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Winter has come and we can’t get enough of the snow in beautiful New England! Since the leaves are gone and we have a full view of the property, I thought I’d take you outside with me to look at the exterior of our little winter house. Bundle up and follow me ๐Ÿ™‚

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Remember how we painted the barn (links to part 1, part 2, part 3 of the blog series)? The dark grey color looks so pretty and may I say, quite luxurious against the white clapboard exterior of the old main house and the large middle section. We couldn’t be happier with how it turned out – despite some critical comments during the decision making process, that going dark might be a bad idea LOL

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For a little winter cheer, I decorated this large wreath I found at Michael’s. It’s matching the front door wreath with pine cones, silver ornaments, straw stars and dried oranges.

I specifically kept it more neutral versus going all Christmas-y, so I can leave it up until it’s time for some pretty spring flowers.

Winter House Exterior / House of Menig

It’s already the second week in January and we’ve finally taken down the Christmas tree. There’s always something so sad, and yet refreshing about this act – don’t you think?

Since I love the warmth of the Christmas season, I like to bring that right into the new year. Today I want to share with you our beautiful post Christmas living room TV credenza, with a Black & White decor theme.

Black and White Winter Decor by House of Menig

But before we get going on this black & white decor, we have a tiny little DIY to conquer! Matte black Christmas ornaments!

Remember, how I said that maybe in 2018 I might go with a more black and white theme for Christmas? Well, that thought has lingered and enticed me to give it a shot almost a full year in advance. And I’m simply in love with this look!

DIY Black Christmas Ornaments – Supplies:

  • Random Christmas Ornaments
  • Twine or Thread
  • Matte Black Spray Paint (this one is by FAR my favorite!!)
  • Cardboard
  • Optional Latex Gloves

Step 1 – Gather & Clean

Gather an array of Christmas ornaments. This is the perfect time to use up old and mismatched globes. Clean them with a microfiber cloth, just to get any grease or dust off them.

DIY Black Ornaments by House of Menig

Step 2 – Drying Station

Prepare a drying station – in my case that consisted of two chairs stationed close to our wood stove. Cover the ground with paper (there may be drips!!) and cut up some cardboard to size. Into one of the edges of the cardboard make a few short cuts with an exactor knife, where you will then hang the ornaments by the attached twine.

DIY Black Ornaments by House of Menig

DIY Black Ornaments by House of Menig

Step 3 – Spray Paint

Shake your can well and step outside. Hold your ornament at the twine and lightly spray from all sides. Don’t forget the bottom. You can use latex gloves if you’re concerned about black fingers ๐Ÿ˜‰ Then carefully slip the twine into the cut you made into the cardboard and let it dry.

Repeat for the remaining ornaments and let everything dry for a good long time, until there are no more sticky areas – including any dripping bumps at the bottom. Cut off the twine and your black balls are ready to go!

Black and White Winter Decor by House of Menig

STYLING TIP – Candles

I’ve seen this numerous times in Scandinavian homes over on Pinterest. Candles. And by that I don’t mean candles in pretty tealight holders. I mean raw, straight up, unused candles that act as decorations by themselves.

A large jar filled with tealights or a bunch of taper candles bundled together with some fabric ribbon are perfect candidates. Same goes for used up taper candle stumps in a little bowl or plate or a few burned matches. It’s both functional and beautiful – a combination I love in interior design!

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At dusk, the black & white decor looks so pretty all lit up! THIS is Hygge! That warm and fuzzy feeling you get from candle light, especially if you enjoy this feeling with good companionship – or just some fictional characters from an exciting book or movie LOL

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What do you think? Did I win you over for the black & white decor style? ๐Ÿ™‚

 

In preparation for our little one, I’ve cranked out my sewing machine and worked on a few projects the other week. I made some hooded bath towels, some swaddle blankets and some adorable little DIY baby washcloths! Today I want to share a quick tutorial on these super simple washcloths.

