Jul
28
2015

How would you #spinthatstyle? Last month the fine folks from Porch + hayneedle.com asked me to put my personal spin on a living room space using the room below as inspiration and products from hayneedle.com. The inspiration space reads as Mid Century meets Neo-Traditional and has gorgeous architectural details, texture and fabulous modern touches throughout. It leans toward a relatively neutral color scheme with warm wood tones, shades of cream and gray, with black and white abstract art pieces, and an occasional pop of pink and gold in a few of the accessories.

By keeping the color scheme relatively neutral with minimal accent colors, the design for this space focuses on the materials and finishes of the pieces themselves and the furnishings remain simple with clean lines and solid colors.

My space lacks architectural detail of this nature, but there is no reason why a similar feel can't be achieved, regardless. Through the use of a color scheme that is slightly more bold and furnishings that provide a level of interest where the space itself would otherwise be lacking, I was able to put my personal spin on the inspiration style in a way that is decidedly more eclectic but entirely fitting to my personality.

To see where we started with this space, check out the living room portion in this article. It has essentially stayed exactly like that since I updated the art back in December of last year.

And now... It is decidedly more bold and absolutely more modern and I managed to keep many of my vintage pieces in this space since they are from a similar era as many of the details in the inspiration room. Yahoo for that, not to mention it's the only room where my boys don't maul everything on a daily basis, so it's a great place to put the pieces that I want to see, but that probably shouldn't be jumped on and crashed into.

All of the items in this space were things I already had, except for the items that I chose from Hayneedle to help bring a bit of the inspiration room into my room.

While my space is much less neutral and a lot more bold, I stayed true to the textural layers and basic colors along with a similar time period for my pieces in comparison to what is found in many of the inspiration room details. Using only a few new items, I transformed this room entirely and basically shopped my own home for the rest! This is certainly a testament to the fact that you don't need to spend like crazy and buy custom pieces to make changes that you love.

Naturally I had to up the ante where pattern is concerned since I wasn't working with that fabulous fireplace and wood paneling. All in all, I adore how this space turned out and I will be leaving it as is until the next time I need to rearrange things - if I'm lucky this won't be till the holidays... then again you just never know!

To see how this space was interpreted by my fabulous gal pals from the DIY Playbook and the Blissful Bee - check out the article One Room 3 Ways over on Porch! I love how different each space is and that each of us had an entirely different take on the inspiration space along with different pieces to work with as a jumping off point. These two things alone result in amazingly different outcomes and that is pretty fabulous!

This project was created in partnership with Porch and hayneedle.com. Thank you for supporting those folks who help bring fresh new content like this to The Design Confidential. I heart you guys!

Jul
21
2015
The Design Confidential Find Your Fire // The Possibilities Are Endless

I think it's safe to assume that most of you who hang with us here at TDC love yourselves a good furniture and home decor project. I think it's also safe to say that together we are mastering the art of making things from wood and that it's something of our 'go-to' when we build and create - at least this is the case for me. But... there is one element that I tend to be lacking here and where my maker skills tend to lag a bit, and that my friends is a great group of projects made from metal. Sure we churn out the occasional industrial pipe project here and there, and we add hardware to our furniture pieces to elevate those creations... but what if we could take that to the next level? What if we could round out the type of projects we do here and our skill sets to include working with this material in a more up close and personal kind of way? It would absolutely raise the bar for DIY and the possibilities seem endless from where I stand. There would be no furniture piece or accessory left unturned and the world would be our creative oyster... Well, that may be a slight exaggeration with an overdose of 'crazy dreamer thinking' thrown in for good measure. But seriously - wouldn't it be amaze if we could just throw together a metal shelf or whip out a brass planter or two like it was the easiest thing in the world? Yes, yes it would!

The Design Confidential Find Your Fire // The Possibilities Are Endless

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From fine jewelry to fabulous furnishings, I feel pretty positive that there will be nothing out of reach for us in the world of DIY projects if we can just figure out how to add metal to the list of materials we can work with. To make this dream of mine a reality, I have partnered with Bernzomatic and will do my best to earn the title of Torch Bearer as I learn how to master the art of metalwork - and in the process I shall bring you a new DIY creation each and every month. Of course no project is complete without sharing all of the trials and tribulations I encounter along the way, and I guarantee there will be many. I hope you will join me as I learn, test, and torch my way to a whole new medium of creation. Because, I see no reason to stop at wood... do you?

