Tag Archives: Art

Affordable and Easy DIY Art

Because I set a pretty strict budget for the One Room Challenge, I am going to try and DIY some art for the walls as placeholders until I can afford find the perfect “forever” art for the walls.  I definitely need an impactful, oversized statement piece for over the bed.

My super creative and thrifty friend Alyson, who is also participating in the One Room Challenge, posted last week about framed botanical wrapping paper (so genius).  And I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it.

It got me remembering some beautiful blog posts about framed marbled paper….

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Kristen F. Davis Designs via Little Green Notebook

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Danielle Oakey Interiors

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Centsational Girl

There are some tutorials on how to make marbled paper, but there are some really affordable and gorgeous “pre-made” options out there:

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Paper Mojo $6.15 for 24×36

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Paper Source $6.50 for 20×29

I think these would be beautiful put into simple oversized frames, with or without a mat.

Here are some other easy and affordable ideas I am considering attempting:

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via Flickr

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Style Theories

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the amazing Jamie Meares of i suwannee

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Thrifty Decor Chick

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With Intention

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Kendall Hailey

What do you think?  What is your favorite?  Can I pull this off??

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My 2013 Design Resolutions

Ok, 2013, let’s do this!

I try to make design resolutions each year and I am running at about a 50% success rate at keeping all of them.  So, in addition to re-painting and organizing our entire new house (eeep!), here are my 2013 design resolutions:

  1. Use more fabric and mix pattern with confidence.  I am comfortable with a dash of pattern or a pop of color, but I am paralyzed by the selection and price tag of committing to any “custom” fabric selection (like bed skirts, shams, curtain panels or duvet covers).  But, there are a lot of affordable fabrics out there and patterns can be mixed without a huge commitment.  Time to inch outside my comfort zone!  {Design below by Jamie Meares of Furbish — she is the master of mixing pattern and color}furbish
  2. Invest in at least one piece of original art.  Again, I am often paralyzed by the selection and price tag of original art, so I end up buying a bunch of cheap stuff to put on the walls, and when you add it all up, I could have spent $150-300 on a really beautiful, impactful piece of art.  {Gorgeous original painting of the Low Country (one of my favorite spots on earth) by Carol Cerny for sale on Etsy framed for $150}.etsy
  3. Be more deliberate about furniture layout.  In our last house, I felt like we had a lot of “dead space” that could have been used more effectively (hello, our entire living room).  Before just putting furniture where it fits, I want to really examine each room and think hard about the best furniture layout. {I like the layout below with functional seating, table space, storage and flow.}furniture
  4. Add “cubby” built-ins at the back door.  Our new house does not have a coat closet near the back door.  So, everyone comes in and sheds coats, purses, work-out bags, shoes, gloves, scarves, you-name-it, in a trail from the back door into the kitchen.  We really need a space to organize all of our stuff when we walk in the door.  {I like the shoe trays and ceiling detail on these below}. cubby4
  5. Explore bathroom renovation.  My daughter has a half-bath off of her new bedroom, and we have a full hall bathroom shared by 3 of the bedrooms upstairs.  I would love to explore converting the half bathroom into a full bathroom (and only having 2 bedrooms share the hall bathroom).  The logistics of the water and drain may prove to be cost-prohibitive, but I would love to check-out the option. {I love this tub/shower design for a girl’s bathroom.} bathroom14
  6. BLOG MORE!  I am going to try to blog at least once a week in 2013.  I would love to get back to posting 4-5 times a week, but my family and work schedule make that really challenging right now.

So, there you have it.  I tried to be ambitious, but not undertake so much that I would be overwhelmed and get nothing done!

What do you think?  What are your design resolutions for 2013?

HAPPY NEW YEAR, Y’ALL!

P.S. For past design resolution posts, check out 2009, 20102011.  2012 is missing because I was having a baby!  🙂

Living Room Update

Thank you all so much for all of your kind comments on yesterday’s post.   You are all so sweet.  They made my week! 

Today, I am sharing recent updates to my living room.  This is a strange room in the front of our house that doesn’t get used much, but hopefully that will change.  When we first moved in, I used it as my office, but after Clare arrived and she spent half of the day downstairs with the baby-sitter, I knew this wasn’t going to work.

{I can’t believe I found this picture!  It’s c.2006 and way pre-blog.  Do you spy the old-school blue blackberry on the right side of the desk?} 

 Since Clare came along, it’s been a “living room” filled with a random assortment of orphan items that didn’t really flow together, including that fair isle rug.  I can’t find a picture of the living room set-up, and didn’t even want to take a “before” shot!  I am hoping to turn it into more of a “Mom Cave”  and use it for reading and chatting on the phone away from the hubbub of the rest of the house.  🙂  Sounds luxurious, right? 

