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Remember the story of our DIY credenza we shared a couple weeks back? We had bought the IKEA kitchen cabinets, assembled them, attached them to the wall and installed the doors.

The only thing left was the wooden top.

So we ran to Lowe’s (seriously, it’s our second home!!) and picked up some pretty 1 by 12’s, 12 feet long. These babies don’t come cheap and were around $28 each! We needed two. So roughly 60 bucks. Back home I was rather surprised at how yellow and intense in color they were. Not quite what I was going for in the first place… To give it a shot, I put one of the boards atop the DIY credenza and… Oooooh, how I wished I could have just loved it!

DIY Credenza by House of Menig

Here’s the thing. Our kitchen slash dining room is VERY white. I mean, we love white, but it was getting a little… well, white. That’s why my genius idea was to bring in a little bit more raw wood to warm things up. Unfortunately though, what really happened was it created a verrrry yellow focal point. It screamed ‘Hey there stranger!!! I’m a sideboard and I’m supposed to warm things up in this room!!!’ Not cool! And BTW, in pictures the wooden top actually looks really quite pretty!!! But the reality is, in person it was a completely different (yellow) story…

So, back to the drawing board – aka – playground. Off went the wood to see what the sideboard would look like if left white.

DIY Credenza by House of Menig

Leaving it white was not right either. I LOVE white on white, but this was going too far. (Also, white on white always looks a heck of a lot better in a sea of natural light. In shade? Not so much.)

Then my genius idea hit me. Why not use some leftover drawer liners instead? On went a couple of strips I had laying around. Yes, it worked! The Grey color of the felt liners has variations, so the effect is absolutely beautiful! It creates just the right amount of contrast in a sea of white, yet it doesn’t draw too much attention.

DIY Credenza by House of Menig

So, yesterday I finally went at it and cut the felt liners to the right size and glued them to the top. Yes, you read quite correctly ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hot glue is probably my favorite tool! I used four lines (which ran me around $30) and if I ever change my mind in the future, I can easily dis-assemble the entire thing and use the liners in the shallow drawers that are still liner free.

This felt liner top gives the DIY credenza such a warm look and feel. And boy, it fits perfectly with the marble top in the kitchen!! For such a huge piece of furniture (after all, it’s 120 inches of pure storage!) it has such a low impact on the room overall, which I adore.

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The last bits and pieces consist of installing some pretty knobs, cutting a couple of holes into the top to feed the lamp cords directly to the outlets (no cable salad!!!) and lastly, I’m seeing a picture ledge between the lamps.

For the moment though, I’m having fun showcasing some favorite finds & treasures on the sideboard, including my brand spanking new lamps by Tommy Bahama, my favorite square candle holder by House Doctor, a bunch of design magazines (including the Swedish Lantliv) and a twig of forsythia I foraged in our own yard ๐Ÿ™‚

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The three-way lamps give off such a beautiful soft light that covers the entire room in a warm, cozy glow. Honestly, I would have never thought that I’d ever get SO excited about light and lamps and bulbs and wattage and lumens ๐Ÿ˜‰ LOL

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New England weather is a crazy affair! One day we were struggling to keep warm (okay, this might be a slight exaggeration) and the next we’re being catapulted into Summer! Just three days ago, the lawn was brown and dead, today there’s a definite shimmer of green all around the village. Leaves are starting to unfold and flowers will be blooming any moment now!

On my quest to make headway for the changing season, I made a DIY Spring wreath, the inexpensive way. It’s such a satisfying project! Taking something and making it even better, prettier, more beautiful. And here’s how you can do it!

DIY Spring Wreath by House of Menig

Supplies you’ll need:

  • inexpensive spring wreath or plain vine wreath
  • faux flowers
  • metal clippers
  • hot glue gun

1 // I found my wreath at our local JoAnn’s store and it was on sale for 14.99 instead of 39.99! Not a bad deal considering that a plain vine wreath with that feathered look costs you 12.99 without any coupons.