By learning how to solder and braze, decor like you see above becomes completely possible to make with my own two hands. I can't wait to see where this leads and will be carrying the torch with pride alongside a group of creatives from many different professions. There are some foodies, outdoorsmen, and some renovating pros that I will be working alongside, and that is seriously rad. I suppose if the whole metalsmithing gig doesn't work out like I hope, I can learn to make a kick-ass crème brûlée and roast my marshmallows over the best damn campfire this side of the Mississippi! It's always good to have a backup plan, amiright? These things don't usually go as planned... but we shall see!

What say you? Will you embrace some metal based projects? Can we do this? Eek!

Image via // Layout created by Rayan Turner for The Design Confidential

This article was created in partnership with Bernzomatic and there will be many more to follow with my role as a Torch Bearer. Yahoo! Thank you for supporting the brands that help us get crafty and bring new content like this to The Design Confidential. As per the usual, all of this crazy mad rambling, dreaming and scheming are 100% my own.

Jul
15
2015

I have such a fabulous treat for you today! This project is an incredibly easy DIY for stylish entertaining and at the end, we will have ourselves a little Giveaway, yahoo! For those of you who are into gadgets and tech, the tool I used for this project is going to be a game changer. For those of you who don't feel quite so technically inclined, the 3Doodler 2.0 is as easy to use as any other writing instrument and you will be drawing your way to 3 Dimensional fun in no time! If you have ever been curious about 3D printers, this 3D printing pen is a much more affordable and easy to use option and you can create dimensional figures or objects with the simple push of a button. 5 minutes into using this pen, I was running through all of the possibilities at 90 miles an hour. If you have no idea what any of this means... this video gives a fabulous overview of what this tool actually does - and how!

I have been working on my dining room here at Casa de TDC, and with the addition of a new vintage table that is made of wood, coasters are something that have been on my mind. I tend to prefer a casual entertaining style so a monstera leaf shaped coaster is the perfect chic thing for summertime events or family game night.

To make your own, you will need...

Materials //

3Doodler 2.0 3D Printing Pen

3Doodler Filament Strands

Monstera Leaf Template

The Design Confidential Entertaining in 3D // DIY Monstera Leaf Coasters + Giveaway

Print out the template on a standard 8.5x11" sheet of paper. Follow the directions that come with your 3Doodler for loading the strands and turning the tool on at the proper temperature (hi or low) for the type of filament you are using. Push your slow button and extrude your material along the lines of your template. Once you have a relatively thick border outlined, you can begin filling it in with skinny lines running at an angle or in a more solid style if you prefer. Once it hardens in just a few seconds, pull your coaster off your paper carefully and scatter them about! That is it, so fast and super easy.

So would you like to win one of these incredibly fabulous tools? Yahoo... Details down below

The Design Confidential Entertaining in 3D // DIY Monstera Leaf Coasters + Giveaway

GIVEAWAY // 3Doodler 2.0 Printing Pen

To Enter // Leave a Comment on this post down below (you can sign in as a guest without creating a login) or on this Instagram Post (or both - for 2 enteries) and tell me what you would be most excited to create with this 3D Printing Pen

Winner // Will be drawn at random from the list of comments on this article.

Details // This giveaway is open to US residents only, must be 18 or older to win. This giveaway will run through 11:59 PM PST, Wednesday June 22, 2015 and announced the following morning. The winner will be contacted via email so please be sure to use an email address you regularly check when you enter your info in the comment form (you don't need to leave your email address in the comment portion itself). If the winner does not respond within 2 days of being contacted, another winner will be chosen.

Good Luck, and I can't wait to see... #WhatWillYouCreate?

This project and giveaway created in partnership with Michaels and 3Doodler2.0. Thank you to the fabulous brands that help bring fresh new content and fun giveaways like this to The Design Confidential!