As I’m writing this, little one is happily hiccuping in my tummy and poking out various body parts ๐Ÿ˜‰

DIY Baby Washcloths FULL TUTORIAL  by House of Menig

DIY Baby Washcloths – Supplies:

Step 1 – Cut the Fabric

Cut your 10×10″ fabric squares from terry cloth and cotton fabric. My favorite way is to use the rotary cutter, as it gives me the straightest cuts in no time.

DIY Baby Washcloths by House of Menig

Step 2 – Pin & Sew

Now pin together your two fabric squares, right side facing each other. Since terry cloth is just about the same on both sides, don’t worry about sides there. Just make sure that the cotton fabric is right side in.

Next up sew along the edges, leaving a 2-3″ gap somewhere along one of the edges.

DIY Baby Washcloths by House of Menig

Step 3 – Turn the Washcloth

Pull the fabric through the gap and make sure the corners are stuffed out nicely.

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Step 4 – Sew along the Edges

Lastly pin along the edges, including the gap, and sew closely to the edge of the cotton fabric side.

DIY Baby Washcloths by House of Menig

DIY Baby Washcloths by House of Menig

That’s pretty much it! It’s probably the simplest, most satisfying DIY I’ve done in a while ๐Ÿ˜‰ These would also make for such sweet little gifts for a baby shower or new mama!

If you enjoyed sewing these DIY baby washcloths, you might also like this blog post: DIY Baby Crib Sheet / Full Tutorial

 

Have you ever wondered how in the world some Pinterest pins of TV’s don’t have ANY cables dangling down behind the TV? You know, those clean looking TV’s that are mounted to the wall and there is literally NO cable salad to be seen ANYWHERE!?

I was. I even played with the thought that maybe, just maybe, the photographers would take off all the cables, giving us the illusion of such clean spaces being a reality.

Well, dear friends and fellow cable salad haters, it is possible! ๐Ÿ™‚ And today I want to show you how to hide TV cables as well as how we hacked IKEA kitchen cabinets into a DIY floating TV credenza!

How to Hide TV Cables / FULL TUTORIAL / by House of Menig

How to Hide TV Cables & DIY Floating TV Credenza – Supplies:

Step 1 – Buy & Assemble the Cabinets

At IKEA we went to the kitchen section and ordered our supplies. We decided to go for two 30x15x20″ upper wall cabinets with the inexpensive Haeggeby doors. We also added a suspension rail and shelves.

Here’s the deal – your possibilities are ENDLESS with the IKEA kitchen cabinets!! You can do simple doors or you can opt for drawers as well as hidden inside drawers. You can do normal hinges or you can make the entire construction soft-close! It’s kinda mind boggling how many options you have. The cool thing is also, that you can add anything at any point, so you can do what we did and go for the most inexpensive option now and upgrade whenever you want to. My secret plan is to eventually upgrade with some drawers – soft-close of course.

Here’s our list of items:

Total for the entire TV Credenza: $168.98

Assemble the cabinet frames (which is super easy BTW) and optionally screw them together. We did this, because our walls are so crooked and it helps with making the process a bit easier.

DIY IKEA Hack - Building Floating Credenza TUTORIAL / by House of Menig

Step 2 – Mount the TV

Hang the TV with the wall mounting kit. Again, super straight forward process, just use the instructions on the wall mounting kit.

DIY IKEA Hack - Building Floating Credenza TUTORIAL / by House of Menig

Step 3 – Hang the Rail

Next up we added the IKEA suspension rail where the cabinets will hang from. IKEA came up with this super simple way of hanging their cabinets and it works like a charm.

Simply find your studs with a studfinder, make sure everything is nice and level and screw that rail onto the wall.

DIY IKEA Hack - Building Floating Credenza TUTORIAL / by House of Menig

Step 4 – Hiding the Cables in the Wall

Now comes the scary part – drilling holes with a 2″ hole saw! I gotta say, it felt SO wrong to butcher the walls like this, but I wanted those cables to be gone even more than that, so there we went. Adrian drilled one hole below the hanging rail and one behind the TV.

