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Shoe Tassel DIY

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Start by undoing the laces of the espadrilles. Unwrap the skeins of cotton thread and measure out 3 strands of 3 different colors, 3 times the length of the shoelace. 3 x 3 x 3

Tie the 9 strands together into a knot. Separate the bundle into 3 even sections and start braiding.

Shoe Tassel DIY

Braid until you’ve nearly reached the end and tie into a loose knot. Trim the each end.

Shoe Tassel DIY

Wrap each end tightly with scotch tape. Undo the knots and start threading the braid through the shoe.

Tie and repeat the process on the other shoe.

Trim the about half an inch off the end of each of the 3.75″ cotton tassels. It’s important to use a pair of sharp fabric shears for a clean cut!

Group the tassels in pairs and tie them into a double knot using a 6-8″ piece of waxed linen cord.

While the espadrilles are tied undo the braid until it’s close to the base of the knot. This is so the tassels don’t hit the ground while you’re wearing them. Tie the waxed cord around the braid and tie into a knot.

Shoe Tassel DIY

Take one end of the waxed cord and wrap upwards 6-7 times. Connect it with the other end of the waxed cord and tie into a double knot.

Trim away the excess braid.

Repeat on the other shoe! Any normal knot might slip, depending on the type of thread you use for the braided shoelace. If the knot slips, simply tie into a double knot.

Tassel DIY


 DIY Tassels (images by HonestlyWTF)

 A fun little Fall DIY that will spice up your plain ol' sneakers or espadrilles. Try this simple coastal DIY and make a pair of show tassels for your kicks.

How to live large with style in a small space.

Beach House Foyer With Large Coastal Driftwood Mirror

1. Be creative! Be very creative, make sure you have a few daring elements to deliver big visual impact, while also creating the illusion of more space. Best trick to getting all of these in one is with a large coastal mirror.

Coastal Slipcover  Living Room With Textures

2. Character through texture.  Varying finishes, starting with one thing and playing off it.  Perfect example of this would be weathered wood or driftwood wall art paired with a natural fiber area rug.

Our Boat House

3. Mix formal and casual.  You never want your home to feel stuffy or pretentious. There is more authenticity in bringing different worlds together. Mix up your grandmother's antique accent chair with a beachy white slipcovered sofa.

Coastal ship lights

4. Stay consistent. A house flows better (and seems roomier) when spaces share elements. Carry a style of lighting or a color through rooms, you can achieve this with coastal chandeliers that carry from the kitchen to the dining room.

Outdoor slipcover sofa and furnishings

5. Blur outside and In. “The backyard should function like an extension of the house, this will make the home feel larger and your living space bigger. Try using slipcover sofas outside to give your backyard a living room design.

Designing a small coastal space to give you a big design impact. 5 Coastal design tips for your small coastal cottage.

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Beach House Foyer With Large Coastal Driftwood Mirror

Coastal Living Room with Textures

Coastal room with character

Coastal slipcovered sofa

Nantucket coastal living room. Ocean blue hued accents with neutral slipcover furnishings mimics the seaside with style. Nautical touches and whimsical coastal decor give this classic Nantucket dining room that extra touch of sea inspired love. Spindle dining chairs  surround a Hampton style dining table as a distressed wood pendant lights the space. Nantucket Dining room. Classic white and light blue gray coastal kitchen with ship style cargo lights hung over the island. A pop of aqua peeks through from the hallway for just the right pop of color. Nantucket beach house

Take a look inside this beautiful Nantucket beach house to see all the wonderful coastal design. Nantucket beach house with light ocean blue hues and beautiful coastal decor.


Nantucket Beach House on House Of Turquoise

Boston and Nantucket-based interior designer Nancy Serafini worked with architect Tom Catalano to renovate her family’s beloved Nantucket home–captured beautifully here by photographer Michael Partenio and stylist Stacy Kunstel. I love the sophisticated take on relaxed weekend living, with mostly neutral spaces brought to life with layers of pattern and a range of sea-inspired blue hues. And despite the size (and 17-foot cathedral ceilings!) the home feels warm and cozy thanks to tons of texture and architectural charm. The reclaimed chestnut floors are my favorite! There’s still more to see…visit Traditional Home to read all about the home, learn sources, and finish your tour! (New England Home has an article with more pics too!)

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