Saturday, October 20, 2018

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

A Simple Idea For Halloween Decor




This has got to be the simplest way to decorate for Halloween! Give your home that "abandoned" look and cover the furniture in old white sheets. When the sun goes down, the candlelit room casts an eerie glow on the white sheets making them almost look like ghostly figures. 




I'm a lover of deep, dark hues in home decor but I found myself gravitating towards using a lot of white for Halloween. I was surprised since I've been so into black lately you would think that I would continue to use black right into Halloween. But, I'm sort of a "expect the unexpected" type of person and sort of do things "backwards" so actually it's no surprise to me that I ditched most of the black for my creepy decor and opted for white. I think it makes sense actually, considering that mummies, ghosts and skeletons are usually white! I guess I'm dreaming of a whiiiitte... Halloween??? (I just realized my 2017 Christmas decor was black...and my Halloween decor white??? I told you I'm all sorts of backwards!)




IN LOVE with how these entomology cloches came out! Did you happen to catch my DIY Bug Cloche post ? I created them using dollar store toy bugs! Can you believe how beautiful they turned out? You can check out the details by clicking HERE🕷









The design for my Halloween decor started with my DIY Skeleton Garland on the fireplace. I think the fireplace is my favorite part of this year's Halloween decor. Or...or is it the bugs..?



Oh, and just to let you know, I don't leave the sheets up during the whole month of October, LOL. I drape the sheets on the furniture the morning of Halloween and everything comes down and gets stored away the following day. I just wanted to show you what it will look like :) . The rest of the Halloween decor like the mantel and bugs do stay up for a few weeks in October since those are easy to live with and don't really get in the way.

find this skeleton bowl HERE
Can you believe how much "ambiance" you get with a bunch of skeletons, candles and some old wrinkly sheets? It's always the simplest things that can have the biggest impact ;)

-Till next time!
Oscar

P.S. you want MORE HALLOWEEN IDEAS? CLICK HERE to see them!


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

DIY Entomology Cloche with Dollar Store Bugs



Ever since I can remember, I've been fascinated with curiosities like bugs and other things displayed behind glass. There's something eerily beautiful and mysterious about these oddities and seeing them displayed in a beautiful way is really enchanting to me.

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On a recent trip to IKEA I noticed that they carried a variety of cloches (or glass domes) and at very affordable prices. I decided to pick up a few and create a fun project for Halloween.



glass dome, about $12 at IKEA


I wanted to display creepy bugs inside my cloches so I visited my nearest Dollar store and picked up a few rubber bugs and some butterflies.  After spending just a few bucks at my nearest Dollar Tree, I was on my way home eager to start on this simple project!




Can't go wrong for a dollar!

The size of the bugs are pretty big!



Here is what you need to make a bug cloche:


-Cloche or Bell Jar
-Rubber Bugs
-Fake Butterflies
-Styrofoam
-Wooden Skewers
-Moss
-White Spray Paint
-Hot Glue


The process for making these bug cloches is pretty simple. I mean, based on my pictures alone I'm pretty sure you can figure it out but I'll go ahead and explain it to you anyway in case you're not a visual learner ;)



  • Determine how high your bug should be standing inside the cloche and cut your wooden skewer according to that height. Attach the skewer to the underside of the bug using hot glue. 


This pic grosses me out

  • Take all your bugs outside and spray paint them with white spray paint



  • While you wait for the bugs to dry, cut some Styrofoam to fit on the base of your cloche and attach it with a little bit of hot glue and cover the Styrofoam with moss. Us a bit of hot glue to attach the moss too.



  • After a few hours your bugs should be dry. Stick the skewer right in the middle of the Styrofoam, put the glass dome over it and you're done!





*Note: The butterflies already come with wire attached to them so all you have to do is stick the wire into the Styrofoam. No skewer needed!







These beauties are currently adorning the desk in my living room. I'm going to add some webs and other creepy things to really make this vignette come alive for Halloween! Can't wait! I really love the way these bugs came out! I know they aren't realistic-looking because they are white, but I still love how stricking they are. Because the bugs are white, they almost look sculptural -like little works of art. I can totally envision a bunch of these bug cloches filling a mantel...OMG that would look AMAZING!

All that's left is to put up the webs! Actually, I already did put up the webs but I'm getting that post ready for you!  Stay tuned for some tips on getting your Halloween webs to look more realistic cuz nothing annoys me more than webs that look like SNOW!

