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 May 12, 2016

Make A Scented Candle For Someone You Love

Mother’s Day was this weekend, but once you learn how to make your own scented candles, you’ll want to keep making them for yourself and for everyone else! Scented candles are simple to make, and with some thoughtfully chosen scents and a one-of-a-kind vessel, a custom scented candle would make a wonderfully homey gift for someone you care about. Materials...

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Posted in DIY Projects | by Stephanie Albares, on May 6, 2016

Simple Folded Felt Bowls

The coziness of soft fabric + a geometric edge makes this felt bowl a unique vessel to hold your keys, coins, sewing bits, or even potpourri. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to make a template and the bowl itself – it’s fun! Stiffened felt gives a bowl a sturdy shape, and the template...

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Posted in How To, Tips, and Advice | by Stephanie Albares, on May 3, 2016

Houseplants 101: Growing Your Own Chilies Indoors

Even if you’re living in the pokiest of apartments, you can grow your own chili peppers year-round. Houseplants have made a huge comeback lately, and for good reason – clean air, the calming sense of a space well cared for. Why not bring some stylish greenery into your home and get a little extra spice? This big guy is...

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Posted in DIY Projects | by Stephanie Albares, on April 25, 2016

DIY Coat Rack – Tutorial and Inspiration

One size doesn’t always fit all. You might have a tiny foyer, or crumbly plaster walls that can barely hold a push pin. You might even just prefer the cute hooks and knobs that you’ve collected from various places. Whatever the reason, here’s some ideas and tips for making your own coat rack.   Wood,...

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Posted in DIY Projects | by Stephanie Albares, on March 16, 2016

Step-By-Step Kusudama Flower Ball Tutorial

These charming origami flower balls have a history of being used for potpourri and incense in ancient Japan. Learn how to build your own kusudama with this easy-to-follow tutorial! You will need: 60 squares of origami paper, cut square (mine are 3″ x 3″) Craft glue Paper clips or mini clothespins I used a roll of shoji-gami...

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Posted in DIY Projects | by Stephanie Albares, on March 14, 2016

10 DIY Kids’ Storage Ideas

There are so many creative ideas for decorating a child’s space, and storage is an essential part of it. From tweaking IKEA standbys to building your own shelving from scratch, these storage ideas help control clutter and have enough personality to match the little sprites living amongst them. RAST and BEKVAM: Hacked IKEA Basics The famously...

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Posted in Office Design Ideas | by Stephanie Albares, on March 10, 2016

Make Your Own Wooden Magazine Files

You might be thinking, “Aren’t magazine files already easy to find and pretty cheap?” It gets even easier and cheaper, my friend. One sheet of plywood = EIGHTEEN files! At $3.50 per top-grade plywood file, I was totally on board. I was inspired by Ana White’s plans for the same, and I followed her cut list...

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Posted in DIY Projects | by Stephanie Albares, on February 29, 2016

Custom Frame Those Prints Yourself!

Let me let you in on a secret: nearly every frame in my house is secondhand. It’s not hard to find solid timber frames with intact glass panes. And even if the glass is broken or missing — there’s a fix for that. If you’ve got a mantel that needs a few framed prints, or...

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