Library Inspiration

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We don’t know about you, but to us libraries and books have an elegant charm that Kindles just can’t touch. (No offense.) Curling up in a corner with a good book is the ultimate stay-at-home activity for a chilly winter night, and having a beautiful library to hide away in is even better! Check out our library inspiration that will make you feel smarter and more stylish just by looking at it.

Jenny Komenda Styles Tribeca Library

We love the eclectic mix of modern and vintage in this library/work space. And those arched shelves are amazing!
Stacked Books from Top Design MagSometimes chaos can be totally called for. A stack of books can easily become a tiny table for a cup of tea or coffee!

Rainbow Library from Top Design Mag

Does anyone remember Reading Rainbow? Well check out this literal iteration! Books organized by color look so cool, and we don’t want this trend dying out any time soon. Your plethora of books can easily become a work of art!

Bold Fuchsia Library from Belle Maison 23There’s nothing like a bold pop of color to really brighten a room. This fuchsia bookshelf would get anyone excited to read!

Which of these libraries would you love you read in, and what books do you think would feel most at home in these varied spaces? Let us know in the comments below, and send us a pic of YOUR library to @mjtrimming!

Here’s to Hot Drinks!

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When cold weather strikes, the first things we reach for are our cozy winter blankets and socks, and then we make our way into the kitchen to warm ourselves from the inside out with a warm cup of coffee, tea, or even a hot toddy if we’re battling a cold. Here are some of our favorite DIYs inspired by, using, or related to hot drinks!

Tea Bags for Loose Tea from a Beautiful Mess

Catch that loose leaf tea before it can make a break for it! Bad jokes aside, bagging loose tea is a terrific idea if you want to enjoy a specific tea flavor anywhere and anytime. This easy DIY from A Beautiful Mess makes tea time even more adorable.

Coffee Can Organizer from Leethal Magazine

Remember when we gave you some organizing tips for the new year? Well this yarn organizer is perfect for the caffeinated and cluttered. Reuse those old coffee cans and organize your life!

Polka Dot Mugs from Framed Frosting

You’ve probably seen the baked marker mug DIYs online. This is a fun metallic version from Framed Frosting, and it will surely make you smile every time you see it. Polka dots are a known smile-inducer. Fact.

Shrimp Salad Circus Patio Coffee Set

This ombre coffee set from Shrimp Salad Circus is a must-make in our book. It’s perfect for sharing and enjoying a hot drink with someone special!

Une Touche de Rose Girly Mug DIY

Glam. That’s the word that comes to mine when you see this gorgeous mug from Une Touche de Rose. Who needs rings when your coffee mug has its own bling?!

So how will you be upgrading your hot drink routine?

Cold Weather Comforts

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The last few days have been painfully cold on the East, and the terrible road conditions make for a perfect weekend to be a homebody. For the next two days we’re basking in the warmth of our cozy comforts: socks, sweaters, blankets. What’s so wonderful about being stuck inside during a weekend? We’re glad you asked.

Long Socks and Celestial Pajamas

Cozy Wool Socks and Blanket

Wool Socks with Red Band

On a chilly winter day a pair of wool socks become your two best friends to keep your toes warm wherever you go.

White Bedding with Coffee

Tea and Slippers

Wool Moose Print Blanket

Nothing like a thick blanket to keep chills at bay! These lazy weekends are great for staying in bed and keeping cozy.

Cozy Warm Candles

Pile of Gray Sweaters

Lounging in chunky sweaters, flannel pajamas and warm fuzzy slippers doesn’t sound like a bad night.

Lavender Hot Chocolate

And let’s not even get started on the warm beverage front. So grab your favorite blanket, invite your cat or dog on the couch “just this once”, and stream Orange Is the New Black on Netflix because while the forecast outside is cold, you’ll be doing just fine inside.

Snowed In

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Oh the weather outside is frightful, but inside it’s so DIY-lightful! While winter storm Hercules makes his way through the East, we thought it would be a great idea to give you some fun, snow-themed DIYs to do during the blizzard because you’re definitely not going out on a day like today!

Glitter Snow Candle

Fire and ice meet with this clever candle upgrade from The Inspired Room!

Snow Globe Necklace from I Love to Create

 

Take a little snow wherever you go with this Snow Globe Necklace from I Love to Create!

 

Snow Mobile Guide

Get ready for a new type of snow mobile! Use the guides above to make those beautiful paper snowflakes you loved as a kid. Stick them on a thin silver hoop using fishing wire or thread to make the mobile above, OR use them for the DIY below.Snowflake Pendant Light from Design Sponge

Make this lace-like pendant light using delicate paper snowflakes! This DIY from Design Sponge may be snow-inspired, but we think it would be pretty in any season!

