Archive for ‘DIY Hard’

September 19, 2010

In the forest | a Wood Collection

As you know, I’m a girl who collects things.

In my super neutral/natural home, glass, wood, shell, stone and silver steal the day.
And anything naturalish.
I love wood.
There’s no doubt about that.

I know.
When I get back in with a camera,
I’ll do a photo shoot that does justice
to just how much wood we REALLY
have about this place.
As always, all photos (c) b3 home designs
August 22, 2010

Rock on – Pottery Barn Style

So in this post
you saw that I was
losing my mind.

tsk, tsk, tsk.
I don’t have a green thumb
so when I plant
this is what I harvest

Pinehurst Summer Harvest
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Don’t get me wrong
I harvest these on purpose
You see
I LOVE the Pottery Barn catalog
And I especially loved this room in the PBTeen Catalog

Photo from catalog
Look close.
On the shelf
For one, that cement planter is hot
I made something similar to that
off of a blog tutorial of course
and I’ll have to show you that
just as soon as I get plants that don’t die
as soon as I plop them in them
But did you look closer?
See those rocks?
I love that
and I’m sure PB will sell those rocks for like $20.
So in true DIY fashion
I went into my backyard
and found me some rocks
Rock Garden Markers
Photo (c) b3 home designs

and I labeled them
with the names
of all the plants
I killed planted
this summer.

and then I did the crazy
and I brought those rocks inside
where first I soaked them in the sink downstairs
then, because I’m crazier than crazy
I brought them upstairs
and washed them again
right before I baked them in my oven

overkill much?
I decorated with them.

Check it out

 Rock | Vintage Thread Cubby collection
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Cookie jar Rock Candy
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Mason Jar Filler | Rocks and Nails
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Mason Jar Orchid Holder
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Found Heart Rock | Cannon Beach?
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Home Sweet Rock Cubbies
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Rock Sculpture | Number Collection
Photo (c) b3 home designs

On the mantle
Rocks and Candles
Photo (c) b3 home designs

On the Sill | MIL
Photo (c) b3 home designs
Rocky Succulent Foundation
Photo (c) b3 home designs
All natural: wood, rock, shell
Photo (c) b3 home designs
Rock Book Weight
Photo (c) b3 home designs
Summer Pinehurst Harvest
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Rocks are the ultimate cheap, DIY decor
Even for Pottery Barn

This project was DIY Hard for someone like me
because it involved manual labor
(digging rocks out of the ground is HARD WORK!)
and it involved patience
(it took me close to a month to collect all those rocks)
but it didn’t involve spending a single dime
which is the only reason this isn’t expert level
that’s just how hard it was to do all that digging
and be patient.

Happy digging.  Don’t pay PB for rocks.
Go dig them up yourself already.
Or wait for a super cool giveaway
that is coming here in September.

Especially if you’re a Pottery Barn fan.

Happy weekend!

*** Edited to add Link Party Love ***

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August 1, 2010

Seen on the Internets: Pottery Barn Abacus Hack

So no one actually lives in the PB catalog.
Because no one needs 6 fans in one room (energy efficient much??)
And no one really needs a giant abacus.
Especially if you have one of those computer things that does math for you.

We all know this is nothing about need.
This is all about want.
That abacus is AWESOME. 
Mostly because I am married to a finance geek.
But also because I live in a house with GIGANTIC spaces.
So all things oversized are awesome to me.

Best of all. This is a HACK that was already done by others.
Namely Stephanie Lynn at Under the Table and Dreaming did this awesome Pottery Barn Abacus hack. So I headed over and got my hack on.

This hack looks Hard. Which is why it is on my “to do” when I get you, know HOURS of time at once to not blog or something. For me, this will be a hard project because her instructions hint that someone like me will need patience. Repetive cuts and motions and all. And I don’t have a drill press, but I have rigged up a good enough fix to drill those holes. Over.  And over.  And over again.

But this isn’t advanced.  Basic tools and it is relatively inexpensive because scrap wood is good in my garage.

I’ll likely modify it some – love the vintage deep wood coloring, but I might add some color to this too.

I’m thinking dark and light beads.  What do you think? I’ve got my coupons all up and ready to go shopping.

Awesome huh?