DIY Neon Sign

A custom neon sign has been on my wish list for years but the substantial price tag has prevented me from pulling the trigger. What can I say, shoes take precedence! It wasn’t until I recently stumbled upon this awesome tutorial from A Practical Wedding, that I was instantly inspired to DIY my own, giving it my own spin. I like being able to customize the sign with my handwriting and choosing a fun pattern as a backdrop. I’m also anxious to make a life size version for my home office. But in the meantime, I can’t think of a better way to express how much I love my Valentine . . .

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The two main components to making your own neon sign is a flexible neon electroluminescent wire called EL wire and an acrylic sheet to which your wire will attach. The EL wire can be ordered in different thicknesses, lengths and colors (FUN!). And several online vendors sell acrylic sheets in custom sizes, thicknesses and colors. You’ll want to choose an acrylic sheet that’s at least 1/4″ thick as you don’t want to be able to see the EL wire glowing through the front from the backside. I’ve been dying to use this Cole & Sons palm wallpaper so I decided to cover my acrylic sheet, giving the sign a tropical feel.

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A Coral California Bungalow

Hollywood glamour and Southern California’s laid back vibes collide flawlessly in Christina Karras‘ 1920s Spanish-style bungalow. All the wonderfully eclectic details, from the retro dining room to the Stevie Nicks inspired bedroom, are influenced by her childhood collecting furniture and art, along with her design savvy parents. The coral hued walls are dreamy and the outdoor living room is epitome of cozy and chic California living!

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Urban Symmetry

I’ve always been compulsive when it comes to symmetry and intentionally calculated when it comes to asymmetry. This obviously speaks volumes about my personality but let’s save that discussion for another day. Anyway, you can imagine how Hungarian photographer Zsolt Hlinka‘s images of buildings on the banks of Eastern Europe’s River Danube immediately captured my attention and heart. Despite being digitally manipulated, having been wiped clean of their backgrounds and mirrored, the Wes Anderson-reminiscent architecture is mesmerizing . . . especially for someone as OCD as me!

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