Modern Nautical Glam Basement Inspiration

Post by Giulia Doyle, photographer and blogger at Audrey’s

Right now we are in the messy trenches of transforming our unfinished basement into extra living space and guest quarters. While the dust is flying and we can’t see over the stacks of drywall, Danielle, Creative Director at The Land of Nod, and I were brainstorming how this space could look like down the road. I had nautical intentions for the space and pinned beautiful beach side inspired interiors on Pinterest, with lots of nautical blue.


Danielle helped me add a little ‘oomph’ to my ideas by adding bits of modern and unexpected punches of color. In addition to shades of blue, black and white we also added some pink and mustard yellow/gold. We ended up with a Modern Nautical Glam Basement that I’m sure will transform the space into something comfortable, fun and relaxing.


The room is about 600 square feet and I already own most of the large furniture pieces, such as white storage closets, a large white sofa, white bed, white dresser and black and white striped rug. Our goal is to use all of the existing neutral elements and to tie the room together with a bunch of fun Land of Nod accessories – many of them just launched last week!

This is what we’re thinking:

Modern nautical glam mood boardWood Rock Lamp with Black Shade /Anchor Hook / Ahmaze Quilt / Swiss Dot Sheets / Wallpaper / Small Wood Cubby Shelf / Abstract / Ice Cream Art / Half Tone Basket / Sunburst Mirror / Geo Throw Pillow / Hello Pillow / Abstract Pillow / Patina Rug

So, along with a couple of planned DIYs and the amazing help from The Land of Nod, I think our Modern Nautical Glam Basement transformation will be a success. Stay tuned for a big reveal once we complete the whole project!

Giulia Doyle blogs at Audrey’s. She loves to share the sweet and savory, be it in the kitchen or travels. She juggles a family and a full-time job – they cook, travel and often paint a wall a new color.

Super Easy, Super Ball Art DIY

Post by Danielle Kurtz, Creative Director at The Land of Nod
Super Easy, Super Ball Art DIYI absolutely love this super ball art DIY for two reasons. First, if you can hammer a nail and place an order on amazon, then you can create this very playful art piece for your home, it’s truly that easy. Second, I love taking something ordinary and using it in mass in a way that creates something unexpected. When you first see this, it just looks like a graphic art piece, but upon further inspection, you realize it’s ordinary rubber super balls. I love the challenge of making something extraordinary out of the ordinary, plus it’s just silly, which I also love.Super Easy, Super Ball Art DIY 2So, here’s the how to for making this super ball art DIY:

  1. Measure the width of your space to determine how many of these CB2 Beaker Vases you’ll need.
  2. Using a straight edge, hammer in a small nail for each vase.
  3. Hang the vases.
  4. Fill with super balls. (We purchased our super balls on We recommend getting a variety pack, or maybe starting your own super ball collection, I’m sure you have a few floating around your house. Just be sure they’re small enough to fit. The vases are 1.5” diameter, so we bought 1.25” dia. super balls.)
  5. Voila! You have a playful art piece for your home, that’s sure to be quite the conversation starter.
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.

Dowel Rod Chandelier DIY

By Sara Polacek, Interiors & Event Design Manager

When we set out to transform a formal dining room into a playroom, we wanted to keep the overall layout of the dining room so the space could still be used for large family gatherings. This meant floating the play tables in the middle of the room. In a traditional dining room, you’d hang a chandelier above the table, but this room had plenty of other light, so we opted for something more playful. Also, since the room was mostly white, we wanted to add a colorful focal point to bring the look together.

Dowel Rod Chandelier DIYWe won’t lie, this isn’t a DIY you can complete in one naptime, but with a few hours of work and a fraction of the cost of a chandelier, you’ll have a beautiful conversation piece for your home. If you don’t need a piece of this size, this DIY would also work well scaled down as a small mobile.

Dowel Rod Chandelier DIY

Dowel Rod Chandelier DIY Supply List:

  • (Approx. 70) 1/8”, 3/8” & 1/4” dowel rods, various lengths (12”, 18”, 24”)
  • (3) 50”x 1” diameter dowel rods (to make a 18”x46” frame)
  • Spray paint in various colors
  • 50 skeins of embroidery floss in various colors
  • 20lb & 60lb fishing line
  • Tacks
  • (2-4) Eye hooks for ceiling
  • Glue gun
  • Miter saw (could also use hand saw)
  • Wood glue
  • (4) 2” screws

Dowel Rod Chandelier DIY 3Dowel Rod Chandelier DIY Directions:

Step 1. Wrap/paint dowel rods

  • Start by securing the embroidery floss with a dab of glue on the rod.
  • Tightly wrap the rod till you reach the end of the floss, secure with another dab of glue.
  • Add another color of floss and continue.
  • To spray paint: lean rods against a surface you don’t mind getting spray paint on or prop up rods in a piece of Styrofoam. Tape off the part you do not want to paint.
  • Let dry and wrap other half, or leave it natural.  We did a mix.

Step 2. Make frame.

  • Saw down dowel rods to be size needed to make frame (we made a 18”x46” frame).
  • Make a 45 degree cut at both ends of each dowel rod.
  • Predrill screw hole in both sides of corner before gluing corner together to hold.
  • Drill screw into corner to secure.

Step 3. Installation.

  • Secure two eye hooks into the ceiling, at the center of each side of the frame.
  • Use 60lb fishing line to hang.
  • Tie fishing line from each corner of frame to the eye hooks.
  • Once chandelier is hung, begin to add dowel rods.
  • For larger dowels, push a tack in the top of dowel.
  • Take 20lb fishing line and attach a strand to each tack.
  • Wrap and tie fishing line around frame, tightly. Hang at varying lengths for interest.
  • For thinner dowels, tie fishing line around top and leave two strands to use for tying around frame.

Dowel Rod Chandelier DIY 4Voila! You have a beautiful and playful focal point for your space. For more details about turning your dining room into a playroom and other helpful hints, check out our Design Workshop.

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Step Up the Playfulness in Your Decor: Washi Tape Stair DIY

Post by Danielle Kurtz, Creative Director at The Land of Nod
Washi Tape Stair DIYSome of my favorite design elements are those that show up in unexpected places. Most people don’t think twice about the risers on their stairs, but they’re really just begging to be adorned. I’ve seen them painted in a rainbow or wallpapered in a playful pattern, and I LOVE those ideas. But, we thought we’d try something a little less permanent, which requires a lot less investment of time and money when it came to the staircase decor in the Nod Family Home. So enters one of our favorite decorating materials…washi tape!Washi Tape Stair DIY 2For our stair DIY we used washi tape on this staircase to write out a beautiful quote by e.e. cummings. Look for inspiring words in your favorite book, poem or even a song. It can be sentimental and sweet, like the one we chose, or witty and fun. Choose a quote that’s length matches your number of stairs, you don’t want a whole paragraph, but want at least one word per step. Write out your number of steps and write your quote from the bottom step up.Washi Tape Stair DIY 3Washi Tape Stair DIY 4For our “font” we decided to embrace the squared off nature of the tape and did a faceted style type. It’s imperfect, which we think is just perfect.Washi Tape Stair DIY 5Use a box or block of wood to determine the baseline for your text, and settle on a general height for your tallest letter. And, you’re off. We decided to vary the color on each step in rainbow order. But, you can use all one color, vary colors by letter, whatever feels right to you. The beauty of washi tape is if you make a mistake, you can remove it and try again. Also, it’s super easy to remove down the road if you decide to try something different.

Not feeling the quote idea for your stair DIY? Try making patterns on the risers. Think dots, x’s, +’s, stripes. The possibilities are endless!

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.