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8 Summery DIY Ideas

Hello Friends, it is Leslie here with eight summery DIY ideas I found. Even if it is winter where you are I hope you find some of these ideas inspiring.


1. Lots of quick and easy ideas for cleaning up your home’s entryway can be found at Real Simple like this one or this one. I love the painted on floor mat in this front hall!
2. Check out the directions on how to use colorful dyes to brighten up any basic canvas shoe on Martha Stewart Living.


3. Benita of Chez Larsson shares her fabulous organization tips for her home office here and here.
4. Benita also explains about how she organizes her photographs in this post. There are lots of really good home improvement projects and ideas that Benita shares at Chez Larsson, I am sure you will enjoy reading more once you visit her!


5. Even though it is Winter in Australia, Donna Hay still has some beautiful summer entertaining recipes and ideas here.
6. I think poufs are everywhere because they are an easy way to add color or update a sitting area. Here is a pattern to make your own by Amy Butler. You can find more information about the pattern and how much fabric you will need on Amy’s gorgeous site right here.


7. Isn’t this DIY chevron rug project amazing? Please visit the Little Green Notebook Blog by Pearl Street Interiors to read about how to make an inexpensive Ikea rug not something fabulous all by yourself.
8. I had to end with this delicious looking cherry crumble cake as it would be perfect for a picnic or with tea while doing a little reading. Mowie of Mowielicious is always whipping up something incredible and I am sure you will enjoy checking out his beautiful blog.

I hope you have found a project or two that may spark your creative energy this week. I will see you back here soon, until then take care and thank you. — Leslie.

P.S. Holly and I spent the day together, she says hello to all of you! xo

Posted by decor8 in DIY, inspiration on July 15, 2010

Your comments...

  1. ishtar commented
    July 15th, 2010 at 2:18am

    oh its SO great you two finally met!!!!!!!! how wonderful! I hope you spent a great day together!!: )

  2. Will commented
    July 15th, 2010 at 3:16am

    Love the DIY chevron rug idea! Thanks, Leslie!
    Will´s last blog post ..Living Etc August 2010

  3. Gosia commented
    July 15th, 2010 at 3:29am

    Hi Leslie! Thanks for this generous post!! Have a nice summer day!
    Gosia´s last blog post ..Again about the weather

  4. Make, Do & Send commented
    July 15th, 2010 at 3:32am

    Sooo many great ideas, thanks Leslie! I also really love the font you have used for the numbers it’s so quirky! I’d love to know what it is if you dont mind sharing your secret font sources? ;) Alex x
    Make, Do & Send´s last blog post ..Sol Linero

  5. Viv commented
    July 15th, 2010 at 3:56am

    I love all these ideas Leslie especially the DIY chevron rug. How clever!

  6. ana commented
    July 15th, 2010 at 4:04am

    great ideas. I love Donna Hay recipes. I do her sponge cake recipe on birthdays.
    ana´s last blog post artDeco button ring – &euro500

  7. Ewelina commented
    July 15th, 2010 at 5:40am

    The gum drop pillows are so funky. I love their patterns and colours…but to suggest that I should produce one on my own is a slight exaggeration ;)
    Ewelina´s last blog post ..This used to be a garage

  8. laura trevey commented
    July 15th, 2010 at 5:49am

    Organizing your home office is always a good idea… You feel better and can be more productive!
    laura trevey´s last blog post ..Beautiful Sponsor- Theme Fragrance

  9. lady a. commented
    July 15th, 2010 at 7:35am

    I love the idea of date-labelled photo CD’s. Such a simple trick and so much easier life.

  10. Morgan commented
    July 15th, 2010 at 8:25am

    I love this post! I am off to make the cherry crumble!
    Morgan´s last blog post ..Cookie Pie- 2gether 4ever recipe- peanut butter cookie pie

  11. Inspired Shares commented
    July 15th, 2010 at 8:39am

    It must be a Tie Dye day…I posted some clothes on my blog today that are beautifully tie dyed. I love the sneakers you have shown, also I think pillow cases would be so fun to tie dye as well!
    Inspired Shares´s last blog post ..Chic Tie Dye

  12. Shanon commented
    July 15th, 2010 at 8:42am

    Love that rug idea Leslie! You have a magical touch for gather up wonderful ideas. =)
    Shanon´s last blog post ..Sometimes

  13. Shay commented
    July 15th, 2010 at 9:02am

    Thanks Leslie !!!! Inspiring ideas. Super fun and creative ideas.

