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DIY Wallpaper Your Stairs
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Botanical Style is a big trend in home decorating, from Boho to Country, to Minimalist and Clean, everyone wants to bring in more plants and flowers at the moment - real, faux and through prints and patterns. Some want a ton, some like only a few. Have you thought to bring in floral and plant patterns though? For instance, through wallpaper? And in this case, add it to your staircase? Yes, wallpaper the stairs. RPS1833_STROMMA_HALLWAY_01_lowres

Why not? It really works in an old farmhouse or country home, but if you go with a more modern pattern, you can apply this look in a more modern city townhouse too. Author Selina Lake visited me this morning in celebration of her latest book, with a great tip shown in new book, Botanical Style, published by Ryland Peters & Small. I'll share more photos from the book and Selina will be back with more tips later this week but for now, here's a great project outlined by Selina that you can try at home.

Selina says, "Wallpapering the stairs is a wonderful way to bring vintage botanical pattern to a plain staircase. Rip out any old carpet and remove any tacks or nails, then sand the stairs and paint them with floor paint (I used Farrow and Ball wood primer & undercoat followed by ‘All White’ Floor paint) Gather up a collection of wallpaper offcuts or rolls of the same print for a more uniform look. Measure the top stair and cut out to size using desired paper. Attach using PVA glue or wallpaper paste, starting at the top means you can work your way down while leaving it alone so the glue will set."

That's it! Flowers on the stairs! Done! And if you want to see more, you can buy her book here.

(Photography by Rachel Whiting © Ryland Peters & Small)

DIY Bed Tray
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Hello everyone. How are you? Hope you had a nice weekend! I think you might agree with me, that Sunday mornings, or afternoons for that matter, feel best when spent in bed. And I don't mean sleeping, oh no! It's about having a cozy moment with a favorite book, sweet treats, magazines or a TV series watched on a laptop, while relaxing on soft layers of blankets and comfy pillows. Sounds very tempting, right? In case you wondered what I did yesterday, this is it - I had a little Sunday bed party with peach aperitivo, some good reads...and well yes, my camera to document it for you! The crucial item to make this moment perfect is to have a handy bed tray near you, where you can place a little plate with food, reading glasses - to be sure you don't sit on them or to place your laptop if you want to watch something. I know it's very mean to speak about lazy, bed moments on Monday but on your next lazy day, this bed tray has to be part of your morning ritual. I can guarantee you that once you have it - you will be wondering how you could have lived without it.

It is super easy to make and doesn't require advanced any carpenters skills to create it. Now that I (hopefully) convinced you to make it, let me show you how:

SUPPLIES * a 50 x 40 cm wooden plank * 2 rectangular shaped wooden sticks - 38 cm long each * very strong wood glue * sandpaper * white wood paint and black permanent marker * masking tape

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HOW TO * Start by polishing all the wooden elements with sandpaper, then rinse them with water to wash all the dust off. * Mark the area you want to paint with a masking tape then paint it. * When dry, using a black permanent pen draw little dots pattern on it. * Turn the wood upside down and glue the wooden 'legs' to it at the ends using a strong glue. * Leave the glue to dry well over the night.

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And taaa daaa! Now you can enjoy your Sunday mornings, with a breakfast in bed!

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This is my final post on decor8 so I want to say that it's been a great pleasure to share my DIYs with such a great audience and thank you for all your lovely comments and support! I hope you will keep in touch via my blog (Passion Shake) and social media. Wishing you all a beautiful Summer! - Agata

(Photography, DIY idea, Text, Styling: Agata Dimmich)

DIY: Modern Hanging Desk Organizers
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Agata Dimmich for decor8

Hello everyone, how are you today? I have a new DIY idea for you and it's going to be fun, are you ready to play along? Home is a place where we spend large parts of our lives, so it's important to make it joyful. What I mean by that, is keeping an eye on the items we use in our daily activities like cooking, cleaning, working - are they pretty? Do they make you smile when you look at them? Or are they only functional?

I always believe it's possible to combine all of the above and make some magic happen! This is why I decided to turn super-normal cups into the DIY Hanging Desk Organizers. It's a great accessory to hold a little flower or those pens that always seem to disappear when you most need them. Problem solved! Now they will hang right in front of your eyes, so you can't miss them!

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Agata Dimmich for decor8

I have decided to go for pink and splatter combination which seems to be very much trending this year, however I encourage you to get creative and come up with your own, personalized patterns and colors.

