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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!

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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!

It’s Monday, and we’ve all been day dreaming about those legendary 5 more minutes in bed. So in the spirit of Monday sleepiness, join us in coveting in these beautiful beds and their unique and stylish headboards:

Headboard Envy via Abbey Carpet of SF
This project isn’t for the faint of heart (or inexperienced crafter), but the result is stunning!

Headboard Envy via Abbey Carpet of SF
This minimalist approach is probably a lot easier to achieve, and since it’s made of Washi tape, it’s a great idea for anyone who rents or has limited space.

Headboard Envy via Abbey Carpet of SF
This elaborate mountain headboard is also 2D, but full of vibrant color that packs a punch in a more neutral room.

Headboard Envy via Abbey Carpet of SF
These vintage window frames work wonderfully with the mixed textures on this bed, and compliment the beautiful brass lamp!

Headboard Envy via Abbey Carpet of SF
This tufted wingback headboard is a little more traditional, but we love how the vibrant blue works with the gold accents and really brings the room to life.

Which bedroom would be your choice for a nice Monday afternoon nap?

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.

Thanksgiving is over and now winter is on it’s way, and that means it’s time to start decorating for Christmas. Whether you’re hosting a big holiday event, or just want to add a little Christmas cheer to your home during the season, here are 7 clever, crafty or just Christmas-y ideas to get you inspired:

Christmas Inspiration via Abbey Carpet of SF
Want to welcome the holidays into your home, but not quite ready to commit to a full sized tree? Check out this sweet and simple trio of mini trees, or…

Christmas Inspiration via Abbey Carpet of SF
Craft your own adorable felt trees!

Christmas Inspiration via Abbey Carpet of SF
These little fir tree ornaments also make for a subtle but seasonal decoration.

Christmas Inspiration via Abbey Carpet of SF
Feeling crafty but want to keep things simple? Try this cute, rustic stick ornament DIY!

Christmas Inspiration via Abbey Carpet of SF
Or, for a more involved rustic look, use an old door to create a makeshift mantel!

Christmas Inspiration via Abbey Carpet of SF
Adorable AND edible? Impress everyone at your next holiday gathering with these deliciously wintery snowy pine cone snacks!

Christmas Inspiration via Abbey Carpet of SF
For a more sustainable celebration,  wrap gifts with a reusable cloth and gathering flowers, herbs, or leaves to embellish with! You can find more zero-waste holiday ideas here.

It’s the tasty time of year again, when hosts and hostesses all over are looking for the perfect dishes and decor ideas for their Thanksgiving feasts. Make your Thanksgiving table stand out with these creative and crafty ideas we’ve collected for you:

Make Your Thanksgiving Memorable via Abbey Carpet of SF
Want to create warm welcome? We’ve found you a free printable banner that will do the trick!

Make Your Thanksgiving Memorable via Abbey Carpet of SF
We love this layered tablecloth look! It’s easy to recreate with fabric, and the rustic feel means no hemming is needed!

Make Your Thanksgiving Memorable via Abbey Carpet of SF
Butcher paper and crayons make the dining experience fun for little ones. But if we’re being totally honest, it looks great, and would be a perfectly acceptable last minute solution for the grown up table, too!

Make Your Thanksgiving Memorable via Abbey Carpet of SF
Here’s another fun way to make your table interactive — more free printables!

Make Your Thanksgiving Memorable via Abbey Carpet of SF
For easy seasonal decorations, paint some empty cans (we know you’ll have some after you’re done baking that pie!) and fill them with feathers!

Make Your Thanksgiving Memorable via Abbey Carpet of SF
You can also create a beautiful centerpiece using some rosy red apples. The white candles and greenery give it such a cozy, inviting feel.

Make Your Thanksgiving Memorable via Abbey Carpet of SF
You can also keep your table looking and smelling great by making some simple bouquets from fresh herbs! Talk about appetizing!

Most pet owners consider their animals to be a part of their families, and if you caught our last blog, we gave you some ideas for making your home more pooch-friendly. But what about our feline friends? Here are some fun ideas for cat friendly decor and DIY:

Feline-Friendly Design via Abbey Carpet of SF
Let’s get right to the kitty gritty — litter boxes are a part of every cat owners life. Trying to find the right place to put it to keep it out of sight (and smell) is always a challenge, but this incognito cat box is the perfect solution!

Feline-Friendly Design via Abbey Carpet of SF
How cool is this vintage suitcase bunk bed? An awesome idea for kitties, or even a small dog. You can buy one here, or get crafty and make it yourself!


Feline-Friendly Design via Abbey Carpet of SF

This cat tunnel sofa is a piece of furniture both you and your cat can enjoy!

Feline-Friendly Design via Abbey Carpet of SF
Shelves aren’t just for books anymore! These awesome sloped shelves make for excellent kitty ramps, and allow cats to explore and perch up high.

Most pet owners consider their animals to be a part of their families. But do their pets get taken into consideration when designing homes? Not all the time, but if you’re an animal lover you may want to consider sprucing up your space so your pooch feels stylish and included. Here are some fun dog-friendly design ideas from around the web:

Dog-Friendly Design via Abbey Carpet SF
Move over, Harry Potter, the extra space under the stairs is now home to a four-legged friend name Max. This is a great idea to give your dog a cozy retreat without taking up more floor space!

Dog-Friendly Design via Abbey Carpet of SF
No space under the stairs? No problem! You can turn your pup’s crate into a stylish little hang out with a cool crate cover like this nautical themed canopy!

Dog-Friendly Design via Abbey Carpet of SF
Let your dog dine like royalty —  PLUS, keep those doggy dishes out from underfoot with this fun island idea.

Dog-Friendly Design via Abbey Carpet of SF
You can also turn an old wine crate into a food and water dish holder, which is also nice for large breeds so they don’t have to bend down to get their grub. DIY by stenciling your dishes and cutting holes in the crate yourself, or if you’re short on time, purchase one here. (DIY version pictured.)

Dog-Friendly Design via Abbey Carpet of SF
Last but not least — how fun are these dog windows? We’re not sure how safe letting your dog stick their head out of the fence is — for them or for passersby — but it’s a neat concept that could be modified for safety with a little window pane or some wire!

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.

Father’s Day is coming up, and we’ve been getting inspired by dad-friendly designs, spaces with rustic touches, DIY enhancements, and no-nonsense color palettes . Here are a few examples of masculine design done right from around the web:

 

Father's Day Round Up: Masculine Spaces
Talk about no-nonsense — we love the sleek lines of this bedroom, combined with the gorgeous flooring and bedding textures.

 

Father's Day Round Up: Masculine Spaces
We love the clean, rustic look of this living room, with its crisp palette, and wonderful textures.

Father's Day Round Up: Masculine Spaces
We love this clever little hack to turn bar a bar and sofa into living-room stadium seating! Perfect for the dad with a no-food-on-the-couch rule!

Father's Day Round Up: Masculine Spaces
It’s impossible not to love this bright, artistic music room! How cool is that framed guitar display?

Father's Day Round Up: Masculine Spaces
Any outdoorsy dad would love this repurposed tractor table!

Father's Day Round Up: Masculine Spaces
Talk about the ultimate man cave! This in-home bar combines some beautiful wood with some a great, warm rug.

 

Bonus man cave:

Father's Day Round Up: Masculine Spaces
Ok, this is obviously photoshopped, but it’s a pretty cool idea, right? Who wouldn’t be stoked about a man cave featuring some Star Wars taxidermy?