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Think Again Thursday #7 | DIY Framed Fabric Art

Hello! Today’s post is short, sweet and so simple, I can’t even call it a tutorial! If you remember back to my Bold Graphic Glam Dining Room I revealed during week 6 of the Fall 2016 One Room Challenge, then you probably recall seeing my stacked art that flank one of the windows in the space. I’m finally sharing the details for the bright and colorful pieces hanging in here! Let me give you a quick break-down of the “art” you see and then show you how I created this look!

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3 prints from Minted [this one, this one and this one], 1 DIY Geometric Art Piece and the other 2 colorful pieces are actually DIY’s as well. I pulled a ton of inspiration from these pieces, which actually aren’t prints or canvases you can just go buy. BUT… you can make them by simply framing a piece of your favorite patterned fabric!

The idea behind the “Think Again Thursday” series is to show you creative ideas to put something to use in ways other than it’s intended purpose!

Soooo, all I did was buy a yard of this bright and fun fabric at JoAnn Fabric [these fabrics would make pretty fabulous art as well!] and then cut my pieces to fit inside the mat of the gold frames I picked up at HomeGoods. You definitely wouldn’t need a full yard, but when I spotted the fabric, I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going to do with it, but I felt super inspired when I saw it and knew it needed to be mine. I loved the mix of black and blues, the fun pops of pink, coral and peach and the unique and interesting patterns.

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What I did…

This frame opening was an 8″ x 10″, so I cut my piece of fabric to measure about 10″ x 12″. This leaves about an inch all the way around. If your fabric has a distinct pattern or repeat, make sure you make your cuts to actually include the part of the layout you want to be shown. If it is a smaller pattern or repeat, then you’ll probably be able to fit it in without any issues.

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The fabric I chose was pretty abstract, with an irregular pattern and a variety of colors. Consequently, each of the two pieces look quite different from one another.

All I did was open up the back of the frame, position the cut fabric piece in the opening and secured the fabric to the back of the mat with a piece of clear tape.

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Place the backing back on the frame and hang it on the wall!

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That’s it! Literally 5 minutes, I promise!

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Next time you’re strolling right on by the fabric department at your local craft store because you don’t sew or NEEEEED any fabric, maybe you’ll stop to smell the roses for a minute and fall in love with a particular fabric GAHH! There are so many gorgeous fabrics out there. I could spend all day perusing the aisles at the fabric store! Buy a small piece – maybe 1/3 or 1/2 yard and frame it! Or if you’re like me, you have bins full of fabric remnants and scraps that would add the perfect pop of color or fun pattern to your walls!

Or grab another scrap and drape it over your bar cart like a tea towel 😉

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Want more?

If your wheels are starting to spin with ideas, here are a couple more inspirational fabric art pieces!

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Framed floral fabric in little girl’s room by Casa Watkins Living

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Frame a couple pieces of fabric leftover from an upholstery project like Seeking Lavender Lane did!

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How about an entire gallery wall of gorgeous printed fabrics like Simple Details created?! Talk about stunning!

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Need quick and inexpensive art to color coordinate with your pillow game?! The Heathered Nest framed up some fabric for their basement walls!

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And how unique and clever are these gorgeous textiles hung by vintage pant hangers by Style Mutt Home?!

Thanks for stopping by today! I’ve been sprinkling some Spring throughout our home over the last few days and I’ll be ready to share a mini space soon! Please come back to see 😉

What are some other creative uses for pretty fabric pieces?

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How to DIY Geometric Art That Looks High-End

Sometimes it all comes together in a cinch. You have a DIY idea or are inspired by something, in my case an idea for a DIY geometric art piece, already have the supplies on-hand, sit down to work on it and the entire process only takes about 15 minutes. Want to know what’s even better than that?

