WIP: DIY White Chalk Mandala Dresser

When you’re poor AF, sometimes you gotta be a little creative with your cheap IKEA purchases! To begin with, I bought these two sets of three-drawer wardrobes and pushed them together to make one large dresser. The wood on these were unfinished, making for the perfect project template.The mandalas are drawn on with white craft pens from Target: super easy and inexpensive to get started! Working on the dresser was honestly amazing for de-stressing, or when I just wanted to relax and had nothing else to do. I found the patterns from Pinterest here and worked with those so I wouldn’t get too out of hand trying to make up patterns on my own.

Unfortunately I never got to finish and had to leave these babies behind in Chicago, but here are some inspo photos from the work in progress!

The best part is that it’s really difficult to mess up; the white chalk pen is super easy to go over again, and with the complex patterns of the mandalas, it’s easy to balance out mistakes.

XOXO

Plant Nook Goodness

I’ve tried filling this window sill in our kitchen with fresh mint and lavender pots and ended up killing both plants, so now we’ve transitioned to succulents and air plants!

Both the GORGEOUS, gorgeous jellyfish planters and the gold-dipped crystal plant holders are from AirFriend on Etsy. I am not sure where the painting is originally from, but I found a photo of it somewhere and painted it myself. The condensation from the window made the paint run, but I like to think of it as charm!

I love the small details in home decor, just another way to make our space feel homier and our home feel more like a retreat!

XOXO

Interior Inspo-White Fur Accents

These spaces bring a little textural, eclectic pop to minimal spaces for an inspired look. A white fur accent can draw eyes to just the right places and balance crisp lines with a relaxed vibe.

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There’s a certain element of glamour in a minimal bohemian look which fur embodies perfectly. Fav!

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Apartment Decorating: Holiday Living Room

I can’t even begin to say how much I enjoy having a space of my own to decorate. I suppose I’m lucky my boyfriend trusts me with our apartment!

I’ve been looking forward to transforming our home for the holidays ever since we moved in, and the time has finally come! I wanted to make it as bright and cozy as I could, so I stuck with whites, golds, neutrals, and fur+knitted textures.This was our first Christmas tree, so we didn’t have many ornaments. We both also wanted a random, theme less tree to keep it fun. I’m still in the process of collecting some unique ones but can’t help showing off some of my favorites here!

Can we just pause for a second and recognize that Sur La Table sells an avocado toast GLASS ORNAMENT??! As soon as I saw it I knew I HAD TO HAVE IT!!!! Avocado toast is my jam!!!!! MY JELLY AND MY JAM! (For those who don’t know, link here)

Iced coffee starbz ornament obvi from Starbucks, too cute.

I made the lofthouse sugar cookie on my own using salt dough, those cookies are the bomb and pretty much like crack am I right?! And yes, the little sprinkles were a pain to roll and stick on. (For salt dough recipe/instructions, link here)Processed with VSCO with f2 presetThis coffee table centerpiece was just me not wanting to throw away some of the gorgeous trimmings from the bottom of the tree, and I just happened to end up liking how it looked.Processed with VSCO with f2 presetAh, what’s better than a cozy home for the holidays??

| Couch, Coffee Table: IKEA | Rug, Mirror, and Marquee Sign: Urban Outfitters | Coffee Table Runner, Display Tray, Throw, Pillow, and String Lights: Target | Avocado Ornament: Sur La Table | Iced Coffee Ornament: Starbucks | House Slippers: Forever21 | Vase: Anthropologie |

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DIY Stocking Name Tags

Here we go again guys…IT’S THE BEST TIME OF YEAR!!!! Shout out to all the midwest-ers out there: I can’t believe this kind of weather exists. My norm is 45 degree sweater-wear back in AZ, but this year it seems like I’ll just be nesting at home to avoid literal death by ice-wind.

On the other hand, this will be my first Christmas with snow and my first Christmas in the city, so I’m beyond pumped. Michigan Ave is an absolute dream, and my apartment is getting a full on holiday makeover.

Anyone knows me probably knows that I’m obsessed with Target…they literally have everything. (And has anyone else noticed how awesome their dollar section has been lately?? It’s as if their marketing team has been doing research on Pinterest and I’m not complaining!) I bought stockings there recently for about $13 each, along with Command hooks and these gold, monogram gift toppers from Sugar Paper.

Unfortunately, they didn’t have a ‘W’ available for Winston, and a little look online told me that they were only available in store. I wanted his stocking to match everyone else’s so I made him a wire name ornament using gold-colored wire, pliers, and a some twine to hang it up!

I just love how this adds a little homemade charm, and white and gold is probs my favorite holiday theme. ‘TIS THE SEASON!

XOXO

DIY Phases of the Moon Windchime

If you love boho decor and have a little time on your hands, this is seriously one of the easiest DIYs.It’s made out of salt dough, which is literally just a cup of salt, a cup of flour, and a half cup of water. Knead it all together, roll it out, and use either a circular cookie cutter or the top of a cup to cut out your moon shapes (there should be 7 total)!

Poke holes through the top and bottom of each shape before laying them out on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Bake at 200 degrees for about 2-3 hours or until they are dry.

Feel free to experiment and paint your moons however you like! I stuck with plain white, but some other ideas include layering gold foil, using metallic or glitter paint, or creating a marbled effect.

String your moons together and voila! A little homebaked charm for your happy hippie home.

Note: the holes in my moons were small enough that the moons stayed in place– if you are using different variations of string or made larger holes so that the moons shift around, simply tie a knot behind each hole or use a small drop of hot glue to keep the moons in place.

