photos by Jared Smith
If any of you remember my old home tour and living room reveal, then you know it’s been a while since it’s had some updating! It was looooong overdue for something a little more sophisticated and gender neutral, but I think I’ve accomplished just that with my living room makeover and some key pieces from Arhaus! It’s funny how just changing the sofa, rug, and accent chairs makes a huge difference even with the same general layout, wall color, and style, isn’t it?
I also feel pretty adult considering this is the first time I’ve owned what I like to call “long lasting” furniture that’s worth investing in, as opposed to things I’ve picked up really quickly just to fill the space. Don’t get me wrong, I still have lots of not-so-great budget furniture, and I still love my DIY accent pieces (there are still plenty in this room, can you spot them?!), but I’m now a firm believer that investing in the big stuff is worth every penny. The fact that my previous couch was (literally) propped up on stacked books because the legs weren’t sturdy is a great example of this, ha!
Now for the before and after details!…
photo by Jared Smith
Besides the PSL (pumpkin spiced latte) craze, you know Fall has really arrived once people start busting out the candied apples. I’ve never really understood this Fall/Candied Apple phenomenon myself, but hey, I can get down with just about anything dipped in caramel any time of the year, so I don’t question it. I did, however, take it upon myself to make DIY candied apple macarons for those that prefer not to have the mess of regular caramel apples but still like to blend in when Fall rolls around.
I know what you’re all thinking right now, “Sure, go ahead and pretend to take one for the team when really you just wanted to make something else out of macarons”. In that instance, you’d be correct, but I am at least sharing my DIY fail portion of this with you, too…
I could honestly dream up polymer clay DIY ideas every week for the rest of my life. I, Teri, love this stuff and can’t get enough of just how versatile it is as a material. Even better is that this tutorial doesn’t involve rolling or moulding, so it literally couldn’t be simpler unless a very kind person did it for you instead (ha!). These DIY mini mountain photo holders are a super cute way to display your own snaps, creations, or the sweet momentos you pick up on your merry way. Not to mention they’re perfect for the upcoming holidays!
Have a few dotted along a shelf or one by your bed to create an interesting way of showing off your paper goods, especially those that aren’t quite big enough for your walls but love regardless…
photos by Ling Wang
If a colorful wardrobe is something you pride yourself on, then this Halloween costume idea will be easy breezy for you to recreate! Plus, if you were even remotely in touch with your friends from art school, you’d know that it doesn’t get much more hipster for Halloween than a DIY pantone color combo couples costume (try and say that three times really quick!).
This also has to be one of my favorite costume ideas that we came up with, and the beauty of it is you still have cute outfits to wear around when the season is over, because the Pantone labels are removable (winning!)…
photos by Ling Wang
First off, can we just openly laugh about how Jared looks like the missing member from N’Sync, and I look like I walked right off of a plastic Halloween costume bag from the nearest costume store? You win some, you lose some, right?! All in all, this Pushing Daisies couples costume idea is something you can definitely recreate with what’s in your closet — if you’re a hipster of course. Which apparently I am a little bit, but mostly I’m referring to Jared’s ensemble, which minus the apron.. and the random pie.. he would wear on a normal day.
Technically I’m not quite cool enough for my dress, because I’m friending up with Cheeky Vintage and was able to snag the perfect LRD (little red dress) from them for this outfit!
photos by Ling Wang
For those of you that love aiming for that mannequin look, this one’s for you!.. Except your facial expressions will probably need to be far less cute for photo-ops, and cupped hands make it harder to hold drinks and bites while staying in character. Nonetheless, this Lars and The Real Girl couples costume is one of my favorites from this series! Mostly because we secretly couldn’t stop laughing while trying to shoot the details, but also because Jared got to wear his faux mustache again. Not to worry, we trimmed it after yesterday’s costume idea, ha!
Good news about this couples costume, is you can probably use a lot of items you already have in your closet, minus a few thrifted items here and there, which is what we did because no one needs giant snow boots in Texas. For those of you not familiar with the film, we’re recreating this look!…