Meet Lydia Mathis

Let me introduce to you guys to this amazing artist and graphic designer. Her work is crazy good and eye-catching. A real down to earth and fun chick who has worked with some top honchos in the local area.  What's your name and what do you do? My name is Lydia Mathis & I run Lydia Mathis Art & Design LLC, doing freelance & personal graphic design and art/illustration projects Tell me about yourself. I worked as an in-house and agency graphic designer and illustrator for 10 years before starting my freelance business in the beginning of 2016. I'm constantly trying to better myself as an artist, and enjoy pushing myself to constantly improve my skill. When I'm not working on an art or design project, I enjoy spending ...

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DIY Square Farmhouse Coffee Table

Is your living room missing something? Perhaps it feels a bit empty, or you need a spot for place your coffee on. Well what better way than to add this awesome DIY farmhouse coffee table to your decor. It's a super easy build and will probably take you a weekend to make. So enough doodling lets get into the build. Get your tools and materials ready! Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. If you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won't cost anything to you! Check out my full disclosure policy for more info. So for tool wise you will need: Drill Miter saw or circular saw square kreg pocket hole jig 1 1/4'' pocket hole screws 2 1/2'' pocket hole ...

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HGTV’s Fixer Upper Hot Sauce House Inspired Console Table Build

If you been with me for a while you know that I am feeling the modern farmhouse genre vibes.  I’m obsessed with all things Joanna Gaines. Oh, and you too Chip. Don’t know what I’m talking about? You can’t tell me that you never watched Fixer Upper. Well if you love the MF vibe I suggest you sit your booty down and binge. There is one episode, in particular, that is by far my favorite. It’s the one called The Hot Sauce House. In this episode, Joanna transforms a Fixer-Upper into a rustic Italian beauty. One piece in the bathroom caught my eye and that was the bathroom vanity. And this past spring I entered the One Room Challenge and wanted to redo our powder room downstairs. Well, what better way to take that bathroom as my inspiration for ...

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DIY Paper Mache Recipe: How to Make Paper Mache Clay & Paste

Paper mache gets the rep of just being craft related, but you can actually make some pretty awesome home decor pieces. Paper Mache is so versatile that the possibilities are endless with it. It’s especially good for halloween and Christmas decor props.  These mediums are so easy to make, you going to laugh at the length of the directions for each. There is really nothing to it.  Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. If you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won't cost anything to you! Check out my full disclosure policy for more info. Materials Needed for the Paper Mache Paste 6 cups flour 1 cup white glue (like Elmers) 1 cup liquid starch (my homemade ...

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Homemade Liquid starch

Yes i know my blog is about DIY furniture, decor, and interior design. However this hack is germane to my paper mache recipe. This homemade liquid starch recipe is super easy to make, which is awesome if you don’t want to buy it.  If you don’t know what liquid starch is, let me school you for a bit. It’s usually found in the laundry detergent aisle. It is used to give body and add stiffness to clothes after washing. It’s also a good adhesive which adds a bonus to the already glue like paste. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. If you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won't cost anything to you! Check out my full disclosure policy for more info. You Will ...

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DIY Wedding Welcome Sign on Wood (free template)

Wedding season is upon us and you're planning a rustic bash. Scrolling thru Etsy and you're loving those awesome welcome wedding signs, but your jaw drops at how much they turn out to be. Or perhaps money is not the issue and you're down to the wire, and can't really wait 3 to 6 six weeks for delivery. If you have a somewhat steady hand and a bit of patience you can totally have this done within a few hours if not less. Lets start the DIY rustic wedding welcome sign The Wood Base for the DIY Wedding Welcome Sign Obviously you're going to need a base for your sign. For this tutorial the sign will be 36'' x 22''. Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. If you make a purchase after clicking a link I will ...

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How to Create a Mood Board / Design Board for Interior Design (Free)

Are you a home decorating blogger and not sure how to create a mood board for a project? Or you're not a blogger and just need a way to get your ideas for a remodel visually in front of you. If you're familiar with them you may have seen mood boards or design boards on Pinterest. Do you ever wonder how the heck they do that? I know I did. I scoured the web to figure out how exactly did they do that. And actually there are a lot of ways that you can create them, but many popular ways require softwares that cost some good money or require a membership. I stuck my hand in my pockets and only cute white moths fluttered out. Was differently not going to spend more money after the chunk that's was thrown down for the web hosting and other crap ...

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How to Paint a Room, Pretty Much Fool Proof

Everyone has that one room in their house that needs some loving. The easiest and quickest way for a face lift is to paint it. I'm dead serious, you will be surprised at what a fresh coat of paint will do. But a lot of newbies don't have a freaking clue as to what to do and where to start. I know I was there once. I mean yea you need a brush and paint, but girl (or boy) do you know the plethora of brush types and paints are out there. Not to mention the extras that you don't know if you need or not.Its not that complicated I assure you. Why you ask? Why should you listen to anything I have to say. Well for staters not only did we paint our 2.7k+ square foot house by ourselves, but my hubby has been doing this for most of his adolescent and ...

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The Ultimate Guide on How to Pick Out Wood Boards

So you’re at Lowes or Home Depot to pick up some wood for a project you saw on Pinterest. If this is your first time picking wood you probably did the same mistake I made and probably a few other first time woodworkers. Can you guess what that mistake is? It's not knowing that you picked out some warped boards. I wish I knew about this when I first started woodworking. Or maybe I did, but can’t remember. My high school woodshop class was probably 10 years ago and the teacher was like “oh my god your a girl don’t touch anything. You will hurt yourself.”If only he could see me now. Anyway, here is my first post on basic woodworking series. You're probably wondering what is a warped board. To be frank its exactly as it sounds. It's a board ...

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Mood Board Monday: Modern Rustic Italian Patio Design

In the spirit of summer and the need to be outside, I was inspired to design our patio. Believe me that baby needs a little loving. We pretty much just use the grill real quick and that's it. However, its time to give ourselves a reason to chill outside and enjoy summer day or night and hopefully I can inspire you. For this mood board I am going with a modern rustic Italian vibe for the patio space. I want you to feel the warmth and boldness that the mood board invokes. The moment I open the patio doors these feelings should just hit you in the face or at least a slight slap. I am mixing wood tones with cold concrete to give it that modern edge, but still keeping that cozy and serene feel with the fabric used in the pillows and ...

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