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DIY: Easter Egg Planter

With springtime just around the corner and the good news of Easter quickly approaching, these playful clay egg planters will add a fun touch of whimsy to your home and get you and your family in the Easter spirit!

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You can simply plant some wheat grass seeds inside these cute planters and watch them grow, or replant already blooming flowers for an instant splash of color.
What you’ll need:
-Air drying clay
-Rolling pin
-Large plastic egg
-White spray paint (optional)
-Sand paper
-Soil
-Plants
-Plastic bag (to line bottom of planter)
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Grab your large plastic egg and open in half.
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EP5Cover underside of egg as shown.
EP6Dip your fingertips in water and smooth out any uneven areas.
EP7Gently remove shell from the clay.
EP8- With a sharp blade, cut various pointed edges to resemble a broken shell.
– Allow clay to dry, making sure you turn it over so it dries thoroughly.
– Once clay is dry (approx. 48 hrs) take some fine sandpaper and smooth out any roughness.
– Optional: Spray paint egg with white spray paint; allow to dry.
– Line bottom of planter with plastic bag.
– Place approx. 5cm of sand in the bottom, followed by some soil and plant desired greenery.
EP9These types of crafts are easy and ideal for doing with your kiddos. You can make various shapes and sizes with the clay, and allow the kids to paint them fun colors and patterns after it has dried! Start the process Friday after school and by Sunday afternoon your clay will be dry and you’ll be able to give a little lesson over planting seeds, seeds taking root and the importance of watering and caring for them. Enjoy your crafting day and these sweet moments with your kiddos.

 

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The Messy Mid-Century Modern

Chip and I were excited to tackle this project for our friends, Jill and Josh, who were expecting a baby and buying their first home together as a couple. Bonded through our affinity for flea markets and antiques, Jill and I worked together many times in years past. Jill and Josh wanted their first home as a couple to represent their individual preferences and they landed on the messy Mid Century Modern home. This unique home was different than any style of home they’d lived in before and coincidentally very rare for Waco. Although they both had experience renovating homes in the past, Jill and Josh hoped Chip and I could transform this quirky rundown house into a beautiful new home.

Exterior

Before

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Our first step of this project was to clean up the exterior. The house sat on the market for quite a while and appeared run down and forgotten. I incorporated all new wood siding, which was not stained but rather just sealed with a clear coat. We updated all of the windows and painted the outside Amherst Gray. New landscaping provided the finishing touches and brought new life to this modern home.

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Inside the clients hoped to keep the Terrazzo flooring, which was incorporated throughout the main living space of the home. We left the flooring intact, but decided to add more space in the kitchen, which was too small for this blended family of seven. I opened up this space, making it three times larger, and added windows to the back wall highlighting the best part of the house, the view. Jill’s love for brass is what inspired the design of the kitchen and I hoped to create a space where they would enjoy hosting family and friends. We installed new black cabinets, appliances, a waterfall island, marble countertops and backsplash, and brass hardware. Simple pendant lights from Shades of Light offer a timeless look over the island. The walls were painted pure white for a clean, finished look.

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Before

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After

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I also repurposed a lot of the wood from the original hearth of the fireplace, creating a bar top looking into the backyard in the kitchen. New French doors were added to make the room feel more dramatic.

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In the living room I redesigned the hearth and added modern concrete elements. The fireplace brick was repaired and painted white to make a clean and simple statement in the room. The light fixture (Shades of Light) over the coffee table added to the modern style of the home. On the back wall the client requested a work space and pantry area, so I added both of these elements near the back of the living space.

Living Room

Before

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After

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The dining area had dated wood paneling- Chip removed the paneling and retouched the walls with a flat texture and painted them Pure White. New light fixtures from Shades of Light were installed to give the room a final update.

