Hello everyone how was your holiday weekend? Can you believe Labor Day has come and gone already? Summer has flown buy way to fast.
Well last week when talking about how I like to style a coffee table.I mentioned one of the essential pieces (in my opinion) is a gorgeous tray to help corral all of the other items and make them look like they have a purpose. Today I thought I’d share how to make a simple wood tray for the coffee table (or anywhere really).
Wood trays are so incredibly versatile and can be kind of expensive depending on the one you buy . Building your own can be a great alternative. Bryan put 2 of those together for me one afternoon from scrap wood we had laying around. Once you see how you’ll be dying to make one for yourself.
The construction of it is really simple. It’s just a bottom piece and 4 sides. It does require a few tools though but would be a perfect beginner project for someone just starting out. Since we planned to paint it we didn’t even bother to miter the edges. But enough talk here’s how:
- 1/2” MDF panel cut to size (we cut ours to the inside dimensions of the box which are 14” x 18”
- 1” x 3” pine board for the side pieces
- Assemble the pieces as shown above
Once your box is built spray with a few coats of high gloss paint for a sleek lacquer look and you have yourself a beautiful and versatile tray for your coffee table or anywhere.
Thanks to Sarah from Thrifty Decor Chick for hosting another Before and After party.
Get a dose of Celebrity Style with Bobby Flay and Stephanie March’s Hampton Dream Kitchen
Celebrity chef Bobby Flay’s and wife actress Stephanie March recently invited Elle Decor into their dream Hamptons kitchen. This bold celebrity kitchen includes 2 ovens, a 10 burner commercial range, a griddle, a deep fryer. It’s not surprise that Bobby’s Flay’s house is set up kind of like a restaurant. It holds 2 cafe tables and a large island.
The bold cabinets painted majestic blue by Benjamin Moore dominate the interior and set the tone for the overall space. Even if your not willing to go the extreme with a wall full of turquoise. There is still plenty to take a from this celebrity space. Keep reading to see how to get the look…
Benjamin Moore’s Majestic Blue Paint – A wall full of turquoise cabinets is a lot for anyone to commit to, but try just a few accents in this bold blue hue would go a long way.
Antiqued Metal Drum Pendant, Restoration Hardware– Hung in a pair over an island these drum pendants from would cast the perfect glow.
Riviera Side Chair, Serena and Lily – I’ve been obsessed with the French style bistro chairs since I first laid eyes on them.
Adjustable Iron Table, West Elm, What’s not to love about this industrial and adjustable iron table?
Maple End Grain Cutting Board, Overstock – Every good chef needs a large wood cutting board that’s as stylish as it is functional.
Wicker Trays, Decorative Things – You can never go with wicker tray to catch all the things that seem to accumulate on kitchen counters.
*inspiration photo styled by Gregory Bissonnette; Photography by William Waldron for ELLEDECOR.com
Well hello everyone, how has your summer been? We’ve just been enjoying the past 2 months of summer. You know hanging out by the lake, swimming, tubing and hosting a ton of BBQ’s for friends and family that come over in droves at the mere mention of a 90 degree day. It’s an insane amount of fun and a little crazy at times but it’s exactly the reason we bought a lake house in the first place.
When I started to redecorate the living room I wanted the room to feel casual, a little bit coastal and really reflect the summery blues and greens of the outdoors. I had painted the walls white and took the whole room back to a neutral base. I was in to mood for a really quick way to add some watery colors into the space and of course I bought some fabric.
One of my favorite and quickest ways to change out the feel of an entire room is to swap out the pillows. So the orange pillows were out and I made a few new pillows from the fabric I mentioned on the inspiration board I put together ages ago.
This time instead of my old stand by envelope pillows. I sewed these with zippers. Lucky for me it actually turned out to be way easier than it sounds. The first one took a little bit longer to make than I would normally spend because of the slight learning curve but after that it was smooth sailing. Jesse at Scout and Nimble has a really easy to follow tutorial for anyone looking to do the same.
The overall look is very summery and airy and I’ve been really embracing the coastal vibe they give off. For the Fall I’m thinking of maybe replacing the stripe pillow with a really rich indigo velvet and maybe some darker blue curtains would be nice.
And that is the first step, a quick and easy pillow switcheroo.