May
03
2016
The Design Confidential DIY // Knit Clutch + Sunglass Case via @thedesconf #MichaelsMakers

I have always been drawn to the yarn aisle at Michaels - the color, the texture -I just can't help myself. I have even attempted to master the art of knitting many times over the years. It is such a soothing craft, the perfect thing to do while you binge watch your fave shows and yet I haven't ever been able to stick with it and finish a single project I started. I think I may actually be coming up on year three for my attempt at making a pillow cover.

Learning a new craft is definitely good for my soul, but there is something about learning from a real person - who can steer you in the right direction when you suddenly have a tangled mess - that might just be important for me and how I tend to learn best. This month our Michaels Makers Challenge was all about learning something new, so of course I knew instantly where I would focus my energy. I had the pleasure of attending one of the classes they offer at Michaels, for beginning knit, and it was fabulous.  

The Design Confidential DIY // Knit Clutch + Sunglass Case via @thedesconf #MichaelsMakers

Clearly I need a little of that peer pressure or team effort thing going on, because this is quite literally the first project of this kind I have ever actually finished! The class size is kept small so the personal attention to each student is amazing. Note to self... if you pull the yarn from the middle of the skein, it doesn't roll all over the place and tangle the dogs in a crazy mess. Duh - might have been good to know several project starts and many moons ago... I am in no way a good knitter at this point (terrible actually), but I understand some of the basics and feel comfortable enough now to venture out and try some other projects and maybe even a new stich or two. 

MATERIALS //

 

The pattern for making this clutch is very simple... I did 85-90 rows with 30 stitches in each (about 10 inches in length), with the basic knit stitch. I dropped the first stitch in each row to create a nice looking side profile (also called slipping a stitch) which means that instead of knitting into it as I would for the other stitches, I simply slid it onto my right needle, then knit into the second stitch. PS - turns out a pattern made entirely with the knit stitch is called a garter stitch. How is that for confusing..
Once my rectangle was the right length, I cast off with a knit bind method (I think) that involved knitting into two stitches, then bringing the first stitch over the top of the second. Then you are left with one stitch on your needle so you will need to knit an additional stitch and pull the firsst over. Do this till you get to the end and cut your trailing yarn and pull it through your single remaining loop.
Then I simply used a darning needle to sew the sides together after folding up the bottom 4 inches. I couldn't find a diagram for this that worked so I got creative and did something similar to an embroidery loop stitch. It worked so yahoo.
To add the fringe, I chose an alternating color and cut it into 4 inch strips. I folded each in half and pushed the looped end through the bottom edge row of my fold, which was actually my cast on row, and tucked the dangling ends through the loop I just pushed through. So easy...

The Design Confidential DIY // Knit Clutch + Sunglass Case via @thedesconf #MichaelsMakers

If you are like me and a group activity is exactly what you need to try something new and craft among friends, check out the class schedule at your local store. They rotate throughout the month and some of them are even free - you only need to buy your supplies - but that is the fun part anyhow, don't you think? If a class isn't quite your thing, or you don't live close enough to a location to attend, one of their craft kits would be a fabulous way to explore something new and learn a new skill! 

I have my eye on the next class in the beginning knit series, because I absolutely love the project and checking two completed projects off my list is usually what it takes for something to truly stick. Is it like that for you too?

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If you would like to see what the other Makers learned this month and need a bit of inspiration to help you decide which class to take and what to make, check them all out right here!

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Apr
29
2016
The Design Confidentials 5 Easy Life Hacks for the Impromptu Mom Date with @TargetStyle x @thedesconf #Sponsored

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Having young kiddos in the house often means that when my boys have play dates, I do as well. It is such a wonderful way to get to know other moms, and build that village we want to raise our babes in. But, knowing a seemingly simple play date will likely turn into more of an event can easily derail even the best laid plans and often feels a more like a chore, than something laid back and relaxing. Since I want my boys to be fully socialized, skipping this isn’t precisely an option, so naturally I have attempted to find some shortcuts that help me pull something together quickly and easily, but still set the stage for an enjoyable afternoon for kids and adults alike. Luckily there is a Target store less than two miles from my house – this is my number one trick of the trade.

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Brass Handled VaseStoneware Tray / Wooden Planter Stand / Pineapple Candle / Rect Serving Tray / Drinkware / Stainless Steel Glass / Gold Plasticware / Striped Napkin / Dining Chair / Plastic Beverage Dispenser / Blue Chambray Tablecloth / Horn Bowl

STOCKPILE + SAVE

My first life hack for easy impromptu entertaining is to buy kid and outdoor friendly entertaining pieces whenever possible, and have a stockpile of chic disposables on hand and in bulk, at any given time. If you don’t need to stress about what everyone will eat with or whether something precious will get broken, you are already way ahead of the game in my book. I now keep my shelves stocked with gold striped paper napkins, chic melamine dinnerware and a stylish collection of serving platters and other various pieces to fill with snacks or utensils.

