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Plate Hangers: Simple DIY

September 13, 2007

As hard as I try to like them, I really have issues with double spring wire plate hangers, especially since one just left a crack in my Lena Corwin plate. So I’ve been on the hunt for something that won’t scratch or crack my precious Lena melamine and I found a solution that really works for me.

Plate Hangers: Simple DIY
Did you know that adhesive plate discs exist? They stick to the back of your plates and when installed, no hook or holder is visible. Perfect! They’re imported from England and available at your local A.C. Moore for $3.99 each, where I purchased mine yesterday. What happens in the future when you want to remove them? Just soak the plates in warm water and the disc loosens and you can simply peel it off. They come in all sizes, can be trimmed to fit, and the larger disc can support a 6.5 lb plate.

Since the instructions on both the disc and the web do not make mention of using them on melamine, I decided to experiment with things myself to see if the disc would stick to a plastic plate. After allowing the glue to dry overnight, the discs are bonded to the plate and I have no concerns about them separating. Of course, I also used clear duct tape over the disc to secure them, just in case the disc adhesive isn’t enough.

Plate Hangers: Simple DIYYou simply wet the disc and rub the glue around with your finger.

Plate Hangers: Simple DIYThen you position it on the back of your plate. Next use CLEAR duct tape and secure over the disc and plate on the back. Wait 24 hours and you’re done. You can hang them on your wall.

Plate Hangers: Simple DIY

I think these discs answer a question I’ve had since viewing this image in Living Etc. ages ago – how did they install them? It looks like some have wire holders, others do not. The image isn’t clear enough for me to see. But I know this for sure, I would prefer to do things my way – no visible holders. And though I can’t be sure, I’m thinking it would be easy with these disc plate holders and a few tiny wood blocks (from the craft store) in varying heights painted the same color as your walls, screwed into the wall, for the lovely three dimensional effect.

(images from holly becker for decor8)

DIY, Inspiration

DesignMyRoom

August 31, 2007

Jesse from Swatchbox Technologies told me about a new site they’ve launched called DesignMyRoom that allows you to decorate a room virtually using either your own photo or one of the rooms in their library. I haven’t tested it yet since I family here for a few days, and then friends coming in from Montreal so I’ve been running around crazy, but if you’re bored at work today perhaps you can test it out and report in on what you think. I’d love to know. :)

DesignMyRoom
It works like this. You first upload a photo of your own room or select an empty room from their website. Then you decorate it by adding paint, flooring, furniture, etc. You can resize, move, and rotate objects as you see fit. Then you can opt to share it with the community at DesignMyRoom for feedback. Beyond that, I’m not really sure what other features this site offers, but I’m interested in testing the waters next week when I’m back at my desk. It looks pretty cool! Thanks Jesse for the headsup!

(image from designmyroom)

DIY, Objects

Design Within Our Reach: Pimp My O’Brien

July 24, 2007

Love the looks of the DWR parallel shelving that I just blogged but can’t afford either the white-lacquered $1,700 version, or the $2400 find in oak? No worries. Order the sturdy Thomas O’Brien bi-fold bookcase for $239 (74H x 72W x 11.75D) from Target and pimp it! It has great customer reviews, and since I examined this bad boy in person, I know it’s nice and would be fun to alter a little with a mere can of paint.

Design Within Our Reach: Pimp My O'Brien
You can white-lacquer your hearts out, or paint it bold red, black, or leave it alone because the wood is an appealing color in person. You can even do a little two-tone magic on it, like the bookcase shown above from a back issue of Living Etc magazine. Sure, the design is different, but it’s the paint job we’re focusing on here — the lovely two-tone style in white and wood. Oh wait… You see this bookcase and like it so much for it’s compact cuteness, and want that one instead? Well, this is a no-brain situation because you can order the Remsen bookcase as-is from West Elm for $399.

So my friends, we do have affordable options sometimes, ones that don’t involve lumber yards and power tools. Just add paint!

(images from target, DWR, and living etc)

DIY

Real Simple Galleries

June 27, 2007

Jason wrote about something that I look forward to whenever Real Simple hits my mailbox, the amazing paper constructions inside! Check out the new paper construction gallery on the Real Simple website showing a few from past issues. I hope they spoil us and show them all. I loved the ones that they created using road maps once. Do you remember them? They were amazing.

Real Simple Galleries
While cruising their site, I found more goodies! There’s a terrific new round up of all their past covers from 2001-2006, and since they have some of the best stylists around (outside of the Martha Stewart gang), I love examining all the details for styling ideas. And sidepoint, but don’t they have the best wall colors ever?

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If you have time today, visit their additional galleries because they feature everything from centerpieces and flowers to relaxation and pets. Click here for your very own drool fest.

I’m so glad that Real Simple enlarged the imagery on their website, because like you, when it comes to getting enough of a good thing, that simply does not exist when looking at gorgeous spaces!

(images from real simple)

Arts + Crafts, DIY, Inspiration, Shopping + Products, Travel

Matthew Mead Style: Summer!

June 19, 2007

Matthew Mead is someone I admire, so of course his name appears on decor8 from time to time, especially since his website updates with the seasons. This is your reminder to check out his new summer site, it’s so drool-inducing, you’ll really enjoy it.

Matthew Mead Style: Summer!I find Matthew’s work to be a breathe of fresh, New Hampshire country air and love stepping into his magical website to see life through his eyes. Yummy recipes, entertaining tips, and easy craft projects all based around a cottage theme, including a fun way to transform an IKEA lantern for summer.

Matthew Mead Style: Summer!
Psst: Be sure to browse his archives, too.

(images from matthew mead)

Arts + Crafts, Books + Magazines, DIY, Shopping + Products, Travel

Sock and Glove: Creating Softy Friends!

June 19, 2007

I came across the cutest book last night, Sock and Glove by Miyako Kanamori, I have to share it with you! Part children’s story, part instructional guide for creating softies with personality, it’s great for all ages because it gives lone socks, gloves, and mittens purpose again and gets you back into sewing without a huge time commitment.

Sock and Glove: Creating Softy Friends!

The book has 13 adorable friends to make, from fish to dogs, cats to mice, and the author encourages creativity by explaining that each doll can have a unique personality according to how you arrange the face and how much stuffing you use in the body. She encourages experimenting with different looks and not copying one for one what she shows in the book. In other words, live a little, it’s okay to go outside of the line. It’s simple format and darling photos lured me in at first, especially since I’ve had a thing for Japanese craft books since I first “discovered” them in San Francisco back in ’01, but find them hard to follow in Japanese and looking at pretty images only takes me so far when sewing… Sock and Glove released in Japan a few years ago, but was recently translated into English and released here in America just this month.

Simple Sparrow reviewed this book on her gorgeous blog, make sure you take a moment to read what she has to say about it, she wrote a nice review and has some great photos.

(image by holly becker for decor8)

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