A Sharpie was all I needed to put the finishing touches on it! Shhh don’t tell! Continue reading

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How to Update your Gallery Wall on a Budget

Gallery walls are one of my absolute favorite things to create in a space. I have one in every single one of the rooms in our home. I love mixing frames of all shapes and sizes and typically, go with a mix of black, white and gold frames or all black as seen below. As the holidays were approaching, I decided my monochromatic gallery wall needed an update. A budget-friendly update that would add a pop of color seemed the way to go! Continue reading

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DIY Nursery Art: BOYS WILL BE BOYS sign

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Another kid-related post today. One of these days, I will be making the shift over to some holiday goodies! I seriously can’t wait to start bedazzling the house with Christmas sparkle and spreading holiday cheer!

But first, shame on me. After I shared Simon’s Nursery reveal and several other DIY nursery projects, I failed to post about one in particular. The one that so many of you have emailed me about.

The “BOYS WILL BE BOYS” sign on his pegboard gallery wall

I am sorry! I never got around to posting about it mainly because I never took any pictures while I was making it. #badblogger Baby boy nursery | nursery pegboard gallery wall | diy nursery decor | navy green gray nursery | nursery inspiration | This is our BlissToday, I will give you the bare bones tutorial on how I created it. Please forgive me, but this isn’t going to be one of my most detailed posts to-date!
Nursery word art - Etsy printable - navy lime aqua - gallery wall - pegboard gallery wall - This is our BlissWhile selecting the pieces that were going to make up the pegboard, I knew I wanted to use some word art because I love it so. I made this nursery word art piece and framed it, and had a few other frames already purchased, so just needed to figure out what was going to go in them.
Nursery pegboard gallery wall - round frames with fabric - thrifted frames - this is our blissI opted to frame up some fabric pieces that matched his bedding in my thrifted round plate holders…and had set aside another frame to put a picture in (I later went with the one of our hospital bracelets)…
Little boy nursery pegboard gallery wall - DIY nursery decor - navy green & gray - This is our Bliss 6I had recently finished up the mustache shadow box and bought the IKEA basket and rail, but I still needed something else…something bigger – a focal point. I didn’t want just another frame, so when I found a large, rectangular piece of white cardboard – an idea formed!
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The cardboard was unique in that it sort of had a lip, which made it almost 3-D. I used my Silhouette Cameo to design “BOYS WILL BE BOYS” and once I had the sizing determined, I did a trial run with plain paper so I could check out spacing on the sign. After I had the size of the font where I wanted it, I had it cut the letters out on navy blue cardstock paper.
Little boy nursery pegboard gallery wall - DIY nursery decor - navy green & gray - This is our Bliss 2From there, I laid the letters out on the cardboard exactly how I wanted them to look. I started with the first “B” and applied a thin coat of modge podge to the back of the letter with a small craft foam brush and set it back down in its place. I continued through the rest of the letters until each one was pasted down to the cardboard. Next, I spread a thin coat over the letters and across the entire front of my new “sign”. I decided it needed a little something to give it a more finished look, so I took ribbon and applied a thin line of craft glue to the outer edge of the sign to secure it in place. The ribbon created a patterned frame.
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That was it! When it came time to hang it on the pegboard, I placed 2 pegboard hooks on the pegboard evenly spaced apart, then held the sign up. Once I had the sign centered across the 2 hooks, I poked the hooks through the back of the sign (while still hooked to the pegboard) to ensure the holes were properly placed.

There you have it!
boys will be boys printable - nursery word art printable - This is our BlissSince my directions are a little bit…well, sub-par, I have another option for you! I received several inquiries for a “Boys will be Boys” printable in my etsy shop, so I recently created one in a similar font to the sign on Simon’s pegboard – you can check it out here! (Please note: The gray brick is just a background and not part of the actual printable)

This instant download printable is formatted to be printed and cut down to an 8″x10″ or you can leave it as-is on the 8.5″x11″ paper. I recommend using cardstock paper to print and even taking the PDF file to your local copy or print shop. FedEx kinkos charges $1.50 for colored printing on white cardstock paper. Just a thought if you aren’t into this DIY idea with cardboard! Another great option would be to create a wood sign with a stencil or Silhouette Cameo or other die cutting tool, like a Cricut cutting machine.

