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DIY du Jour: Paper Leather Tote

Anyone else geek out over innovative materials–ones that make you stop and rethink the widely accepted use for a common item? I came across this paper product that’s WASHABLE. Yes, you read that right: Machine Washable. It has a resemblance to leather that ages and patinas with use, but it’s waaaaayyyy easier to sew on than actual leather. (Hint: no broken needles!) I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this stuff and make a grommeted paper leather tote for–you know–toting around town. I used two different colors of paper and added a little surface pattern with fabric paint. I think it came out kinda cool! Read on for more…

Ever heard of machine washable paper? Hop over to see what it's all about + a paper leather tote project to try! Click through...   Ever heard of machine washable paper? Hop over to see what it's all about + a paper leather tote project to try! Click through... Ever heard of machine washable paper? Hop over to see what it's all about + a paper leather tote project to try! Click through... Ever heard of machine washable paper? Hop over to see what it's all about + a paper leather tote project to try! Click through... Ever heard of machine washable paper? Hop over to see what it's all about + a paper leather tote project to try! Click through...

Find my full DIY tutorial over at Sugar & Cloth!

A couple things to note: A) Make sure to remove the handles/grommets before washing. B.) If you make it, tag me on Instagram so I can see your rockstar work!

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DIY Crash Course Event with Projects in Person – Nov 1st

 
Homeowners, get ready! I’m teaming up with Minneapolis remodelers, DIYers, and industry experts for a 3 hour crash course in all things DIY for the home. If you’re looking to makeimprovements or repairs in your home, this is an event you won’t want to miss! Here’s the skinny:
 
When: Wednesday, November 1st from 6-9pm
Where: Projects in Person in Hopkins, MN
What: 4 DIY stations with hands-on experience, tips + tricks led by Projects in Person, Construction2Style, Francois et Moi (Me!) and Rebuild MN:
  1. Drywall
  2. Tiling
  3. Wall Treatments
  4. Wallpaper (I’ll be tackling this station!)

PLUS:

  • Ask an Expert (plumber, electrician, handyman) ask your questions and see demos!
  • Test Drive Power Tools
  • Drinks and Apps
  • Giveaways & More!

Register to join us by Friday, Sept 15th at 5:00pm and receive 10% off your ticket using Promo Code: crashETMOI

Click Here for More Event Details & to Sign Up!

See you there!

Photo Credit: @katebecker.mn 

 

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Pro Tips for Cleaning Your Vintage Rug

Kitchens, by design, are nearly entirely hard, wipeable surfaces, so I love the warmth and texture vintage rugs bring to these kinds of spaces. I have two Persian rugs that I switch back and forth with in my kitchen throughout the year, and whenever I post photos of my kitchen with the rugs on Instagram, I often get the question, ‘Doesn’t your rug get spilled on?!’ or the comment ‘You’re so brave to put a vintage run in your kitchen!’ Find out how to clean your wool vintage rug from rug expert, Kim Gunther from Woven Abode. Click for deets!

To answer that question…Uh-huh! Little spills and food are ground-in weekly; dare I say daily? Earlier this year, I was removing a BIG family size, take-and-bake pizza from of the oven, and accidentally flipped the ENTIRE pizza upside down on the rug pictured above. Ugh, cue near meltdown fueled by starvation. After running back out to order another pizza, tasking Ken with removing it from the oven this time, and devouring it at warp speed, we took the rug downstairs to rinse it off in the laundry area. I’ll spare you the saucy details, but obviously rinsing off the rug didn’t cut it. So how the heck do you clean vintage rugs anyways?

The rug is from Kim Gunter’s rug shop, Woven Abode, so I contacted Kim, and asked her to walk me through how to properly clean it. She’s a pro, guys. The cleaning went so well I went to town with the rest of my wool rugs, both vintage and new. Most recently I washed my white West Elm rug, and snapped a few pictures of the process. Hopefully you haven’t dumped an X-tra large pizza face down on your rug, but if you have, we have your back.

Find out how to clean your wool vintage rug from rug expert, Kim Gunther from Woven Abode. Click for deets!

To clean your wool rug, here’s what you’ll need:

  • Vacuum
  • Bathtub
  • Woolite or Comparable High Quality Wool Detergent
  • Drying Rack – I use one similar to this Ikea rack.

 These instructions pertain to unbacked natural fiber rugs.

1. First, remove as much dust, dirt and pizza crumbs from the rug with a vacuum as you can. The best way to do this is to first vacuum the rug while it’s upside down. Then vacuum the top. Repeat these steps until no dust/dirt falls out when you vacuum it upside down.

  Find out how to clean your wool vintage rug from rug expert, Kim Gunther from Woven Abode. Click for deets!

2. Then soak the rug in a luke warm tub of water + 1/2 cup of Woolite. Soaking length will depend on how soiled your rug is.

Find out how to clean your wool vintage rug from rug expert, Kim Gunther from Woven Abode. Click for deets! Find out how to clean your wool vintage rug from rug expert, Kim Gunther from Woven Abode. Click for deets!

3. Finally, squeeze as much excess water out of the rug as possible, and let it dry on a rack in the sun. If you don’t have a rack, you can also lay it on the grass where air can get up underneath and dry  it out. Just make sure to flip it over after a few hours.

So there you have it. Easier than you might think, right? I love Kim’s process because she uses tools you probably already have lying around the house. 

I most definitely have more confidence now rolling out my pretty vintage rugs in messy areas like the kitchen and dining room, and hopefully you do too!

