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Using giftwrap to dress open shelves

We have lived in our new home for about 6 months now. I would say that 90 percent of our decisions with the design of this house have worked out perfectly for our family. As always, there are few things that you might like to change and if I had to do over again I probably would tweak a few things. I’m going to be sharing with you a few of those things in the next couple of weeks….

 

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The kitchen is rather large and a great space to cook…it is our dream kitchen.  One awkward area was the microwave. On paper, we never realized how much it would protrude past the other wall cabinets. It got to be fairly annoying and the countertop was almost not usable underneath.  20141220_115855

 

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I really wasn’t thinking when the design was on paper how much the microwave cabinet itself would stick out past the other cabinets. It is literally right in your face. This happens to be the area where we make a cocktail at night since it is right next to the refrigerator. So we decided to remove this microwave wall cabinet, place the microwave in the pantry and replace the wall cabinet with open shelving. The open shelf wall cabinet was made by the cabinet company. Open shelves that are the same depth as the other cabinetry is a nice break to having just wall cabinets.

 

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Obviously since the shelves are open….it is a great spot to display some pretties:) I decided to line the back of the cabinet with this fabulous gift wrap that I found on spoonflower. What I love about using giftwrap is I can swap it in and out as my mood/season changes…for not much cost. If you aren’t familiar with spoonflower…it is an online shop that allows anyone to create fabric, wallpaper, giftwrap…etc…and then others can purchase it too. I bought 2 rolls of this golden anchor wrap at just $15 a pop! I used double sided tape to secure it to the back of the shelves. A ruler and a razor blade make straight cuts. Easy!!

 

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It makes my Louisville Stoneware collection pop! I am not the first person to use giftwrap on open shelves….I am sure of that…but I do love it….

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Maybe you have some shelves in your home that could use a little rework…and a little splash of something. I can promise you that you will find something that will work on spoonflower….that site is a time sucker for sure!

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xo

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Easy beginner woodworking: True Value Blog Squad

Well if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook…you heard that the Food Network did not select our kitchen to film the series “Southern at Heart.” Boo hoo! No big deal….maybe next time around:) A few were curious about how it all works…and I really don’t know anymore than I did the other day. What I do know is the LA producers for the show came in town and scouted 7 kitchens that would fit the criteria for the show. They needed 10 foot of space in front of a gas cooktop island…they needed a space to set up a prep kitchen…and they film 3 weeks (on for 6 days and off for one day…for a 18 days shoot.) And yall were most curious about $$…yes…they do pay to use the space. $1500 a day:) I know right…like I said….maybe we will be scouted out in the future…yall will be the first to know mkay:) Seriously thanks for all the sweet emails…texts and calls….made my day:)

I wanted to pop in and share some of my recent projects that I have been sharing on the true value blog squad website. It has been so fun for me to work with true value this past year. It has opened so many doors for me and really has put my talents to good use. A few of the more popular post would be great beginner woodworking projects.

 

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We love this fire log holder!! I wanted something that was simple and a little bit modern but also kind of classic. I love that we could make it any size that we wanted. It actually fits a rick of wood perfectly. We have ours sitting next to our fireplace outside. We are considering maybe making one for inside that it’s a smaller scale.

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Another popular post was this repurposed frame that I turned into a chalkboard jewelry organizer. Just a few simple tools and items from the local True Value Hardware and it comes together really quickly. It is a great way to recycle a garage sale frame…while adding in some organization. DIY jewelry organizer @cleverlyinspired

 

You can get all the directions along with photos over at the True Value website. My fellow bloggers also have contributed some really great ideas too….be sure to check them out! Pin away!!:)

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Horseshoe Curtain Holders (DIY unique window hardware)

I think its really funny how my brain works. When it came to deciding on what to do for my windows in this new family room I was a little bit stumped. I didn’t want anything that would take away from the architecture of the room. I didn’t want anything too simple. I wanted something that could handle the height of the ceilings which are 11 feet tall. To the right we have our incredible fireplace hearth with built-ins with a nice beefy woods so I needed something that was delicate but at the same time could stand up to all of that. My initial thought was maybe to find some cool towel rings that you would use in a bathroom. I thought that I could maybe spray paint them and just hang panels from them. That led me to the horseshoe. I’m not sure how I jumped from towel rings to horseshoes….you can figure that out:)

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I thought it would be so cool if I could find some old beat up used horseshoes that I could secured to the wall somehow and put the drapery rings on so that they could hold the panels. I ended up finding these two sets of horseshoes on eBay. The listing was for 8 horseshoes for $15. And when you live in Kentucky and you have horseshoes holding your curtain panels it all just kind of makes sense and I right or am I right? I shared this picture awhile back on instagram….