For my birthday in May, my husband got me the gorgeous “Blues Comes Through” print by Alice Dalton Brown pictured below (that I have been coveting for a while and blogged about in August of last year).  The old decor clashed with my beloved print.

Based on what I already have, I am going with a color palate of light blue, yellow, white and seagrass.

So far, I have updated the room with Ballard Designs’ Seagrass Rug and replaced the old pillow covers with the light blue Jute Braid Pillow Covers from Pottery Barn.     

I like how the long, rectangular rug makes the room appear bigger.  The previous rug (a 5 foot circular rug above) made the room appear much smaller. 

I replaced a red/white/green framed Georgia O’Keefe poster with this framed illustration from our family room.  And I already had these pillows from Target (which are ubiquitous in the blog world!) and the throw blanket from West Elm, which was also in the family room.

In the short term, I would like to: 1. replace the dark blue pillows on the long couch with a pair of these:

ONE new 18x18 multi color, red, turquoise, green, gold, ikat, medallion, pillow cover, throw pillow,  decorative pillow SHIPS WITHIN 24 hrs

2. Purchase a small and light coffee table, preferably thrifted, but I also like the look of this one from CB2:

and 3. Style the bookcase with some interesting and fun pieces and books. 

Longer term, I would like to replace the end tables with some that add some  height to either side of the long couch.  I would also love to add a fun chandelier or lantern and some airy, flowy curtain panels. 

I am resisting the strong urge to make this room too beachy or coastal, which would be easy to do given its colors and current elements.  However, I don’t live at the beach or in a coastal town and that decor would NOT match with the rest of the house, so I am staying away from seashells, capiz, coral, etc.!

So what do you think?  Any good ideas for me?

Next up, I will share an update on one of my New Years Design Resolutions!

Styling with Minimal Commitment

{I found this image on Pinterest — do you Pinterest?  If not, you don’t know what you are missing!  If so, come follow me: http://pinterest.com/adamarie/.}

Anyway, in my opinion, the styling in this living room is genius.  This look would be perfect for a renter who needs to keep the walls white and doesn’t want to commit to an expensive design aesthetic.  The individual pices are so versatile — a white twill love seat, a gorgeous gourd lamp, that amazing purple ikat chair (which makes a HUGE statement, but can be recovered at a moment’s notice), and simple side and cocktail tables.  I love that nothing matches perfectly, but everything works together.  Oh, and those fish prints could easily be printed from the New York Public Library’s Digital Gallery and popped into gallery frames from Wal-Mart. 

 I like this guy

I am a big fan of commitment-free styling because I love to move everything around and try new things in different spaces, so I try to buy really versatile pieces that can be used easily in another room. 

{mini} Perfect Prezzies: 23 Days To Go!

This one is for the dog lovers on your list.  I was introduced to Mod Dog over on Alison’s blog My Little Happy Place, and immediately fell in love.

I think I am going to give this print to my daughter for Christmas to hang in her big girl room (with a hot pink background) to remind her of our little bichon Annie:

{Mod Bichon Frise Print, Mod Dog, $24.95 unframed}

They have a bunch of breeds — here are two more of my faves:

{Mod Yorkshire Terrier Print, Mod Dog, $24.95 unframed}

{Mod Doberman Print, Mod Dog, $24.95 unframed}

Mod Dog also sells cat prints and animal accessories.  It’s a great source for all of the animal lovers on your holiday list!

 

Bright Thought for a Rainy Day

{Penny Wishes, Etsy}

Hooooo Doesn’t Love Owls?

I can’t get enough of the gorgeous owl’s round little figure, inquisitive eyes, serene disposition and infinite wisdom. 

How adorable is this tea set from Viva Terra?

I love both colorways of this cute owl lantern from Urban Outfitters too.

A quick search on Etsy will uncover some gorgeous wall art and home decor items featuring owls, like this little gem:

This owl lamp from West Elm reminds me of Jonathan Adler, but it’s only $99!

I wouldn’t mind having this little guy underfoot!  (Owl Door Stop from Anthropologie)

Truth be told, this wallet ($9.99!!) was the inspiration for this post.  I couldn’t leave Target without him yesterday!

This trio from At West End would look great on a tablescape or mantel!

And finally, I just love these fluffy feathered guys from Z Gallerie.  I think they would look amazing sitting atop a bookcase or gazing from a console table in the front hall.