Halloween DIY Coffin Table Planter

Halloween DIY | Succulent Coffin Table Planter Halloween DIY | Succulent Coffin Table PlanterHalloween is one of my favorite holidays to decorate for (although Christmas still holds the #1 spot)! This year, I started planning my Halloween ideas out way in advance to ensure I wouldn’t be freaking out at the last minute trying to spin up DIYs and recipes, which has made this a pretty stress-free Halloween for me (YAY). Well, lucky for me, all of the department stores had the same idea, so I started seeing all of the Halloween decorations come out in early August and started buying up a storm. 

I stumbled across this coffin-shaped box while I was at Michaels and thought I could do something with it, but I didn’t know what yet. I went ahead and bought it while I thought of something to use it for and decided it was destined to be a succulent planter, but it was missing something…a body. The next time I went to Michaels, it was packed with people searching for Halloween decorations and I found this hanging skeleton that was almost the perfect size for my coffin. 

As my plan came together, I created this spooky coffin table planter filled with dark succulents and bones coming out from the dirt. My cats promptly destroyed it when I was done, but I managed to put it back together and get some enjoyment out of it…it’s definitely one of my favorite decorations this year!

Halloween DIY | Succulent Coffin Table Planter Halloween DIY | Succulent Coffin Table PlanterTime: 20 minutes 

Supplies:

  • Coffin form (about 1-foot tall)
  • Black spray paint (optional)
  • Succulents 
  • Succulent soil
  • Rocks
  • Sand
  • Small skeleton

First of all, if your coffin is plain wood, give it 1-2 coats of black spray paint and let it dry completely before you do anything else. I actually found one that was already black, so it saved me a step or two. 

Then pour a layer of rocks into the coffin until you have about a 1/2 inch layer all the way across. Then cover with a layer of sand – you can use any color because you won’t be able to see it. Pour soil over the sand and plan out where you’d like your succulents and skeleton to be.  

Halloween DIY | Succulent Coffin Table Planter Halloween DIY | Succulent Coffin Table PlanterIf you have a full skeleton like mine, break it up. I didn’t want to use the entire thing, so I broke off the feet, arms, rib bones and head to place toward the middle of the coffin, peeking through the soil. For the hands in particular, I poked the bones into the dirt in a way that makes it look like someone is trying to break out of their grave. ZOMBIES! And then you can barely see a foot and the rib cage through the dirt with the skull slightly covered with a succulent. 

I used a few small and mini succulents to plant around the skeleton, but I didn’t want to place them too close together so that you could still see the skeleton bones peeking through. Plant the succulents and add additional soil on top as needed. As far as the type of succulents to buy, it’s completely up to you, but remember that you’ll need to be able to see the skeleton, so don’t buy anything too large, tall or viney that might get in the way. I loved the really dark blackish and purple colored succulents because they reminded me of Halloween, so those were my first choice. I also added a couple mini plants to add variety.

When you’re satisfied with your layout, lay out the coffin table planter on your coffee table or dining room table. Now you’re one step closer to Halloween! 

5-Minute DIY Easy Fabric Covered Mouse Pad

DIY Fabric Covered Mouse Pad | Revamperate DIY Fabric Covered Mouse Pad | RevamperateNow that I’m working in a new office (a much nicer one at that), I put a little extra effort into making sure my littler cubicle looks nice. Although the drive to and from work is slowing killing me, the new office is much brighter and cleaner, so I take more pride in my office now. I had purchased a cute mouse pad on Etsy when I first started working here, but after over a year of constant use, it got very dirty to the point that I just couldn’t keep it clean. Instead of buying a new once, I made one! 

It’s actually really easy to make your own mouse pad, and you can purchase plain black ones online for next-to-nothing. I found mine on Amazon for less than $5 and already had some really cute fabric that I bought when I was in Ventura that was perfect for this project. In only 5 minutes, you can dress up your desk with a customized fabric covered mouse pad that will last. Eventually, you will probably run into the same problem I had with my fabric getting dirty, but with this project you could even pull off your old fabric and replace it with a clean pattern if you need to. Here’s how! diy-fabric-covered-mouse-padTime: 5 minutes

Supplies:

  • Plain black mouse pad 
  • Spray fabric adhesive
  • Fabric
  • Chalk or pen 
  • Scissors 

First, lay your fabric pattern side facing down and lay your mouse pad on top. Using a piece of chalk or a pen, carefully trace the mouse pad onto your fabric. 

