In just 1 minute MAKE EASY NO SEW PILLOW COVERS

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I love shopping for decorative pillows for my clients, but since I specialize in affordable decorating solutions I aim to shave costs whenever I can without affecting the quality of the design and comfort of my clients. A new decorative pillow can cost from approximately $15 to $275. So, a great solution is to keep your old pillow insert  and replace your pillow cover.

Great, right? However, you still have to either spent money at a store for a pillow cover (and these can be expensive too!) or sew your own pillow cover. In our busy schedules who has time to sew! I barely had time to chew my breakfast in the morning. Also, sewing is not the easiest task for those of us who have sewing machines as nemeses. My machine spends most of it’s time giving me the evil eye. Yours too?

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BEFORE + AFTER | HOW THIS small powder room GOT A HUGE MODERN MAKEOVER

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I wish I had a video camera to record their smiles as they looked with pride at their new powder room! Cathy & Charles finally got the powder room they hoped for (woohoooo!). How did it look before? We can describe it in one word – UGH! Yep, that was my clients and my professional diagnosis. Don’t believe us? Wait till u scroll down to see the before photos. We agreed that almost everything had to GO, including the pink-salmon color toilet (eek!). My mission, to design a modern powder room economically. Your mission, if you plan to makeover a small powder room, is to remember my 6 tips for transforming it economically. Ready to see how this small powder room got a huge modern makeover?

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CREATE THIS BEAUTIFUL leaf hanging WALL DECOR FOR UNDER $4

creating-fake-paint-dipped-hanging-leaf-decorations-by-ada-gonzalez Here’s the scoop, if you want a super economical, easy to make, colorful (customized to colors you love) hanging decor to give your wall a unique colorful happy look this autumn then try making these ‘pretend’ paint-dipped leaf hanging wall decor. I say ‘pretend’ paint dipped bec this gal has NO TIME to dip these leaves in paint, so check out what I did instead to get the paint dipped look without the messiness and how it all cost less than $4 buckaroooos . . . .

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HOW ACCENT WALLS were created in this LIVING ROOM

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My clients Shruti and Gaurav had a busy schedule and lots of friends that stay over, so this living room design was based on making it beautiful and economical for Shruti and Gaurav while making it fun, lively, and comfortable for their friends. When I was done with the design, the stacks of 12 x 12 canvas photos that were still in their original box when I 1st met them finally found the perfect spot on the wall. Do you love the fireplace wall? Before the transformation, it was completely white and had NO mantle. Can you image it? Very plain. Find out how the mantle was added, how we saved money using paint, how my SHORT design to-do-list (just 8 things added to list) made a HUGE difference, and get the scoop on how accent walls were created . . .

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EASY WAY TO MAKE cute clouds and RAINDROPS

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I created these fluffy hanging cotton clouds with sparkly glitter raindrops for my clients. Yep, i DIY’d them and i’ll show you how you can make them too, economically. Wait till you see how they look at my clients apartment (spoiler alert: adorable!) DIY projects are always so much more special for me to make when I know they will be bringing many smiles in my clients home. This is how it all went down . . .

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Ditch the Woman Cave! Helloooo Women Oasis

story board Chairish - part 2 The stylish vintage furniture store called Chairish had a great storyboard idea – to create a Woman Cave storyboard using their vintage items. Ok, I love the idea, just not the name. Woman Cave … eeek! Like, am I hanging as wall decor the animal skin of the mammoth that I just hunted? Not this gal! Especially since my ‘cave’ would have a gorgeous crystal chandelier. Hmm, ok instead of Woman Cave, let’s call it Woman Oasis.  It would be the place to re-energize, to try new exotic tea flavors, to read a book without interruption, to enjoy popcorn & cotton candy guilt free and sip champagne with female friends. And, and of course to gossip without judgment while keeping our 3 sacred rules:

(1) no boys allowed
(2) what is said in the Oasis, stays in the Oasis
(3) must know the latest secret password phrase to enter (probably candy or drink related <– Oops, I have said to much!)

Check out how I created my Woman Oasis storyboard . . . .

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6 STEPS MAKING a DIY journal FOR $2.00

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When it comes to journals, I am SUPER PICKY! There are soooo many beautiful ones sold at stores. However, I often find them … too thick (to carry around in my bag), … too small/short (I run out of page room quickly) ….and too expensive (this costs WHAT?!). So, what’s a economical solutionist to do? Create my own, personalizing it. And, you can too using items that you most like already have at home.

I found the standard school spiral notebook to be perfect. It’s thin enough to carry around so it’s not heavy, and the 70 pages are large enough that I can fit in a lot of writing and sketching before having to turn to the next page. And the best part (wait for it ….) these 70 page notebooks costs less than $1.00. Wohoooo!

In my journals I usually write my feelings, my gratitudes for the day, and a few practice sketches of how I am feeling at the moment. All of which I NEVER go back to read again. Mainly bec it is in the past and I love living in the present. My journals are meant to dump current spiraling thoughts and fears, to remember the beauty I saw that day, and to have a little fun sketching objects since I am trying to improve my drawing skills without judgement. And bec it is without judgement, I don’t like looking back at the sketches. I find it very therapeutic releasing my thoughts from from my mind onto paper. You too? If yes, then check out how EASY and ECONOMICAL it is to create and customize your very own JOURNAL in 6 steps.

