tree branch diy(s).

IMG_1.jpganyone by now can probably tell that the decor in little green leans more towards the natural and whimsical. bringing nature into your home is not only light on your wallet, but is big on your imagination. hello, creativity!

IMG_2.jpg IMG_3.jpglet’s start with a look at our hat rack. first inspired by  apartment therapy, i knew that as soon as i saw the idea to use tree branches in the place of hooks, hangers, and traditional coat racks, i was “hooked.” we spray painted ours white so that it would contrast nicely against our black wall.

IMG_4.jpgIMG_5.jpg IMG_6.jpgthese tree coasters were another great idea of ours. this time, i was inspired by emma’s diy of tree side tables, of all things. when i saw the first picture of a coffee cup resting on a tree stump, i immediately thought of coasters. it was a natural transition in my mind. so we made them, and i have loved them ever since.

IMG_7.jpg IMG_9.jpglast, but not least, is our last coat rack. this one can be found in little green’s little back porch. i still think that these racks look more like modern art than something useful. form follows function? more like function and form are completely on par. :-)))

i hope that everyone has had a nice long weekend. let’s all take time some out today to spend it reflecting, and perhaps, crafting.

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reclaimed bedroom shelf.

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if anyone has been following hello scarlett from the very beginning, they will remember that our master bedroom in little green is up in a little loft. not only are we short on space, we are also short on ceiling height. for almost a year now, we have been sleeping on two double mattresses. and when i say mattresses i mean mattresses. no box spring, no frame. just two mattresses on the floor. and side tables? fo’get about it! eyeglasses, cellphones, and books have also found a home on the floor beside the bed.

now you may be wondering why we insist on living primitively, or like university students. (really both are strikingly similar.) why not just move into our nice big spare bedroom on the main floor, or new bedroom in the basement? the answer is simple. if you were to ascend our little staircase and stand in our little loft, you would notice the cross breeze that gently caresses your face and brings with it a heavenly scent of fresh air and old trees. the freshly painted white walls would immediately soothe you, while the dark beams above your head would draw your attention upward to our beautiful, and little, crystal chandelier. behind that is our equally stunning white chimney, which leads down to our dark and antique hardwood floors. we installed our own little closet space that hides behind a lace curtain and crystal tie-back. the closet resides next to the famous “we are living our adventure” decal. our bedroom, although imperfect in many ways, is also perfect in and upon itself.

so where does our latest diy fit in? read below!

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step 1. 

measure board to desired length. try not to look as confused as this guy.

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step 2.

cut the board.

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step 3.

install the board using brackets and a wife with a keen sense for eyeballing it.

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step 4.

decorate to acquired taste. i like scandinavian simplicity with a touch of ghost hunters.

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have a safe and wonderful day, readers. huzzah!!

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installing a basement window.

while this post is not technically a do-it-yourself, i am still classifying it under diy.

why diy? because even though the physical labour wasn’t, the idea was completely my own! ;-)

dc97f043-4302-4c7c-b676-a642586baaf1_zps299702c2when we bought our home last summer,  the basement was unfinished and without windows. 

352cbed5-7f03-46fd-b13c-aebc420a0be7_zps777477c5our goal this summer was to hire a contractor to build a bedroom in our basement, thus beginning our quest to finish it off. (i just hate the idea of wasted space in a small home to begin with.)

first task, install a bedroom window. check!

second task, frame, drywall, lay flooring, add electrical, and paint a bedroom. stay tuned … 

here are the after photos, friends!

fac128ed-1f8c-43ad-b4c9-dcccadbf0ad0_zps0a2de34f DSCN7199DSCN7186DSCN7196DSCN7190 p.s. do you have any recent renovation stories that you would like to share?

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