Give it a shot! You might surprise yourself. I didn’t know what I was doing before I received my Cameo for Christmas, but after a some pinterest research browsing and reading up on the instruction manual, I figured it out! Add it to your wish list, you will love it!

If you have any questions at all, please leave me a note in the comments section below. Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you will come right on back here tomorrow! I am sharing the details on the 3 stacked frame gallery wall in our playroom!

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How to update an old Bookcase in 30 seconds | Back to Basics Week #3

I’m taking the word “basic” down to its core today. I mean, for real.

Aren’t we always looking for ways to give something a quick update without breaking the bank or taking up too much of our precious time? I feel that struggle ALL .OF. THE. TIME. Seriously, it’s just part of who I am, but I constantly have the urge to fuss with things around the house. Like Heather from Southern State of Mind puts it, “Can’t stop. Won’t stop zhushing my house.” Ain’t that the truth?!
Back to Basics Series Graphic - This is our Bliss - Southern State of Mind - Being Bianca - 11 Magnolia Lane - Heathered Nest - House by HoffToday is week 3 of our Back to Basic series where the 6 of us are giving our readers the low-down on some of our favorite tips, how-to’s and good-to-know’s for DIY’ng, decorating and all other things home!
Well, for my 3rd post in the series, I decided to go reaaaally basic.  No nightstand styling or pattern play fuss today!

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And the best part aside from it being a cinch – it only requires 2 things – a command hook & a piece of art. I mean we are talking about basics, right?

This itty bitty project will take your bookcase right from drab to fab and here’s how!

INSTRUCTIONS:

IMG_2648I had a package of these mini clear hooks laying around and they ended up being just the right size to fit along the middle section of the bookcase and would hold up an 11″x14″ frame.
*be sure to check the weight limit for the hooks you are using in comparison to the piece you are going to hang

Here is the bookcase before:
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That’s it! 30 seconds tops!

Does my “art” look familiar?! Things tend to shift around from time-to-time over here 😉
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how to update an old bookcase with command hooks - 30 second makeover - formal living room bookcase - hanging art on a bookcase - shelf styling - This is our blissIt’s not too big and not too bulky, but it adds some depth and dimension. It does slightly cover some of my bookshelf accessories, but I did that intentionally…allowing a few things to sort of “peek out” from behind it.

I was really happy with the bookcase before, especially after recently rearranging everything, but now there is a “pop”. That little something unexpected… which is what I love most about styling and décor. I certainly haven’t mastered this area of expertise, but I sure do admire those who have. For now, I’m having fun playing around as I hone my skills!
how to update an old bookcase with command hooks - 30 second makeover - formal living room bookcase - hanging art on a bookcase - formal living room coffee table - This is our blissI’ll probably be shifting my shelves again any day now (just kidding! I mean, I just did it 2 weeks ago!) but I can change out the art as often as I want or even remove it completely if I get bored with it. I love command hooks for this reason. They are easy to use and 100% temporary!

I use them quite often for party decorations – like for holding up the ends of my DIY buntings I’ve made for my boys’ birthday parties (see a few here, here and here) and were used another time for a Thanksgiving bunting.

The books come in all sorts of colors and sizes, but I personally like the smaller clear hooks best. The are almost invisible if you aren’t placing something in front of them, like I did on the bookcase. They really do work like a charm!
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Are you digging up some hooks and running to your bookcase NOW?! I highly recommend you test it out…play around and see what you like. You might surprise yourself by trying something new!

So, do you have a bookcase and a half a minute to give this a shot?

And do yourself another quick favor and stop by and visit my awesome co-hosts and see what fun things they’re busting out to share today!

