Customize It… Bracelet Tower


This is one of the simplest reinventions of a household item i’ve seen in a while – the paper towel holder to a bracelet tower. So simple its almost weird. For this I teamed up with Beth Ziegler, AKA organizing expert BNeato who did this DIY as she is super good at making organization look good. (Not all organizers care about that, which is why i’ve forced her to be my friend).

Here’s what you need:

1. Scissors 2. White household twine 3. Neon pink mason twine (or any twine, obviously) $5.21 4. Neon yellow mason twine $4.21 5. hot pink spray paint $3.98 6. super glue $5.98 7. IKEA toilet roll stand


1. Pick a fun spray paint color and go to town. This is definitely one of the easiest DIYs i’ve attempted.

2. Starting at the base, pick a thread color and tie it around. Make sure to leave a little extra thread so you can pull the twine and it won’t slip out. You can cut off the excess when you’re done.

3. The options are endless for pattern here–just make sure to keep pushing the twine down as you wrap so that it sits nice and evenly on the tower. Who knew there were this many fun colors of twine– not this girl! We went with a three color pattern but I think this would be equally as striking with just one color and letting the pink pop through.

4. Load this bad boy up. And since they’re chunky bracelets, it’s no big deal to take them off in order to reach the ones on the bottom.


And naturally we gif-ed it out because why live your life in still photos when it can be poppping in all dancing style? Its just so visually fun. Normally i’m kinda anti some upcycling DIY’s but this to me just seemed so simple and could be so modern. Do not get the paper towel holders that have the other little vertical piece that holds the paper towel in it – you really don’t want people to know what you repurposed. So if you find a really simple vertical rod like this go for it.


Thanks, BNeato for the DIY and Tessa for the photos.

Thanks, BNeato for the idea and the DIY. Check out the other posts i’ve worked on with BNeato –bracelet towers, hanging lucite filing folders, and jewelry blocks and shoe organizer ll big old hits. xx

Customize It… Entryway Shoe Organizer


Hey mudrooms, entry-ways, and small apartments – this one is for you. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how simple, unoffensive and functional this shoe organizer is. I’m the worst. I wear the same 3 pairs of shoes every day and they are always left by the door. I’m dying for something like this (we installed it at my friends house because I was moving at the time when we shot it, and now i’m very jealous). All you do is slip your shoes in there and boom – they are off the ground, looking all neat and tidy and dare I say even pretty. Thanks again, BNeato for the good organizing tip and DIY –  you anal genius, you.

Here’s what you need:


1. self adhesive felt blankets $2.98 2. keyhole hangers $2.19 3. 2x2x8 wood board $8.81 4. screwdriver 5. high gloss white spray paint $4.98 6. dap adhesive $3.82


1. Pick up your wood piece at your local hardware store and have them cut two, 3 feet pieces and two, two inch pieces. Take your first small piece of wood and some Dap glue and affix to the first long wood piece.

2. Keep going with each of the wood pieces until you have created a rectangle. Let dry overnight.

3. Screw each of the keyhole hangers on the back of the shoe organizer (opposite ends). You’ll next need to hold up the shoe organizer on the wall where you plan on hanging it. On the wall, mark out where the keyhole hangers are located. Place the shoe organizer down and screw two screws into the wall where you made your marks. Leave about a centimeter of room between the wall and the head of the screw so you can slide the keyhole hangers onto the head of each screw.

4. Give the shoe organizer two good coats of white spray paint and let dry. Next, cut out a few strips of felt adhesive and apply to the inside of the shoe organizer.  Next, hang your shoe organizer on the wall and load up with your fanciest flats.


So simple, and doesn’t call out for a lot of attention. Its not like, ‘HAY!!! I’M AN ORGANIZER SO GIVE ME YOUR BIG, RED, SLUTTY, FANCY, FULL OF PERSONALITY SHOES!!!”. Nay. Its like, “Pardon me, ma’am, but if you have some simple shoes to temporarily store, don’t mind me, i’d be happy to store them neatly for you”. I like that lady. She is nice and polite. Not that Snookie impersonating shoe storing slut that said the first quote. She’s the worst.

Thanks, BNeato for the idea and the DIY. Every day of my life I wish to be organized, and with your help we are getting there. Check out the other posts i’ve worked on with BNeatobracelet towers, hanging lucite filing folders, and jewelry blocks. All big hits. xx

Photos by Tessa Neustadt  and thanks Vamp Shoes for loaning us some pretty shoes.

Customize It… Jewelry Organizer


I love this DIY. Its one of those that took a bit longer than our normal simple ones, but its so satisfying to look at. And before you think, ‘wait, I don’t love pink and neon’ think, what if it was just wood and brass or black and white string? or even jute twine? so many options, so little jewelry. Lets get into it. Here’s what you’ll need:


1. hot pink mason twine $5.21 2. neon yellow mason twine $5.21 3. cup hooks $3.58 4. screw eye hooks $1.24 5. super glue $5.98 6. scissors 7. self leveling picture hangers 8. hammer 9. square dowel $1.04


1. Take a small amount of super glue and place on the back of one of the dowels before you lay down your twine. Wrap the entire dowel leaving about an inch of room on each end. Finish wrapping the dowel and use super glue to tie down the end and to keep it from unraveling. As you’re wrapping the dowels, make sure to use your fingers to keep pushing the thread together so that it stays neat and even throughout. Repeat step 1 with the second dowel.

