DIY Wood Coffee Table Top

DIY wood coffee table top

So, I tend have this problem where I make furniture up in my head and actually think it exists. After daysss of research, I realize it 100% does not, which leaves me with custom making a lot of furniture. And by “me” I mean other people after I design what I want it to look like.

As for this DIY wood coffee table top, I was going for a minimal, earthy, black and white interior while designing this room (view full apartment tour here). Scandinavian feeling. I found this coffee table base at CB2 here. The black sofa was low, which meant the coffee table needed to be even lower. *TIP: buy a coffee table that is lower than the sofa seat, or at least the same height. If it’s too high it will cut off the view, feel disproportionate, and drown out the other furniture.* I also wanted to accentuate the height of the ceiling by getting a low coffee table.

The coffee table base came with a glass top. And I hated it. I LOATHEDDD it. It made the entire space feel very “luxe” and ritzy. Not my vibe. The room needed earth elements, and so began the DIY custom wood coffee table top. Materials listed below are to coordinate specifically with this coffee table base from CB2. If you have your own base or legs, you can still use these dimensions or your own.

MATERIALS (found at any hardware/lumber store)

1 1/2” wood screws (12)

2 pieces of 2×8 pine at 48”L sanded

1 piece of 2×6 pine at 48”L sanded

2 pieces of 3/4” plywood at 20”L x 4”W (or any timber as long as it is 3/4″ thick)

plastic drop cloth for floor or outdoor area

plastic gloves

old rag & paint brush

Minwax Wood Finish Stain in “Special Walnut #224”

DIY wood coffee table top

DIY wood coffee table top

Step 1

*Ideally this should be done outside because of fumes*

Apply one coat of stain to already sanded wood using paint brush . After one application of stain to the piece of wood, rub stain in with old rag to remove brush strokes or drips. For this coffee table, only one coat of stain was used.

Step 2

Let the stain on wood dry outside / in well ventilated area over night or for a few hours. No finish was used on this wood. If you want to finish/seal the wood, now is the time.

Step 3

When dry, lay the two 2×8’s down with the 2×6 in the middle (refer to diagram above). This is going to be the bottom of your coffee table, so choose the wood that you want to be the TOP of your coffee table to display. Lay those face down.

Step 4

As shown in the example above, place the two pieces of 4×20 ply on either end. Drill two wood screws through the ply into the pine wood. Two screws for each piece of pine, as shown above. You’re done! Flip wood over and place on top of coffee table base.

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Eucalyptus Benefits + Uses in the Home

Eucalyptus benefits + uses in the home

Eucalyptus benefits + uses in the home

 

Let me start off by saying that I, by no means (thank God for humanities sake), am a doctor. However, I grew up in a home where health was important. My parents tried to make sure we ate real food, from the earth, and any medicine used was all natural. Again, not a doctor, but I believe many human ailments, sicknesses, etc. have a lot to do with what we eat, breathe and put on our skin. I also believe plants and foods found in the earth/growing on trees were meant to help and heal us. I sound like a massive hippie granola. You’ll thank me later.

I bought some Eucalyptus at Trader Joe’s (a few people on my @lindsaymarcella instagram were wondering where to find some) and, as I do, started researching Eucalyptus benefits and uses. Eucalyptus is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory, and is typically used in cough drops or inhalants to treat everything on the list below (and more).  Winter’s on it’s way in New York City and Eucalyptus is amazing to have around home these next few wintery months. Here are a few recipes and uses for any Eucalyptus you’ve bought for your home! xo

Winter Eucalyptus Medicinal Uses:

- Bronchitis

- Colds/Coughs

- Congestion

- Flu

- Fevers

- Sore throats

How to Use:

General Eucalyptus Tea:

Pour 1 cup of boiled water over 1/2 tsp of dried eucalyptus leaves (found at most health-food stores). Cover + steep for 10 min; strain. Sweeten with honey. You can drink up to 2 – 3 cups a day. Caution: Don’t use more than 1/2 teaspoon per cup of water.

Eucalyptus Tea for Asthma & Bronchitis:

- 1.5 ounce dried eucalyptus leaves

- 1 ounce dried coltsfoot leaves

- 1 ounce dried thyme leaves

Use one teaspoon of this mixture per cup of boiling water. Tea mixture helps open a tight respiratory tract + congested lungs.

Eucalyptus Tea for Colds:

- 1 ounce dried peppermint leaves

- 1/2 ounce dried eucalyptus leaves

- 1/2 ounce dried chamomile flowers

Use 1 tsp of this mixture per cup of boiling water. Sweeten with honey. These herbs are known for their decongestant + expectorant effects.