  14. Holly commented
    July 15th, 2010 at 9:43am

    I love the idea with the rug. What a great way to add your own personal touch to your rug!
    Holly´s last blog post ..In need of coffeeand a beautiful kitchen!

  15. Julia commented
    July 15th, 2010 at 9:48am

    I LOVE the ideas! I start thinking, ‘oh, that seems easy’ and ‘That shouldn’t take too much time’. But I’m getting married in less than 3 weeks so I need to stay away from fun stuff like this for a little while :)

    I’m definitely checking back soon though. The chevron rug seems like a great project, and the cherry crumble cake looks yummy!
    Julia´s last blog post ..Time flies!

  16. Jules @ Lovely Las Vegas commented
    July 15th, 2010 at 9:48am

    Oooh! Some many great ideas… not enough time!!

    Hehe, I wish it was the days of summer break… adult life of working during the summer is a bummer ; ).

    I would like to clean up my entry way, laundry room, and office, though, so some of these ideas should be a great help! Thanks for compiling this inspiring list.
    Jules @ Lovely Las Vegas´s last blog post ..Lovely Las Vegas- Swish Shabu Shabu

  17. fresh365 commented
    July 15th, 2010 at 10:30am

    Love that zigzag rug- especially the colors! So fun!

  18. Victoria Klein commented
    July 15th, 2010 at 11:00am

    So many nifty ideas – thanks for the great roundup, Leslie! The though of painting a rug sounds complicated, but they made it look quite easy :)
    Victoria Klein´s last blog post ..Artistic Treats- Mayuko Fujino

  19. sara, designers call commented
    July 15th, 2010 at 11:27am

    I love the color palette, and I especially adore the poufs. What a great pattern and fun idea for a summer hobby.

  20. Jane @ The Borrowed Abode commented
    July 15th, 2010 at 11:38am

    Loving that painted rug!!!

    Today I guest posted on a friend’s blog about 4 easy gifts you can handmake. My favorite of the four is a jewelry display board, made using thrifted items, that can store your jewelry while looking good!
    Jane @ The Borrowed Abode´s last blog post ..My first time as a “guest blogger!”

  21. Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor commented
    July 15th, 2010 at 11:41am

    The Gum Drop Pillows are divine! My daughter would love a huge pile of them to flop onto with her friends!
    Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor´s last blog post ..You Didnt Return My Email Message – Unfortunate Misunderstandings

  22. Kitty @ lavender playground commented
    July 15th, 2010 at 12:34pm

    Ohhh I would love to try the shoe dyeing idea, sounds like so much fun. I love Mowielicious! His photographs always make me hungry

  23. Meaghan commented
    July 15th, 2010 at 12:49pm

    I want to rush to Ikea right now and get one of these plain rugs so I can DIY it ASAP! Thanks for posting this, what a great idea!
    Meaghan´s last blog post ..Baby Sun Hats

  24. Nuit commented
    July 15th, 2010 at 1:03pm

    oh what a fabulous post!!! loved the pattern by Amy B and definitely going to try it. And god knows I need to organize my photos immediately if not sooner! x
    Nuit´s last blog post ..The crisp lines perfectly styled

  25. PriscilaPetersDecor commented
    July 15th, 2010 at 1:09pm

    Beautiful images, as always.
    Great ideas, and the cherry cake looks so tasty.
    PriscilaPetersDecor´s last blog post ..Inspiring images

  26. Ms Matryoshka commented
    July 15th, 2010 at 1:52pm

    Thanks for the great post. I suddenly feel inspired to do all things domestic and may even attempt the Cherry crumble this afternoon.

    Ms Matryoshka´s last blog post ..Flamenco Finery

  27. pixie commented
    July 15th, 2010 at 2:18pm

    That DIY rug (no. 7) is amazing! Love it and the colors…
    pixie´s last blog post ..Scaffolding and Netting- Oh My

  28. Laura Gaskill commented
    July 15th, 2010 at 2:36pm

    What a wonderful roundup, Leslie! My baby is napping so I think I’ll take a few minutes to click around and daydream about projects I want to get to :)
    Laura Gaskill´s last blog post ..Guest Post- Sparkling Ink

  29. Elkie commented
    July 15th, 2010 at 3:22pm

    I love the chevron rug idea! I may have to make one for my new art space.

