Pinterest Pick of the Week: Custom Button Monogram

Hey folks, so I’m obsessed with Pinterest and decided to share with you my favorite Pinterest finds every Thursday.  My pick for this week is the Personalized Vintage Style Nursery Letter.

Such a great idea! Everyone has buttons laying around. I know I have a box full of buttons just sitting there collecting dust.  Check out Letter Perfect Designs on Etsy for more designs.

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You Can DIY: Coasters

I used wrapping paper for the coaster

Last year, I made my very first DIY coaster using paper napkins but I never did a blog post about it.  A few weeks ago, I made coasters again because my friend was having a house warming party and I knew I wanted to make something, so I thought why not make coasters!  And I figured that I should share this with you guys this time.

I found the tutorial on Curbly but  I tweaked it a bit.  Last year when I made coasters I used the waterproof glue E-6000 to glue the felt at the bottom of the tile, however E-6000 smells very toxic. Seriously, I must have lost some brain cells using it.  So to avoid using E-6000 again, I purchased self adhesive felt from Michael’s and it worked just fine.

Material Needed (read below to see what I changed):

  • Plain ‘4 x ‘4white tile coasters (I purchased mine at Home Depot)
  • Mod podge – (purchased Matte Mat-Mate from Michael’s)
  • small paint brush
  • decorative napkins (I used napkins the first time and the second time I used wrapping paper)
  • Polyurethane (I used Diamond Wood Finish Water Based, Semi Gloss)
  • Squares of thin cork or felt (I purchased self adhesive felt at Michael’s and cut into squares)
  • Water proof glue (Do not use E-6000, it smells very toxic and can make you dizzy – seriously, it even says it on the glue.  If you purchase self adhesive felt, you don’t need glue)

Voila! Tie some ribbon around it and you have a nice house warming gift!

Below are the coasters I made last year.  As I said before, I used E-6000 the first time and I had to let these air dry before they came back into the house. I needed to get rid of that toxic brain cell damaging smell.

I used an animal print napkin for this coaster

Let me know what you think.  The holidays are coming, so I think I’ll make some Christmas Coasters too!

Store Spotlight: Forever Interiors

This past weekend, I finally made my way down to  The Junction Area in Toronto and came across this lovely store called Forever Interiors.  As soon as I walked into that store, I was in love.

They reuse and rebuild custom furniture with reclaimed material.  My green heart loves this!  Check out some of their pieces.  My fav (and possibly future table) is the wooden table with the metal legs. LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!

Modern Metal Table by Forever Interiors (I LOVE THIS ONE)

Kitchen Island by Forever Interiors

Modern Metal Bench by forever Interiors

Harvest Table by Forever Interiors (LOVE! LOVE! LOVE THIS)

Thanks to LBB for telling me about the Junction Area!

Check out Forever Interiors website for more reclaimed wood furniture.

Love.

I’m a sucker for romance and of course the cheesy, sappy, romantic movies. I love it all. I can watch Titanic over and over (only part 1), I’ve seen Dirty Dancing a million times and I still cry when I watch the Notebook. I just LOVE it!

I recently watched “Crazy, Stupid, Love” on dvd and of course I LOVED it.  For all you Ryan Gosling fans out there, you will not be disappointed (hello sauna scene!).

Speaking of amour (that’s love in french if you didn’t know),  Style Me Pretty posted this adorable proposal video. This is so sweet!  Enjoy!

Get organized!

teacup jewellery holder

Jewellery Storage in teacups – marthastewart.com

over the door shoe rack

Over the door shoe rack – apartmenttherapy.com

Custom Drawer Dividers – thecontainerstore.com

HAPPY ORGANIZING!

Do you have any organizing tips? Send them to livinglavie@yahoo.com

The Obsession Files: Industrial Lighting

I love the way industrial lighting looks.  Here are some of my favs. What do you think?

Cage Mic Lamp by Diesel

Wallace by Rejuvenation.com

Galley from urbanarchaeology.com

Industrial light by urbanarchaeology.com

Cargo Pendant by urbanarchaeology.com

UPDATE Nov 7th:  Browsing the WWW and came across this lovely blog, Two Thirty Five Designs, and she posted some great finds at home depot for your industrial lighting fix!  check it out here.

Wallpaper Love

Thinking of hanging wallpaper in our bedroom or bathroom.  Here are some wallpaper designs that have caught my eye…

What do you think?

And do you have any tips for hanging wallpaper?

Amoroso Design contemporary dining room
Powder Room traditional powder room
Pulp Design Studios contemporary bathroom
Europeo bedrooms  bedroom
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DIY: Purple Towel Wedding Cake

Hey folks,

It’s been a while since I’ve updated. I’ve been having too much fun this summer!

I wanted to share with you another towel wedding cake by yours truly. This is my second towel wedding cake, and I love how it turned out.

I didn’t know what design I was aiming for. All knew was that I wanted to find a black and white ribbon.  I first went to Dollarama, but didn’t find any nice ribbon there, so decided to head to Michaels.  The flowers and the purple ribbon are from Dollarama.  Click here to see the tutorial on how to do a towel wedding cake.

A towel wedding cake is a fun and creative shower gift and I love making them.  Too bad I can’t make a real wedding cake.  Maybe one day….

So what do you guys think?

Gallery Wall

Thinking of turning our bare wall in our living room into a gallery wall. Check out some of my favs.  Which one do you like?

Need help creating a gallery wall? click here for some tips from Apartment Therapy.