Can You Burn Candles In Your Plumbing Pipe?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 1 Permalink 0

Can you burn candles in your plumbing…pipe? I can! You all know I love a good industrial or plumbing pipe project and I have some more great ones coming for you. Today I am bringing you an easy, yet stylish, one.

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You may have seen my Industrial Dining Room Reveal – well ever since I made over that room I have wanted a plumbing pipe candelabra for the table. Well… a couple of things you should know here …. one almost exactly like mine sells for $119 on Etsy! Yep…$119! And you can do it for about $19 by ordering online!

Industrial, My Fave Decor Trend, on Hometalk

Monday, September 15, 2014 6 Permalink 0

I am seriously in love with the industrial chic/industrial farmhouse décor style and so I was super excited when Hometalk asked me to curate an Industrial Décor board for them.

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Whoa…wait… did you just say ‘what is Hometalk?’ Oh my, you really need to check it out….

Hometalk is the largest home and garden “knowledge hub” on the web. It’s a great place to digitally “clip” all of those photos and articles for later. You have “boards” where you put your “clips.” For example I have boards for crafts to try, furniture, gardening and… wait for it… wait for it… Industrial Décor.

I guess I mentioned that I love industrial décor right – lol – I have a 1970s Ranch style home but I have redone the dining room (check out the first link below), my den, and my bathroom (check out the last link below) in various levels of industrial or industrial farmhouse décor. And I am in the middle of making an industrial farmhouse coffee table that will be on the blog soon.

Do you like the look and the functionality of industrial décor like I do? Then check out these links to find out how to utilize the décor in your own space.

1.     Industrial Dining Room With Faux Brick Wall – I have to admit that this is actually my dining room makeover. I hope you like it because it is my favorite room in the house now. We totally remade this room including an aged faux brick wall!

2.     Industrial Inspired Candle Holders – I love this project. It’s a great small way to bring industrial design into your home.

3.     Plumbing Pipe Pantry Shelving – OK first of all how freaking cool is that pantry? Anyway the shelving is awesome. Now… I will tell you that it isn’t cheap shelving but it will be the sturdiest shelving you will ever have.

4.     Industrial Style Gallery Wall – I am in love with this gallery wall. There are several great ways to bring industrial décor into your home without going all in – and pieces in your gallery wall are a good way to start. Mix and match with photos of the people and things you love.

5.     Industrial Style Elements – Again small ways to incorporate the look. I am so drawn to these metal baskets. I go in a store and it’s like I have a magnet in me that just draws me to them.

6.     Industrial Shelving In The Dining Room – I definitely love this because I used the same thing in my dining room. I took the metal “garage” shelving, assembled it and painted it an oil rubbed bronze and now it holds my dishes and industrial décor items. Bam… two shelves off Craigslist and some spray paint and I had major pieces for my dining room.

7.     Industrial Chic – Is It For You? – This article will give you some ideas on whether the look is for you or not.

8.     Industrial Locker System – I saw this locker system online and it is awesome. Locally we can buy used lockers off Craigslist but I would have never thought about this support system and it’s really cool. Make sure you check it out!

9.     Decorating With Industrial Baskets – These baskets are awesome and here are some great ways to use them.

10.   Industrial Side Table – You can build a great side table (or coffee table, or console table or…well you get the idea) with some plumbing pipe and wood. Check out how easy it is here. (And check back on the blog later because I am going to tell you more about building a table AND a great place to get plumbing pipe at VERY reasonable prices.)

11.    Industrial Blend Living Room Makeover – I have always liked to blend styles (in décor, clothes and wine too!) and this is a great example. I have done the same thing in my den. I incorporated the farmhouse feel a bit and a more traditional feel to offset some of the industrial décor. I think it turned out as a good blend just like this room did.

12.   Plumbing Pipe Towel Holder – And alas we have come to the end of my industrial décor board… and it ends with one of my projects – a plumbing pipe towel holder. This one is in the bathroom but I have made one for paper towels in the kitchen too. Once you get the plumbing pipe you need at the store, it literally takes less than five minutes to make and hang this towel holder. Now that’s an easy design solution!

I have these 12 great projects as well as others on my Industrial Décor board.

But wait….before you think that Hometalk is only a digital clip board, it is much more. First it is a great idea generator for all things home and garden but…. it is also a place where you can get help with your projects. There is a library of questions that have already been asked that you can search to find your answer or you can post a question of your own! It’s a super cool resource!!!

So give Hometalk a whirl… I am sure you will be glad you did. And while you are there give me a follow too!

Have a great week -

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What One Computer Did To My Den

Thursday, September 11, 2014 2 Permalink 0

What a difference a contest entry can make! I entered Up To Date Interiors giveaway for a free e-design room makeover from the wonderful Kathy and to my surprise and delight I won. Now I have redone just about every room in our little 1,300 square foot ranch style house but I was stumped on what to do with the den which is of course the largest and most used room in the house.AnyGirlCanDoIt.com

I sent Kathy pictures of the room – told her about the styles I like and she took it from there. Here is the inspiration board she sent me.

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She stuck with my love of industrial farmhouse and gave me a few ideas (while utilizing as many of the items I already had) and then gave me suggestions for moving around my furniture. Look she even included replicas of the two paintings of my doggies!

Picnics, Parasols and Prohibition – Celebrating Gatzby Style

The hubby and I spent Sunday celebrating times of old, a much gentler time of lawn parties, palatial picnics, men looking dapper in their suits, women donning dresses and parasols and spending time with family and friends listening to music, dancing and socializing.

