Let your creativity shine.
There's a certain sense of accomplishment that comes with a do-it-yourself project - whatever the end result. You've invested time and energy into giving something new life or a new look. I'm all for repurposing existing pieces of furniture or trinkets - not only for environmental purposes but also for jazzing something up. It adds a new, energetic vibrancy to your home and raises your personal vibrational frequencies. Read below for examples of a few DIY projects I've taken on.
Interior Design, Decorating
One of the easiest ways to jazz up a space is to add wallpaper. As a child, I turned my room into a secret rose garden with rose covered wallpaper. These days, you can easily add an accent wall - like this mini triangle print - using removable wallpaper. A great choice for renters! You can also add wallpaper to the insides of cabinets and closets for an added wow-factor!
I was looking for a valance to help balance out the colorful tile in this room when I found a piece of sample upholstery material I had considered using for a chair project. I didn't end up ordering the fabric for the chairs, but I did end up using the fabric sample as my DIY curtain fabric in this tiny space. I found curtain rings that I could clip the fabric to and it was just wide enough to cover the width of the window.
Removable tile backsplash
In order to make this tiny kitchen more practical, I added a removable subway tile backsplash from Amazon behind the stove and hung an Ikea pot rack just below a pair of floating shelves I found on Amazon. I was able to make the most of this tiny space by moving upwards and creating visual interest with the varying textures and colors of the materials used.
I fell in love with this antique, federal style fish-eye mirror. When I got my hands on it, it was a dark, oiled bronze color. I bought some gold leaf and spray and was able to give this piece a whole new life in less than one hour.
Faux marble and tile
If you're not ready to commit to replacing counters and floors or live in a rental unit, an easy way to add visual interest and texture to the space is through removable faux countertop and floor paper - like this faux marble and faux tile flooring I used. They both withstood the test of time and add a wow factor to an otherwise plain kitchen.
I wanted to create a compelling table scape on my coffee table while simultaneously adding visual interest and texture. I was able to accomplish this by grouping things into threes (tray, coasters, planter), repeating colors (green - for the heart chakra) and layering textures (plants, glass, marble, and wood). I also repurposed glass and malachite prayer beads for added visual interest and to serve as a meditative focal point in my living room.
Kintsugi is the Japanese art of golden repair. In Japan, kintsugi is known as the art of precious scars. Broken pottery is repaired using liquid gold or silver lacquer. Kintsugi is a part of the concept of wabi-sabi, of embracing imperfection, treating the fracture as part of the history of an object and celebrating rather than covering up the scars. Consider kintsugi next time something precious of yours breaks.