POSTS BY Allie Holcomb

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I don’t know about you, but if my workspace is a mess, I can’t get any work done. My mind is so busy stressing over the tangled electrical cords and endless piles of magazines that I lose focus on the task at hand. That’s why I’m always on the lookout for home office organization ideas. If your home office is in need of some organizational TLC, try one of our tips:

Organize and Store Electrical Cords
Keep unruly cords organized by using media boxes that are divided into cubbies with scraps of cardboard. Label each section so you won’t confuse cords, and decorate the cardboard with scrapbook paper to keep your space looking chic.

Desk Cord Organizer
Install Open Shelving
Rather than piling magazines and books on your desk, install easy-access shelving to keep your materials at hand. Opt for sleek shelving that matches your office so your storage remains stylish.

Office Shelving
Use Mason Jars as Cubbies
Organize your writing utensils by keeping them in mason jars on your desk. Mason jars are trendy and inexpensive.

Mason Jar Desk Organization

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I don’t know about you, but if my workspace is a mess, I can’t get any work done. My mind is so busy stressing over the tangled electrical cords and endless piles of magazines that I lose focus on the task at hand. That’s why I’m always on the lookout for home office organization ideas. If your home office is in need of some organizational TLC, try one of our tips:

Organize and Store Electrical Cords
Keep unruly cords organized by using media boxes that are divided into cubbies with scraps of cardboard. Label each section so you won’t confuse cords, and decorate the cardboard with scrapbook paper to keep your space looking chic.

Desk Cord Organizer
Install Open Shelving
Rather than piling magazines and books on your desk, install easy-access shelving to keep your materials at hand. Opt for sleek shelving that matches your office so your storage remains stylish.

Office Shelving
Use Mason Jars as Cubbies
Organize your writing utensils by keeping them in mason jars on your desk. Mason jars are trendy and inexpensive.

Mason Jar Desk Organization

At Comfort Suites® hotels, we’re committed to your success. Spread out in our large contemporary suites and wake up refreshed with a free hot breakfast full of choices. Enjoy free high speed internet access and a 24 hour business center to meet all your office needs. Best of all, it’s provided with friendly service at a reasonable price. Learn more about the amenities or book your stay today.

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After Lili posted this Daily Delight about these gold log tables, I’ve been on the lookout for a tree stump. Recently, I found a perfect little trunk (!) washed ashore at my family’s lake house. As a MacGyver, I wanted to check out all my DIY options before I started working on my new prized possession. I was blown away by all the crafty ways people have used tree stumps (glow-in-the-dark stool, anyone?). Check out a few of my favorite finds:

Log Slice Table
This rustic log slice table would add natural charm to any room. And doesn’t it look lovely adorned with a vase of fresh flowers? Head on over to Seakettle for Jessica’s tutorial.

Wooden Pencil Holder
Talk about crafting in style! Andrea’s rustic pencil holder would be the perfect addition to any craft room. I’m all for storage that’s easy on the eyes.

MORE TREE TRUNK TRIUMPHS

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Jaws may have granted sharks their initial fame, but the feisty creatures haven’t had a hard time finding their way back into the spotlight since the 1975 blockbuster. As I’m sure you know, Shark Week is upon us, and last month’s release of the disaster film, Sharknado, has only intensified the hype surrounding this week. Sharks are everywhere. (If you’ve seen Sharknado, you know I mean that quite literally.) The one place I’m most excited to find them is swimming amongst home decor. I’ve rounded up my favorite finds, so please — browse at your own risk.

Shark Home Decor

 

Who wouldn’t want a shark protecting their chips? Or a caudal fin corking their wine? Or better yet – a sly helper to remind the kids to flush?

Are sharks too terrifying to swim amongst your home decor, or are you welcoming those fins with open arms? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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Last Wednesday, I spent all day moving everything I own into my new apartment. Although I loathe moving (my muscles still ache), there’s an air of excitement that comes with knowing you have a fresh, barren space to decorate however you please. As I looked around the blank walls in my new room, I decided I was definitely going to need some new artwork to spice things up. My inner MacGyver knew that with a little Pinterest research and a lot of patience, I could make my own wall art and save some serious moolah. Take a look at my favorite finds:

DIY Ombré Wall Art
I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely still a fan of the ombré trend when it’s done this beautifully. This quirky sign would make a bold statement on an otherwise boring wall, and Sarah of Sarah Hearts says it only took 15 minutes to make.

