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ONE ROOM CHALLENGE | DIY HAND PAINTING DRAPES.

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Welcome back! Hope you all are having a great week! Last week I laid out some of my final fabric choices and nailed down the direction of the room. In a bedroom, fabrics in all their different forms are obviously super important. Well, not ten minutes after I posted my ORC post, I find out that the Miles Redd for Schumacher Watercolor fabric I chose for the drapery was out of stock. (Of course, arriving the week after the ORC is over.) I scoured the internet for a replacement. I got ten samples hand delivered to me from the lovely folks at DecoratorsBest the next day. There was nothing I … [Read more...]

DESIGN | House of DIY.

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Jeanette Dalrot is the restaurant designer behind beautiful places - NAVY in NYC is one of them, and that's been on my inspo board for a while. She's known for a super hands on approach. She will make things for every space she designs herself- acid washing each mirror, hand stringing chairs-  or hunt down vintage pieces, one by one. Jeanette is from Stockholm, so her aesthetic is definitely Scandinavian based, with a little extra.  Her place was featured in T Magazine, and I wanted to share. Couch is a craiglist find, she reupholstered with discount nude velvet. I'm digging that nude … [Read more...]

DIY | Faux Marble Mini Bowls.

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I think at this point it's fair to say I like plates more than I like food. Not that I don't like food, but I really like plates, dishes, silverware, bowls, napkins... Last weekend I did some DIY "faux marble" making. I made little salt cellars for everyone at the table, so we can each have our own, and a set of three nesting bowls that can be used for rings and whatnot. It's EASY AS PIE. and I've done a "faux malachite" version before, making napkin rings. You need: SCULPEY / Polyemer Clay OVEN Optional stuff: ROLLING PIN WAX PAPER OVEN SAFE BOWL SCISSORS SAND PAPER (Super … [Read more...]

SHOP | M&J TRIMMING WAREHOUSE SALE!

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  Is looking through heaps and heaps of ribbon, trimming and notions your idea of heaven? YES? You're not alone! Get your crazy person ribbon fix at M&J Trimming, where they are having a massive warehouse sale, in store only. Founded in 1938 by my husband's grandfather, M&J is a NYC/Garment Industry institution ;) They are clearing out some of the warehouse to make way for new stock, and thousands of items are on sale - all for $5 a roll. They are bringing in loads of new stuff every day.  I popped in yesterday and shot some photos. David was like "Nicole, please don't take any … [Read more...]

DIY Architect Print Gift Wrap.

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I haven't done a cool DIY in FOREVER, at least not for blog purposes. I still make things all the time - that's called life! But this holiday season I wanted to do a cool gift wrapping story. Imagine how banal my life is, that I actually said aloud, "I think I should do a gift wrapping post this season." Is Pinterest imitating life or is life imitating Pinterest?  Anyway, while brainstorming with Courtney, she reminded me of that time I made a jumbo architect print of the kids for their room, and suggested that for a cool gift wrap idea. This is why I keep her around, she's a smart one! … [Read more...]