2. Next, take the self-leveling picture hangers and hammer into place on the backside of the wood dowel. If you’re going to hang heavier necklaces (as we did) skip this step as the dowel will lean forward on the wall since the jewelry is too heavy. Use them only if you plan on hanging dainty necklaces and lightweight baubles.

3.  You can use eye hooks or cup hooks depending on your style preference. We mixed it up and used eye hooks on top for earrings and cup hooks on the bottom dowel. Using the tip of the hook, you’ll find you can part the thread and then screw each one in by hand. Space them out any way you like (our preference was about an inch apart for each).

4. I found that it was tricky to make the twine even on both sides by trying to loop the entire piece all at once. Start with the top dowel and wrap just as you did in step one (making sure to glue down the string on the back side). Pull up enough thread to make a triangle for hanging purposes and wrap the dowel on the opposite side. Continue down with the same twine and space out the dowel as much as you like. Since we were hanging earrings on the top, we didn’t need a ton of room in-between the two dowels.

5. Cut off about a foot of twine and wrap the opposite side to finish up the design, again using super glue to hold it in place.

6. Next, take the pink twine and wrap around the yellow twine in a tight fashion leaving a little twine left over underneath so you can cut off the excess. Use a small nail to display your hook and dowel jewelry organizer.

hanging jewelry display

Now hang those necklaces, bracelets and rings, friends. Don’t embarass your jewelry by keeping them in a box, NAY, hang them on display! That was strangely Dr. Seuss but you know what I’m going after.  Thanks Bneato for collaborating again on this project. See some of our other collaborations  -  bracelet towers, hanging lucite filing folders, and jewelry blocks. All big hits. xx

Thanks Tessa Neustadt for the pretty pics.



Side Table Ikea Hack in Redbook

Hey y’all. Its another version of my style/DIY column in Redbook this month. This time we took a $15 boring ikea table and turned it into this pretty darn cute little side table by painting it, adding nautical inspired handles and some little feet. You know how I love to put feet on things …

ikea hack side table

Follow the steps above and get your hack on. I also think this would be pretty adorable in a kids room – which is where it lives now.  Let me know if you do it, meanwhile pick up this months Redbook magazine for a closer look.

Photo by David Tsay, Styling by Scott Horne and thanks Stephanie Todaro for assisting on the project.


Handmade | Paper Edition

Not sure if you are aware but there is a massive maker movement happening – like taking over the world. People that make things, sell them then I buy them and stare at them and wonder if I’ll ever make anything. So to celebrate this movement we’ve started a new column called ‘handmade’ which highlights our favorite handmade pieces from around the interwebs. First edition is ‘paper’, and here you are.



1. paper folded book | 2. paper house mobile | 3. hand painted notebook | 4. geometric paper tassel panel | 5. patterned paint roller  | 6. personalized paper dolls  | 7. digital family portrait | 8.  paper cut shadow box | 9. paper cloud mobile

1. Paper folded book : I’ve seen these before but this one is super intricate and so well done. What if it was Charlie’s favorite book with his initials carved into it? That would be awesome unless his favorite book was the Flowers in the Attic, in which case that would be creepy (did anyone watch the recent made for tv movie? I taped it and am saving it for a night when Brian and I can really hunker down and watch it together, except for the fact that Brian would leave me before he would succumb to such an evening).

2. Paper house mobile :  It’s so simple, clean, modern and white. It would look awesome in a kid’s rooms, or a creative space. There is something so ‘Wizard of Oz’ about it. I want.

3. Hand painted notebook : My only issue with this hand-painted notebook is its over-promising nature, and you know how I hate to over-promise. I feel like every time that I saw it I would open it all excitedly, eager to read my ‘best ideas ever’ and then constantly be disappointed. But the notebook itself is super cute.

4. Geometric paper tassel panel : Great colors, cute little frame, overall an awesome little addition to a wall. I’m picturing it big and bold. It also reminded me of the art installation at The Fig House.

5. Patterned paint roller : Waddup, genius? While this isn’t actually paper, it’s ability to make a wallpaper pattern has me intrigued. It’s like a combo roller / stamp and if you have pretty smooth walls and don’t want to commit to wallpaper, give this bad boy a try. Renters need apply.

6. Personalized paper dolls : Its hipster crafts to a meta level and I’m totally into it. I’m picturing little Charlie super bummed out that instead of ‘toys’ I gave him paper dolls of me and his dad. ‘Go ahead, little one. Play with your toys’, I would encourage. He’ll just love them.

7. Digital family portrait : If paper dolls aren’t your thing how about a simple clean and modern family portrait?

8. Paper cut shadow box : Remember those dioramas you created in a shoebox as a kid? Thats what this shadow box is, only better. Layers of paper precisely cut out to make an interesting scene. So beautiful.

9. Paper cloud mobile : I’ve loved this mobile since forever and I wouldn’t mind even creating a large version made out of lucite for an art installation in my house somewhere. It’s just so simple and sweet and yet has a lot of impact.

If you are a maker and have a handmade craft that you want to share, leave a comment with your link and we’ll check er out. xx

Post curated by Rebecca Zajac | Design by Numbers, in collaboration with yours truly.