DIY | Quick Office Supplies Makeover

DIY | Quick Office Supplies Makeover | inesness

Just a quick post to show you what I’ve been up to, DIY-wise. They say a fresh coat of paint can do miracles, and it’s true! I needed new office supplies.. rather, I have tons, but they don’t match each other or are covered in colours and patterns: not the good kind, the “what-was-I-even-thinking” kind.

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In under an hour (who’s got time these days?) I made-over a few items I will now be happy to use. By the way, above is my current absolutely most favourite colour palette. I have to admit in the end I did not use the blush pink, but I’ve kept it in the pictures because it’s like Parmigiano, goes well with everything!

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The back of a picture frame (no idea where the front might be) was repurposed to display images that are inspiring me at the moment. I painted half of it in icy blue and glued a bulldog clip.

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Decisions decisions.. With or without background? Good thing it’s so easy to switch things up!

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Cute tin pencil case.. for a 5 years old (ok, I think I was using it in high school). I was going to spray paint it but then I decided to go with this – what would you call it? – “Black Terrazzo” contact paper from TIGER.

DIY | Quick Office Supplies Makeover | inesness

DIY | Quick Office Supplies Makeover | inesness

DIY | Quick Office Supplies Makeover | inesness

I’ve drawn inspiration from Hay’s Kaleido Trays to make over this catch-all. This blue is amazing! I’m going to look for similar trays, paint them all and build a small collection.

DIY | Quick Office Supplies Makeover | inesness

DIY | Quick Office Supplies Makeover | inesness

With this last and slightly more focused picture (practice makes perfect? I hope it will, eventually..) I wish you a good week, thank you so much for stopping by!

All patterned papers (XOs, Dots, Grid, Lines, ecc) are from A Beautiful Mess Messy Boxes (They had a big end of year sale and I snatched not one, not two, but THREE Messy Boxes and I LOVE each and every one of them!)

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DECOR TIPS | PASTEL XMAS

Non ho ancora deciso quale sarà la palette definitiva del mio Natale, intanto raccolgo ispirazione.. mi piacciono così tanti stili diversi che è difficile decidere. Una cosa sola è certa: qualche colore pastello ci deve essere! Di seguito un po’ di idee per me e per voi, buon primo mercoledì di dicembre!!

I’m dreaming of a.. PASTEL Christmas! Little accents, here and there, with lots of white and maybe some wood.. I’m still choosing the definitive Christmas 2015 palette, but in the meantime I’m gathering inspiration, there are so many different styles to choose from! Here are some ideas for a colorful, pastel Christmas, hope you enjoy xo Ines

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Top right | IKEA Christmas 2015 via Appunti Di Casa
Peace on Earth Greeting Card | Rifle Paper Co.
Wooden Ornaments | Bloomingville
Top left | DIY Surprise Christmas Tree | Knot Magazine

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North Pole Map Postcard | Rifle Paper Co.
DIY Giant Ornament Balloons | Studio DIY
DIY Surprise Christmas Tree and DIY Christmas Balls | Knot Magazine

DECOR TIPS | Pastel Xmas | inesness

Top right | Origami Balls by Giochi di Carta
Center | Ferm Living Christmas 2013 via Coco Lapine Design
Christmas Bells | House Doctor

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Top left | DIY Advent Calendar | So Soft Sunday
Pastel & Glitter Pinecones and Felted Acorns | torlejayne
Artek Stool pimped by BERNAER design for Espoo

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Wooden Ornaments | Bloomingville
Top right and left | DIY Advent Calendar | Heju
Bottom right | DIY Color Blocked Paper Boxes | Design*Sponge
Golden Garland Greeting Card | Rifle Paper Co.

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DIY Washi Tape Snowflakes | Knot Magazine
Ceramic Pastel Stars | Bloomingville
Honeycomb Christmas Tree | House Doctor via My Scandinavian Home

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DIY Watercolour Meringues | Paper & Stitch
Pastel Table | Dille&Kamille via Wonen.Blog.NL
Cookie Garland | Hello Naomi
Yule Log | Knot Magazine

DIY | XMAS WRAPPING PAPER

DIY XMAS WRAPPING PAPER | inesness

Oggi è il 25 Novembre, quindi.. manca ufficialmente un mese a Natale!! Meglio cominciare i preparativi per tempo, a partire dalla carta regalo, personalizzata ad hoc. Si comincia così: C’era una volta un rotolo di carta bianca..

