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Office Updates: Shelves, Rug & a New Light

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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Wayfair. All opinions and photography are our own and are not influenced by Wayfair. Thank you for supporting the brands that support The DIY Playbook

Barn_door_building_process-painted_whiteLast time we chatted, I updated you guys on the progress of our DIY Barn Door in the office. I should have some detailed updates on that final look next week but until then, I’m excited to check in with other office developments — new furniture, a new rug, and a new light fixture!

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Honestly, this makeover has been a bit backwards since I should have finished all of the DIY projects in this space before ordering the furniture BUT it didn’t happen exactly like that.

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After I painted the room white, I was a bit at a crossroads. I knew I loved the white paint, but the blank canvas staring back at me was freaking me out. white_paint-office-afterWas the mood board really going to translate well into this space? Was the white paint the right decision? Is it going to make this space look too stark or flat? But instead of letting these thoughts freeze me into that awful stage of indecision, I vowed that I would just keep going… intentionally choosing items that I love.  I was confident that if I brought only items that I loved into this room, I was bound to love the final outcome (white paint and all).

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office_rug_pouf-TomsI know the room isn’t completely done yet but so far so good…. I’m LOVING the look and overall direction. It all started when I spotted this Wayfair Olga Gray Rug on sale! I had been stalking the internet for weeks and couldn’t seem to find the perfect neutral rug for this space. I found a lot of contenders but they ended up being the wrong size, the wrong price, or just too busy for my taste.

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But when I saw the 6’7″ x 9′ rug on sale and read the glowing reviews, I was sold. Plus this room is small so finding a rug that was the right size and one that I loved proved harder than I thought it would be… that was until I saw this one. I knew I loved this rug enough to add it to the room.office_progress_wayfair_furniture-shelves

Once I decided on the rug, I used that as a springboard to make a few more design decisions. I originally thought about hanging shelves but didn’t know if that would work since I wasn’t sure what I would put under those shelves. Another dresser? A chair? Could I find a dresser tall enough so it wouldn’t get hidden by the tall desk in front of it?

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Then I saw these Wayfair Easmore Leaning Bookcases that offered some secret storage (a very high priority in this room). When I realized that buying one small one and one larger one and displaying them side by side would fit perfectly in this space, I was again SOLD! I saw a very similar shelving unit from a different store that I love, but the price-tag was almost DOUBLE so this more affordable option was a welcomed surprise!

office_progress_file-foldersI’m going to dive into more details about what these shelves store (and hide!) soon, but I’m super happy with the secret storage they provide. And how about that record player?! More on that soon too but let’s just say it’s my newest obsession. Blog work + Records = my new jam!

wayfair_record_playerSide note: For my record junkies tuning in, any recommendations for a newbie like me? I just ordered the Lumineers and have my Footloose record from when I was a kid but I would love to hear your advice on what other records I should add to my tiny collection.

office_progress_wayfair_lightJust like the rug, I looked online for a LOT of lighting options. I knew I wanted a drum light (like the one I installed in our bedroom). When I saw this Baxton 3 light flush mount from Wayfair  with the pop of black, I knew it was the one. The pop of black was the perfect way to tie everything together. And swapping out the pendant for this one really lit up the space a lot more, which is great for those late nights working.

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Rookie Tip: I think I may be done hanging pendant style lights in small bedrooms. They may be cute, but because they hang lower, they don’t light up the space enough. <— Something I didn’t even realize was happening until I started swapping them out.

office_progress_wayfair_furniture-plant-officeWhen the shelves + rug + light arrived, I was SO much more excited about the direction of the space and finally started to see the vision of the room coming to life.

Looking back I’m so glad I didn’t over think the process, but instead just shopped with intention and only brought items I really loved into the room. And although I wish the messy DIY projects were out-of-the-way before I brought in the furniture, it has been nice having some of the big pieces in the space before choosing a color/style for the DIY Barn Door.

I know I have a lot more details to share about this space, including the status of the barn door and what the other side of the room is shaping up to look like! Checking in with you guys today has me even more motivated to finish the barn door and add some finishing touches on the second half of the room. Hopefully in the next week or two I’ll be back with more progress (and pics!!).bridget_sig

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19 thoughts on “Office Updates: Shelves, Rug & a New Light

  1. Erin

    seriously i swear you’re doing the shopping for us. i’ve been forever looking for a flush mount light for our bedroom, and i think the one you picked out just might be it! and the price is so right.

    We did buy the rug shortly after seeing it on your instagram, but i had it pinned for a couple months and was reading reviews. and the reviews sold me on it. i was truly scared to go for a rug that had a print on it because the first time we bought one (herringbone… i hated it so much it was ridiculous!) and the rug we had would NOT stop shedding – now it’s in the bedroom and doesn’t bother me as much anymore. so happy all around!!!!

    as for the leaning bookshelves – i love the drawer on the bottom — if my husband would let me i’d totally buy the white to replace the one we have. but he would kill me 😉

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Aw, you made my day Erin! I’m so glad I could help!! I do love these items BUT I do want to note that the light was a little challenging to install because the screws were JUST long enough. They worked but if you have longer screws that fit the job, I would definitely recommend using those instead.

      And most importantly, you’ll have to send me a pic of the space when it’s done! I’d love to see some of these items styled differently/in different spaces. Your room is going to be amazing!

  2. Austin Schneider

    The room looks fantastic! I love what you said about only bringing in things you absolutely love – that’s what I’m trying to stick to as I decorate my new place!

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Thanks Austin! Making decisions is hard when it comes to a blank slate, but focusing on what you really love is definitely a tool that has helped me get through it. =)

  3. Brandy

    Some of my favourite records to own are Michael Jackson’s Bad, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, and anything by Mumford & Sons. 🙂

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  4. Katie

    This room is gorgeous! Lately I am loving the blank slate white can give and having pops of wood, black and greenery. Great job. Everything is simple and intentional.

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  5. Heather

    Loving this room!! And I am with you on the flush mount drum lights. We just installed two in our kitchen because a) the oversized fluorescent light was just offensive and b) they give off soooo much more light it seems like.

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  6. Maria

    Wow!! It looks stunning! I did not expect it compare with the rest of the house, is a surprise 🙂
    I moved to the St. Louis from Barcelona (Spain) a few months ago and still working on my rental apartment decor. I am looking for a round mirror like the one in your picture, where is it from?

    Like so much all your creations Casey and Bridget!

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  7. Jen C.

    Bridget, I’m sorry if you already said and I missed it, but where did you get the picture frames above the shelves? I love the thin black edges. Thanks!

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Bedding 101: How We Wash our Bedding

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[Disclaimer: We have partnered with Maytag to bring you this post. All opinions are our own and are not influenced by Maytag. Thanks for supporting the brands that support this blog!]

I absolutely love our bed. It’s incredibly comfortable and I adore our soft sheets and warm, textured duvet. I try my best to remember to wash our bedding frequently, but I’m human and I sometimes let a little too much time go by in between washings.