***EDIT!***
 WEBBING POST IS DONE! CLICK ON THE PIC BELOW TO READ IT!



Till' next time!
-Oscar

Sunday, October 7, 2018

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

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Monday, August 6, 2018

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Late Spring Coffee Table Styling -An Open Book

So we all know how good a stack of books look on a coffee table, but how about actually opening up a  book to enjoy its illustrations and pictures?



Coffee table books are usually FILLED with beautiful pictures to look at. Each page can be a little work of art. The best part is you can flip the page whenever you feel like revealing a new little art piece for you to enjoy while relaxing on the couch. Combine your favorite book with a couple of decorative pieces and some fresh flowers to  complete the look.





I've put together some of my favorite coffee table books that are on my wish list. These beauties will immediately add interest to your coffee table.



This post is part of a monthly series that I call "What's On My Coffee Table" where I share tips to style that flat surface in the middle of your living room because let's face it, it can sometimes be challenging to arrange things just right, or to even come up with ideas. You can find more coffee table styling ideas from holiday themes to styling some orchids and its all on the blog! You can see all the posts by clicking HERE. Also, feel free to share your styling ideas on Instagram with the hashtag #whatsonmycoffeetable ! I looove seeing all your ideas and I always share my favorites and here is this months pick!

via @coastalhomelove on Instagram

This is such a great example of how much style a beautiful book adds to a coffee table. This simple setup by Jo from Coastal Home Love features 3 books, an interesting bowl, a small jar, a candle, and a potted plant. Nothing elaborate, right? But Jo's arrangement looks intentional and pulled together because she stuck with a color scheme. Nice job, Jo! Thanks for sharing on Instagram!

Thanks to all for reading! 'Till next time!
-Oscar






Thursday, May 3, 2018

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Monday, April 16, 2018

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

A Simple Spring Coffee Table

I'm definitely what someone would call a “seasonal decorator" which means that the decor in my home changes to reflect the current seasons. I usually start making those changes early so that once the season changes, my home is all set. Why do I bother, you ask? First of all I LOVE changing my surroundings and second, it helps me create content for this little blog of ours. (I say ours because the blog isn't for me, it's for US or maybe even more for YOU). 

Anyway, I'm a bit late with my spring decor because I recently started a new full-time job which has been taking a lot of my time, but in a good way; I'm definitely grateful. 

 My place had been feeling pretty stagnant since after Christmas and it was starting to take a toll on my confidence. To me, my surroundings are very important to me (obviously). The state of my surroundings affects my mood, my self-esteem and even my energy level. 

I didn't have the energy nor did I want to spend the money on making a bunch of changes so I decided I was just going to make a small change on the coffee table. I was hoping that adding some fresh flowers and a  plant would make my place feel a bit more “springy” and I think I was right 😊

Since I'm a sucker for torture, I decided to bring home a couple of potted plants knowing that I would eventually murder them after a few weeks but hey, they would at least last longer than picked flowers! Nothing says spring like ferns so I purchased two small maidenhair ferns and stuck them in my favorite planter. What I like about the ferns is that they're big and puffy so you get a lot of "look" for your buck. I also picked up this cute little potted flower called "Orange Star". It's an indoor plant so I assumed it wouldn't die right away.


Wish me luck with these!

The plants definitely freshened up my living room, but the coffee table still needed something decorative... 

I was rummaging through my garage looking for a vase when I ran into my collection of vintage paint brushes that were  gifted to me by Matt De Vaul , shop owner of MMD Antiques in Orange, CA. I've had those paint brushes for a while but haven't had the chance to use them. So glad I did because I think they look cool as heck! I arranged the brushes in a glass measuring cup and added them to the coffee table and I think they look super interesting! I love the way the paint brushes look in conjunction with the gallery wall paintings.





Now you know what to do with any old paintbrushes you have lying around in the house 😉



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Want to show off YOUR coffee table? Share it on Instagram and use the hashtag #whatsonmycoffeetable . I'll be sharing my faves on the blog and on Instagram! This months favorite was shared by @sixtyfifthavenue on Instagram!



My favorite flowers happen to be carnations and I love this casual, airy arrangement with the varied hues of red.

Thanks for reading! Hope you are inspired to add a little spring freshness to your place. For more ideas on decorating your coffee table, click HERE!

'Till next time!

-Oscar




Monday, February 19, 2018

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

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