Category Archives: A Little DIY

A Little DIY: Use a Shadowbox To Cover the Ugly

Next up in the entryway makeover:  Getting rid of this useless box of ugly right next to the door – it’s a control panel for an old alarm system the previous owner had installed. It’s really on there and we’re kind of afraid to remove it for fear of setting off a screeching alarm we’d be totally powerless to stop. 054a

See how I covered up the ugly after the jump!

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A Little DIY: Low-Profile Floor Mat (using placemats!)

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I’ve been working away at this small space and am pretty happy with how it’s turning out! It’s been a series of sometimes big, sometimes small DIY projects.

First up: a small, easy project with big impact. See more after the jump.088a

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A Little DIY: Paper And Washi Tape Mousepad

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This is what happens when I ask my mom for a mousepad. I have no idea what Korean beauty product this is advertising and the girl’s cute and all, but it’s not exactly something I want to see every time I use my computer. So I turned to some easy materials to spruce it up! Continue reading

Tile Inspiration at the Getty Villa

Sigh… what a magical place

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Last weekend, I finally visited the stunning Getty Villa in Malibu and basically stopped and gawked every time I turned a corner. The thoughtful layout reveals different angles and views as you wander in and out of the rooms, courtyards and gardens. There are exquisite details throughout – molding, columns, carved ceilings, fixtures and the tile! Oh, the tile! Me and my toes couldn’t get enough.

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My ever-patient boyfriend stopped and waited as I photographed every different tile pattern I came across but I’m sure I still missed some. I love that they took the time and effort to install a different intricate pattern in every room.

If, by some miracle, I become a gozillionaire, this is how I would spend my piles of excess money. The Getty Villa is a beautiful, free art space that will inspire and brighten for so many people over so many years. I feel lucky to have it in my backyard – if you’re in LA, you should definitely check it out!

A Little DIY: Cheap and Renter-Friendly Bathroom Makeover

Time for the final reveal of my bathroom mini makeover! I say mini because I didn’t make any drastic changes like wallpaper or new fixtures. But I was able to inject a lot of personality and fun into what was once a chaotic, bland mess. And I did it using almost no money and no permanent damage to the walls!

Just to remind us of the before:Bathroom Before Collage

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A Little DIY: Hand Painted Geometric Wall Pattern

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I like to keep things simple. This happens to overlap a lot with keeping things lazy. But simple sounds better so we’ll stick with that =)

I knew I wanted to add some personality to my bathroom wall and I already had a can of gray paint, but I didn’t want to get out a tray and roller and painter’s tape and all that. So I got a little creative. Find out what I did with a piece of cardboard, some paint and a single brush after the jump!

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A Little DIY: A Clever Use for Flea Market Picture Frames

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When I lived in New York, I loved going to the Brooklyn Flea Market and spending the afternoon browsing and eating freshly-made pupusas and treating myself to dessert at the food trucks. On one trip, I spotted these carved oval frames and knew that a little paint would take them from old fashioned to happy chic. See what I did with them after the jump!

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Small Stylish and Functional Entryway Inspiration

Alright. I’m sick of googling “small functional entryway” and seeing this nonsense:

First of all, that ain’t small. And what magical family has just two pairs of shoes and a ceramic vessel in their entryway?? I’m Korean and my roommate is Vietnamese and our entryway needs to work WAY harder than this. I’m talking Size 13 shoes (his, obviously) and mail and packages and puppy paraphernalia and a mirror and keys. Not to mention it’s tiny (3.5 ft x 6 ft) and the front door swings INTO it and it all leads into a real narrow hallway.

No wonder it looks like this at the moment:082

Sad and random; somehow sparse and cluttered at the same time. In other words, FAIL. After six months of living with this disfunction, this area is next on my DIY list. And since I’ve never been a just-do-it kinda gal, I had to round up some helpful inspiration first.

Lots of shoe storage~~This Ikea piece doesn’t fit in our entryway, but it does hold tons of shoes and the top can stash keys and coupons and such~~via IHeart Organizing 

Organized space for mail~~Mounting Ikea desktop organizers to the wall as small, functional shelves is kind of genius~~via ApartmentTherapy 011409ikea-03.jpg

Customizable, vertical storage~~Installing a shelf or rails like Ikea’s Grundtal kitchen wall storage system would add much needed (albeit inconvenient for 4’11” me) storage~~via Better Homes and Gardensmm-29.jpg

Personalization~~Love the idea of using pictures to assign cubbies to members of your family~~ via Ikea Hackers

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EVERYTHING!~~This one has everything: shoe storage, hooks mirror, containers to hold odds and ends, a place to sit and a runner to provide impact~~via Apartment TherapyI need an entryway big enough that I can do this.  Maybe then Derrick won't always drop his keys and stuff on the dining table.

A little DIY: Upcycled Boxes Rescue My Bathroom

I had a problem on my hands:bathroomPicMonkey CollageSomewhere between turning thirty and pesky adult acne creeping back into my life (WHY???), my beauty products have steadily multiplied and sprawled into a disorganized chaos over the surfaces in and around my bathroom.

I live in a pretty small space, so I don’t have extra drawers in which to tuck these things away. And, like I’ve mentioned before, I’m a lazy practical girl so I want the things I use daily to be within easy reach.

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A little DIY: Rope Embellished Military Jacket

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Last week I shared a super-duper-awesome thrift store find – a lightweight, cropped military jacket in the perfect olive green for only $10! Of course I wanted to jazz it up and considered adding jewels or studs or other such bling. But, in the end, I decided to go with some more subtle embellishment that wouldn’t  go out of style.

 

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