Craft Class 101 – A New Series Starting Next Month

This week, I’m sharing a not-so-hidden secret about me. There’s another side to me that my Instagram followers can tell you all about – I love to craft! From an early age, I was always creating – whether it was designing houses with my Legos or cross-stitching dish towels for my aunts, I always had a project I was working on.

A few years ago, I decided to combine my passion for crafting with my love of interior design and created a unique line of handmade home decor items. Once I had made enough items, I hit the craft fair circuit and now I do a few shows each summer. I love the world of craft fairs. The vendors and customers alike are all friendly, willing to strike up a conversation, and share their own experiences and crafting tips.

At my most recent event, I was asked over and over again how I made certain items. It’s a question I love getting asked because along with being a creative person, I’m also a teacher at heart and enjoy sharing my tips. This made me realize – if this many people are interested in how I make my items, maybe my blog readers would be too! So I’ve decided to create a new series for the blog called “Craft Class”. I’ll share with you my step by step instructions for making some of my most popular home decor items. All of my items are made from recycled, reclaimed, or natural materials so the cost involved is minimal – all you need to invest is your time!

Next month will be the first installment and I’ll be showing you how to make my number one seller: Rock Salt Jars! These beauties can be used in so many ways – candle holders, vases, desktop organizers, makeup brush holder, kitchen utensil organizer… the possibilities are endless. And they can be customized to fit your own decor (I’ll show you how!)

If you want to follow along with my Craft Class posts, be sure to follow me on Instagram where I will announce the newest project as soon as it goes live on the blog!

Reader’s Request: How to Style Bookcases and Built-Ins

Do you have “shelfie” envy lately? If so, you’re not alone. The hashtag has taken over social media in recent months as people show off their stunningly styled shelves, bookcases, and built-ins. I recently received this message: “What am I doing wrong?! My “shelfies” are boring and just don’t compare to what I’m seeing online. Help!”

Here are my steps for achieving the right balance and style for shelves you’ll be proud to share: Read More

Design Style Guide: Coastal

This month’s Design Style Guide looks at Coastal – a breezy ocean style that brings to mind Caribbean colors, fruity drinks, and toes in the sand. This is a style all its own, nothing like the Nautical style typical of the Northeast. Read on to learn all about this relaxed look. Read More

Getting Organized: Tips for a Stress-Free Move to College

I know, I know. It’s only July and stores already have Back to School items filling their shelves. So annoying! While your elementary age children don’t need their backpacks just yet, your college bound kids should already be preparing to head off to school. There is a lot to coordinate for college. It’s not just pens and notebooks. It’s moving, sometimes across the country, dorm room necessities, and of course the vital shower caddy. Here’s everything you need to do to get ready for college life. Read More

Reader’s Request: Proper Plant Décor

A client recently contacted me regarding her out-of-control plants. I had previously advised her that no space is complete without a few plants. They add life and color to your space, making it feel more warm and inviting. She loved this tip and tried her best to take my advice, but it turns out, she may have gone a little overboard!

She writes:
“I know you suggested adding plants to enhance and liven the décor, but so far my attempts seem haphazard and it just looks messy. What am I doing wrong?”

Here are three tips I gave her for properly decorating with plants: Read More

The Key to Getting Your Home Sold Fast

The housing market is on the rebound and many people are looking to (finally!) sell their home. With all of this competition, how do you ensure your home stands out from the crowd? Home staging is this answer.

Many people are hesitant to put work into a place they are planning on moving out of, but this could be hurting the chance of a sale. Here’s everything you need to know about staging and why you must get it done before your next open house: Read More

Design Style Guide: Urban Industrial

This month’s Design Style Guide is all about that gritty yet inviting style loved by city dwellers: Urban Industrial. Read More

Getting Organized: Clear Your Email Clutter

This month’s Getting Organized post focuses on sorting through your emails. Inbox: 0, here you come! Read More

Seasonal Style Guide – Warm Up Your Home With These Hot Summer Looks

Ahh, summer is finally here. Time for long days at the water and equally long nights by the bonfire. While the Southwest is experiencing record heat, here in the Northeast, we’ve had over a month of dreary weather. So how can those of us suffering from cloudy skies start to make the most of summer? I’m bringing you my three favorite seasonal home decor items to add a pop of brightness, excitement, and summertime cheer to your space. Read More

A Decade of Design

10 years ago I graduated with my degree in interior design. I was ready to hit the ground running and get my career started. Along the way, health issues constantly derailed me, but I never lost my passion for design. Here’s my story: a decade in design and the bumpy road that led me to starting KM Home Interiors. Read More