DIY Gold Leaf Monogram
This DIY Gold Leaf Monogram is perfect because it’s just enough bling – it’s not overwhelmingly gaudy but it has enough pizzazz to make an impact. Check out Brittany’s quick and easy tutorial.
More DIY Wall Art

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Let me start by saying I’m aware bicycles aren’t exactly everyday crafting materials. Not many people have bicycle parts lying around the same way they do scrapbook paper. But with that said — an old bicycle isn’t too difficult to come by. If you don’t have one sitting in your garage patiently waiting to be re-loved, try a thrift store, garage sale — or maybe your granny’s garage.

Bicycle Garden Planter
If you’re looking to add charm to your garden area, consider creating a bicycle planter to display your prettiest posies. Simply paint an old bike the color of your choice, and attach a basket to hold your flowers. With a display this pretty, you may find sudden inspiration to garden all day, every day.

Bicycle Wheel Clock

This unique clock is made from an old bicycle wheel and a vintage yardstick – talk about industrial charm! I also love how Karianne placed her clock on a chalkboard wall. Check out the full tutorial on East Coast Creative.

More Ways To Upcycle a Bike

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August is quickly approaching, and that means one thing: soon-to-be college freshmen are running all over town, desperately searching for finishing touches to make their dorm room as stylish and homey as a 15′ x 10′ room can be. When you’re working with old, outdated furniture and walls that can’t be painted, that’s a difficult task.

It’s important to find ways to personalize your room, and one of the easiest ways to add personality is to add color. If painting is out of the question, why not use washi tape for instant color? Our design experts have come up with a few crafty ways to use tape to spice up your dorm room. Since it’s easily removable and leaves no damage or residue, it can be used to cover anything from side tables to electronics.

Washi Tape Table

Cover small furniture like this side table in washi tape to create a custom pieces for your dorm room. Simply place tapes in various sizes next to each other in a diagonal pattern.

Washi Tape Jewelry Tree

Not only can it be difficult to make a dorm room seem homey, it can also be tough to find a place for all that stuff you couldn’t bear to leave behind. If you’re anything like me (an admitted jewelry hoarder), you might be searching for jewelry storage in your cramped dorm. Use washi tape and thumbtacks to create a jewelry tree on your wall. I’m all for storage that’s easy on the eyes!

5 WAYS TO USE WASHI TAPE

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I know what you’re thinking: “How could you possibly make plumbing materials into something lovely?” Well, I’m here to tell you it’s possible. Although PVC pipe may seem like a strange choice of crafting material, it fits key criteria for avid MacGyvers — it’s lightweight, easy to work with and relatively cheap.  Whether you’re looking to make inexpensive decor updates or searching for a new summer activity for your mini MacGyvers, we’ve got you covered.

DIY PVC Pipe Vases

These PVC vases seem so simple to create, yet they would add an instant punch of pizzazz to any room. Pick up some vibrant spray paint and get to crafting, MacGyvers!

PVC Pipe Camping Stools

These mini camping stools are so adorable, and Elizabeth from Simple Simon & Company swears they’re incredibly easy to make. The best part? They can be made for $6 each.

More PVC Pipe Crafts

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It seems like just last week the school year was coming to an end, yet somehow, the start of the new school year is just around the corner. Our friends over at Paging Supermom are readily prepared and already planning a fabulous back-to-school party. Luckily, they’ve offered us an exclusive sneak peek at the Paging Supermom Back to School With Neon Party that will be unfolding on their blog all week.

Paging Supermom Back-to-School Party

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Here in the South, cobblers are a summer staple — and according to Yahoo! searches this month, folks all over are on a cobbler hunt.* With peaches in season (and peach as HGTV’s color of the month), there has never been a better time to try your hand at peach cobbler.

My family easily tries two or three new cobbler recipes every summer, but this recipe has stood the test of time. It only requires a few ingredients, and it’s simple enough for any baking novice to succeed. (Can you see why it’s my favorite?) So, pick up some peaches and give this recipe a try!

Peach Cobbler

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Nothing quite counters the way I feel when I open my mailbox to find a brand-new magazine, hot off the press. A magazine’s arrival may occasionally cause me to neglect my entire to-do list. I’ve even been known to *accidentally* collect a pile of magazines in my shopping cart when stuck in a grocery store line. Sound familiar? (Or is it just my journalistic roots?)

