Summer Eclectic Home Tour 2017

Hey, peeps, I have a fun post for you today: a mini photo tour of my 900 sq ft home.

This week, Jess from Domicile 37 is hosting a hop tour where different bloggers show images of their homes every day. Today is my turn.

I won’t write long because I don’t have a lot of time before this post goes live, but images speak more than 1,000 words, don’t you think? The thing is that George has been gone all week and I haven’t found the time to write, but take pictures I did!

Take a look:

This is the piano in my living room. The most important piece here are the peonies! Summer = cheap peonies at Trader Joe’s!!!! I take full advantage of this opportunity when it comes around. Peonies in the bathroom. Hanging plants because that is what I like. Here is the porch. The entrance to our home.
More and more plants.
The living room again! I really like this corner of this room because it has so much color and is fun. Here is the tutorial on how to do that painting on the left.This photo looks like a painting but it is not. Tulips are another love of mine so I took this photo in front of our mural.new light fixtureThe other side of our living room. I bought this lamp a month ago in IKEA.lighting living roombougainvilleahow to do a hanging textile A textile I created last month. Our dining room. garland diyA garland in our kids’ room.Our garden.

Hope you like this mini-tour. Now, go and visit the rest of the bloggers participating! The links are below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Summer 2017 Eclectic Home Tour | Eclectic Interiors | Eclectic Homes | Boho decor | Vintage Eclectic decor | Bold Geometric decor | Maximalist style| Vibrant decor

Monday

Domicile 37 | Whimsical Blue Living | The Striped House | Bright Green Door

Tuesday

Cassie Bustamante | Jest Cafe | The Rath Project | Emmerson & Fifteen

Wednesday

Natasha Outside and In | Up To Date Interiors | Designing Vibes | PMQ for Two

Thursday

Jessica Brigham | This is Our Bliss | CAD Interiors | French & French Interiors | Maker of Home

 

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Get The Look – Iris Apfel

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Hi! It is time for another installment of “Inspired by DIY.” This time we are using Iris Apfel wonderful style as inspiration to create a DIY or Interior Design project. I chose the photo above to guide my post today.

So what did I come up with?

Well, because I am a good human, I trolled many, many web pages looking for home decór pieces that fit her style(somewhat), but that I would also like to have in my home.

I am not into Baroque or Victorian decorations that much, which is a problem as she loves pieces like that, but there is a middle place where color meets velvet in which Iris Apfel and I completely agree with.

Take a look:
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1-Gliming Primrose Mirror / 2-Sunset Vintage Kantha3-Linen Beatrix Dining Chair / 4-Brass Plam Taper5-Julie Swivel Chair6-Velvet Orianna Headboard / 7-Velvet Ardmore Chair / 8-Spiced Saffron Vintage Kantha9-Laurette Rug /  10-Velvet Lyre Chesterfield Grand Sofa11-Velvet Leonelle Sofa / 12-Elephant Bookends

 

That velvet blue chair and the dark pink sofa are my favorites. Iris was a big textile fanatic, that is why I included the two Kanthas shown above (2 & 8). The business that made most of her money in the early years was a textile shop. She traveled around the world looking for beautiful textiles to sell in the US. Can I have that job, please?

For other of my projects from the “Inspired by DIY” series, here is the link to cement planters inspired by Wes Anderson,  a flower arrangement inspired in Genevieve Gorder, and a fun painting + printables inspired by Miles Redd.

Thanks to Kathryn from Up to Date Interiors and Jess from Domicile 37 for hosting this challenge every month!

Now, I would recommend you head over to check out what my other fellow blogger friends did for this series. Here are the links to their posts:

Up to Date Interiors | Domicile 37 | The Gathered Home | Semigloss Design | PMQ for Two | The Rath Project

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How To Make A Copper Garland With Cricut

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Doing a copper color garland for my kids’ room has been on my to-do list since I designed their room last year. I have wanted to add shapes and texture to their bedroom but I couldn’t figure out how to cut the shapes (moon, ring & circle) in a thicker material, little did I know that help was around the corner!

(Drums of excitement!)

Enter the Cricut to save the day! Or, at least, make my dreams come true. From the moment I knew I was going to get my hands on a Cricut, I knew I wanted to do this garland first.

I mean, it is pretty amazing to see how far has technology come to create wonder machines like this one. I don’t remember (or probably don’t want to remember) how I survived before the existence of things like a cell phone, Waze or Lyft. Well, now add to that list of essentials: the Cricut,

You know I am a crafty aficionado, but with Cricut, I have become a crafty expert because this machine simplifies so many projects that seemed really difficult to accomplish before, like this garland that I am talking about.

Here is what I did:

How to make a copper garland with Cricut

Difficulty (1-5): 2  Time: 2hr Cost: $50

Materials

Instructions

1) For this project, you need to use Cricut Design Space which is on the Cricut website. I found images with a ring, the moon, and a circle on the Internet, uploaded the images to Design Space and then told Cricut to cut the shapes accordingly.

2) I used a Deep Blade and strong settings to do the cutting and it worked! Look:

3) I sprayed the figures with copper paint and then drilled a hole through them.

