Jul
01
2015

Things are moving and shaking in the TDC World Headquarters... other wise known as my home office slash the shipping and receiving department slash the craft workshop. This poor space has gone through a lot over the years and for longer than I care to admit has been a bit neglected. This is the year of minimizing and reducing in any and every area of my life and with this site and my work being such a huge part of my everyday, it only seems fitting that the place I call my office gets a bit of a refresh - which is actually more of a major overhaul.

So let's take a walk down memory lane... shall we? The last time this space had any semblance of organization and decency was way back in 2013 when I installed Crown Molding. Take a gander, because the next image you see will terrify you.. though not as much as the before shots of my closet, am I right? Eek!

Ok, I guess it isn't quite as scary as I made it sound, but it's definitely devoid of anything good and was slowly becoming the dumping ground for all of the millions of shipments that roll through these doors. And don't get me started on the craft supplies, parts, and pieces that all inevitably need to be kept for future projects. To say it is overwhelming is the understatement of the year. This image above is of course the 'good side' of this space but I will share the rest of the crazy with you as I work it over, a little at a time! It's becoming desperate...

A bit of an improvement, no? That gorgeous over sized art print from Minted is the crown jewel of this space and with the new extra large size they offer, you can get your faves in a 54"x40" format and rock out your space in a big, bold way. This beauty, by artist Max Harris, has set the tone for transforming this space into something that inspires me, rather than bringing me down. Let's hope that translates to more productivity and amazing, inspired projects! If there is one thing I have learned about myself it is that I tend to be happier when my surroundings are beautiful and reflect my style. I am glad to bring that stylistic touch to this area and can't wait to finish out the entire space.

Everything aside from the art in this space is either a DIY project, something I already owned, or a recent and wonderful addition to my life and I am excited to share all the projects and details with you - especially as it relates to staying organized in all the crazy that comes along with being a DIY + Design Blogger! Stay tuned... and in the meantime, feel free to gaze with loving adoration at my newly transformed office space and get excited because there is so much more to come.

I am considering moving in, or perhaps setting up a lovely spot for taking a nap in between all of my creative pursuits... hard work makes mama tired and so do those boys of mine.

// The gorgeous print was provided by Minted but naturally all ramblings and thoughts are 100% my own! 

Jun
24
2015
The Design Confidential Celebrates The Art of Patrón to Find Your Inner Light with a DIY Copper + Handmade Glass Sconce

If you haven’t already begun to amass your collection of artisanal Patrón bottles for the Art of Patrón contest, not to worry there is still plenty of time. But certainly don’t delay because come July 17th, the contest will close and the judging will begin with a total of $19,000 in prizes at stake - one grand prize winner will walk away with an enormous $10,000 grand prize and each of 9 runners up will win a $1000 prize! So put your maker hats on and create something special using those gorgeous handmade Patrón bottles because you just might find yourself a bit richer from the experience… literally. Details for entry and all pertinent contest info can be found on the Art of Patrón contest page.

To give you a bit of a creative kick in the pants and spark your imagination, I will share with you all of the steps and helpful tidbits I discovered while making what I consider to be one of my favorite projects to date. Perhaps I feel this way about every project, but this one is indeed particularly special because even the Mister loves it, it is exceptionally functional, it’s absolutely gorgeous and best of all… completely customizable. All of my favorite things…

The Design Confidential Celebrates The Art of Patrón to Find Your Inner Light with a DIY Copper + Handmade Glass Sconce

Before I let you loose at the hardware store to round up your supplies, here is a little recap on two of the tastiest tequila based cocktails this side of the Mississippi! You know… so you have an excuse to empty those bottles without wasting the deliciousness inside. I think a summer soiree and crafter-hours get together is in order to help you collect some of the most important pieces for recreating this project - or for your very own masterpiece to enter into the Art of Patrón contest!

Coconut Mint Margarita Recipe

Tropical Tequila Sunrise Poptail Recipe

The Design Confidential Celebrates The Art of Patrón to Find Your Inner Light with a DIY Copper + Handmade Glass Sconce

Alright, let’s get to it…

MATERIALS //

Supplies are for 1 sconce – Double all supplies except: ¾” Copper Pipe, Candelabra Base, Pipe Cutter, and Copper Pipe Straps to make 2 sconces.