Needless to say, I’ve stacked up quite a pile of magazines over the years. While a magazine remains glamorous for a few weeks — and in some cases, months — after a few years, it generally loses its charm. Although recycling is always a noble option for outdated magazines, why not consider upcycling? After some thorough Pinterest research, I’ve rounded up my favorite crafts for your old magazines. (Just promise me you’ll spare HGTV Magazine this time!)

DIY Paper Flowers

These handmade paper flowers are adorable, and they’re inexpensive to make. They would serve as a beautiful centerpiece or even desk accessory — either way, I’m all for flowers that never die! Check out RockNRoll Bride for all the DIY details.

Magazine Page Bowl

This bowl is the only acceptable reason to use the word ‘nifty.’ It’s not only functional (a perfect place for your kitchen counter strays) — it’s a piece of art. Stroll on over to Do It and How to see how it’s made.
More Crafts for Your Old Mags

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Nothing quite counters the way I feel when I open my mailbox to find a brand-new magazine, hot off the press. A magazine’s arrival may occasionally cause me to neglect my entire to-do list. I’ve even been known to *accidentally* collect a pile of magazines in my shopping cart when stuck in a grocery store line. Sound familiar? (Or is it just my journalistic roots?)

Needless to say, I’ve stacked up quite a pile of magazines over the years. While a magazine remains glamorous for a few weeks — and in some cases, months — after a few years, it generally loses its charm. Although recycling is always a noble option for outdated magazines, why not consider upcycling? After some thorough Pinterest research, I’ve rounded up my favorite crafts for your old magazines. (Just promise me you’ll spare HGTV Magazine this time!)

DIY Paper Flowers

These handmade paper flowers are adorable, and they’re inexpensive to make. They would serve as a beautiful centerpiece or even desk accessory — either way, I’m all for flowers that never die! Check out RockNRoll Bride for all the DIY details.

Magazine Page Bowl

This bowl is the only acceptable reason to use the word ‘nifty.’ It’s not only functional (a perfect place for your kitchen counter strays) — it’s a piece of art. Stroll on over to Do It and How to see how it’s made.
More Crafts for Your Old Mags

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The week before a vacation, I typically have one thing on my mind — vacation. I’m dreaming of beachy shorelines and piña coladas. The last thing on my mind is the home I’m leaving behind for a week. Do you too neglect your home with a fabulous vacay on the horizon? Unfortunately, our homes don’t appreciate being neglected. They require a little TLC before they’re left to fend for themselves. Luckily, HGTV Magazine has shared a checklist of things to do before you take off for vacation.

Prep Your Home for Vacation

  1. Never announce you’re away (that means hold the Facebook photos until you’re back!).
  2. Eliminate easy access to your home by locking windows and doors.
  3. Make sure gutters, downspouts, and drains are clear.
  4. Enlist a friend’s help to watch your home.
  5. Flush all the toilets.
  6. Secure the garage and unplug the electric door opener.
  7. Arm the alarms.
  8. Stop all deliveries and pickups (mail, garbage, newspaper, etc.).
  9. Power down small appliances.
  10. Cut the water supply in flood-prone spots.
  11. Trim tree limbs.
  12. Don’t turn off the AC – set it to 82 degrees Fahrenheit to avoid mold and mildew.
  13. Run the dishwasher and leave the dishwasher door open.
  14. Use timers to light your home like you’re there.

 

For a more detailed checklist, read the full article on HGTV.com.

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I don’t know about you, but it seems that I often have an extra cardboard box on my hands. The boxes should probably serve as warning to cut back my online shopping, but instead, they put me in a Designer MacGyver state of mind. I’ve done some searching to find creative ways to upcycle these old boxes, and I think you’ll agree with me – these ideas are downright crafty. Whether you’re working with a cereal box or a dishwasher box, there is sure to be a craft that’s just your speed.

Cardboard Playhouse
This first idea really inspired my inner craftiness. It. Is. So. Stinkin’. Adorable. And it’s made from a cardboard box. What more could a MacGyver (and a mini MacGyver) ask for? Head on over to The Mouse House to see how Hayley made it. Make sure to check out the inside too — it’s just as adorable.

