DIY Striped Coffee Table

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After a successful kitchen table makeover I decided to tackle our boring coffee table. Most of the wood furniture in our house has a darker stain, so this light-colored table stuck out like a sore thumb. Instead of adding more dark wood to our living room and kitchen area, I wanted to brighten it up a bit. Since a solid white table would get dirty too fast, I scoured Pinterest for more ideas. I saw several patterned tables and thought that a striped style would add a chic, modern touch while also matching our simple furniture. stripe table v2To make the table, I removed the stain and sanded it until smooth (similar to the tutorial for the kitchen table). Then I spray painted the entire table white. After it dried, I measured the stripes and covered the sections that were to remain white with painter’s tape. To protect the bottom half of the table, I used painter’s tape to hang newspapers directly under the table top (picture a hula skirt of newspaper beginning at the top of the white rim). I sprayed one final coat of white paint to secure the tape and prevent the gray from bleeding underneath. Once this layer had dried I sprayed several coats of gray, until they were solid stripes. I removed the tape after the final coat had dried and the result was a brand new table!

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I wasn’t sure how to style the table, but I came across this tray at Target and knew it would work perfectly! The clear base allows the stripes to show through, but the white design adds an interesting detail. To add some color I bought pretty flowers and placed them in a simple clear vase. I’m also on the look out for some stylish coffee table books to place on the other side. Emily Schuman’s video about how to style a coffee table on Cupcakes and Cashmere was really helpful in visualizing the arrangements I wanted to create.

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Tuesday Trends: 4th of July

It’s officially time for fireworks, sunshine and barbecues! The 4th of July has always been one of my favorite holidays because it’s the epitome of summer complete with outdoor celebrations with friends and family, patriotic treats and red, white and blue fashion. Below are a few links that have inspired me to plan a fun, festive day!

4th cookies

{My 4th of July sugar cookie bars topped with red, white and blue}

4th cake

{American Flag Cake from FOOD52}

4th fashion

{4th of July fashion inspiration on Pinterest}

4th candles

{Patriotic Glitter Candles from A Pumpkin and a Princess}

4th decor

{Independence Day decor inspired by The Golden Sycamore}

 

How To Style a Bookshelf

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A bookshelf can be as fashionable as it is functional. It makes a statement about who you are, what you are passionate about and gives you a blank canvas to display your favorite things. The challenge is to create a shelf composition that is visually appealing and not too cluttered. There is an art to organizing the books and having the decorative items tell your story and share your interests and hobbies.

  1. Begin with a blank slate. Take everything off of the shelves and go through the collection of books and decor to see what you would like to keep.
  2. Embrace negative space. The shelves don’t have to be completely full and cluttered. It looks best when you don’t over-stuff them and leave some breathing room.
  3. To add some pretty patterns and colors, cover books that don’t match your color scheme or have seen better days with pretty paper. I found the chevron and polka dot wrapping paper, pictured below, at Target for only a few dollars!
  4. Mix it up. Have some of the books displayed vertically and others stacked horizontally. Vary the heights of decorative objects, such as tall and short candles or give a decorative bowl a boost by stacking it on top of a few horizontal books.
  5. Odd can be perfect. Don’t worry about having everything perfectly symmetrical and even. Creating balance on a book shelf involves placing items off center and grouping things in odd numbers. A collection of candles looks better when there are three of varying heights instead of two that are equal in size.
  6. Integrate books and decorative objects. A bookshelf is not just for storage; it is a backdrop for your favorite decorative items, such as photos, art, vases, meaningful knick-knacks, etc. This is a fun way to express yourself and share your passions and pursuits.

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A Day at the Park

I love Downtown Las Vegas because it’s a great escape from the Strip and the cool, laid-back vibe reminds me a little bit of Seattle. I wanted to share some pictures of the quirky, whimsical decor at Park on Fremont since it’s so unique, but I could also see the eclectic style trending on Pinterest. The vintage-yet-modern look is so popular right now and makes me want to go spray paint my boring, brown furniture! Plus they serve delicious drinks, like the Pillow Talk and Trophy Wife, in Mason jars… LOVE!

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Antler Candle Holders

20131205-182447.jpg Rustic meets modern with these antler pillar candle holders. My sister found these at Target and paired them with fun, trendy candles from Hobby Lobby. The pretty patterns mixed with the country candlesticks create a sophisticated, lodge-like look. She made an adorable arrangement with the mason jar and box sign, which makes for a great center piece on a kitchen table or a unique accessory on a bookshelf.

// Get the Look //

Antler Pillar Candle Holder: $14.99 from Target

Chevron Candle: $8.99 from Hobby Lobby

Quatrefoil Candle: $7.99 from Hobby Lobby

DIY Instagram Coasters

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Don’t let those perfectly edited photos on your phone just sit around and collect dust (figuratively speaking). Get crafty and make some coasters with them! It’s a fun way to share photos and bring up conversations when guests are over. They add a personalized touch to any coffee table. I used photos from a trip to Cabo as well as other random favorites. They are simple and inexpensive to make. I’ve also used scrapbook paper instead of photos, which looked great, too! Keep them for yourself or wrap them up as a gift!

Supplies:

  • Printed 4″ x 4″ Instagram photos
  • 4.25″ x 4.25″ tiles (I got them from Home Depot for 11 cents each)
  • Mod Podge (I used the outdoor version)
  • foam paint brush
  • Clear Acrylic spray
  • Small, round felt pads

How to:

  1. Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge on the tile and stick on the photo. Make sure there are not any air bubbles that form underneath it. Sometimes it helps to run a credit card or similar flat edge over it to make sure. Let dry for a couple of minutes.
  2. Next, paint a thin layer of Mod Podge over the top of the photo. The brush marks should go in the same direction (i.e., either vertical or horizontal). Let dry.
  3. Paint another coat over the photo in the opposite direction. Let dry.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 one more time.
  5. Once the Mod Podge has dried, spray coaster with a light layer of Clear Acrylic spray. Add 2 more coats, drying in between.
  6. Stick a felt pad in each of the 4 corners.
  7. Pour some drinks and put them to the test :)

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Last-Minute 4th of July Inspiration

Happy 4th of July! I hope everyone is wearing their red, white and blue! I’m sure most people have their Independence Day planned out, but if you are throwing a spontaneous get-together, here are some of my favorite ideas for a fun, festive party!

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