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.


Best DIY Projects from September 2015


Wow! Can you believe it’s almost October. With September coming to an end, here are some ways to keep yourself busy and those creative juices flowing. Here is a round-up of some pretty unique projects from the month of September. We’ve rounded up our favorite DIY projects that can surely keep you busy for October. Make a pillow, or re-design your closet. Keep your mind at ease this fall with some DIY projects. The ideas are endless!

M&J Trimming - Candle Holders

Such a cool way to hold candles. And it goes great with the fall season!

M&J Trimming - Closet Customization w. Trim

Another useful way to use trimmings. It came out beautiful! Make sure to check out the before & after picture.

M&J Trimming - Shell Candles

You can never have too many candles. But how cute are these shell candles! So creative.

M&J Trimming - Chain Scarf

Make a chain scarf! It will definitely come in handy for the fall and winter.

M&J Trimming - Fall Pillow

Everything about this pillow is perfect. The color, the saying, the design…very fall-ish.

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!

Summer Backyard Escapes


If you’re yearning for summer, these backyard spaces will have you even more eager to have the season begin. Lazy days spent in any of these backyards are sure to recharge you for the week ahead. From string lights to upgraded sheds,when it comes to making a beautiful backyard space, it’s all about the details .







DIY: Nautical Wreath DIY


Memorial Day is this weekend, and that marks the unofficial start of summer! Get your home ready for the sunny days of summer with a warm summer wreath! We used a basic wreath and wrapped it with ribbon and jute to give it a fun nautical feel.



Wooden flat circular wreath

1.5” Heavy Apron Tape

Small Tubular Jute

1” Stitched Grosgrain

7/8” Grosgrain Ribbon


Hot Glue

 DSC_07701. Take your apron tape and glue the tip down on the back of the wreath.

DSC_07742. Start wrapping around the entire wreath until you meet the area you started with.DSC_07773. With the excess tape create a continuing loop for hanging the wreath once it is complete. Glue the end to the back and cut excess.

DSC_07864. Take your jute and glue the tip into the back of the wreath under the tape.

DSC_07915. Wrap around wreath until you reach the end. Cut and glue tip into the tape behind the wreath.

DSC_07926. Create two bows with the red and navy ribbon. Glue red one down and then the smaller navy one on top.


Farmhouse Kitchen Inspiration


If you’re a frequent Pinterest peruser, farmhouse-style rustic kitchens are all the rage, and have been for a while now! There’s something welcoming about a rustic kitchen. Friendlier than a modern style, this type of kitchen begs for cookie-making and family gatherings. From the aged exposed beams to the distressed cabinets, a farmhouse kitchen has personality. 




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Doormat DIY Roundup


If you’re having guests over, make a great first impression withe these a-door-able mats! From sassy to sweet, doormats are the perfect way to add a little bit of personality to your home.

rug DIY 3Grab a can of spray paint, and go to town on a plain doormat!

MosaicDoormat-HeaderThis decorative doormat hides a cute “hello” message in mosaic!

010Add a natural touch to your doorway with this stone welcome mat!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIf you want to celebrate your green thumb, check out this garden hose doormat!

donut-rug-biteGive your guests a sweet welcome with this doughnut rug!

Spring Wreath DIY Roundup


There’s nothing more cheerful than seeing a beautiful wreath upon entering a home. Welcome spring to your abode with these friendly seasonal wreaths! Tulip_Door_Wreath_Tutorial_SpringWhy do we have to wait for May flowers? Bypass the April showers and make this tulip wreath to brighten your doorway!

SONY DSCWhat could be better than a fluttering kaleidoscope of butterflies greeting guests as the walk into your home?

diy-spring-wreath-pinAll of the elements of spring, from flowers to birds’ nests, are captured in this wreath.

cf3d9cb6668c66b8fb27727d7075e0abUse fabric scraps to make this colorful wreath that can easily be used inside too!

Easter and Spring wreath 5This wreath is made with an unlikely material: bubblegum! Who knew a chewy treat could look so modern and sophisticated?