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Halloween is coming up! Do you have your costume planned yet? If not, we have a couple of great ideas for you from around the web:

5 Fun Costume DIY Ideas via Abbey Carpet SF
How sweet is this ice cream cone costume? Check out the instructions for this costume as well as an equally yummy cotton candy outfit here!

5 Fun Costume DIY Ideas via Abbey Carpet SF
Speaking of sweet, how cute is this kid’s cotton candy costume? Click here to make it!

5 Fun Costume DIY Ideas via Abbey Carpet SF
Looking for something less sweet and more spiky? We love this colorful cactus costume! Learn how to make it here.

5 Fun Costume DIY Ideas via Abbey Carpet SF
If you look at costumes online you’ll find a ton of adorable deer costumes, but we love this slightly morbid take on the popular face make up —a taxidermied deer!

5 Fun Costume DIY Ideas via Abbey Carpet SF
Don’t leave out your four-legged friends! We love the simplicity of this Beanie Babie dog costume! Get the instructions for this, and other fun dog costumes here!

Plywood is strong, cheap, and easy to work with, and lately we’ve been seeing it pop up in homes in fresh, fun ways. Check out these unique homes and how they’ve managed to make plywood look perfect:

Perfect Uses of Plywood via Abbey Carpet of SF
This plywood bench looks crisp, comfy and easy to make!

Perfect Uses of Plywood via Abbey Carpet of SF
Check out this DIY to make your own stunning and simple plywood floor mirror.

Perfect Uses of Plywood via Abbey Carpet of SF
This plywood cube makes for an awesome little playhouse! It would be easy  and inexpensive to put together, and wouldn’t feel like a huge waste once the kids have outgrown it.

Perfect Uses of Plywood via Abbey Carpet of SF
Sweet little plywood honeycomb shelves! You can purchase them here, but it also be fairly simple to put your own together.

Perfect Uses of Plywood via Abbey Carpet of SF
This kitchen‘s plywood wall gives it  clean, raw, Scandinavian look!

Perfect Uses of Plywood via Abbey Carpet of SF
The ultimate clean looking, organized garage wall — we love this combo of plywood and pegs!

Winter can be incredibly cozy, but it can also get a little dark and drab, so we’ve found some fun and easy DIY projects to brighten up your home!

5 Colorful DIY Ideas! | Abbey Carpet SF
These adorable little geometric photo holders are just the thing to display memories from sunnier days!

5 Colorful DIY Ideas! | Abbey Carpet SF
Brighten up the kitchen with this fun little project!

5 Colorful DIY Ideas! | Abbey Carpet SF
Create a cozy and colorful pillow mattress with this easy DIY.

5 Colorful DIY Ideas! | Abbey Carpet SF
Bring a little greenery into your home with this sweet dip-dye succulent planter project.

5 Colorful DIY Ideas! | Abbey Carpet SF
Give yourself an extra little storage space with this cheerful rope hanging shelf DIY.

Labor Day weekend is over, and if you’re anything like us, you’re squeezing the last drop out of summer! For those warm summer evenings turned chilly autumn nights, we’ve collected some wonderful outdoor fire pits to inspire your next DIY project or backyard renovation:

5 Fabulous Fire Pits via Abbey Carpet SF
This simple brick DIY has a classic look and will hold up for many cozy nights to come!

5 Fabulous Fire Pits via Abbey Carpet SF
Looking for something a bit more modern? Put together this sleek DIY concrete pit!

5 Fabulous Fire Pits via Abbey Carpet SF
For a more industrial up-cycled look, try this washer drum fire pit DIY!

5 Fabulous Fire Pits via Abbey Carpet SF
These wine barrel fire pits have a homey rustic feel, and if you’re not feeling too crafty, you can purchase one here!

5 Fabulous Fire Pits via Abbey Carpet SF
Does your family love to grill? This awesome multipurpose grill/fire pit/table may be just what you need! Order one here.

Friday is here, heralding in that celebrated time known as the weekend, when we can drink tea, wear slippers, get cozy and do some crafting! Here are some fun DIY projects that are perfect to kick off the weekend:

5 Delightful DIY Ideas via Abbey Carpet SF
Nothing feels better than creating something creative AND functional, like this wall organizer, so if you’ve been looking for an excuse to pull out the sewing machine, this is the perfect weekend project for you to tackle!

5 Delightful DIY Ideas via Abbey Carpet SF
Looking for a place to stow those extra blankets and pillows? De-clutter with this DIY storage crate! It looks wonderful atop that jute rug, doesn’t it?

5 Delightful DIY Ideas via Abbey Carpet SF
Weekends are for lounging, and this Ikea copy cat table will take your breakfast-in-bed game to the next level!

5 Delightful DIY Ideas via Abbey Carpet SF
We love the nautical inspired look for this gorgeous DIY rope mirror!

5 Delightful DIY Ideas via Abbey Carpet SF
Looking for something quick and cute? Add a little color to your home with this geometric doorknob DIY!