Begin cutting your fabric along the traced line. Remember, it’s always better to have too much fabric! Don’t cut too close to the line to ensure that you have wiggle room to trim it down afterwards. Over a piece of cardboard or concrete (something that can get messy), spray one side of the mouse pad with spray adhesive. If your mouse pad feels different on each side, spray the adhesive on the side that feels most like fabric (most likely intended to be the top). Position your circular piece of fabric over it and press down, smoothing it out until the entire pad is covered and the fabric is smooth. DIY Fabric Covered Mouse Pad | Revamperate DIY Fabric Covered Mouse Pad | RevamperateUsing your scissors, slowly trim off excess fabric around the pad. If you feel confident, you can also use a rotary cutter to make this faster. Personally, I have a tough time controlling my rotary cutter, so I found scissors to be safer. When you’re done trimming, let the mouse pad lay out to dry for several hours before using. Then you’re ready to go!

Start using your mouse pad and dress up your desk! These pictures are of my new desk at work, and I love that it’s so much brighter now. Happy crafting! DIY Fabric Covered Mouse Pad | Revamperate

The Home Depot Halloween Style Challenge: Creepy, Crawly Dining Room Decor

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Happy Halloween! I was thrilled to be invited to participate in The Home Depot Halloween Style Challenge this year, and they challenged me with decorating a dining room with some fun decorations, including LOTS of spiders. I used my aunt’s house to decorate this creepy, crawly dining room with several of Home Depot’s Halloween supplies and lots of quilt batting spider webs. 

Visit The Apron Blog to see the full article on decorating your dining room for Halloween! Also, check back for more Halloween DIYs over the next few weeks! 

DIY Fall Leaves Wreath

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Happy first day of fall!

The only real downside to living in California is the lack of seasons. Specifically, the lack of autumn because the leaves barely change color here in SoCal. It’s the one thing I don’t like about SoCal. Oh, and the traffic. I really enjoy fall and wish that we could enjoy it more here, but I still love the sightly cooler weather so that I can wear cozy sweaters and eat soup again after several months of summer. It’s officially socially acceptable to decorate for fall so I’m jumping right into it. After all, as soon as Starbucks starts selling pumpkin spice lattes, it means summer is really over.

Anyway, to kick off the season I’m sharing one of my favorite fall DIYs! I made this fall leaves wreath to hang on my door this year leading up to Thanksgiving. Then, of course, I’ll swap out my Christmas decorations. (yay, it’s almost Christmas! Kind of…)

DIY Fall Leaves Wreath | Revamperate
Time: 25 minutes

Supplies:

  • Styrofoam wreath form (about 12 inch diameter) 
  • Fake fall leaves (various colors and sizes)
  • Pins (like those used for sewing)
  • Glue gun
  • Extra fall decorations (like the mini bulbs I used)
  • Burlap ribbon (or cut burlap) 

I found a large selection of fall leaves at Michaels recently – both the kind on stems and the kind in bags. For this project, I recommend the leaves that come in bags so that you don’t have to bother cutting them from branches. The amount you need is based on the size of your wreath. I purchased about 4 bags and had more than enough for this project.

Using pins to place your leaves is optional, but I found them really helpful for laying out the placement of my leaves before I glued them down. 

To get started, lay out your leaves according to size. Use the pins to place your leaves on the wreath form, varying the sizes and colors so that it looks like it would on a tree. You’ll want the leaves to overlap slightly and all face the same direction (i.e. leaves facing left and continuing all the way around). To make sure the wreath looks full, continue placing the leaves on the sides. You should be able to view it from the side and not see styrofoam. 