Dining & Bar

Before

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After

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One of my favorite projects in the home was the master bedroom. The room originally felt dark and unimpressive so I hoped to transform it into a place the couple enjoyed. We installed new windows and a brick accent wall along with eclectic light fixtures from Shades of Light. I also designed a personalized sign with the number seven on it, representing the client’s new blended family (signs available here). To finish the space, I added new flooring and a modern sliding door on a track.

Master Bedroom

Before

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After

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The master bathroom was also dark and tiny and desperately needed to be updated. Although the client’s budget wouldn’t allow for a larger bathroom, I took the existing space and made several cosmetic tweaks which made the room feel two times larger. Chip and I installed concrete countertops and a lighter tile to brighten up the space, highlighting the new design elements. The walls were flat textured and painted Pure White.

Master Bath

Before

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After

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The last room we transformed was the sweetest space in the house: the nursery. I was able to incorporate several of Jill’s family heirlooms in this room, adding thoughtful touches of whimsy. I selected bedding from Bella Notte, installed new flooring and painted the walls Grey Screen. This charming little room became the perfect home for the client’s baby to be.

Nursery

Before

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After

Although Waco is famous for many things, modern homes is not one of them. We loved taking on the challenge of this home for our friends and hoped to blend the modern elements of the home with the eclectic style Jill and Josh were known for. In the end, the simplicity and clean lines set the home apart and promised new life and many memories for this beautiful family of seven.

We incorporated several products from my store, Magnolia Market, in this home; many of which are displayed below. If you are looking for a specific item, please refer to the pictures below or check out my online store at shop.magnoliahomes.net.

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Large Framed Number Sign – Magnolia Market

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Crumpled Pot – Magnolia Market

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Waco Map – Magnolia Market

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Format Pot – Magnolia Market

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What If You Fly Sign – Magnolia Market

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Standing Vera Vase – Magnolia Market

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Colored Glass Votive – Magnolia Market

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White Vase – Magnolia Market

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 Test Tube Stand – Magnolia Market

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DIY Hospitality Tray

For most of us, the term ‘Southern Hospitality’ evokes the notion of being warm, gracious and welcoming to those visiting our home.  And what better way to show genuine hospitality than opening your home to someone? There’s something that warms the heart when you share your home with others.

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One of my favorite pieces to serve with is an old white tray- you may have seen it on Fixer Upper when I greet my clients on design day.  Just a small gesture to try and make my guests feel welcome.
My creative team helped me recreate a replica of this wonderful white tray. In this example, we created a 16″ X 16″ square shape, but you could just as easily make a rectangle – your choice.
Materials
-Old hardwood flooring (or pieces of a wooden palette)
-3″ X 1/2″ trim
-Nails
-Paint primer
-White paint
-2 drawer cup pulls
-Sand paper to distress
-Stain (optional)
Assembly
– Lock 3-4 pieces of hardwood flooring together to form the base
– Measure the combined width of the flooring when locked together and then cut the length accordingly to make a square (in this case, the width/length measures 16″)
– Cut five pieces of your 3″ X 1/2″ trim as follows: two pieces X 16″, two pieces X 15″ (sides) and one piece X 15″ (divider)
– Align and hold the two 16″ sides on opposite ends of your base and nail from the bottom to secure
– Place the two 15″ sides on the open ends of the base and nail from the bottom to secure (you can also nail the 16″ and 15″ sides together for added stability)
– Place the 15″ divider within the tray as desired and nail from the bottom to secure (in this example, the divider was placed 4″ into the tray to allow for glasses to fit securely)
– Attach drawer cup pulls
Finishing
– Paint tray with a coat of primer and allow to dry (we also painted the cup pulls, but you may leave them as is if you’d like.)
– Paint with your favorite white paint (we used “cloud white”) and allow paint to dry
Optional: You can distress your tray by sanding certain areas and adding a light layer of stain. Here are some great tips on the art of distressing.
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These charming trays are not only practical, but can also be used as display on a coffee or dinner table.
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There you have it…another fun little project that you can complete in no time and enjoy for years to come.