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Our Cleaning Routine

When it comes to our bedding I have different routines for all of the various bedding components. I try to wash the sheets and pillowcases every week (usually on Sundays). I then wash the duvet cover about once a month. And finally, I only wash the down comforter insert about once per year. I’m sure there are hard rules on when to wash these items, but this is what works for our household and I’m sticking to it.

casey-laundry-washerWashing the big queen-sized down comforter in our old washer and dryer wasn’t a great experience. It would get tangled up around the drum and it wouldn’t rinse completely. Which meant I was left with a big sopping wet comforter that would take hours of drying. Literally hours!

laundry-bedroomI recently washed our down comforter in our new Maytag appliances for the first time, and I’m happy to report that it went off without a hitch. No need to go to the laundromat or dry cleaners…these babies can actually hold the large comforter!

I typically wash the duvet cover and the insert separately. However I use warm (not hot) water for both, as well as mild detergent. There’s actually a “bedding” setting right on the washing machine, so I always just choose that and it works perfectly. You’ll also want to check the tags on your bedding before washing at home, as some require dry cleaning.

dryer-maytag-applianceWhen it comes to drying the down comforter, make sure it’s incredibly dry before you put it back on the bed. Sometimes the feathers in there can clump up together and stay wet, so extra dry time is a must. maytag-dryerIn this large capacity dryer there is plenty of room to get our bedding evenly dried! I didn’t have to play the game of drying it, moving everything around to expose the wet spots, and putting it back in for more time. duvet-cover-how-to-washNow onto the tricky part…putting the duvet cover back on the down comforter. I know there are many methods out there (I’ve heard of a burrito technique…), but this is my go-to way that is incredibly simple.

The Easy Way to Put on a Duvet Cover

Step 1: Flip the duvet cover inside out on the bedbedroom-duvet-cover

Step 2: Place the down comforter directly over the duvet coverbedroom-down-comforter

Step 3: Tie the comforter to the duvet cover in all 4 corners (many covers these days come with ties, which makes it much easier!tying-corners-of-duvet-cover

Step 4: Go to the opening on the duvet cover. Reach inside until you get to the farthest 2 corners. Pull those 2 corners through the opening. Essentially you’re turning it from inside out to the right side.putting-on-duvet-cover

Step 5: Button or zipper your duvet coverbuttons-duvet-coverStep 6: Shake your cover well so there are no lumps and it is evenly distributed!

master-bedroomThis method creates a great non-lumpy look every.single.time. nightstand-bedroom-bedNow I’d love to hear, how often do you wash your bedding? Does my weekly, monthly, yearly routine sound sanitary enough? On second thought….maybe don’t answer that! Ha!casey_sig

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  1. Trang

    Do you know that it was only recently that I discovered that my duvet cover had those corner ties? Gosh, how much easier has it made my life to not have the down comforter shift inside it! What a saver that has been. AND only recently did I know to put the button end a the bottom of the bed. Rookie here.
    I have recently been washing my duvet and the down comforter along with EVERYTHING on the bed (mattress pad, sheets) A LOT. This is because I have a kitten that is having some urinary or stress issues and she has decided that my bed (my side in particular) is her favorite place to relief herself. It’s nasty. We’ve since put her on special foods, changed out everything that was recommended by the vet, and kept her out of our room when we are not in there. She’s gotten better, but just last week, my husband accidentally locked her in our bedroom all day while we were at work. You can guess what happened. UGH! Luckily, my washer is also big capacity and works like a champ for my bedding stuff.

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Oh no, Trang! That’s a tough one. But so happy you found that your duvet has the ties…it makes it so much easier!

      Good luck with the kitten 🙂

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5 Ways to Add Hygge Style to your Home

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Have you guys heard about hygge yet? No that isn’t a typo. That’s a real word (pronounced “hoo-ga”) and it’s taking over the home decor world.

What’s Hygge?!

Essentially it’s a Danish way of life where the people adopt comfort, togetherness, and well-being. And since the Danes have been marked as the happiest in the world (seriously!), we think we have something to learn from their home philosophy. Plus, who doesn’t love the idea of creating a safe, warm, happy home filled with people you love?chicago_christmas-coffee-scarf

So after looking into this concept a bit more, we came up with 5 ways that you can add a bit some hygge to your life.Hygge_Style

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The Danes say no recipe for hygge is complete with candles and that’s an idea we can get behind! We both already love candles and light one just about every single night. And we’ve already told you how we continue to buy our favorite smelling candle on repeat. But after learning more about hygge we want to up our candle game. While we both enjoy burning scented candles, they hygge way is more about the light and ambiance created from a dim room and candlelight. So we’re opting to make every night special (even weeknights when you’re super tired and just want to veg on the couch) and up the cozy factor in our homes with more candlelight. Plus, we’re starting to look at adding some pretty lanterns (like this one), clear vases, and modern candlesticks (loving these!)

Throws

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Even though spring will be here soon, it’s still chilly here in Chicago. And you can bet your bottom dollar that we each spend our time relaxing wrapped up in a warm throw blanket. And usually those throws are extra big ones so you can wrap up your entire body! Add some happiness and pleasure to your everyday with a new comfy throw blanket.

Faux Sheepskin Pelts

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You’ve probably spotted a few of these around our homes before, but we rarely talk about them on the blog. We always opt for the inexpensive faux sheepskin pelts from Ikea and love adding them to spaces that are needing a little extra something. Drape one over a chair, your couch, a bench…wherever needs a bit more comfort and texture. This is a surefire way to make your home a bit more hygge and cozy.

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At night, I absolutely love turning off all of the overhead lights in our home and turning all of our lamps on. This creates such flattering light and it’s a great way unwind at the end of a long day. Consider investing in a few more table lamps or floor lamps (this tripod one is so cool!) to add more lighting options throughout your home. We promise these will instantly make any room feel cozier and more inviting <–exactly the way they setup their rooms in Denmark!

Mugs

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There’s nothing like putting your feet up to relax with a hot drink! Or better yet, having friends over for coffee, hot cider, or hot chocolate. We both adore our large monogram mugs from Anthropologie, but are always looking for fun, new ones! Adding some pretty new mugs to your repertoire may encourage you to sit back and just enjoy the simple pleasures more often. And there’s nothing more hygge than that.

How to Add Hygge Style Into My Home

Throw // Mug // Lamp // Candle // Sheepskin

So what do you guys think? Are you all aboard the hygge train? We both love reading about ways to make our everyday lives even happier, and embracing these simple touches into our homes seems like a wonderful way to do it.

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  1. Erin

    Kara got the sheepskin for me for my dog!!! she LOVES it. it’s like her little cozy spot on the floor. and for her to chew on too! i was impressed with how it felt! not too fake feeling or looking

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  2. Gina Cristine

    Love this girls! I need to start turning on our lamps and shutting off the ceiling lights, so true about it adding a warmth to the room! I feel can lights have taken away from this!

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Rookie Mistake: Matching Furniture

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Rookie Mistakes: a series of common decor mistakes made by rookies… aka US. And no we are not judging because, we have made (and continue to make) these mistakes too!

Remember the Rookie Mistakes series is a NO JUDGEMENT ZONE. We’ve both made ALL of these decorating mistakes in our own homes (evidenced by today’s post) and simply want you to learn from us so you can make your home look amazing without having to make the mistakes we did!

