It’s Summer Summer Time! And I am gearing up to host a few get-togethers at my house, and wanted to create a seasonal centerpiece. This one is as easy as piling up a bunch of citrus fruits! When you are done, break out the juicer and make orange popsicles or mimosas for the following afternoon 😉 For a little something special, I sliced a few oranges in half, scooped out the inside, and add a wick then filled with granulated wax to create a quick candle!
What you need:
Greenery – I used assorted eucalyptus in my centerpiece
Citrus fruits – Oranges, Lemons, Kumquats, Grapefruit, Tangerines, Clementines, Mandarin Oranges
Table Runner (optional)
What to do:
Use a platter or plate to ground your centerpiece. It’s easier to have a base before placing your fruits so that they don’t roll around.
Start layering up your assorted citrus fruits. The more variety of fruits you purchase, the more visually interesting the centerpiece will look. Try to alternate color tones and sizes in your layering.
Next add in the greenery. Place the greenery in and around the fruits to add contrast.
Stand back and view your creation as a whole. If you notice any holes, go back and fill them in with that extra kumquat or eucalyptus sprig.
For the candles, slice an orange in half.
Scoop out the inners with a spoon. Snack as you go, of course.
Place the wick in the middle of the orange.
Pour the granulated wax around the wick and fill up the orange half.
Last Summer, I showed you all my bathroom makeover here, and when I posted that I was thinking of redoing it on @ispydiy Instagram, a lot of you though I was crazy, but I wanted the bathroom to be a little calmer, plus the since the 125 year old walls are not straight, and the wallpaper had a couple gaps that were driving me insane! To fix that, I did a board and batten treatment on the lower part of the wall, tutorial here, and just wallpapered the top. I used Chasing Paper’s removable wallpaper, so the removing the old stuff was SUPER simple, it pealed right off. I picked the Botany print because it’s softer and felt super calming…read on for details or head to the end of the post for shopping credits!
I went back and forth on the color of the board and batten, I like this soft gray by Behr – Statuesque, but thought it might be too boring, so got a few samples of bolder grays, peaches and pinks, but all seemed to intense next to the hexagon floors and the white door trim. I should have trusted my first instinct because I ended up going back and getting at gallon of Statuesque, and I LOVE it! It’s hard to tell in the pictures, but it’s a little darker then the trim, which is Ultra White by HGTV for Sherwin Williams, and works beautifully with the clay background of the wallpaper and the gray floors.
Two updates in the room that I am SO HAPPY with are the little stool in the corner and the new art. The Tana stool is from Article and is just so beautiful. I actually ended up getting two more for the livingroom and added a wax and oil coat on them, but left the one in the bathroom au natural because I love the softer wood tone. And the art from Society 6 tied the whole bathroom together! I just love this one, called Bath, and the floral art, Spring, a few photos down, the colors were perfectly muted.
Happy Monday All! I have been getting questions about some of the updates in my livingroom on @ISPYDIY Instagram, so I thought it would be a good time for a mini makeover post! I have been wanting a leather couch for SO LONG, and have be ogling over the ones at Article, and online furniture company who has BEAUTIFUL sofas/chairs/etc (especially leather) at really good prices, plus the $49 shipping fee for a couch is amazing (anyone else get so annoyed when you get to the checkout and find out the shipping fee is $250+!) I must have been sending good vibe into the universe because Article reached out for me to review one of their couches, I immediately said “Heck YA!”. I ordered the Nirvana Dakota Tan Sofa and let me tell you, this couch is comf-ty. The leather is worn in, so you immediately melt into it. Many naps have happened on that couch in the short amount of time I have had it. I love that it’s super deep and the back cushions are removable if I need to make room for snuggling with Griff!
The biggest question I have been getting in my Instagram Stories is how the leather sofa is holding up with my pup. Generally, Griffin sits on the other couch which is closer to the window, but I can definitely tell that the leather has a lot to give and will hold up great. When he jumps over to this sofa there have been zero problems with puncturing the leather, and Griff has those sharp puppy claws. In my opinion, the Nirvana Dakota Tan Sofa is super dog friendly because I think it will look even better worn in, so I welcome my pup to snuggle there any time he wants!
The the new floor lamp in my living is also from Article, it looks pretty slick in the corner, no? The gunmetal finish fits perfectly in the space, and the globe gives off a cozy light, perfect for a relaxing evening. For those that will ask, no, I don’t have a TV in the living room and yes there is a hook up for one behind the art, ha! I actually don’t have any TV’s in the house, I usually just watch Netflix/Hulu on my laptop or phone.
I also took a couple hours to take on a built-in refresh! I started by taking everything off of the shelves. It helps to have a clean slate, not only to dust, but also to clear your mind of what was. Sometimes you see your objects in a new light, you’ve got to start fresh. Styling the shelves is all trial and error. Two key tips are to alternate the heavy looking pieces and to alternate materials. For more styling tips check out my segment on our local news station, The Morning Blend, here.
Most items on the shelves are old World Market, from local stores, or vintage but if you have a question about something, leave a message in the comments. The most asked question is about the new rug, it’s from here! The new blanket is from here, but it’s only available in sage. (more…)