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DIY du Jour: Media Consoles

My living room is one of those spaces that’s an enigma to space plan. It’s long and narrow, there needs to be a clear traffic flow from the front door to the dining room, it’s our main living space, and we own a sectional… Needless to say I’ve had the furniture in quite a few arrangements and after a year of living in our home, I think I’ve found a layout that works for us. I’ll make sure to share the solution we landed on once the room is put together!

Now that the dust has settled from the game of musical furniture we’ve been playing in our living room, I want to mount the tv on the wall (in true grown-up living room fashion), and so I’m on the hunt for a media console with more height to it than the train cart we’re currently using as our tv stand, which only measures about 15″ high. While doing some research to figure out whether to buy or DIY, I came across some do-it-yourself-er projects that not only have the look, but have the price too–many of them coming in around $100!

If you're in the market for a media console, have you considered saving hundreds of dollars by building one yourself?

There are some amazing DIY consoles out there: everything from refurbished vintage pieces, like this stenciled piece from The Painted Hive (pictured above) to built-from-scratch pieces modeled after higher end designs. Scroll on for more inspo.

If you're in the market for a media console, have you considered saving hundreds of dollars by building one yourself?

I love the simple industrial lines of this media console from Pottery Barn, which retails for around $1200. I’m all for quality design, but if it doesn’t work in the budget, why not roll up your sleeves and make it yourself! Ana White shows us how to make a similar version here for around $100! Photo via Pottery Barn.

 

If you're in the market for a media console, have you considered saving hundreds of dollars by building one yourself?

Amber Interior Design’s DIY credenza has instinctively given me heart eyes since the tutorial came out, and I keep going back to it for our space because of it’s clean modern lines softened by that genius wood top that also really finishes off the design. Simply stunning.

 

 
If you're in the market for a media console, have you considered saving hundreds of dollars by building one yourself?

Ana White shares her take on creating a rustic modern media console inspired by the West Elm piece shown here. Build this bad boy yourself for under $100! Photo via West Elm.

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DIY du Jour: 7 Genius Organization Projects for Back to School

 Though I haven’t been back to school in years, this time of year always gives me the organizational  itch. I think it’s the brilliantly stocked and styled school supplies sections everywhere you turn that have me wanting to make my work space just as well-appointed as if I was headed back to college. In any case, the urge to get organized is always something I try to embrace (because it doesn’t come around that often!).  And right now there are some supremely great DIY organization projects out there for getting your work or study space whipped into shape. Here are a few of my absolute faves!

Get your work or study space in tip top shape with these genius organization projects.

 

Wall Organizer from Fish & Bull  //  Graphic Laundry Baskets from Studio DIY  //  Wooden Desk Caddy from Dream Green DIY  //  Pocket Organizer from A Lovely Drawer  //  Modern Key Holder from F&M  // Desk Organizer from Lovely Indeed  //  Magnetic Leather Pen Holder from Vikalpah

 

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DIY du Jour: Acrylic Home Accessories

I think acrylic might just be my new favorite material to DIY with. It’s crisp & sleek and always seems to translate into gorgeous finished projects that don’t look the least bit handmade. I’m referring directly to the floating frame and freestanding menu below! Have you given acrylic a shot? What’s your take on the material?

If you’re new to working with acrylic, here are 6 DIY acrylic home accessories to wet your whistle!

Have you tried DIY-ing with acrylic? Give these 6 gorgeous acrylic home accessory projects a shot!

Lucite Bath Caddy || Floating Acrylic Frame || Gold Bar Acrylic Tray || Acrylic Menu || Acrylic Jewelry Box || Acrylic Serving Board

 

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DIY du Jour: 5 Record Player Upgrades and Stand Ideas

Record players are making a comeback in a huge way and for good reason too. Not only do they make fantastic interior accessories, but there’s also something really lovely and authentic about the sound’s warmth, depth & texture to rival even the best bluetooth speakers out there. So whether you’ve snagged an old school player at vintage shop, or picked one up brand new (Urban Outfitters has a healthy selection to choose from), here are a few record player upgrades and stand ideas for your new found gem.

Check out all the record player upgrades, stand, & storage ideas to trick out your vinyl record player. Check out all the record player upgrades, stand, & storage ideas to trick out your vinyl record player.

Line the inside cover of your record player with  pretty patterned paper like Lovely Indeed.

  Check out all the record player upgrades, stand, & storage ideas to trick out your vinyl record player.