  30. Penny Patten commented
    July 15th, 2010 at 5:13pm

    Love the ottomans, I would love to try to make them!
    Penny Patten´s last blog post ..Birds Live Here

  31. Melissa de la Fuente commented
    July 15th, 2010 at 6:05pm

    These are all fantastic! Thank you so much for all of this wonderful inspiration Leslie, that Chevron rug has my name on it! I LOVE it and you can bet I will be trying that out! Hello to lovely you and Holly! So fun that the two of you got to spend the day together! Awesome!
    Melissa de la Fuente´s last blog post ..The little things &amp little moments

  32. Sandy commented
    July 15th, 2010 at 7:21pm

    Love the DIY rug! Never thought of that..
    Sandy´s last blog post ..One for the Cats Happy Birthday to my- Kobe

  33. Bridgette at Picked Fresh Daily commented
    July 15th, 2010 at 7:48pm

    I love #7! Literally an hour ago I told my husband I was going to great a chevron rug for our living room. I’m planning on using large canvas drop cloths, but now I’ll have to check out Ikea too for some more inspiration!

  34. elle @ lapsushumanus commented
    July 16th, 2010 at 3:55am

    OK, definately not as glamarous as the above ideas – maybe I just need to get better at styling my photos – but how about spray-painting wicker chairs to give them a longer, more colorful life…

    I think I’m going to pit some cherries, later today!
    elle @ lapsushumanus´s last blog post ..hang some starfish with a hanger!

  35. raru commented
    July 16th, 2010 at 4:59am

    Hello Leslie thank you for these awesome ideas ;))) I think that now I know what I will do in Saturday. I love the last idea ;))))

    Thank you so much and have a great Friday.

    raru´s last blog post ..Colorful Friday ♥ Цветен петък

  36. Fresh Design Blog commented
    July 16th, 2010 at 6:27am

    You’ve gathered up some great ideas! I particularly love the gum drop pillows, thanks for the link to the pattern.
    Fresh Design Blog´s last blog post ..Nautical neptune spoons

  37. KG @ KG Style commented
    July 16th, 2010 at 7:24am

    I love the 21 ways to enhance an entryway! It’s fantastic! I love the fact that they suggested you Paint a runner on the floor instead of actually using one!
    KG @ KG Style´s last blog post ..NYC Living- Reducing Clutter – Storage as an Alternative

  38. Diana commented
    July 16th, 2010 at 8:00am

    Oh my! Every time I scrolled down to see more I was hit with something else inspiring! Office organization tips – sign me up! DIY Pouf – Something I’ve been wanting to do for ages!! That chevron rug!! – picture me bouncing in my chair with delight.

    Great post!
    Diana´s last blog post ..The 7 Link Challenge

  39. Tiago Morena commented
    July 16th, 2010 at 9:26am

    Great post, I will sure try some of the projects. I´m amazed with the rug chevron. That´s a great idea!!

    Thank you for the inspirational post!

  40. Nicole | blue bicicletta commented
    July 16th, 2010 at 12:22pm

    ooh, I love the idea of dyeing canvas shoes! What a fun project—and then you’d get to admire your feet all day!
    Nicole | blue bicicletta´s last blog post ..Creative Living in process Interview with Kerri Devine

  41. Mandy Ford commented
    July 16th, 2010 at 1:22pm

    Great ideas – love the chevron rug!

    Mandy @ DesignBrew
    Mandy Ford´s last blog post blend

  42. Terri commented
    July 16th, 2010 at 4:10pm

    I need some of those poufs in my house… I may have to check out that Amy Butler pattern! And the cherry crumb cake… my mouth is watering!
    Terri´s last blog post ..Weekend Reading

  43. Laura (youngDCliving) commented
    July 16th, 2010 at 4:11pm

    I love all of these ideas–especially the photography CD organization tip and the link to the fabulous looking Cherry Crumble cake. Yum!
    Laura (youngDCliving)´s last blog post ..Irresistible Oatmeal Cookies

  44. Linda Starr commented
    July 17th, 2010 at 5:58am

    I need several of those gum drop pillows, or ottomans, love them.

  45. Christine commented
    July 17th, 2010 at 11:41am

    Can’t take my eyes off number eight~ beautiful shots!
    Christine´s last blog post ..Art Doll Shop Update

  46. suzanne commented
    July 17th, 2010 at 12:38pm

    oh those are some great ideas!
    i especially love the gum drop pillows/ottomans :)
    suzanne´s last blog post ..Christmas in July Sale!

  47. Rachel commented
    July 17th, 2010 at 9:13pm

    Love the shoe dyeing idea! I will definitely be trying that!

