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Design Thought: Incorporating Bamboo Sticks in Your Interior

Bamboo is beautiful and versatile. But since I live in the Philippines, the abundance of bamboo makes it look like the cheaper option when used in interiors. It is often associated with bahay kubo, our native hut, which you can usually see in rural areas and never in classy metros.

We have quite a lot of bamboo sticks in various sizes because my mom-in-law decided to trim off all the bamboos in the front yard. So I’m thinking of ways to use them in our house. Here are a few ideas on how to use bamboo without making it look cheap and without over doing it.

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As a closet door or room divider. The woods used here are actually birch but they kinda look like bamboo in this picture. The trick to not going bamboo overload, making your home look like a local resort, is to choose your furniture wisely. Although the table and benches were hard wood, the high back chairs in chic color, modern bubble chandelier and bright graphic artwork give the room a nice elegant contrast. I always love the mixture of rustic and modern pieces.

bamboo-roof

Alternative roofing for patios/deck. If our house were minimalist in design with clean lines and smooth walls, I would have layered our polycarbonate roofing with bamboo sticks.
bamboo-wall-art

As a wall art. This bamboo looks really nice against the teal wall.

painted-bamboo

Bamboo doesn’t always have to go on your walls bare. I love these painted metallic bamboo art. Gives me another DIY idea! Hehe!

bamboo-divider

As a room divider or accent piece. I just absolutely fell in love with this idea. It’s a subtle way to use bamboo as room divider, and paired with white pebbles, it’s just perfect.

bamboo-decorAnd last but not the least, as a vase filler. If you have a modern living room with designer pieces, using bamboo for your over-sized vases is a way to finish the design with very minimal extra cost. But if you have a bamboo sofa set or bamboo bed, then I guess you should forget adding extra bamboos as decor.

By the way, these are just my opinions.Feel free to add yours. :) For more bamboo ideas, you can check out my idea book in Houzz.


Recycle Day/2: Shoe Box

Even if you don’t have a kid at home, it is still inevitable to avoid clutter. I have a tendency not to put things back to their respective places after using them so after a few days, there are pieces of everything everywhere. And so before 2013 starts, I am going to devote most of my time de-cluttering our place and I need as much storage space as possible.

I love wicker baskets and they are just perfect to keep those little things together but with the number of boxes I need, it’s going to cost me a lot. There are quite a few shoe boxes lying around the house so I just have to find a way to make those work. And because shoe boxes are shallow, it might not be enough. So here’s my idea…

shoe-box

I bought a couple of packs of disposable chopsticks a month ago from Daiso (P88/pack of 100pcs) that I was supposed to use to make a sunburst mirror. But since I needed storage boxes, I used them for this project instead. This is so easy and quick. Just glue to chopsticks around the shoe box…

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…and add a few sticks inside for reinforcement and you’re done! Notice how I glued the sticks to the box? That’s to keep it everything even. You can spray paint it or varnish it but right now I just left it bare. I’m loving the bleached wood effect.

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I’m definitely going to make some more of this for our shelves.

toy-box

And also for Bryce…

plant-box

… and of course for my plants. Fake plants that is. Haha!

By the way, I did two more versions of this so please check them out here. :)

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10 Must-Do DIY Projects for 2013

It’s almost the end of 2012 and I know most of you have been pinning DIY projects for the past months. How much have you actually tried from among the ones you pinned? Don’t ask me. I think I’ve only tried just one or two or probably none. So why don’t we try these popular pins from last year and make it our New Year’s resolution to accomplish all of them (that is if you haven’t done it already.)

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1. String art - There are so many versions out there, but this one is my favorite because the bright strings look beautiful against the rustic wood.

2. Cutting a wine bottle - I have always wanted to try this and this tutorial is so far the simplest and easiest one to do.

3. Crochet basket method – If you know crochet basics, then you can definitely do this for making rugs and baskets.

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4. Transfer an image on a canvas – This really is a must do for me.

5. DIY Tinted Mason Jars - I’ve always wanted to do this with all the bottles I accumulated but never really found the time to do it. I will try this one soon.

6. DIY chalkboard paint in any color – It’s so hard to find black chalkboard paint here in the Philippines and I don’t think there are colored versions available either. So this tutorial is just perfect for me or for anyone who wants to save huge.

7. Handmade felt flowers -  Decorative handmade pillows are so expensive so I’m creating one instead. I already have felt anyway.

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8. Moss graffiti – We have a plant box but I can’t plant anything because our dog will just chew everything off. This one might add some greens outside the house.

9. No-sew roman shades - For people who don’t know how to sew like, this is a useful tutorial.

10. DIY Sharpie tie-dye - Another Sharpie project! Can’t wait to try it.

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