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Wednesday August 20th, 2014

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DIY Refrigerator Update

Yesterday we got to learn more about Elsie and Emma of A Beautiful Mess and today I’m thrilled to be sharing one of my favorite project ideas from their new book, Happy Handmade Home. We’re always excited to get a new design book in the mail, but this one stood out to me because the…

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10 Easy DIYs for Summer Break

Every year at Design*Sponge we take a weeklong break from the office to relax and be with friends and family, so I’ve been thinking about what I want to get done during my break. I have a million work projects I should be doing, but I think my mind and body would appreciate if I…

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Wednesday August 6th, 2014

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Printable Freebie: Natural Dyes Chart

If there’s one thing that can strike fear in the hearts of the eco-conscious and health-minded, it’s the thought of chemical textile additives. From the oh-so-dreaded flame retardants that bathe some of our most innocuous, everyday items to the elusive artificial dyes that impart a supernatural vividness to our clothes, these ghastly things are seemingly…

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How to Whitewash Furniture

Summertime puts me in the mood for lighter tones and a more beachy, bleached-out color palette. In the spirit of adding that summery feel to my home year-round, I decided to try my hand at whitewashing a piece of wood furniture. I picked up at the flea market a table that had a beat-up, dark…

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Thursday July 31st, 2014

Wednesday July 30th, 2014

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DIY Papier Mache Cacti

David Stark is the king of FUN. Whenever I want to feel inspired or get creative “outside of the box” ideas for my home or a get together, David’s site is the first place I look. From huge events that turn shoes into a tornado to parties that showcase colored pencils as centerpieces, David knows…

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DIY Marbled Coasters

I’ve never been someone who was very precious with their things. I like to save up and buy things for my home that mean something to me and have stories behind them, but I also believe that objects were meant to be used and lived in, so stains and little scratches aren’t my biggest concern….

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Wednesday July 23rd, 2014

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Printable Freebie: Gemstone Bookmarks

Last week, we offered up some snazzy gemstone-themed bookplates for all your summer reading needs. This week, we find ourselves still very much on a bit of a gemstone kick, but come on—can you really blame us? Gemstones, whether they’re the real deal or just lowly made-at-home printouts, have the ability to elevate quotidian tasks…

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Wednesday July 16th, 2014

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DIY Mirrored Trellis

Right now I can’t get enough of my garden. To be honest, it was kind of a dirt pit at the beginning of spring, but since then a lot of work has gone into it, so I’ve really been taking time to appreciate the fruits of my labor. We’d added a fence for privacy, but…

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Printable Freebie: Gemstone Bookplates

One of my favorite online discoveries of the last year was the British Library’s Flickr stream. Not necessarily what you’d expect from a social media page, The British Library’s Flickr functions as a massive, searchable online compendium of scanned imagery, largely in the public domain. In other words, a crafter’s goldmine! Ever since I discovered the…

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Wednesday June 25th, 2014

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DIY Project: Paper Flower Bouquet

Despite my recent good luck streak with growing plants at home, I still have a soft spot for paper flowers because of their relative ease of care (minus a little dusting now and then). I rounded up 14 of my favorite DIY Paper Flower Projects earlier this spring and shared these waxed paper magnolia branches…

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Wednesday June 18th, 2014

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DIY Project: Beautifying Track Lighting

Recently I helped our senior director of communications, Danielle, put some finishing touches on her DIY apartment kitchen update. My favorite solutions were these feather-covered lampshades. They are super simple to make and disguise the less-than-attractive track pendant lighting. Keep reading for all the details on how I adapted these shades to work with the…

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DIY Project: Waxed Paper Magnolia Branch

Magnolias are one of my favorite flowers. When magnolia trees are at their peak they’re stunning, but before you know it, they’re gone. With a just a bit of paper and patience, you can enjoy branches of magnolias all year! This quirky version of the flower combines dyed, sculpted paper and a real branch. A…

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Wednesday June 11th, 2014

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Wednesday May 14th, 2014

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DIY Project: Shibori Designs 4 Ways

By now most of us are familiar with shibori, a type of dyeing that’s having its moment in the trend spotlight. But did you know that shibori is surprisingly easy (and very fun) to DIY? Here at Brooklyn Craft Company, we’ve been doing a ton of shibori dyeing lately, preparing for the shibori workshop that will…

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DIY Bed Canopy

Are you missing a headboard? Look no further than this sweet summertime refresher: a simple overhang canopy constructed with just a length of fabric and two curtain rods. I made this canopy for my friend Eileen in just one afternoon. Keep reading for my step-by-step guide to this glamorous and easy project, and be sure…

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Wednesday May 7th, 2014

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DIY Project: Peg Wall

When I moved into my studio fifteen months ago, I knew I wanted to create a feature wall near the entryway that felt curated, functional and peppered with color. It’s a place where I’d greet clients and a space to display my work and objects I’ve collected. While I would have loved to contract a…

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