DIY Roundup: We Love Lace

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Lace has this fantastic way of making anything it touches instantly lovely and feminine. Lace is often used in the DIY world because of its versatility and ease of use. Here are a few of our favorite ways to use this delicate trim in both fashion and home decor!

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Lace Shorts DIY from Sincerely Kinsey

Save this DIY for summer because, while shorts season is a long time from now, we guarantee you’ll want to be wearing these DIY lace shorts from Sincerely, Kinsey.

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Martha Stewart Lace Decor

Why leave lace to just the fashion world? Martha Stewart shows us some great ways to use lace in the home, from throw pillows to coffee cups!

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Lace Crowns from the Girl Inspired

Oh hey guys. No big deal, but we think we just found the most awesome thing on the internet. These princess crowns made of lace are perfect for your daughter’s next tea party, or just a night of watching Netflix. Make one for yourself, and be a princess whenever you want. We won’t judge you.

Tangerine Dream

Lace Dress from Life Is Beautiful

This tangerine dress was a mere shell of its current self before the addition of lace. Whip out your sewing machines because this is one DIY you DON’T want to skip. It’s relatively easy to replicate using any type of lace. We recommend a Venise!

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M&J Trimming Lace and Neon Oxfords

Oxfords are usually a very neutral and plain affair, but we are never satisfied with plain at M&J Trimming! Check out our oxford DIY, and take your oxfords to new territory by adding two of our favorite things: lace and neon.

Do you love lace as much as we do? Do you prefer it in home decor, fashion, or relegate it to the “unmentionables” drawer? Let us know in the comments!

Decor Inspiration: Gothic Romance

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When you hear the word “goth”, what springs to mind? Is it a dark and dreary image full of cobwebs and bats? Well, you’re only getting an eighth of the picture. Goth can actually be used to describe anything spanning from architecture to literature! When we hear the word goth we think of rich heavy velvet, delicate black lace, and intricate and ornate design.  See why below, and get inspired by this dark and decadent style!

Cavernous Cathedral

Gothic Cathedral

The beautiful details on this cathedral are reason enough to go to church! There are so many things to look at that we’re sure you’d find something new each time you took a look.

Natural Findings

Gothic Bedroom

Not everything that’s gothic has to be black, right? The mismatched bedding creates a sense of cluttered comfort in the room, and some of those throw pillows look like easy DIYs!

Asymmetrical Style

Gothic Black Chair

Check out how beautiful this leather chair is! The shine of the black makes the detailing even more dramatic.

The Modern Goth

Modern Goth Decor

This modern take on goth decor uses a more subtle approach to the style. The furniture is simple, while the lighting and bookshelves add some drama to the room.

Bone Bouquet

Hideki Tokushige Bone Flowers

The sculptor who creates these beautiful flowers makes them out of tiny bones! Definitely creepy, but also kind of cool, right?

Looking to goth-ify some of YOUR home decor? Check out our beautiful selection of lace and fringe to amplify the drama!

Halloween Home Decor DIY Round Up

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Halloween is one of our favorite times to craft. Not only do we love creating costumes, we also ADORE making home decor. Halloween gives us the opportunity to get super creepy with our style, and dust and cobwebs finally have their moment to shine in our homes! Right? Maybe that’s just us. Here are a few of our favorite Halloween DIYs to transform your happy home into  a haunted mansion!

Potent Poisons 

Arsenic and Old Lace Labels

Country Living created these terrifying labels for your questionable libations. You can download the stickers on their website, and watch to see which of your guests dare to drink.

The Bat Shade

Martha Stewart Bat Lamp Shades

Some of these paper bats are glued to the shade, while others are hung from a thread to give the appearance of floating. Who would think that turning the lights ON could send a shiver down your spine?

The Raven

Better Homes and Gardens Feathered Wreath Craft

These feathered wreaths from Better Homes & Gardens are perfectly Poe-etic. We love the long, dramatic ribbons which almost trail the ground. If you’re looking for a similar style check out our selection of satin ribbons and feathers!

Shadowy Figures

Cheesecloth Spirit Sculptures

Martha Stewart deserves the title of “Queen of Halloween”. These cheesecloth spirits are simple to make, and will terrify passersby.  Imagine seeing these specters lurking in the hallway of your house!