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Agata Dimmich for decor8

Here's what you will need to complete this project: 1. 2 simple plastic cups 2. drill 3. a string 4. round wooden stick 5. pink spray paint (specific for plastic) 6. black paint (specific for plastic) 7. paint brush 8. nail and hammer (to hang the cups on the wall)

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Agata Dimmich for decor8
Agata Dimmich for decor8
Agata Dimmich for decor8

Instructions: 1. We will start off by drilling little wholes in the cups, more or less 1,5 cm down from the top. Tip: If you'd prefer your cups to hang straight, drill two holes in each cup. 2. Wash your cups well from all the dust and wait for them to dry well. 3. Using pink spray, paint one of the cups. Add splash pattern to the other, playing with black paint and the paint brush, then leave the paint to dry well (you don't want to have it on your wall! *wink*) 4. In the meantime - prepare the wooden element. Cut it to the desired size and drill a hole in it, big enough to cover the nail with it. 5. Pass the string through the holes of your cups and secure well with a big knot, then hang them on the wall. 6. At the end, cover the nail with a wooden element.

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Agata Dimmich for decor8
Agata Dimmich for decor8
Agata Dimmich for decor8

That's it! How do you like the result? I wish you an fantastic May and I’ll be back in June with another DIY idea for you to try. If you have any specific projects you would like me to do, please let me know in the comment section below. I would love to hear your thoughts! - Agata xo

(Text, Styling + Photography: Agata Dimmich)

DIY: Spray Paint Botanical Art

There is no doubt that the urban jungle and plants in general have been trending for some time now. Everyone loves plants and flowers! That is why I was inspired to create a very easy to make botanical art print that is truly a budget DIY. You only need white paper in your favorite size, a can of spray paint in a nice color and a branch that you can find on your next walk with leaves in shapes that you like. With this simple procedure you can make plants imperishable. Very gentle reminders. Nature-Art Prints-DIY-decor8-KerstinR-April16 (1)

Honestly, when I tried it out the first time I was excited about the very fast result because I expected it to be a little more complicated. I've tried it a few more times since and have loved to experiment with different colors, branches and paper sizes. In only a few moments, you can create your very unique art prints. Hang them up with masking tape in a mix with other prints and photos or give it a frame and you get a very high-quality looking art print. Why not sign the lower right corner to make it a true original work? Maybe you have fun to make some gift cards with this method. Do you have other ideas for use?

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Some tips I can give you... * Keep the spray can not too close to the paper - the plant will blow away and create to many strong color points. Keep a good distance. * Use newspaper to protect surface or lay paper in a large box and remove on side, spraying in from the open side * Please do this outdoors, it's not good to inhale paint fumes plus the house will hold the terrible smell for hours. * Do not smoke while crafting! I hope you already know that though! * Wear an old t-shirt and shorts, something you wouldn't mind getting paint on. * Don't overdo it with the paint, go for light and airy * Don't tape the sprig or flower to the paper because then the tape outline will show! * Buy good quality spray paint, like Liquitex, or in Germany "Do It Spray" or edding (which also has very pretty colors) * Shake the can for the suggested amount of time on the can, or even longer! Then the spray is fine and even and won't come out in chunks or drips!

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Or try in soft pink...

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I wish all of you an amazing May! For me, one of the most beautiful months of the year. I'll return in June with another simple DIY for you to try. - Kerstin

(Photography, Text, DIY, Styling: Kerstin Reilemann | Editor: Holly Becker)

DIY Candle Holders From Furniture Legs
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Agata Dimmich for decor8

I'm particularly excited to share a fun DIY project with you today, to kick off the week, because it's a quick and effective one... You can't go wrong! In fact, the results are also comparable to what you can find in the design stores. I'm always on a look out for interesting objects that could be repurposed and transformed into something else. I look at everything with curious eyes, "Hmmmm... What could this become?". This time I tried using my imagination with wooden furniture legs. I spotted them in a local hardware store and instantly fell in love with their shape. I knew they could become something fun and useful and then, the idea of candle holders came to mind.

What I really like about them is that they are stylish but don'’t try to look too fancy. They are great both for special occasions like holidays and birthdays, and casual Saturday dinners with friends. I like the look of raw wood, however if you prefer more finished look, you can paint them in your favorite colors. I kept two raw and painted one with white paint.

SUPPLY LIST (for raw, add paint and a brush if you intend to paint them) - 3 different sizes (shape and color) of wooden furniture legs - A drill - Screwdriver - Golden metal wire - Golden curtain ring for decoration (and wood glue)

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Agata Dimmich for decor8

HOW TO: 1. Some furniture legs already have screws inside so you will need to take them out before drilling - I've used a screwdriver for this, but depending on the leg you might find other tools more useful. 2. Once the screws are out, drill holes in the legs, big enough to hold your candles. I recommend checking (keep trying to fit the candle) while you drill to make sure the hole is not too big. 3. Wash all 3 legs well (to remove the dust from drilling) and wait for them to dry. 4. I have decorated one of the candle holders with a golden metal wire and glued a golden curtain ring on top of the other with hardware glue, however this step is optional.

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Agata Dimmich for decor8

That's it! I can't tell you how much I love the atmosphere created with candlelight. I have a lot of candle holders at home, including some pricey ones by favorite design firms, but right now these three are my absolute favorites! So little money and time, yet so much happiness!

How do you like this idea? Is it your kind of DIY? Wish you all a beautiful day with lots of creative energy! See you here again with my next DIY column on May 9th!

