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July 16, 2013 1:29 pm

Party Planning Décor Ideas

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With summer upon us, backyards, BBQs, and cottages come a calling. It’s a perfect time to throw a bash for friends and family! Whether it’s a few people over for a Friday night soiree or something bigger, it’s always fun to throw in a few nice touches that make the event a little more special.

Here are some easy suggestions that won’t take you hours of planning or prepping:

Instead of setting up a basic dessert or food table, dress it up a little. Add some balloons – you can tie them from a piece of string above, stick them with tape to a wall behind the table, or have them filled with helium.

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Like balloons, streamers can be a really inexpensive decoration but don’t have to look juvenile. Choose a few colors and twist them for a backdrop, or use them to line tables.

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Pick up some colorful serving dishes or trays (plastic ones are a great a buy!), and use glass vessels to hold small snacks. Even chopped veggies can look special if you lay them out nicely! You can even add little notecards to identify what food is what – making everything look a little more formal.

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These sweet striped straws make any drink seem a little sweeter. You can find them online (try etsy), or at some craft stores.

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Adding some flowers to your tables will make it feel more special. Buy some loose flowers (no need to buy expensive pre-made bouquets!), and put a few stems in a bunch of small vases. Don’t have many vases on hand? Use mason jars, old tea tins or food tins, wine bottles, mugs, or grab some small glass jars from the thrift store before your do.

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Happy party planning!

Gemma Bonham-CarterWritten by Gemma Bonham-Carter
The Sweetest Digs

Gemma Bonham-Carter has made it her mission to DIY her house into a stylishly decorated home, one project at a time. She believes that good design doesn’t have to break the bank. You’ll find her posts focus on reusing pre-loved items in surprising ways to create something new and exciting.


Add Some Window Boxes to Your Mini-Garden

Spring is officially springing and summer seems almost right around the corner. I always get an itch at this time of year to head outside and start puttering away in my garden. I call it a “garden”, but frankly it’s still a major work-in-progress. I am experimenting with which plants work where, how to create interest and mixture of height and color, and how to keep them all alive. A green thumb I am not. But that doesn’t stop me from trying!

Even if you don’t have too much in the way of outdoor space, or don’t want to tend to a huge array of plants, there are some really ingenious ways that I have spotted to create mini-gardens.

Using old pallets or other constructed planks to create vertical gardens is so clever. Wouldn’t it be great to do this with a variety of herbs?

The other item on my own outdoor to-do list is a window box. Whether you construct it yourself or pick one up at your local hardware store (all of the big box hardware stores carry them), they add a little bit of greenery and colour and warmth to any house. Such a great curb appeal booster.

Even if you don’t actually have a window to hang one under, you can get creative like these guys did here and hang one from a faux window. Let’s take a look…

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Gemma Bonham-Carter
Written by Gemma Bonham-Carter
The Sweetest Digs

Gemma Bonham-Carter has made it her mission to DIY her house into a stylishly decorated home, one project at a time. She believes that good design doesn’t have to break the bank. You’ll find her posts focus on reusing pre-loved items in surprising ways to create something new and exciting.


March 14, 2013 1:55 pm

Try These Do-It-Yourself Closet Doors

Do you have any of these closet doors in your house? You know, the flimsy, sliding kind? Well I do, and they happen to be in our master bedroom. They aren’t a total eyesore, but they definitely aren’t pretty either.

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My closet, pre-DIY

Well, I was ready to do something about these doors. I thought about just painting them a solid color, but then the idea for a pattern came to mind. I hummed and hawed about doing something intricate or colorful, but then realized that a simple rectangular box on each door in grey and white (so that it would blend with the walls) would be the way to go.

The first step was to wash down the doors to remove any residue or dust. I didn’t need to sand since these doors aren’t wood, but if you have wooden closet doors you would want to use sandpaper, first with a medium and then a fine grit to prep the surface for paint. To wash down the doors I just used some basic soap and water. If they had been glossy or had some other finish, a de-glosser might have been necessary.

Then I needed to measure out where I wanted the rectangular boxes to go. I started by measuring out the box and putting X’s where the corners would meet. I marked 3 inches in from the outer edges for each door.

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Next up I grabbed my painter’s tape (you want a high quality brand for no bleed through) and taped out the boxes. I cut the edges of the tape at the corners to make sure they were nice and crisp. Since I wanted to paint inside and outside of the tape (and then take off the tape to reveal a white box), I needed to make sure the corners were perfect.

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Then it was paint time. I used my leftover paint from the walls (“Coventry Gray” by Benjamin Moore), my mini-roller, a paint mask, and got to work. Two coats of paint later and this is how things were looking. You couldn’t even really see the tape anymore.

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We’re almost there…

After some easy-peasy pealing off the tape, I was left with nice crisp white lines. The pattern totally looks like molding and makes the doors seem much more upscale than they are.

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Voila!

Doesn’t it add a nice bit of pattern without being over the top? It’s simple, but feels classic and adds another layer of interest to the room. The bedroom is slowly getting closer to how I’d like it to look. I still don’t quite know what that final version will be, but it’s fun to add different elements over time and see how it comes together.

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Post-DIY. I’m so pleased with the results!

The doors just sort of blend in with the room now and actually make the space feel a bit bigger. It was such an easy and quick (half-day) project, with great results. Even if you don’t happen to have sliding closet doors like these, you could use the same technique and pattern on any other kind of door or even a piece of furniture to give it that two-toned/molding look. Have fun!

Gemma Bonham-CarterWritten by Gemma Bonham-Carter
The Sweetest Digs

Gemma Bonham-Carter has made it her mission to DIY her house into a stylishly decorated home, one project at a time. She believes that good design doesn’t have to break the bank. You’ll find her posts focus on reusing pre-loved items in surprising ways to create something new and exciting.