Stephanie Albares

Stephanie Albares

DIY Contributor
Stephanie Albares is a graphic designer who blogs about bringing a mod aesthetic into her weatherboard house over at Saltbush Avenue. She is enthusiastic about modernist design, collecting too many plants, sewing her own textiles and weird secondhand goodies.
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Posted in DIY Projects | by Stephanie Albares, on July 29, 2016

Mason Jar Citrus Summer Sangria

This citrus sangria will be the lifeblood of your next summer party. I threw together a picnic hamper with mason jars, dips, and – of course – a freshly-made pitcher of sangria. It’s fruity, it’s simple to make and it’ll bring a little bit of pizazz to your next get-together. Just like your nonna’s recipe for spaghetti sauce,...

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Posted in DIY Projects | by Stephanie Albares, on July 8, 2016

Mason Jar Centerpieces That Will Tickle Your Senses

We all know and love mason jars for their many crafty uses, especially for parties. They’re handy vessels for jams, fruits, lollies, iced tea, scented candles… and even for the centerpiece at your next get-together. This mason jar centerpiece can be as dressed up or down as you like, and it’s a fun opportunity to turn your creativity loose....

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Posted in Outdoor | by Stephanie Albares, on June 24, 2016

How To Strip and Stain Your Deck

If you have a tired-looking deck that could use brightening up, a hearty scrub and a can of decking stain will work wonders. This project can be done in a weekend – and aside from basic maintenance, you won’t need to do another deep clean for years. My deck is made from pressure-treated pine, and it hadn’t seen a coat of...

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Posted in DIY Projects | by Stephanie Albares, on June 22, 2016

Why Not Make This Minimalist Inspiration Board?

This simple, sexy pinboard is perfect for your notes, clippings, postcards and inspirational materials. Its simplicity is its strength; it would fit in with a variety of work spaces. You don’t need much to make your own minimalist pinboard, but this tidy, pinnable graphic covers it all. Materials list: A piece of galvanized steel mesh, ideally 2ft x 3ft,...

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Posted in DIY Projects | by Stephanie Albares, on June 21, 2016

DIY Vintage Cushion Tutorial

This restored mid-century modern recliner was like macaroni without the cheese: the dish wasn’t complete without a complementary cushion. Here’s how I made this (zippered!) lumbar cushion that provides support and adds a splash of color without going overboard. Think vintage flair with a modern sensibility. If you have vintage furniture, and you’re looking for era-appropriate...

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Posted in DIY Projects | by Stephanie Albares, on May 30, 2016

Before and After: Retro Star Inlay Table Restoration

The incredible star inlay on this cool ’60s table sucked me right in, but it needed a restoration of its beautiful veneer. Here’s how to refinish timber veneer on a beautiful secondhand find that might need a little polishing. The finished result was perfect for an earthy, cozy environment where warm timbers would fit right...

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Posted in Outdoor | by Stephanie Albares, on May 23, 2016

Houseplants 101: All About Succulents

You can’t just collect one succulent. You need two, or five, or two dozen. Many succulents are well-suited as potted plants, and the dazzling variety of forms and colors will make you want to keep adding more into the mix. Here is a simple guide for planting an arrangement of succulents, propagation and care… as...

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Posted in Kids | by Stephanie Albares, on May 18, 2016

Paper Floral Mobile Tutorial

What’s not to like about paper flowers? They have a sculptural quality that silk flowers lack, and you can make them yourself with the pretty paper of your choosing. Using the paper flowers from my kusudama origami ball tutorial, you can make a mobile that’s ready to hang in a nursery, a child’s room, or anywhere else for a splash...

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