As you go and confirm the placement of a portion of your leaves, go ahead and glue them down with your glue gun. It will be easier to glue them in pieces rather than pinning ALL the leaves and then having to go back, so do them in sections around the wreath. Also, when gluing, try to only glue the bottom portion of the leaf in place so that the top can flow out and give the wreath depth. 

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Continue pinning and gluing your wreath in sections all the way around your wreath until your satisfied with the placement of everything. If you make a mistake, just pull the leaves off (even if they’re glued) and replace them as needed. It shouldn’t do too much damage to the leaf or the wreath. If it does ruin your leaf, no worries. You may even be able to hide that one beneath other leaves so that you won’t even see the damage. 

Add more little pieces of fall garnish if you want. I added those colorful little bulbs in some spots. 

Once done, cut several pieces of burlap ribbon:

  • Two 1-foot-long pieces
  • One 5-inch-long piece

Loop a 1-foot-long piece around the top of your wreath and glue the ends together. Gluing burlap together can be difficult, so just be careful not to burn yourself! Let dry completely.

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To make the bow, loop the other 1-foot-long piece around 2 times. If you hold your fingers in the middle, it should look like a bow. If it does, good! If not, adjust the loop or cut the burlap to your desired length until it starts to look like a bow. Cut a small piece of string and tie a knot around the middle to secure it (see above picture). Then use the 5-inch-long piece of burlap to wrap around the middle, covering the string. Glue it on the backside and let dry so that it holds in place. Then glue the back of the bow to the bottom of your burlap loop. 

Once it’s all dry and secure, hang the finished wreath on your door and you’re set for the start of fall! Happy decorating! 

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DIY Copper Pipe Magazine Rack

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Guys, I have a copper problem. I want copper everything, and I might be going a little overboard (me? never!). But copper is my new obsession, and bringing it in again with this DIY copper pipe magazine rack. I’ve wanted to make a magazine rack for a while – I know most people probably don’t really read magazines any more, but I still have subscriptions to a couple I really like. For several months, I’ve been figuring out the best way to make one. I seriously thought about trying to turn a paper organizer into one but it didn’t quite work out. Then I stumbled across a copper pipe magazine rack in an online store and was like, I can totally make that. So you know what? I did!

From start to finish, it’s a pretty easy project, but cutting the pipe will take some time. We used a hacksaw, which worked fine, but it’s tough work sawing through metal (as I’m sure you can imagine). Big shout out to Andrew for cutting the pipe for me. I got the easy job – assembly and sewing.

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Time: 1 hour + 30 minutes

Supplies:

  • 10 ft. 1/2 inch copper pipe
  • 8 elbow-shaped copper pipe connectors
  • Hacksaw (or similar tool appropriate for cutting pipe)
  • Protective eye wear
  • Black marker
  • Measuring tape
  • E6000 glue
  • 1/2 yard fabric
  • Scissors/rotary cutting tool
  • Matching thread
  • Barkeepers Friend (or similar cleaning product, optional)

1. Cut the Pipes 

First thing’s first, you need to measure and cut your copper pipe. With your measuring tape, mark the long 10-ft long piece of copper with your marker to cut four 10-inch pieces and four 12-inch pieces. Place the pipe on top of two items of equal height with space in the middle where you will actually cut the pipe. For example, we used two bar stools. If you are doing this inside, I recommend laying down newspaper to catch the copper shavings and reduce the mess.

With your hacksaw, begin cutting at the marked lines. We found that the best way is to saw backwards several times (pull the saw towards you) to maintain the best grip on the pipe. After doing this a few times, you will create a rivet in the pipe that will make it easier for you to begin cutting in a back and forth motion to cut all the way through. Continue until all pieces are cut. It’s totally OK if the ends aren’t cleanly cut – you won’t be able to see them anyway.

This is optional, but we chose to wash the newly cut pipe and the connectors to shine them up a bit. We filled the sink with warm water and Barkeepers Friend cleaning solution and let the pipes sit in it for about 20 minutes. When we pulled them out, they were much brighter. Dry and begin assembling the magazine rack’s skeleton. 

