It’s just a couple days before we ring in the New Year, and if you are throwing a party, some DIY projects are a must! I have been working on a few ideas to amp up your event, including my newest obsession: Confetti balloons! They are fun to make, and even more fun to pop and bask in the confetti magic as the clock strikes midnight (my trick to get the confetti to stick all over is an ice cube inside the balloon). My other all time favorite thing are photobooths, they are the absolute best way to make memories. Create a festive backdrop and some props (emojis, duh!) so your guest can get into character for their end of the year photo. More ideas, and the steps to make each after the break. And stay tuned on @ispydiy Instagram for some exciting news and details on tuning in to see these projects live on TV! Woot! Happy 2015! (more…)
I am SO excited to be kicking off a monthly series with Better Home & Garden’s products!!! I will be sharing some budget-friendly decorating ideas with home decor from their line exclusively sold at Walmart. Each month they give me a challenge, and August is the “10-Year-Challenge”, which was so fun because I dug back into my archives for some DIY projects from my apartment in Manhattan!
10 YEARS AGO!
Fun fact: after 7 years of having roommates in NYC, this was my first apartment by myself. And my first year after leaving my job at InStyle magazine to work full-time on I SPY DIY!
I was so excited to decorate my 350sf Manhattan apartment with home decor, and found this old, super heavy dresser at a flea market. I painted it and then bribed my friends with pizza to haul it up 5 flights of stairs to use as a TV stand! This TV wall in my apartment was my pride and joy. That is a DIY plant stand, lamp, dip-dyed art, and dresser. It’s funny to see how the fundamentals of my design have not changed too much. I love to start with a white base and layer in color. Back in the day I loved the pops of bright color, and now just pick more muted colors.
Today, I am decorating a corner in the living room of the house we renovated. It’s SO fun to see how far my DIY skills have come!
Now back to my current house! I actually have two chair options for this corner, because I found this Better Homes & Gardens Blake Lounge Chair, and it is SO GOOD and such a GREAT PRICE. I got one in Cognac and one in Black. We are always on the hunt for affordable side chairs, so I know we can find a place for both.
Also Mr. Yolo had requested a chair that was not so small and low to the ground, and this one got his stamp of approval. It’s a really great chair. It’s sturdy, the “leather” is really good, and if you have a larger room it has a good sized footprint. Two would look so good opposite a couch. The back also looks beautiful, so you could definitely float them in a room and have the back exposed. I need more of these chairs for our other houses! The question is: Which should go in the living room? The Cognac above or the Black below? Let me know in the comments!
I also went a little crazy with pillows, because The Better Homes & Gardens line has so many good ones, and they all are under $17. They are great size, include the insert, and most of them are REVERSIBLE! I am surprised because my favorite pillow is the corduroy orange pillow (named Terra Cotta Dream), which is something I would have never considered. But BH&G challenged me to pick something I wouldn’t normally get, and not only do I love it, I ordered more because they are only $10!
Can you believe its almost 2017 already?! Where did the year go! I am super excited to be hosting a New Years party, and want to wow my guests with some fun decor. Today I’m going to show you how to transform a space in your home into a bar area with a resolution wall. I have white walls in my apartment and wanted to do something a little more dramatic, but temporary for the occasion. I got some chalkboard cabinet liner and cut it into long strips to create a graphic black and white wall. Not only is the wall a great focal point, but it also doubles as a functional party activity! Your guests can write their resolutions and goals for the year right on the wall. Next, I took a wooden bar cart from Walmart.com and decked it out in all the ingredients to make Moscow mules, including some fun copper cups. I added a few more chalk board paint accessories, like the bowl and the vase, so guests could write on multiple surfaces. Finish it off with a fresh fruit and flowers, and you’ve got the perfect bar area! The new year is all about transformations, and I love who bold this area looks now. I can’t wait to see your take on this DIY project. For more tips and pics head to Walmart.com! (more…)