Whether or not you are enthusiastic about the holidays, the onset of a new season is always an exciting time. Lately, we’ve been inspired by winter decor that celebrates and  highlights the natural beauty of the season without necessarily being overtly Christmas-y or over the top. Here are some of our favorite ideas:

Winter Decor Inspiration via Abbey Carpet of SF
White washing natural finds like twigs and pine cones is a beautiful way of celebrating winter in your home. The white palette goes great in just about any space, and creating this yourself is easy — check out the DIY here!

 

Winter Decor Inspiration via Abbey Carpet of SF
Add a rustic touch by filling Mason jars with epsom salt and adding candles to make some a wintery votive. This was originally envisioned as an alternative advent calendar project, but would work as a simple decoration or centerpiece, too.

 

Winter Decor Inspiration via Abbey Carpet of SF
These cheerful pom poms make for some great ornaments, but the non traditional color scheme keeps it from being stuffy. We love the use of this horizontal branch as a natural touch, too.

 

Winter Decor Inspiration via Abbey Carpet of SF
Visuals aren’t the only way to channel the season into your home — try this delicious recipe to fill your space with some yummy winter-appropriate smells! Plus, the ingredients are quite beautiful, too.

 

Winter Decor Inspiration via Abbey Carpet of SF
Looking for a project with both form and function? This adorable bird seed ornament can help you spruce up the outside of your home, as well as attract some feathered friends to your house!

 

Winter Decor Inspiration via Abbey Carpet of SF
A winter wreath can be more than evergreen boughs, as demonstrated by these creative arrangements by Twin Palms Ranch. We love their use of alternative materials like eucalyptus and dried okra!

Summer is coming to a close and it’s time to start getting ready to return to school. For new college students, it’s time to get packed up and get moved into the dorms. Looking for some ways to spice up your new living space? Here are some cute ideas we’ve collected for you:

5 Dorm Decor Ideas via Abbey Carpet of SF
We love this inexpensive idea from Design*Sponge: washi tape frames for your photos and magazine tear-outs!

5 Dorm Decor Ideas via Abbey Carpet of SF
Stay organized with a sweet and simple cork board message center DIY.

5 Dorm Decor Ideas via Abbey Carpet of SF
ModPodge is your friend! You can spruce up just about anything with the right images and some decoupage, like this old shelf.

5 Dorm Decor Ideas via Abbey Carpet of SF
A nice rug makes a wonderful substitute headboard.

5 Dorm Decor Ideas via Abbey Carpet of SF
A succulent or two is a nice way to add some low maintenance greenery to your space. We love these draining mason jar planters on etsy!

We’ve been dreaming of cute cabin getaways — some cozy little nook in nature to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. How nice does that sound? Here are some crafty little cabins we’d love to spend time in:

7 Crafty Cabins via Abbey Carpet of SF
This funky little DIY cabin is full of wonderful handmade touches!

7 Crafty Cabins via Abbey Carpet of SF
How would you like to watch the sunrise on the porch of this beautiful glassy a-frame?

7 Crafty Cabins via Abbey Carpet of SF
We love the modern look of this stilted Washington cabin!

7 Crafty Cabins via Abbey Carpet of SF
We wouldn’t mind waking up to the ocean breeze in this wonderful little beach cabana.

7 Crafty Cabins via Abbey Carpet of SF
How about taking this tiny micro cabin traveling?

7 Crafty Cabins via Abbey Carpet of SF
Or lounging in front of this funky Finnish cabin?

7 Crafty Cabins via Abbey Carpet of SF
We’ve saved our favorite for last: check out this dreamy handcrafted cabin, complete with a gorgeous wall of windows and tell us you’re not in love!

Looking for a fun and practical summer project? We’ve been in love with the versatility of pegboard for tons of different organizational projects. Here are a few of our favorite DIYs:

 

Pegboard DIYs via Abbey Carpet of SF
This pegboard headboard is perfect for indecisive decorators – organize and reorganize with no hassle!
Pegboard DIYs via Abbey Carpet of SF
You can use a pegboard in your kitchen to organize pots, pans, and utensils for easy access.

 

Pegboard DIYs via Abbey Carpet of SF
You can also use pegboard in your drawers to organize plates and bowls!

 

Pegboard DIYs via Abbey Carpet of SF
Pegboard can also be great for the nursery – great for storing things you’ll often need, as well as sweet mementos.

 

Pegboard DIYs via Abbey Carpet of SF
Is your garage full of messy tools and equipment? Simplify by storing things with an easy to access pegboard!

 

Mother’s Day is May 11th, so if you haven’t decided on a gift for Mom yet, now is the time! Here’s a roundup of some sweet and simple ideas for Mother’s Day DIYs to help you out:

Homemade Mother's Day
Pamper her with a yummy floral face mask you can make yourself!

Homemade Mother's Day
Here’s an adorable take on Mother’s Day brunch — a handmade brunch basket!

Homemade Mother's Day
Or, make a hassle free breakfast in bed with these cute pancake pops!

Homemade Mother's Day
Give Mom the cheery gift of May flowers with this sweet blooming monogram project!

Homemade Mother's Day
Candles are a classic Mother’s Day gift, add a homemade touch by making her some yummy beeswax Mason jar candles!