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DIY Vintage Linen Wrapped Books

Vintage Linen Wrapped Books

Styling a mantle or a book shelf is hard. I like to do it, but it’s hard. When I was younger, I always envisioned that I would have a library in my house with floor to ceiling shelves housing hundreds, probably thousands of books with a ladder that slid across the wall. What I didn’t know is that the houses on T.V. that had such libraries were mansions, the owners millionaires. We do not have a mansion nor millions of dollars, so we two have bookshelves, one mantle, and maybe 50 books (not including kids books; seems like we do have thousands of those). Anyway, styling a mantle or a bookshelf with “new” books can be difficult. A book’s cover most likely was not designed with your bookshelf in mind and unless you have a library, they aren’t going to look particularly pretty. That’s where these easy DIY comes into play. I turned a handful of “new” books into shelf ready decor. ¬†Apologies to anyone if defacing these books is offensive, but the pages remain intact therefore, they are still readable. ūüôā Read More

DIY Ghost Orb

DIY Ghost Orb

Things have been pretty quiet around here and for that we apologize. Steph and I have both had pretty hectic Septembers (are there any other kind??). But this weekend marked the first weekend of October and I was finally in the mood to do some Halloween crafting and decorating. I’ve had the idea for this project in the back of my mind since we did the DIY pool orbs for the 4th of July. The idea of pairing something as simple as a balloon with the re-useable battery operated tea light is so, so simple and seems to lend itself to any kind of holiday or celebration (my wheels are turning for a Christmas-themed balloon orb project!).

I’d actually never tried the cheesecloth ghosts which have been all over Pinterest for years. However, as I pondered ways to incorporate the orb into Halloween, my mind kept coming back to the idea of using starched cheesecloth or fabric to drape over the lit balloon. I actually tried it both ways – with cheesecloth and with a basic white cotton fabric. I’ve pictured it both ways but think I prefer the fabric application best. Read More

DIY Fabric Covered Lamp Shade

 

DIY Fabric Lamp Shade

I’ve had two shade-less lamps sitting on a console table by the back door for a good 6¬†months. They combined two trends … geometric style and a gold finish. In someone else’s house, they would have looked great as they were. But in my house? Not so much. So, after staring at them for half¬†a year,¬†inspiration finally struck and I decided to spray them a fun color. Read More

DIY Kids Chalkboard Bookshelf


beckham + belle: diy kids bookshelf

We will have lived in this house three years next month. My daughter is six, so that means that she’s had the same room¬†for about half her life. And half of one’s life seems like a long time to have the same decor so, naturally, she’s been itching for a bedroom makeover. (Let there be no mistake that she is my child). We’re about 80% done with the update (I’ll get pictures up eventually), but if I had to describe the new look in one word? PURPLE.

A key element of her bedroom redesign brainstorming was rethinking her storage. She is a pretty compulsive packrat (again, no mistake that she’s mine) and has accumulated a ton of junk. Good thing she doesn’t read this blog, she’d be sooooo mad that I called her stuff “junk” (but let’s be real, it is). ¬†The shelving that she has had in her room, pictured below, is¬†super cute and has been well used but is¬†are more suited to picture books than the chapter books that she’s so enthusiastically moved on to. So, looking for a more appropriate book shelf,¬†I perused around online … found this one that I liked, and that inspired it, but it wasn’t quite the right fit for the space. With a few tweaks, I think we’ve successfully recreated it to meet our needs!

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