Today is the 25th which means Christmas is officially a month away!! *Deck the halls, etc etc* Let’s get an early start this year and avoid finding ourself running around the house looking for scraps of wrapping paper which are inevitably all crumbled up and sticky with tape. Of course you could ask the shop assistant to wrap the present for you, but where’s the fun in that?! I promise you you can whip up all the wrapping paper you need in a zillion different styles with a couple of supplies in just one afternoon. It could also be a fun activity for kids!

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MATERIALI

rotolo di carta da regalo/da pacco bianca
tempera o acrilico dorato
piatto di plastica
pennelli
pennelli spugna per stencil
pennarello nero
scotch di carta
stencil*
matita
righello
forbici

*avete presente quelli per decorare le torte della Mulino Bianco?

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

a roll of white paper 
acrylic and gold paint
medium/big size brushes
plastic dish 
black marker
painter’s tape
stencils
stencil brushes
ruler
pencil
scissors

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Tagliate la carta in fogli, io ho fatto i miei 70 x 100cm, dipende dalle misure del vostro rotolo. Se avete già idea delle dimensioni del regalo, usate quelle come riferimento. Fermate il foglio sulla superficie di lavoro con lo scotch di carta, tirate fuori la pittura e.. ora viene il bello!

Start by cutting your wrapping paper in sheets, I cut mine down to 70 x 100cm. They should be big enough for average-sized gifts, but you could also measure it around your presents, if you already have them at hand, or know their approximate size. Once you have a bunch of rolls (I literally made 10 in 5 minutes, it’s that quick) put it on your worktable, or on the floor if you need more space, and tape it down so it won’t move around while you paint it. Now comes the good part! Get that paint out and choose your favourite style..

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ASTRATTO | Oltre che decorativo, è pure terapeutico! Dipingete pennellate di colore in modo casuale sul foglio, usate un solo colore o sovrapponeteli. Dalle foto non si vede molto bene, ma la lucentezza dell’oro con l’opacità della pittura rosa sono il top!

ABSTRACT  | Use a big brush and paint random, uneven strokes on paper. Space them out to create a repeating pattern. Go monochromatic and only use one colour (the gold one is super shiny, though you can’t really tell from the pictures), or layer two or more.

DIY XMAS WRAPPING PAPER | inesness

DIY XMAS WRAPPING PAPER | inesness

DIY XMAS WRAPPING PAPER | inesness

STENCIL | Ho trovato questi stencil per decorare le torte ad un prezzo ridicolo e ho dovuto acquistarli. Rimpiango di averne preso solo un set.. non verranno mai usati per decorare le torte (ho ben altri progetti), ma nel frattempo si sono dimostrati perfetti per decorare la carta regalo, ed essendo così grandi ci è voluto veramente poco per riempire il foglio. Se lo stencil è composto da diverse parti, basta coprirne alcune con lo scotch di carta per creare un pattern diverso, come ho fatto con le stelle più piccole nella carta da regalo qui sotto.

STENCIL | I found these cake stencils for sale and I just HAD to snatch them: they were cheap and they’re HUGE. You could, of course, use them to decorate cakes, but I have something else in mind.. in the meantime, they were perfect for creating a pattern on paper. Since they’re so big it really takes no time at all to fill a whole sheet. I made a gold starry one (you could also stencil a starry sky on a blue cardboard for your Nativity) and a pink bow gift one. You don’t even have to use the whole stamp, just tape off the parts you don’t need and use different colours ex. for the bow and the two halves.  

DIY XMAS WRAPPING PAPER | inesness

DIY XMAS WRAPPING PAPER | inesness

SCARABOCCHI | Personalizzate la carta regalo con il messaggio che preferite, dagli auguri più tradizionali ad una strofa di Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle, a una frase spiritosa che rappresenta il destinatario del regalo. Potete aggiungere frasi scritte a mano e altri scarabocchi alla carta già decorata con la pittura o gli stencil. Mix and match!

