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понедељак, 29. јун 2015.

DIY Party Decorations - DIY Terrarium For Small Plants- DIY Wall Art

First and my favorite project was my birthday party. I decided to put some more effort in party this year with some DIY party decorations: paper pompoms, paper medallions, mini garland, glitter numbers, menu and placement cards for each guest. Tutorials for this decorations can be find all over the net. You can see it all on my pics, so enjoy like we enjoyed the celebration and delicious food and drinks.
The next project was DIY terrarium. I've been seeing this lovely terrariums for small plants and succulents everywhere and I really liked the idea. The old aquarium, which was an used for years, just waited for this. Of course, old aquarium didn`t at all look like terrarium I wanted, so I had to figure out a way to give it a new look. Real terrarium are made of glass with brass edges, so I figured that I can imitate brass with gold washi tape. But I didn`t had a gold washi tape, so I decided to make it myself. Ordinary electrical tape, some gold spray paint and that's my version of gold tape. Good enough! Then I put my DIY tape at all the edges of the aquarium, and made the roof of the barbecue sticks painted with gold spray paint. When that was done, the rest was just to plant my cactus and succulents. I added black and white decorative stones on the bottom, then layer of soil and finished it with some real stones and crystals. Nice!



Last project was a makeover of an old, ugly painting. It was a gift, so I didn`t wanted to throw it away. But, it was so dark and depressing, and I didn`t really want it on my wall. I find this method for easy making DIY wall art on Pinterest. There is so many of this paintings and they are all lovely. My painting skills are limited (I`m good when it comes to drawing, but painting with colors...), so I think it is easy enough for me. First I prepared the canvas with two layers of white acrylic paint, and then placed desired amount of different paint colors on a few spots on to the canvas and spread it with small spatula in different motions (everything is a matter of inspiration - I was so occupied I didn`t take pics of that part). Most of the projects I see on Pinterest was a combination of paint and gold leafs. Again I didn`t have a gold leafs on hand, so I used a gold paper from cigarette packs and decoupage it on my canvas. After finishing my wall art, I noticed that it seem like three castaways which are fighting a wild storm, so I named it "Shipwreck". :)


Prvi i najlepši projekat je bila proslava mog rođendana. U napadu inspiracije da se okružim lepim stvarima, odlučila sam da ovoj proslavi poklonim posebnu pažnju, pa su tako nastale DIY dekoracije: pomponi od papirnih ubrusa i slaveta, zidne dekoracije od ukrasnog papira, mini girlanda od salveta, brojevi sa zlatnim gliterom, meni i kartice sa imenima gostiju. Opis i postupak za ove dekoracije mogu se naći svuda na netu, pa vas neću zamarati tutorijalom. Mislim da će fotografije to mnogo bolje da opišu od reči, pa uživajte u slikama, kao što smo i mi uživali u proslavi i finim specijalitetima. 

Sledeći projekat je terarijum za male kaktuse i sukulante.  U poslednje vreme ih viđam svuda i baš mi se svidaju. Stari akvarijum, koji godinama ne koristimo, samo je čekao svojih pet minuta. Naravno, nimalo nije ličio na teratijum kakav sam ja želela, pa sam morala sa smislim način da mu podarim novi izgled. Kako su pravi terarijumi rađeni od stakla i mesinga, smislila sam da mesing imitiram zlatnom trakama na ivicama. Ali nisam imala pri ruci zlatnu Washi traku, pa sam je napravila sama. Obična izolir traka, malo zlatnog spreja i eto zlatne trake. Ivice akvarijuma sam oblepila trakom, a "krov" je nastao od štapića za roštilj obojenih zlatnim sprejem. Kada je to bilo gotovo, ostalo je samo da smestim biljčice. Na dno teratijuma sam dodala crne i bele oblutke, sloj zemlje i posadila kaktus i čuvarkuću i sve dovršila kamenčićima i kristalima.

