Sunday, March 22, 2015

DIY Wooden Bead Pendant Light

DIY Wooden Bead Pendant Light Modern Nursery

With a little over a month to go until our babe arrives, we have finally entered the finishing touches stage of the nursery project. From the very beginning, I started scoping out ridiculous amount of nursery inspiration. And I kept coming back to the brilliant simplistic and modern styling of Sharon Montrose's Animal Print Shop nurseries. Her baby alpaca nursery, and this pendant light, are just so spot on.

So I set out to recreate a DIY version of this pendant light using wooden beads, twisted cloth covered wire, and a vintage light bulb. Aside from the electrical assembly, which did take a couple hours, this project was simple with big payoff in terms of bringing color and whimsy to the nursery.

DIY Wooden Bead Pendant Light Materials
DIY Wooden Bead Pendant Light

DIY Wooden Bead Pendant Light | Modern Nursery

get the rest of the DIY details and sources after the jump…

Sunday, February 08, 2015

DIY Changing Pad Cover

DIY Modern Boho Changing Pad Cover Tutorial

My DIY inspiration usually arises after trying to take on a new project, looking high and low for good tutorials, and having a hard time finding what I'm looking for. At that point, I'll just wing it. And if the project turns out well, I share it with you all.

Putting together our little one's nursery has been one of my favorite projects to date. I've really loved exploring new colorful decor styles and incorporate a soft feminine vibe into the space without going over-the-top girly. I couldn't find a changing pad cover for sale that had the modern boho vibe I'm going for. So when I came across embroidered mustard yellow curtain panels on clearance at Target, I thought it may look awesome on a changing pad. Here's how I did it...

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

GIFT GUIDE // My Valentine's Day Picks

Valentine's Day Gift Guide for the modern hip gal
links go clockwise

SMOKY FIG PERFUME west third brand // HOT MAMA CARD moorea seal // HIGHCLERE HAT moorea seal // SLIM STRAP GOLD WATCH asos // PURE BEESWAX TAPERS terrain // CARAMEL FLECKED CLUTCH moorea seal // KABALE FLAT moorea seal // HEART CUTTING BOARD terrain

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Winter Detox: Green Power Smoothie

Green Spinach Kale Power Smoothie - Winter Detox
I cannot get enough of smoothies lately. There is something so wonderful and simple about throwing a ton of fresh healthy ingredients into a blender, hitting a button, and gulping down something you know is nourishing and repairing your body from the inside out.

Being pregnant has made me even more conscious of my food choices and smoothies have been an easy way to get the large amounts of protein, fluids, amino acids, and healthy fats needed for a healthy pregnancy. Plus, drinking lemon, spinach, ginger, and celery on a regular basis has made a big difference in reducing the amount of inflammation I experience. Swollen feet be gone! Even more importantly, I've seen a marked improvement in the amount of sustained energy I have throughout the day.
Green Spinach Kale Power Smoothie - Winter Detox
Get the green power smoothie recipe after the jump!

Sunday, January 04, 2015

DIY Modern Vanity

DIY Modern and Minimal Makeup Vanity Table

I had this antique mahogany vanity in our bedroom for quite some time. And even though it was gorgeous, it was too large for our space and wasn't comfortable as an everyday makeup table. So we found it a new loving home and went to work creating a more minimal modern vanity more suited for our space.

I wanted something sleek and able to organize my makeup. One, among many, surprises of pregnancy has been my insatiable desire for order and organization. Maybe it's part of the whole nesting thing, but I suddenly want, no NEED, systems in place for everything. Closets, cabinets, drawers, you name it, I want to organize it.

I saw the EKBY ALEX shelf awhile back and thought it may look cool paired with tapered wood legs. Rich spray painted shelf brackets white and stained tapered legs with a cherry oil stain. And ta-da! A pretty rad looking set up for minimal cost and efforts. Here's how we did it...

Sunday, December 07, 2014

big news! we're having a BABY and it's a...

We are so very excited to announce that we're having a baby this spring!

I'm a few months along (almost 20 weeks to be exact) and hopefully that explains why I've been somewhat MIA around the blog lately. My second trimester of pregnancy has brought with it an influx of energy and excitement, so we've been diving full swing into nursery preparation and will have some really rad DIY's to share in the coming weeks (think a dresser, bookcase, and decor galore!) 

We had our midterm ultrasound this past weekend and found out the gender of our little peanut. To celebrate and surprise our families with the news, I made a special cake. And if I'm baking a celebration cake, you better believe I'm going to make it a gradient ombre layer cake.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

DIY Holiday Sparkle Glass Dome

Holiday Christmas Glass Dome Terrarium Tree

Last year, our holiday involved a kitchen renovation and traveling in and out of town, so I opted out of decorating for the holidays. I assured myself it didn't matter and kept saying how I had saved myself the work of cleaning up come January. But not having my own sparkly pine-scented green and red retreat was such a bummer. So this year I went all out. And I started early so we can enjoy the frivolity as long as possible. And I know many people have a strict "don't decorate until after Thanksgiving" rule, but I think you should just do what feels right.

So here is a super simple holiday DIY that you can do in less than an hour that will yield adorable sparkly winter wonderland results.

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DIY Holiday Christmas Glass Dome Terrarium Tree

What You'll Need: 

12" Glass Bell Jar Dome
*Mine is Martha Stewart Collection's dome found here.
Anthropologie Aurora String Lights, 15ft. 
*We got our tree from West Elm. They don't have it listed online, but you may be able to find it in-store this season. I suggest calling ahead and asking.  
Double-sided tape (something like this will do)

Cut a piece of double-sided tape and firmly stick it on the base of your glass dome. Place the miniature pine tree on the taped base until it's nice and sturdy. Take the tall glass dome and flip it upside down. Gently place the string lights in the top. While still holding the glass dome upside down, place the base (with the attached tree) on the top. Flip the entire piece right side up again. Carefully and gently use your hand to drape the lights strategically around the tree until you're happy with the distribution. And voila! Plug it in and let the holiday wonder take over.