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Like all good craft projects, this one started with a problem: It can be difficult to find phone cases that are both attractive and affordable. The solution: An inexpensive clear plastic phone case, a scanner and some flowers. Watch and see how it’s done:

Kind of amazing, isn’t it? Turning down the lights while scanning the flowers makes the colors more vibrant and creates a dramatic black background. We used a bouquet of grocery store flowers, but you could forage in the yard (or around the craft room) for your own mix of materials. Ferns, feathers, pompoms, yarn, sequins — the possibilities are endless. Just scan, cut and install inside your clear case, then switch to a new design when the mood strikes.

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What materials would you use to create your own scanned phone case? Tell us in the comments below.

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Last week I featured some clever birdhouse projects and since I’m on a roll with the theme, I thought I’d keep it going with birdcages. Whether they’re modern or antique, wooden or metal, birdcages can be charming home accessories, even if you don’t have any feathered friends. Check out these birdcage decor ideas for inspired ways to revamp a roost.

5 Birdcage Decor Ideas: Wedding Centerpiece

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Birdcage –> Centerpiece
Here’s one for the love birds out there: Use birdcages as eclectic wedding centerpieces. Simply fill them with blooms in your wedding colors and place them anywhere you need a little more romance, like the guest book signing table shown above.

5 Birdcage Decor Ideas: Bathroom Accent

Design: Sarah Richardson

Birdcage –> Bathroom Accent
Bathrooms can be bland, but introducing an accent like a birdcage creates an unexpected focal point to tie the space together. This example from Sarah’s House looks so pretty perched atop a hutch.

5 Birdcage Decor Ideas: Floor Lamp

Credit: Susan Teare | Design: Joanne Palmisano

Birdcage –> Floor Lamp
Pairing a thrift-store birdcage with a chandelier to create a floor lamp is a bright idea. As seen on DIYNetwork.com, this one is a little rustic, a little glam and wholly unique.

5 Birdcage Decor Ideas: Container Garden

Design: Nancy Ondra

Birdcage –> Container Garden
Birdcages look more festive with colorful flowers peeking through the bars. Throw one into the mix with some birdhouse planters for a stunning, low-budget container garden.

5 Birdcage Decor Ideas: Chandelier

Design: Susie Fougerousse

Birdcage –> Chandelier
A little birdie told me that birdcages make excellent chandeliers. (Okay, not really, but the whimsical pink example in this girls’ room by Susie Fougerousse proves my point.)

Which birdcage decor idea is the best, bar none? And do you have more creative uses for birdcages? Share them in the comments below!

 

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DIY Bulletin Board

Bulletin boards are one of my favorite solutions to clutter. I can’t be the only person who feels like their walls and fridges quickly fill up with fliers and precious finger paintings. That’s where my trusty friend the bulletin board comes in. But it is also no secret that a grocery store bulletin board, while functional, is not always the most beautiful thing to hang up on the wall. That is why I came up with an easy solution to makeover a bulletin board for my son’s room. Now, with a framed bulletin board all his art projects can find a home and look stylish too! Framing a bulletin board is an decorating DIY lifesaver!

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You may not be able to wear white after Labor Day— but there are no rules against your walls.

White is almost a magic wand for interior spaces; it has the power to completely transform even the most uninspiring rooms. It also has the ability to smooth out imperfections in walls or cover up that annoying steam pipe or rough patch. This surprisingly versatile color— yes, I said color— expands and unifies any space it acquires by forcing the eyes to focus on the area within a room instead of its boundaries. However, this modern design trend can be difficult to perfect. Monochrome interiors, especially white ones, can easily look unfinished. Here are some tips for those of you looking to whitewash your living spaces.

To avoid looking flat, focus on contrasting textures. By mixing varying textures, the eye still has plenty to take in even if the color scheme is nothing but white. This makes the room seem just as rich as if it was drenched in florescent tie dye.

Grass ClothImage via Lonny

Notice that the walls are almost stark white and the furniture is minimal, but the textural element of the grass cloth brings everything together and gives the entire room a warm, inviting feel.

Inhabit Wall PanelImage via Inhabit

Go for bold with a dramatic 3-D wall panel. This ultra modern look is surprisingly easy to accomplish. Sculptural wall tiles are available at a variety of interior stores and installation is a breeze.

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Remember our talk about fall wardrobes earlier this week? If you were wondering where all those new duds would go, look no further than the brand-new HGTV Urban Oasis 2014.

If you were to ask what my favorite room in any home is, the word “kitchen” would quickly slip from my lips — you know, because of the food. But I couldn’t help but dream of the abuse I could inflict on my credit card with the beautifully realized, and enormous, closet of the Urban Oasis residence.

Closet

Master Closet

Lindsay Pumpa, the genius behind such a drool-worthy space, calls the closet something to write home about. The custom accessory storage and handcrafted six light chandelier allow this space to make as much of a statement as the clothing it will store.

Master Bathroom

Master Bathroom

I had to choose a second favorite: the master bathroom. It gives new meaning to the word “retreat.” The sleek, modern tub serves up beautiful city skyline views of Atlanta to whomever is soaking. The marble-tiled shower and floor meld seamlessly with the ultra-chic fixtures and vanity to mimic the tranquil luxury of a five-star spa.

Located in Buckhead, Atlanta’s mecca for all things shopping and dining, the home’s cozy-gone-chic vibe is definitely fitting.

