April 9, 2015

DIY Marble Necklace

Okay, okay. It's not really marble. But as I mentioned earlier this week, you can get the marble look with another stone, howlite. (Fun fact-- howlite is easily dyed all the colors of the rainbow to imitate other stones, like turquoise. For a serious throwback, check out howlite beads in this DIY spike necklace!)  There are many fun tutorials out there for marbleized DIYs, but they often require messy mixing and swirling of clay or paint. Instead, I chose a no muss, no fuss approach, letting the natural texture of the beads achieve the marble look! I love the end result-- a simple graphic combination of marblesque black and white howlite beads with wood beads I hand painted for the right shade of grey. Read on for the easy how-to!

April 7, 2015

DIY Inspiration: Marblesque

Unless you under a rock (har har), marble is everywhere. As the background to your favorite Instagrammer's carefully arranged morning latte and scone, taking over Pinterest with marble contact paper crafts... it's hard to resist the luxe look of the swirled black and white stone. I've also noticed marble's doppelganger, the stone howlite, popping up more and more in jewelry, like these pieces I've rounded up below. Howlite beads are easy to find, a simple way to get the marblesque look for less. I grabbed myself a strand of howlite beads and can't wait to share how I used them!

Lele Sadoughi bracelet | Rebecca Minkoff earrings  (25% off your purchase in Shopbop's spring sale!)

March 17, 2015

DIY 3 Ways: Thrift Store Art

I'm starting to get a bit fidgety in my apartment. We've been in the same spot for almost three years: the couch feels too teeny, the gallery wall too boring... so I'm beginning to itch for a few changes, yet I keep putting them off for a "someday" apartment. But, when I think about how much I hate moving and how much uncertainty there is in renting, I might as well embrace small changes in my current situation, right?

Up first? Fresh art! There are so many great ideas for ways to spruce up sad oil paintings relegated to your local Goodwill, from paint-by-numbers to the dipped-in-paint look. Here are a few favorites I found for thrift store art. Happy decorating!

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