Snowflake Wreath from Fit Crafty Stylish and Happy

Retire that holiday wreath for the season, and make way for some snow. This beautiful snowflake wreath adds an elegant touch to any doorway.

With this roundup of snow-inspired DIYs, you’ll be busy DIY-ing until Hercules relents! We hope everyone stays warm and safe during the storm. Happy crafting!

DIY: Inspiration Pin Board and Number Pins

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Today is New Year’s Eve which means that everyone is scrambling to think of goals for 2014. This year let your goals inspire you every day! We would like to show you a beautiful and simple way to display those resolutions with our Inspiration Pin Board! You can use this board to display inspiring photos, workout routines, schedules, recipes, and family mementos!
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What You’ll Need:

18mm Foldover Elastic in Avocado, Gunmetal, & Light Grey

Number 0-9 Single Button

Square Cork Board

Scissors

Glue

Pins

Thumb Tacks

Fabric Pin Board

1. Choose a cork board, and cover it with fabric. Use spray glue to  adhere the fabric to the board.

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2. Create an X with your gunmetal elastic with each end going from corner to corner.

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3. Pull the elastic taut, and pin each end to the corners of the board.

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4. Place your avocado elastic across the bottom left corner. Repeat on the upper right corner area. Cut and pin them down as you did with the gunmetal.

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5. Take your light grey elastic, and mirror the placement of the avocado elastic. Pin down.

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Number Pins

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1. Carefully cut the shank, the loop on the back of the button, off. Make sure you use strong scissors, or a tool that is capable of cutting this piece off.

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2. Place a drop of E6000 on the head of the tack. Glue down to the back of the button, and let it dry for 24 hours.

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Finished Pin Board and Number Pins M&J Trimming

Now that you have your pin board and number buttons made, what’s the first thing you’re going to pin?

Organization DIY Roundup

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Staying organized can seem daunting, but with these easy DIY solutions you’ll be as organized as the best of them. These organization hacks are so simple you can knock them out thisweekend, and breath easier come Monday knowing you’re one step closer to living that clutter-free life that crafters wish for!

Wine Rack Yarn Storage

There’s nothing worse than going through a bin of tangled trim, yarn, or thread. Use a wine rack to organize your yarn!

Beautiful Boxes from BHG

Don’t buy those pretty storage boxes you see at home decor stores. Make them! The best part? You can customize them to match YOUR decor.

Frame Magazine Rack

Love magazines, but hate to have them taking up valuable tabletop real estate? Make a decorative magazine rack using a frame!

Large Pegboard Tutorial Honey Bear Lane

This is the stuff of dreams fellow DIYers! Organize your crafting tools with this amazing pegboard tutorial.

Repurposed Tin Cans from Martha Stewart

Keep small items organized by repurposing attractive tins and making them into magnets!

Organizing can be tough if you don’t have the right tools, but hopefully these easy ideas will get you on the right track! Which room in your house needs the most help, and how are you going to tackle it in the new year?

DIY This NYE

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The holidays are so relaxing, said no one..ever. Even though Christmas is over, New Year’s is hot on our heels! We know you’ve probably started perusing Pinterest for some New Year’s DIYs, and we have been too. Here are some of our favorite DIYs to make before the big night.

New Year's Countdown Champagne from Martha Stewart

These Countdown Champagne Glasses from Martha Stewart are a gorgeous way to ring in the New Year!

DIY Marble Dipped Stemware from Linen Lace and Love

A more dramatic way to decorate your stemware can be found on Linen Lace and Love! They use a marbling technique to get those abstract patterns on each glass making every one unique!

Glitter Spiked Balls from the Sweetest Occasion

Avoid the crowd in Times Square with your own mini-spiked balls from The Sweetest Occasion. They are great for adding some sparkle to a tablescape.

Sequin Backdrop from Oh Happy Day

Strike a pose against this sequin photo backdrop from Oh Happy Day!

Tinsel Wrapped Numbers from Ruffled Blog

We love these tinsel covered letters! You could make a monogram for your home using the same concept, and some beautiful ribbon.

So what are you waiting for?! Get that glue gun out, and start crafting before the ball drops!

Reuse Holiday Ribbon

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The presents have been wrapped, the cookies have been iced, and the seasonal DIYs are done. Well..almost. Before you throw out that holiday ribbon that’s wrapping your present, give it another glance. Ribbon is like DIY platinum. It’s a great resource to DIY with! Trust us on this one. We went all the way back into the M&J Archives and dug up some of our favorite ways to use ribbon, along with updated seasonal suggestions!

