Wood & Feather Wall Decor DIY

Post by Danielle Kurtz, Creative Director at The Land of Nod

Wood & Feather Wall Decor DIYIn designing the master bedroom for the Nod Family Home, we wanted to create an art piece to act as a focal point above the fireplace. Our goal was to keep the entire space light, bright and serene, with a nice balance of modern minimalism mixed with natural elements.

Wood & Feather Wall Decor DIY 2We were inspired by all the creative ways we’ve seen salvaged palette wood used, so we knew we wanted to incorporate it into the piece. We took some very rough natural materials, but put them together in a very graphic and organized arrangement to strike a balance. This DIY couldn’t be any easier, and can be adjusted to fit any size space. You could add more rows, use colored peacock feathers or even paint the raw wood to fit your color story. The options are endless.

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Here’s how we created it.

Wood & Feather Wall Decor DIY Materials

  • Salvaged palette wood
  • Feathers
  • Double-sided tape

Instructions

  • Nail two horizontal pieces of palette wood into the wall at least 18 inches apart, it may be more depending on size of wall
  • Using double-sided tape, add feathers to wall and wood

Voila, you have a one of a kind focal piece for your wall.

Danielle is the Creative Director at Nod and an over-protective mother of two. She’s also completely obsessed with Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and her Kindle, but not necessarily in that order. Danielle loves to craft, sew and crochet. Her current craft of choice is weaving tiny wall tapestries.

Pretty & Pink Girls Bedroom Design

Post by Joni of Lay Baby Lay

Pretty & Pink Girls Bedroom Design Copper Pendant / Cloud Shelf / Alpaca Print / Arrow Heart Print / You’re the Best and the Mostest / Sleepy Stars / Crown Jewel Mirror / Heart Light / Jenny Lind Daybed / Silver Lamp / Day Dream Sheets / Neon Nightstand / Aqua Dresser / Triangle Pillow / Watermelon Pillow / Domino Lounge Chair / Swiss Dot Duvet Cover / Little Arches Curtains / Alto Bookcase / Cat Bank / Heart to Heart Rug / Ride-On Unicorn / Pink Lottie Dots / Fade Up Basket

Lay Baby Lay started in 2011 shortly after the arrival of my first baby as a place to provide fresh and unique nursery inspiration with a little dose of motherhood experience. This site is my creative outlet and the place where I am able to express all the ideas running around in my head. It is my hope that you will also be inspired to create spaces for your little ones that are full of imagination, color, and delight and maybe find a little encouragement in this crazy but wonderful journey of having babies and watching them grow.

Macaron Inspired Girls Bedroom Makeover

Post by Mindy Cone of Creative Juice

Macaron-Inspired Girls Bedroom MakeoverThis year for my daughter’s birthday I bent the rules a bit. I have always said that Aubrey would be allowed sleepovers until she was ten…but when her best friend (named Aubrey too!) was moving across the country shortly after her 6th birthday, I wanted something special that they could always remember together. Neither of them had ever had a sleepover before, and they were absolutely giddy over the idea!

We recently purchased a new big girl bed for Aubrey with a trundle and this sleepover would be the first time we put it to use. I started to search for some bedding and was over the moon when I saw The Confectionary Bedding collection! I am a macaron fanatic you guys. No joke – I literally wrote a macaron cookbook. There could NOT be a more perfect bedding for my daughter! The colors were fun, bright, and before I knew it, her room was macaron inspired as well as the theme for her birthday party!

Macaron-Inspired Girls Bedroom Makeover - 1 Macaron Kids Quilt / Confectionary Sheet Set / Bonjour Throw Pillow / Pink Sham / Pajamas & Eye Mask / Pom Garland / Macaron Print / Wooden Bonjour Sign

For her room, I focused on the pink and teal from the confectionary quilt as well as the gold from the confectionary sheet set. I love the mix of macarons and hearts and tried to carry that theme through the room as well. We created a little reading nook and added some cute decor over her bed.

She was very excited to incorporate her paintings so we chose a few pieces and had those framed. I love how they turned out and she is so proud of herself! I created two heart canvases using metallic & pink cardstock cut with my cricut machine and glued directly to a canvas – which was a miniature version of the dessert table backdrop I created for her party. One of my personal favorite pieces on her wall is the beautiful hand drawn macaron art print. It was a gift to me while on my book tour and I am so happy to have found the perfect home for it in her room. The custom wooden ‘Bonjour’ sign was inspired by Bonjour throw pillow and was the perfect compliment to the decor.

Macaron-Inspired Girls Bedroom Makeover - 2On Aubrey’s birthday I hosted several of her closest friends for a dessert pajama party using the same theme – hearts and macarons! You can see the party here. While it wasn’t practical to have all six of them spending the night on our first attempt at a sleepover – I still wanted them to feel special and included. Each of the girls received custom matching pajamas and eye masks, ate yummy desserts, played games, and had a fabulous afternoon together. While they wouldn’t all be sleeping at my house that night, they would each be in their own beds wearing matching pajamas! We planned on having her friend Aubrey return that evening for the sleepover – a strategic mom move knowing they would be tuckered out from the party and sleep soundly!