Poslednji projekat je bio makeover jedne stare, ružne slike, koju sam davno dobila na poklon i bilo mi je žao da je bacim. Na slici je bila mrtva priroda, ali u doslovnom smislu reči. Toliko mračna slika da je bilo nemoguće gledati je, a ne pasti u depresiju. Ideje za ovu vrstu izrade apstrakcija videla sam na Pinterest-u i ima ih zaista prelepih. Moje slikarske mogućnosti su ograničene (ja sam dobra kad je crtež u pitanju ali sa bojama...), pa mi se učinilo da je ovaj postupak dovoljno jednostavan čak i za mene. Platno sam pripremila sa dva sloja bele akrilne podloge, a onda primenila sledeći postupak: na platno naneti u gomilicama boje po želji i malom slikarskom špahlom ih raznositi po platnu kombinovanim pokretima (sve je stvar trenutne inspiracije, a ja sam bila toliko zaokupljena da sam zaboravila da fotografišem taj deo postupka). Slike koje se mogu videti na Pinterest-u rađene su kombinovanom tehnikom boja i zlatnih listića. Kako ja (opet) nisam imala listiće, ja sam iskoristila zlatni papir iz paklice cigareta (jeste, pušim, sram me bilo) koji sam dekupažirala na platno. Nakon završetka moje apstrakcije primetila sam da mi sve izgleda kao tri brodolomnika koji se bore sa podivljalom olujom, pa sam moje remek delo nazvala "Brodolom". :) 
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субота, 30. мај 2015.

Nostalgican A Svež - Midcentury Modern (on Serbian)


Kada:
Midcentury modern se pojavio u našim domovima posle više od četrdeset godina. Nostalgičan, a ipak svež, ovaj stil je veliki modni hit u čitavom svetu. I kao što mu samo ime kaže, pojavio se sredinom 20-tog veka i okupirao sve domove od sredine 1940-tih do 1970-tih. Njegova jednostavna i sveža estetika proistekla je iz potrebe da dizajn kroči u moderno doba kroz hrabre, nove oblike i linije.
Njegove karakteristike su svedene forme, savremeni uzorci i prirodni materijali, koji zajedno stvaraju funkcionalan i šik stil. SAD, Velika Britanija, Japan i Skandinavija bili su glavni centri Midcentury modern estetike. U SAD-u Herman Miller proizvodi poznate stolice za braću Eames, kao i čuvenu "Marshmallow" sofu za Georgea Nelsona. Knoll pravi interesantne stolice od žice za  Harry Bertoia i kul Tulip stolicu za Eero Saarinen. No, pored njih treba pomenuti i druge značajne dizajnere ovog doba kao što su Ernest Race, Isamu Noguchi, George Nakashima, Børge Mogensen, Arne Jacobsen itd.

Zašto:
Pravo pitanje je zašto je baš ovaj stil danas tako popularan? 
Pa, svi znamo da je čovek, još od zore civilizacije uvek gledao u prošlost, tražeći inspiraciju. Nostalgija takođe igra veoma značajnu ulogu u tome kakve stvari biramo i kakvim stvarima se okružujemo. Svakako da dosta uticaja na naš odabir stila ima i naša podsvest. Lepe uspomene koje nosimo iz detinjstva, a koje smo vremenom negde potisnuli, stvaraju vezu između prošlosti i sadašnjosti, a stvari koje podsećaju na to doba evociraju u nama topla osećanja i osećaj sigurnosti koji nam je svima tako potreban u surovoj sadašnjosti ispunjenoj sa mnogo rada, moderne tehnologije i tako malo slobodnog vremena za porodicu i prijatelje. Na kraju krajeva, potpuno je prirodno da i sada želimo da se osećamo lepo, ušuškano i sigurno, kao kada smo bili deca.
Zato, ako ste srednjih godina (kao ja) i pomalo vam nedostaje vaš dom iz detinjstva, možda vam se dopadne ovaj stil i poželite ga i u svom domu. No, čak i kod mladje populacije, koja nema ovakve uspomene, ovaj stil ima veliki uspeh, jer su minimalistički senzibilitet i stil opet u centru pažnje. Mladja generacija ga prihvata jer ceni njegovu jednostavnost, lepotu i svežinu, kao i odličnu kompatibilnost sa svim drugim stilovima. 

