8.21.2015

7 DIY Wood Projects I Love

Summer is almost coming to an end (gah- how is that possible?!) which means the end of lengthy-lit days with warm sunshine. Summer days are so perfect for doing DIY projects- you can paint, stain, glue, or sand wooden projects outside and let them dry under the hot sun.

So get out there and make something awesome that you can admire when you're hibernating indoors this winter. Here are 7 project suggestions (and a few of my favorite past DIYs) if you're wondering where to start.

01. Wooden Bead Pendant Light
02. Colorful Cube Organization
03. Modern Computer Monitor Stand
04. Modern IKEA Hack Vanity
05. Circle Wood Shelf
06. Wooden Key Holder
07. Reclaimed Wood Dining Table

8.05.2015

THE KITCHEN- An Update

Kitchen DIY Update |  adorne by legrand

As anyone who has ever done a DIY project knows, the devil is in the details. And after renovating our kitchen last year, we knew we had a few really important details to tackle before we could mark off this project as complete.

Some of those details were our light switches and outlets. Our house is over 80 years old, and had some seriously outdated looks going on that took away from the beauty of our new white subway tile, butcher block countertops, and freshly painted white walls. So when Legrand reached out and graciously hooked us up with new outlets and plates from their adorne collection, we jumped at the opportunity. And we couldn't believe the difference it made in the overall look and functionality of our kitchen space. 

Kitchen DIY Update |  USB adorne by legrand

That USB outlet above is a small but MIGHTY improvement. Doesn't it always seem like your iPad hits 1% battery life when you get to the most important detail of any recipe? (I know, that is the ultimate first world problem.) But now I can keep my iPad or phone plugged in as I cook and bake. 

On the white subway tiled backsplashes, we have Mirror White wall plates. They look so seamless and really make the pattern and grout pop. I was worried it wouldn't match perfectly, but it does and looks SO GOOD.

Kitchen DIY Update |  adorne by legrand
Kitchen DIY Update |  adorne by legrand

The beauty below is the Wave Switch. You literally just wave your hand in front of it to turn the light on and off. Right after installing it, I stood there for a good 10 minutes just waving the light on and off for the fun of it.  And everyone who comes by is obsessed with it, as well. It's our new party trick.

Having it right next to the sink and area where I do food prep is so key. My hands can be all wet, grimy, and covered in flour and the switch stays beautiful and crumb-free. 

Kitchen DIY Update |  adorne by legrand

The light switch you see in the photo below is the Whisper Dimmer with a French Oak wall plate. Oh boy, is that plate stunning or what? The light wood looks so good with our butcher block and warm wood accents. Instead of falling into the background, the light switch is an artful accent and another opportunity to reinforce the modern aesthetic we've come to love. 

Kitchen DIY Update |  adorne by legrand
Kitchen DIY Update |  adorne by legrand
Kitchen DIY Update |  adorne by legrand
Kitchen DIY Update |  adorne by legrand

And there's that beautiful French Oak plate again! On the back wall, we have two paddle switches and a nightlight. The whole set looks so perfect with our Bamboo blinds and natural modern decor.

Kitchen DIY Update |  adorne by legrand

Click through to see the "before and after" shots!

7.27.2015

DIY IKEA Hack Modern Wall Shelf

DIY IKEA Hack Modern Wall Shelf | Bathroom

Our bathroom renovation started right before Emerson was born and our pre-baby goal was to have a bathtub installed and the shower tiling complete. Rich finished both of them in a few weekends (at almost 8 months pregnant I was zero help) and then we took a break for awhile.

Now fast forward a few months and baby Emmi LOVES bath-time and we spend a ton of time in this bathroom. So I wanted to get a few things on the walls to make the space feel a little more finished. IKEA to the rescue. This DIY is SO simple and only takes a few minutes total to complete- which is my kinda DIY project as of late.

DIY IKEA Hack Modern Wall Shelf | Bathroom
DIY IKEA Hack Modern Wall Shelf | Bathroom

See the DIY and instructions after the jump! 

7.06.2015

DIY Modern Wood Keyholder

DIY Modern Wood Key Holder Tutorial

When I'm running out of the house, my last thoughts are usually, "Where are my keys?" and/or "Where the heck is my cell phone?" I'm always wishing I had a designated place for this stuff instead of frantically retracing my steps. I'm not sure how to keep better track of my phone (anyone have tips for this?) but I knew the key problem could be solved with an entryway key holder. Now I just need to train myself to actually hang my keys there. 