LETTERING | Write your holiday greetings over and over again, adding handwriting is always a nice personal touch. Mix and match handwriting with stencil, or draw tiny stars and other scribbles.

DIY XMAS WRAPPING PAPER | inesness

DIY XMAS WRAPPING PAPER | inesness

POLKA DOTS | Il pattern più facile, veloce e d’effetto. Usate i pennelli di spugna e movimentate poi il tutto con dei puntini ancora più piccoli disegnati col pennarello.

POLKA DOT IT | Polka dot is, like, the easiest pattern EVER, and all you need is a round sponge brush. Mix and match your dots and add tiny ones with a black marker.

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Una volta asciutti, arrotolate i fogli di carta regalo, fermate con un pezzetto di scotch di carta o un nastrino, et voilà! Pronti all’uso e con un tocco speciale! Se volete poi vederli “in azione”, tenete d’occhio la mia pagina Instagram.. a partire dal 1 Dicembre posterò ogni giorno un’idea, uno spunto, un diy velocissimo per impacchettare i regali, realizzare gift tags e dare al vostro Natale quel “di più” che solo le cose fatte a mano e con il cuore hanno. Xo Ines

Once dry, roll your one-of-a-kind wrapping paper sheets up and tape shut with painter’s tape. They’re all set up and ready to use. If you want to see them “in action”, and get more tips and ideas for wrapping your gifts in unique ways, keep an eye on my Instagram page: I’ll be posting a Xmas Countdown from the 1st December ‘till Christmas Day sharing daily gift wrapping ideas. It’s gonna be goood!!  Xo Ines 

 

DECOR TIPS | BRINGING AUTUMN INDOORS

We all love Autumn, don’t we? How about we take a leaf out of nature’s book (see what I did there?) and bring a little bit of Autumn inside our homes? Below I’ve gathered decor tips, DIYs and other creative ideas so we can easily enjoy the best of this season even when outside is moody, grey and rainy.

Aaah, l’Autunno! Sono nata a settembre perciò questa è una delle mie stagione preferite in assoluto: le foglie multicolore, i tramonti, l’aria frizzante.. peccato che poi scenda la nebbia, cominci a piovere e il freddo si faccia sentire! Quindi, ho raccolto alcuni spunti per trasportare il mood autunnale nel comfort delle quattro mura. Sono decor tips (suggerimenti, dritte, furbate) semplici, veloci e cheap, ma di sicuro effetto. Enjoy! xo inesness

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This one’s for us, fellow black-thumbed people! Dead branches won’t need water nor fertilizer, they’re approved stress-free “plants”. Collect fallen branches and either arrange them in a group or have a bigger, solitary one catch the eye. If you have the time and patience, you could even make an Ikebana – take a look at T-Stop’s creations (link n.1) they’re incredible! Marij Hessel of Enter My Attic (her blog is darling, you should definitely follow her) has also shared some tips for vtwonen magazine on the topic of styling an Autumn bouquet (link n.4) – as if you needed more proof that bare branches are all the rage in the interior world..

Se anche voi siete affetti da “pollice nero”, come me, lasciate stare le povere piante (non fatevi tentare neanche da quelle in offerta a 3€ al supermercato, già sapete che fine faranno) e procuratevi rami secchi, spogli o, meglio ancora, con alcune foglie ancora attaccate. Basta una semplice composizione in un vaso rustico o una damigiana et voilà! decorazioni floreali (più o meno) a prova di stress – niente acqua, concimi, disinfestazioni necessarie. Trovate altri suggerimenti per lo styling by Marij Hessel sul blog di vtwonen (link n.4), l’equivalente olandese di Casa Facile.. per farvi capire quanto sia trendy l’alberello scheletrico. BRINGING AUTUMN INDOORS | inesness

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Don’t you dare throw the branches out once Christmas time comes! With a few small decorations and a string of lights you’ve got yourself an essential, minimal Christmas tree – ain’t that Scandinavian? How about DIYing an oil diffuser using actual wooden sticks? For a statement centerpiece for your table, fill a wide basket or tray with apples, pears, pomegranates.. you name it. You could also bead mini apples in garlands. and another Christmas tip: how about an apple Advent Calendar for the little ones? Decor with sticker numbers and put on display. That way they could count down to Christmas and eat their “apple a day”!

