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Inspiration from Anywhere…DIY Pumpkins!

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via Pinterest + laurenconrad.com

There is NOTHING I don’t love about fall but something I especially love  about it is pumpkins. I am THAT girl, I adore everything and anything pumpkin.  The minute SBUCKS releases pumpkin spice lattes my car literally makes a bee line for the closest sbucks, I order one and quickly take an instagram of it, letting everyone I know they are here! It’s a similar routine the second anywhere around me starts carrying these orange beauties but in this instance I have to kick it up a notch. They can’t just stay orange, they way nature intended, I have to paint, bedazzle, carve and foil them.  One year, I sat at my dining room table pinning sequins on the ENTIRE pumpkin…one by one (I have to have some sort of DIY mental illness) the next year I painted my pumpkins different shades/patterns of rose gold, grey and added metallic studs on one. Everyone was impressed but everyone also wondered what was wrong with me.  I haven’t planned out my pumpkin DIY game for this year yet but I sure have started out with some top notch inspiration.

XO. klb

Inspiration from Anywhere…Celebrity Halloween Costumes!

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Like anything else, I look to my favorite celebrities for inspiration for a great halloween costume.  And I don’t mean I look at the characters they play on TV or in movies, I literally find what they wore for October 31 and take inspiration from it, because let’s be honest they have access to the best make up artists and designers, which means their costumes are going to be top notch. I rounded up a few of my favorite celebrity costumes of halloweens past.  FYI Lauren Conrad’s Tooth Fairy is a DIY and I think it’s genius and, am I crazy, almost looks couture?!?!?  Swoon alert, her husband dressed up as a dentist.

What are you dressing up as this year???

XO. klb

Coffee Talk Monday…Monogram Gifts!

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In my eyes anything monogram never gets old! Here are a few perfect gifts for your favorite ladies in your life!  I’ll take one of everything!

Coffee Talk Monday…DIY X Benches!

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Style Me Pretty has done it again! LOVING this makeover x benches!

Materials:

Target X benches
Fabric to reupholster benches (21/2-3 yards for 2 benches)
Upholstery foam from Joann’s (one for each bench)
Cotton Batting
Scissors
Staple gun
Staples
Gold Spraypaint
Lacquer Spraypaint
Drill
Ruler
Masking tape

Instructions:

Step 1:

Turn the bench upside down, and use the drill to remove the screws. Place the screws in a safe place. Remove the legs from the seat.

Step 2:

Remove the leather from the seat. The best way to do this is to use a flathead screwdriver to pry up each staple, but if you’re having trouble or just want to get it done faster, you can do what we did and cut the leather along the bottom edge of the seat board.

Step 3:

Use masking tape to mark off 18” on one side of the foam. Use a bread knife to cut along that line.

Step 4:

The original foam on the seat curves downward slightly, but we wanted ours to stay square. Flip the seat so that the foam is on top. Cut rough triangles from the cotton batting and place on the corners of the seat to help raise the corners, then stack the green foam block on top.

Step 5:

Roll out your fabric on the floor or low table, underside facing up. Flip the seat and foam onto the fabric (foam side down). Position the seat so that there is enough fabric on each side to pull up onto the underside (about 8” from the base). Trim the excess fabric and save for the next bench.

Step 6:

Pull up the fabric until it is snug and staple in the center of one side. Repeat on the opposite side of the seat, and follow with the other two sides. Continue stapling on all sides until you reach 2” from the corner.

Step 7:

When you reach the corner, fold the corner inside and bring the two outside folds to meet each other at the corner- this will give you a straight, crisp corner. Staple in place.

Step 8:

Spraypaint the legs gold on a dropcloth. Spray lightly from a distance so no drips develop, and spray 2 coats for coverage. When the gold is dry, spray a light coat of lacquer and let dry.

Step 9:

Place the legs upside down on the seat bottom and position until they are centered on all sides. Drill the screws back in to secure the legs to the seat. Flip the bench over, and you’re done! Repeat the steps to make a second bench.

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