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Brass Handled Vase / Stoneware Tray / Wooden Planter Stand / Pineapple Candle / Rect Serving Tray / Drinkware / Stainless Steel Glass / Gold Plasticware / Striped Napkin / Dining Chair / Blue Chambray Tablecloth / Horn Bowl

GATHER + REPURPOSE

I am on a kick to declutter and streamline all areas of my life right now, a major spring cleaning if you will, and décor tends to be the major culprit in all of my chaos.  So for an item to come into my home, it needs to be both beautiful and functional, not simply one or the other. If it can serve more than one purpose then all the better to enjoy it with. Which leads to my next newly discovered life hack of repurposing items I use in my everyday life, for special purposes when I am entertaining. The amazing plant stands I bought the other day, look amazing as is, or as a center piece that simply screams spring and as it turns out the larger plant stand base is the perfect size for my drink dispenser. A great way to quickly whip together some lemonade (which I also keep on hand for exactly this sort of thing) or maybe a lemonade inspired adult beverage that sits out of reach from prying hands… 

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Jelly LoungerGarden Stool / Pineapple Candle / Round Patio Umbrella / Outdoor Pillow / Rect Serving Tray / Drinkware

REINVENT + REINVIGORATE

Chances are, if you are heading to my house for a playdate, you definitely have kids and you are probably exhausted as a general rule of thumb. Kiddos are not for the faint of heart, but they certainly keep you young at heart… when you aren’t sound asleep before it’s even dark outside. So, what could be better than a short little getaway and a bit of rest and relaxation – without actually leaving your kids behind and all of the planning and prep that comes along with it? Not a lot…

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Jelly Lounger / Garden Stool / Pineapple Candle / Round Patio Umbrella / Outdoor Pillow / Rect Serving Tray / Drinkware

In the spring, it starts to heat up around here and the sun can be intense for anyone older than the age of 12. And yet, the kids always want to play outside regardless, so I like the idea of reinventing my outdoor space to bring in a little of that  quiet enjoyment I experience on vacation. By simply adding a few creature comforts and some relaxing entertainment, I can set the mood for a carefree afternoon all within direct sight of the little ones who aren’t old enough to run wild just yet.

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Jelly Lounger / Garden Stool / Pineapple Candle / Round Patio Umbrella / Outdoor Pillow / Rect Serving Tray / Drinkware

Chaise lounges, good reading material, and easy to handle refreshments all under a gorgeous umbrella, to shield me from the heat… It is just so simple and lovely, requiring only the effort of filling a pitcher and grabbing a tray with something easy to snack on.

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Garden Stool / Rectangular Patio Umbrella / Outdoor Pillow / Marimekko Kubb Set / Marimekko Beach Towel / Rect Serving Tray / Drinkware / Outdoor Pouf

PERFECT THE GROCERY RATIO

When I shop for groceries, I try to buy a mix of things that are fresh and things that will keep. Some of my absolute favorites for outdoor entertaining also happen to be things I buy on a regular basis, so I don’t have to go far to find some fabulous and simple options to feed a crazy crew with a lot of different age groups. When I am entertaining in the hot, hot sun, frozen or chilled fruit is the perfect way to cool down and hydrate a bit. Buying fruit as I normally would and leaving everything unpeeled means there is little waste for what isn’t eaten and a more importantly, no need to worry about prep or leaving things out in the sun with the bugs.

The Design Confidentials 5 Easy Life Hacks for the Impromptu Mom Date with @TargetStyle x @thedesconf #Sponsored

Garden Stool / Rectangular Patio Umbrella / Outdoor Pillow / Marimekko Kubb Set / Marimekko Beach Towel / Rect Serving Tray / Drinkware / Outdoor Pouf

TAKE THE PRESSURE OFF

Since these mom dates are often much like first dates, it helps to have open ended activities for both kids and adults, that will keep the small talk at bay. We are huge fans of outdoor games here at Casa de TDC, and pulling out the macrame net, over sized badminton rackets and gorgeous Kubb set, makes for quite the icebreaker. Whether merely an instant conversation starter or a fun ongoing activity to get everyone moving and having fun, outdoor games are always well paired with a chic refreshment area to help beat the heat and stay hydrated. Having a front row seat also makes for great people watching - or kid watching, in my case.

If there is one thing I love, it’s a no hassle solution to food and décor, that doesn’t involve skimping or skipping the things I love. Target is always my first stop and I can always count on them to have the perfect things to add to my arsenal that let me enjoy an afternoon with my guests instead of slaving away and stressing out.

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Apr
26
2016
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Staycation Pergola

Make your vacation, the staycation of a lifetime with the Staycation Pergola. This little beauty has plenty of room, privacy screens, and joists to hang fabric... and it will cost a fraction of that trip to the Bahamas! Make your favorite drink, let the wind blow throw your hair, and enjoy your masterpiece! 

As with all of our plans, you are building at your own risk and you should have a firm understanding of building in general before you attempt many of our plans (some are easy as pie and perfect for beginners). With that, go forth, have fun, take lots of pictures and share them in a showcase on the site or on social media with the hashtag #builtTDCtuff and we will share our faves! Be sure to tag @thedesignconfidential on Instagram / FB and @thedesconf on Twitter / Pinterest. Don't forget... for all of our newer plans, clicking on the images will let them expand to enormous sizes with much greater clarity. The older plans may need updating so please let us know if you need one fixed!