Gde:
Ukoliko želite da osvežite svoj dom stilom Midcentury Modern, postoji bezbroj prodavnica i sajtova koji su posvećeni ljubiteljima ovog stila. Jedan od njih je i Chairish, mesto gde ljubitelji dizajna kupuju i prodaju. Ovde možete pronaći neke od sjajnih originalnih komada nameštaja, dekora, umetnina, nakita i drugih stvari za sebe i svoj dom, a ako želite da lično pogledate, to možete učiniti ovde. Pre nekoliko dana sam dobila email od Holly, koja je jedan od menadžera Chairish-a. Rekla mi je da se ljudima u Chairish-u jako dopada moj blog, da se dive mom ukusu i stilu i da smatraju da sam ja prava osoba za učešće na njihovom izazovu "Mix n Mach". Pitala je da li sam zainteresovana da učestvujem u izazovu i ja sam naravno prihvatila.Zbog toga sam napravila nekoliko idejnih rešenja koristeći, pored ostalog i komade nameštaja koji se mogu naći na sajtu Chairish i kombinovala ih sa drugim stilovima. Nadam se da vam se moji predlozi dopadaju!

Saveti:
Za kraj ove priče, evo i nekoliko saveta. Najjednostavniji način da uvedete ovaj stil u svoj dom, a da ne morate da opljačkate neku banku, jeste da ga kombinujete sa drugim stilovima i komadima nameštaja koje već imate. Nemojte zaboraviti da potražite ovakve komade na svojim tavanima, podrumima ili u stanovima svojih rođaka. Starim komadima udahnete novi život svežim meblom, bojom ili slojem laka i kombinujte. Vaš dom će izgledati sveže i moderno, a vi ćete imati osećaj kao da ste u potpuno novoj kući. Naravno, kada krenete sa ovim poduhvatom,izbor pravih boja je uvek prvi korak u planiranju enterijera,jer će od toga zavisiti i izbor nameštaja i kućnog dekora.Ovaj stil uglavnom kombinuje tamnije prirodne tonove sa jakim, zagasitim tonovima. Ukoliko niste ljubitelji ovakvih boja, zadržite se na detaljima, biće sasvim dovoljno. Takođe, veoma je važno izabrati i prave uzorke i šare za tepihe, zavese i mebl. Ukoliko volite ovaj stil, onda svakako pažnju poklonite asimetričnim i apstraktnim uzorcima na materijalima.Prilikom izbora lampi i lustera, obratite pažnji ma materijal i oblik. Ovaj stil preferira ili vrlo stroge, geomertijske oblike ili okrugle, zaobljene forme, a od materijala najčešći izbor je glatki metal, ponekad sa dodatcima od drveta. I na kraju, nemojte se plašiti da prekršite sva ova pravila kada sređujete svoj dom. Budite kreativni i kombinujte stvari koje prijaju vašim čulima. Na kraju krajeva, vi ćete živeti u tom prostoru, zar ne?
Evo i spiska komada koje sam ja koristila u ovom izazovu (svi su iz Chairish-a):

Mid Century Nelson Style Walnut Table Clock
Mid Century George Kuvacs Ceterpillar Lamp
Mid Century Gold Bamboo and Glass Coffee table
Mid Century Modern Silver Banded Table Lamp
Mid Century Modern Sofa by Kroehler
Mid Century Modern Splash Oil Painting
Mid Century Venini Chandelier
Mid Century Modern Walnut Credenza Dresser
Modern Thonet Bentwood Chair
Restored Hollywood Wakefield Aristocrat Sofa
Retro Style Sunburst Clock
Spectrum Design BR.02.7 Sofa
Painted Bergere Louis XVI Style
Autentic Mid-Century Dunbar Desk
Wathered Blue Wooden Pentry

xoxo
Vesna!

четвртак, 28. мај 2015.

Nostalgic But Fresh - Midcentury Modern

When
Midcentury modern style reappeared in our homes after more than a four decades. It`s nostalgic but fresh style and it`s wildly popular in interior design this days.
Just as the name implies, this style appeared in the middle of the 20th century, and it was occupying our homes from the mid-1940`s to 1970`s. It`s uncomplicated, fresh aesthetic derived from a desire to take design into the modern era with a bold new lines.