Jul
07
2015
The Design Confidential Blank Wall Overhaul // Stick It Click It Swap It Out

This project is brought to you in partnership with Command™ Brand, and is a wonderful addition to my TDC World Headquarters makeover... 

Organization is high on my list of priorities as I overhaul my office - naturally. Attempting to keep the chaos at bay requires structure, a crazy amount of functionality, and daily action. But let's face it, those things a person may need to control the clutter and keep it easy to access but hidden from sight are typically not the cutest and if they are... they often cost a small fortune. I have found that I work best in a space that inspires me and where the functional pieces are also pretty so while my collection of handsome notebooks is officially out of control it seems that staying on task often means I need to see more of a visual than can be found on a small written paper. I'm sure you can see where this is heading...

The Design Confidential Blank Wall Overhaul // Stick It Click It Swap It Out

Mood boards, editorial calendars, projects in progress and anything that inspires me at the moment... these things all greatly help me in my day to day productivity and if these can look good while doing their jobs, then all the better. When I saw the collection of Command Decór Damage-Free Wall Tiles, I knew they would be perfect for this area of my office. Since I have the attention span of a squirrel, and tend to be slightly overworked on occasion, when I feel the need I can simply swap out my functional Chalkboard Tiles for pretty Picture Frames or some good looking art. I love the freedom! The best part of these, aside from their benefit and beauty is quite literally how simple they are to put on the wall - without adding another hole that will later have to be filled.

The Design Confidential Blank Wall Overhaul // Stick It Click It Swap It Out

Each tile comes with two Command Brand strips and a Riser. You will simply click one of your two strips in place and once it is firmly locked down you will remove the backing and stick it to your wall.

The riser has a built-in level and between the stick in place capability combined with the level, I don't which feature is better, but I'm glad it has both! In this business, I must hang and rehang so many things, all the time. It's daunting actually, but this was just easy and fast and now I am fairly certain that everything should be made with a built-in level and a sticky strip. Oh how my life would be so much easier!

The Design Confidential Blank Wall Overhaul // Stick It Click It Swap It Out

Securing two tiles took a mere minute - no joke. Projects around here are never this easy so it's lovely to have a virtual day off and just sit back and let the riser do the work for me. Ridiculously I felt spoiled...

The Design Confidential Blank Wall Overhaul // Stick It Click It Swap It Out

I primed my surface with standard chalk and then decided to make things pretty instead of focusing on work like I probably should be, eek!

The Design Confidential Blank Wall Overhaul // Stick It Click It Swap It Out

Layer them, scatter them, arrange and rearrange them - you have the freedom to swap out your art whenever it strikes your fancy. With over 30 designs and sold exclusively at Amazon, they are easy to source and even easier to put on the wall - if that is even possible. Go forth, my friends and give that blank wall an overhaul! Banish the boring for good...

I am proud to be a Command™ Brand sponsored blogger, and as such, I have the opportunity to check out and evaluate 3M products. Naturally, all crazy talk and opinions are my own and additional products used in the project were selected by me. Thank you for supporting the brands that allow me to create fresh new content and fabulous projects for The Design Confidential.
Jul
01
2015
TDC Headquarters // Office Update + New Over Sized Art with Minted

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!

TDC Headquarters // Office Update + New Over Sized Art with Minted

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...

TDC Headquarters // Office Update + New Over Sized Art with Minted

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.

TDC Headquarters // Office Update + New Over Sized Art with Minted

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! 

Jan
30
2015

From dim witted recessed can lighting to bright shining modern pendant light fixture in two easy steps... true story.... This is by far one of the easiest and fastest updates I have done to date, but what a huge impact it has had. It's funny how you can let something that is completely functional go entirely overlooked (because duh, it's working just fine). When you decide to take things up a notch and give these bland but functional pieces a new look to suit a new space, it rocks your world and gets you thinking about all of the other easy updates you might do to bring your other spaces out of the darkness and into the light.