I LOVE the ingeniously simple design of Passion Shake‘s magazine rack. Who says it has to be for magazines only? Trade out the mags for vinyl for a cool display/storage system.

 

Check out all the record player upgrades, stand, & storage ideas to trick out your vinyl record player.

Bar carts make for the perfect record player stand, and Aliciana‘s set up is on point! Snag a bar cart like her’s here!

 

Check out all the record player upgrades, stand, & storage ideas to trick out your vinyl record player.

 Alright, so this record stand is technically just a dresser, but it was too ah-maze-ing not to include! It’s an inexpensive Ikea dresser with wood overlay cutouts attached to the drawers. Learn more about the DIY here.

Check out all the record player upgrades, stand, & storage ideas to trick out your vinyl record player.

Got a bonafide vintage record player with a case that has seen better days? Use a little fabric decoupage to cover a multitude of sins, and whip that old vinyl player into shape with Melodrama‘s how-to.

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DIY du Jour: Abstract Brushstroke Art

It’s no secret that I’m a raving fan of Amber Interior’s Work. Everything she touches turns to instant polished-but-casual gold, and I can’t get enough. For reals. One element you see quite a bit throughout her work is abstract brushstroke art. I love the way, in the space below, the thick black strokes in the art help to balance the intricate filigree of the rug and diamond glass built-ins, creating more good vibes than you know what to do with.

Why not take a page from Amber’s style files and add a little abstract brushstroke action to your own home? Below are 6 projects from DIY experts from around the handmade community ready to help you take your walls from blah to statement. Check ’em out!

I love Amber Interiors' use of abstract brushstroke art here. Learn how to make brushstroke art for your own home. Click for ideas!

Abstract Brushstroke Art Projects for your blank walls. Click through for inspiration!

Feature photo is the work of Amber Interiors.

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DIY du Jour: Statement Throw Pillows

 It’s no secret that I loooove throw pillows. From an interiors perspective, they’re like little squares of magic that have the ability to easily and inexpensively change the look and feeling of a room simply by hanging out in that room. I mean that’s pretty freaking great, right? Especially if, like me, you like to switch things up in your living room every few months…or weeks. To feed the obsession, check out these DIY statement throw pillows and unleash the power of the throw pillow on your living room!

6 diy statement throw pillows for your living room. Click through for the tutorials!

 

Abstract Face Pillow || DalmatianPrint Pillow || Bleach Pen Indigo || Gold Foil Pillow || Pom Pom Pillows || Ribbon Grid Pillow

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Want more DIY statement throw pillows? Check out these Francois et Moi originals:

Boho Lumbar from a Table Runner || Hand-blocked Pillows || Pink Flamingo Pillows || Mid entury Button Pillows

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DIY du Jour: Bike Baskets to Pimp Your Summer Ride

It’s supposed to get into the 70’s tomorrow, and here in Minneapolis that’s kind of a big deal, considering it was just in the 20’s earlier this week. Yikes!

This warmer weather has me thinking one thing: SUMMER! And though we still have a few more months of Spring ahead of us, what’s the harm in planning ahead?

I’m not the sportiest girl on the block, but I do love biking around town in the summer. We’re lucky to live in a super bike-friendly city, so as soon as the weather warms up, Ken and I do our best to take full advantage. Some of our favorite rides are to Minnehaha Falls, around the Chain of Lakes, over to the farmer’s market and Northeast Breweries, and yes even to the grocery store.

If you also use your bike as a primary mode of warm-weather weekend transportation, check out this pretty (yet purposeful!) round-up of bike baskets and carry-alls to cart home your farmer’s market bounty this summer!

DIY du Jour: Bike Baskets to Pimp Your Summer Ride

Floral Bike Basket  | Wooden Slat Rack Kit | Easter Basket Up-Cycle | Woven Bike Basket | Vintage Picnic Basket Bike Crate

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DIY du Jour: Chic Homegoods from Everyday Household Items

I love projects where people have gone all MacGyver on boring materials in their house and have turned them into something genius for la maison that I’d seriously pay good money for.  If you’re looking for DIY inspiration for the weekend, you might want to check out one of these projects as you probably won’t need to go far for materials!

DIY du Jour: Chic Homegoods from Everyday Household Items | Francois et Moi

Moroccan Wedding Blanket Pillow Created with Two Napkins 

Giant Macrame Pendant Light Made with Rope

Hanging Light Made with a Wire Basket

Magnetic Poster Rails from Wood Strips + Magnets

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