DIY Floral Mouse Pad for Spring

Refresh your desk for spring with this diy floral mouse pad! Spring is officially here my friends, which means it’s prime flower season! And why not keep some of those flowers on your desk for months to come? In less than an hour you can have yourself a brand new mouse pad that isn’t ugly or a basic/plain color. All you need is your favorite fabric and a few inexpensive supplies. Here’s how:

Time: 30 minutes + dry time
Materials: fabric mod podge, cork round, fabric, scissors, sponge brush

Refresh your desk for spring with this diy floral mouse pad!I’ve made a cork mouse pad before, didn’t like the wear of the spray adhesive after 6 months (caused some discoloring on the black fabric). Fabric Mod Podge is a much better glue for this project! I picked up the fabric from Minted. The heavier the better so that the glue doesn’t bleed through.

Refresh your desk for spring with this diy floral mouse pad!Cut your fabric to fit your cork round, leaving about 2″ of overhang. Apply glue to cork and smooth fabric on top. Fold the excess fabric over the edge, smoothing underneath. I chose to hide the extra fabric under ribbon so the bottom is completely flat (no fabric). You could also glue a second cork round to the bottom, placing the extra fabric in-between if you didn’t want it to show on the bottom.

Let dry overnight before using and that’s it!

Refresh your desk for spring with this diy floral mouse pad!Much better than a store bought mouse pad, don’t you think? Plus I can’t get over the colors + flowers for spring!

Refresh your desk for spring with this diy floral mouse pad!

Refresh your desk for spring with this diy floral mouse pad!

Refresh your desk for spring with this diy floral mouse pad!

Bedroom + Office Makeover: The Reveal

A home tour of @thecraftedlife's Philly apartment (bedroom + office)It’s time for the reveal y’all! I am so excited to have this space done because I think one of the hardest aspects about moving is not feeling settled. While I still have my living room and kitchen to go, this makeover has certainly pushed me in the right direction of making Philly my new home (you can read a bit about that in yesterday’s before post).

I will do my best to link to sources, but if there’s something you see and would like to know where it’s from, just leave me a comment! Now, on to the photos!

A home tour of @thecraftedlife's Philly apartment (bedroom + office)For the space, I tried to make it a mix of DIY (like that polka dot pillow) and pieces I really love. It’s the first time in a long time that I’ve lived alone, which meant I didn’t have to check in with anyone if they liked what I did. Thus, pink side tables.

One of my favorites pieces in the room is the oversized palm tree print (54″x 40″) from Minted. I was nervous that such a large scale print would overpower the room, but it really just adds the perfect amount of color. I think if you’re going oversize that it’s important to keep the art simple and keep it to scale (ie don’t make it bigger than the bed).

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Pinned It, Made It, Loved It: DIY Mounted Wall Desk

DIY Mounted Wall DeskHappy Monday friends! Boy am I excited to show you a preview of my room makeover today! There’s still a bit left to do, but I really couldn’t contain my excitement about this diy mounted wall desk. After rounding up these creative workspaces, I fell in love Old Brand New’s midcentury wall desk. So, instead of buying a new desk for my office space, I decided to give Dab’s tutorial a try!

In all honesty, I was a bit overwhelmed looking at the instructions online, but I have to tell you, it’s SO much easier than it seems and I am beyond thrilled that I went for it.

DIY Mounted Wall DeskI decided to paint my brackets a variety of different colors because the more color the better, right? I used the laminate boards recommended in the original tutorial, but part of me wishes I would have made custom ones because the screws (that hold the board onto the bracket) aren’t as secure. It did, however, save a ton of time and I can always go back later and add them if I want.

DIY Mounted Wall DeskOverall, the unit cost about $220 for all the supplies and took a little over an hour to install. The fun part is that the shelves can me moved up, down and around, so if I ever get bored with my space, I can change it up for free.

So what do you think?! Maybe it’s the fact that the pin actually worked, or that now my room is much more colorful, but I’m totally smitten with it! I can’t wait to show you the full space next week!

DIY Mounted Wall Desk

8 Gorgeous Creative Workspaces

office-spaces2One really wonderful thing about my move to Philadelphia is that I’ll have an entire new space to decorate! And since I’ll be living on my own, that means I can use all the pink I want (woohoo!).

It will take me a long time to re-buy all the things I left behind, but a girl’s gotta start somewhere. And in this case, that’s with the fun dreaming part of the project! So like any good procrastinator, I’ve been browsing Pinterest, gushing over some gorgeous creative workspaces. Here are eight of my favorite ones:

These 8 gorgeous creative workspaces will give you all the inspiration you need for a home makeover!1. Wall Desk by Old Brand New

These 8 gorgeous creative workspaces will give you all the inspiration you need for a home makeover!2. Desk Two Ways by Oh Joy

These 8 gorgeous creative workspaces will give you all the inspiration you need for a home makeover!3. Colorful Office Space by Paper & Stitch

These 8 gorgeous creative workspaces will give you all the inspiration you need for a home makeover!4. Ban.Do Party House by Style by Emily Henderson

These 8 gorgeous creative workspaces will give you all the inspiration you need for a home makeover!5. Office Makeover by The Crafted Life

These 8 gorgeous creative workspaces will give you all the inspiration you need for a home makeover!6. Jungalow HQ by Justina Blakeney

These 8 gorgeous creative workspaces will give you all the inspiration you need for a home makeover!7. Office Tour by Sugar & Cloth

These 8 gorgeous creative workspaces will give you all the inspiration you need for a home makeover!8. Office & Craft Room by Sarah Hearts

I think I am pretty partially to the wall desk, especially since I might have a smaller apartment, but I’d love to hear what you think! Which one was your favorite?