I would be happy to live in the master closet and bathroom, but if your design-loving heart can take it — tour every inch of this urban palace. From the guest bathroom with its striking tile shower to the balcony with its sprawling views of Stone Mountain and Atlanta’s city center, every inch of this home drips with luxury.

Peruse our extensive photo galleries and let us know what your favorite space is in the home. Also, be sure to dish your feelings on the master bedroom’s purple walls — I love them!

And don’t forget — this home can be yours. Enter twice daily for a chance to win this Atlanta dream on HGTV.com and on FrontDoor.com.

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The unofficial end of summer is (sadly) here (sad face). It feels like we were just talking about ways to start up the grill for summer cookouts. As another season approaches, it seems only right we close out the most carefree time of year with a few refreshing concoctions. Whip up these cool and colorful drinks by Cooking Channel’s Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark as you soak up the long weekend.

Izze Cocktail Recipe

Photo + Recipe: IZZE Sparkling Juice

Vanilla Clementini

Throw it back to childhood snow cone days with this adult version that’s also a martini. (!!!)

Ingredients

1 1/2 ounces vanilla vodka
1/2 triple sec or orange liqueur
3 ounces IZZE Sparkling Clementine
2 cups finely-crushed or shaved ice
2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk

Instructions

In a glass, combine vodka, triple sec and IZZE Sparkling Clementine and stir lightly. Pour over shaved ice and top with a drizzle of sweetened condensed milk. Serve with a spoon (and be prepared to make seconds).

Yield: 1 serving

Izze Cocktail Recipe

Photo + Recipe: IZZE Sparkling Juice

Grapefruit Lavenderita

Put a spin on the Paloma with a dash of lavender.

Ingredients

2 ounces lavender-infused tequila
1/2 Campari
3/4 fresh-squeezed lime juice
6 ounces IZZE Sparkling Grapefruit

Instructions

Add first three ingredients to a tall glass filled with ice and stir. Pour IZZE Sparkling Grapefruit over and stir. Garnish with a fresh lavender blossom and tell someone that you got them flowers.

To infuse tequila, add one tablespoon of dried lavender flowers to 8 ounces of tequila and let sit for 1 hour. Strain and store tequila in a sealed jar or bottle.

Yield: 1 serving

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Steak Frites

Steak frites may be the perfect meal. Think about it; rich beefy goodness paired with salty crunchy potatoes and topped with a delectable sauce. What is there not to love about that? In my opinion, this combo is great any which way it’s prepared, but this version is currently my favorite way to cook up the classic. I took advantage of a super sale on primo beef from my local butcher and picked up center cut filets rather than my beloved strip. The filets are pepper crusted on one side and drizzled with a savory red wine sauce to complement the cut. I upgraded from sticks to circles and fried up a crispy potato chip that easily swabs the plate picking up every last drop of precious sauce. The meal is completed by adding a quick green salad of peppery baby arugula and sliced green onions that are lightly dressed with olive oil, red wine vinegar and a pinch of salt (no recipe needed, just make it to personal taste). This is really a dinner (or lunch) for two, so it’s okay to spend a little extra on your steak and be a little indulgent as you take on this culinary classic.

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Gallery walls are all the rage right now, and for good reason:  you can have completely unmatched pieces of art but make them work together with a common theme. Choosing a color, texture or pattern to be the inspiration for your wall lets you loosen the “rules.” The tough part about those galleries, though, is actually figuring out what works — and what doesn’t. To help you out, we’ve come up with our top tips for creating a gallery wall. Once you’re ready to test out your ideas, upload your pieces to Shutterfly’s Design-a-Wall virtual tool to see what they look like together before you poke a million holes in your wall.

Tip #1: Choose Any Wall

A gallery wall doesn’t have to be limited to a foyer or living room. Choose walls that are normally bare, such as a staircase wall. HGTV’s John Colaneri and Anthony Carrino hung knicknacks on a bold red wall for an instant upgrade.

Staircase Gallery Wall

Tip #2: Add Personal Touches

Create a custom look by arranging your favorite photographs or souvenirs from your travel experiences in shadow boxes . Bonus: This idea serves double duty as a storage solution.

Vintage Shadow Box Gallery Wall

Tip #3: Pick Unexpected Items

A gallery wall doesn’t just have to be framed pieces of art. This wall of hollowed out, cloth-covered books was hung with upholstery nails in each book’s four corners.

Book Gallery Wall

Tip #4: Placement, Placement, Placement

Once you’ve chosen all your pieces, it’s time to think of placement. This is especially important when you’re creating a gallery wall above furniture. Be sure not to hang pieces too low or high — a good rule of thumb is eight inches between the base of the frame and top of the furniture piece, according to Jen Bekman, founder of the popular online art shop, 20×200.

Gallery Wall

Tip #5: Be Fearless

A gallery wall is your opportunity to express your passions. So, have fun and don’t worry about going a little crazy. Mixing up your gallery wall with your personal treasures will make your house feel like home.

Electic Gallery Wall

What are some of your tips for creating the perfect gallery wall?

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Congratulations to this week’s winner, Victoria!

Can you guess which fire pit belongs in this outdoor room?

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Type A, B or C in the comments section, and we’ll reveal the answer tomorrow. One lucky winner will win two TIKI Brand king torches — perfect for your outdoor space.

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