XOXO

DIY Macramé Door Curtain

Holy s#$%. I don’t know if I’m as crafty as I thought I was! I went into this project thinking it would be pretty easy and emerged hours later with a sore back and a new found respect for macramé crafters.

Nonetheless, learned a few tips about macramé that might save you some trouble that I inevitably ran into, and ultimately I’m quite happy about the end result.

For starters, macramé is actually pretty simple in theory. Once you understand the basics, you can design any sort of pattern you want; this door curtain was my own pattern that I thought of, so, considering it was my first macramé project, you can see that it’s not that hard to master. I’ll try my best to explain the knots I used here, but know that there are a ton of sites out there to help you out if I fail. All you need to get started is a long wooden dowel proportionate to your project, and macrame cord! (beads optional!)

The first thing you need to know is how much macramé cord– something you can find easily at any craft store– you are going to use. A little bit of research told me that there is no precise way to calculate this, but that a general rule of thumb is to measure each strand 3 1/2 to 4 times longer than the desired end length. THIS DID NOT WORK FOR ME! When you are designing something like a door curtain for an entryway up to 7ft tall, you can see how it got really messy. After much frustration, I risked going only about 2 1/2 times the end height: even with this cut-back, I ended up trimming a lot of extra (wasted) cord in the end! Moral of the story is, it really depends on your design. If you knot a pattern like this one where there are a lot of spaces and where a majority of it is going to be left as is, then you can easily start of with 2x the end length. HOWEVER, when I started to try and knot the free flowing strands into half-knotted spirals, I ran out of cord QUICK and had to back track. The best advice I can give is to use your judgement on how ‘knotted’ versus ‘spacey’ your pattern is going to be, and range between 2x – 4x the ending length to begin with (I can’t really speak for the knotted patterns). And keep in mind, it is easier to end up with too much than to fall short!

Okay. Now we are going to bind the strands on! Each pair of ‘two’ is actually one strand that is twice as long folded in half. We are going to use what is called a ‘reverse larkshead knot’. Lay the dowel on top of a folded loop, and pull the ends through the loop towards you. (So sorry, I forgot to take a photo of this! If you refer to the above photo, however, you can see it’s pretty simple)

The only other knots you are going to need to know for this pattern are square knots and a double half hitch knot.

Square knots:

Start with four strands. The middle two strands will never move. By the end of the square knot, it will look like the first strand is looped under these two middle strands, and the fourth strand is looped over them. Keeping this in mind, the first strand will always go UNDER the two middle strands, while the fourth strand will always go OVER. It gets confusing when the 1st and 4th meet at each end, and you have to figure out which goes over and which goes under.

So, beginning with strand #1, pass UNDER 2 and 3. Leave it horizontal so that the next step makes sense. Take strand #4, and pass UNDER strand #1 and OVER 3 and 2. When strand 4 meets strand 1 on the left side, pass it between the loop created by strands #1 and 2, front to back. Refer to the picture above on the top left.

You have just created what is called a ‘half knot’. If you keep going with this, you will end up with a spiral, kind of like the ones you see in macrame planters.

Let’s continue with the square knot. By now, the strand positions, from left to right, are 4 2 3 1. Take strand 4 and pass it OVER 2 and 3. Pick up strand 1, and pass it UNDER 4, 3, and 2. When it meets strand 4 on the other side, bring it through the loop between 4 and 2 from BACK to FRONT. This step is pictured in the bottom left photo above.

When you tighten the knot for this pattern, hold the knot down where you want it to be located. It’s up to you how far apart you want the loops to be!

The next knot you need to know is the diagonal double half hitch. This knot is what makes the definitive, raised lines across a pattern. I honestly don’t know if I’m doing this one right, but this is how I interpreted it. You have a holding cord which you are going to hold horizontal to your working cords. Take the first working cord and pull it over and behind the working cord. When you are going left to right, move this loop to the left a little and basically repeat it. Someone let me know if I am doing this wrong!?

Alright, now here is the pattern to this curtain:

Row 1: Reverse larkshead knots

Row 2: Beads to end

Row 3: Square knots, starting with first strand

Row 4: Square knots, starting with third strand (so the first two and last two strands will be left unknotted)

Row 5: Square knots, starting with first strand

Row 6: Square knots, starting with third strand. Leave 4 strands in the middle unknotted.

Row 7: Square knots, starting with first strand. Leave 8 strands in the middle unknotted.

Row 8: Square knots, starting with the third strand. Leave 12 strands in the middle unknotted.

Row 9: Square knots, starting with the first strand. Leave 16 strands in the middle unknotted.

Row 10: Square knots, starting with the third strand. Leave 20 strands in the middle unknotted.

Row 11: Square knots, starting with the first strand. Leave 24 strands in the middle unknotted.

Rows 12-13: You should be left with the ^ shaped pattern. String on beads, leaving the outer 2 strands on each side unbeaded.

Row 14: Diagonal double half hitch knots from left to right, following the ^ shape and using leftmost cord as the holding cord.

Row 15: String on beads, leaving about a 1 1/2 inch gap.

Row 16: Diagonal double half hitch knots from right to left, following the ^ shape and using rightmost cord (not the one you just used in row 13) as the holding cord. The holding cord from row 13 should be the first double half hitch knot, tied up by row 13.

THAT’S IT! After a bunch of adjusting and evening, mount your dowel up with curtain hooks, and trim the bottom accordingly.

All I can say is, actually working through it and reading about it are two entirely different things. As you get going, the more you start to get the hang of it, the more you’ll be able to improvise and even imagine new patterns when the opportunity comes.

XOXO