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If you are just catching up on our Back to Basics series today, see what you missed the last 2 weeks:
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Lots more on the way this week, so please do come back again soon!
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How to: DIY Oversized [Fall] Word Art

My obsession continues. My love for word art is deep. I took a shot at creating my own version of an oversized word art piece to use in my fall entryway versus buying a ridiculously expensive one. I’ve made smaller pieces before, but I wanted a BIG one this time around! A statement piece…

Do you know how much money a 24″x36″ framed piece of anything costs?! or a even a canvas?! Way more than I wanted to throw down. Especially since its all about fall. I mean, I would have loved to order a custom something or other for above my entryway table, but the truth is… my entryway mirror will probably end up going right back in its spot after this season is over. Unless I decide to make a new piece for each season or holiday to put in the frame! I could totally do that. #dontgetaheadofyourself
How to DIY oversized word ART -Fall entryway - fall vignette - DIY word art - fall decor - This is our BlissI decided to create a DIY version and ended up spending less than $20! Yep – 20 bucks.

Supplies:

24″x36″ frame
MS Word or other document creation software
Flash Drive (to save your file & take to copy/print shop)
24″x36″ black & white print
3-Inch Flat Corner Brace (4-Pack)
Rub ‘n Buff Wax

Fullscreen capture 9172015 84159 PMSo let’s start from the beginning. A couple of weeks ago, I found large, 24″x36″ frames on mega sale at Michaels for $14.99, regularly priced $49.99. Such a steal! I bought one white and one grayish-brown. After calling my local FedEx/Kinko’s to check to make sure they could print that size, I sat down to work on my piece.
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I came up with a list of fall-related words and typed them out in MS Word with one space in between each word or group of words. I then started playing around with the fonts and point size of each word or phrase until it was sized just right and I was happy with how it looked. I ended up moving some of the words onto different lines in order to make the sizing work out. I wanted to take up as much of the full line as I could without the words being too small or the phrase running over to the next line. Each font is sized differently as well. I get download my fonts from dafont.com.

[Some of the fonts I used in this piece were: Bernardo Moda, Jenna Sue, Fascii Scraggly BRK, Architect’s Hand, AR DELANEY. You can enter these into the search box on the site and then download the file to your computer. They will be automatically added to the drop down list of fonts in MS Word.]

Next, I saved it as a PDF file, loaded it onto my flash drive and headed down the street to FedEx/Kinkos. I asked them to print my piece in black and white on a 24″x36″ sheet of paper. It cost me $4.67 to do it.
fedex receipt*[Important step!: you must save your .doc file as a .pdf because of the specialty fonts. If your copy / print shop does not have the exact same fonts on their computers, then they won’t show up. I didn’t know this when I went in to have another piece printed awhile back. They didn’t clue me in on the pdf secret. They told me I needed to go back home and load all of the different font files onto my flash drive so they could download them to their computer. so that is what I did! uggghhh]

Next, after opening up the back of the frame and slipping my piece of paper inside, I realized I needed to trim about 1/4″ off the side and top so it laid flat and didn’t bubble underneath the plexiglass. Once it was smoothed out, I fastened the back on and admired my work.
It was missing something though.

I ran upstairs to check my craft & décor stash for some flat corner braces. I was pretty sure I had an extra package left after making these frames. It was just what my new frame needed. Mine were silver, so I used a little Rub ‘n Buff Wax in Antique Gold on them before attaching to the frame.
DIY oversized word art - flat corner braces - This is our BlissAfter a couple minutes to let the wax set, I placed the “L” on the corner, then drilled in each of the 4 screws into the predrilled holes, until I was all the way through the surface of the frame. I did this on each of the 4 corners.
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Fall entryway - fall vignette - entryway table styling - fall decor - neutral fall decor - view from the stairs - fall word art - This is our BlissI love reading bits and pieces on it as I walk by. All of the words are things that remind me of the fall season, now and as a child.
fall decor - fall entry way - fall vignette - open framed gourd - DIY fall word art - this is our blissI especially love how my little thrifted gold open frame outlines “mom’s pumpkin cookies”. Such a warm and special memory of making and decorating pumpkin cookies with my mom and sister growing up (and eating too much cream cheese frosting along with the chocolate chips & candy corn that made up the eyes, nose and mouth of the pumpkin 🙂 )!
DIY oversized fall word art - flat corner braces - DIY wall decor - fall entryway - This is our BlissFall entryway - fall vignette - entryway table styling - fall decor - neutral fall decor -staircase view - fall word art 1 - This is our BlissI did have the corner braces and rub’n’buff on hand, so the project would have totaled around $35 normally… and if the frame wouldn’t have been on sale, well…thats a whole lot more. If you ever see huge frames like that on sale – grab a couple!

