Sunday, March 22, 2015

DIY Space (Loving the Unexpected)

Recently, I went through a major life change in the way of living arrangements.

For the last year and a half, I was living in a condo in the Town Center. While I did appreciate the convenience of living there, it was always meant to be temporary. I got engaged in August and planned to move around the time of our wedding in June.

Not likely.

You see, throughout the time that I lived there, I kept getting sick more often than I ever had and, being a Jacksonville native, this started to strike me as odd.

So I investigated.


And I found the most mold I had ever seen in one location at one time. 

The dehumidifier was broken, amongst many other issues with the layout of the building itself. I decided to move immediately, not feeling like my health was worth the risk, and ended up moving (temporarily) into my future in-laws' house. It wasn't exactly what I had in mind or really even wanted, that's for sure. 

So, for right now, I'm living in their spare room converted bedroom. As you may be able to imagine, it is tiny and as someone who loves to nest and design where I am, I started to feel trapped. I had to figure something out in order to make my borrowed space feel the slightest bit homy.

The following is one of my favorite ways to personalize nearly any space I'm staying in without changing the entire space around. It's a kind of active, personalized to-do list that you can hang or place just about anywhere. It is my DIY dry erase board. 

What you need: 

1 large picture frame
Your choice wrapping paper/colored paper
scissors
tape

  1. Take the picture frame and remove the back, revealing the transparent glass on both sides. 
  2. Remove the packaged paper insert that the frame comes with.
  3. Take the colored paper and/or wrapping paper and cover the cardboard part of the back the frame so that it will show through the glass.
  4. Return the back of the frame to its position on the frame. 
  5. Now you are free to write on the glass on start your to-do list. 
Done! This DIY dry erase board can now be used wherever you are living and, depending on the size, can be taken just about anywhere.