Category Archives: Decor

DIY // Ikea hack bar cart


DIY Ikea hack bar cart | DIY Ikea hack bar cart |

Things are starting to come along here and there with the new studio, especially since my Dad has been here for the last week! Between him teaching me how to install dimmer switches, how to fix an ice maker, and what kills a cesspool of mosquitos, we also managed to make a DIY Ikea hack bar cart. Not bad right?

I’m super excited to share the studio reveal coming up soon, but until then, this should give you a good idea of the aesthetic: modern, light with a few pops of color and mid-century twists. Here’s how–

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DIY // Summer pom pom throw


DIY summer pom pom throw | DIY summer pom pom throw |

I’m all for a quick throw you can toss in your bag for nights on the beach, evening gatherings with friends, awkward flights next to someone you hope doesn’t talk to you for four hours nonstop (was that too honest?), and even just to add a touch of summer color to the living room. This lightweight DIY summer pom pom throw is just what you need for all of the above, and it’s super inexpensive to make.

I’ve pretty much been sticking with white, golds, and a few natural woods with spots of color here and there for the studio, plus it just happens that pom poms also closely resemble polka dots. Basically I’m just winning left and right with this little project, but I solemnly swear to limit my amount of mid work day naps..

P.s.- how awesome are the white leather desk chairs Wayfair provided for the studio? I can’t wait to show you the finished tour!


DIY summer pom pom throw |

Begin by gluing one strip of trim along the edge of your placemat with either hot glue or fabric glue, adhering just a few inches at a time and them pressing firmly in place.

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DIY // Hanging mirror


DIY hanging mirror |

photos and tutorial by Aileen of At Home In Love

I love a good budget decor DIY as much as the next gal, but only if you can’t tell that it’s a budget DIY. That may sound a little harsh except I think I’ve earned the right to say that somewhere along my long path of not so great decor DIY’s (this is good proof), but Aileen gets an A++ with her DIY hanging mirror. Leather? Paper mache hat boxes? I mean, this girl is after my own heart! Best part is I never would’ve known she made it.

Lucky for you, we happen to be good enough friends to where she’s willing to dish her DIY secret here on S&C…


DIY hanging mirror | Find a sample can of paint that matches the color of your leather strap. Your hardware store should have a good selection in a range of colors, so you should be able to find a color that is pretty darn close. Paint the lid and side of the box (the middle part will have the mirror glued over it, so that part doesn’t have to be painted. DIY hanging mirror | Decide how long your want your leather strap to be and cut it accordingly. Next, punch holes in the lid where you want the bolts to go. DIY hanging mirror | DIY hanging mirror | Trace the holes onto the inside of the leather strap with a pen. Punch these holes using your leather punch (if you have one) or a drill then attach the strap to the lid with the nuts and bolts. DIY hanging mirror | Glue the mirror onto the inside of the lid. Weigh it down with some books and wait for the glue to fully dry, to make sure it’s really secure. Now hang your new mirror on the wall! DIY hanging mirror |

In case you’ve decide you love Aileen as much as I do, you can see some of her other projects here. My favorites happen to be these DIY stamped business cards and these DIY belt strap shelves.


photos and tutorial by Aileen of At Home In Love

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DIY // Before & after of my backyard with Home Depot!


DIY Backyard makeover | DIY Backyard makeover | photos by Kimberly Chau Photography 

It actually pains me a tiny bit to upload the before photos of my backyard with all of the pretties I post here on S&C, but you won’t get the full effect unless I do, so this one’s for you guys! My full makeover reveal is on the Home Depot blog today where you can see all of the extra product details, a quick and easy DIY to disguise an ugly air conditioner, and possibly the most random way you could ever use shower curtain liners for decor (can you guess how?!). In the meantime, I’ll give you the before tour…

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