½” Copper Pipe – 2 Feet

¾” Copper Pipe – 2 Feet

1 – ½” 90 Degree Copper Elbow

1 – ¾” x ½” x ½” Reducer Tee

1 – Candelabra Base (2 Pack)

1 – Candelabra Socket with Switched Cord and Plug

1 – Pipe Cutter

2 – ½” Copper Pipe Straps

1 – LED Exit Sign Light or Night Light with Candelabra Base

1 – Patrón Bottle

The Design Confidential Celebrates The Art of Patrón to Find Your Inner Light with a DIY Copper + Handmade Glass Sconce

Before we can begin to assemble your sconce, we need to do some prep work which means a bit of cutting and some deconstructing.

Copper Cut List //

Feel free to get creative with your arrangement here, but there are a few pieces at the top of this list that need to remain short in order to accommodate the switched cord. You will see what I mean in just a minute.

1 – ½” Copper Pipe at 2”

1 – ½” Copper Pipe at 1 ½”

1 – ½” Copper Pipe at 16” (this is subjective and can be cut to desired length)

1 – ¾” Copper Pipe at 2”

The Design Confidential Celebrates The Art of Patrón to Find Your Inner Light with a DIY Copper + Handmade Glass Sconce

Now this (in my opinion) is where the magic happens… aside from the actual magic that happens when you plug this puppy in and she warms your heart and soul with a job well done.

So you are going to cut your switched cord, right up underneath the black socket and clip. Ok, now you want to cut this as close as possible since you need all the extra cord between your switch and the ends of the wires as you can possibly get. This might seem counter-intuitive since technically the switched cord would work as it is, just fine. But you guys, it’s not cute, so keep on keeping on and you get to play electrician (kind of) for a hot minute, which is soooo fun.

Once you cut off the socket portion, you are going to pull the two sections of cord apart at the top, for about 2 inches. Once they are separated and look a bit like a snake tongue, you can strip the top ¼” or so of the rubberized coating from each section of your cord.

// Now set all these pieces aside for a second since you will actually rewire this after you thread everything through the pipes. Yep, found this out the hard way, maybe it’s true what they say about blondes after all? Duh… that they have more fun? Because doing the same thing over and over again is so fun? Yes, truly.

The Design Confidential Celebrates The Art of Patrón to Find Your Inner Light with a DIY Copper + Handmade Glass Sconce

These two beauties up above are the Reducer Tee and your 2” piece of ¾” pipe and they will fit together to form what we are going to use to make our own amazing looking socket cover. Now isn’t this so much better looking than the base and clip from your cord a few minutes ago? Yes, I totally agree.

Now we get to thread our cord through as we attach our ½” copper pipe pieces. Each piece is labeled below so you can see where everything connects and I will outline the threading order just in case it’s difficult to see or read! You can do this portion laying everything out flat on a surface, it was simply easier for me to strap it to the wall to show you, without trying to juggle the camera and all of the pieces.

The Design Confidential Celebrates The Art of Patrón to Find Your Inner Light with a DIY Copper + Handmade Glass Sconce

Start by threading your cord through your 2 inch section and then up through your elbow piece. Fit each pipe fitting together tight and pull your cord through carefully, but firmly so there is no slack in the line. You will truly need every last inch of this thing. Next, thread your cord through the 1 ½” section and then into and up through your reducer tee. Your reducer tee should have the largest opening at the top. You can attach the lower 16 inch section now if you like, or wait till the end, it really doesn’t make much of a difference just yet. Once your cord is sticking up and out the top of your reducer tee, you will tie the two split sections of it in an underwriters knot. This image below via, is a great diagram of what this will look like and what it’s for!

The Design Confidential Celebrates The Art of Patrón to Find Your Inner Light with a DIY Copper + Handmade Glass Sconce

Once you are all tied up you can attach your ¾” piece of pipe to the reducer tee and get ready to wire your socket.

The Design Confidential Celebrates The Art of Patrón to Find Your Inner Light with a DIY Copper + Handmade Glass Sconce

Thread the cords up through the metal portion of your socket and then the cord with the ribbed edge will be attached to the silver screw and the smooth cord will attach to the gold screw. The easiest way to do this is to twist all of the teeny tiny wires together for each of your cords into something of a point so they are easier to wrap around their respective screws. Then simply use a leftover piece of your ½” pipe if you need a bit of help taming any of the flyaways and gently place it over your screw to let it help you wrap those stray pieces down and back under your screw as you gently tighten in place. The instructions on your package will reiterate which wire to connect where so don’t worry if you forget or feel nervous.