Rookie Mistake – Matching Furniture Sets

Back before we were ever interested in home decor, we purchased furniture a bit differently. For example, if we were in need of furniture for a bedroom you might find us heading to a big box store to pick up a matching bedroom set for a bargain. The bed, dresser, nightstands, side tables….all of them matching and ready to fill up the room! I mean who doesn’t love one-stop shopping, right?!

Jans-House-2017-11Now we realize why those rooms always felt a bit flat to us. The lack of variety in woods, colors, and textures made the entire space one-note. (Psssst. This is a guest room in my mom’s house. She agrees that it would look better without all of the matching pieces, so she graciously allowed me to use this photo for the post… thanks Mom!!)

We understand that those bedroom sets are a deal and that can be hard to pass up! Especially when you have a room to furnish and you just want to be d-o-n-e. We totally get it. Having some matching furniture is not a bad thing. But you probably don’t want your loveseat, couch, coffee table, and side table to all match. Some of them can match to keep a cohesive look, but if everything is the exact same…you’re going to end up with a cookie-cutter look that lacks personality.

But even just swapping out one of the matching pieces could make a big difference in the space. Here’s the proof…

Bridget’s Matching Furniture – Rookie Mistake

When Bridget first furnished her dining room (left), she made this rookie mistake by buying all matchy-matchy decor. A dark table, paired with dark chairs, next to a dark mirror then accented with a dark light fixture. This matchy-matchy look lacked depth and made the space look & feel… well, ugly.

After realizing the rookie mistake she had made, we approached this space in a very different/much LESS MATCHY way (right) and are SO much happier with the new look.
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She sold the set of chairs that came with the table on Craigslist and used that money to buy these new ones that added a lot more contrast. Immediately the space felt a whole lot less matchy and far more light/bright! Since learning that lesson the hard way, we have approached buying furniture and decor in a whole new way.

Create a Layered Look!

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Take a look at Casey’s bedroom. It’s a mix of a gray upholstered bedroom, shiny white campaign style nightstands, and a wood dresser. If every piece in the room was the exact same it wouldn’t look as layered and interesting. lowes-makeover-bedroom-reveal

Or take a look at the bedroom we designed for the Lowe’s Home Makeover. We loved the large upholstered bed, and knew that adding in some wood elements would add some warmth. So the matching wood nightstands worked out perfectly! lowes-makeover-bedroom-reveal-wide-windowBut we didn’t feel compelled to choose a matching wood dresser for the room. Instead we built a wood & white floating credenza to combine elements of both the white duvet and the wood nightstands.

round_modern_coffee_table-family_room_couchIf you do have matching furniture all over your house, we’re certainly not telling you to get rid of everything. No way! Instead, think about moving things around a bit. Bring a dresser from one room into another. Or swap your nightstands for ones in a different room. We promise that you just might love all of your gorgeous furniture a bit more when it doesn’t get lost in a sea of it all being matchy-matchy. DIY_Curtains_Office_Bedroom-6

Or think about selling a few pieces that you don’t absolutely love, and use that money to find items that you do love! The search for a new piece of furniture that is just perfect will be a lot more satisfying than it felt to buy a bunch of furniture in one swoop!

Room-4So learn from our rookie mistake and avoid buying all matching furniture sets. You’re not a cookie cutter person, and your home shouldn’t be either! Search for pieces that you adore so you can create a home that is so YOU!bridget_and_casey_sig

 

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  1. Erin

    this is definitely a tricky thing! fortunately we never really set out to do any of that. Our bedroom was always a piece of work. None of the furniture in there matches, but it’s all authentic mid century modern furniture — except the bed is from room & board but everything feels like it goes together! our couch and 1 1/2 chair are matching pieces, however, we got both of them upholstered in different fabrics. though for the 1 1/2 chair piece– we would like to get it reupholstered for sure.

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  2. Kara D

    You should do a post on how you sell your items – how do you decide on a price, how you advertise, how you meet strangers (this is the part that makes me most nervous), and how the (heavy) item is transported. I never sell my pieces because I get creeped out by all the Craiglist horror stories. I don’t want to ask for a friend to come over every time to be sure I’m not meeting anyone alone.

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    1. DIY Playbook

      We actually JUST added this to the calendar over the weekend after looking at some of the survey results. Lots of people are interested in how to do it! We’re not pros, but we’re excited to share what has worked for us

  3. Loveland Lodge

    I do think we’re sometimes programmed to think matching furniture set = being an adult or a feeling of “I’ve made it bc I can now afford all the matching pieces instead of just one!” It’s like the step up from hand-me-downs, but the hand-me-downs or thrifted furniture pieces often times looks better with more visual interest. Personally, I prefer the mismatched look too.

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    1. DIY Playbook

      I never thought about it like that, but you are so right! What an interesting way to look at that!

      Love the mismatched look too! Thrifted pieces & hand me downs are sometimes the best.

  4. Stephanie

    Love this! What would you suggest in terms of bedroom furniture colors to coordinate with a dark brown headboard? My husband hates upholstered headboards (very tragically, in my opinion!), and I’ve been struggling with the best way to incorporate nightstands and a dresser without it looking to matchy-matchy.

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Good idea to switch it up and go with something other than dark brown! White or gray are always great options, or even a really light wood tone could work too. As long as you steer clear from the exact same wood color in the dark brown headboard, you should be good!

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Finding Your Personal Design Style: Step 2

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Far too often we chat with readers or receive emails asking for advice on how they can figure out their personal design style. These readers usually report that they know they don’t love what they have in their current space, but aren’t sure what to replace it with because they don’t know their style. And because they’re afraid to make the wrong decision they become frozen in a state of indecision, which leads to them living with decor that they hate! <— we want to change this ASAP!!round_modern_coffee_table-roses_vase_flowers

We understand these concerns all too well because we have been there! And since we’ve gone through those same experiences (the struggle is real!), we want to start providing you with more information and exercises that you can use to start figuring out what your style really is.

This style probably won’t match ours exactly and that’s OKAY, because your style should be personal and unique to you. We started a few weeks ago with Step One: Assessing What you Don’t Love. Today we’re moving onto Step Two: Using Clues in your Closet to Identify your Design Style.

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But before we totally move onto the next step, we would love to hear what you discovered about yourself after doing the Activity from Step One. Did you find any patterns about what you don’t love in your home? Are you confident that you can stay away from those same patterns/colors/styles in the future so that you can avoid design regret? Have you made a plan to get rid of the items you don’t love?

We have found if you don’t love them now, you’ll NEVER love them so it’s time to get rid of them (and the guilt that comes along with that). It’s easier said than done…we get it!

Step Two: Using your Closet for Clues Bridget_Casey_Headshot_rookies-3

When we were going through the journey of finding our personal styles, we began to realize that the people whose styles we really admired were those whose style was the most consistent. These individuals’ styles didn’t necessarily match ours, but we loved watching their style because it was consistent across all parts of their lives.

Most notably, we noticed that not only was their home’s style super consistent from room to room, but their personal clothing style aligned with these same vibes. bedroom-clothing

Coincidence? Maybe. But we wanted to dive into that observation a bit more, which is when we arrived at the idea of analyzing our own closets to identify more clues about our own personal styles.