Un altro uso per rametti e bastoncini: create un diffusore di oli essenziali! E poi, non buttateli via appena arrivano le feste: bastano poche decorazioni e un filo di lucine per un alberello di Natale minimalista ed eco-friendly. Fa così tanto nordico! Se invece preferite la natura “viva”, perchè non servirsi di mele o pere per un centrotavola? Basta disporle in un cesto piuttosto grande o su di un vassoio, l’importante è che siano tante! Con le mele più piccole, invece, si possono realizzare delle ghirlande, infilandole con un lungo ago, proprio come fareste con una collana. Appendetele in giro per casa e, se vi viene fame, approfittatene!BRINGING AUTUMN INDOORS | inesness

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A favourite of mine: gather leaves, flowers, berry branches and stick them to the wall with washi or painter’s tape. Hang around a wire or sewing loop for a chandelier-effect. You could also recreate the leaves with cardboard or wood veneer sheets like Oh Happy Day‘s Matisse inspired Autumn mobile (link n.3), and keep your piece of art for many Autumns to come.

Se in casa sui mobili non c’è proprio spazio per vasi e rami, sfruttate le pareti! Create una parete floreale con il caro vecchio washi tape, oppure appendete le foglie ad un cerchio per cucito per un effetto candelabro, o ricreate le silhouette delle foglie su cartoncino (al link n.3 trovate le sagome-guida da scaricare) e appendetele ad una struttura realizzata con filo di rame per un mobile autunnale ispirato ai ritagli di Matisse.

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Look at these suuuper cute vintage mushroom prints from Vintageprintable.com. They are vintage scans, they are free, go print them out, what’cha waiting for?! They would look gorgeous on a pink wall (pink + browns yes yes please) – botanical prints are hip too nowadays, just so you know.

Quanto sono carine queste illustrazioni?! Le stampe botaniche sono un altro interior trend che va per la maggiore! Questi funghetti si possono scaricare gratuitamente da Vintageprintable.com, sito che offre moltissime scansioni di alta qualità con vari soggetti.

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Leaves make perfect placecards and napkin holders. Use them as stamps to decorate fabric and give your pillows, tablecloths or tote bags a botanical, Autumn-y feel.

La natura è servita! Sulla tavola, rami e foglie come ferma tovagliolo, oppure come segnaposto. Quelle in foto sono foglie di magnolia, molto resistenti e, una volta fatte seccare, facili da personalizzare. Con la pittura per tessuti si possono invece utilizzare le foglie come timbri, imprimendo la loro forma e texture su stoffa – al link n.3 si tratta di federe per cuscini, ma pensate ad una tovaglia, un runner, una tea towel.. Basta dipingere un lato della foglia con un pennello (non applicate troppa pittura, altrimenti coprirà dettagli e venature, e la tela somiglierà piuttosto ad un pattern di macchie di Rorschach), appoggiarla sulla stoffa, coprire con uno straccio e appiattire delicatamente con un piccolo rullo. BRINGING AUTUMN INDOORS | inesness

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For this DIY you will actually need fresh green leaves, but I’ve included it in this round-up because this is the season that the accent is on the leaves, while in springtime it’s all about blooms and flowers, y’a know? That being said, spray-painted in pastel colours this clay leaf catch-alls would be perfect for warmer seasons, while in the rough, unpainted version I’d say they’re more apt for Autumn. Same DIY, two ways, click on the links above.

Lunga vita al DAS! Con un bel panetto potete sbizzarrirvi a creare piattini e portatutto delle forme più disparate. In questo caso, NON usate le foglie secche, che facilmente si spezzerebbero, ma foglie verdi con venature pronunciate. L’ho incluso comunque nei DIY autunnali perchè in questa versione naturale, non verniciata, mi sembra rientrino nel mood.. li vedrei invece molto bene pitturati con colori pastello questa primavera (eeehi, there’s an idea!).BRINGING AUTUMN INDOORS | inesness

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Something to accompany your cup of tea during those chilly, grey Autumn afternoons.. Yum-my! For the how-to’s and recipes, follow the links.

