Going Batty Halloween Decor Inspiration


This Halloween we’re planning on featuring one of our favorite flying mammals: bats. These tiny flyers are synonymous with all things sinister including vampires, blood and the spookiest night of the year! Here are a few easy ways to add bats to your decor this season.
Bat Branches Home Decor - M&J TrimmingThese decorative bat branches are so simple to recreate. Just tie black satin ribbon to branches, and boom! Halloween decorations that are easier than tying your shoes.

Bat Mobile - M&J Trimming

Nothing like the “bat mobile” we’re familiar with, this awesome decoration is perfect for your next party!

Halloween Cloche - M&J Trimming This Halloween cloche is the perfect decoration for those who like a little glitter and sparkle around the holidays.

Bat Wing Fan - M&J Trimming

This subtle DIY may go unnoticed until guests peek at the ceiling, but once they do, prepare for awe and wonderment.



Bat Door - M&J Trimming

Simple yet sinister, this DIY features a flurry of bats swarming onto a doorway. Only the brave will knock on this door.


DIY: Embroidered Pumpkin


If you’re looking for an easy DIY that will instantly make your doorstep more festive for your favorite frightening holiday, Halloween, this is it! Instead of going the traditional carving route, we decided to make use of our leather cord to create a unique embroidered effect. We also used a craft foam pumpkin for this DIY so that it can last multiple seasons, but you can swap it out for the real thing too!M&J Trimming: Embellished Pumpkin DIY

What You’ll Need:


Spooky Image of Your Choice


1mm Round Leather Cord


DSC_01481. Cut out your image.

DSC_01492. Pin paper cut-out to pumpkin.

DSC_01523. Cut out top of pumpkin. If you’re using a real pumpkin you’ll want to clean out the insides.

DSC_01534. Make a knot at the base of the leather cord.

DSC_01545. Either drill or puncture  small holes into the pumpkin using your cutout as a guide.

DSC_01596. Start weaving your leather cord through all of the holes. Make sure every hole has a complementary hole close by.

DSC_01617. Continue weaving until the image is complete. For small areas you can tie a knot and weave back through one hole, as we did with the spider fangs.


Fall Home Decor Inspiration


Fall is finally here, meaning is time to bring out those fall home decorations. If you’re bored with the same old decorations each year, try something new to place in your home. Here’s a round-up of some pretty cool DIY’s to autumn-up your home for 2015. Try a new project with some pastel colors, or create a new center piece when having big dinners. The ideas are endless!  M&J Trimming - Fall Jars

Pastel colors for the fall? Why not! Lace and burlap is always a great combination.

M&J Trimming - Fall Center Piece

Awesome center piece! The pine cones are a very nice touch.

M&J Trimming - Cool Colors for Fall

These are some beautiful cool colors for the fall.

M&J Trimming - Ombre Vase

Some cool ombre vases. Such a fun looking project to do, and so simple.

M&J Trimming - Fall Table Tray

A beautiful tray with autumn touches. The pumpkin is a great addition!


Greek Key Decor Inspiration

From chevron to stripes, we love all types of patterns at M&J Trimming! They immediately add interest and perk up plain pieces. From fashion to home decor, we’ve seen a lot of patterns take seasonal center stage and reign as the “it” pattern. But today’s we’re talking about a pattern that will always make a comeback: Greek key. Also known as the meander, this pattern features a repeating line motif that can add Mediterranean charm to any home.
M%J Trimming: Greek Key DoorsThis ornate door featuring Greek key is definitely the gateway to paradise. M&J Trimming: Greek Key Staircase RunnerThis Greek key runner is perfect for adding pizzazz to an already elegant stairway.

M&J Trimming: Greek Key PoolRecall the Greek Isles with a Greek key-tiled pool.

M&J Trimming: Greek Key Blue and White Tea CupsEven your tableware should rock a bit of Greek key. These blue and white teacups and saucers are so beautiful!

M&J Trimming: Living Room with Greek Key CarpetAn easy way to add impact to a room is through a patterned rug, and this blue key carpet looks perfect!

DIY Tray Roundup


If you’re looking for an easy DIY to make just in time for hosting season, we have five incredible DIY trays that will add a special decorative touch to your home! Whether you make them for a friend or for yourself, these practical DIYs will fit right in among your favorite pieces.M&J Trimming: Gold Zig Zag Tray DIYAdd glamour to a basic white tray with shimmering gold zigzags!

M&J Trimming: Pressed Flower TrayThis incredible pressed-flower tray from Say Yes can capture the beauty of any season!


M&J Trimming: Glitter Jewelry TrayA little glitter can make anyone smile, and a lot of glitter will have us grinning from ear to ear! If you’re in the market for a glittery jewelry tray like this one from A Beautiful Mess, stock up on glitter and make one this weekend!