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What we had to figure out with how we were going to secure the horseshoes to the wall and still allow the curtains to hang properly. We were in the Lowes hardware aisle for a good 30 minutes looking at different screws and nails and spacers and such. What we ended up using is a one and a half inch nylon spacer with 3 inch nail. We made sure at least one of the nails went through to a stud….so be sure to measure and find the stud before you hang.

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This nail was the perfect size to go through the hole that was already in the horseshoe. By placing the nylon spacer behind the horseshoe we were able to still have enough nail to get into a stud behind the wall and hold the horse shoe properly. It appears that the horseshoe is sagging in this picture….but it is just the natural curve of the shoe. It is in the wall securely :) I got the panels made from a seller on Etsy. horseshoe curtain holders @cleverlyinspired (7)

 

She has a ton of gorgeous fabrics and I bought this one sight unseen and it worked out amazing. I did pay to get the panels lined with white fabric. Still very affordable for so much fabric. These panels are each 28 wide by 110 inches long.horseshoe curtain holders @cleverlyinspired (10)

 

I found the wood rings at Lowes…..

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They make perfect sense of these long stately windows. The splash of blue is modern but yet traditional at the same time much like our entire house.

I love how they go with the feel of this room…kind of modern…kind of farmhouse:) I am still figuring out furniture placement in here….but I am getting there:) More on this room soon:)

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Casual Christmas Decor

It really feels like Christmas has snuck up on us this year. I probably say that every year…but with moving and a very busy beginning of school year it just seems that it’s hard to believe that we are midway into December. I share these pictures with you to inspire you….not to stress you out. Please know that when you see all the fabulous blog home tours and everyone’s home looking so festive—for every perfectly lit Christmas tree there is a hidden room full of laundry waiting to be done, gifts needing to be wrapped and homework waiting to be checked. Never…ever think that my house looks like it does in these pictures all the time. Before I took these photos I gathered 4 coats…29 puppy toys, 400 magazines and countless socks…so they wouldn’t be in the photograph.  But since I cleaned up….I thought I would pull out the tripod and snap  a few pics. I hope you enjoy this mini tour….I am off to do laundry now:)

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My mantle was kind of giving me fits this year. I wanted decorations to complement the nice beefy cedar mantle and distract from the equally beefy television above it. I am so used to decorating a mantle that I really didn’t know what to do with the TV hanging there. I didn’t want to cover up all of the pretty stone. I really didn’t want to put any kind of nails or sticky glue on it. My solution was to use thumb tacks along with one cup hook along the corner where the stone meets the ceiling. I searched through my Christmas boxes and found a few grapevine wreaths that I have used in the past along with the gold grapevine stars and wooden cranberries.

 

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All of these things I had in my possession already so I didn’t have to buy anything except this wide red ribbon. I found this ribbon in the wedding department at Michaels (same ribbon I used on the outdoor wreaths). I used my 50% off regularly priced item coupon and got a humongous role of red wide ribbon for 10 bucks. It has 20 yards on it and will last me probably several seasons. Best deal of the century! Sidenote: I will be sharing with you very soon the story about the curtain panels….yes, those are horseshoes:) I stare at them daily! Moving on…

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I simply wrapped floral wire around the thumb tack and then around the cranberries and pushed it into the corner snuggly. The wreath is hanging off of a cup hook with floral wire. I think it decorates the space without taking away from the beauty of the stone and the mantle.

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I used some more wooden cranberries with cup hooks on the underside of my mantle along with another gold grapevine wreath. I think it’s hard to decorate around electronics like this large TV but at the same time they’re part of our lives and rather than work against it I decided to just work with it. Decorating above it kind of makes the whole focal point of the room come together. So when the TV is off you can really enjoy all the decorations still.