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MATERIALS

  1. Economical notebook (the one shown cost me $0.79)

(standard size: 8” x 10.5”

  1. Decorative scrapbook paper (the one shown cost $0.59,

(standard size: 12” x12”)

  1. Pencil (to outline the paper to match the notebook)
  2. Scissors (to cut the paper)
  3. Hole-punch (for the binger holes)
  4. Glue (to adhere the decorative paper onto the notebook)
  5. Paint brush or foam brush (to add glue)
  6. Marker (to TITLE the front cover of your journal)

 

There’s a HUGE variety of decorative scraper that can be used for your journal’s cover. Below are just a few I taped to the wall and as T-rex (our huge kitten) jumped into my arms to see the decorative paper up close. He loves to inspect e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g in our office.

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Have FUN choosing a decorative scrapbook paper. Do you like the fun design I choose for my journal? If you have seen my office (here’s a look at my home office) you know that the colorful POLKA DOTS are perfect for me (I love sprinkles and splish splashes of color!).

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With a pencil OUTLINE the edge of the book and any (binder) holes that it may have.

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Use a hole-punch to karate-chop-cut the outlined holes on the decorative paper

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With a marker (color of your choice) write (or draw) the TITLE for your journal

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6 STEPS TO CREATE A PERSONAL DIY JOURNAL

  1. Place notebook cover onto the back of the decorative paper
  2. With a pencil outline the edge of the notebook (and any holes it may have) onto the decorative paper
  3. With scissors cut the outline drawn on the decorative paper
  4. If your notebook has binder holes, then use a hole-punch to cut them out
  5. Have FUN gluing the front cover of the notebook then attaching the paper to it. I used a small paintbrush to add a thin layer of Mod Podge glue onto the front of the paper to make it even more durable. The paint brush I used left streak lines, so I think a foam brush would be better to use; unless you don’t have a foam brush at home and you don’t mind the streak lines (like me). Especially, since the intent of these DIY JOURNALS is to be easy disposable yet fashionable to you enough to inspire you to write … sketch … etc fun etc. Let it dry overnight (may take less, but I left mine overnight)
  6. With a marker write or draw the TITLE of your journal  Below are some fun titles to inspire you to personalize your journal.

TITLE IDEAS FOR JOURNAL:

  • Something Remarkable
  • Visual Coolness
  • Magic Memories
  • Make it Happen
  • Mine, Stay Out
  • Breath
  • My Scribble Dribble
  • (your name)
  • Travel Treasures
  • Hello Beautiful
  • My Journal
  • Amazing Thoughts
  • Keep it Simple

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I hope this DIY inspires you not just to have a journal where you can dump and tame all your swirling thoughts but to create one that is customized by what you find beautiful, bec YOU are beautiful! For more economical DIY ideas, to see my current interior decorating projects, and to check out photos of our T-Rex follow us here at instagram .

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HOW TO FOLD T-SHIRT to avoid DRAWER CLUTTER

HOW TO FOLD AND FILE T-SHIRTS FOR MORE DRAWER SPACE

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Hi, it’s Ada here again! If you feel you are lacking space in your dresser drawer then this is the perfect do-it-yourself post for you! Hubby has toooons of t-shirts. He usually does the laundry, and I am in charge of putting the clothes away. I hang some, fold some, mysteriously get rid of some (donate pile!). But, we always ended up with an overflow of t-shirts that I had to tame (squish!) into the dresser drawers, until I started filing the t-shirts. Yep, FILING them!  Today’s post I will show you step by step on how you can FOLD and FILE t-shirts to save lots of spac­­­­­­­­e in your drawers. It’s shockingly amazing how much storage space this fold and file t-shirt technique saves in drawers!

MATERIALS

  1. Nothing! With these techniques you don’t need any materials besides t-shirts

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Lay t-shirt so back faces the top
  2. Fold left side to the right
  3. Fold right side to the left
  4. Fold bottom
  5. Fold middle
  6. Fold top

T-shirt is now ready to be filed. How long do these 6 steps take? This process takes SECONDS to do. Seriously! I actually took a stopwatch and timed myself and it took me 15 seconds to fold/file. Easy breezy! Below are the steps with photos, and as you will see our kitten T-Rex helped:

1.  Lay t-shirt so back faces the top (so you can see the front design at the end)

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2.  Fold left side to the right (about 1” from collar)

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3.  Fold right side to the left

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4.  Fold bottom (⅓ rd way up)

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5.  Fold middle (⅓ rd way up)

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6.  Fold top (⅓ rd way up)

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All done, in seconds! Now simple FILE IT in your dresser!

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Hmmm, I may end up filing jeans, undies, socks, and sweaters. When storing winter clothes I usually lay them flat in bins, but now that I am a clothing filer connoisseur I may file everything!!! You too? Check out my instagram feed where I added a cute video showing this fold and file technique.

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3 STEPS TO MAKING THIS GORGEOUS coffee filter PENDANT LAMP

It’s done! My venture into using coffee filters to glam up a round paper lamp shade is finally completed and it looks GORGEOUS! Even hubby agrees that the coffee filter pendant lamp looks much more sophisticated than it sounds. Ready to see the simple process? Check out the (3) items I used to make this gorgeous coffee filter pendant lamp and the (3) simple steps to it’s creation . . . .

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HERE’S THE CUTE SAILBOAT CANOPY WE INSTALLED IN Sean Kais BEDROOM

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The bedroom of my clients’ son, Sean Kai, not only has a tall ceiling, but it’s also slanted. Which is pretty awkward + awesome at the same time! To balance the tall ceiling I proposed hanging a sailboat canopy with one of the corners reaching toward the elevated ceiling slant. And it turned out AWESOME! Read more to see where the canopy was purchased, how (and why) I painted the numbers, and how the room looked BEFORE the design. Ready? Check it out . . . . . .

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