Ribbon and Applique Necklace from M&J Trimming

Use a beautiful solid-colored ribbon to show off some jewels. This DIY would be easy to recreate with some of our rhinestone buttons or appliques!

Curtain Tieback from M&J Trimming

If you’re left with a lot of the same seasonal ribbon, use it to spruce up your winter decor! Gold or rich velvet ribbons would look great against a dark winter curtain. Need a little more hold for heavier curtains? Secure the curtain with a thick craft wire first, then wrap the ribbon around it and tie a beautiful bow!

Pearl and Grosgrain Necklace from M&J Trimming

Pearls add fun to the sophisticated look of pearls by making this cool ribbon and pearl necklace!

Ribbon Shirt from M&J Trimming

Reuse that ribbon to accent a basic shirt. Imagine how pretty a bright red shirt would look with this plaid ribbon as an accent.

We hope these suggestions have shown some new light on those oft-forgotten ribbons. Now that you have those ribbons safety stashed, go enjoy some cookies and watch Home Alone already! From all of us at M&J Trimming, we wish you a very merry Christmas, and happy holidays!

Trimming Your Tree Tips

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The Christmas tree often plays a central role in holiday festivities. Whether it’s trimming the tree to bring in the holiday season, or unwrapping presents underneath it on Christmas morning; the Christmas tree is almost its own character on Christmas! Here are a few tips to make this year’s tree both memorable and stylish.

Bold and Colorful Tree

Play with Color – Don’t be scared to use a rainbow of color in your holiday decor. How does the tree above embrace almost every color of the rainbow, and still look cohesive (and cute)? The neutral white tree and floor make the ornaments pop, without overpowering everything else!

White Monochromatic Tree from Traditional Home

Or Lack Thereof –  Sticking with one or two colors on your holiday tree can have a very elegant and modern effect. We love the two pictures above because, while they both use that white tree as a canvas, their decorations couldn’t be more different!

From Top to Bottom – Place heavier ornaments toward the bottom of the tree, so that they are on sturdy branches. Fragile ornaments should hang closer to the top to avoid being broken by pets and wayward children.

Rustic Tree from Home Decorators

Don’t Knock Tradition – Sometimes classic approaches are the best. Traditional red and green, white lights, and burlap trim make the tree look cozy and welcoming.

Chalk Christmas Tree

But Embrace the Unconventional – If you prefer a chalk tree to a traditional tree, then draw away! Decorating your tree is meant to be a fun activity that shows off your creative spirit!

White and Traditional Tree

Take a Step Back – Every once in a while it’s helpful to take a step backward to admire your handiwork, and see which areas of the tree look sparse. Getting an overall picture is helpful when working on such a large-scale project. We bet Michelangelo did the same thing when he was working on the Sistine Chapel.

Every year there are certain holiday decor trends that rise to popularity. Do you change your tree up every year to stay on trend, or do you prefer to stick with a traditional style each season?

Holiday Ornament DIY Roundup

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Feeling crafty, but don’t want to commit to a long and time-consuming project? How about creating some cute ornaments for your holiday tree? Take a look at these DIYs, and let us know which YOU’LL be making over the weekend!
Cinnamon Ornaments from Babble

These cinnamon-scented ornaments from Babble are fun to make, and make your house smell inviting and seasonal!

Glitter Galaxy Ornaments from Swell Designer

These incredible glitter ornaments are a fantastic way to add some magic and mystery to your Christmas tree. Plus, since the glitter is on the inside of the ornament, your floor will remain glitter free. Unless you want your floor to be covered in glitter. Totally up to you.

Hot Air Balloon Ornament from My Modern Met

These hot air balloon ornaments look like they’ve been plucked out of a storybook. They add the perfect amount of whimsy to any tree!

Button Ornament from Live Love DIY

This button embellished ornament is incredible. We love the use of different styles and sizes to give it a more vintage look. We would suggest hanging this ornament on a lower, sturdier branch because it’s probably pretty heavy!

Tree Replica Ornaments from M&J Trimming

We made these tree ornaments on our blog a few years back, and we still love them! Who says you can’t put tree ornaments on trees? Not us. We say go for it!

Making ornaments for the holidays is one of our favorite DIYs because ornaments are so quick to make, and each can be easily customized! They’re also a great way to bond with friends and family, and are a perfect reminder of family and friendship every holiday season! Which ornament is your favorite and why?