2014 Gatzby Afternoon Picnic - AnyGirlCanDoIt.comLast week I told you that we would be attending the 2014 Gatzby Afternoon Picnic and gave some ideas on how to host your own Roaring 20s inspired afternoon. So this week I wanted to show off some of the pictures from the event in Richmond.

Chris and I had a wonderful time. It was a great day for a picnic under the huge shade trees on the front lawn of the Wilton Museum. As you can see there were a couple of (very) classic cars on display which were great for taking pictures.

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Gatzby Picnic Great Way to Say Bye to Summer

Friday, September 5, 2014 8 Permalink 0

There was music from my neighbor’s house through the summer nights. In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars. At high tide in the afternoon I watched his guests diving from the tower of his raft, or taking the sun on the hot sand of his beach while his two motor-boats slit the waters of the Sound, drawing aquaplanes over cataracts of foam. On week-ends his Rolls-Royce became an omnibus, bearing parties to and from the city between nine in the morning and long past midnight, while his station wagon scampered like a brisk yellow bug to meet all trains. And on Mondays eight servants, including an extra gardener, toiled all day with mops and scrubbing-brushes and hammers and garden-shears, repairing the ravages of the night before.

Every Friday five crates of oranges and lemons arrived from a fruiterer in New York — every Monday these same oranges and lemons left his back door in a pyramid of pulpless halves. There was a machine in the kitchen which could extract the juice of two hundred oranges in half an hour if a little button was pressed two hundred times by a butler’s thumb.

At least once a fortnight a corps of caterers came down with several hundred feet of canvas and enough colored lights to make a Christmas tree of Gatsby’s enormous garden. On buffet tables, garnished with glistening hors-d’oeuvre, spiced baked hams crowded against salads of harlequin designs and pastry pigs and turkeys bewitched to a dark gold. In the main hall a bar with a real brass rail was set up, and stocked with gins and liquors and with cordials so long forgotten that most of his female guests were too young to know one from another.

 -The Great Gatsby, F. Scott. Fitzgerald 

Reading this passage from The Great Gatzby can’t you just imagine the glorious scene? The wonderful parties? The beautiful clothes? The dapper gentlemen?

When the “new” Gatzby movie was released in 2013 people once again became enthralled with all things Gatzby and Roaring 20s.

In the 1920s it was important to see and be seen and to be properly outfitted while being seen. The typical view of a 20s outfit brings to mind flappers but that wasn’t the common sense of dress at all. Flappers were typically very young women that did not hold to the standard convictions of dress and decorum. And the 20s was not an era of anything goes like the time we live in now. There were specific rules of dress for specific occasions and seasons.

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This weekend I am excited to attend a Gatzby Afternoon Picnic hosted by the Art Deco Society of Virginia. Just looking at the event’s logo gets me excited about the picnic. Designer Erica Vess did a great job capturing the feel of the 20s and of a Gatzby picnic don’t you think?

Clearly I didn’t have proper attire just hanging in my closet so I had to do some reading, some studying and some hunting and have done the best I can do without access to the tremendous vintage shops of Richmond (we are about three hours away) or a big budget. (I will show you the pictures next week ;-) I actually found my dress and shoes at a consignment shop – both of them marked on clearance – and found my hat and gloves at an antique shop. I have a few finishing touches still left to do.

Include What You Love Most In Your Gallery Wall

Thursday, September 4, 2014 8 Permalink 0

I freaking love gallery walls! I really like gallery walls that incorporate things other than photos. I think they can tell you so much about a person. Let me tell you my story through my new gallery wall.

A few months back I won a free room edesign from Kathy at Up to Date Interiors. I am going to show you the before and afters of the room next week but part of her suggestions was for us to move the tv to the opposite wall from where it was before the makeover and make a gallery wall around the TV.

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If you have a gallery wall make sure to include the people you love the most and some of the things you love the most too. Remember you are going to be looking at this wall every day – it should make you smile every time you look at it!

Keep reading for the secret behind the items on this gallery wall ;-)

(Long) Weekend Wonderings and Wanderings

Hey everyone! I hope you had a great holiday weekend and were able to spend some time with friends and family. What did you do? Anyone go to the beach?

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For me personally the weekend was all about college football kicking off! The hubs and I ate pizza (a rare treat) and had a couple of beers and watched a couple of games Thursday night. Then Saturday it was on! It kicked off with College GameDay on ESPN, kept going with me getting snacks ready and then the best part – my son and his girlfriend came over to watch the Alabama game with the hubs and me.

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Football Fridays with Any Girl Can Do It

Friday, August 29, 2014 0 Permalink 0

Welcome back to Football Fridays with Any Girl Can Do It. We are just one day away from college football starting full force and I cannot wait. There were a couple of games on last night, one of which was my hub’s fave team, Wake Forest University so football has already started at our house but we both love it.

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If you haven’t seen the other three parts of this series…

Part 1 – about the field and how the game gets started

Part 2 – scoring and the famous Hail Mary play

Part 3 – the players on the field

With each installment you also get a recipe or tailgating tip :-)

String Art… State Style

Thursday, August 28, 2014 3 Permalink 0

Who loves cheap, easy and unique wall art? Everybody does, right? Well then I have a great project for you today – string art.

I needed a couple of non-photo pieces for my new gallery wall (that’s coming your way really soon!) and I saw someone’s string art shaped like a state. Since the hubs and I are for different states (NC and AL) I thought I would do one to represent each of us.

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This is an easy project for an afternoon.