Showcase: Built From These PlansI am so honored each and every time one of you fine friends builds from these very plans! If you have built this piece, please take a moment and showcase your build! We are dying to see your fabulous hard work!

Estimated Cost
$1250-$1750
Dimensions
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build Staycation Pergola
Tools
Lumber
  • 24 – 1x6 at 12’
  • 2 – 2x2 at 10’ (you may have to rip down 2x4x10 for 2x2x10)
  • 38 – 2x2 at 12’ (you may have to rip down 2x4x10 for 2x2x12)
  • 2 – 2x4 at 10’
  • 20 – 2x4 at 12’
  • 8 – 6x6 at 12’
Materials
Cut List

2 – 6x6 at 144” – Side Beams
4 – 6x6 at 114-1/2” – Posts
2 – 6x6 at 133” – Front and Back Beams
2 – 2x4 at 130” – Side Deck Frames
1 – 2x4 at 144” – Front Deck Frame
1 – 2x4 at 138-1/2” – Back Deck Frame
8 – 2x4 at 130” – Deck Joists
24 – 1x6 at 133” – Deck Boards
1 – 2x4 at 114-1/2” – Slat Support #1
1 – 2x2 at 114-1/2” – Slat Support #2
1 – 2x4 at 114-1/2” – Slat Support #3
1 – 2x2 at 114-1/2” – Slat Support #4
76 – 2x2 at 66-1/2” – Slats
​8 – 2x4 at 133” – Ceiling Joists

Instructions

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Step 1
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Staycation Pergola

Cut the pieces for the Side Beam and Posts. Using the manufacturer’s recommendations, attach the End Column Caps to the Posts. Place the Side Beam on top of the Posts as shown – per the manufacturer’s recommendations. Complete this step twice, once for each side of the Pergola.

Step 2
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Staycation Pergola

Cut the pieces for the Front and Back Beams. Install as shown into the End Column Caps per the manufacturer’s recommendations.  

Step 3
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Staycation Pergola

Cut the pieces for the Front Deck Frame, Back Deck Frame, and Side Deck Frames. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Side Deck Frames. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” Pocket Screws. Note that both ends of the Front Deck Frame and one end of the Back Deck Frame will overhang the Side Deck Frames by 5-1/2”. These overhanging ends will be attached to the Posts with 1/2” Lag Screws. Clamp the Deck Frame to the Post and drill two 5/16” pilot holes through the Deck Frame into the Post. Release the clamp and insert the Lag Screws. Repeat this process on the other two overlapping pieces of Deck Frame.

Step 4
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Staycation Pergola

Cut the pieces for the Deck Joists. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Deck Joists. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” Pocket Screws. Note that the Deck Joists will be spaced 16” on center, except for the first and last one, which will be 8-1/4” from the Side Deck Frames.

Step 5
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Staycation Pergola

Cut the pieces for the Deck Boards. Attach to the Deck Frame and Deck Joists with glue and 1-1/2” wood screws. Leave approximately a 1/8” gap between each Deck Board to allow for expansion. You may need to rip down the first and last Deck Boards for a perfect fit.

Step 6
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Staycation Pergola
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Staycation Pergola

Cut the pieces for the Slat Supports. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in one top ends of Slat Support #1 and #3.  

Position Support #1 as shown. Clamp the bottom of the Support to the Deck Frame and drill two 1/2” holes with the 1/2” spade bit through Support #1 and the Deck Frame. Secure with 1/2” Carriage Bolts, Washers, and Nuts. Attach the top of the Support to the Beam with glue and 2-1/2” Pocket Screws.  

 

 

Step 7
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Staycation Pergola

Attach Support #2 to the Post as shown with glue and 3” Wood Screws. Look ahead to Step 10 where you will attach the Slats to the Slat Support and make sure you leave room for all necessary fasteners.

Step 8
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Staycation Pergola

Position Support #3 as shown. Clamp the bottom of the Support to the Deck Frame and drill two 1/2” holes with the 1/2” spade bit through Support #3 and the Deck Frame. Secure with 1/2” Carriage Bolts, Washers, and Nuts. Attach the top of the Support to the Beam with glue and 2-1/2” Pocket Screws.  

Step 9
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Staycation Pergola

Attach Support #4 to the Post as shown with glue and 3” Wood Screws. Look ahead to Step 10 where you will attach the Slats to the Slat Support and make sure you leave room for all necessary fasteners.

Step 10
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Staycation Pergola

Cut the pieces for the Slats. Position as shown and secure in place with glue and 2-1/2” Wood Screws. The Slats will be spaced 1-1/2” apart.   

Step 11

Lastly, cut the pieces for the Ceiling Joists. Install the Joist Hangers per the manufacturer’s recommendations. Attach the Ceiling Joists to the Joist Hangers as shown, per the manufacturer’s recommendations. Note that the Ceiling Joists are spaced 16” on center, except for the first and last Ceiling Joists, which are 9-3/4” from the Side Beams.
 

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Staycation Pergola
Finishing Instructions

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School

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