2. Assemble the Pipe Rack (Do Not Glue)

To assemble the magazine rack, connect the pipes with the connectors (do not use glue yet) to make two incomplete squares – they should not have a bottom. I suggest assembling it so that the squares are 12 inches tall and 10 inches wide. Use the two remaining 10-inch pieces to connect the bottoms of the two squares, creating a magazine rack shaped like the first photo.

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3. Sew the Hammock 

Cut one piece of fabric 32 in x 20 in. Fold in half on the long side, right sides of the fabric facing together. Sew a 1/4 inch seam across the open long side and around one corner across one short side.

After that, you should only have one short side open. Turn the fabric right side out and iron flat. On the open side, fold the edges in to fake a seam, iron down and sew across the open side, continuing a thin top stitch all the way around the piece of fabric. Now you should have a double-sided piece of fabric with all edges sewn  and pretty. 

Then measure the handles for your hammock. Loosely wrap the short side of the hammock around your 10-inch pipe, leaving room for it to hang and sew a seam. Pin where you would like the folded handle to be. Your seam will be on the inside of the hammock (see photo below). Repeat this on the opposite short side of the fabric. It’s better to over measure in this case because if your hammock ends up being too long, it will drag on the ground, which you don’t want, so it’s actually better for the hammock to be too short than too long. Because your pipes will already be put together, it should be easy to tell how the hammock will hang once all sewn together.

When satisfied, remove the pipes to pull off the fabric (this is why you shouldn’t glue anything yet). You don’t need to do anything special here because the ends of your fabric are already finished, so just sew straight across where you pinned, sewing over your existing seam to secure it and back stitching at each end because this will carry all of the weight for your magazines.  

DIY Copper Pipe Magazine Rack | Revamperate
4. Assemble and Glue the Rack

Before gluing anything together, remove the two top pipes of the rack (10 inches) and slide on the hammock on each side. Replace the pipes.

When you’re satisfied with the assembly, you’ll see it’s pretty wobbly. Remove one connector at a time to glue them all to the pipes. One line of glue around the end of pipe should stick well once you allow it some time to dry. When you’ve glued all connectors in place and it’s had time to dry, you should notice that it’s much sturdier.

Then fill with magazines and display in your home! You can hold several magazines at a time. I would not recommend letting it get too heavy or you risk some bending or stretching.This is a much better solution to my magazine storage than having them stacked underneath my coffee table. Plus it feeds my copper obsession! Happy crafting!

Roundup | 6 Tray DIYs to Try

Roundup: Tray DIYs to Try | Revamperate

Oh Monday, we meet again…it was a fun weekend and I’m sad to see it go. My mom spent the weekend with me, and it was nice to have some one-on-one time. She’s my sewing guru, so we spent a good part of the day yesterday working on a sewing project (to be shared soon!) and watching movies. Somehow my mom has managed to go all these years without seeing Harry Potter all the way through. Naturally, I started a marathon and we almost made it through all eight movies. She also taught me how to crochet so that I can start practicing something new, and it turns out basic crochet is WAY easier than I though it would be. It was a fun weekend, but it’s back to reality today. 

Instead of my usual recipes or DIYs, I’m taking a step back today to share some inspiration for DIY trays. I love them all but I think that hexagon tray might be my favorite. You can also see my own faux marble antique tray DIY I made a couple months back. So here’s some inspiration to get your creative juices flowing this week. I know I need it. Blogger burnout is starting to get to me, and my vacation coming up will be the perfect solution (I hope) to help me relax and start thinking creatively again. Hence, learning some new skills helps get the juices flowing again too! 

Here are six tray DIYs to try this week:

1 | DIY Wood Herringbone Tray by Style Me Pretty

2 | Wooden Hexagon Tray by Always Rooney

3 | Alcohol Ink Acrylic Tray by Dream a Little Bigger

4 | Kate Spade-inspired Tray by Beauty and Beard

5 | Marble Tray by Jen Woodhouse

6 | White Vanity Tray by Sugar and Cloth on Lulu’s

Have a great week! 

