Why DIY – mural on the wall

Why DIY – mural on the wall

As it turns out, our mural really caught your eyes.

We got a lot of questions on how my sister and I drew the map of Dubrovnik Old Town we showed in our last post and guess what – it’s not that hard at all!

But it is time-consuming, though.

We were going back and forth deciding whether to use a projector or to draw freehand. And to tell you the truth, if we were about to draw basically anything but a map, a projector wouldn’t even be an option.

The idea itself sounds like a foolproof method, but in reality, we literally ended up constantly being in our own way. You see, standing between the projector and the wall is everything but a foolproof method.

The thing is, we didn’t have much time to do the preparation for freehand drawing. But it’s not very common to be on tight schedule when planning a mural in your home. So in case you see drawing as a relaxing thing to do over a period of time and you’re about to enjoy the process as much as the result, here’s what you’re gonna need:

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Apartment for daily rent – tips and tricks

Apartment for daily rent – tips and tricks

Apartments for daily rent have been a hit for quite some time. We have seen everything, from amazingly renovated and decorated spaces to ‘grandma’s apartment’ with all the furniture owners don’t need any more but they don’t want to throw it away. Needless to say we enjoy only the ones from first category, but we are also aware of the fact people sometimes have good intentions but fail with some of the decisions while renovating.

Well, since not all of you are experts in interior design and décor, and recently Petra’s family decided to rent her sister’s (newly renovated) small studio apartment since she decided to move back to Zagreb, it is only fair to give you some tips and tricks we learned along the way and help you make your apartment rent ready!

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WHY DIY – a wedding

WHY DIY – a wedding

Okay, you might say we’ve been neglecting this blog. And that might be true. But we were also renovating homes and doing all sorts of things which will soon find their way to this website. Promise.

Most recently – literally a week ago – we designed decorations we’re about to show you. Not because they are something to learn from, but because we think they’re pretty. Isn’t that reason enough?

Now, whether or not you should ever consider DIY wedding decorations (or decorations for any party) is quite obvious: if it’s not overwhelming and if you find it enjoyable, then definitely.

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DIY Ladder plant stand

DIY Ladder plant stand

We can proudly say we are getting better and better in keeping our plants alive. We replanted about  20 Chinese money plants last year and, as you’ve probably seen on Instagram, Petra is successfully growing avocados from seeds. You know by now we are big fans of plants of all kind, and each day we’re looking for a new way to display them in our homes.

Last year we made a Macrame Plant Hanger – first DIY post for our blog’s first birthday. Thanks to the fact Taylor from ProFlowers saw that post and loved it, we got to share their DIY project Kokedama string garden on our blog. And now, once again they have an amazing tutorial for you.

This DIY is easy and perfect for all of you who enjoy little home projects, so let’s get down to business. Here’s the ProFlowers‘s DIY Ladder Plant Stand:

A DIY ladder plant stand is a great space-saving solution for those that are running out of room to decorate with plants or are tired of standard shelving. Plus, the ladder plant stand will help you curate the perfect indoor garden – maybe even a herb garden in the kitchen? The best part of this do-it-yourself project is that you get to design a display that fits your preferred taste and style. Continue reading “DIY Ladder plant stand”

3 ideas for pantry organization

3  ideas for pantry organization

“If I buy a new apartment and design it perfectly, will you write about it on your blog like you did about Lana’s and Nikola’s apartment?” – asked Ana the other day.

“Well sure, but apartment doesn’t have to be new, nor designed perfectly, to be featured on our blog.”

“But I only have a few lovely corners in my current home, and the rest of the space is – meh.”

Now, you probably don’t know Ana, which is a shame – because she’s actually the most beautiful and the funniest girl, who occasionally makes a great point. You see, from the beginning of our blog adventure, we wanted upgradesign to be about both design and upgrades.

About home improvements, no matter how small.

And that’s exactly what we did a few weeks ago. Continue reading “3 ideas for pantry organization”

DIY Hanging / Table Centrepiece

DIY Hanging / Table Centrepiece

Well, these ‘green’ DIYs are becoming kind of our thing and we have to admit – WE LOVE IT. This one is a perfect table decoration piece and there’s also a great little story behind it.

A while ago, after we published our DIY Macrame plant hanger post, Alexandria from FTDbyDesign contacted us via e-mail saying she loved our post and provided us with their video tutorial to share in it (if we are interested). First of all, let us just mention how humbled we were because of her words – FTDbyDesign is such a wonderful team of floral and styling experts, and of course, we were interested – we know it’s a lot easier to make something while watching a video about it.

So, a few weeks ago she contacted us again with the most amazing suggestion ever – she sent us a link to their blog post/video tutorial about how to make a hanging centrepiece, and kindly asked us to share it on our blog. We still can’t quite believe that people from another side of the globe read our blog and, well, you probably can guess what our response was just by reading this post.

Not only we are happy to share it with you, but we were so amazed by it we decided to give it a try. To be honest, we saw more than a few amazing photos of this kind of centrepieces all over Instagram but always thought they are so hard to make. Guess we were wrong. Continue reading “DIY Hanging / Table Centrepiece”

DIY Kokedama string garden

DIY Kokedama string garden

You all know we are big fans of plants of all kind. We love them in amazing pots, wired and wooden plant stands, growing in a home garden and of course hanging from the ceiling.
A few months ago we showed you how to make a Macrame Plant Hanger and now, thanks to ProFlowers, we have a chance to show you how to make a Kokedama string garden.

Remember what we said the last time? Even if you’re not planning to remodel your apartment at this moment, maybe your plants can get a new place to stay.
This DIY is really easy, and not at all time-consuming, so let’s get down to business. Here’s the ProFlowers‘s Complete Guide to Making a Kokedama String Garden:

Kokedama is a Japanese gardening method where a plant’s roots are wrapped in moss, bound by string and suspended. The name comes from the Japanese koke, meaning “moss” and dama meaning “ball”. Although this art form is centuries old, it now takes on a more modern and minimalist form. Continue reading “DIY Kokedama string garden”