Here’s the deal. Technically you should use an in-wall cable kit, but giddy as we were in that very moment, we kinda did it the rough way… Since then, we’ve taken down everything again and did it the right way. So just do it once and do it right LOL

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Step 5 – Pull the Cables through and hang the TV

Now wrestle in your cables by tying or taping them together, stuffing them into the top hole and pulling them out at the bottom. If you have a hard time grabbing them, use a strong wire that you’ve bent into a grabbing hook.

Now hang the TV and ADOOOOORE the cable free wall for a moment!

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Step 6 – Hang the Cabinets

All that’s really left now is to hang the cabinets and attach the doors. Since it’s such a straight forward process, I didn’t even take a picture!

I should also add – although I have no pictures of it – Adrian drilled a few holes into the back of the cabinets to pull in the power cord distributor. The cable salad now happily lives in the lowest shelf of the right cabinet. While at it, he also drilled a hole into the top of the right cabinet, so that I can eventually pull in a lamp cord once I find the perfect table lamp. That way the lamp cord can go straight into the cabinet as well and not look ugly at all!

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This was such a great DIY – and honestly, long overdue! We’ve been enjoying watching our list of Christmas movies on a clutter free wall and it’s amazing what an impact this wall has on the entire living room. It feels so finished, yet still so minimal and just kinda fits right in! Also, the price of the credenza that came in under $170 cannot be beat. It looks clean and modern and I’m just simply excited to one day upgrade, depending on what is needed at the current time.

It has finally happened – our living room has not only a TV, but also a floating credenza on the walls! Christmas has come early in the Menig house and this room looks so much more finished already ๐Ÿ™‚

Scandinavian Christmas Credenza Decor / by House of Menig

I’ll be sharing a full tutorial on how we hung the TV, hid all the cables (best DIY ever!!) and constructed the floating sideboard in the next post. Today, I simply want to share a little Christmas-y #fika with you. Have you heard of the new trend word from Scandinavia?

Fika is a Swedish concept that basically means “to have coffee”, usually accompanied by pastries, pies or cookies and good company. It is usually celebrated in the morning and/or afternoon and reminds of a traditional English afternoon tea.

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I love the idea of bringing fika into our lives, especially now that our baby is closing in on its due date – today in one month, can you imagine!? I have a feeling that coffee will be a vital part of our new routine as freshly baked parents LOL

Modern Candle Holder / Scandinavian Christmas Credenza Decor / by House of Menig

Want in on a secret? We have been instant coffee drinkers for over 4 years now. It’s kinda crazy! When we built the kitchen, we were set on getting a coffee maker and finally upgrade into adulthood. Well, that didn’t happen. I couldn’t bring myself to buy an ugly appliance that would clutter up the countertops. Also, I couldn’t bring myself to invest into a beautiful Nespresso coffee maker.

When I stumbled upon Coffee Gator’s gorgeous french press, I did my due diligence in research. I had never even considered making coffee manually, but after reading about the process I really liked the idea of taking the time to make a delicious cup of coffee. Let me just say, we’ve been LOVING this press ever since we got it! Not only does it produce some really great coffee, it also looks simply beautiful and doesn’t clutter up my kitchen countertops. Win-win situation!

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I loved playing around with some less traditional Christmas colors for this first installment of the TV credenza. The black and white concept has really stolen my heart lately. Although, I love to soften things up with a hint of blush pink and give it that magical ‘zing’ with some silver ornaments. To add a little extra texture I ripped up some fabric into small ribbons, which really adds a lot of cozy to the scene.

Scandinavian Christmas Credenza Decor / by House of Menig

Coffee Gator / Scandinavian Christmas Credenza Decor / by House of Menig

Well then, MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your families! Hope you have a lovely holiday filled with cheers, joys and good food ๐Ÿ™‚

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Candle Holder by House Doctor (sold out, similar here) / French Press by Coffee Gator / Milk Jug found at Marshalls (similar here) / Pink Mugs & Candles by IKEA