Breezy Colorful Dining Room {Takeaway Tuesday}

May 13th, 2014

I’m loving palettes and textures inspired by tropics right now, perhaps it’s because we’re off on our own vacay next week for Matt’s birthday (Kauai here we come!) and it’s hard to work with the thought of the islands just days away. Also, touches of tropical are trending right now, have you noticed?

Summer is just around the corner and so many of us are dreaming of sand between our toes and swaying palm trees overhead, even if just for a week. I’ve loved this space decorated by Dana Small since it was featured over at House of Turquoise in 2011 (it also appeared in Coastal Living). I thought this breezy casual yet colorful dining room was perfect inspiration for today’s takeaways.

dana small dining room

A few other ideas to consider: there’s no need for a rug underneath a dining table if you prefer it that way, it makes for easier sweeping and shows off the flooring. Also notice the table, the rustic wood adds further texture and warmth to the space like the fixture above but a sleek glass top adds a reflective quality and makes clean up practical. Such a breezy colorful space, one of my favorites!

design: Dana Small via House of Turquoise

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DIY Modern Pet Bed

May 12th, 2014

Today is the day we’re kicking off the Summer “Get It, Got It, Go” Blog Hop with projects completed with ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape and supplies purchased at The Home Depot. I’m excited about this campaign, there will be three dozen bloggers contributing ideas and I’ll be sharing them throughout the summer!

I’m starting the event with this modern pet bed we built for our good friends, they have the cutest pair of dachshunds so we built a bed for them to lounge outdoors during the day, but the bed can also be used indoors too. I painted the base a bright orange and topped it off with a striped cushion in a durable outdoor fabric.

diy modern pet bed

The bed is elevated with tapered metal legs for easy cleaning underneath and the bright color is so fun for summer! This little pup is waiting for his treat… 

modern pet bed striped cushion


To recreate a similar version here’s what you’ll need!

Supplies from Home Depot: 5/8” plywood sheet cut to size of base; ¾” x 5.5” poplar planks for sides; 1½” x 4’ poplar hobby boards for decorative trim; ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape, 1¼” wood screws, primer & exterior paint (if using outdoors). 

This elevated pet bed is project you can build in an afternoon, it took us 2 hours from start to finish not including the painting process. I had the plywood base cut at Home Depot, then we attached the planks after we trimmed them to fit with our miter saw at home. The dimensions I worked with were 28” x 38” based on the pet bed cushion I picked up at Petco, here’s the basic box we built.

basic bed shape

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