  48. Cheryl Elsbree Interior Design commented
    July 17th, 2010 at 9:29pm

    Love all of these great ideas. I think I will try the gumdrop pillows first.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Cheryl Elsbree Interior Design´s last blog post ..Interior Musings 2

  49. Casa e Cose commented
    July 18th, 2010 at 7:42am

    What an excellent post! Thanks so much! I love photos of creative office spaces – i wished i had one…
    have a loverly sunday.
    Casa e Cose´s last blog post ..Natural baby

  50. ThiliBlooms commented
    July 18th, 2010 at 8:20am

    I really like how you organize the pictures in the post!
    So pretty and organized :)
    ThiliBlooms´s last blog post ..New Belt and some other flowers to be shipped

  51. vosgesparis commented
    July 18th, 2010 at 2:26pm

    Thanks for this lovely post…. Inspired by the organizing ideas of Benita I bought a new spindal of cd’s and some nice white boxes !
    vosgesparis´s last blog post ..Holliday homes

  52. Tracey Chalk commented
    July 19th, 2010 at 4:49am

    Love the photo organisation at chez Larson!
    Tracey Chalk´s last blog post ..100th Post Giveaway!

  53. Chyme commented
    July 19th, 2010 at 5:30am

    This is amazing and a lovely post. Thanks for sharing this lovely ideas.

  54. Larry | Interior Design commented
    July 19th, 2010 at 7:34am

    Great DIY chevron rug idea. Thanks a lot Leslie.

  55. house of nicole commented
    July 19th, 2010 at 8:14am

    good ideas. beautiful pictures! i like your blog:)

    am gonna visit you regularely from now on!

  56. Keatley & Co. commented
    July 19th, 2010 at 9:24am

    I really need to organize my working space. What great photos you have posted. They have inspired me to do something about my desk immediately.
    Keatley & Co.´s last blog post ..Grow little plant- grow

  57. anh commented
    July 19th, 2010 at 1:06pm

    what great ideas!!!!

    anh´s last blog post ..Not so Shabby Giveaway!

  58. hena tayeb commented
    July 19th, 2010 at 2:22pm

    these are all fabulous ideas.. i especially love the rug..
    hena tayeb´s last blog post ..Introducing Daanyal

  59. The Frugal Style commented
    July 19th, 2010 at 6:55pm

    Oh my! I wouldn’t even know what to comment on first…everything looks amazing! What a great list of ideas!!! I am in love with the cherry crumble wrapped in parchment paper…makes me drool just looking at it!
    Melissa :-)

  60. Alex Louisa commented
    July 19th, 2010 at 8:38pm

    I like the rug idea! And I must admit that I need to adopt the “Organise your home office idea…” I always love how it looks when it’s all clean, but I’m not very good at keeping it that way. If my art supplies are all spread out all over the place, then they’re much easier to get to! (Or so I say…)
    Alex Louisa´s last blog post ..New blog address

  61. ashley commented
    July 19th, 2010 at 11:21pm

    Fabulous ideas!! I love it!
    ashley´s last blog post ..10 Year Reunion Weekend

  62. Abby commented
    July 20th, 2010 at 6:02am

    I love the colours! And the cherry slice looks delish!
    Abby´s last blog post ..Chicken corn soup w rissoni

  63. pinkbathtub commented
    July 20th, 2010 at 9:26am

    Lovely post. I am drooling over the cherry crumble cake;)

  64. Susan commented
    July 20th, 2010 at 2:34pm

    So many great ideas. I absolutely love the poufs. As an avid sewer I was happy to see a link to a pattern too. Now I just need to get my sewing machine back from my daughter.
    Susan´s last blog post ..Fountains Full Of Style

  65. Aansy commented
    July 21st, 2010 at 7:51am

    those gum drop pillows are so attractive and the color shades are marvelous
    Aansy´s last blog post ..Decorative Table Lamps For Modern Drawing Rooms

  66. Brooke H commented
    July 22nd, 2010 at 10:59am

    Beyond fantastic post, thanks Leslie!! Im especially dying over the chevron rug. Great job, love a great collection of DIYs.
    Brooke H´s last blog post ..Bridal Illustration Art Wall

  67. Torrie @ a place to share... commented
    July 28th, 2010 at 10:46am

    There are times when I feel as if I’ve hit the ‘blogger’s jackpot’…
    …This is one of those times.
    Thank you for sharing the office organization links with us. I have been ‘drowning’ in magazines and photos and have really wanted to formulate a strategy for getting beyond this. This is exactly what I needed.
    Torrie @ a place to share…´s last blog post ..Batali family blackberry pie

  68. Corey commented
    September 28th, 2010 at 1:15am

    In the first picture, is that a real floor mat or is it painted? The color choices are excellent – very summery.

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