Joey and I are always on the lookout for inexpensive home decor for our apartment, so when we spotted the Ikea Melodi pendant lamp at Goodwill Outlet, we couldn’t pass it up. While the lamp itself isn’t terribly special, we saw a lot of potential, and we love a good makeover. This poor little lamp set in our closet for about 3 weeks until I finally garnered enough creative inspiration to take a shot at transforming it from drab to fab!
All I did was take some leftover t-shirt scraps (the same t-shirt from my vase makeover), mist the lamp with spray adhesive, and cover the lamp. The nice thing about spray adhesive is that it takes a few minutes to fully set, so I was able to move the fabric around until I got the exact shape I wanted. I tucked the ends of the fabric into the inside of the lamp shade, and then covered them with some ribbon. I wouldn’t say this is my favorite diy project, but it sure packs a bigger punch than the dull, white shade that I started with. What do you think?
The other day, Apartment Therapy had a preview of Martha Stewart’s 2012 Macy’s collection. I fell in love with one of the photos that featured some really cool hanging pom poms. For some reason, the post was removed and I can’t find the photos ANYWHERE! Luckily, I had closely observed the pom poms before the photo was removed, and I tried to recreate them. I used tissue paper that I bought from the dollar store and made different sized pom poms. I’m too lazy to give instructions on how I made them, so if you just follow Nothing But Bonfires tutorial, which can be found here, you should be fine. Happy crafting!
I went over a year with no television, so I had a LOT of free time on my hands; hence, I became a home design website frequenter. Here is a list of some of my favorite sites:
1) Apartment Therapy: Apartment Therapy is my premier go to site for home design ideas. The site’s motto pretty much sums up how I feel about AT. The bloggers at AT really are “saving the world, one room at time.”
2) Young House Love: Sherry and John are my heroes. This adorable couple started a blog about their do-it-yourself home upgrades. They have a gallery of before and after pictures for each room in their current (and previous) home. Their DIY attitude and eye for fantastic design is an inspiration for all home enthusiasts.
3) Curbly: I owe my friend Aria Carlson a big thank you for introducing me to this fantastic DIY centered site. It has the coolest projects and craft ideas.
4)Dollar Store Crafts: Who doesn’t love the dollar store? dollarstorecrafts.com has the cheapest craft ideas around. For instance, would you like to make a chandelier out of mardi gras beads? I did, so I followed this tutorial, and made an awesome, inexpensive piece of decor. Somehow during our move, I misplaced the chandelier, so I can’t show you a close up of the results, but you can see it in the background of this picture.
5)IKEA Hackers: Joey and I are huge fans of IKEA, so we obviously love IKEA Hackers. The site allows readers to post their “hacks” i.e. ideas for repurposing IKEA products. My all time favorite hack is this PAX hack.