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Yay for Friday!!  My hubby has the day off and we’re going wakeboarding today with some friends.  I was preggo last summer so its been a WHILE since I’ve wakeboarded so I’m a little nervous and hoping that I can get through the day without any major injuries to my body as well as my pride.  I’m also not super excited to be seen in a bathing suit (its been 9 months today since I had my little guy!) since I still am not in my best “shape”.  Oh well.  Gotta take advantage of the opportunity to get some sun and have some fun!  Hopefully the kiddos will hang in there…we have nice childless friends who never complain about our extra cargo.  At least not to our faces that is. 🙂  Anyway, hopefully the kids will be good and have fun on the boat.  All right then…on with it..

So you remember a few posts back I put up this pic of this amazing ostrich feather light fixture right?

Aren’t you in LOVE with this?  I was dying to DIY one for my kitchen so I started looking into buying ostrich feathers…Umm…yeah…..WAY TOO MUCH $$$ even for a DIY version.  The cheapest I could find ostrich feathers was for about $1.50 a piece and thats the wholesale price if I bought in bulk.  I’d need at least 100 or so which would bring it to about $150 for just the feathers alone.  Not gonna happen.  So I started brainstorming to try to come up with a “faux” ostrich feather version.  I had an idea at about 3 in the morning one night to make faux ostrich feathers with thin white fuzzy yarn and pipe cleaners.  I thought I could make a sort of “loom” out of a cardboard box and weave myself 5 or so feathers at a time.  So I tried it.  And although it was a pretty creative idea,  my faux feathers looked how you would imagine they would…like pipecleaner and yarn “feathers”.  They would be really cute for a kindergarten project but there was no way they’d make the cut for my light fixture.  Bummer.  It was worth a shot.  If any of you have any great ideas to DIY this light with “faux” feathers let me know.  But for now, I have to say that I am pretty happy with my alternative project.

So after my yarn feather idea fell through, I started thinking about what else I could do and looking at other images for lighting inspiration.

I wanted to make something with kind of a fullness and sort of modern elegance.  Although the one I made is posterboard and much more structural than the lose feather light from above, they have the same kind of feeling and touch of lightness that I love.

I made this little baby myself with nothing but 5 sheets of posterboard and a glue gun and I’m thrilled with how it turned out!  It only cost me about $2 to make!

Theres no tutorial on this one (:( Sorry!) but I encourage you to grab some posterboard and get creative and see what amazingness you can design for your next new lighting solution!

Now, I just am going to cut a small hole through the base and attach it to my lighting setup above my kitchen table!  I’m excited to get it up and I’ll post pics as soon as it it hung!  Hope you like it and have fun making your own!  Have a great weekend!

P.S.  MAKE SURE TO USE A COOL BULB WITH THIS LIGHT FIXTURE!!! A COOL FLUORESCENT OR LED is best.

Update: I finally got this thing hung!! Yay and thanks daddy for your help! 🙂

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I have always loved black and white.  I guess its the contrast and the way it always makes a room *POP*.  My master bedroom is black and white, and kahki with a grey undertone, with pops of celadon green.  It is entirely a work in progress, but I thought I’d share what I’ve got so far.

Heres a peak from the doorway.

And another…

I found these modern green velvet barrel chairs at TJMax for $120 each.  Perfect pop of color and so fun and comfy.

These white “end tables” I bought at Target for $15 each.  The fabric that is currently sitting on top is actually a pair of pillow cases I got at Target also for $5 for the pair and will soon become cushions as I am planning on transforming these end tables into ottomans for the end of my bed.

I wanted to add some luxurious texture to the room and wanted to find a white flokati rug for under my bed.  Nope.  Too $$$.  So instead I found this fluffy white shag rug in a 4’x6′ at Target for about $60.  It looks and feels almost like the flokati rug I was eyeballing but for a fraction of the price.

My nightstands are actually antique tea-carts I got for $15 a piece.  I spray painted them black and silver-leafed the tops and then added plexi-glass as a protection for my silver leafing.

I made two chalkboards to go on the nightstands out of leftover MDF from a previous project.  *TIP* Don’t waste the extra money buying chalkboard paint to create custom chalkboards.  Just use regular black spray paint (matte or satin finish works best) and it will turn out just as well.  Actually, I’ve used both chalkboard paint and black spray paint and I prefer the latter.

This is my most recent creation.  The tutorial for this is coming asap!  I made this chandelier out of a spatter guard cover from the Dollar Store and plastic placemats that I found on clearance for $1.30 each  from Target.  I cut them into squares, punched holes in them with eyelet punchers, and used jump rings to fasten them together and attach them to the spatter cover.  I am in the process of making the second one and I’m pretty happy with how they’re coming out.  I am planning on hanging them out from the wall (not the ceiling like is shown in the pics) with something…I’m not sure yet what.  If you have any ideas let me know. 🙂

I chose to make the chandeliers to hang over my nightstands so that I could soften up my focal wall (there were too many hard edges with the nightstands, headboard, and painting) and add lighting higher than what a table lamp would allow.  The pic below shows my old lamp on the right and my new chandelier hung to about the height that it will go on the left.  You can see what a pleasant difference this makes in the space. *TIP* When decorating your room, vary the height of things to keep from making your space seem “squashed” (aren’t you impressed with my fancy decorator terminology).  As you can see below, the lamp on the right is too in line with the headboard and too boxy.  This focal area really needed some light and tapered lighting to bring the eye up and keep it from feeling heavy and uniform.

I painted this painting with leftover craft paint and a 50% off canvas.  I am really pleased with how it turned out.  I like the subtle abstractness of it and the mystery it brings to the room.

I made the headboard with 3″ foam, plywood, and 2×4’s.  Then I sewed a slipcover for it (with velcro on the sides for easy removal) out of old velvet drapes from our old apartment.  I added the ribbon detail with grosgrain ribbon and liquid stitch.  I like it.  It works for now.  I’m sure I’ll re-decorate in a year and make a new slipcover for it in another fun fabric.

This is the wall opposite my bed that I decked out in a collage of frames, mirrors, and shelves.  It isn’t done yet as you can tell but I like the eclecticness of it and I’m excited to get it finished.

This dresser I got for $90 from an antique salesman.  I spray painted it white with black vertical stripes and changed the hardware to chrome knobs.

This was another thrift store mirror I got for $8.  It was gold so I spray painted it metallic silver and then glazed it with black watered down craft paint and sealed it with a matte spray finish.  I actually don’t love it in here and am working on a circle mirror to take its place.  That tutorial will be coming up soon as well.

Heres a look at the room from the other side.  The drapes are actually white twin sheets I got at Walmart for $4 a sheet.  They are light and airy and long and puddle nicely for that luxurious feel I wanted.  There were so many tall windows in this room that I couldn’t afford to go out and buy or make real LONG curtains like I wanted so I improvised and I don’t think anyone has noticed that they’re actually sheets.  The black inner curtains are button up roman shades that I got at BigLots for $7 each.   They block out the sun, and give a nice added dimension to my windows.  They look really cute up but made it too bright to be able to take decent pics in here.

And thats my room so far.  Like I said, a work and progress like most things I do.  I know that just when I get it all done I’ll want to re-decorate!  But I guess its all about finding joy in the journey!  And black and white gives my JOY!  P.S.  My hotel style bedding I got for a steal at $80 from Marshalls.  It came with the comforter, bedskirt, 2 shams, and accent pillow and if you like it I just saw it again at TJMax as a duvet cover last week so you might be able to find it there if you would like it for yourself.

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