For me, recessed can lighting falls in the category of 'works just fine' (assuming the bulb hasn't burned out of course, because prior to LED bulb invention this would be a major pain in the you know what for a gal of not so epic proportions) so if it ain't broke... why should I bother thinking about it at all, forever and ever, amen. Am I right?

Now boob lights on the other hand are an entirely different story and it is my goal to eradicate this atrocity from the world, or at least my world... you can keep your boob lights if you want to.

But lighting is such a crucial element in a space, especially if that space were to revolve around helping you figure out how you look, which in this case is definitely how the story goes. So I have been slowly trying to go through each room to replace all of my bulbs with LED bulbs (so I can never ever worry about changing them again... have I mentioned my procrastinating tendencies?) and adjust the color of the light for the particular space and how it is used. Just look at how pleasant the difference is above, it is almost night and day... literally... since the former bulb took 15 minutes to warm up and get going before it would actually light the space - the Cree LED Bulbs do not and are fully lit instantly. Another big (no, huge actually) yahoo on that front. 

This space will be used as a dressing room and will be retrofitted somewhat so I can put on makeup more easily than I can at my bathroom counter. Where makeup is concerned, overhead fluorescent-like (read... weird sickly shade of blue) lighting is your enemy which means that the two bulbs for the recessed can lights in this space would need to be something more in the daylight spectrum and very likely joined by additional lighting at face level anyhow. Once that occurred to me, it seemed to mentally give me the push I needed to make these functional fixtures a bit more beautiful and, well, functional... and so I did. A light bulb moment, if you will. These fabulous finds can be found at the Home Depot and are incredibly affordable. I think they were around $5 each and since they last for somewhere around 20 years, I think even my penny pinching self can manage that.

Replacing the bulb was a snap and since the Cree LED bulbs are well, duh, LED, they run cool which is fabulous especially when you are trying to add a decorative shade to the fixture and must sit in close range of this thing for more than a minute. And ya, I needed to do the second portion of this project with the lights on since otherwise this room is essentially pitch black (ok slight exaggeration there, but it is really really dark). Just changing the bulbs made such a big impact on it's own, but of course this story is all about adding those less than obvious little details to give a boring fixture some style so.... you will need a few additional items for this fast update to transpire.

Now for the easiest thing you ever did see. Buy a drum shade you adore that has the 3 arm lamp ring like you see above, mine is from Ikea and has a copper lining on the inside with a cutaway pattern throughout. This will help with the darkening affect that adding a lamp shade to a light fixture can have. You will also need hooks that swivel so they can be used to hang things from the ceiling. The hooks I used are command hooks from 3M and so they simply stick on and remove easily so no holes to fill if you switch back to basic can lights later.

I prepped my hooks by putting the sticky thing on, but I did not uncover the side that will stick to the ceiling for fear I would stick it to something accidentally in the process of getting up the ladder. If you notice the hook placement in the image below, you will see that they ultimately came to rest about 1 1/2 inches in from the outside edge of the lamp shade ring. This was the ideal spot for the hooks to rest since my lamp shade ring arms sit at a slight angle and slope downward from the edge of the ring toward the middle. If your ring is flat, you can place the hooks wherever you like, but somewhere inside of the edge is best so you can't see them!

I found that everything seems to hold nicely if each hook is holding the arm at the edge of it's reach, rather than with the hook straight up and down. This just makes sure everything is secure and keeps it from sliding in any one direction causing it to be slightly off center. To do this you would secure one hook and then rotate your shade just a tiny bit so your hook swivels and is holding the shade at the edge of that cute little hook's reach. But, not going to be a deal breaker my friends, just a nifty little thing. Now here is the one single solitary tricky part of this (and I am joking clearly because you will see how not tricky it is)... you will want to have 2 out of the 3 hooks face toward each other (or away from each other, either way). This just keeps the hooks from swiveling in tandem if they were all facing the same direction, and letting your shade fall off. So 2 hooks inward toward each other (or away from each other and back to back) and the 3rd hook can do whatever you please. That is it. Donzo...

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

This project was brought to you in partnership with Cree. Thank you for supporting the awesome-sauce brands and companies that help The Design Confidential create fresh new content like this! I heart you guys. 

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