Plus we figured that finding our style with clues from our closets, made the process a lot less intimidating and made it feel more attainable! travel-essentials-fall-fashion-outfit

We both set out to find what clothing we loved by finding what styles, clothing, patterns, or textures felt so “us” while we wore them. We kept track of what go-to outfits we grabbed over and over again because it gave us an idea of which colors/patterns/styles made us feel confident. 

And in doing that, we also noted what colors/patterns/styles we NEVER wore (even though you could find them in our closets) because they didn’t feel very “us”. <— we all have that corner of our closet that we’re saving for that “someday” when we may need that shirt, only to find out that when the someday rolls around we opt to buy something new or wear something different because we still hate that shirt.

Our Findings

After this research we quickly realized that BOTH of us reach for neutral clothing (whites, blacks, and grays) the most and also tend to love some pops of blues and stripes. This was a total A-HA moment for us because the colors/patterns we loved in our closet (and wore on repeat) were the same ones we loved in our homes. 

We also made a point to note what we didn’t love in our closets during this experiment. Nothing against these colors, but we both found that bright reds/oranges/bright and loud + busy patterns in general were not items that made us feel comfortable and confident. And guess what? We also found that we tend to avoid these same colors/patterns in our home decor style. 

How this information has changed us

Finding this information did not happen overnight, but it did provide us with some A-HA moments that have been a total GAME CHANGER for us in our pursuit to find our personal styles.

Now that we know more about our individual clothing styles, we try to only buy items that fit these standards. For example, we may see a gorgeous bright-patterned dress but instead of buying it and eventually falling victim to regret, we admire from afar but realize that it’s not our style and not for us… so we pass (and feel great about it!).

haven-conference-bridget-casey-diy-playbook-rookies-travelThis simple strategy has made shopping SO much easier, has saved us some serious money over the past year, and has really encouraged us to only bring home items that are “so us”. 

But more importantly, we have used this information and have applied it into purchasing items for our homes. The colors, patterns, and overall “vibe” of our closet now drives our decision-making process and wow, it has led to so much LESS design regret. This closet experiment has been hands down one of the most influential exercises we have implemented to find our personal style.  

Homework Assignment

Because this process as been so successful for us, we are really excited to share it with you. We hope it brings you the same clarity and confidence that it has brought us… AND we hope it saves you the same time, money, and frustration while shopping. All you have to do is download this worksheet to get started.

Over the next few weeks really take notice of your wardrobe decisions, taking special note of what items/colors/patterns make you feel the most “you”. Then answer the questions on the worksheet for further clarification and conclusions about finding your personal style!Shoes Jeans Coat Tile Instagram

Hopefully by the time you’re done taking inventory of your closet, we’ll be back with STEP THREE of finding your design style. In the meantime, we’d love to hear updates about your progress!bridget_and_casey_sig

To start the “Finding your Personal Style” journey from the very beginning, check out this post.

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  1. Monica@LovelyPursuits

    I love this – such great advice! It took less than a minute to figure out that for me it’s the color yellow – I think it looks beautiful on other people, but it’s the one color I don’t wear and don’t use in my home decor either! I tend to stick to neutrals and earthy tones with the occasional pop of red, and sure enough that’s what you’ll find in my home decor as well 🙂

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Love that this works for you too Monica! It’s such a simple concept, but can really be helpful when it comes to figuring out what colors to incorporate into your home.

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Finding an Affordable, Modern, and Round Coffee Table

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After living without a coffee table for almost two months now (more on that decision here), I finally bought a new one and I don’t think anyone is more excited about it than my husband!round_modern_coffee_table-family_room_couch

Honestly, he couldn’t care less about the look of the new one and is far more excited that he finally has somewhere to kick up his feet while watching TV or at the very least, somewhere to put his TV essentials while lounging on the couch (i.e. remote controls, drink, snacks)

round_modern_coffee_table-couch_family_room_doorI, on the other hand, am excited about the look… and the price… of this new beauty.

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I sold our old coffee table for $100, not because it wasn’t a gorgeous table but because it wasn’t my style and created a space that was too matchy-matchy with the dining room and kitchen. After the space was cleared, I sought to find a coffee table that was my style and the search turned out a lot harder than I anticipated.family-room-neutral-christmas

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Narrowing down options to find coffee tables that I loved was not the problem, I actually found a few very strong contenders and shared them in this post. But most of the contenders were too large for the space or way too low to the ground when compared to our couch.

round_modern_coffee_table-couch_family_room_plantI continued looking and realized that although I LOVED a lot of the rectangular tables, this space needed something round to break up all of the straight lines. So after even more looking (and lots of measuring + re-measuring), I decided to go with this round one.

round_modern_coffee_table-buffalo_checkI loved the size, proportion, and the style and really loved that the light wood tones paired well with the light wood tones on my dining room chairs. But hands down my favorite part was finding out that this table was on sale for $149!!

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Since I collected $100 by selling my old table, I was able to get a brand new table that I love a whole lot more for an extra $50. I’ve also learned from my extensive research that coffee tables can be very expensive so dishing out $150 (or $50 in my case) seemed like a steal, especially in a space that has so many size limitations.

round_modern_coffee_table-geometric_white_vaseI’m happy with my decision and am even more excited that this room is feeling a lot more “me” than it did before. I’ve looked at the old coffee table for so long and knew it wasn’t my style & knew I wanted to change it, but never got around to putting it on the to-do list and actually getting it done.

round_modern_coffee_table-accessories_flowersI wouldn’t necessarily recommend living without a coffee table for 2 months (especially if your husband has anything to say about it) but I am really happy that I decided to sell my previous table because it got my butt in gear and kicked off the search.

round_modern_coffee_table-dining_room Although it was annoying/awkward to be table-less for a while, I’m proud that I didn’t rush the decision or ended up “buying just to buy”. Taking my time meant I eventually found a table that I love instead of just one that was “just okay”.

Styling a Round Table

Having a round coffee table is definitely new territory for me when it comes to styling it, so it’s been fun trying to test the waters. I’ve been using Pinterest to gather some inspiration but when I finally find an easy recipe that works, I will be sure to check back in with some tips.

My number one goal is to add some personality while trying to hide the remote controls (which I haven’t done in this set-up). I did hide the coasters in that handmade basket from Ikea, but I still want to find some type of box to hide the remote controls too! In the meantime, I’m just happy that we have a coffee table to enjoy.

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WEEKEND SALES

  • Athleta is having a huge Friends and Family Sale through this weekend! It’s 25% off your purchase including sale items! Mention The DIY Playbook if you’re heading to the store here on Fremont in Chicago so your discount is honored at checkout! (We had no idea they had such cute swimwear! Loving this classic black bikini top)
  • West Elm: 20-30% off bedroom furniture. (This contemporary bed is perfection)
  • LOFT: 40% off sale (Their Lou & Grey line is our favorite. Everything is so soft & comfy!)
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Our New Digital Canvas from Meural

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[Disclaimer: Thank you to Meural for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely our own. ]

I’m really excited for today’s post for a few reasons.