Lights and Frights

Halloween Marquee Letters from Lolly Jane

These marquee letters from Lolly Jane are so crafty! Can you believe they’re made using just cardboard letters, paint, and string lights? This DIY would look great even if it weren’t Halloween! Imagine your name lit up in lights! That’s why everyone goes into show business right?

We hope you enjoyed our DIY Halloween Home Decor Roundup, and it inspired you to get crafty! If you need some more Halloween inspiration to start creating creepy-chic home decor, visit the Trick or Trims section of our website!

Top 5: Western DIYs

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We love Western-inspired fashions and decor, but sometimes it’s a little hard to find something that’s fashion-forward and really resonates with your personality. When you DIY, the finished piece has the creator’s special flare! Here are a few of our favorite Western-inspired DIYs to get your creative wagon wheels turning.

Do you want to add a little sparkle to your neck without the nuisance of a necklace? Create Honestly WTF’s collar tips! They’re perfect paired with a chambray shirt.

DIY Lucky Horseshoe Sign

Do you need a little more luck in your life? Welcome it into your home with this Horseshoe Sign DIY! The little splashes of color add a necessary pop of color to the otherwise neutral sign.

DIY Bolo Tie

You’ve probably seen bolo ties in old Westerns, but these tiny ties can be really chic when set off with a great charm. Find out how to make them on ModCloth’s blog!

Western Shorts FringeThese amazing cutoffs scream Western-wear. They’re simple, but the fringe adds some Western flare.

DIY Buckle Boots

We’re going wild for these DIY boots from Threadcense! Feathers, leather, studs, buckles! What’s not to love?! If you’d like to make it yourself, you can find similar trim styles on our website!

DIY Roundup: Update Your Curtains

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Curtains are among the first details you notice when you enter a room. They are both functional and fashionable. In order to get that dramatic effect curtains should be embellished with fringe, pom-pom trim, or greek key Jacquard. Purchasing these curtains ready-made can get pretty expensive which is why we always take the DIY route at M&J. To make your own customized curtains you can purchase inexpensive curtains from a department store and embellish them with any decorative trim. The options are endless!

To give you some inspiration we’ve rounded up some of our favorite curtain makeovers. Let us know what you think!

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DIY Pom Pom Curtains via 6TH Street Design School pompom-5

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Ikea Curtain Makeover via Dwellings by Devore 3

Curtains from Drab to Fab via …Love Maegan

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Customize Store-Bought Curtains via The Shabby NestGirl's Bedroom 1

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Ombre Dip Dye for the Home

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Ombre dip dying has been trending in both the fashion and beauty industry for quite some time. The free spirited trend has suddenly made a comeback in the interior decor market. In the 60’s and 70’s dip dying had been a very popular technique.  The dip dying  technique adds color hues without compromising the natural beauty of many textiles. The process is fairly simple but not to be overlooked. Check out Michael Penney Style’s Dip Dye Tutorial, along with other inspirational images. Along with dyed ribbons we are proud to sell Rit-Dye both online and at our flagship store.

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This reminded us of our Top 5 Dip Dye post created in 2012. Clearly the trend is still going strong.

DIY Inspiration: Bedroom Decor

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After decking our halls for the holidays, we’ve been extremely inspired to continue our home decorating trend.  We’ve decided to start with the coziest place in our homes…the bedroom!  Inspired by the lace, plaid, and jacquard patterns in these pictures, we can’t wait to begin DIYing some pieces for our bedrooms!

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DIY: Spring Home Decor

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By Blerona

I’ve done so many Spring posts and I can’t help but do another one. I’m just really excited about SPRING being here, if you couldn’t tell already, but luckly I decided to skip the accessories and fashion and went into some good old Home Decor. This DIY is a great way to freshen and brighten up your home. Simply use two different types of ruffles and glue or sew it on to your favorite pillow! Can’t get easier than that!

Ribbon Used:
23Mm Box Pleated Chromspun Edging  Item# 30217
1″ Btfly Pleat Twill Center Stitch Item# 40497 
Magna Tac Glue or Needle & Thread