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Wednesday December 12th, 2012

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DIY Gift Series: Mountain Pillow

This mountain pillow is the second project in our holiday DIY gift series with Merrilee Liddiard of Mer Mag. You can check out last week’s project, a lovely bleach-dot clutch, by clicking here. Enjoy! — Kate I don’t know about you, but I’m loving all things mountains of late, and this simple snow-peaked pillow is…

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Wednesday December 5th, 2012

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DIY Gift Series: Bleach-Dot Clutch

We’re excited to kick off a short series of guest DIY projects from Merrilee Lilliard of Mer Mag. Merrilee will be sharing some handmade gift ideas over the next few weeks, starting with this lovely bleach-dot clutch. Thanks for joining us for the holidays, Merrilee! — Kate Hello, Design*Sponge readers! Merrilee from Mer Mag here….

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Wednesday November 28th, 2012

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DIY Project: Embellished Wood Pencil Block

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There’s a wonderful trend going on right now, which I predict will last from here on out: household goods made from simple, natural, organic materials. The increasing popularity of leather, wood and metal objects is wonderful news for the DIYer because all of these materials in their raw state are relatively inexpensive, easy to manipulate,…

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Wednesday October 3rd, 2012

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DIY Project: Tiered Hanging Pots

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When you collect as many things as I do, floor and table space can quickly become precious commodities. Having shelves full of plants is just not feasible in the studio, but I was not going to let that stop me from pursuing my dream of building a little greenhouse. If you have an interest in…

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Wednesday August 1st, 2012

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diy project: recycled leather & wood shelf

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A hanging leather shelving project has been on my to-do list for a while; to be honest, the biggest delay was just finding the right belts. Has anyone else discovered that thrift-shop leather belts are often unreasonably overpriced? Regardless, a little patience yielded some great finds: one super long thick black belt and a couple…

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Wednesday July 25th, 2012

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diy project: all-in-one summer picnic kits

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Of all the recreational activities associated with summer, picnicking is far and away my favorite. It offers an irresistible mix of food, nature, nomadism, and efficient packaging. I should have predicted this love from the hours I spent playing Oregon Trail as child: I focused entirely on monitoring my list of  sundries and supplies and…

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Wednesday July 4th, 2012

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diy project: mesh screen beach bag

Summer is here, and I am so excited to start filling up my free time with warm weather activities. When it comes to beaches, pools, picnics and the like, I am definitely a planner — I like to bring everything I could possibly want along with me so I’ll never be caught without water, sunscreen,…

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Wednesday June 13th, 2012

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diy project: fish scale pendant lamp

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This is the second project we’ve shared from designer Kara Paslay in recent weeks, and again she’s managed to reintroduce me to a cool technique I had long forgotten about. Inspired by the ocean, Kara decided to transform a simple paper globe into a beautiful sculptural pendant lamp. By dyeing and dipping cut paper rounds into…

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Wednesday June 6th, 2012

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sewing 101: reverse applique place mats

Reverse applique may sound fancy, but it’s actually a crazy-easy sewing technique that allows you to add tons of color, texture and pattern to your projects with very little effort. In this technique, two or more fabrics are layered and stitched together, then sections of the fabric are strategically cut away to reveal the color(s)…

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Wednesday May 30th, 2012

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diy project: sling magazine rack

It seems I have a clutter problem. Previously it was piles of mail; this time it’s piles of magazines. Riffing on the form and function of my last post, the mail basket, I thought the same construction techniques could be used for a magazine rack. I swear to you, though, I will not use this…

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Wednesday May 23rd, 2012

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sewing 101: ombre embroidery sampler

There are so many great things happening in the embroidery world these days. Gone are the old-fashioned needlepoint projects of yesteryear, replaced with a new crop of fantastic modern stitchery that ranges from quick, trendy patterns available for purchase on sites like Etsy to some amazing fine art pieces by a new generation of textile…

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Wednesday May 9th, 2012

Wednesday April 18th, 2012

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diy project: mail basket

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Spontaneous piles seem to form around my house. Mail is probably the most often piled culprit. Why worry about opening mail and filing it when you can stack it up for a week? If you feel the same but are looking for a way to appease the neat freaks in your life, why not make…

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Wednesday April 11th, 2012

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diy project: leather & wood trivets

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Around this time last year, Grace, Amy and I went to check out the “McMasterpieces” show curated by Sight Unseen as part of NY Design Week. We loved these pieces by Alissia Melka-Teichroew; they not only inspired one of our projects for last year’s summer newspaper, but they’ve been haunting me ever since. I love the…

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Wednesday April 4th, 2012

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diy project: shades-of-blue ombre chair

Tights, furniture, hair — ombre fades are everywhere! I hope the trend continues; I think everything could benefit from a little ombre experimentation. I love the three-tone fade on this ombre dining chair tutorial from Jesse Dresbach of Nine Red Design. Jesse has a knack for brining modern techniques to found pieces of furniture — you may…

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Wednesday February 29th, 2012

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diy project: giant paper flowers from ruche

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You may remember the wedding of our lovely D*S contributor Brittany Watson Jepsen. Her huge paper blooms made such a splash that she started selling them in her shop, and just recently Brittany wrote a great article for Brooklyn Bride about the paper flower trend. I’m thrilled that this is a growing phenomenon; I adore anything made…

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