Anche l’occhio vuole la sua parte, quant’è vero! Munitevi di formine per biscotti a tema autunnale e fiondatevi in cucina. Le ricette sono in inglese ma, più che per gli ingredienti, servitevi delle immagini per ispirarvi, adattando la ricetta dei biscotti di vostra nonna o comprando la sfoglia e i cupcake già pronti: anche “guardando le figure” si riescono ad afferrare molto facilmente l’idea e il procedimento. In caso di bisogno, lasciatemi un commento e vi aiuterò nella traduzione!BRINGING AUTUMN INDOORS | inesness

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Other than letting them go wild jumping in heaps of leaves, there are so many cool crafts you could make with your children. I’ve chosen a couple by Merrilee Liddard, who runs the awesome blog Mer Mag. The twig and leaf crowns are actually from her book Playful (come ooon let’s make an Italian edition, pretty please?), while the paper dolls are free downloadables from her site (link n.2). Have fun dressing them with colorful leaves and keep them around for Spring, they look beautiful in buds and flowers too!

Ogni scusa è buona per tornare bambini e allora, come non approfittare delle migliaia di idee craft che si trovano in rete? Quelle nel collage sono tutte di Merrilee Liddard, autrice del blog Mer Mag e del libro Playful (che si potrebbe pubblicare in italiano, o no?!). Il suo blog è veramente una miniera di idee e ispirazioni: mamme e maestre, fateci un giro! Ho scelto le corone di foglie e bastoncini e le bamboline di carta che si possono scaricare dal sito al link n.2. Stampatele e divertitevi a vestirle con foglie e fiori secchi per la collezione Autunno-Inverno (ristampatele poi questa primavera e realizzate nuovi colorati outfit!).

Mother’s Day | NATURE

Mother's Day 02 Mother’s Day is coming up! Inspired by other bloggers who are encouraging their readers to be more mindful and give truly meaningful presents (see for example Love Aesthetic’s minimalist Gift Guide) I put together some suggestions for simple, thoughtful, hand-and-heart-made gifts for your awesome mom on this Mother’s Day. First up, are some gifts related to NATURE. Pretty traditional – but pretty nonetheless, are flowers. Gift your mom a bunch of nicely wrapped fresh flowers (need inspiration? check out this DIY Bouquet Wrap) or a small plant in a brand new vase (double gift!). How about some flower seeds for your mother to grow? Checking on the little guys’ progress will also give you an excuse to go visit your mom (or grandma) more often. Mother's Day 03 Here I made some seed pockets from blank greeting cards. Easy peasy: cut off one side of the card and fold it in half, then tape shut the three open sides and pour the seeds in. Fold and close the opening with stickers or washi tape, then write the name of the flower seeds on a label. Mother's Day 3 Next up, is TEA and HERBAL INFUSIONS (this could also work with coffee, cocoa.. you name it, as long as it can be stored in a glass bottle). I used apothecary bottles with cork lids and made tags with air dry clay. I used it a lot when I was little, and I am falling in love with it again: I love its matte texture and I like it unpainted too, it has a very natural feel. Plus, you can write on it and it won’t smudge. Mother's Day 05 If you got your mom something extra-special, here’s a super quick way to wrap it: get some kraft paper and tear pages from a magazine with nice patterns or pictures. I got mine from a gardening magazine, to stick with the “natural” theme. Wrap it around the kraft paper (you don’t even need it to go all the way), secure with some tape, add a bow, and voilà! Mother's Day 07 Here are some other ideas to spend the day with your mom..

GO FOR A WALK | It’s good for your health and it will give you the chance to chit-chat with her (walking clears your mind too, it’s true!)

HAVE A GARDENING SESSION | Help your mom plant the seeds you gave her, or give her a hand spring-cleaning the garden or the flowers and plants in the house.

MAKE A FLORAL WALL | Gather flowers and foliage and stick them to a wall with washi tape (inspiration herehere and here). It’s one of the easiest, quickest and most impressive displays.

I hope you’ve found something you would like to try for this Mother’s Day.

Happy crafting!
Xo Inesness

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