DIY: MCM Plant Stand
Mid-century modern (MCM) plant stands have been all over design blogs for a while now, and admittedly, I fell for them hard. They’re readily available at stores big and small, but the common theme is that they’re relatively expensive, ranging from $130-250+ (without the pot) for an average size and we needed quite a large one. They were never going to make it into my house at that price point – so we did what we do: we built our own.
This DIY is very, very cheap, relatively simple, and able to be customized for the size of pot or planter you may already own.
What you’ll need:
– 1” wood dowels
– 1”x2” pine board
– miter saw
– Kreg jig
– wood glue
– wood stain (optional)
– wipe-on poly (water-based)
DIY: Living Wall
This might be the easiest DIY we’ve done so far. We wanted something on this big empty wall between the library and the living room, but we already have a gallery behind the sofa and a mirror above the fireplace. I considered some sort of tapestry for texture, but then in walked the living wall with its burly green tendrils and all other ideas fell away. It didn’t hurt that we already had everything we needed, except the plants.
Our planties are still babies so they aren’t showing us the cascade effect we want, but they’ll get there. We also had to place the containers a little higher than we’d like (we want to spread them out a bit, eventually) because we have a chocolate lab who isn’t quite a year old and who sometimes thinks planties are tasty treats when he’s left alone. (more…)
DIY: Author Wall Installation
Years ago, when I was scouring home blogs and sites for designs or art pieces – I’m not the only person who still has a file for such a thing on their desktop instead of using something like Pinterest, right? – I came across a wallpaper I just loved. It was black and white, a little faded, and it bore the names of many authors who had inspired me to pursue my own writing. It was also wildly expensive; it didn’t match anything else I liked; and I didn’t have a library to put it in (which, of course, was where I wanted it to go). I tossed it in the folder anyway, the little image outlasting dozens of deletions and begging for a home.
Flash forward to two years ago and J and I purchased a house, a house wherein we built a library (or rather, where we built me an office that happens to be crowded by books). The wallpaper, somehow, was still available (!!!). It was also still expensive and in black and white and devoid of the many female authors whose work I find inspiring. The other issue was that the wall I wanted to use needed something less, well, flat. And so, an idea was born: an author wall installation. (more…)