Summer Reading: The Little Book of Big Decorating Ideas

The Little Book of Big Decorating Ideas

The Little Book of Big Decorating Ideas

The editors of Country Living magazine have outdone themselves! All the best decorating, storage and DIY advice from the magazine have been compiled into their new book, The Little Book of Big Decorating ideas. It’s almost like a Pinterest page you can carry around with you without the annoying broken links! They even have a simple and concise appendix in the back for the how-to features.

instant souvenir lively living room table runner from drop cloth branches as hooks

From afternoon projects – like how to show off souvenirs from last years beach vacay, to weekend warrior overhauls – like using varnished craft paper as wallpaper, the projects inspire endless ideas for your home. There’s also an entire section for turning your lawn and garden into beautiful, easy to manage haven instead of a distracting chore.

This June, when you pick up the book, make sure you have time to swing by the local hardware and craft store as well, because you will definitely want to have supplies ready when the inspiration from these pages hit you!

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Reusable Lunch Bags – part II

I’m an obessessive recycler and reuser. I find a use for everything around the house. From wine bottles to tin cans to zip locks to produce packaging. Once we have moved to our new home and we are not living out of boxes, I promise to post my ideas. 🙂

For my readers who have been inquiring about reusable lunch bags after my post on Martha Stewart’s DIY lunch bags, I wanted to share this post from Apartment Therapy’s sister Ohdeedoh (the sister that features home, design, children). You can download a pattern from Spool Sewing for $5 or order an entire kit for $22 that includes the pattern, outer and lining fabrics, interfacing and velcro from them.

Aren’t these so fun? I find them a good size for sandwich, fruit, water, yoghurt and more…The bright colors, cheer up my packed lunch. When I remember to pack one that is! What do you carry your lunch in?

PS: if you would like a reusable lunch bag, but don’t have the time to DIY, Mocha Design Store can send one to you. Email me your requirements!

images from Ohdeedoh, original post here.