Sabrina Soto

DIY Hanging Light

Sabrina Soto shared this DIY project that almost anyone can do! Do you have a dark corner in your room, or do you want a little extra light over the bed for late night reading? This is for you. Check out her directions below, and head to her website for more home ideas!

What you need:

Step 1. 
Screw the shelf bracket into your wall. If you have dry wall you may want to use plastic screw anchors.

Step 2.
Wrap the cord around the wall bracket and adjust the length so your light bulb hangs at the right height. You can wrap it around however you like but I chose to tie a knot, shown below.

Step 3. 
Screw in the light bulb!

And you're finished! If you DIY your own, Sabrina would love to see how it turns out. Tag her on Instagram @sabrina_soto !

Sabrina's Home Featured in HGTV Magazine

Sabrina Soto's home is featured in this month's HGTV Magazine. We've got an excerpt for you and a few pictures, but check out the full article

Photo By: Lisa Romerein; Styled by Christopher White

Photo By: Lisa Romerein; Styled by Christopher White

Sabrina Soto doesn’t need a big budget to make a house look show-worthy. When the HGTV designer, known for her money-saving decorating ideas, and her partner, Steven Grevemberg, bought a 1930s Los Angeles, CA, ranch home for their growing family last year, they decided not to splurge on a major renovation. But its interior, almost entirely painted yellow and with honey-color oak floors, “felt so not me,” says Sabrina. 
Photo By: Lisa Romerein; Styled by Christopher White

Photo By: Lisa Romerein; Styled by Christopher White

For a low-cost update, the couple relied on three ingredients: light gray paint (Horizon by Benjamin Moore) throughout the house, refurbished hardwood floors and Sabrina’s resourceful shopping skills. “Being the biggest bargain hunter in the world takes patience, so it’s still a work in progress,” says Sabrina, who constantly incorporates new finds into the mix. “Steven thinks we’re done, but sometimes I tell him I’m buying pillows for other projects when they’re actually for our house!” 

Sabrina's Target Scoop

Sabrina Soto launched a new nursery line with Target. We love it, and are so glad that Lonny got the scoop behind the line. Here is an excerpt from the interview, but head here for more!

Sabrina Soto for Target

Sabrina Soto for Target

What was the inspiration for your new Target line?
My goal was to bring together fun and playful patterns and make them comfortable and soft! Not only did I want the pieces in my collection to scream chic, but I also wanted them to be perfect for everyday use and wear. Some of the pieces are even reversible.
Sabrina Soto for Target

Sabrina Soto for Target

And you recently became a mom yourself! How do you think that will start to influence your design style?

Olivia has definitely already influenced my design style! I’m more aware of the essentials a child needs, the colors they love and the shapes they smile at. I’ve tried to incorporate all of these elements into my baby decor products.

DIY Nursery Decoration

This DIY from Sabrina Soto is perfect for a nursery decoration! It would also make a great project for older kids, or even college students trying to bring some personality to their dorm. 

Velcro

Velcro

Materials Needed:
- Yarn, various colors
- Cardboard or wood letter shapes
- Hot glue gun
- Scissors
VELCRO® Brand Sticky Back Squares
Hot glue the end of the yarn to your letter and start wrapping. Switch colors as many times as you want using the same technique. When you are finished, attach the sticky back squares to your letters and hang on the wall. Step back and admire your handiwork!
Velcro

Velcro

For detailed instructions, check out the Velcro website. 

Sabrina Soto's Baby Essentials

Sabrina Soto recently welcomed her first daughter! And she, like most new mom's was pretty overwhelmed with what to buy! Here are her suggestions on what you actually need for a newborn.

CASA&Company

CASA&Company

Food: If you decided against breastfeeding or that is not an option you’ll want to have at least 2 bottles on hand for your little one.
Sleep Time: You don’t need a crib the first day that your bring your bundle home as long as you have at least a bassinet. If you have your crib that is fantastic. You will need then a mattress, 2 fitted sheets, and 2 mattress pads.
Travel:  You’ll need a car seat to get you and the little one home from the hospital. You will also need a stroller, baby carrier or sling to take them outside.
Changing: Diapers, wipes, and diaper cream will be your go to. As far as first aid, infants under 2 months old shouldn’t be given pain medicine, so the only items you’ll need are nail clippers and a digital rectal thermometer so you can tell when your baby has a fever.
Clothing: This is definitely something that as new moms we get a lot of, but newborns outgrow 0-3 month sizes so fast that they never get a chance to wear all of them!  You really just need some onesies and some sleepers for the first couple of weeks.

Find more of Sabrina's tricks on CASA&Company

Surprising uses for Salt

Sabrina Soto has teamed up with AOL for The Savings Experiment. She shared 3 inventive ways to use salt in the kitchen. Check out AOL for the video, and read on for Sabrina's tips!

1. When hard boiling eggs, put a teaspoon of salt into the water before cooking. When they are done, the shells will slip right off. 

2. Greasy pans or burnt on food? Add a coating of salt and water, let sit for 10 minutes, and it should wipe right off with a sponge. 

3. Cleaning your fridge is a pain, and no one wants to use harsh chemicals near food! Mix 1/2 cup salt and 1/2 cup vinegar in a spray bottle and fill with water. It'll keep your fridge nice and shiny!

Do you have any unconventional uses for salt? Let us know! 

Upgrade Your Bedroom

Sabrina Soto has 5 requirements for a great bedroom! 

1. A Theme - Choose a look to go for so that everything ends up going well together. It doesn't have to be over the top, and could be as simple as cottage, or industrial. 

2. A Real Mattress - The most important part of the bedroom is also the least glamourous. But sleeping well is always worth it. 

3. Throw Pillows - Adding a few will tie the room together and make you feel like you're on vacation in a fancy hotel!

4. Cozy Rug - it'll make getting out of bed in the morning a little bit easier. 

5. Art - framed photos, prints, a piece by a friend, or travel mementos will brighten up your space and make it unique. 

For more from Sabrina, check out CASA&Co.

Valentine's Day Game Bag

Sabrina Soto has a cute DIY for Valentine's Day that kids (and adults) will love! Check out more on CASA&Co, and we'll let Sabrina take it away:

What you need:

Burlap drawstring bag

VELCRO® Brand Thin Clear Fasteners

Felt or foam heart shaped cutouts in 2 colors

Black permanent marker

Gift tag (optional)

What to do:

 Using the black permanent marker, draw a tic-tac-toe grid on the burlap bag. Tip: Use the weave of the burlap as a guideline to make a straight line.

Attach the VELCRO® Brand Thin Clear Fasteners to the backs of the heart shaped cutouts and the inside of the squares on your tic-tac-toe grid.

Add a gift tag and you’re done! Ready to have some fun?

When you finish playing, keep the heart shaped cutouts inside the bag for safe keeping!

Text and images by Sabrina