  1. We’ve got an amazing reader giveaway at the end #freebie
  2. Today’s product is one that can change easily as my home evolves
  3. My husband loves the thought of creating a “smart home” and today’s product fits the bill while still maintaining some serious style! #winwin

Okay, so what are we discussing that checks off all of these categories? Well, it’s a new-to-us product called a Meural Canvas.

art-photography-meuralEssentially it’s a digital art frame that instantly gives you access to 30,000 pieces of art. Yes…30,000 free pieces of world-class art licensed from leading museums, galleries, and artists around the world!

meural-canvasAnd I know what you’re thinking, a digital frame on your wall? Won’t that be kinda tacky? I totally feel ya. I thought the same thing when Meural emailed us. But then I looked into this product a bit more and realized that it doesn’t look like a digital frame…at all. family-room-built-ins-artInstead it looks textured and life-like. Just like a piece of art on your walls should look. There’s no glare, there’s no shine, instead it’s just matte.

Clearly Bridget & I like to constantly tweak and change things in our home. So the thought of purchasing a pricey piece of art that we might not love in a year sounds pretty awful. Instead with my Meural canvas I can instantly change the art. And when I say instantly, I mean it very literally because all it takes is a command from my cell phone and the art changes. <– it’s literally that easy and that instant!smile-picture-frame-meuralSo if I want something a bit more neutral, I can simply choose a black and white photograph or a serene painting. Or if I’m looking for something more dramatic, I can find another piece that fits my mood.

waving-hand-in-front-of-meural-canvasI had some friends in college who studied art history and I’m jealous that I never took a course. They would probably freak out over a product like this! But, I do feel like I’m gaining a lot of knowledge about art because of my new Meural. If a piece comes on the screen you can wave your hand in front of it (I told you it was techie!) and it will tell you more about the piece, including the artist, the date, and other interesting facts about the artwork. How awesome is that?banksy-meural

The team at Meural wants to make art universally accessible and a part of everyone’s daily routine. That sentiment is one I can definitely get behind. I’ve had so.much.fun browsing through the collections and learning more about the different kinds and eras of art.meural-iphone-app

The install wasn’t hard at all, and then Finn and I got to work using the app to choose our favorite pieces of art. You can upload your own art or photos, but I’m thinking we will probably just stick to the professionals on this for now. Maybe someday I’ll add some photos we’ve taken on our travels, but you certainly won’t be seeing any selfies up here. Ha!

cord-from-meuralThe only thing that I don’t love is the cord. You can choose from a white, black, or blue cord and I opted for the white one. tack-cord-to-wallI decided to tack it against the wall and the baseboard to give it the most clean and streamlined look. So it doesn’t bother me that much. However, I think this would look even better leaning on top of a dresser or credenza because you wouldn’t even see the cord! family-room-meuralSadly I didn’t have a great spot to do that, but I’m still obsessed with how hanging it in the family room transformed our living room.meural-canvas-side-table

The moment I learned more about this product, I instantly thought about my brother Harry. He is the techiest guy I know and always has the latest and greatest in technology products. He’s actually moving into a new home with his family this summer, so this might be a perfect house-warming gift!family-room-art

We are also spreading the love with a giveaway for 1 MEURAL CANVAS (in your choice of white or black)! Enter view the Rafflecopter below and be sure to comment on the post explaining where you’d hang the canvas if you win it!

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  1. amy

    That is so cool! I would probably sit it on my credenza in my dining room. Too bad you couldn’t run the cord down through the wall.

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  2. H Buchanan

    I think I would put it in my living room as well! That or in my entry way area. Thanks for sharing, this is really cool!

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  3. Clare Brady

    Oh gosh, I’d give this to my parents. They CANNOT DECIDE on artwork for their vacation house in Hilton Head. (Also Case – the art history classes were SO GREAT! I’m so glad I took them and have at least a teeny bit of knowledge about design and phases of art in the past!)

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    1. DIY Playbook

      haha that is too funny Clare! And yes, I’m so jealous that you were able to take art history classes in college. I wish I knew more about some of the amazing pieces on here.

  4. Sara Warfel

    I’d hang it in my living room. My husband and I were just discussing needing new artwork, and we both are rookies when it comes to art, so this would be a great way to test out art to determine our style.

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  5. DIY Playbook

    Yes! This could be SUCH a great teaching tool, especially since the art provides a little background info for each one. And it could be super cool to allow the kids to “pick the art” that day/week/month/etc.

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  6. Regi

    Something like this would be perfect above my fireplace! We even have a hidden outlet in the mantel, so it would work well. What a cool idea!

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  7. Elizabeth Mongillo

    Love this– what a great way to share art with your children… would hang in the family room and I am loving the black framed option!

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  8. Christina Gray

    How awesome, I remember having a teeny digital frame in college that rotated through my favorite photos…I loved it. This feels much more grown up!
    I would put it on our dresser.

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  9. Meghan Wilkosz

    This is amazing! I would put it on my “tic-tac-toe” shelving unit we have in our family room. How cool!

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  10. Reva

    Pretty cool…. That looks way nicer than other digital frames I’ve seen. I’d put it on my bookshelves! Hope you ladies have a great day.

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Genius, right?! Maybe over time the technology will advance and it could become cordless? Because you’re right, the is a definite factor in where this frame can be displayed.

  11. Courtney Arnsdorff

    I would love to be able to give this to my mom – she was an art major in college and would enjoy it so much!

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  12. Gretchen Gapczynski Pfeil

    This would look great in my family room. I love how you can switch out the art…I get bored easily!

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    1. DIY Playbook

      We feel ya, that’s exactly why we were so intrigued with the Meural too! And now that it’s part of our home, it’s been so fun to switch up the art!

  13. Beth Hirsch

    I would hang this on the wall behind a new sofa that will be coming in about a month! Fresh paint on the walls, light gray sofa and new artwork (anytime) – win, win, win!

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  14. Elise Laney

    I would totally hang this in our entryway! – Easy holiday decorations with art and I wouldn’t have to store different frames/decorations for each season. Win!

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  15. Rachel

    What an amazing product! I’d love this for the entertainment center in my great room – I love how you can also upload your own photography to it!

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  16. Kara D

    Wouldn’t it be funny to hang something like this in the entry way or in a guest bedroom to change up the displayed photo of you and a guest together, so that you both can revel in memories together when they come over? 🙂

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  17. Bethany Silvia

    I can’t get over what a brilliant, amazing product this is! I would love to add this to my gallery wall in my living room. I studied fine art all four years of high school and then earned an art minor with my business degree. Van Gogh is my absolute favorite and I’d love to bring his pieces back into my life!

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  18. Erin Sunstrum

    I’m getting ready to move into a new apartment this fall – would love this as a show piece in living room!

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  19. Toria Smith

    This is such a great idea especially since you can use your own photography as well. I have several place in our house where I am seasonally changing out pictures and this would make that process so easy!

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  20. ilse colby

    What a great idea! I love the idea of being able to switch up my decor depending on my mood and the season! I think I’d hang this in the hallway for a quick way to refresh my apartment. I was also thinking this would be great for dinner parties as it could be changed based on theme. Fingers crossed for this one! Thanks xo

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  21. Heather

    SO neat! I have a lot of blank walls because I can’t commit to one. This would be amazing for my indecisive self! So much art to choose from! Great sponsored post, I’ve never heard of this!

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  22. Katie W.

    This is such a neat product! How cool would it be to have a large print over a couch that you can change whenever you want. Love!

