Stance: Studies on the Family

Brigham Young University Student Journal

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10 DIY Nightstands

Good morning, Stance readers!

Looking for ways to update your bedroom. Why not try making your own nightstand? Keep reading below for 10 ideas about DIY nightstands.

1. Square Table

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2. Crate

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3. Stacked Luggage

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4. Hanging Nightstand

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5. Restoration Hardware Look

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6. Cinderblock

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7. Paint-Dipped Stepstool

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8. Upside-down, wire wastebasket

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9. Jenga Stacking Game Inspiration

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10. Recycled Wood Stump

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Thank you for reading! Please comment below.

—Katie, Editor-in-Chief, Stance: Studies on the Family

10 Easy Accent Walls

Dear reader,

Happy Friday! Maybe you feel like your walls are looking boring. Why not try shaking it up? See ideas for 10 easy accent walls below.

1. Broom—Texture. Different kinds of texture are so great. And this one is peculiar—in a good way!

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2. Wood Panel. This style is very cabin-esque. Let’s go mountain-ing! This look would be great in any room, not just for baby!

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3. Pattern Paint Rollers. Love this idea! And this pattern looks like modern-art/wheat. Too cool.

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4. Gold Polka-Dots. So glam! So easy! Invest in a circle punch.

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5. Starched Fabric. This option is a fun way to decorate walls in apartments or rental homes, especially if you are unable to paint where you are living.

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6. Sponge—Texture. A nice soft touch added to any room.

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7. Contact Paper. Play with different pattern ideas. Chevron isn’t the only way to go!

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8. Stripes. Vertical or horizontal stripes are very elegant and very “in.”

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9. Triangles. Bold and unique! Very cool for a bedroom.

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10. Corrugated Metal. Rustic look that’s simple to create!

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Thank you for reading!

—Katie Hollingsworth, Editor-in-Chief, Stance: Studies on the Family

10 Ways to Decorate with Frames

Dear Stance: Studies on the Family readers,

Good morning! Making your own frames can add spunk and color to your space—whether you live in a home, a rental, an apartment, wherever! You can even alter frames to make them unique. Check out 10 ideas below . . .

1. Flower-Power Frame. Feminine and simple, this DIY project feels like spring!

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2. Gallery Art Wall. This project is perfect if you have a child who is artsy. You can paint the frames bright colors and use them in your child’s bedroom.

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3. Old Window. Have an old window that isn’t in use? Or have you found a window from a thrift shop that you’d like to use? Add some pictures!

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4. Clipboards. Clipboards, in and of themselves, aren’t frames. But you can use them as frames to hang photos or quotes!

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5. Hanging Frames with Chains. Add multiple chains hanging from a peg for a nautical feel.

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6. Transfer Photo, Wood Frames. Use actual pieces of wood to bring a natural feel to your room.

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7. Burned Wooden Frames. Minimalist and simplistic, this project is just beautiful.

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8. Hanging Mats. This project ends up looking like an art gallery!

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9. Multiple frames, various sizes. This look is extra fun when the colors are all the same. In the picture below, the colors used are black and white.

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10. DIY Frame Shelf. Create a fun 3D effect! You could even paint different colors, for contrast.

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—Katie Hollingsworth, Editor-in-Chief of Stance: Studies on the Family

10 Ways to Decorate for Valentine’s Day

In a little more than a week, it’s St. Valentine’s Day.  ;-)

Okay, so I’m sorry for the reminder. I think this holiday is a little overrated. But here are some not terrible ideas to celebrate this holiday with a little more style

  1. Coffee Filters. So you don’t drink coffee? You don’t have to in order to make this decor. This wreath is so pretty and simple to make.
  2. Burlap Banner. Burlap. String. Hearts. Banner—ready to hang.
  3. Hearts-on-a-Stick. So the look is much prettier than the sound of it. But add some nature to your sweet space! Hot glue some sparkly (or non-sparkly, whatever you prefer) hearts onto the twigs.
  4. Umbrella Love. Tired of the cliché wreath hanging outside your door? Take some ol’ umbrella. Add a bow. Add some fake flowers. You’re ready to go!
  5. Mason Jars. This craft is hipster-approved. Place a heart on a doily, and then tie it around a jar with some string or ribbon.
  6. String Heart. Probably a little more time intensive. But the result is darling.
  7. Free Printables. Feeling lazy? Just print out some printables. Free ones, of course!
  8. Wall of Hearts. Forget about Jar of Hearts! Try some easy 3D hearts on your walls.
  9. Chain of Hearts. Making chains is no longer reserved only for Christmas. Get out your construction paper, and cut them into stripes. Then fold and staple. Done deal.
  10. Eraser Art. Although the picture below shows this project on a canvas bag, it would be easy to make this decor for a picture or something else cute! :) Grab an old No. 2 pencil, and start stamping.

See pictures of these ideas below. <3

—Katie, Editor-in-Chief Stance: Studies on the Family

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10 Ways to Decorate with DIY Pillows

Pillow fight!

Just kidding . . . But what is more fun that a bunch of big, fluffy pillows?

If you’ve just moved into a new apartment or home, a quick way to make your new space feel “homey” is to make some spunky pillows for any room. Currently, it is really popular to make your own pillows! Keep some of these ideas in mind:

  • Texture. Don’t shy away from texture! Flowers or frills can be sewn onto pillows to create a different effect.
  • Color. Embrace color. A bright yellow or red or pink may just be the perfect finishing touch to brighten up your room. Even think about using pastel colors.
  • Tassels. Add tassels for the sake of spunkiness.
  • Words. Add some text—a favorite quote or expression—to a pillow.
  • Round v. Square. Try your hand at making some round and square pillows! They don’t have to all be the same shape!
  • Reused Materials. Take an old sweater, and repurpose it as a brand new pillow! Not only will you be resourceful, but you will also stay warm and cozy with a snug pillow.
  • Glitter. Who doesn’t love a touch of sparkle? Glam up your room with some sparkling sequins or glitter.

Check out some fun pillow ideas below to help you spruce up your space!

—Katie, Stance: Studies on the Family

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