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I know that it may not look “magazine”…or picture perfect…our Christmas is a mix-match of things that have been collected over time….and it is all perfectly imperfect to us….

 

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I hope you got a few ideas to put to use in your home:)

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I’m going to clean up the other rooms to share now so that I can share it with you soon;) If you are looking for more Christmas inspiration…look here!

 

xo

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Rustic Thanksgiving Table & DIY candles

Talk about one-stop shopping! With Thanksgiving and holiday entertaining coming up, I wanted to create a beautiful yet simple DIY centerpiece with common household items. I think I succeeded! To make this tablescape, you’ll need just a few things from your local True Value hardware and grocery stores, but other than that it’s an inexpensive, rustic and easy table to put together. While I used an assortment of vegetables and candles, you could really use anything you wish. I think tablescapes can often be kind of intimidating because all we see is the end result, but I created a gif below to show you how I went about putting this one together and you’ll see building blocks is all it is…building one thing upon another. Here is how I created this rustic table…perfect for your fall entertaining :)

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For my table, I picked up a few cabbages, oranges, pomegranates, eggplant, squash, sweet potatoes and a 2 lb. bag of lima beans. Some good additions would be pumpkins, cranberries and apples. Of course you definitely need some mood lighting. I added candles of all shapes and sizes using votives, tapers and some DIY candles too.

 

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I cut a small round hole in the cabbage and oranges and scooped out some of the “guts” so that my votives would sit inside. Tearing off the outer layers of the cabbage makes a perfect little vessel for a votive candle. I think the key is just adding layers. Starting with a clean, wide open table, add in some inexpensive kraft paper, which you can find in the paint prep area of your local True Value. Add in some height with cake platters. Upside down vases also work great. Start with the biggest vegetable, working down to the smallest. For mine, I placed the squash than added the eggplant, cabbages, pomegranates, sweet potatoes, oranges and finished up by scattering the lima beans. I love the varied texture and colors that all the different vegetables bring together. (click on this picture below to see how I arranged from start to finish)

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Start with a clean wide open table, add in some inexpensive craft paper, which you can find in the paint prep area at True Value. Add in some height with cake platters, or upside down vases also work great. Start with the biggest vegetable, working down to the smallest. For mine, I placed the squash than added the eggplant, cabbages, pomegranates, sweet potatoes, oranges and finished up by scattering the lima beans. I love the varied texture and colors that all the different vegetables have together.

 

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Mixing in some more elegant candlesticks against all the rustic tones makes it feel casual and thrown together but with purpose.

 

 

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These simple oil lamps make great use of different size jars (how-to below!). You just want to make sure that the washer fits on the top because that is what’s going to hold your wick. These wicks make great use of wine bottles also:) I like the fact that this tablescape is really no fuss; it could be used for a Thanksgiving buffet or a sit down dinner, and when you’re done you can use all your vegetables. Win win!

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To make these DIY oil candles, you will need:

· 3/8th inch size washers

· Cotton roping (I buy this cotton wick material online)

· Lamp thread kit (1/8th inch sold at True Value in the lamp repair area)

· Lamp nuts (1/8th nut)

· Clear lamp oil

· A bottle with an opening that is no wider than your washer. I found these vinegar glass jars at my local Dollar Tree, but a wine bottle also works.

 

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The bottles that I bought said “vinegar” on the side, so to hide the words on the side I used some kraft paper and double sided tape to wrap the bottles. Burlap ribbon would also be great! I would suggest that you take the washers with you when you’re looking for the glass bottle that you want to use.

*Caution* The wax rests on the top of the bottle, so always keep your eye on the candle and do not leave it unattended. You can read more about fire safety precautions here.

 

 

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The washer sits in between the two nuts and threads onto the lamp rod. The cotton wick goes up through the middle.What I love about these DIY candles is that they make use of an old bottle…plus you can make as many as you need! They are so pretty all lined up on a table.

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Putting together a casual rustic table is easier than you thought right?? So just add these things to your Thanksgiving list…and your shopping will be done!

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xo

I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as writing about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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