Steam Inhalation:

Fill kettle with water + place on high heat until boiling. In the meantime, fill a bowl with 2-3 fresh or dried eucalyptus leaves. Pour boiling water in bowl. Place head over bowl, and towel over your head (creates a tent), and inhale the steam slowly. Helps with congestion + bronchitis

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Furniture Finds: Boho Poufs + Ottomans

While I was in the middle of writing an entirely different blog post I somehow fell down a rabbit hole looking for poufs + ottomans for our own apartment and I just. couldn’t. stop. Being fully aware that I can’t buy all 8 of them (actual thought process: “one for a coffee table, one for my feet, one to sit on, one for a side table, one for a night stand, one just incase I want to switch another one out…”) I thought I’d share my favorites so I don’t buy every single one of these myself. Happy shopping! xo

Bohemian Poufs + Ottomans

Bohemian Poufs + Ottomans

 

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Best Fall Candle Scents

I love summer, but living in NYC with rare (no) escape from the heat, I love the fall more here on the East Coast. All of a sudden I become a cook for the first time all year (sorry babe), and our apartment smells like pumpkins, apples, and all things fall scented (side note: Dylan (by force) carved his first pumpkin two years ago. Whaaaat! I know. Mind blown. I swear he loved it…) With the weather getting chillier and layering season around the corner, here are some of my favorite fall scented candles to warm up your place! xx

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1. Yankee Candle- Silver Birch

Not my faaavorite packaging, but yankee candle has great seasonal scents AND my sister loves their candles. I think she only reads my blog to see candle updates… Thanks, sis… ;-)

Smells like: “the slight crispness of an early fall breeze mingles with the spicy dryness of just-turning leaves.”

2. Voluspa- Moso Bamboo

Smells like: “notes of moso bamboo, black musc, and japanese cypress”

3. Cire Trudon- Empire

Smells like: “Pine, sage and hay with accents of wild juniper and bush. The warmth of thyme, marjoram and rosemary”

4. P.F. Candle Co- Spiced Pumpkin

Smells like: “rich with ripe pumpkin (fresh from the farmer’s market), creamy butter and brown sugar, with a healthy dose of toasted spices: cinnamon and nutmeg”

5. Woodwick- Fireside

Bonus: crackles like a real fire. Cozyyy.

Smells like: “natural scents of amber, vetiver and musk to perfectly capture the essence of a cozy evening by a warm fire”

6. Aquisse- Black Sandalwood

Smells like: “a woodsy mix of crushed clove, wild lavender and creamy sandalwood.”

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Get The Look : Bohemian Chic Bedroom

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I was creating this “bohemian chic” bedroom mood board for someone + thought I’d share it so you can get the look for your own bedrooms too.

I  love everything about this room. Hanging Moroccan wedding blankets on the walls, the detailed canopy bed. And let’s just take a moment of silence for that vintage Turkish Kilim rug..! Hello, Dreamtown. Happy shopping! xx

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TREE STUMP NIGHT STANDS

LAMPS

MOROCCAN WEDDING BLANKET WALL HANGINGS

KILIM RUG- SOLD OUT 

WHITE DRESSER

CANDELABRA

PLANT STAND

WOVEN BAMBOO WINDOW SHADES

CARVED COW SKULL

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Rug Roundup

 

Rug Roundup

  1. Sunland Home Decor Cowhides:  THE place to online shop for cowhides. If you don’t live in an area where these are common, this place is your new best friend. Bonus: free shipping + returns. I need not say more. Yay Sunland.

  2. Turkish Kilim Rug: I’m in looove! with this kilim rug. The colors that’ve been chosen together, combined with a creamy off white background, with beautiful handwoven patterns are everything.

  3. Chevron Handspun Jute Rug: Love the pattern on this jute rug. Most are handspun straight across, but this pattern adds a little somethin’. Tip: add a turkish kilim rug on top for some color.

  4. Moroccan Wool Rug: Okay whatever. It’s from PB Teens. It looks exactly the same as every single other one of these rugs, for half the price.

  5. Hot Pink Rug: if you haven’t caught on, I have a deep love for the color pink. This rug is one of my favs.

  6. Black + White Striped Rug: shocking news- i love this rug too! Anything black and white. I love. Oui oui.

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Best Summer Candle Scents

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Welcome to my first blog evaaa! On this special occasion, I thought it only right to dedicate my first blog to my love of candles.

It’s a love I’ve spent way more money than I’d like to admit on. A love that gave me many, many monetary fines in my college dorm days. And a love that almost burned down an entire building I lived in (shout-out to my landlord Bibi what upppp)

A lot of people ask how I make our apartment in Brooklyn feel “homey” when they come over. My answers are always 1. Lighting (you need to invest in wall outlet dimmers, like… yesterday) and 2. Candles. They give off a soft glow, but without the hassle and heat of a fire in the fireplace. They also make rooms in our apartment smell like anything my heart desires. I go for seasonal scents instead of, say, cupcakes? Maybe that’s your thing. You do you. They make me feel relaxed, bring a sense of leisure, and help me unwind at the end of the day. There’s never a night that I’m not burning a candle if I’m at home.

Here are my top 6 candle scents for summer. Not only do they smell amazing, but they also look amazing. I love good packaging, and these candles have it all. Happy shopping xx

  1. Voluspa: Amaranth + Jasmine – the name pretty much explains what it smells like: Heaven.

  2. Jonathan Adler: Champagne Pop – “Pink grapefruit, sparkling champagne, raspberry, French cassis, violet leaves, rose petals, crushed sage, crisp mint and grape leaf.”

  3. Diptyque Paris: Mimosa – “Mimosa flowers brimming with the scent of hay and honey, dotting hills with the sea in the distance.”

  4. Malin + Goetz: Otto – “Top notes of grapefruit and cardamom; middle notes of geranium and rose; base notes of oakmoss and vetiver.”

  5. Jo Malone: Peony + Blush Suede – “Flirtatious with the juicy bite of red apple and the opulence of jasmine, rose and gillyflower.  Mingling with the sensuality of soft, blush suede.”

  6. Henri Bendel: Coconut Flower – “Juicy mango and fresh papaya mingle and meld with creamy coconut.”

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