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Apartment Turns Home

Design can be healing. This is another amazing project to share because the process was so special to myself and my client.

She had just experienced a very difficult life change and found herself in a new space. Her request? She wanted this new apartment to look NOTHING like her old place. She needed her apartment to be peaceful, calm, restful, and healing: she needed that apartment to become a home.

You know those design shows that have the “white box” challenges? That’s what walking into this apartment was like. White box with a white sofa. The apartment complex had a no-paint policy — so we had to work to think how the furniture and accessory choices could provide that warmth and peace she was seeking. She loved the beach, and the complex was located next to a lake, so our inspiration became water. It was a great symbol for the peace, calm, and healing she was hoping for in this design.

One of my favorite projects here is the shelving unit we created in her room. I took the inexpensive IKEA VITTSJÖ shelving unit and gave it a couple of coats of gold spray paint. This is such a simple DIY project – and the result is stunning, sophisticated, and adds the right amount of elegance to her bedroom.

With a blank page in a new chapter of life and a blank canvas of an apartment, I designed a space that was rich with color, metallics, and texture to reach our goal of warmth without the use of paint.

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Juju Hat DIY

I love juju hats. I love saying “juju hat.” They are those fabulous round feather pieces you may have seen around. They are actually African tribal headdresses. The texture and dimension and color make them a fabulous focal point! I have used them in this Moroccan themed bedroom as well as an amazing white one as part of an art gallery wall in this living room (post on this space coming soon!). They are dramatic and organic and can be any color under the sun. They run anywhere from$250-500, typically. While I bought the white one for the living room at an antique market, my client and I decided to get crafty and make our own for her bedroom.

You should know the feathers are not inexpensive. The project did not end up saving us a ton of money. We knew that going in. We were just up for the experience! We primarily used this tutorial although there are a bunch of others on Pinterest.

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What you’ll need to create your juju hat is feathers, a round object to glue them to (I used a woven charger), a harder object to give it strength and structure, and the almighty glue gun. It would be great if you could just hot glue a feather boa for this, but you can’t. We bought our feathers here. We went with the 9-12″ rooster coque tail feathers after looking at other tutorials. This company sent us a bunch of samples to make sure our colors were right and had great customer service. We used a pound of feathers for our 32″ completed juju hat.

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To start, lay out your feathers so they do not get tangled and so that you can see if you have enough or need to tweak before anything gets glued! Start with feather tips arching downwards. Glue in a circle, pushing the stems into the glue. When you have completed a circle, cut the excess. Do not spiral. The next circle should be with feathers arching upwards and alternating this way throughout the project to give maximum volume and dimension.

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When you’ve done this, you are almost done! At the end, take some of the ends you cut off in the process and glue a few of them in the center. We did about a dozen and used some of the samples the company had sent us earlier. We used white and orange to give a little color variety and, because of this, we tucked a few around the other strands as you can see Perri expertly doing here.

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And when you are done, you will be so happy with how easy it was and how gorgeous it is and what an amazing crafter you and your friend are, and you will put your juju hat on and you will dance.

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We just hung it with a 1.5 inch nail straight through the center. It could not have been easier, I promise! And we LOVE the result.

Give your house good juju with a juju hat. Or at least dance.

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Cupid’s Arrow DIY

You know I love arrows. You also know I love crafting. Naturally, it was only a matter of time. Ridiculously cute arrows!

1.  To decorate the skewers, I wrapped sections of them in embroidery floss and painted acrylic stripes using varying widths of painters tape.

2.  I cut leather for the arrowhead from a purse I bought for this purpose at a thrift store for $1. Because the leather is so tough, I had to use a seam ripper to make the holes for the needle and embroidery floss.

3.  For the fletching, I used cork that I picked up at my local craft store in the paper section. (Yes, I had to look up what the back part of an arrow is called. It is a fletching. You didn’t know that either.)

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Arrows and French Macarons

Use them as table decor like I did for our Family Valentines Brinner (breakfast for dinner) post, over a doorway or perched over a piece of art. I think I am going to put mine above the doorway into my kitchen…or over the silhouette art in my daughter’s room. Hmm. Maybe I’ll just make up some more.

Happy love hunting and arrow crafting to you!

Photo Cred:  Cati Teague Photography – Thanks, Cati!

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Pizazz For Your Holiday Table

Sure, most of us are busily getting pictures with Santa and wrapping presents and general Christmas merriment, but let’s take a minute to give the holiday table a proper nod. {Insert nod here} If you follow me on Facebook (which you should), you may have noticed that my favorite way to decorate for Christmas is “nature with a little pizazz” (read: sparkle, glitz, shine).

For this table scape, I used timeless white flowers and went out on the nature walk prowl in my neighborhood. I came back with magnolia leaves, pinecones and pine straw. I dipped the pine straw in silver paint, painted the tips of the pine cone and used the magnolia leaf as a place card. By placing beautiful patterned paper on top of a long white tablecloth, I got great drama for very little investment. Beautiful!

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No matter what is on your table on Christmas, I hope it is seasoned with hearty celebration, gratitude and great conversation with the people you love! Merry Christmas, everyone!

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Party Tent DIY

I have had several inquiries about the tent I made for Anna’s Vintage Camping Party. The party was such a blast I want to recreate it every weekend and just roast different things over the fire (a girl can handle only so many s’mores, can I get an ‘amen’!? No s’more!).

There are many A-frame tent tutorials on the web but I like this one – it is more indestructible and folds up easily and is simply a cinch to make! Bonus: All the wood cost roughly $10.00 and I had the rest of the materials on hand.

You’ll need:

5 – 1 1/2 x 3/4 inch boards, 54 inches in length (for use, vertically, as the A-frame, and one to lay across the top)

4 – 1 1/2 x 3/4 inch boards, 42 inches in length (for use as the cross beams)

16 – 1 1/2 inch nails

2 – 2 inch bolts

2  wing nuts

Hammer

Drill

A piece of fabric roughly 46×104 inches (I used a sheet we found at a thrift store and folded it almost in half)

Staple gun

Potato and acrylic paint (if you want to stamp it)

Here is the finished frame:

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To make the bottom of frame, nail your 46 inch board inside the two longer 54 inch boards, roughly 2-3 inches from the bottom.

It will look like this: Inside board flush with 2 nails

To do the top section, position your 46 inch boards on the outside of the frame. Like this: Top of A-frame, shorter boards nailed to the outside of frame.Use a drill to secure the two parts of the frame together with the bolts and wing nuts. The 5th 54 inch board simply sits at the top between the “V” so the fabric can drape.

Drape your fabric over the top, stapling the sides around the boards and at the bottom. It will look like this.

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As you can see, we decided to fancy up the fabric (a thrift store sheet we found). We made a stamp out of at sweet potato and stamped green and blue acrylic painted triangles.

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Potato stamped tent

We made a few tassels to decorate the front, set the tent on top of rugs and quilts and filled it full of pillows. Camping party goodness!

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Anna's Campsite

So grab some boards and your hammer and in no time, you’ll be camping out in your own backyard.

Happy backyard adventures to you!

See more pictures and the full party Here!

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