M&J Trimming: Chalkboard Tray

What’s better than breakfast delivered in bed? Breakfast delivered in bed with a personalized chalk message added! Make this adorable chalkboard tray from the Pretty Blog, and we guarantee your next Mother’s Day/anniversary/birthday will be that much sweeter.

M&J Trimming: DIY Bone-Inlay Inspired Tray

A beautiful tray like this one from Centsational Girl definitely deserves to be front and center! We love the bone-inlay inspired pattern.

Embroidered Decor Inspiration


At M&J we carry a diverse array of beautiful embroidered jacquard, and with good reason! Our intricately embroidered trims and ribbons can turn even the most basic items into elaborate pieces. We love using our jacquard ribbons to trim pillows, curtains and much more because we think embroidery is such a fun and unique decorative element!  While mostly seen on pillows, embroidery can be used in many different ways, even as art!84c30a1c998c75bef53010ee21b2affb

M&J Trimming: Embroidered Bedspread

M&J Trimming: Sea Life Embroidered Pillows

M&J Trimming: Embroidered Wall Art

M&J Trimming: Embroidered Black Cushion


Cozy Dorm Room Inspiration


If you’re a college-bound youth stressing about how to decorate your space, prepare to be worry-free! We’ve found some of the cutest dorms to inspire your style. Not only are they the perfect places to both study and relax, but they also prove that you don’t need a lot of space to make a cozy crash pad.
M&J Trimming: Palette Bed Room with a ViewMix and match pillows for fun pops of color against a neutral view.

M&J Trimming: Bunk Bed Dorm

Take your bed to great heights and utilize the space underneath for a secluded study spot.

M&J Trimming: Dorm RoomAdd greenery for a touch of natural, and pillows to make your bed a functioning couch!

M&J Trimming: Girly Dorm Room Don’t forget the details! Photos and pieces from home will remind you of the good times and keep you from being homesick.

M&J Trimming: Cozy Dorm RoomAdd a sofa for guests. They’ll appreciate having a spot to sit, and it makes the room even more comfortable and inviting.


Next Level Birdhouse Project


When birdhouse cages come into mind, do you think of outdoorsy decor? Well, we sure do. But we’ve found some pretty cool ways on how to use these cages in your home, minus the bird, and make them part of your indoor decor. Get inspired by some of the amazing ways these birdhouses are being used in the more non-traditional way.

M&J Trimming - Gothic Birdhouse Theme

These gothic themed birdhouses are beautiful! Gives your home a more vintage feel to it. The candles are a great touch, but you can also replace them with some roses and vines.

M&J Trimming - Birdhouse ElegancePure birdhouse elegance! This is so serene and peaceful. I love how everything is beautifully put together.

M&J Trimming - Birdhouse Storage

So adorable! And a great source of storage too!

M&J Trimming - Birdhouse Wall Display

Great way to fill up some empty wall space. Love how they used the birdcage as a 3D portrait. So artistic!

M&J Trimming - Birdhouse Key Holders

Always misplacing your keys? Well, so do we! But these adorable birdhouse key holders should help.


DIY: Trimmed Bird House


This week’s DIY is definitely one to tweet about! Although many of us city-dwellers don’t have the opportunity to hang birdhouses in our backyards, that doesn’t mean we can’t use them at all! We used trim, paint and rosettes to flip a basic bird house into an adorable bird cottage! This bird house might not be able to withstand the elements, but would look adorable as a decorative piece. Make a few and cluster them around your living room or bedroom for an instantly shabby-chic look.
M&J Trimming: Birdhouse DIY Materials:

Bird House

27mm Butterfly Pleat Taffeta

3/4” Carnation Rosette




Paint Brushes

DSC_04311. Paint your bird house your desired colors. We chose a soft blue and white.

DSC_04362. Glue pleated trim to the rim of the bird house roof.

DSC_04413. Glue down rosettes in desired areas, and let dry.


Home Decor DIYs Using Rope Cords


Feeling a little twisted? Check out these awesome nautical inspired DIYs using twisted rope cords. They’re very strong and able to uphold even the heaviest of your creations.

M&J Trimming - Hardware Inspired MirrorWho knew rope cord could make such a great strap for a mirror? This Hardware Inspired Mirror is the perfect addition to any bathroom.

M&J Trimming - Nautical Rope VaseThis beautiful Nautical Rope Vase will have your home looking summery all year round (change flowers according to season to intensify the look).

M&J Trimming - Rope WordsHow cute is this Rope Word DIY! It’s the perfect addition to any bedroom. Let the ropes do the talking!

M&J Trimming - Rope Shade LampShed some light into any ol’ bedroom with a Nautical Inspired Lamp.

M&J Trimming - Nautical LanternThese rope handle lanterns are perfect for those outdoor festivities. Switch up the add-ins according to your event.