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  23. Tara

    I would hang this in my living room!! I love that you have the option to have a personal picture displayed or classic art. Such a neat idea!!

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  24. Erin Carmody

    What a GREAT concept! I took art history for college, and I can honestly say it was a useful class for traveling, visiting museums and galleries, and shopping. This would be a great addition to my dining room to keep art rotating as I do the things in the room. 🙂 So glad you guys shared about this one!!

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  25. Gretchen Amsley

    This is such a great idea. I had no idea something like this even existed. It is perfect for me since I tend to get bored and move stuff around the house to. reflect my mood! Thanks!

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    1. DIY Playbook

      We completely agree! We didn’t really know anything like this either until recently, that’s why we were so excited to check it out and share our experience.

  26. Hillary

    Wow, this is SO cool! These might be my go-to gifts for Mother’s Day for my my mom and MIL this year! Would also make an awesome wedding gift! I love your idea to place on a credenza to hide the cord – I’d love to add it to my entry table if I were to win! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  27. Melissa

    My husband tends to make a lot of things on the computer that he loves to print and hang. Which I love, but then he finds something and changes it. We re-print/re-hang, and he changes it again, and it is an end-less cycle. Which drives me bonkers! This frame would make things so much easier!

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  28. Emily

    My husband and I just moved into our first house last week. There are boxes everywhere at the moment and nothing on the walls. This could go anywhere and I would be so happy. But if I had to choose one spot, it would be above the fireplace.

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  29. Annie Kim

    Whoa, my mind is blown! While I did take some art history courses in university that was seriously a long long time ago (haha). I would put this on an awkward strip of a half-wall right next to my office desk -looks like the perfect dimension! It also feeds into a part of a gallery wall as well, so it would blend in, too! 🙂

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  30. Bryn

    This is a great product! I have an empty spot in my living room that I can’t decide what to do with because I’m too afraid I would change my mind – this product would solve that fear!

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DIY Hairpin Table – 2 ways

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Between Bridget’s quest for a new coffee table, my search for bathroom lights, and Bridget’s office makeover…we’ve both been doing quite a bit of online home shopping.

And even though we adore looking for home decor pieces, we also love when we can DIY instead of buying! When DIY Hairpin Legs reached out to see if we wanted to try out their product, we immediately said “yes!” This was the motivation we needed to create something ourselves instead of immediately heading to an online retailer.

We both ordered these matte black legs (in 20″) and got to work. It’s so funny because we ended up creating VERY similar projects, but we got to our end result in very different ways.

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Ever since we got our new sectional, I’ve been itching to add a side table near the built-ins. Every time I’d head to HomeGoods or Target I would scour the aisles in search of the perfect side table. But I never seemed to find anything that was just right.

hairpin-legI’m so excited that we challenged ourselves to create our own pieces using hairpin legs, because I could create a side table in the exact size and look that I wanted for our space.

how-to-diy-marble-side-table-hairpin-legsI eventually want to replace our wood coffee table with another (less damaged) wood coffee table, so I decided to stay away from building a wood side table. Just too much brown in this small space. Instead I was on the hunt for a white piece of stone or granite.

books-wood-boxBridget actually found this piece for $20 at Reuse Depot (really cool place if you’re local!), and graciously let me use it for our side table. It was the perfect size…not too big and not too small. I’m not quite sure what kind of stone it is, but it’s not marble. Even though marble makes my heart flutter…I was still digging the light look of this piece of stone!

table-supplies-drillBecause I knew that I was going to eventually place a heavy lamp on the table, I wanted to make sure I made the table as sturdy as possible. So instead of just gluing the legs to the piece of stone, I glued a piece of plywood to the bottom of the stone and then drilled the legs into the wood. diy-hairpin-table

I made sure to use short 1/2 inch screws into the wood so it wouldn’t poke out the other side and into the stone. It only took me about 30 minutes total to get this table “built” and sitting pretty in our family room.

couch-family-room-built-insI’m absolutely digging the new table. It really makes the entire room feel cozier and I love that we now have a table lamp in here. west-elm-lampBecause I saved so much money on the side table, I didn’t feel bad splurging on the table lamp (and I got it for 20% off during their most recent sale!). books-wooden-box-tableI also added in some greenery, books, and a wooden box from our most recent trip to Mexico.

family-room-couchI’ll share more about our new piece of art we hung over the side table early next week. Seriously can’t wait to chat about it!

Bridget

Like Casey mentioned, we were really excited to DIY with these gorgeous hairpin legs.
hairpin_table_tutorial_plant-6I thought about making a side table, a bench, and even a coffee table out of these legs but eventually landed on creating a DIY marble plant stand because I couldn’t find material that I LOVED enough for those other projects. But after doing this project and seeing how easy it was to work with these legs, and how much I love the look, I’m going to keep my eyes peeled for more material to upcycle in order to DIY one of those other options.hairpin_table_tutorial_plantAfter I found Casey’s piece of salvaged counter top at Reuse Depot, I spotted a pile of brand new marble tile and knew that one of the $5 pieces could work perfectly for my plant stand. (Note: this picture shows the backside of the marble tile, the front side didn’t have stains like the back did).
hairpin_table_tutorial_plant-2I thought about adding wood to my plant stand like Casey did but figured it would be fun to experiment with the glue so we could come back and report two different options.
hairpin_table_tutorial_plant-3My plant stand will not be holding nearly as much weight as Casey’s, so the glue also made sense. Honestly, I could NOT believe how easy it was to attach these legs to the back of the marble tile. All I had to do was add glue to the back of each leg’s base and stick it to the tile. The gluing part took less than 5 minutes and I was done.
hairpin_table_tutorial_plant-13Once the legs were in place, I added some heavy books on top of them (making sure the books didn’t move the legs) and let the legs dry over night.

hairpin_table_tutorial_plant-14In the morning, my DIY plant stand was done and I was in love with the look… and how easy this personalized piece of decor turned out to be!

hairpin_table_tutorial_plant-12I added a plant and a cactus to the top of my table and am loving the fresh, sleek look. hairpin_table_tutorial_plant-10hairpin_table_tutorial_plant-4It’s nice to have a little extra greenery inside, especially now that the weather is breaking here in Chicago! Right now these plants are living in the corner of my living room, but I’m thinking about incorporating this sturdy plant stand outside on our patio in a few months. I feel like the pop of white marble + hairpin legs would be a welcomed addition to our outdoor space.

Even though I didn’t add the wood like Casey, I do feel like this plant stand feels very sturdy. One thing I would note for fellow DIY-ers who may be interested in re-creating this look is to be careful if you have little ones around. I’m not a parent, but the pointy edges on this piece of marble seem like they could be a bit dangerous in a home where kids are playing, especially since the height of this table is in reach of a child.

hairpin_table_tutorial_plant-11Other than that little tip, I can’t recommend this super simple DIY project enough. The hairpin legs are sturdy & come in lots of sizes + colors so the DIY possibilities are really endless!

Now that I know how easy they are, I’m thinking of creating a DIY bench with hairpin legs. Heck, I’ve even seen gorgeous DIY dining room tables, desks, dressers, and even foot stools with this clever product! Because they are so versatile and can adapt to fit in just about any room, we’re extra excited to host a giveaway so you can try them in your space too. We are giving away not one but TWO sets of DIY hairpin legs today. Click on the giveaway below for all the details on how you can win!!

