D.I.Y. Dog Bed (side table makeover)

Dog bed made from old side table. #repurpose #furniture #dogbed #sewing #chalkpaint

It's been a while since I posted a DIY project, so I hope this was worth the wait. ;)  One of the first things I ever pinned on Pinterest was this dog bed made from an old side table. I thought it was the cutest thing. Ever since then, I've been keeping an eye out for this kind of old round/octagon table that I could transform. Who knew that … [Read more...]

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (my new obsession)

Barstool BEFORE Chalk Paint #anniesloan #chalkpaint  86lemons.com

When we purchased our home nearly nine years ago, almost every single wall in the house was off-white. At the time, I was into bold color. So I went nuts with color on the walls. Bright, sunny yellow in the living room. A cool medium blue in the kitchen/dining room. Warm mocha in the bedroom. Tuscany olive-green in the entry. You get the idea. … [Read more...]

Minty Fresh Finds (my new spring color crush)

mint green accessories #mint #color 86lemons.com

Last August, I posted about my coral color crush. I'm still loving coral, but I've also got a new crush on the color mint. It's everywhere right now. Last week at Target, I couldn't get enough mint. I bought a set of four mint green dip bowls, a mint green photo frame and a decorative minty milk glass bottle (none of which are available online, … [Read more...]

DIY Basket Lid Tutorial

DIY Basket Lid Tutorial  86lemons.com

Several months ago, I decided to paint our entryway. Guess what color? Yup. Valspar Summer Cottage. Same color as the front door, the back of the hutch shelves and the pop of color on the living room wall. Now the entryway is bright and cheery (unlike the former dark olive green color). The only problem was that our entry table (a light blue dry … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Valentine Garland

Easy Valentine Garland using paper lace hearts from the dollar bin at Target  86lemons.com

I have never once decorated for Valentine's Day - until now. But now I have this hutch, this chalkboard, this white wreath and this centerpiece that all beg for festive adornment. It's just so easy to add a few simple touches that I couldn't resist. Besides, winter here in Michigan is drab and gray and depressing - who couldn't use a little … [Read more...]

DIY All-Seasons Linen Wreath

DIY Linen Wreath   86lemons.com

Just over eight years ago, Hubs and I were searching for a new house. He had to have a pole barn. I had to have a large walk-in closet. We got both. At the time, the house seemed huge - a big step up from what we had before. Fast-forward to today - the house seems much smaller now and my 'must-have' list has changed. Don't get me wrong, the closet … [Read more...]

DIY 3D Chevron Christmas Tree (free download)

FREE download - DIY Chevron Christmas Tree  86lemons.com

I was hoping to share my new wreath with you today, but I ran out of fabric, so it's not done yet. I can't wait for you to see it - it's pretty fabulous ;). In the meantime, I hope you're feeling crafty because I created a FREE download for you! You can make one or several of these cute little chevron Christmas trees to decorate your mantle, … [Read more...]

Beneath the Tree (7th annual home tour and art sale)

Christmas Decor Ideas from Beneath the Tree  86lemons.com

I love this event. What's better than touring 12 homes (all decked out in amazing Christmas decor) while shopping for various items from over 100 local artists? This is my idea of a FUN day! And that is was. I tagged along with three friends, two of which have made this an annual tradition for several years. We started early, hit all 12 houses and … [Read more...]

Elephant Envy

Elephant Collection  86lemons.com

For our tenth anniversary (in April of this year), Hubs and I took a trip to Acapulco. When we travel, I like to shop for a small piece of art (usually a watercolor or print) to bring home for a souvenir. During our trip, we hired a driver to take us on a tour of the city (which was beautiful). In the morning, we stopped to do a bit of shopping … [Read more...]

around the house { fall decor }

Fall Decor at 86lemons.com

Here in West Michigan, we are having the most beautiful Fall day. The sun is shining, the leaves are gorgeous, and well, it's Friday. That always helps. I snapped a few Instagram shots around the house so you could get a glimpse of the 'Fall flair' I've been working on... Remember when I posted 10 Fabulous Fall Decor Projects? Check it out - … [Read more...]