Posts tagged #DIY

I just can't seem to stand still...

I recently learned that there are a few positive things that happen when your doctor tells you to stop pretty much any activity (and especially running and tennis) for 6-8 weeks. First, you get a chance to perfect your crow pose (I am on week two of almost daily hot yoga workouts and I have to admit I am starting to really like it). And second, you get more free time than you have ever had to spend on home projects!

Today, I wanted to catch you up on the latter (I also think yoga deserves its very own post because it has had quite the positive impact on my wellbeing and you deserve to know all about it!). 

Without further adieu, let's dive into number 1: freshly added patio lighting! (installation was courtesy of my incredible friends Matt and Britney who had a thousand other better things to do on a Wednesday night but instead, they were hanging these with me for three hours!). 

I had been planning on installing lights on my patio ever since I got rid of my ooooold awning above the dining room. What pulled the trigger this time around was Britney (same friend from installation fame) spotting these guys at Costco. Three light strings, a few installation hiccups, and a remote control later, my patio now looks like a French cafe at night. LOVE the results! And, it's finally cool outside and I get to enjoy it!

2: mulch. My flower beds were needy. Mostly needy for water but also for some rich color that would contrast the freshly planted blue succulents. Today saw the addition of 2 full bags of brown mulch (well, soon-to-be three because two is apparently not enough): 

3. more (stylish) comfortable seating! Not so much because I needed it but because I came across this Acapulco-style chair for a mere $60. And goodness, it is so comfortable:

4: and speaking of succulents, I have added a ton of new ones... I decided that if I want to have a pretty yard, planters is the way to go. It's a mere function of having  a crazy (sweet) dog chasing lizards he knows he can't catch all day long:

And, last but not least, since it's October already, I have added some 5. much-needed splashes of Halloween decor. Come to think of it, needed is perhaps not the right word. Rather, it is wanted. Because this blogger will be throwing her very first official Halloween party and she cannot be more excited or terrified (pun intended) of the outcomes! 

And all of this without (technically) violating my doctor's orders! I call this one success of a week. Now, T-4 weeks to go... I wonder what "trouble" I'll get into next!

Happy Sunday!

Posted on October 4, 2015 and filed under Design + DIY.

Crisp & Bright | Urban Chic, the DIY Way

For months now, I had been scouring Etsy to find delicate, yet modern jewelry to purchase. Yet somehow, I was never able to pull the trigger (mostly because of my sticker shock... $135 for a necklace, especially when you want more than one, like me, can get a bit expensive!). 

Well, when something is cost-prohibitive, what do you do? Go the DIY route, of course! While wandering the streets of the West U area, I came across the Gem & Bead Gallery and purchased materials for the necklace above. It took me less than $30 and about 30 minutes to put it together and I couldn't be happier! Cheers to looking on-trend and on a budget!

Posted on June 30, 2014 and filed under Design + DIY.

Pins to Inspire: Jan 28 | 14

This Week's Inspiration via Pinterest

Stay warm, friends, and Happy Tuesday!

Posted on January 28, 2014 and filed under Be Inspired.

DIY Mugs


Porcelain Mugs: $2.99 EA

Sharpie: $1.99 EA


Pin Ideas for Design

Grab a Sharpie

Draw on Mug

Bake @350 for 30 Min


A few weeks back, I mentioned I was planning on going down the DIY route for the majority of the gifts I will be giving to my family. We had given ourselves the creative limit of $10 per person per gift. I knew that meant I will had to get crafty. What I didn't realize was how much fun this project would be! If you ever get a chance to try it, I would highly recommend it! It was much easier than I ever thought. All you need is some plain porcelain mugs and a Sharpie! At first, I tried drawing with a porcelain pen but I quickly switched to a Sharpie since the porcelain pen turned out to be too runny for my liking. I also used a touch of silver (also a Sharpie) so adding some red or another fun color might work really well. Happy crafting!!

Posted on December 26, 2013 and filed under Design + DIY.

Happy Nameday!

What is a Nameday you ask?

Well, I hail from a country in the Southeastern part of Europe called Bulgaria. And in Bulgaria, everyone (well, almost, I will explain later) has a Nameday. And Namedays are kind of a big deal. Your Nameday happens to be on the same day the saint you are named after is celebrated. So, for instance, my name Katya celebrates on Saint Katherine's day (November 24th). Now, why do some people not have a Nameday? Even though it's rare, some people are not named after a particular saint and hence end up missing out on a pile of presents and a ton of fun.

And speaking of presents and fun, above, you are seeing my Nameday gift to myself: a new shelving unit! Since I started Kaya, I have been gathering some inventory that was crowding my very small office nook (see evidence on left). And even though I will spend some more time talking about converting the nook into an office later on, for now, I will say that it is small and it does not house much aside from my laptop. So, I was in dire need of some storage space. I spent weeks researching an option that looks fine, works better and does not break the bank. 

IKEA didn't cut it, and neither did any of the larger retailers, such as The Container Store or Target. IKEA's units were too deep and the other retailers were just out of my price range. One Saturday night, on a whim, I decided to stop by the Home Depot (who could wish for a better date?). And, less than $85 and one hour of work later, tad-aah! I had myself a nice functional shelf. It did not take any drilling: the entire project was done with a hammer and a screwdriver. I did pick one upgrade to the otherwise "out-of-the-box" shelving unit: I picked up solid pine shelves instead of the usual particle board in order for me to keep them longer and maybe stain them later! Cheers to frugality and happiness all in one! 


Posted on November 24, 2013 and filed under Design + DIY.