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DIY-side-table-hairpin-legsAnd if you aren’t one of the 2 lucky readers, DIY Hairpin Legs was generous enough to share a 10% discount for the DIY Playbook readers. Use THIS LINK to save 10% on your total purchase. <— P.S. make sure you check out their shelf brackets too, because they are giving us some serious heart eyes!! 

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53 thoughts on “DIY Hairpin Table – 2 ways

  1. Mallory Robinson

    I love the how simple and tidy this project is. It looks very clean and make a great addition to both of your homes.

    My husband and I are moving into our first home next month and I already can imagine this project in multiple rooms. Fingers crossed 😀

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  2. Kara D

    Love these! For about 2 years, I had the idea that I was going to DIY my own dining room table using these hairpin legs – but it never happened (bought a table instead). It never occurred to me to do a smaller version, a side table or coffee table! They look great, and thanks for the inspo!

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  3. Rachael

    Love the look of both tables! These simple projects are so refreshing, no need to spend an entire weekend to end up with an affordable and adorable DIY, keep up the great work!

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  4. Lauren J

    Love this idea! I’ve been hunting for nightstands for our guest room, and I think something like this would work perfectly! Thanks for the idea!

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  5. Kandice L

    Love this! I actually just bought a set of hairpin legs to make into a bench for the end of my bed. I was thinking of wooden planks for the top, but now I’m inspired to look for an even prettier wooden top (or even marble or stone!). Thanks!

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  6. Chelsea Terrill

    Awesome giveaway! I’ve had a set of 16″ legs in my cart for a week or so, planning for an upholstered bench.

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  7. Laura Sharp

    I would make a table out of an old piece of driftwood that I have had for a long time (and have been hoping to turn into a table!

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  8. Kat Hamilton

    These are SO cute. My living room is in desperate need of a new table. And maybe to get my printer off the floor…

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  9. Rachel Gutierrez

    We just moved to a new home and I’ve been searching everywhere for a nightstand – this would be perfect!! Thanks once again for the inspiration! Y’all are the best 💕

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  10. Heather

    Wow! Those look great! There is a place here having a huge reclaimed wood sale. Those would look really cool together!!

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  11. Sandy Stevens

    Oh my gosh! I love the tables! A simple project with great results, sign me up! I have a space right next to my sofa that could use a table but it’s a small space so I can’t wait to try this.

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Thanks Sandy! We love these legs because they’re so darn versatile and can fit in small spaces or work for an entire dining room table. Good luck, a DIY hairpin side table could be perfect… and so easy to do!

  12. Sarah Robin Johnson

    Love this!! Would love these for a new coffee table! It’s exactly what my living room needs. 🤞

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Yes, we thought about DIY-ing a coffee table. We LOVED the one Kim from Yellow Brick Home built using hairpin legs, such gorgeous inspiration. =)

  13. Christina

    Love these! I’ve been looking for a table for my bedroom and now think this would be perfect to DIY my own!!

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  14. Ellyn W

    You guys, the tables are awesome! Bridget, what type of plant is that next to the cactus? It’s so pretty.

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Thanks Ellyn! Honestly I’m not sure. It was a hanging basket that I bought at Menard’s recently but didn’t even look at the tag. You’re not the first person to ask so I need to go back to Menard’s and check!!

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Reader SOS: Creating a Gallery Wall Around a TV

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Do you guys remember our #DIYPlaybookSOS series? We’re not surprised if you’ve forgotten all about it, because it has been a heck of a long time since we’ve virtually tackled a reader’s space (you can check out the first one right here!)

playbook-sos-instagram-1To bring you up to speed on this post format. Essentially, it’s a way for you to say, “DIY Playbook, Save our Space!” You guys have been emailing us and tagging your rooms that need a little TLC with this hashtag on social media, and we’ve been able to get a little glimpse into some of the dilemmas you’re having when it comes to decorating. Our plan for #DIYPlaybookSOS is to take a reader’s space and (virtually) offer tips & tricks on how to improve it.

We figure this is a good idea for a few reasons…

  • You may have the exact same design dilemma as one of the featured spaces, so hearing some decorating advice could help you tackle your own home!
  • We can showcase various styles that may be different from ours.

Reader Question

Here’s an email we received from a very sweet reader named Jen…

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I’m in the preliminary stages of planning a gallery wall in my living room and wanted an opinion from someone other than my husband. Here’s a photo of the current space (ignore the taped catalog papers, I’m trying to visualize size for frames). The problem is that we are going to build a new TV console that is a foot higher than the current one. So in the photo, the blue post-it is about where the top of the TV will be with the new console. This leaves me about 5 feet of wall space from the top of the TV to the ceiling. 

My questions are:

  1. Is having the TV that high up going to look ridiculous?
  2. Will having frames fill the space above and around the TV be too much or too busy? 

Our Initial Thoughts

We think Jen is already doing a great job by using the paper to visualize the sizes of the frames, definitely a helpful tool to make sure the gallery wall turns out exactly how she wants it to. For the really large frames, we sometimes even cut the template out of wrapping paper to get the size right.

paint-color-swatches-diy-paintingAnd her paint color is GORGEOUS! We later found out it’s the same color that’s throughout Bridget’s house (Benjamin Moore’s “Revere Pewter”)… no wonder we love it so much!

Our Answers

As for her specific questions, here’s what we had to say.

Is the TV too high? 

We don’t think the TV will be up too high on the wall. As long as it’s at a comfortable height to watch, we think Jen is good to move forward with her gameplan. We found this article really helpful to figure out where you should mount a TV in relation to the seating in your room, and depending on the exact size of your television. Following these guidelines is a safe bet!

If Jen was still nervous about the TV height, we have another idea for her to consider. We see curtains poking out the side of the original picture and we notice they’re only about half way up the wall. If she was at all nervous that the TV or photos will appear too high, she can always raise the curtain height to make the whole room look taller (a guide to where to hang curtains can be found in this blog post). With the curtains higher, not only will the window and room look bigger, but the TV won’t appear as high in relation to the curtains.

Will the frames be too busy?

We actually love this look! As long as photos/frames are not just above the TV but all around the TV, we think it’ll look amazing!

Maggie Gallery Wall BuffetWe did this exact project in this room and LOVE how the frames camouflage the TV without looking too busy.

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We were inspired to do this from this gorgeous space. Not only do we love how the frames camoflauge the TV, but we love this picture because you can see exactly what we mean about raising the curtains in this room too!

How-to-hang-a-gallery-wallInspiration via Homey oh My

Jen did mention that she was worried about it looking too busy with lots of frames. In that case, we recommend choosing larger scale frames so you use less. Maybe about 5-7 total would look good? We think this would make a chic statement instead of doing too many small ones surrounding the television.
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Inspiration via Simply Grove

This inspiration pictures prove once again that you don’t need a lot of tiny frames, instead choosing 5-8 large favorites can cover a lot of wall space while not competing with the TV. We love how Kristen mixes and matches colors, textures and frames, which makes the whole look feel layered and gorgeous!

