5 Minute DIY: No-Sew Decorative Pillow Cover

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Over the past couple of weeks I have to admit that I’ve been a tad bit distracted by a little bedroom makeover that I’m finally almost done with (can’t wait to share the results with you soon). So I wanted to reward you for your patience with a nifty little decor project that you can bust out in 5 minutes or less. Serious! Enter this lightning fast No-sew Decorative Pillow Cover…using a scarf!

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All you will need is a large light-weight scarf (I like to pick up affordable scarves at places like Forever21 and Target), and a throw pillow insert. UPDATE: the pillow used here is 16″x16″ and the scarf is 76″x40.”

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Here’s how to make your pillow cover. First, open and lay your scarf down on a flat surface. Place your pillow insert onto the center of your scarf. Fold the bottom half of your scarf up over the top of your pillow form.

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Then fold the top half down. Grab the two long ends and knot them in the center of the pillow.

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Knot once more for a fuller look. Feel free to tweak the fabric until it looks good to you. Tuck loose scarf ends under the open scarf flaps on either side and distribute the bulk evenly.

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Ta-da!! You’re done!

If you give this project a go, I’d love to see your results! Use the hashtag #ccpillowcover on instagram so we can all have a look-see! xo Ez

Psst…if you’re feeling crafty, you can find all of my past DIY projects in the Creature Comforts DIY Gallery!

My Two Easy Room Makeovers with Valspar Paint (Before)

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My house is much like a person; in that it is filled with plenty of quirks and faults, but I am determined to love it regardless. That doesn’t mean that I can’t find ways to improve it however…and the simplest and most dramatic way that I’ve found to do that is with the magic of paint. After moving in last Spring, I started dreaming of two easy paint-related mini makeovers that I wanted to try. So when Valspar Paint got in touch and asked if I would like to use their paints on any upcoming home paint projects, I jumped at the opportunity.

The two projects I decided to take on were: kitchen-cupboard-inspiration

Project 1: Adding a pop of color to the inside of my kitchen cabinets…inspired by this lovely image from A Beautiful Mess (they used Valspar paint too).

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Project 2: Creating a gallery-style art wall on the main wall in our living room area. Inspiration image from Les Zigouis.

Check out my two before shots at the top of the post. Ugh! Can we agree that a touch of paint could do wonders?!

I’ll admit that in the past I’ve always felt a bit of nervousness related to selecting paint colors (there are just so many amazing hues to choose from…and what if you don’t get it right the first time around), so I was delighted to learn about the Valspar Color Guarantee: if you purchase a color that you don’t end up liking in your space, they will replace it with any new color for free. I didn’t need to take them up on the offer (I loved the colors I ended up with)…but it sure did take a lot of pressure off to know that I could do a color-switcheroo if needed.

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For the kitchen cupboard interiors I knew that I wanted to go with a pale minty green and started gathering inspiration from Pinterest to inspire my paint selection. When all was said and done, I ended up with three great Valspar colors to sample: Alpine Peak, Apothecary Jar, and Cool Mint. After painting some sample swatches I chose the one that most closely matched my favorite latte bowls: Alpine Peak!

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The paint in this photo is still wet, so the color looks lighter than the finished effect (which I love). It’s so fun to walk into my bright white kitchen and then have a flash of my favorite color pop out every time I open a cupboard door!

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Next up…our living room wall. I didn’t even need to test colors this time around, since the second I clapped eyes on the color Tomcat, I was smitten. I chose a nice flat finish (to minimize our excessively textured walls) and got to painting lickety-split. The rich charcoal-black color immediately transformed our space, and I adore it!

I can’t wait to share the finished results with you all? Be sure to check back next week for the big reveal! xo Ez

valspar-sponsor This post was kindly sponsored by Valspar Paint. Find more from Valspar on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. Valspar is newly available at Ace Hardware stores and Valspar is currently rolling out their Ace paint collection nationwide. For a retailer nearest you, please visit the Find A Retailer tool on ValsparPaint.com.

Mark your calendars so you don’t miss out on the chance to ask color questions and receive personalized color assistance from a Valspar color expert during a live chat taking place on the Valspar Paint Facebook page this January 23rd at 8pm EST.

Two DIY Entryway Makeover Projects

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The process of settling into our home has been slow but steady, and we’ve been enjoying adding little personalized details and DIY projects in as often as possible throughout the process. There is still so much to be done (big projects that will take some serious time and money to complete) but a couple of weeks ago I decided that one thing I could tackle would be to add a bit of personality to my front entryway. So I partnered with ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape to create two unique projects (both are easy to customize to suit your own tastes)…I think you’re gonna love them.

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The first project was this adorable and functional DIY Chalkboard Art Wall that I’ll be using as a rotating art gallery / message board. It’s right near the front door, so it’s the perfect spot to write reminders and hang inspiring bits of beauty to brighten our comings and goings.

DIY Chalkboard Art Wall:

Supplies needed:

The last tenants in our home painted the walls in a horrific high-gloss paint, so I knew going into this project that both the glossy paint and the crazy texture of our walls was going to be a challenge. Fortunately the ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape did a good job of keeping the lines sharp. There were a few spots where I was unable to get the tape to make full contact with the wall because of how deep the texture was, but since I knew about my wall’s shortcoming going into the project, I was happy with the end results. The addition of the decorative borders on each frame added a playful vibe to the project that I really love!