It will look a little something like this:

The Design Confidential Celebrates The Art of Patrón to Find Your Inner Light with a DIY Copper + Handmade Glass Sconce

Now slide your cardboard socket cover over the top as indicated on your package, and you would be ready to give your wiring a little test run with your bulb!

The Design Confidential Celebrates The Art of Patrón to Find Your Inner Light with a DIY Copper + Handmade Glass Sconce

If everything works as expected, unplug and secure in your desired location using two straps and appropriate wall anchor screws for your particular type of wall. If you can secure to a stud, all the better. Once it is all secured tightly in place, add your gorgeous bottle shade and watch the stars come out at night… it’s quite a special show that I will let you experience for yourself. This gorgeous little secret makes this project worth doing all on its own.

The Design Confidential Celebrates The Art of Patrón to Find Your Inner Light with a DIY Copper + Handmade Glass Sconce

This project brought to you in partnership with Patrón Tequila in honor of the Art of Patrón, a contest for makers and a celebration of the handmade. I hope you take a chance and see where your imagination takes you. The prize alone makes it worthwhile, but the satisfaction of making something special using very special materials is priceless.

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Jun
11
2015
The Design Confidential In The Garden // Lush Lean Green + A Privacy Screen

I mentioned a few months back that one of my goals this year is to add year round color and interest to my backyard with evergreen plants and flowering vines and shrubs. One thing I have discovered over the last two years is that once those leaves begin to turn each fall and then remain to be unseen through the winter months, that there is in fact another fabulous thing we get to experience along with our sea of beige in suburbia... and that would be our neighbors. Now, it's not that I dislike my neighbors.. in fact I truly do... but our house happens to back up to a wonderfully landscaped and well maintained pedestrian path. This means of course that everyone in the neighborhood makes wonderful use of this wonderful space and once those trees are bare, well it feels just a bit like we are on display.

Did I mention my boys, and my dogs, and my husband... all of whom truly dislike to keep a tidy backyard space? Ya... so privacy all the live long year is a critical component for this round of plantings. I mean, we should all be able to choose when we want to entertain and when we don't, if you get my drift.

The Design Confidential In The Garden // Lush Lean Green + A Privacy Screen

Now a girl can't live surrounded by nothing other than a sea of green, especially when she is coming straight off the heels of such a spectacular sea of beige... so naturally the perfect solution is to add an evergreen privacy screen that is both fast growing and grows quite tall, then pepper that with gorgeous flowering plants that also stick around through the colder days of the year.

For this round of plantings I kept it simple and focused on several English Laurel for privacy and that lush leafy feel and a few of the most gorgeous Orange King Bougainvillea to provide color and interest to that boring beige stone wall. The Laurel will get nearly 30 feet tall and apparently can grow to 30 feet in width too! Can I get a yahoo? When the bougainvillea isn't in bloom, the leafy vines will still give me that organic something extra to grow along my fence line and provide something special to my vertical space. Oh that Monrovia always does it for me. I have such amazing success with their plants regardless of where I purchase them. The minute I stray, I start to kill things and it's very, very sad.

I am more than excited to stare lovingly at my lean leafy green privacy screen and can't tell you how happy I am that I won't have to watch my neighbors walk by all day long during the winter months... you know, since we haven't had any rain and are in the midst of a drought, it seems getting outside for fresh air and excersize is fair game all year round. At least now I don't have to participate... unless I choose to.

So how does your garden grow? Any new faves at your local nursery? Let's swap ideas! I love a good garden suggestion!!

May
04
2015

Despite the title of this article, this is not actually going to be all about my feelings or personal reflections. Unless you count gazing at my full length reflection in the mirror a personal reflection (which you totally could). Nope, just a bit of decorating goodness, progress on my closet makeover, and a super handy tool, especially if you are working on a project by yourself. I can't tell you how many times I have gotten creative (and completely irritated) when I am trying to measure something larger than my personal wingspan and I am by myself. Let's not even reflect on how this scenario plays out when I need to measure both height and width then need to mark my point... multiple times. Forget it... So frustrating. I have developed some tricks over the years, but there are circumstances where those tricks don't precisely work, like when you are working in the middle of an empty wall and you need to calculate relatively precise distances between objects... And then do some math that hurts your brain... 

