10 Man Cave Ideas For Real Men | Home Decor Tips

Looking for some ways to spice up your man cave? These man cave ideas will have you inspired to re-decorate your “cave” into the cool, refined, and rugged zone it was meant to be. Remember, you can still have a very masculine room without it resembling the dive-bar next door (no neon beer signs, no ripped vinyl seats). What you do need is some raw material here and there, some cleverly curated corners, and a few solid punches. The devil is in the details.

Black walls contrasted with good lighting in your men's office with exposed cement ceilings and floors make for sophisticated and elegant design for the bold man. | 10 Man Cave Ideas For Real Men

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Start the Year Off Right with the 7 Most Impressive Desk Essentials

It’s still January, which means the holidays are officially over and we all have to face the facts: it’s time to get back to work! No more short days, no more holidays, just a beautiful brand new year to light the way.

To start, here is a photo of me working very hard.

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Cause I Am An American Girl | As Seen on DIYREADY.com

Guys, not sure if I’ve mentioned it enough times yet, but I am a blogger over at DiyReady.comWhat’s that!? Yes, DIYREADY.COMWell for the fourth I was inspired to DIY my own little getup. So I begged my bosses to let me my bosses begged me to craft this little post for our loyal readers. CLICK IT:

make your own 4th of July Hat with @itsa_Lisa of itsaLisa.com | DiyReady.com

When it comes to dressing up for the holidays I like to keep it low key: thematic, but not over the top. So I opted for 2 classic American looks, and topped them with a sun-hat covered in an American Flag Scarf to pull the look together

Look 1: (above) I am wearing a LBD with a fancy ruffled slip. My “southern” or “at the races” look, if you will. (Now where’s my Mint Julep, Y’ALL!?)

Look 2: (below) A plain white tank, denim cutoffs, bikini top, and artfully placed aviators. My “west coast” look. Cowabunga.

 

make your own 4th of July Hat with @itsa_Lisa of itsaLisa.com

And WHERE oh WHERE did I get this FABULOUS AMERICAN FLAG SCARF!?!? Scarves.com, that’s where!

>> Shop their own RED RUSTIC AMERICAN FLAG SCARF HERE!!! <<

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How to Make Your Birkenstock Sandals POP!

sky blue sandals for summer! #DIY itsaLisa.com

I painted my Birkenstocks sky blue for summer. 🙂 Why did I do this?

Because originally they were taupe nubuck which reminded me too much of human skin, and I didn’t really want to wear flesh on flesh. ((They didn’t look awful, but I just wasn’t having it.)) And being the savvy thrift shopper that I am, I literally found these shoes for $2 at a shop in Oregon (thank you Newberg Friends), so if something went wrong while painting them, I had nothing to lose (yet so much to gain!)

How to Make Your Shoes Pop! Tutorial:

All you need is these 3 essentials:

  • 1 giant blob of happy colored paint
  • 1 pair of boring old shoes (find them at a THRIFT store (Helloooo Salvation Army, Goodwill, or your local thrift)!
  • 1 ordinary paint brush

Now sing along with me while I color my world with the chaos of trouble ♫♪

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One, Two, Paint the shoe.

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Three, Four, Paint some more. 

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Five, Six, Clean up shit.

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Seven, Eight, They look great! 

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Now you’ve got fancy fresh feet to just in time for summer! Let me know how your own pair turned out in the comments below. 😉 You know you want to.

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The Better Leather Tassel Keychain Guide #DIY

Leather Tassel Keychains with Bottle Opener | DIY @ itsaLisa.comLike what you see? buy your own on Etsy now! *keep reading for a coupon code*

I love these. They embody Form, Fashion, and Function. Leather Tassel Keychains are the latest look, as made popular by couture leather designers like Coach. But this design of mine, unlike the others, has a bottle opener! Say goodbye to your old crusty bottle opener keychain, and say hello to this fabulous new accessory that looks good, feels good, and will give that bottle cap a lift when you need it most. 😉

Make Your Own

To make one you will need:

  • A Cutting Board
  • Durable Scissors or An Exacto Blade
  • A Ruler
  • A Glue Gun
  • Keychains with Lobster Clip
  • Bottle Opener rings (available on amazon)
  • Leather Scraps – contact your local leathersmith!

Making Leather Tassel Keychains | DIY @ itsaLisa.com

Begin by cutting the leather into sections 4.5″ wide by however long you can get, mine were about 5″ in length.

Once you have the shape of the leather you will want to create the tassels. Cut 1/4″ inch strips into each piece, leaving a remainder of 3/4″ uncut at the top for the ring. You will also want to cut many small 3/4″ wide strips, these will aid you in rolling the leather to fit snug in the ring to slide on.

