Every so often, we like to switch things up around here and share a home decor DIY.
Do you ever see a home decor item on Pinterest, or on your favourite Instagram home decor account and think, “oh, I can make that!”? Then, you do a quick Google search and realize that it’s been done. A lot.
Well, even though that happened, I liked this DIY for its simplicity and sustainable, eco-friendly and natural elements — unfinished wood beads and unbleached cotton string. Also, DIY’ing this Bohemian wood bead garland was definitely cheaper than buying it, and that’s the goal of a good DIY, right? Plus, it was incredibly easy to make.
Who doesn’t love a soaking in a warm bath with a good book and a glass of something delicious? Added bonus if you add a fragrant, fizzy bath bomb to your bath water.
Unfortunately, far too often store-bought bath bombs smell like you overdid it in the perfume aisle. Not ideal for the scent sensitive folks, or for those who want to avoid synthetic fragrances. Store-bought bath bombs can also contain toxic dyes which have been linked to UTI’s and yeast infections. And at $8 or more a pop, they’re far from economical.
The majority of store-bought cleaning sprays contain endocrine disrupting chemicals that can be harmful to your health. As well, the synthetic fragrances used in these products can irritate those who are sensitive to scents. As someone who suffers from chronic migraines, it’s extremely important to avoid these chemical fragrances as they can trigger a severe migraine headache.
Learn to make DIY room spray with essential oils. Say goodbye to toxic air fresheners! This natural recipe uses vodka instead of witch hazel for a truly long-lasting scent. No rubbing alcohol. Read on to learn how to safely scent your home with a homemade essential oil room spray.
Store bought room sprays and deodorizers may smell good, but they can be very bad for your upper respiratory system as well as your overall health.
I have a thing for tropical prints — palm trees, palm leaves, beach scenes and pineapples. They remind me of relaxing, serene summer days and warm tropical vacations. They also remind me of trips to Australia with sexy 6’3” Australian men. Okay, well maybe not that last part.
Anyway, what I don’t have a thing for is the price tag on some of my favourite framed tropical prints. For example, on a popular art retail website, there’s a black and white tropical palm tree print that is amazing but the price tag is over $200. If that’s within your budget, by all means support artists. (As someone who has sold my original paintings, I’m all for supporting artists!)
I picked up this set of 3 small bud vases called the Sommar 2017 from IKEA. I was specifically looking for small vases for styling and while I liked the size and the shapes of the vases, the colours (specifically the mint and pink) didn’t go with our decor. Since I still had some gold leaf and adhesive left over from the gold leaf jewelry trays project, I decided to gold leaf two of the three vases.
I recently bought a set of small, plain white rectangular 7″ x 5″ serving plates to use for jewelry and other odds and ends. However, since the trays I purchased were plain, with a very simple etched pattern, I thought that adding interest to them with gold leaf might make them more appealing.
I’ve seen similar gold and white jewelry trays retailing for significantly more than the less than $20 I paid for my supplies, which were used to create 4 trays. For instance, wiithout naming names, one well-known designer retails a very small gold and white jewelry tray for more than $70.
Posters are an easy and budget-friendly way to add art to your child’s bedroom. Framing posters with simple black, white or gold frames can create a more polished look — but since I love the look of art on canvas, and already had most of the supplies on hand, I chose this option. I also liked the idea of creating canvas art for my kids while keeping it budget-friendly so that when their tastes change, as they often do, I haven’t spent too much. Personally, I don’t like the look of posters tacked to the wall but if you do, no judgement. Whatever works.