My tricks have nothing whatsoever to do with measuring, more like for hanging things and making sure they are level without having to climb up and down the ladder 87 times. But these smarty little Intel Tablets can actually give you exactly the kind of measurements you need when you are trying to figure out how many mirrors you can fit between two dressers and if you have enough space to hang a shelf above those cute dressers. Imagine if you were planning a gallery wall... you could snap a picture of the wall, tap the two points you want to gauge the distance between, both horizontally and vertically, then use a stylus to draw frame positions directly on your picture. You can even measure your frame size to get a true to life representation of how things will look. But, I digress down the rabbit hole of possibilities.

Armed with all my numbers I set out to add a bit of reflection to this space and some small storage solutions that are big on style, not on size. Visually, I didn't want to add bulk or weight to the space, prefering instead to keep things light with a round metal wire shelf and wire shelf brackets for hanging my heels.

To create the high heel storage unit I simply installed the two of these shelf brackets side by side and wrapped them at the ends with Mason Twine (similar to the stuff I used for the closet rods) to keep them close enough together that my heels sit and stay perfectly, regardless of the height (or lack thereof) of the heel. They hook over the spot where the shelves would go if I were using these as shelves, and fit nicely in the space between the brackets.

Now that I am virtually done with my side of this closet project (I still have a few other things to address), I am about to embark on the other half... otherwise known as mister TDC's side of the closet, but shhhh, don't tell him. He is resistant to change and fights me every step of the way until everything is finished... then he usually loves it.

To view all projects in this closet case series, in order, check out the articles below to see how far we have come!

Out of the Darkness and Into the Light // Easy Lighting Update

DIY // From Wiry Slobs to Sleek Hanging Rods

Just Add Shelves // Easy DIY Shelving for Stylish Shoe Storage

Closet Case // Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

Closet Case // Measuring Up and A Bit of Reflection

IMAGES // Rayan Turner for The Design Confidential

 

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Mar
27
2015
The Design Confidential Closet Case Don't Sweat The Small Stuff Closet Makeover

It is so much easier said than done when it comes to 'not sweating the small stuff'. At least for me. It seems like the small stuff is precisely what starts the avalanche of mess in my house. No decent place to put that belt, so you set it on your dresser and before you know it, a week's worth of 'I might wear it again laundry' is right there with it. Ya, you know you all do it too... it's like the plague and then it spreads and multiplies. Ugh. I am excited to say I have picked up the pace on the closet a bit, after a huge delay from the wisdom teeth saga and subsequent infection which I absolutely still have and can't seem to shake. Aside from all that, it was the business of trying to figure out how to store the small stuff that was a major mental hurdle for me. As you can see, I settled on a solution or two and after living with them for a bit, I am fairly confident I love them and they shall work perfectly!

To view all projects in this closet case series, in order, check out the articles below to see how far we have come!

Out of the Darkness and Into the Light // Easy Lighting Update

DIY // From Wiry Slobs to Sleek Hanging Rods

Just Add Shelves // Easy DIY Shelving for Stylish Shoe Storage

Closet Case // Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

Closet Case // Measuring Up and A Bit of Reflection

The Design Confidential Closet Case Don't Sweat The Small Stuff Closet Makeover

I feel like we are blogging this in real time and by real time I actually mean 'as slow as molasses'. But, that is just about how things go around here, especially these days. I still have so many other things to address in this space, and of course there is the whole issue of the mister's side of the closet. I can tell you with certainty that he is coming around to the idea of making some sweeping changes there. I mean, how can you not when my side looks so puurrrrtttty. Right? I think... I am not sold on the whole jewelry display arrangement at the moment, though truly that is the one aspect of this that is temporary and in need of a good DIY project I think. It's hard to find something that doesn't rest on a surface that will handle everything from rings to earrings. For now, the stem of a tree shaped kid toy and a towel holder will suffice.

