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3 On the Radar | Wishing for Spring!

This feature of Things On the Radar is an eclectic mix of what we're calling "wishing for spring"!  Flowers, rattan, and maybe a picnic outdoors!  The weather here on the west coast has been super-mild, teasing us with a glimpse of a new season; we even noticed a few bulbs popping up on our morning dog walks.  Can't wait for spring! Let's take a look!

1. Chanel's Spring Haute Couture 
So inspiring to see and all the flowers! We are in love with this wedding dress! Click here to see the show. Via The House that Lars Built.

And the hair by Sam McKnight. Love!


2. This Flower Wall


3.  A Brass Trunk and Wooden Wall Shelf
Love this display the trunk and the wall shelves together. Via Apartment Therapy.

4. A Vintage Embroidered Peasant Top
Found on Pinterest via Gigi Guerra
Free People

5. Rattan Chairs
Feeling like trading in our dining chairs for a few rattan ones.  Via Sfgirlbybay.

6. Anya Hindmarch S/S 2015 Ruwnway Details
How fun is this? Via Kawaii Box via Gigi Guerra

7. A Rad DIY Blanket
Time for a picnic soon! Get the how-to instructions from Tell Love and Chocolate.

8. This Chair, This Vigentte
Everything about this.  The art, the chair, the pillow, the plant. Via Design Sponge


4 DIY Desk Organizer

Contributor post by Caitlin of The Merrythought

I've really been diving into simplifying in big ways this year. Once I got mostly decluttered, I realized I really needed some storage solutions to help keep me organized and prevent me from buying items that I already have one of. This wooden desk organizer was a perfect project to help tackle the chaos that is always spread out in my workspace while also displaying the things I need and use in a lovely way!

-Birch Plywood - 1 piece of the following sizes:
1/4" x 12' x 24"
1/8" x 12" x 24"
-Tape Measure
-Scroll Saw
-5/8" Dowel
-Heavy Duty Super Glue
-Chalkboard Paint
-Masking Tape

-Use the scroll saw to cut the 1/4" piece down to 19" tall.
-From the small piece left over, measure and cut out a 6" x 2" piece and a 4" x 2" piece.
-Cut three 2.5" pieces from the dowel.
-Measure and mark the pieces you will need to make the pockets on the 1/8" piece of wood.
Pencil Pocket
One 3" x 5" piece
Two 1.5" x 5" pieces
One 1.5" x 2.75" piece

Chalk Pocket
One 1.5" x 2" piece
Two .75" x 2" pieces

Letters & Notebook Pocket
One 5" x 6" piece
Two 5" x 1.5" pieces
One 5.75" x 1.5" piece
-Use the scroll saw to cut out all of the pieces. Be sure to be precise in the cutting or they will not line up correctly.
-Use the heavy duty super glue to glue each of the pockets together.
-Once the pockets are dry and sturdy, attach the pockets, the dowels and the mini shelves (cut in the second step) using the super glue. (**It helps to lay out your pieces before you start gluing.)
-Let it dry according to directions.
-Use masking tape to mark off the area for the chalkboard and use chalkboard paint to fill in the space.
-Once everything is dry, you can leave it on your desk top or attach it to the wall and fill it with all your favorite desk essentials!

All of the measurements are just guidelines, you can change the sizes, add more pockets, add more paint… anything you want! Have fun and get organized!

About the Contributor

Caitlin McGrath lives in a small town in Western New York. When her face isn't hidden behind her camera, she's usually crafting and daydreaming for The Merrythought, where she is a part of the three lady team sharing DIY projects, recipes, fashion, home d├ęcor & and bits of daily life.


9 Spring at H&M Home

A bohemian vibe leads H&M's Spring Home Collection this year as the Swedish brand kicks off their 2015 spring season.  The first collection, Mediterranean Touch features a neutral palette with dip-dyed stripes, rough natural fabric, tribal graphics and washed shades of green and blue. Let's take a look!

The second collection, Contemporary Fusion mixes different textures and colours, teaming up gold and marble details with wooden surfaces and pops of colour.

Lavish Luxe, a romantic collection, offers up a mix of pale pastels, florals, coloured glass, pretty ruffles, lace and scented candles.

Go Graphic builds on the 90s graffiti culture with bright colours, animal prints and graphic patterns.

Which one is your favourite?

H&M's home collection is only available in Canada at West Edmonton Mall, and not online. Here's hoping they have plans to expand  into other major cities across Canada or sell online in the near future.


1 Friday Links + IDS15

IKEA + House and Home Magazine - photo -instagram/houseandhomemag

IDS15 in Toronto is happening this weekend and a few images are popping on our radar.  We loved IKEA's booth where Canadian home decor magazines, House and Home, Style at Home along with IKEA created three different takes using IKEA's new SEKTION cabinets.  Check out Rambling Renovator's blog for a bit of early coverage of the kitchens and a few more from opening night. Also you can follow a few on instagram over the weekend or check out the hashtag #IDS15 or #torontodesignweek:


A few other links this week worth checking out:
Paris Fashion Week through the eyes of Totokaelo
DIY Tassel Basket 
Watercolour Tableware DIY
These rugs from Finland
Ever wonder how to make a twig pencil?

Happy Friday!


6 7 DIY Projects of the Week

Friday is rolling up fast and it's almost time for a weekend project!  Here's some of our favorites we've come across this week!

1.  Nested Clay Bowls
Using air-dry clay, make a set of nested bowls. By This Heart of Mine.

2. Printable Calendar
Grab a free printable calendar with some lovely patterns from Oh The Lovely Things

3.  DIY Washi Tape Geometric Heart
by Homey Oh My!

4. DIY Desk Calendar
by Anna by Annabode for Homemade by Carmona

5. Printable Valentines Cards
by Almost Makes Perfect

6.  DIY Woven Stool
by The Learner Observer

7.  Easy Glittery Banner
by Blitsy