Anyways, I have been OBSESSED with Boila's CatchMe keyholder for quite some time, but it can only be purchased in-store. And while I'd love any excuse to travel to Sweden or Denmark, it's just not in the cards right now. So Rich and I took on the task of making one. See the full DIY tutorial after the jump!

DIY Modern Wood Key Holder
DIY Modern Wood Key Holder Tutorial

Here's what you'll need:

Unfinished wood craft balls (I used 3 1 1/2" balls and 3 1")
Suede leather craft lace (I used the color Toast)
Two keyhole fasteners
Key chains

To begin, cut the stair tread down to 9 5/8" X 1 1/2", keeping the rounded wood edge. 

6.22.2015

Dark Chocolate Tiramisu Cake

Dark Chocolate Tiramisu with Hazelnuts and Meringue

Tiramisu has always been one of my husband's family favorites. So when my brother's girlfriend Alissa started bringing THE . BEST. TIRAMISU. EVER. to family get-togethers, I had to get the recipe. I think she makes the best variation (and her recipe is included below), but I took the liberty of switching her recipe up a bit to play around with some meringue and good ol' food styling. Click through to see both of the recipe and instructions... 

6.08.2015

Acai Protein Bowl

Acai Protein Power Breakfast Bowl

One of the biggest challenges I've faced with new mamahood has been trying to find a balance between meeting the all-consuming needs of a baby with taking time to care for myself and my body. Taking a long shower or spending an hour preparing a healthy meal are straight up luxuries that I took for granted in my life before baby. I now consider a successful shower one in which I can rinse the shampoo from my hair before jumping out to pop a pacifier back into a crying babe's mouth. And a healthy meal now looks like microwaveable frozen vegetables and a whole avocado.

This is why I've been into smoothies in a big way lately. I'll just throw a bunch of superfoods into our Vitamix and then sip away. To switch it up a little bit, I tried an Acai bowl, which consists of a smoothie base with nutrient powerhouses like fresh fruit and chia, sunflower and hemp seeds sprinkled on top.

DIY Acai Protein Power Breakfast Bowl

Acai Protein Power Bowl

Smoothie Base Recipe:

1 frozen acai berry pack or 1 Tbsp. acai powder
1 cup frozen fruit (I used a combination of organic strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries)
1/2 cup greek yogurt or cottage cheese
1 scoop protein powder (I used PlantFusion Chocolate)
1.5 cup milk (I used Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk)
Handful of ice

Toppings:

1/4 cup fresh fruit (I used kiwi and blueberries)
1 Tbsp. Chia seeds
1 Tbsp. Hemp hearts
1 Tbsp. Sunflower seeds
1 Tbsp. Desiccated Coconut
Handful of Dried fruit or Granola

Begin by adding the frozen fruit, acai powder or frozen acai, cottage cheese or yogurt, protein powder, and almond milk into a blender and blend until smooth. Add ice cubes and use your blender tamper/stick to force the mixture around the blender as it thickens. After all ice is blended it should be smooth but have a thick consistency. Remove smoothie from blender into bowl, sprinkle desired toppings (the ones listed above are nutritional powerhouse superfoods).

5.20.2015

Emerson's Nursery Tour

Modern Colorful Baby Girl Nursery Tour Reveal

I am so very excited to share Emerson's nursery. This room was months in the making and quickly became my favorite room in our house. It was so fun creating a space with a little one in mind and I LOVED experimenting with playful feminine accents and colors while still maintaining the peaceful and minimal aesthetic we have come to love. We splurged on a few items, but this room is filled with DIY projects that started with, "Oh I LOVE that shelf...but it's $400... Rich, we can make that, right?" 

Modern Colorful Baby Girl Nursery | Oeuf Bookshelf

In addition to all the DIYs, many items were given to us by generous friends and family. The Steiff Animals were lent from Rich's mom, who played with them when she was a child. And my sister-in-law Chelle made these adorable moccasins for Emmi and gifted them to us for our baby shower. I can't wait until her little feet fit into them. Until then, they hold a special place on her bookshelf. 

Modern Colorful Baby Girl Nursery | Kilim Rug + Mocassins
Modern Colorful Baby Girl Nursery
See our entire nursery reveal and sources after the jump!