DIY Spring Wreath by House of Menig

2 // With wire clippers, start dismantling the wreath. I didn’t like those berry stems as well as the chartreuse color of the green flowers. So off they went. I gotta admit, it feels really really wrong to cut off so much of a perfectly fine wreath! But stick to your gut here and you’ll be so happy you did ๐Ÿ™‚

DIY Spring Wreath by House of Menig

3 // I was left with just a few stems of the pink magnolia, which are so lovely! There were three stems per cluster, which I quickly pulled apart for better coverage on the entire wreath.

DIY Spring Wreath by House of Menig

4 // Next I clipped off the tulip stems and pulled apart the forsythia garland.

DIY Spring Wreath by House of Menig

5 // Now it’s finally time to start hot glueing! Start with one flower and add glue to the stems as you arrange the little clusters of blossoms. Then add the second flower, in my case the yellow forsythia to add that pop of happy. By the way, I specifically chose magnolia, tulips and forsythia, because they are some of the first flowers to bloom in spring. I think that pairing together what grows in nature always looks best as a whole โ™ฅ

DIY Spring Wreath by House of Menig

Yup, and that’s really it!! This project took me just a little over half an hour to accomplish and I’ve already seen numerous people walking by our house this morning, smiling at our front door ๐Ÿ˜€

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to make your very own DIY Spring Wreath for this season!

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When we looked at this house for the first time, I imagined a slender sideboard on the huge dining room wall. A floating credenza with clean lines and lots of storage space.

The other day we decided to go ahead with the project and I came up with this super easy DIY sideboard idea that would utilize IKEA’s upper wall cabinets! But wait, doesn’t IKEA have a sideboard system in place already? Yes, they do. It’s called BESTA and it’s really quite awesome with plenty of options. They also just released some new doors, which were super tempting, to be honest!

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But since we had already worked with the kitchen cabinets – and knew how easy they are to assemble – we decided to go with their 20 inch upper wall cabinets, 30 inch wide with two doors each. We went with the cheap HAGGEBY fronts, which is a matte white finish. The four cabinets plus two sets of shelves plus the metal hanging system cost us 286 bucks! That’s not much considering we’re getting 120 inch of storage!

I put together the four cabinets in less than two hours. All you need is a screwdriver/drill and a hammer! Super simple!

Easy DIY Sideboard with IKEA Kitchen Cabinets by House of Menig

Then Adrian found the studs in the wall and attached the metal hanging system. Since we have chair rail, we decided to hang the cabinets just below, so that the wood top would fit snugly with the lower part of the moulding.

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Onto the railing the cabinets went and Adrian put some screws into the sides to keep them close together. He also carved out some holes to get easy access to the electrical outlets.

Lastly I attached the doors, again, super simple. The cabinets come with the easy to install hinges and less than an hour later the credenza was ready to go!

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We’re going to add some wood boards to finish up the tops, with little felt spacers I cut out from leftover drawer liners, to create the illusion of a floating top. The two sides will be finished up with some white painted plywood, just like we did in the kitchen.

We’re both so happy with how this easy DIY sideboard turned out so far! The 20 inch cabinets definitely are the perfect height and the ‘float’ really looks, well, ‘floaty’ and super customized!

Easy DIY Sideboard with IKEA Kitchen Cabinets by House of Menig

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I’ve just been spending the last few hours scouring the internet for scandinavian area rugs. I’m looking for something in grey tones, something that will hide dirt and doggie hair well >> Leya’s Spring shedding season is just around the corner… and something that’s easy to clean.

One thing I’ve learned is that pulling a few images together that best describe what I’m going for, can be a life saver! It gives me a visual assurance and acts almost like a guideline. Especially when you’re shopping online and not only do you encounter thousands of options, but it’s also a PAIN to return a piece if all goes wrong… It gives you that: YES this could be an option or NOPE, it’s pretty but doesn’t align with my style.