Cardboard Box Notebooks

More Fun Cardboard Box Crafts

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On a hot summer day, nothing is more appealing than a fresh, juicy piece of watermelon. And when I say juicy, I mean juicy — like juice-streaming-down-your-face juicy. Why not embrace the delicious messiness and serve a watermelon at your next summer get-together? I’ve rounded up some creative ways to serve this summer staple. Really, these ideas probably deserve more than ‘creative.’ I’d say they’re genius — I’m thinking these watermelons have been handled by true MacGyvers. Don’t you agree?

July 4th Watermelon Stars
If you’re throwing a July 4th get-together, you’ve still got time to pick up a watermelon. These adorable stars are festive and easy to make. Head on over to Domestic Fits to see how Jackie made them.

Watermelon Turtle
If you’re mentally ixnaying this little guy because you’re worried your carving skills aren’t up to par, I urge you to reconsider. Why? Because the instructions call for the guidance of a dry erase marker for those of us who aren’t as artistically inclined.

More Watermelon Crafts

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The roasting stations from my Table Top S’mores post have me thinking all things terra cotta. Whether you’re looking to use these pots for their intended purpose or searching for a more creative alternative, these crafts are fresh and fun. So, head to your closest home improvement store, pick up some pots and get to crafting, MacGyvers.

Painted Terra Cotta Pots
If you love coastal decor, try out this stenciling craft. These planters are perfect for summer – whether you actually live close to a coral reef or not.

 

Fabric-Covered Terra Cotta Pots
These adorable floral pots could add the perfect touch of color to any space. Find the quick and easy tutorial at Ashley Ann’s blog, Under the Sycamore Tree.

More Terra Cotta Pot Crafts

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Summer nights make me crave the glow of a bonfire and the mess of a marshmallow-oozing s’more. I even find myself craving that smoky smell that requires three rounds of shampoo to eradicate. Sadly, I have no fire pit to provide these summer delicacies. Thanks to Linen, Lace, & Love, I’ve found a wonderfully adorable replacement. This s’mores bar is perfect for a backyard get-together. Each guest can have their own roasting station – a terra cotta pot lined with tinfoil and light charcoal. Doesn’t this just make you want to throw a s’mores party?

S'mores Bar

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Something about sunshine and 90-degree weather makes a cocktail or glass of wine sound that much more appealing. Summer in itself is enough reason to throw a cocktail party, and I’m thinking a girls’ wine night sounds just right.  If you’re with me on this sentiment, consider upgrading your stemware. These fabulous wine glass crafts are sure to jazz up your summer party.
 

DIY Glitter Wine Glasses
These DIY Glitter Wine Glasses are perfect for a glitzy party. What’s not to love about a little glitter?

 

DIY Painted Stemless Wine Glasses
Stemless wine glasses are optimal for casual summer get-togethers. See how Kristen from MyColor painted these glasses to give them a bright, floral feel.

 
More Fabulous Wine Glasses

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If you read my last post, you know I’ve been daydreaming of an exotic vacation. But — since I won’t be travelling to a gorgeous beach anytime soon, I’m thinking I’ll bring the beach to me. I love coastal decor, and I love budget-friendly decor even more. That’s why I’m going crazy over these driftwood crafts. If you’re lucky enough to be heading to the beach soon, stroll the shores for pretty pieces of driftwood. If not, try your nearest lake for some driftwood and simply pretend your fabulous finds are from a beachy shoreline.

Driftwood Key Hanger
I absolutely adore this colorful driftwood key hanger. Drift on over to Free People’s blog to see how it’s made.

Herringbone Driftwood Table
This beautiful Herringbone Driftwood Table is for the heavy-duty DIYers. Although Sarah’s tutorial includes quite a few steps, the end product is totally worth the work.

More Driftwood Crafts

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Craving the relaxation of a lush resort, complete with salt in your hair and sand in your toes? Summer has a way of making my thoughts vacation-consumed. Since an exotic resort isn’t exactly in my near future, I’m feeding the craving with photos of these gorgeous backyard getaways. Who needs a resort when you can have your own backyard escape (or pine after someone else’s)?

Water Park at Home

{for the water park fanatic}

Modern Pool Area
{for the modern pool-goer}

More Gorgeous Backyard Escapes

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  • As seen on HGTV's "Property Brothers At Home"

  • As seen on HGTV's "Property Brothers At Home"

  • As seen on HGTV's "Property Brothers At Home"

  • As seen on HGTV's "Property Brothers At Home"