Weekend Reading

October 18th, 2013

Hello and happy weekend! I’ve been busy behind the scenes working on something special and can’t wait to share it with you in November! Meanwhile, this living room makeover by Emily Henderson caught my eye this week, she is so talented at pulling a room together, I love the layers and cozy textiles, read about the transformation here.

curbly living room emily henderson


A few other links I enjoyed this week:

10 common practices of super achievers 

Insider tips for buying IKEA kitchen cabinets.

Edie’s thoughts on living more passionately.

Voices behind the great Disney characters. Also really looking forward to this.

Mr. Autumn Man (made me laugh)


My latest articles at Better Homes & Gardens:

decorate with bold pattern

overnight guests

Decorate with Bold Pattern

Ready Your Home for Overnight Guests


And if you have a minute to vote for this blog, I’d appreciate it! It is up for a Best DIY Blog award over at the Lamps Plus Facebook page, voting enters you for a chance to win a $500 gift card.

lamps plus sweepstakes


Have a fabulous weekend! 



DIY Spiderweb Treat Bowl

October 16th, 2013

Sometimes I surprise myself, especially when it comes to crafting. This little Halloween project started as an idea in my head and I questioned its success during the execution, but it turned out so great, I just had to share.

diy spiderweb halloween treat bowl

I attempted a similar bowl with yarn and wire last year but it was a total #craftfail. I approached it again with a different attitude turning to the tried and true glue plus water plus string formula that others have used in the past. Great news, the method worked and as a result I constructed a clever yet creepy Halloween treat bowl inspired by one of our favorite Halloween motifs: the spiderweb.

diy halloween treat bowl

Remember all those DIY string ball pendant fixtures we were so wild about a few years ago? The ones that required you mix glue and water and dip your string and wrap it around a large plastic ball and then insert a pendant kit inside? This is basically the same idea. Without the lightbulb. Want to create one of these spiderweb bowls? It’s pretty cheap and remarkably easy.  

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