So, here’s my inspiration for this rug. I’m going for Scandinavian style, muted colors in a sea of white with hints of black and natural wood. BTW, this rug will be for the lounge area in the kitchen/dining space with high traffic. That’s why I’m stressing the easy to clean/hiding dirt thing – not because we’re living like pigs ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Left we have a simple kilim rug. A flatwoven area rug in a medium grey tone. I love how it gives just the right amount of contrast to the all white interiors of this living room.

Opposite we have a GENIUS idea! This lady opted to lay out some linen fabric as a rug! I’m tempted! Really. A great advantage is also: you can easily wash this baby every so often! Genius, right??

scandinavian living room rugs by house of menig

Next up we have a black/white woven rug. It’s definitely a bit darker, but still has that cozy feel to it. I think it would probably hide dirt pretty darn well too!

On the right side we have some type of a flatwoven grey/ivory rug. A perfect backdrop for the black metal tables and basket. Really quite darling, but dirt? Eeehh…

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These two I also had to throw in. On the left we have what looks like a kilim rug with a black pattern printed over it. These look really pretty and are definitely full on trend.

Lastly we have a gorgeous braided wool rug. If we didn’t have a huge dog, I would love something like this! Maybe a small version in the bedroom?

Here are my top favorite grey Scandinavian area rugs:

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Sources 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8

Now the question remains, which one will be the perfect match?

 

Last week I shared my plans for the crafts room. I was letting my love for all things pink go wild and embraced the girly aesthetic I’m so drawn to. But now, you gotta hold on to your seat. Because the photography office is going a completely different route!

The office is arguably the prettiest room in the house. It sports three walls with three large windows. Natural light galore! The only downside is that the office is also the coldest room in the house. And with most old homes, it’s hard to keep them warm and cozy and comfortable.

While dreaming up color schemes, I had to accomplish one major dilemma. Whenever the sun shines, this room BURSTS of natural light. Here’s the thing, I love natural light. Can’t ever have enough. However, when you’re working on your computer – and especially when you’re editing photos for your wedding clients – you just cannot have that much light bouncing around the room. It influences how you edit and it’s a dangerously fine line.

I started to dream about going dark and moody. A single black feature wall to absorb the bright light and to set the tone. A more grown up tone. Bolder and more confident, yet a warm and inviting one at the same time. Yes, you read that right, a BLACK feature wall!

photography office inspiration board by www.houseofmenig.com

Sources // Black Wall | Cozy Reading Space | Black Diamond Lamp | Gingham Fabric | Posters | Fabric Lamp Shade | Cozy Linen Bedding

The rest of the room will be kept in lighter, more soft colors. I want the drama, but I don’t want a gloomy cave. There’s gotta be that balance between dark and gloomy & bright and airy.

To use this large room to its full potential, we’re creating a cozy lounge area as well as a two-zone desk. I’ve always dreamed of a desk that has a bit more room, and building it as an L-shape will give me the computer zone and the creative zone for sketching, laying out mood boards and packaging up wedding boxes.

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Sources // Lounge | Pallet Bed

The lounge is also going to be a multi purpose area. As you might know, I not only specialize in weddings, but also boudoir photography. It’s a special privilege to artfully capture a woman’s beauty. It’s a powerful gift, to show women how absolutely stunning they are, seen through my camera lens. The idea is to build the sitting area in a way to use it as an L-shape lounge and transform it into a bed-like platform during boudoir photography sessions with interchangeable backgrounds. Flash light will mimic a large, beautiful window – while having complete privacy. A lot of photography mumbo jambo, so here’s a sketch of the room layout I’m envisioning:

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Currently, the office is in a state of complete disorder! It’s actually rather embarrassing, but here we go for a Photoshop sneak of the black feature wall and gingham curtains. Yes, black and white gingham curtains! Aren’t they fun!? Adrian is still rather skeptical, but I quite adore them ๐Ÿ˜‰ LOL

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