DIY Basics How to Make a Terrarium

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I hope you all had a nice weekend! I had so much fun at Renegade yesterday, and if we’re being honest, my favorite part was the Jeni’s ice cream food truck…still daydreaming about it. And we’re getting back to basics today! If you know me, you’re probably already thinking “Really? You expect me to take plant advice from YOU?” That’s a fair point. I suck at keeping plants alive (normally) but succulents are different. They are persistent!  So today I’m sharing the basics about succulents and how to make a terrarium. 

Succulents are the perfect way to add green to your home for several reasons:

  • They’re drought resistant (and we really need that in California right now)
  • They come in so many different types! 
  • They’re easy to manage because you only need to water them once a week
  • You can customize a terrarium so many ways

Next, let’s chat supplies. Because you can customize a terrarium any way you want, you can make a terrarium out of just about any container. The important thing to remember is that your container need to fit your plants because, of course, plants grow. 

Supplies: 

  • Container (usually glass or ceramic) 
  • Small potted succulents 
  • Cactus soil
  • Sand
  • Small rocks 

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Steps to make a terrarium:

  1. Add a small layer of rocks to the bottom of the container. This is important for draining the water so it doesn’t overwhelm the plan in the soil. Rocks come in many different sizes and colors, so pick something that matches your style as well as the container you’re using.
  2. Pour in a layer of sand. Again, you can use colored sand or your usual beach sand or black sand. 
  3. Cover with soil. Generously top off the sand with soil specific to dessert plants. The right soil is very important, and you want to have enough soil for the roots of your plants, especially considering baby plants will grow. 
  4. Plan the succulents. Unpot your succulents and dig them into your soil. 
  5. Garnish with rocks and other items. Once your succulents are planted, top the soil with rocks, additional sand or small items like plastic pieces that fit your style. 

You can make terrariums in so many different kinds of containers and display them in so many ways, which is why I enjoy them so much. Put them on a shelf, a table or hang them on the wall. Water them about once a week (that’s really all they need) and keep them in a place where sunlight reaches them. 

Now, get out there and make a million terrariums! 

DIY Ombre String Wrapped Frame

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If I had the space, my walls would be filled with photos. I love photos and the moments they represent, which is why I love scrapbooking, and I take every opportunity to enjoy a good photo op. Unfortunately, we don’t have too much wall space in our little apartment and I don’t have shelving to display them, so I have to use our space pretty sparingly, but I did find a nice spot for this week’s DIY in my hallway. 

You’re probably familiar with “IKEA hacks,” right? IKEA hacks are usually done on a larger scale with awesome furniture makeovers (something I also don’t have room for), but I made my own mini IKEA hack this week with this DIY purple ombre string wrapped frame. This DIY is very easy but may take awhile, so get comfortable with a good movie, and wrap away! It’ll be done in no time, I promise. 

Time: 1 hour

Supplies:

  • Basic flat wood picture frame (I found mine at IKEA!)
  • 4-5 colors of embroidery floss (2 pieces of each)
  • ModPodge 
  • Small paint brush

First, take out the glass and backing of the frame. Cut long pieces of embroidery floss (about 2-3 feet) and set aside. Paint a thin layer of ModPodge on a small section of the frame, and starting at one end, wrap the darkest string tightly around the frame so that it sticks to the glue and the strands are close together. When you reach the end of the string, stop wrapping when it’s at the back of the frame so that you can hide the end by sticking it to the glue and cutting any pieces that are sticking out. 

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Continue gluing and wrapping your colors in an ombre pattern all the way around the frame. When you reach the corners, continue wrapping carefully at an angle, and you’ll see the string build up at the inside corner but try to keep the strings straight. When you reach the end, use the ModPodge to make any touchups and cut any loose ends. 

Place your favorite photo back in the frame and display! Mine sits on a bookshelf in our hallway, and it has a cute photo of me and my Niece at Easter. She’s the cutest little thing, isn’t she?! Anyway, have fun making this frame and happy crafting! 