Making Leather Tassel Keychains | DIY @ itsaLisa.com

To start your keychain cut off one of the 1/4″ tassels. Put one end through the bottom of your lobster clip and glue the raw sides together with your glue gun. Now lay out one of your 3/4″ strips and fuze the leather attached to the keychain into the piece with hot glue. Begin rolling once or twice around, and continue to roll into the tassels. While you’re rolling, be sure each new rotations is flush with the edge so you have a flat roll for perfect form.

Our next step requires patience, and trial and error. All of my different leather scraps had different weights so I could never find “the perfect” length to roll. Instead, continue to add the 3/4″ strip over the wider tassel strips as you roll, until you have enough bulk to fit the bottle opener ring around.

The bottle opener ring should be difficult to get on and fit snugly just over where the tassel marks start on the leather. You will know you have enough leather in the roll when the ring stays in place. If it slides around add more leather, if you can not fit it over the leather you have too much. Add or cut out some of the 3/4″ strips until the fit is just right.

Making Leather Tassel Keychains | DIY @ itsaLisa.com

To make this project your own, have fun with the colors, not all tassels have to be from the same type of leather! Play with your rings, maybe you would rather slide on a fancy cocktail ring for extra flair (the catch – you won’t be able to use it to open a beer). Or you could always ditch the ring and finish the roll  with hot glue to hold it in place.

I would love to hear about your own efforts! Post your photos and thoughts below!

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Sequintessential

A Sequin Bed | itsaLisa.com

With the holidays around the corner I’ve got a list a mile high of things that must get done!

Who doesn’t though?

Between balancing two part-time jobs, a social life, and reading my overflowing cycle of fashion magazine subscriptions, I have assigned myself several projects:

  • Make “End of Year” gifts for all of my dear fiends (Christmas is just too early of a deadline, sowwy.)
  • Design and sew a Rad NYE Dress
  • Fabricate my very own Sequin Sweat Pants

Hence the sequins… Don’t they look terrific on my bed? Unfortunately Fortunately, I will be transforming the glam fabric into a slinky dress to ring in the New Year. I’m also bedazzling my sweatpants,  mainly so I can scoot in style. It’s too cold to scoot in a skirt so I figure I can wear the sweatpants on my commute and rip them off upon arrival of each destination…

Can I do it? Will I succeed? Of course, because I do what I can to improve the lives of myself and others one small day at a time! Stay tuned for updates 😉 and wish me luck!

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Decorating Scents | How to Make Your Home Smell Nice with an Easy DIY Holiday Spice!

Holiday Spice Recipe | Make Your Home Smell Nice! | itsaLisa.com

Do you need to make your home smell like the holidays in a quick minute? Here’s how, with no trip to the store necessary! I used basic ingredients found in any kitchen.

The background story: I accidentally made my kitchen smell like gasoline the other day (long story – read my post in The Motorscooter Diaries for more details). So I needed to mask that awful scent pronto! I obviously did not want to light a flame because, well, gasoline… So I turned on the stove top (don’t worry it was electric) and I pulled out the sauce pan and put my ingredients inside. Read on for the how-to.

Holiday Spice Recipe

What You Need:

  • Sauce Pan
  • 1 Orange
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon and or Nutmeg

What to do:

  • Fill the sauce pan with water, put it on the stove, bring to boil, let it sit at medium heat.
  • Thinly slice an Orange and toss everything into the pot, including the rind.
  • Pour in anywhere from 1/2 to a whole Tbsp of Vanilla Extract
  • Toss in the Cinnamon or Nutmeg, ground or whole. They all smell nice.
  • I also threw in a few Cloves and a splash of Merlot but that’s just because I was experimenting, they really weren’t necessary.

I was inspired by the delicious holiday scent that fills Crate&Barrel stores.  It’s a Mulling Spice which they set out in a crock pot to engulf the store in a wintry warmth. (Find it here!) I have been a seasonal employee there this year, so naturally I crave that smell even after hours. Just kidding, but believe me when I say it is delicious!

Decorating Scents!

A little known fact about decorating, particularly for an event, is…

Stimulate all 5 of the human senses.

Those five senses (as a quick refresher) are sight, sound, taste, touch, and scent. You want your setup to be pleasing to the eye, the food must taste great, there should be music playing loud enough to hear but quiet enough where you can hold a conversation (at least until dancing ensues), keep your floor plan open and give the people something to engage in such as a party game or photo booth to include their sense of touch. Last but not least don’t forget your aromas! A candle will do, but candles can get expensive or burn the house down. Perhaps you are baking something and your whole home is filled by your oven’s aroma, in that case be merry – your work is done! But just in case your menu does not waft through the house, my easy mulled spice recipe will work like a charm. The hardest part is probably waiting for your water to boil.

Happy Holidays! Thanks for reading my blog.

Did this aromatic cocktail work for you? Were your holiday gatherings a big hit? I would love to hear your thoughts, you can leave them in the comments below! And feel free to share what you’ve discovered with your friends and family.

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