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LESS DIY INCLINED? Kim says you can also take your rug to an actual rug cleaner. “If you Google antique carpet cleaners you should be able to find one in your area. However, sometimes it’s tough to find them because carpet cleaners will pop up. Just make sure they are not people that come out and clean regular carpets because they will destroy it.”

If you’re in the market for a rug, pop over to Woven Abode, and browse Kim’s fantastic curated selection of hand-knotted vintage beauties. She adds new rugs weekly!

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DIY Geometric Metal Wall Hanging

Add interest to your gallery wall with a geometric metal wall hanging. Get the tutorial link here!

I’ve been playing around with geometric metal shapes that I found on Etsy recently, and rather than making some kind of statement jewelry with them, I decided to make something pretty for my walls. I came up with this cool brass + cotton flossing wall hanging. A little bit boho and a little bit modern, it pairs beautifully with a mixed art grouping or on its own in a small nook area, and it’s one of my favorite things I’ve made in a while. Check out the full DIY tutorial I did for Sugar & Cloth!

  Add interest to your gallery wall with a geometric metal wall hanging. Get the tutorial link here! Add interest to your gallery wall with a geometric metal wall hanging. Get the tutorial link here!

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Simple Stylings’ Bright & Renovated DIY Kitchen

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I recently caught up with the lovely Summer Hogan, brains behind lifestyle site, Simple Stylings, and she was kind enough to share her stunning DIY kitchen remodel with me, along with insight into her design goals & the challenges she encountered amidst the process. What began as a need to replace some 15+ year old buckling linoleum, morphed into a full-blown gut remodel (as many home projects do!), and the result is equal parts beautiful and functional with a side of bright & happy. If you’re considering tackling a DIY kitchen remodel or just plain love a good BEFORE & AFTER, read on for loads of insight and inspiration.

Let’s start with a look at the BEFORE & the fully gutted space…

The Before & After of Simple Stylings' Bright & Renovated DIY kitchen. The Before & After of Simple Stylings' Bright & Renovated DIY kitchen.

And now for the AFTER: The Before & After of Simple Stylings' Bright & Renovated DIY kitchen. The Before & After of Simple Stylings' Bright & Renovated DIY kitchen.

 What were your main goals for the new kitchen design? My main goals were to create a beautiful space that is also functional for our family. A place where we talk, hang out and cook together. The bar and stools definitely help make the space conducive for that.

What was your biggest design challenge and how did you solve the issue? The biggest challenge for us was cabinets. Brand new custom cabinets were not in the budget and it didn’t make sense to put new countertops, appliances, etc in and leave or just paint the old cabinets. So we compromised and went with the off-the-shelf cabinets from Lowe’s and I stained them myself. I think they turned out great for a fraction of the cost and so far we’ve been happy with them.

What is your most favorite part about your new kitchen? My favorite element is the counter to ceiling subway tile with open shelving but the overall best part is how bright and happy it feels now.

The Before & After of Simple Stylings' Bright & Renovated DIY kitchen. The Before & After of Simple Stylings' Bright & Renovated DIY kitchen.

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Such a gorgeous end result, right?! I can just imagine many a delicious weekend brunch taking place in here! Check out Summer’s blog, Simple Stylings, for the full DIY diary and thought process behind her design plan & material selections.

Photo Credit: Laura Sumrak (@laurasumrak)

The Before & After of Simple Stylings' Bright & Renovated DIY kitchen.

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DIY Fabric Flag

Though I’m not exactly a boho style girl through and through, I am inspired by certain elements, like the easy, laid back, seemingly effortless style that is quintessential “bohemian.” Lately on Pinterest, I’ve been noticing walls draped in fabric and decided to put my own spin on the trend in the form of a fabric flag, which introduces the drapey fabric idea, but in a more creative, quirky, and perhaps a bit Frenchier way, as opposed to straight up boho. In case you’re looking to give your walls an update for Spring, my tutorial on how to make this baby is up over at Sugar & Cloth!

Create a relaxed, quirky, and perhaps a bit French vibe on your walls with Spring with a DIY fabric flag. Click for details! Continue Reading →

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The Ultimate Guide to Making Your Home Smell Amazing

Is cabin fever starting to set in at your place? I can say without a doubt it’s definitely setting in over here. With the arrival of Bébé S in earlier this year, we’ve been harder pressed to get out of the house more so than we are most years. Bitter cold temps = extra bundling + planning. Amidst learning how to finesse our newborn parenting skills, let’s just say we aren’t getting out quite as frequently.

If you've got spring cleaning on the brain, and want to make your home smell amazing, check out the ultimate guide I created for Curbly. Continue Reading →

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Lace Applique Pillow

This last minute little pillow project came about as I sat down in the rocker one night taking in the progress we’d made in the nursery and while sitting there I noticed we needed a lumbar pillow for a little extra support in the lower back. The next day I started ideating what the pillow might look like and I remembered that right about the time we found out we were expecting, I had stumbled upon this beautiful baby swimsuit from Ox Eyed Baiby on Pinterest and fell in love with the yellow and white contrast, the lace, the handmade feel…all of it. I remembered being bummed at the time because the swimsuit was one of a kind, and no longer available. But now! 8 months later, it was the perfect inspiration for my lumbar pillow. It’s funny how inspiration works sometimes, isn’t it?

The technique for the pillow applique is really quite simple. It’s just a matter of cutting apart the lace, arranging the design on the pillow, and tacking it in place with needle and thread. The most difficult part is probably deciding how to place and space apart the lace! Read on for the full tutorial…

DIY a beautiful lace applique pillow for your home or nursery with bridal lace. Click for all the details! Continue Reading →


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