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4) I used the twine to hang the figures to a main piece of twine. This is how it looks:

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I like how it looks against the copper and blue wallpaper, don’t you?

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What do you think? I kind of like it. I am happy it turned out OK and that Cricut was able to cut the thin basswood. It was fun to watch.

Now, this garland hangs in my kids’ room making the space more happy and beautiful. Perfect combo.

Ok, so here concludes the three-part series of “how to craft your way to a beautiful home with Cricut.” I really hope you liked it. I know I really enjoyed the opportunity and sharing these projects with you.

Thank you so much!This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

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How To Make A Fun Doormat With Cricut

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When I told some of my friends I have a Cricut, they freaked out. I am not exaggerating. It is the honest truth. It seems that Cricut is the holy grail of the crafty tribe. Literally.

Now that I have a Cricut and have used it a fair amount, I know why. It is so easy to use and very versatile, it makes my crafty dreams come true.

In this “Crafting Your Way To A Beautiful Home” series, I am focusing on home décor. Related to this, something that I have been needing desperately for the longest time is a new and colorful doormat, so I decided to tackle that project.

Am I the only one around here that has not been able to find a unique, colorful, and fun door mat for their home? I have looked everywhere and haven’t been able to find something to my taste.

Well, thanks to Cricut, this is not a problem anymore because when I looked through the Home Décor projects available on their website, I found this project in the Cricut Design Space:

Cute, ha?

I didn’t want that much color or motives, so I decided to do only two in the middle. Here is what I did:

How to make a fun doormat with Cricut

Difficulty (1-5): 2  Time: 1 hr Cost: $40

Materials

*I bought the exterior paint at Michael’s but couldn’t find the links to them online.

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Instructions

1) Find your project in Cricut Design Space for the DIY Aztec Rug. It has seven images on the canvas to cover the whole mattress but I only used it two for a simpler look. Place your vinyl on the StandardGrip Mat and let Cricut do its thing.

2) Weed excess stencil vinyl from around and inside the images with the weeding tool.

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3) Find the center of your door mat and place the first stencil to the right and the other one to the left. Be careful doing this because the stencil is sticky and gets stuck together easily. Make sure this doesn’t happen.

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4) Apply paint to fill in the design using the small brush and the exterior paint.

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5) After the paint dries, remove the stencil and voila! Now you have a new, fun, colorful door mat! Very simple and cute.

Here are more photos of the final product:

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My entrance looks so much better, don’t you think?

Thanks for stopping by. Tomorrow I will post about another fun project I did with Cricut for my kid’s bedroom. To read about my opinions and general views on Cricut, go here.

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Crafting Your Way To a Beautiful Home With Cricut

The easiest way to improve your home when you are in a budget is doing your own crafts and DIY projects. Of course!

I understand that the idea of crafting your way to a beautiful home sounds easier than it actually is. Not everybody has the time, the tools, nor the desire to go this route, but what if I told you there are a LOT of amazing tools out there that can spark your creativity and are very easy to use?

When I started this blog 1 1/2 years ago, my DIY experience was limited or non-existent. Not only that, but my TALENT was limited and non-existent. In a lot of ways, it still is. I am not a natural at these things, but I like them, and more than that, I like to have a beautiful home that people are happy to visit. Is that crazy? Blame the Taurus in me, but, if you are reading this, I am sure you kind of agree.

This is the reason why I was so happy to be invited to do three posts using the Cricut, a machine that will help you achieve most of the crafts projects that your heart desires in a very, VERY easy, dummy-proof manner.

For my posts, I decided to do crafts related to home décor. Now that I have finished them (and you will see the results when you come back later this week), let’s start with the basics:

What in the world is the Cricut?

Well, it is very simple, the Cricut is a very cool machine (see photos) that cuts almost all materials up to 2mm of thickness in every shape or form you want. The Cricut also prints some of these materials, but the BEST part of the Cricut, in my opinion, is its website and support.

Doing a project is as easy as going into the Cricut Design Space, select the project you want to do from thousands of projects and follow the instructions. Just do what the site tells you to do, step by step, and that is it. Easy peachy, my friends!

But you also have the flexibility of creating your own custom project if you want, almost anything you can imagine (except guessing the numbers of the winning Lottery ticket because no machine does that)

When I first heard about the Cricut, I knew I had to have it. Then, when they offered me to do this series, I got kind of scared… What if I didn’t know how to use it well enough?

Well, as soon as I took it from its nice box and connected it to my computer I realized there was nothing to fear. All the steps, all the knowledge showed up on the screen and I just followed instruction. Seriously awesome!

It even comes with a small project for you to get acquainted with your new best friend:

That is the Cricut creating a simple and beautiful card to welcome you to its world. 🙂

Here are some projects that other bloggers have done with the Cricut that I LOVE:

PMQ for Two

Glamour and Grace

The Tomkat Studio

And don’t forget to come back on Wednesday to take a look at the first project I did to beautify my home. Pretty cute, I must say. See you Wednesday, everybody!

 

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