Midcentury modern's emphasis on pared-down forms, contemporary patterns and natural materials creating a functional and chic style.
Centers of the Mid Century Modern aesthetic was in the United States, Britain, Japan, and Scandinavia. In the U.S., Herman Miller produced iconic chairs for Charles and Ray Eames, as well as the famous Marshmallow sofas for George Nelson. Knoll made interesting wire chairs for Harry Bertoia and cool, Tulip chairs for Eero Saarinen. But they were not the only one, there were so many more great designers, like Ernest Race, Isamu Noguchi, George Nakashima, Børge Mogensen, Arne Jacobsen etc.

Why:
But, the real question about Midcentury modern is why is so popular this days? Well, we all know since the dawn of human civilization we have looked to the past for inspiration. Nostalgia also plays a big role in how we choose things to surround ourselves with. And we must admit, a lot of our preference for a certain style comes from our subconscious. These hidden memories of the happy childhood keep the past alive in the present, evoke warm feelings and provide us a sense of security in the modern era when life is filled with so much hard work, modern technology and a little free time for our family and friends. After all, it`s only natural we all want more of that good feelings in our present.
So, if you are middle-aged (like me) and you miss just a little bit your childhood home, maybe you`ll like it and want to see it again in your home.

But, even for those who can't recall it from the past, the mid century modern design has great value, because minimalist sensibility and style is in focus again. Younger generation appreciate the simplicity and beauty of this design because it`s fresh, uncomplicated and it looks great with any other style.
Where:
There are countless stores and websites devoted to Midcentury modern tastes. One of them is Chairish, place where design lovers buy and sell. So, If you are looking for some great pieces of furniture, lighting, decor, accessories and other things for you or your home, you can find them here. Few days ago, sweet Holly, Community Manager at Chairish, email me. She told me how people in Chairish likes my blog, admire my design taste and style and thinks I`m a perfect fit to take on their exclusive Mix n Match Style Challenge? She asked me am I up for the challenge? Of course I`m up for the challenge!! So, I put together some idea boards using some of pieces form Chairish and mix and match it with other styles. Hope you like it!
Tips:
For the end of story, few small tips. Easy way to add Midcentury modern style to your home without breaking the bank is to combine it with style you already have in your home. It will make it fresh, crisp and modern, and you`ll feel as you have a brand new home. As always, selecting right colors is always the first step to planning your interior, since it leads to your furniture and decor selection. Speaking of color palette, Midcentury modern tend to combine darker neutral tones with saturated accent colors. Also, it`s very important to find right Midcentury patterns when picking the rug and fabrics for your curtains, cushions and upholstery, so chose asymmetrical, abstract patterns. When you are picking lamps and table lamps, chose either very straight, geometric lines or round, curved contour, mostly made of finished metal. And finally, don’t be afraid to break the rules and be creative. Mix and match and create something that pleases your eye. After all, you are going to live in that space.
Here is a list of items I used in my boards (all from Chairish):

Mid Century Nelson Style Walnut Table Clock
Mid Century George Kuvacs Ceterpillar Lamp
Mid Century Gold Bamboo and Glass Coffee table
Mid Century Modern Silver Banded Table Lamp
Mid Century Modern Sofa by Kroehler
Mid Century Modern Splash Oil Painting
Mid Century Venini Chandelier
Mid Century Modern Walnut Credenza Dresser
Modern Thonet Bentwood Chair
Restored Hollywood Wakefield Aristocrat Sofa
Retro Style Sunburst Clock
Spectrum Design BR.02.7 Sofa
Painted Bergere Louis XVI Style
Autentic Mid-Century Dunbar Desk
Wathered Blue Wooden Pentry

xoxo

понедељак, 18. мај 2015.

