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Mia’s Toddler Room

My tool-toting tutu-wearing toddler has become a kitty, princess, and mermaid obsessed little girl. All of a sudden she loves everything pink and whimsical…where does she get that from? It’s a mystery we may never solve.

Up until now she was sharing a room with her big brother so working with the Land of Nod to make her new toddler room is a total dream come true and allowing some input from Mia (she is 2 after all and has the attention span of a gnat) this is what we came up with:

Mia's pink blue and yellow/gold toddler room

The Land of Nod Laura Blythman Mountains Poster Decal, Studio Mucci fringe tassel garland, The Land of Nod campaign nightstand, IKEA bed, Hello Tosha print, The Land of Nod Ashley Goldberg bedding, The Land of Nod clip lamp, Britt Castellano pillow, Overstock plastic molded rocker, Anthropologie letter (similar), One Eyed Dog ombre arrow hook (no longer sold) Wayfair pink leather ottoman.

We’ll probably also use some of what we had on the wall in our old apartment. We’re definitely getting there and I can’t wait to finish and share the reveal!

Gilit Cooper New Signature

Couches with Bold Color

With our move quickly approaching (AHHHHH!!!!!), I’ve been dreaming of all the decor I’d want in our ideal home. Our couch is gray (and I love it), but in my dreams I would totally get a bright bold couch!

Couches with Bold Color

I love the lines of the Dot Bo sofa, but I’m totally partial to the color of the Joybird one on the bottom left. What do you think? Would you put a bright couch in your home? What color would it be?
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND, LOVERS!
  Gilit Cooper New Signature

DIY Faux Ceramic Cactus Wall Hooks

DIY Cactus Hooks

I’ve really been into ceramics lately and after receiving some adorable pieces from Quiet Clementine, I was inspired to create my own version. These faux ceramic cactus wall hooks turned out quite awesome, especially with their functionality and overall cuteness!

What You’ll Need – 

Faux Ceramic Cactus Wall Hooks Faux Ceramic Cactus Wall Hooks

First cut out your cacti on the card stock. (Mine are simple hand drawn ones.) I had one cactus cutter but I wanted three different shapes for the hooks so it looked like a set. I also cut out a few flowery shapes to attach later. Work your clay and knead it real good so it’s easy to work with. Use the cookie cutter to cut out the shapes, easy.  Use the card stock templates you cut for an outline and slowly trace with an x-acto knife. bake your clay hooks according to the instructions on the package.

Faux Ceramic Cactus Wall HooksFaux Ceramic Cactus Wall HooksAfter the clay has dried, you can slightly sand out any imperfections. I used a little water and 220 grit sandpaper. I also glued on the small flowers here. For the hook part, I used some hobby wood, but you can use really anything since it won’t be seen. Take your drill and make holes for the screws to twist in. You can use some super glue here to enforce it. The other end goes straight into the wall.

Faux Ceramic Cactus Wall Hooks Faux Ceramic Cactus Wall Hooks

I used 2 Acrylic green paints and mixed a little white in them for a lighter look! I also used the liquid gilding for the edges to create some gold detail because I just like gold, okay?! For some texture, I made some dots on the cacti and the flowers. When the paint dries, brush on the glaze. If it’s not smoothing out, mix it with a little water. The glaze gives it a ceramic/glossy look and honestly makes the finishing product look polished and soon your friends will be asking where you got these! (yay!)

DIY Cactus Hooks
DIY Cactus HooksDIY Cactus Hooks

What do you think? Will you make these?! I’m also all for making other faux ceramic pieces!

You can check out more of my creations on my blog or follow me over on instagram!

Alyson

Bringing Color into the Office

I’ve mentioned working from home several times on the blog and that’s because it can feel so all-encompassing. Especially because my workspace is in our bedroom. There’s the delicate balance between my desire to make my office full of color and keep our bedroom calm. Pink Moroccan Ottoman for the office (Pop of Color with Wayfair)

This gorgeous soft papaya colored Moroccan Ottoman from Wayfair strikes that balance. It brings color in (and the most comfortable place to lean my feet while I work on the computer) but it plays well with our wood floor and jute rug. These textures play so well together, I can just stare at the combo.

Pink Moroccan Ottoman for the office (Pop of Color with Wayfair)

I love a piece that’s functional and pretty. And if it can also be pink, well then I’ve won.

Pink Moroccan Ottoman for the office (Pop of Color with Wayfair)How do you feel about color in your office? What about your bedroom? Are you more of a neutral bedroom kind of gal or do you love color?

XO,

Gilit Cooper New Signature

*This post was sponsored by Wayfair. I love my ottoman hardcore (aka all opinions expressed are entirely my own)*

 

Mini Pallet DIY

Everywhere I turn, I am seeing really cool creations made from wood pallets. Everything from bookshelves, outdoor furniture, coffee tables and even wall art. I am really digging all of these reclaimed wood deco-ideas.

My issue is finding space for such large endeavors. We are pretty maxed out in our house, and if I came home with a giant wood pallet, my husband might disown me. Or at the very least roll his eyes.

This brings me to this project; a scaled-down version of the pallet DIY craze. You’ll be amazed at not only how inexpensive this project is, but also how simple.