Love, Agata.

(Photography, DIY Idea, Styling, Text: Agata Dimmich, Editor: Holly Becker)

DIY: Pure + Natural Spring Mobile
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Hi readers, this is Kerstin from Hannover, Germany and I'm really excited about being a member of Holly's team on decor8 going forward. Once a month I will visit you here to share some lovely handcrafts that you can make yourself. Here is my first DIY inspiration for you, I worked on recently and it's a nice welcome project to spring. I love to work with a variety of materials and create some simple, nature-inspired items for home decoration or for yourself in the form of simple jewelry. Today we're going to make the elements shown below in my photo that we will then use to create a mobile. But first... Kerstin Reilemann for decor8

Sunday was the first day of spring, does it feel that way where you live yet? It's still not feeling like spring yet so I decided to create a light and poetic mobile for you because it is a nice symbol for the season. As the days warm up and the sun is out longer, why not go out and see what you can find from a nearby park, garden, forest or your backyard to use for this project? Nature thrives on opposites, which are brought into harmony – it is the same with my mobile. I decided to use various materials, like finds from nature which include birch branches, stones and blossoms and I've combined with wooden beads and nature-inspired paper cuts - light and heavy, round and angular, rough and soft.

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For showing you how easy you can create some of these elements, I made some photos to visually share my steps with you.

MATERIALS: Modeling clay for the leaf (no baking required, I used white) Colored paper Various wooden beads Some veil herb, because it is nice when dried Birch branch Stone Clear stringing wire natural-color thread 4 bamboo skewers 1 glue stick X-ACTO knife hand saw wire wire cutter Cutting mat Bone folder All-purpose scissors Sewing needle

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STEP ONE: Trim sharp ends from wooden skewers so they don't pierce you or anyone else! You will use 4 skewers to create a mobile like mine.

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STEP TWO: On the skewer at the top, add a fancy end so it looks like a long swizzle stick. Cut a strip of your favorite color paper 2-3" long and cut into the paper but not to the bottom forming lots of thin strips. You most likely learned this in school as a child, right? So I don't need to explain too much. Anyway, wrap the paper around one end, rolling with your fingers as you go, securing with glue to the stick.  This is the top of your mobile so set it aside to dry.

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STEP THREE: Quickly make these three elements for your mobile. The first is simply to cut a circle of paper in a color you love and thread through a bead in the center, then fold the circle over to create a half moon shape. Remove the needle, you will eventually tie this element to the mobile. The next element is to use 6 wooden beads and some thread, and simply thread the beads on and then twist to form a shape, then tie at the top. Make any shape you choose. The final element is to take a large wooden bead and glue something natural to it, like dried flower as I did. This bead will eventually be added to the end of the 2nd skewer on your mobile.

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STEP FOUR: I bet you made these in school too, paper fans! All you need is a bone folder for creating the best folds, thread, needled, scissors and paper. These are fun, you can see easily above how to make them so I don't think I need to go into detail! When you finish making one, just set aside for now.

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STEP FIVE: Using a found branch and a hand saw, saw off a round disc for one element and for the other, a 2-3" stump. Create looped wire piece you can see in image 2, you need to make two of these. Now, make small holes in the top of your disc element and in the stump element, and insert the ends of the loop pieces into the wood. Use glue stick first to add to end of wire for extra support. Tie thread to each to create two ornaments that you will hang onto your mobile later on.

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STEP SIX: Create some leaves with your modeling clay using your hands and then lay over a bottle to dry, wrapping them around curve of bottle so they have a natural, curve shape once dry.

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STEP SEVEN: Use paper, an X-ACTO knife and a cutting mat to create a leaf pattern like mine. You can use a template if you wish, or free form. It's easiest to first use a template, trace with pencil onto your paper, and then cut shape from there. When finished, place aside.

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Kerstin Reilemann for decor8

Kerstin Reilemann for decor8

Kerstin Reilemann for decor8

STEP EIGHT: Use clear stringing wire (or strong thread), and begin securing each skewer to the wire (or thread). I used one long piece of wire and tied to the first skewer, then the second, then the third, then the fourth, leaving some skewers off center. As you tie your elements to each skewer, pay attention to how well everything is balancing out so that the mobile is straight and not lopsided.

By choosing my elements, shapes and colors carefully, creating this mobile was more than just craftwork. It was a relaxing and enjoyable project; I loved to watch it grow by slowly testing out various combinations. During my experimental work, I love to play some good music and drink a good cup of coffee. Do you? I hope I will inspire you to do the same, no matter if your mobile or decorative wall hanger will look like my example or show your personal style, that's up to you.

Let me know if you have any questions, you can ask me in English or German in the comments section below. Thank you for having me for my first column today, readers! I'll be back in April with another pure and nature DIY idea for your home! - Kerstin.

(Photography, Styling, Concept, Text: Kerstin Reilemann/ Editor, DIY Text: Holly Becker)