Category Archives: Make Something

simple styling bathroom shelves

Simple Styling: Bathroom Shelves

When it comes to styling, I’ve become slightly obsessed. Whether it’s the perfectly laid out Instagram photo, prepping for a shoot for the blog, or providing art direction for a shoot for a major brand, I’ve found that styling is the essence of creativity, layering, color and texture. I have Pinterest boards filled with styled images, gorgeous flat lays, and well thought out interiors. If styling is done well, it can take an ordinary space and with a few touches make it look absolutely extraordinary.

As I looked to the main bathroom it was time to refresh the space. We purchased this amazing set of shelves locally from @desertsedgeco and hung them above our towel rack. I thought it was the perfect pairing. Keeping the pine shelves somewhat raw by sealing them with paste wax, placed above our Pendleton towels from the National Park collection.

Styling in the bathroom has to be a collision of form and function. Excessive items aren’t needed or really wanting to be a space where people take care of business, if you know what I mean. By filling the shelves with utilitarian items, that also serve as collections, we keep our styling simple, functional, and well thought through.

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Add a moment of nature.
This might sound silly, but plants clean the air and that’s always a great idea in the bathroom. We added a small potted plant to the shelf that will thrive with minimal water and light. (Basically light the window above the shower and the steam from showering keep this plant thriving.) For an additional moment of color we added a few artificial blooms in a small white bud vase.

Think in collections.
The ladies in our home stay looking their best with nail polishes and fend off icky items with essential oils. Rather than having these collections stowed away and hidden, highlight these collections by strategically placing them. To keep everything cohesive we only placed one brand of essential oils and nail polishes on the shelving, allowing visual unity in the collection through simple repetition of shape and packaging.
Where form and function collide.
The rest of our shelving was filled out with products we use on the daily. Stacked wash cloths for use and a candle, clear glasses with cotton swabs and cotton rounds. By keeping the storage containers in the same limited color palette, it keeps the items unified without much effort.

Where are the moments where styling has made all the difference for you?

We’d love to hear from you! Let us know in the comments below.

spring wreath diy

Spring Wreath DIY

It was time. Our winter pine wreath had sat on the front door for far too long. It was time to welcome in light blooms, neutral feathers, and something fresh as guests entered our home. Using a coupon and some artificial blooms from the dollar store, this wreath is the perfect note of spring for under $10.

Keep reading for the full how-to after the jump!

Spring Wreath DIY

Budget: $10

Supplies:

Grapevine wreath form
Artificial blooms (picked up from the Dollar Store)
Floral wire
Sharp scissors (these are our favorites, functional and beautiful)
Wire cutters
Jute twine
Feathers
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Directions:

Step one: Trim blooms and remove excess leaves. Using floral wire begin to gather your blooms in bunches and plan out wreath. Lay bunches of flowers in a circular fashion until satisfied with composition.

Step two: Using wire or jute twine, attach flowers to wreath.

Step three: Using hot glue, place a dot of glue on the tips of feathers and tuck into wreath.

Step four: Add door hanger and place on door!

naturally dyed easter eggs

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

As a little girl I would obsess over my easter egg craft project. I would wander up and down the aisles of my local Meijer grocery store. Whether it was a simple Paas kit, or marbling, glitter, or wax resists, I would dream about all the creative exploits that would land on the simple substrate of a white eggshell. Any moment for creativity was a welcome sight and regardless of the years that have passed, there’s something about dyeing Easter eggs that brings back a welcome DIY staple. This year we ditched artificial color and ventured into the world of natural dyeing processes. Whether dyed with tea, turmeric, or red cabbage, it’s was a fun project to explore.

Keep reading for the full how-to after the jump!

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

Supplies:

  • A dozen eggs
  • 2 T white vinegar
  • 1 t iodized salt
  • 4 C red cabbage
  • Coconut oil or butter for resist

Directions:

Place eggs in a large sauce pan. Cover with water. Set on stove to high. Boil for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. In a separate saucepan, place 4 C of shredded red cabbage. Cover with water and boil for 30 minutes. Strain cabbage and discard, leaving purple liquid. Add salt and vinegar to the cabbage dye. Rubbing butter or coconut oil on the egg, create a resist. Place in dye in small mason jars. Allow to sit overnight for a deep blue. For a paler color, keep in liquid for only 5 hours. Remove eggs from dye liquid. Run underneath cold water to remove the resist. Continue to dab with paper towel for a beautiful sponged effect. Place in a basket or small wooden bowl for the perfect casual centerpiece at your Easter gathering. Until Monday and happy Easter!

Missed any of this week’s posts? Find them below.

Work to Live | Easter Brunch | Whipped Goat Cheese Bruschetta (Sweet + Savory)
Crustless Spring Vegetable Frittata | Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

 

holiday magazine

It’s Here! Glisten and Grace Holiday Magazine

With December finally here, I can’t wait  to roll out this year’s holiday content today. This year, you’ll find the best ideas from Glisten and Grace in the form of a holiday magazine. Consider it a gift from me to you! With DIYs, healthy holiday recipes, capsule wardrobes, and gift guides, it has fresh ideas perfect for the holiday season.

Click for the full magazine after the jump!

See something you love? This magazine is interactive.
Here’s how to use it:

Hover over any images and you will find all the sources.
Love any of the ideas you see? Make sure to share them on social media.
Want to refer to the magazine for reference? Make sure to download the full issue.

Merry Christmas and a most happy holidays to you!

xo,
Melissa

good hustle

The Good Hustle (+ A Free Art Print)

Hustle. It’s a word that’s been thrown around a lot by creatives lately. What makes it good? What makes it bad? In the fourth quarter, as a lifestyle blogger, designer, and owning a physical location, it seems like there is always more to do. The list gets longer as I try to grow my business. Over the past six months, it seems that clients have been coming out of the woodwork. I know for many this would be a great problem to have. As an entrepreneur, the drive to increase an income ceiling keeps me going, onboarding new clients quickly, and hoping that they have a great experience with our studio. What makes good hustle? What determines your workflow? How do you work on your business, not solely in your business? Is it okay to be overwork, impassioned, but constantly frazzled? What determines what you do and what you don’t do?

Rather than looking at lack of sleep as a badge of honor, I’m learning that saying no is a good thing. Also, everything I touch has purpose. (Nothing is done arbitrarily.) A few months ago, I was working on a talk centered around this topic. It reminded me as designer why I do what I do, what it is that I love, and what it is about work processes that I would rather avoid. As I was writing the talk, I found that there were things that absolutely drained me in the creative process. While somewhat self-aware as an individual, I would push through these things, rather than positioning myself as the expert that I was and saying “no” when I needed to.

Over a cup of coffee, I decided to write a good hustle manifesto. It would become the driving force behind my creative work, the companies I ran, and what the blog looked like. I decided I would only do good hustle. No longer content to run myself ragged, I decided better things in life and values were more important than making loads of money. It sounds counter intuitive, but as a creative it has given me more confidence in the projects I put my hands to.

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Now it’s your turn. Write your manifesto. (Download the art print here)

What would be on it? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!