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Manolo for the Home: House, Home and Lifestyle Advice - Part 18

Christa Loves: Pretty Doorknobs

If you’re looking to spruce up your home’s exterior on the cheap, why not upgrade your front door’s knob to something a little cuter? There are sweet vintage doorknobs and painted ceramic doorknobs and other fun options to choose from. Here are two of my favorites – the beautiful blue doors are pretty sweet, too!



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It’s Vladimir, the Shipping Pallet Mirror

Named furniture always seems a little silly to me, but nonetheless, Vladimir here appeals to me. Designed and crafted by Karl Zahn, Vlad was made by taking pieces from two partially destroyed shipping pallets. “The scars on the lumber tell a story of its travels. While the form is reminiscent of old Victorian french mirrors, its origin is far from gold leaf, says Zahn.

Millions of pallets are used everyday to move goods across the world and frequently, these pallets come from exotic locations and are made from native exotic woods. What if something beautiful could be made from the cast-off pallets that are thrown away? I can’t imagine this particular reclaimed object will be everyone’s cup of tea – though it is beautiful in it’s way, no? – it does make you think.

All that sustainability, as usual, doesn’t come cheap. With glass, Vlad here costs about $975.

Empty Frames: Absolutely or Ew, Never?

I think I’m done with the whole ‘empty frames as art‘ thing – and the ‘hang a little bit of craft paper in a frame and call it art’ thing. The ease of it still appeals to me. No need for matting or sizing anything or figuring out just how to hang a frame that’s meant to be displayed on a table. Just rip the whole thing apart, spray paint it white, and nail it to the wall in a some inoffensive arrangement.



What do you think – still cute? Or kind of boring?

Don’t get me wrong… I love me some DIY wall art, especially if it’s accessible to everyone. This is just one trend that I think has had its 15 minutes, and now it’s time for us all to move on to the next easy project. When I find out what that is, you’ll be reading about it.

What I Love About This

It’s not the great parson’s desk, though I do like it. Nope! It’s the bare oversized light bulb and the use of the stencil as wall decor. How cool is that?

Never Again Get Into an Accident When You’re Backing the Car Out of the Living Room

I’m all for creating safe spaces, but come on…

Inspiration: Shelves Wherever They’ll Go

When you have more books – or stuff – than shelves, but no square footage left for a couple of bookcases, it’s time to get creative. Where can shelves go? Over the couch, perhaps… or along the ceiling and over the door. Books and other stuff can even find a home in your rafters, if that’s the only fillable space you have available. There’s no reason that walls and corners can’t do double duty, especially when floor space is at a premium. Here are a couple of ways that other people have solved the space versus storage problem:

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Everything Old (Can Be) New Again!

When it comes to amazing couch reupholstery, you can’t beat Susan’s primo DIY job! The hip chick from Freshly Picked managed to turn this:

Into this:

And apparently she learned to do it as part of a class she took with her husband. Lucky? I would SO like to take my boring little family room loveseat and turn it into something amazing. Want a little peek into how it was done, then look no further. Here’s a sweet time-lapse video of the couch during nine two-hour classes:

Have you ever tackled a DIY project on such a massive scale? Because I’m pretty sure I haven’t.

Making Your Home a Fun Place to Be

Sure, it’s possible to get by with plain old pots and pans, no pillows or throws, bare walls, and nothing but objects of utility. But what fun is that? You should always look for fun stuff – sometimes that means finding that one-of-a-kind thing, by thirfting or raiding your grandparents’ closet. Sometimes it means buying yourself something new. A little treat. We all deserve them! And here are two treats I’m loving:

First, so much better than your typical cutting board… a solid acacia puzzle board server from Viva Terra. If you’d like bigger puzzle pieces (for bigger pieces of focaccia, naturally), here’s a similar serving platter in sustainably-grown teak sold by Gaiam.

And second, a delicious pink and patterned skull print from Made By Girl. Since when are freaky-deaky skulls so darn cutesy? I’d love to put this in my daughter’s room if I didn’t think it would totally break her brain once someone tells her that skulls are meant to be scary.

What wee treats are you digging on right now?