Mom and Dad had to cut down a large tree last spring, I was feeling ambitious that day and Â made them save part of the trunk so I could make a stump side table. Â 3 seasons have passed and I still have no side table to show off. Â The 1 year mark is quickly approaching so I need to start making moves! So Â I have turned to the internet for inspirations... as I do for most things.
My fascination with jars began a year ago when I found 2 blue ball jars at an antique shop in Cleveland. Â The jar obsession grew when I made this DIY Mason Jar HolderÂ to hold everyday bathroom items like q-tips and cotton balls. Â And kept growing when I discovered that if I put healthy items in jars like nuts, quinoa, and oats (ignore the peanut m&mâ€™s) I would be more likely to grab for a jar of nuts than an ugly bag of chips. Â What can i say- I'm a sucker for a beautiful display (marketer at heart)! Â i also love to buy in bulk so I use the jars to keep a small amount out to access easily
My uncle found out about my love of old jars and has been quick to add some cool pieces to my collection that once belonged to his parents- Thanks Scott!
I have been planning this project for 6 months after watching my favorite design show,Â "Home By the Novogratz". Â In one of the episodes artistsÂ Camomile HixonÂ designed some amazing glitter art pieces that made meÂ drool! Â I instantly knew her word art was something i had to recreate- Â the hardest part wasÂ committingÂ to a word! Â I wanted a playful word that would make me smile when I looked at it. Â I decided on the word "WILD!" because a) life isÂ alwaysÂ better when its a little wild and b) Wild One by Those Darlin's was one of my favorite songs in college- so brings back fun memories.
I love finding pieces with a lot of character or Â a story. Â When not shopping in my families basements or at thrift shops, my favorite place to find fun apartment pieces isÂ Anthropologie. They always have an assortment of fun, sometimes silly, accents for the home. Â It is quite easy to get carried away there so I try to stick with items that have a purpose in the house and are not just a decoration. Â Here are a few of my favorite new additions to the apartment:
I spottedÂ Confetti System garlands Â and fell in love with the Â mix of colors and textures. Â These garlands areÂ absolutelyÂ beautiful, but they come Â at a steep $100+ price. Â Making them a perfect DIY project to add some color and inspiration to my office. Â I decided to go with ribbon vs fabric so the sides wouldn't fringe, but i'm sure if you did some searing you could find the right type of fabric. Â I fishtailed the ribbons onto a string and fastened them with a piece of gold metal.
The garland turned out beautifully and I love the playfulness it adds to my work environment.
I didnâ€™t bring many books with me to the new apartment, only favorites and future reads, but I did find 2 amazing sets of bookends.Â The book ends are giving me the inspiration I need to refinish my bookshelf that is currently in the state of chipped purple paint.Â Â Although the bookshelf has a long way to go, for now the bookends do a great job of holding it all together and adding a personal touch.
I finally took the plunge and ordered one of my Africa photos on canvas.Â Â A Groupon fromÂ Canvas On DemandÂ gave me the extra nudge I needed to overcome my fear of the picturesÂ clarity when printed on canvas. Â As you can see the picture turned out amazing and IÂ couldn'tÂ be more pleased with the color and quality. Â I willÂ definitelyÂ be ordering more of my photos onÂ canvasÂ in the future...Maybe a future canvas photo wall!