Follow the steps outlined in the slideshow above to make your own DIY Chalkboard Art Wall! You can make it as big or small as you’d like…just think of the possibilities!

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Next up, I created a DIY Painted Stripe Rug to keep our shoe / getting ready area looking sharp. The rug I used (from the kitchen department in Target) has a slip-resistant padding on the back, so it’s perfect for weather worn shoes.

DIY Painted Stripe Rug:

Supplies needed:

  • A smooth area rug with tightly woven fibers – a chunky rug will not work well for this project.
  • ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape
  • 4oz. or larger bottle of fabric paint  | I approximately one full bottle of paint for my rug.
  • Sponge or stiff bristle brush
  • Large piece of cardboard or painter’s tarp

This rug was so easy to make, and I love the end result! If I could do it all over again I would snag a larger rug for a bigger impact. Maybe a second rug is in order?!

Follow the steps outlined in the slideshow above to create your own DIY Painted Stripe Rug. The colors you use and the pattern you create is totally up to you. It’s going to look amazing!

Prop notes: Wire Basket – Target | Fungi Art Print by Groundwork | Peonies Forever Photographic Print (by me) | All other art and photos are my own

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A Bastille Day Picnic with Free Printables and a Giveaway Inspired by The Little Paris Kitchen

The Little Paris Kitchen I really don’t need much of a push to spend a fun afternoon cooking with my daughter. So when Chronicle Books asked if I’d like to use their new cookbook The Little Paris Kitchen by Rachel Khoo as inspiration for a Bastille Day picnic, I couldn’t say yes fast enough! My daughter and I chose Clafoutis—Versions Sucre et Sale (Sweet and Savory Clafoutis) as our recipe of the day. I love how the one recipe can be transformed into both a dessert and a main course with only a couple minor changes! You can download a copy of the recipe from the book (generously provided by Chronicle Books) below:

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And before I show you what fun we had putting our picnic together you’re not going to want to miss out on the amazing Bastille Day Pinterest Giveaway Chronicle Books is hosting! I’m already jealous of whichever one of you wins!

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Click on the image above, or this link to enter for your chance to win (prize package valued at over $400). TIP: First make sure that you are logged into Pinterest. Once on the giveaway page, select the image you’d like to pin using one of the check boxes provided, fill in your email address and zip code (US residents only), and click “submit.” Your chosen image will pop up in a ‘pin it’ box…choose the board you’d like to add it to, and you’re done! Find more festive inspiration in Chronicle Book’s Bastille Day Fête board. I’m crossing my fingers that you win!

Chronicle Books is so stellar that they have also provided an entire suite of Free Printables for you that were inspired by The Little Paris Kitchen. There are all sorts of goodies (click each link to begin downloading)! Your next fête is going to be so fabulous!

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littlepariskitchenslidetwo Don’t forget to have fun with your food while you cook!

littlepariskitchen14 Pop those babies out of the oven and let them cool (or if you prefer, serve them warm topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream)!

littlepariskitchenslidesavory While your waiting for the sweet Clafoutis to cool, mix up a quick savory version for your main course!

littlepariskitchenpinic1 We filled our picnic basket with fresh salad and dressing, two types of cheese (labeled with the Free Printable French-Inspired Food Labels / Place Cards), raspberry lemonade, and our Clafoutis—Versions Sucre et Sale!

littlepariskitchenpinic3  For an added festive touch (and to keep them from getting squished in the basket), I wrapped the sweet clafoutis with parchment paper and tied each parcel closed with baker’s twine.

littlepariskitchenpinic7 Instead of driving to a park, we decided that we wanted to take advantage of our beautiful yard, and set our picnic up outside our house instead. Such a grand idea!

littlepariskitchenpinic8 littlepariskitchenpinic10 littlepariskitchenpinic13 I can’t believe that it’s taken us this long to get outside for a festive picnic. It’s my new favorite thing (thank you The Little Paris Kitchen for inspiring us)! If you don’t have a yard or decent park close by, it would even be a blast to just set up a picnic indoors! Don’t you think?!

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New! Exclusive Glided Votives Kit at Darby Smart

gildedvotiveskit5 It’s here! The exclusive Gilded Votives Kit that I collaborated on with Darby Smart has just become available for sale! Pick up your own kit with everything you need to create 4 glam golden votives (instructions included) for just $24 (shipping included), right here. Quantities are limited.

darbysmartgildedvotiveskit These DIY votives are so simple…with end results that are so chic, that they easily rank as one of my favorite DIYs of all time (and I’ve done my fair share of DIYing)!

gildedvotiveskit2 After my kit arrived (hooray for happy mail days) I couldn’t wait to dive in. I decided to use the included Mod Podge, paintbrush, and glitter to create bold vertical stripes on one votive.

gildedvotiveskit3 Next, I used my favorite gold paint pen to create simple patterns on two additional votives.

gildedvotiveskit4 The entire process (not included drying time for the glittered version) took me less than 10 minutes! Talk about instant craft-ification!

gildedvotiveskit6 If you order a kit (I sure hope you will), I’d love to see what inspired designs you make with your supplies (the sky’s the limit)! Share photos with the Darby Smart community by pinning or tweeting your project with the hashtag #darbysmart. I can’t wait to see what you create! xo Ez

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