes on some parts and I also needed to apply a second coat on little areas after the first layer dried.  That means the overall look is not a factory finish but a more organic texture that shows the gold leaf strokes, which I like!  This could also easily be done with a gold Sharpie, followed by curing in the oven (ask me how if you want to know).

After removing the tape, I took a Q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol and cleaned up any imperfect edges.

Gold Leaf Jewelry Tray

I applied a few layers of clear acrylic spray on top to protect the design.  Mod Podge or another similar sealant would work as well.  The protective coat can be skipped all together, but I figured with all the jewelry traffic this tray will be seeing, the protective layer would be best to have.

Jewelry Tray Display

I’m in love with how it turned out!  Organizing my accessories is something I’ve been needing to work on and plan on doing soon, but for now what I needed most was a place where I could just throw off my jewelry at the end of the day.  That still counts as organization, right?

What do you think of my jewelry tray?  Would you have a use for one of these as well?

01/06 Tips

5 Ways to Make Your Place More Homey

5 Ways to Make Your Place More Homey

2014!  What?!

I was vacationing in Chicago last week and let me tell ya… I’m SO thankful to be back in LA.  I do think Chicago is one of the greatest cities, but there’s just no way I could ever get used to the cold again.  I much prefer sitting here, writing this post, wearing a t-shirt and shorts in this most excellent LA weather.

So I’m a tad bit behind… but in the spirit of the new year, I wanted to do something that would involve looking back at some of the blog posts I’ve put up last year (well, last year from September since that’s when I started this blog!) and I thought a fun way to do it would be to recap some of the ways I’ve made my apartment more homey.  “Homey” is, after all, in the name of my blog ;).

The only new photo in this post is the one in the title, which starts us off with the first point.

1) Hang up pictures and art.

Photo Gallery Wall

Hanging up pictures in my apartment was the last thing I did after moving in, though I think it is the best way to make a place feel like home.  I also think the act of drilling holes and hammering nails brings a greater sense of permanence, like staking down a sign that says “Hey, we live here!”

My boyfriend and I jokingly call this wall our “relationship shrine”, though a few of the photos are of our families (oops!).  We have a hallway that is yet to be filled with more photos and art, and I anticipate that will be something I share on the blog in the future :).

2)  Have flowers and plants.

Succulent Box Display

[From DIY Succulent Box]

I refer to this little area near the living room window as our mini garden.  We’ve had a lot of losses since this photo was taken (succulents CAN die, guys), but also many additions to our family of green friends.  I think especially with apartment living, it can feel really disconnected from the outdoors, so plants and flowers bring in some much needed life, literally.

3) Decorate for seasons and holidays.

Fall Centerpiece 2

[From Fall Centerpiece]

I used to have this misconception that decorating for holidays is more elaborate and expensive than it’s worth, but that is not true at ALL.  Being festive can be as simple as bringing in the season’s colors, like with the warm yellow sunflowers that got me excited for last fall.  I’ve learned that whatever makes you feel spirited or look forward to the season and holidays ahead is always worth spending some time embracing in your home.

4) Display books.

Books in vanity tray

[From Mirrored Vanity Trays]

I’m new to seeing how books add a lot of personality to the home, and as I’ve mentioned before, this has encouraged me to ditch the e-books and go back to good old-fashioned paper books.  This isn’t to say you should only get books just to display them (though I’ll be real… I’m tempted a lot to buy a book because it’s pretty), but display the ones you have and play around with arranging them, like I did with the vanity tray above.   Infusing your place with your interests will always help you feel more at home.

5) Play with lighting.

H&M Candle Holders with Flowers Lit Up

[From H&M Candle Holders]

Ok, so I’m still working on this one.  The lighting in my apartment is, simply put, bad, and with fixture changes not being an option, I’ve found that the easiest and most economical way to change up lighting in terms of setting a mood is with candles.  We all know how cozy it feels to be sitting by candlelight, right?  I love how something so little can make such a big difference on the way I feel.  I’m maybe addicted to candles.

It’s fun to look back on little bits of what I’ve done so far and see the progress I’ve made not only with my apartment, but with this blog!  I’m looking forward to stepping up the homey this year, and maybe even add more tips to this series as I learn them myself.

What do you do to make your place more homey, whether it’s something I have or haven’t mentioned?  I’d love to know and pick up some tips from you guys!

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01/03 DIY

DIY Gold Leaf Jewelry Tray- Guest Post at meganquint.com

Gold Leaf Jewelry Tray with Jewelry

Hi, guys!  Today’s post is over at meganquint.com.  Megan invited me to do a guest post at her fashion and lifestyle blog and I thought this jewelry tray would be something both fashion lovers and DIY’ers would enjoy :).  Head on over to see the tutorial and make sure to look around and see why I love Megan’s style!



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01/01 Life

Happy New Year from…

Chicago Skyline

Chicago!  My first home.

It was five degrees when I took this picture.  I haven’t felt this cold in years.  My boyfriend and I were trying to go to the Shedd Aquarium but unknowingly came on the day of the week when admission is regularly discounted.  There were probably about 300 people in line waiting OUTSIDE to get in.  No thank you.  We cut our losses and snapped this photo instead :P.

So I’ve been freezing my butt off all week, having a great time seeing family and old friends, and thought I’d pop my head in on the blog to wish you all a Happy New Year!  No New Year’s projects or resolutions to share, but just here to send you my love for an amazing start to your 2014, hopefully with family and loved ones by your side :).

I do have a fun and exciting new post coming up this Friday.  See you all then!

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12/26 DIY

A Touch of Evergreen

Evergreen on a shelf

This probably won’t be the last time I tell a story that starts like this.  I was walking by the trash  outside on the sidewalk and something caught my eye.  To clarify, it wasn’t my intention to look around in the trash, but I just happened to catch a glimpse of this green treasure.


Someone had tossed out these branches from their Christmas tree.  Shame set in as I stood from a distance, my legs locked, unable to look away from the branches, thinking about what if someone was watching me at that moment and wondering why I was staring at the trash.  I acted fast and swiped the branches, making my getaway quick before I’d have one too many witnesses.

I’m here to report that my mission was successful and I regret nothing at all.

Evergreen in a vase

This bronze vase had been sitting empty since I got it and it was the first thing I thought of when I brought the branches home.  I cut off the smaller pieces and made this adorable mini arrangement.  That still left a lot more to be done with, so I took the rest and stuck them into a white pitcher.

Evergreen with ornaments

They were screaming for some ornaments, so I hung up these gold and white ones from the dollar store that I never ended up using this year… until now!  I’m perfectly okay with ornaments after Christmas.  In fact, I will probably be keeping my Christmas decorations out through January because I’m not ready to let go of them.  This holiday season just went by too fast!

Are you keeping your Christmas decorations up or have you already started putting them away?  At what point is it considered keeping them out too long?  I’m hoping you can agree that at least January is ok :P.

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!


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