Mini Pallet DIY

What you will need:

Wood shims
Hot glue gun
Paint / Chalkboard paint
Masking tape
Sand Paper

1. Start with Wood Shims

I found a package of 42 wood shims (1.25″ x 11.75″), at my local Lowe’s for $4.47. They look like this in their package:

Mini Pallet DIY

And this, out of their package:

Mini Pallet DIY

2. Arrange Shims

Arrange shims to create a square, using 2 shims as backing. Once you like your spacing, hot glue the pieces to the backing:

Mini Pallet DIY

Mini Pallet DIY

3. Sand, Mask & Paint

Sand your shims (or only partially sand, if you like the more rugged look). You can leave the bare wood, or paint a base coat. Then mask your pattern out with the tape. Paint the exposed wood, allow to dry and remove tape:

Mini Pallet DIY

Mini Pallet DIY

4. Chalk Board Sign

If masking is too abstract for you, you can also paint the whole pallet with chalkboard paint, and write a quote on it with chalk pen. (I distressed my chalk sign by scribbling on the dry chalk paint with actual chalk, and erasing it with a rag.)

Mini Pallet DIY

Mini Pallet DIY

You can use your mini pallets as wall art or even as a tray or trivet. There are a gazillion possibilities, and I would love to see what you come up with! Let me know what you thought of this DIY in the comments below.

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xo, Em

DIY Drinking Straw Flower Vase

Okay ladies, my guess is that you’re a) super busy and b) wanting to decorate your space on a budget. And hey! That describes me to to a T! So today, I’ve got a stupid-simple DIY Flower Vase that is made out of…drinking straws? Yes. Drinking straws can look glamorous, and I’m going to show you how!

Easy DIY Flower Vase

Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Round mason jar (make sure to avoid the square kind)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Package of straws (I chose large milkshake straws from the grocery store)
  • Scissors
  • Gold spray paint
  • Flowers!

Easy DIY Flower Vase

First, cut all of your straws to your desired length. I made mine about an inch taller than the lip of the jar, but you could get a totally different look if you left them full length and created a tall vase!
Easy DIY Flower Vase
Easy DIY Flower VasePlace a line of hot glue down your jar, especially gluing near the lip of the jar, and the bottom as well.
Easy DIY Flower VaseThen, stick on your first straw. Repeat around the entire circumference of the jar.
Easy DIY Flower VaseOnce you’ve finished gluing all of your straws on (which P.S. only takes like, 2 minutes) grab your vase and head outside to glam it up with a coat of gold spray paint! You should really only need one coat to get the job done too.
Easy DIY Flower VaseAll you need to do then is find a pretty bouquet of flowers, and fill up your vase! I LOVE the look of a short vase filled to the brim with flowers, so I snipped my daisy stems short + popped them in.
 Easy DIY Flower Vase
 There’s something so fun + fancy about having fresh flowers in your workspace, so I hope you’ll make a quick grocery store run for flowers and straws and make a vase of your own!
Easy DIY Flower Vase
x, Paige
Note: Find more of Paige’s pretty creations here

DIY Pegboard Desk Organizer

*Editor’s Note: Today’s post is from another new contributor, Paige Poppe (best name ever). Paige is a small business owner (check out Studio Skate!) and an architecture student. I can’t wait to officially introduce her, but here’s her first Shoes Off Please post! 

Whether you’re a girlboss, or just need to get stuff done, an organized workspace is totally essential. But being organized doesn’t have to be boring! Transforming a pegboard into a desk organizer is not only functional, but can display art or motivational quotes to inspire you as well!

DIY Pegboard Desk Organizer

As for supplies, you really only need the pegboard and hooks, but I’ll show you how to customize with mason jars, a rack, and a clipboard as well!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Pegboard sheet (I used a 3’ x 4’
  • Package of assorted pegboard hooks
  • Pegboard rack
  • Mason jars
  • String
  • Scissors
  • A clipboard
  • Small clips

DIY Pegboard Desk Organizer, hooks

Prop the pegboard up on your desk and start placing your hooks for what you would like to hang or store.

DIY Pegboard Desk Organizer, rack

First up, the rack is an awesome multi-purpose hook. It has multiple hooks if you have supplies to hang, but also doubles as a great shelf. Prop up some artwork or your favorite notebook to grab when you need it!

DIY Pegboard Desk Organizer

Everyone needs a touch of glam in their office, don’t ya think? I do. Use a couple bar hooks to create a display for your favorite statement necklace. You can also pick up a few small clamps to quickly clip a note or sketch to your pegboard.

DIY Pegboard Desk Organizer

And how perfect is this loop hook for storing scissors?! Keep it low so you can reach for them easily. Now, let’s talk about how to hang those cute mason jars shall we?

DIY Pegboard Desk Organizer, mason jars

Wrap a length of string around your jar a few times. Leave a bit of slack so you can slip the hooks though, and tie a knot. Next, slip the hooks through your string.

DIY Pegboard Desk Organizer, mason jars

Then just slip the hooks into the holes as you would normally and it should hang easily! You’ve got a storage solution that takes the clutter off your desktop.

DIY Pegboard Desk Organizer, girlboss

Finally, if you’ve got a clipboard, slip it onto a hook to display something motivational to remind yourself of the girlboss you really are!

DIY Pegboard Desk Organizer, girlboss

Just a few inexpensive supplies and an afternoon of rearranging, and you’ve got yourself a bright (and encouraging) work station! I think you’ll be ready to kill you’re to-do list in your workspace. You go girl.

x, Paige

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