Anthropologie Inspired DIY Home Decoration

Dok sam sinoć pretraživala net, naišla sam na zanimljivu ideju. Pošto sam imala sam potreban materijal i malo vremena, odlučila sam da pokušam. Mada nisam nimalo talentovana za matematiku i geometriju, učinilo mi se da nije komplikovano. Sklapanje geometrijskih oblika ipak ne može biti toliko teško,čak ni za mene...
Ideja je stvarno simpatična, a inspirisana je jednim od veoma popularnih proizvoda radnje Anthropologie. 
(http://www.anthropologie.eu/anthro/index.jsp
Ova online prodavnica je prepuna zanimljivih i lepih stvari, ali cene umeju da budu vrlo visoke.
Inspiracija za ovaj DIY su prekrasne geometrijske viseće lampe.

Last night, while I was browsing some home decor ideas, I came across something interesting. As I had all the materials at home, and a little spare time, I decided to give it a try. 
Although I have no talent for mathematics and geometry, it seemed it's not that complicated. Assembling geometric shapes can`t be that hard, even for me ... 
This idea is inspired by 
Anthropologie, and we all know they have so many beautiful things, but prices are often too high . 
Inspiration for this DIY are this beautiful geometric pendant lamps.
Želela sam neki detalj za klub sto koji geometrijskim oblikom podseća na ove prelepe lampe. 

I wanted something similar, geometrical shaped decorative item for the coffee table. 
 Za ovaj DIY, potrebno vam je sledeće:
  1. slamke 
  2. konac i igla
  3. makaze
  4. sprej u željenoj boji
  5. lak u spreju
For this DIY, you will need:
  1. straws 
  2. thread and needle
  3. scissors
  4. spray paint
  5. spray varnish
Tutorijal:
Tutorial:
Iseći slamke na željenu dužinu (potrebne su dve dužine, duži komad je polovina slamke a kraći je četvrtina). Iglom i koncem, provlačenjem kroz slamke povezati slamke...
Cut the straws into desired length(requires two lengths, mine was a half of straw and a quarter of straw). Swipe the needle and threat through straws and connect them.
Formirati trougao. Gotov trougao zavezati na jednom kraju.
Make a triangle.Tie the knot on one end. 
Na isti način načititi još dva trougla, nastavljajući na prvi i svaki završeni deo čvrsto vezati...
Make another two triangles,connecting it with the first one, and tie every one...
... potom dodati još jedan kraći deo i formirati piramidu.
... at last, add one shorter piece of straw and make a pyramid.
Na dno piramide dodati još dva trougla (ja sam dodala trouglove različite veličine da bih dobila zanimljiviji oblik)...
On the bottom of the pyramid add another two triangles (I decided to make it different size, because I thought it will make interesting shape)...
... i sve zajedno čvrsto vezati.
... and tie it firmly all together.
Praznine na spojevima sam popunila ravnim komadom slamke, a iznad njega dodala i komad zglobnog dela slamke. 
Naposletku sve sam isprskala sprejem u zlatnoj boji i bezbojnim lakom...
I filled the gaps with a pieces of straw, as you can see on the picture. 
When it was all finished, I spray painted it with gold paint and clear varnish ...
...i dobila ovaj dekorativni komad inspirisan Anthropologie lampama.
...and got an Anthropologie inpired DIY decoration.
Za ovo mi je trebalo oko sat vremena... Kratko i slatko, zar ne?
I needed just an hour for this. Quick and cute project, don`t you think?  
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уторак, 12. мај 2015.

Happy Birthday Home Chic Club! Treci blogorodjendan i darivanje!!


Danas nam je divan dan, divan dan, divan dan, mome blogu rođendan, rođendan, rođendan!
I to veliki, treći!!

Odmah da vam kažem, ovo nije post u kome ću se osvrtati na to koliko ljudi prati ili čita moj blog, koliko postova sam objavila i koji je bio najuspešniji, koliko pregleda sam imala i sl.  

Ovo je post u kome se osvrćen na sopstveno stanje duha, u kome preispitujem i otkrivam pravi motiv zbog sam još uvek ovde.  