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Inspiration via Driven by Decor

Another idea is to do symmetrical frames around the console like the gorgeous space above. That could create a cohesive look in the family room without making things too busy.

We really like all of the ideas and think Jen can’t go wrong by adding some frames!

Our Gameplan for Jen’s Space

Here’s a snapshot of inspiration we wanted to share for Jen’s space. We used the photo she sent over and the exact TV stand she and her husband are building to provide a little more inspiration (and a concrete visual) for this space. The photos aren’t to scale but we do think this sketch-up proves that a gallery wall around the TV is bound to look amazing!

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From Left (bottom) to Right: Key Print // Pyramid Print //
Abstract Art Center // More Abstract Art // More Abstract Art

We Want to Hear from You!

We wish we could come to ALL of your homes to hang out, drink coffee, and help solve your design dilemmas (#dreamjob!). Sadly, we can’t BUT that doesn’t mean we still can’t drink coffee and help solve some of these design dilemmas from afar! If you want your space to be the next #diyplaybookSOS feature, all you have to do is share a photo on Instagram, tag @diyplaybook and use the #diyplaybooksos. Tell us about your design dilemma and your space could be our next feature!

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8 thoughts on “Reader SOS: Creating a Gallery Wall Around a TV

  1. Austin Schneider

    This is one of the big things I plan to tackle at my fiance’s home. Our TV is on the largest wall in the living room, and I think it’s the perfect canvas for a big gallery wall behind the TV. Thanks for such a timely post and an extra boost of encouragement that it’s not a crazy idea!

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  2. Christina

    I love that you guys did for her! There are so many reasons I love your blog, but this is just one more!
    You ladies are awesome!

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6 Ways to Decorate with Picture Frames

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We both head to Michaels craft store at least 1-2x per month. Some of our favorite Michaels items include their basket selection, faux florals, and their amazing variety of picture frames. If we’re heading to the store the chances that a new frame hops into our cart is pretty high.How to Decorate with Frames

But who doesn’t love picture frames? To us they’re the perfect way to showcase your favorite photos, quotes, and art and also add dimension and layers to a space. But you don’t just need to riddle every surface with picture frames (more on that “no-no” in this post), instead you can get creative and try one of these 6 ways to add frames into your own home.

1. Display On Shelvesbuilt-ins-family-room

We each use picture frames on our built-ins, but we use them sparingly. If every single shelf had a frame on it, then we wouldn’t be able to achieve the minimal, yet collected, look we love!white-frames-built-insWe use frames in the back of our built-ins to add depth and create a layered look. Plus it’s a great way to show off special photos (like our wedding day!) and meaningful objects (like our crafty key display). family_room_built-in_frames_shelves-2

If you’re looking to add some frames to your shelves, be sure to start with a specific color scheme (black & white, or white & wood tones, etc.) so you can create a cohesive look.
built-ins-accessoriesThen pair your favorite frames with other decor of all shapes and sizes. This mix & match of frames and other objects will make your shelves look stylish, but will also help you display some of your favorite memories amongst the decor.

2. Hang Above Your Nightstandsnightstand-bedroom-bed

I recently swapped out the white frames above our nightstands with these sleek black frames from Michaels. nightstand-bedroom-frames

After adding our new black ceiling fan, I was itching to incorporate more black throughout the space. michaels-black-picture-frame

This simple swap added the perfect touch of black to the space, and makes the quotes and framed letter stand out even more! master-bedroomPlus, adding these frames on the wall just about the nightstand frees up some space on your nightstand to store your nightly essentials (or other favorite decor pieces).

3. Try Picture Ledgesdesk-room-office

You guys know all about my love for our picture ledges from Ikea. They add some much-needed height above our desk area, and I am constantly swapping out the frames and pictures for a new look.
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For this area I kept it simple with black and white frames, and I always try to go with thick mats for a more sophisticated look. Having a few extra mats on hand make my frames a lot more versatile and gives me far more options in displaying pictures we have around the house. I will forever be tweaking this area and love that changing things around doesn’t mean putting holes in the wall!

4. Display in a HallwayBridget Frames Hallway Board and Batten

I added these white Michaels frames along my hallway a few years ago and I can confidently say that this project is definitely in my top ten projects that I’ve ever done in this house. It’s such a simple upgrade, but it makes such a difference and adds style into a place of our home that otherwise wouldn’t have much.
hallway-frames-board0and-battenI framed photos of our travels and walking past/looking at these memories makes me smile everyday (and daydream about our future trips!). If you have a hallway in need of a little love, adding some frames could be an affordable option to add a little life to it!

5. Create a Gallery

Who doesn’t love a good gallery wall?! Putting smaller, inexpensive frames together to create one big impactful space is always a winning combo.

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We know that art/prints can be pricey so we splurged on the art, but then opted to frame it ourselves using these inexpensive frames from Michaels. We had to cut some of the art down to fit inside the frames, but we saved a LOT of money by framing them ourselves. gender_neutral_nursery_happy_camper_reveal-13

For the gallery wall we designed in Bridget’s sister’s nursery, we decided to go with all white frames on top of the gray wallpaper. This allowed us to add some colorful touches with the art, as each piece really popped off the neutral wall & frames. Plus when B’s nephew grows out of these prints (and his nursery), the frames can transition with him to his “big boy” or eventually “teenage” room!

For more tips on hanging a gallery wall (& tips to make it baby proof!) be sure to check out this post.

6. Add Visual Heightoffice_frames_michaels_shelves

I just bought these inexpensive black frames from Michaels and added them above the shelving unit in our new office to add some visual height (more details about these office updates coming soon!). office_progress_frames_shelves_michaels-3

These frames were less than $10 each on sale (I couldn’t believe it either!). They came with mats already included, which I love because I was looking for something simple and sleek and the white mats really help with that.

office_progress_frames_shelves_michaels-2At first I couldn’t decide what photos/art to add to them, but eventually decided on black and white travel photos because I needed something that didn’t seem too busy or colorful in this space. I may swap them out with art or photos of our families, but getting something in the frames that we loved was a good start!office_progress_frames_shelves_michaels-4

The whole room feels taller thanks to these frames and I couldn’t be more excited about the new (and inexpensive) look!

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For more simple home decor updates, be sure to check out Michaels’ Glue String Blog for the rest of the Michaels Makers “refresh for spring” ideas!


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  1. Kerri Hansen

    Love this post, great tips and ideas, feeling very inspired! I love picture ledges and currently have them in 2 areas of my home (one on my front entry wall, one along the back) I have two more spaces in mind where I have been thinking about using them (my bedroom, and our family room) but wonder if that might be overkill.. too much of a good thing?

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  2. Sarah

    Where did you get the shelves in your office? They are cute and may be just the thing I am looking for my husband and my’s farm house! I tried going thru recent old posts, but I don’t see it mentioned.

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Thanks so much, Sarah! I’m putting together a whole post on these shelves coming up but for now here are the direct links:

      1. Larger Shelf –> http://rstyle.me/n/cfpe55bby8f
      2. Smaller Shelf — http://rstyle.me/n/cfpe4sbby8f

      I hope that helps!! Unfortunately I had to put both shelves together from scratch (boo!) but I really do love them now that they’re built and love the pricetag (especially since I found similar ones at West Elm for much more $).

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