Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Spring LookBook 2014

Feb 24, 2014


I'm so happy to finally share with you my 5 projects for Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Spring Lookbook 2014. Along with 3 other great bloggers we all worked on different projects for this great trends and ideas compendium. Hope you enjoy these LookBook creations as much as I did while crafting them.
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2014 Home Depot Patio Style Challege

Feb 21, 2014


This is incredible! I'm participating in the 2014 HomeDepot Patio Style Challenge! I'm in cloud nine with this news and can't wait to start doodling and implementing my ideas. Thank you so much Whitney for reaching out to me and my blog! I'm sure this journey is going to be so much fun. If you all want to see some great inspirational ideas on patios, visit the Home Depot Pinterest board for amazing ideas to get you started in you own home. I've been pinning few of my web findings in this board along a magnificent group of bloggers. Seriously, this board is a must see!
Here I'm leaving you with a before photo of how my area looks at the moment. Though my space is a small urban patio in the city (which makes this challenge more appealing and fascinating to me), I'm sure that many of you will relate to this project. So stay tuned for more updates and in the meantime you can visit my Instagram account for more teasers on this. Let's do this!
My small urban area if filled with a homegrown garden (image at the right upper corner).

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Dare to use Radiant Orchid in your decoration

Feb 18, 2014


With the recent announcement of the new color of the year, Radiant Orchid, came lots of questioning regarding its application in the interiors. Some people even resisted the idea of ever using this color from Pantone on the same area.
In my case, I've always been a lover of most things in purple, lilac, mauve and lavenders; so using Radiant Orchid to decorate was sort of like second nature to me. When incorporating a new trend (like this color) on your design keep in mind to do so in small quantities to see how well your eye adapts to its presence in a room. Also, opt for accents instead of large pieces that might feel awkward at first.


Now for my living room, I wanted to make Radiant Orchid the main character of this area but didn't want to scare my visitors with an overload of this color. To incorporate it on small quantities and almost in a "disguised" way, I made some pillow shams for my decorative cushions using different patterned fabrics from +Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores with a variety of hues similar to Radiant Orchid. I also recover my lampshade to go with my "new" decoration.

For the lampshade I used the Eaton Square Sheila Peacock & Emerald available at Jo-Ann.
The results were astonish and even my lonely corner was updated with a beautiful chair and lamp I found at +HomeGoods  (ahemm... it was my husband who really found it for me...shhh don't tell anyone!).


I'm so in love with this new color, I'm thinking on turning another room on a shrine for Pantone Radiant Orchid. Have you used this color in any room? If so, share with me your photos on my Facebook page. I'm leaving you with the list of the fabrics I used on my pillow shams. Most of them are from +HGTV fabric line on Jo-Ann.
Also to see more great interiors ideas and get inspired, visit Remodelaholic. She is having a great lonk party where you'll find some fabulous pointers for that room in need in your home.

From top to bottom: HGTV "Color Study Berry", Tropix Degas Grape, Robert Allen at Home Best "Floral Purlple", Robert Allen at Home Best "Damask Nickel"
Disclaimer: Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores provided me with the fabrics for this post, 
but the opinions are 100% my own. Thank you so kindly.
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Hang your air plants

Feb 10, 2014


Valentine's Day doesn't have to be all pink and red. On this special celebration try making something different and give love to your plants.
Today's craft is an accessory that can be given as a gift or you can make one (or several) to decorate your walls.
To start, all you'll need is a piece of galvanized steel chicken wire (the size will depend on how big you want your heart to be) mine was an 8" x 8"; some air plants (aka tillandsias, the ones I used here were form my local plant nursery); and a pair of metal snip pliers (the ones I used are Wiss from Home Depot) to help you with the cutting.


First you'll need to trace a heart shape on the wire. You can download the pattern here. After this you can start cutting but taking great precautions to stay clear of accidents. Using the pliers, I cut around the heart but leaving out some pieces of metal that I'll later twist downward. This pieces will help the heart rise from the background you'll be placing it over (like little table legs).
Now, you can either left the heart in its original metal color, or you can chose to spray paint it (imagine it in any neon color!). Either way, you can start placing the air plants in different holes of the wire trying to keep a certain balance.
Take care of the tillandsias by spraying them with water every two weeks and keeping them in bright areas. These are some pointers but feel free to ask your local nursery for more great tips.
Hope you’ve enjoyed this easy tutorial and Happy Valentine’s Day!


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