Jer, ko bi rekao onog 12.o5.2012.godine da će ovaj blog slaviti i treći rođendan..? Ja verovatno ne, jer sve je počelo onako usput, skoro slučajno, da se zabeleži renoviranje kuhinje i da se ne zaboravi sav taj neočekivani i ničim izazvani haos u kući. Trebalo je samo da okrečimo kuhinju, a onda se sve nekako otelo kontroli i dovelo do toga da ja sada sedim i pišem o tome i tri godine kasnije. 

Ono što je usledilo nakon nekoliko prvih postova uspelo je da me zadrži ovde na blogu do danas. A za to ste zaslužne vi, moje drage blogerke, jer ste me pronašle u šumi internet koještarija, pružile mi podršku i otvorile vrata jednog potpuno novog sveta. 

U tom svetu žive moje srodne duše, kreativne, fenomenalne žene i sjajne prijateljice zbog kojih i postoji ovaj blog. Vi ste "krive" što nisam odustala od pisanja u "prazno", iako je to ponekad prilično zastrašujuće, jer nikad ne znaš da li će to neko uopšte pročitati, a ako i pročita da li će odmahnuti glavom, reći: "gluposti" i kliknuti na onu putaču u gornjem desnom uglu. Zato želim da zabeležim da, koliko god ja uživala u dizajnu, enterijerima, dobrim idejama i uradi sam projektima, to sve ipak ne bi bilo dovoljno da blog opstane da sam ovde bila sama, da nije bilo vas da to pratite, komentarišete, hvalite ili dopunjavate svojim idejama.

I kao što je uobičajeno i ja imam rođendansku želju dok duvam svećice... Nije to nešto baš toliko veliko i neostvarivo... Možda nekome nije ni naročito značajno... Meni jeste... Ja želim da se jednom negde skupimo i ludo provedemo, onako kako to samo žene umeju. I postanemo, što bi ono rekli, BFF. 
Hvala vam na ove tri godine divnog druženja, podrške i prijateljstva. 
Živele i hvala vam!! 

Today is a great day, a wonderful day on my blog. We have a birthday! 
A big, third one!! First, I want to tell you right away, this is not a post about how many people are following or reading my blog, how many posts I published and how much it was successful etc. 

This is a post in which I want to reveal the true motive for I`m still here. Who would think this blog will be celebrating third birthday..? 
Certainly not me, because it all started almost accidentally. I wanted just to save the memory of the kitchen renovation, because I wanted to remember all that unexpected and totally, not planed, chaos in the house. We just wanted to paint the kitchen, and then everything kind of got out of control and led to complete makeover and to this moment here and now, when I`m writing about it three years later. Things that happen after the first few posts managed to keep me here on the blog up to date. And that is all because of you, my dear blogger friends. You found me in the huge world of internet, provide me with so much needed support and opened the door to an entirely new world. In that world lives my soul mates, creative, fabulous women and great friends, and that is why I am still here on this blog. 

It`s your "fault" that I haven`t given up on writing in the blank space of internet, although it's sometimes pretty scary, because you never know whether someone ever read it, and even if they do, whether they will just shake they heads and say: "nonsense" and click on the button at the top right corner. So, I want to say this! As much as I enjoyed the design, interiors, good ideas and DIY projects, all this still would not be enough to keep this blog alive if I was alone over here. All that will be nothing without you who always find the time to follow, comment and give me such a great ideas.
Thank you!!!

P.S. This giveaway is only for readers from the area of ​​ex Yugoslavia. So sorry girls, is too complicated to send the prize worldwide. Hope you don`t mind!

P.S. Da ne zaboravim na nagradicu... Obzirom da je leto već skoro tu, za vas sam pronašla nešto u čemu ćete moći da uživate u dugim letnjim danima, uz kafu i knjigu. Nema nikakvih uslova za dobijanje nagrade, samo ostavite komentar na ovaj post i to je sve. Nagradu ću, nakon što izvučem najsrećniju od vas da pošaljem na vašu kućnu adresu. 
A nagrada je: Viseća ležaljka za baštu ili balkon!!! Nadam se da će dobitnica zaista uživati i da će joj to biti omiljeni letnji kutak! :D

 xoxo
Vesna