Macaron-Inspired Girls Bedroom Makeover - 4They had the best time that night! They played with dolls, watched a movie, ate popcorn, made a little craft, played tricks on her brother, and read books. When it was time for bed we went through our normal routine and then let Aubrey call home to talk to her mom and dad before bed. I was nervous we would get to this point and have a bit of cold feet but they snuggled up in their beds and fell asleep after a few minutes of giggles! Even though they have moved miles away from us now, it is a memory they will always cherish together!

Mindy Cone is the author of Party Food For Girls and Gourmet French Macarons. Her site Creative Juice is a source of inspiration for entertaining your guests and kids with style and creativity. She showcases tutorials, tips, tricks, recipes, and crafts to make every occasion fabulous.  

Living Room Makeover

Post by Jeran of Oleander and Palm

Hi friends, I’m excited to be here and share a little living room makeover I worked on for my brother, sister-in-law, niece and nephew’s house.  I think this may be a common issue that a lot of folks have.  I know I’ve seen it in more then one home. So, you buy the biggest, comfiest neutral sectional for your living room.  It’s practical and you’ll love it for ever, right?  But, then you get it home and it’s really just a giant grey (or whatever color you chose), personality-less blob in your home.  It doesn’t really say anything about your personal style. I’m going to help you out.  I’m going to share with you how I helped my sister-in-law, Jess, who lives in Idaho, give her new grey sectional a little personality.

Living Room MakeoverLiving Room Makeover 2Jess already had a couple great furniture pieces. The mid century credenza that serves as the media console was purchased really reasonably at a local thrift store in Idaho.  And the mid century coffee table I found for $25 at a thrift store in California. We had 4 main goals for the room:

  1. Give the sectional personality
  2. Create a gallery focal wall
  3. Rethink the mantel
  4. Accessorize the surfaces

Living Room Makeover 3We started by giving the sectional personality. Pillows are the best place to start.  If you can add COLOR, TEXTURE and PATTERN you are guaranteed to wake up a room.  I love Nod throw pillows.  There is nothing boring or neutral about them.  Even if the color is calm, the pillow will definitely have some sort of amazing texture, like the grey Basketweave throw pillow.  Jess already had some fun black and white pillows, so I added a pop of green and shiny gold to the grey palette. It’s a color combo I go back to over and over.

Living Room Makeover 4sectional // green ruffle pillow // antique chic basketweave pillow // gold pinstripe pillow // white faux leather pouf // nice and knit grey cotton blanket

Living Room Makeover 5Living Room Makeover 6Living Room Makeover 7To break up the grey blob even more, a textured throw is a good way to go.  And to create some contrast, I added a shiny, bright white pouf to sit up against all that grey.

For the gallery wall we started with one main statement piece, the giant letter M.  I love the unexpected size of these letters.  I made a couple pieces to go along with the things Jess already owned and had in other places around the house.  I painted a water color of Idaho, leaving a little heart where they call home.  This added a pop of green to tie to the pillows.  I also made a circular yarn hanging to add a little whimsy and fun to the room.  It gives the space a relaxed and not-so-stuffy feel.

Living Room Makeover: Gallery Wall 8 Living Room Makeover: Gallery Wall 9 Living Room Makeover: Gallery Wall 10For the mantel, we kept it simple and clean.  Hanging the mirror to the side feels less traditional.  By adding tall framed images on the other side of the mantel, some balance was created.  Accessories do not have to be expensive.  The items on this mantel were mostly thrifted or found in nature.  My father-in-law is a rock hound and cuts and polishes rocks, so the gorgeous agate came from his garage.  And the birch branches were found on a walk.  We cut them all to the same length and spray painted the tip of one with metallic gold paint.

Living Room Makeover: Mantel 11 Living Room Makeover: Mantel 12 Living Room Makeover: Mantel 13 Living Room Makeover: Mantel 14And finally the details. Yes, almost everything on surfaces is thrifted. You can find fun stuff for pennies and you’ll have a look that no one else has.  I love the thistles on the coffee table that my mother in law painted three different metallic colors.  Jess followed this tutorial to make a himmelli wreath for the wall.  And I refinished and stained a little plant stand to give the fiddle leaf fig a place of honor.

Living Room Makeover: Mantel 15Living Room Makeover: Mantel 16Living Room Makeover: Mantel 17Living Room Makeover: Mantel 18Living Room Makeover: Mantel 19Living Room Makeover: Mantel 20Living Room Makeover: Mantel 21Living Room Makeover: Mantel 22Living Room Makeover: Mantel 23A former elementary school teacher, Jeran has added her unique voice to the modern maker culture through her blog Oleander and Palm. She loves helping people find attainable beauty in the lives they live. Her creativity and industriousness were honed through years of living in third world countries, that challenged her to find novel solutions for creating livable spaces. Now a mother of three, settled in sunny California, her skills and styles are evolving in exciting new ways. Her focus is Simple California Living, designing and making livable spaces that incorporate vintage finds, handmade/DIY pieces and global inspiration.