The Design Confidential Closet Case Don't Sweat The Small Stuff Closet Makeover

Since I decided not to build out the entire closet at this point in my life, with a wild toddler on the loose and a seven year old who enjoys chaos more than calm, I have gone the route of budget friendly and easily obtainable for the main pieces and basic storage structure. Everything else is fair game here, but for the large pieces so far things seem to be taking a path of all white, all IKEA, and easy on the wallet to be sure. Except for the art. This particular art print is from my favorite online haunt - shutterstock, duh. But I do have several other pieces planned for this space, and they are pretty special so I can't wait to show you!

IMAGES // Rayan Turner for The Design Confidential

 

Palm Print

Malm 3 Drawer Chest

Glass Top

Vertical Wall Shelf

Enudden Scarf and Belt Holder (actually a towel holder but whatev)

Have you been making any sweeping changes at home? Maybe you are less impatient than I and you are attempting to build out a space to custom perfection? I hope so... I will live vicariously through you! This space is in no way done or even close yet to be honest, but slowly we march along, one tiny step at a time...

Feb
16
2015

I realize this complete list of sources and details has been a long time coming so I will get right into it and share all of the lovely things for my family room makeover. Of course since I was really only getting this space styled out and decorated for the first time since moving in, it was less of a makeover and more of a make? Or something like that... if you know what I mean. To browse the full reveal, click here, otherwise hang on to your socks folks... because all of the projects and purchases are listed out below in one handy spot for you to reference! Yahoo!

DETAILS + DIY PROJECTS // 

My Vintage Vixen Family Room Reveal + Gallery

Removable Marble Wallpaper

Easy + Inexpensive 5 Minute DIY Fabric Trim

My Houseplants Bring All The Boys To The Yard

NOTE // There are quite a few items listed for the sources below that I am still trying to find links for, so if something is listed and not linked, stay tuned because I shall find the proper link and update this list as I do!

FURNISHINGS //

Sofa with Chaise / Room + Board

Leather Loveseat / Vintage from Craigslist

White Leather Club Chair / Wayfair

Mid Century Dresser / Vintage from Denio's

Large Black Trunks / Vintage from Denio's

Low Black Trunk / Vintage Inherited

Deco Glam Coffee Table / Vintage from Craigslist

Deco Glam Console Table / Vintage from Craigslist

Expedit Shelving as Console Table / IKEA

White Media Cabinet / IKEA

Navy Ceramic Stool / HomeGoods

FIXTURES //

Hanging Wood + Brass Light Fixture / Vintage from Snowline Hospice Folsom

Floor Lamp / Target

Oversized Yellow Ceramic Table Lamps / Vintage from Craigslist

Himalayan Salt Lamp / Target

Curtain Rods / Industrial Plumbing DIY with Parts from Home Depot

Switch Plates / Adorne by Legrand

ACCESSORIES + DECOR //

Rug / Rugs USA

Curtains / Nate Berkus for Target

Large Ceramic Pot in Mint / HomeGoods

Small Ceramic Pot in Blue / HomeGoods

Small Ceramic Pot in White / HomeGoods

Large Brass Pot / Vintage from Snowline Hospice Folsom

Small Brass Pot / Vintage from Snowline Hospice Folsom

Medium Copper Pot / Smith + Hawken for Target

Large Baskets Various / Target / HomeGoods / Vintage from Snowline Hospice

Moroccan Pouf / Nate Berkus for Target

Teal Trunk / Vintage Inherited

White Deco Round Vase / Vintage from Snowline Hospice Folsom

Small Black Cat / Vintage Perfume Bottle from Snowline Hospice Cameron Park

Brass Elephant / Vintage from Denio's

Brass Birds / Vintage from Denio's

Cholla Skeleton / Denio's

Acacia Wood Tray / Target

Mint Photo Box / Martha Stewart for Avery

Acacia Wood Vases / Target

Black Sculptural Fruit Bowl / Dot + Bo

FRAMED ART + WALL DECOR //

Graphic Black and White Print / Society 6

Black and White Print Water and Rocks / HomeGoods

Black and White Print of Stormy Ocean Waves / Vintage from Snowline Hospice

Fiber Art / Vintage from Snowline Hospice

PILLOWS + THROWS //

Kilim Pillow / One Kings Lane

Moroccan Pillow / Nate Berkus for Target

Tie Dye Pillow / Threshold for Target

Red White Embroidered Pillow / HomeGoods

Gray Yellow Embroidered Pillow / Target

Geometric Pattern Pillows / HomeGoods

Faux Fur Throw / H&M

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