DIY Seashell Candles

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For as long as I can remember, my aunt has had a beach-themed home. We always buy her beachy decor for any holiday. It’s our go-to gift item for her. Even her Christmas tree is beach themed, and it’s adorable. You can totally get away with that when you actually live near the beach I guess. She’s probably getting pretty sick of our gifts, but I have at least one more beachy gift that I hope she’ll like (her birthday is coming up). Homemade seashell candles!

OK, you might have seen a DIY like this on Pinterest once upon a time. I think I have too, but the most exciting part about this project is that you can make them with leftover candles you have lying around the house. I don’t burn candles much at home, so I reused this green apple one I’d only burned a few times.

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Time: 15 minutes 

Supplies:

  • Seashells (larger is easier)
  • Wicks (votive or tea light sized)
  • Leftover candle(s)
  • Saucepan
  • Clothespins

If you gathered the seashells on your own, make sure to wash them first before turning them into candles. Place the candle into an empty saucepan on the stove and begin to melt the wax on low-medium heat. Of course, your candle holder should be glass or metal. Always be careful when melting wax, and wear oven mits to move the container as needed. It will take a few minutes to melt, and you will see the wick eventually float away – that’s how you know it’s almost completely melted.

Lay down the shells on a flat surface and place the wick inside. Clip the wick in place with a clothespin, allowing it to sit on top of the shell. From here, you can trim the wick if you want, or you can wait until the candle is fully hardened in its new container.

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With a potholder of some kind, remove the now melted candle from the stove top and very carefully pour the wax into your seashells. You will probably spill a little bit because it’s such a narrow area, so make sure you’re doing this on a surface that can be easily cleaned. If your wax splashes the sides of the shell, you can use a paper towel to clean it up before it dries. If you’re using a larger, more wobbly candle, don’t fill it too full – this will prevent a burning candle from spilling if moved. Allow the candles to sit undisturbed for a few minutes before removing the clothespin, trimming the wick and burning them or gifting them.

Seashell candles make sweet gifts for beach lovers, and they’re cute to have on display in your home. You can make them in any scent/color and in a variety of sizes, but the larger ones work best. Just remember to burn these in a safe place because they do have a rounded bottom and can wobble a little. Happy crafting!

3 Reasons to Love Linen Bedding

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Gosh, I can’t believe it’s July already! The year is already half over, and it’s really feeling like summer here in SoCal. I have a hard time sleeping at night when it’s this warm, so we sleep with the fans on full blast with only a sheet, and I STILL don’t sleep. I probably shouldn’t complain too much…after all, summer in California is much nicer than most other areas of the US. But while I absolutely love summertime, it sucks for my sleep…

So what’s more summery than linen? Linen is a great lightweight fabric that actually makes for really lovely bedding, so today I’m sharing 3 reasons to love linen bedding. Linen is somewhat underrated, so let me prove that you should give linen a chance. 

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1. It’s luxurious

Linen is used in fancy hotels, proving just how luxurious it can be! It’s very light and has a massaging effect on your skin. Win, win. Who doesn’t love a light exfoliant that basically does all of the work for you?

2. It keeps you cool 

As I just said, linen is great for summertime when you’re feeling hot at night. It’s a lightweight, breathable fabric that helps keep you cool while you sleep. Linen can absorb up to 20% of its weight in moisture before it actually feels wet, contributing to how light and cooling it feels because it doesn’t hold moisture like cotton or other fabrics. 

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3. It’s durable

Linen is a great investment because it lasts significantly longer than cotton or similar fabrics. Even after multiple washes, it remains highly durable. It actually gets softer with every wash! 

Designed here in Los Angeles, Parachute is launching their new White Linen bedding today to be available as sets and as separates. You should all go check out the details on the Parachute website! Most importantly, Parachute has paired up with the charity organization Nothing But Nets, an organization that provides mosquito bed nets to families in Africa to prevent Malaria, to provide a life-saving bed net for every purchase of Venice bedding sets (available in White Linen). I hope you’ll check them out! 

Disclosure: Parachute did not compensate me for writing this article. All photos belong to Parachute.