This was so unbelievable easy to make. I promise…if you can open up and type in Microsoft Word, then you can do this! If you don’t feel like making your own and like mine, get it below!:
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Fall entryway - fall vignette - entryway table styling - fall decor - neutral fall decor - DIY fall word art - leaves - This is our BlissI think it would be really cute to do something similar in a kid’s room or playroom with funny & cute kid phrases!
How to DIY Oversized Fall Word art - DIY wall decor - word art - This is our BlissWant more fall inspiration?! Visit my Fall Entryway post to see the rest of the shots!

What are your DIY secrets for creating large, oversized art? Please do share!
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Think again Thursday #5 [DIY Journal cover art]

Today I’m going to share my latest “Think again Thursday” project with you guys! A DIY Journal Cover Art piece! This may or may not be the very last project stemming from the One Room Challenge when I worked on our guestroom. I know, I know. You’re so OVER this guestroom! I understand. Well, I hope you still like this project – because even though I worked on it months ago, it has reignited a creative spark in me. I need that to happen more often.

I must admit. I feel really good about getting this series up & running! Awhile back, I had the idea to share how I take random everyday items and use them in new and unexpected ways – like a coin bank turned planter or using a curtain panel to reupholster a headboard. I mean, if you like a pattern, you like a pattern.

While perusing Pinterest or getting lost in blogland, I just LOVE when people share their ideas for ways to think outside the box. To do something unexpected with an ordinary object. Starting this series has inspired me to continue to strive to be creative while out shopping, thrifting or just decorating with things I have around the house – #shoppingyourhouse is THEE.BEST.THING! It is fun, free and it totally gives me a sense of accomplishment.

Like, “yeah, I just made this. with that!” Anyone else?

Not only am I happy to have 5 whole posts in this series ;), but it gets me thinking back to Haven and everything I still want to do here at This is our Bliss. What I want to turn this blog into…What the future holds…. and what direction do I want it to go in? I mentioned the other day that I have a few exciting things taking place in September, which is fitting because I have always thought of fall as a fresh start. Back to school (except now its not me its my OWN kid!)…returning to a schedule…finding a rhythm….getting organized…feeling a sense of motivation and turning it into productivity. Does the onset of fall do that to you, too?

I am really, really excited to get this new season started off with a bang, so I really hope you will sign up to receive my posts emailed to you and visit me more often! There is so much I plan to share!

So, here we go:
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A few months ago, at HomeGoods, strolling up and down the aisles like a manic fiend, I stumbled upon the cutest set of notebooks. It was a pack of 2 and I thought it would be perfect to use at my desk to jot notes down or to carry with me with my to-do lists scribbled down.
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Once I got it home, and used it a couple of times, I decided it was too pretty to be shoved in a desk drawer or toted around in my son’s diaper bag for that matter. It was one fancy to-do list, but still it needed to be showcased – a frame, I thought!
black & gold foil polka dot journal turned art - guestroom art - guest room gallery wall - This is our BlissI simply cut the cover off, stuck it behind a white mat and popped it into a black frame. Easy as pie.

It fits perfectly with the color scheme and pattern play I have going on in that room and actually looks like an expensive gold foil print – wrong! It was actually only $2 since the 2-pack of journals was only $3.99. I mean, does HomeGoods even make a profit with those kinds of prices?! I already had the mat and frame from one of my frame thrifting excursions just laying around to be used in another gallery wall. I love it when it all comes together like that!
guestroom revamp - gallery wall - picture ledge - gold foil journal turned art - This is our Bliss guestroom revamp - gallery wall - picture ledge - gold foil journal turned art - reupholstered cane chair - This is our BlissThe gold foil is subtle enough that it doesn’t take over the gallery wall, but its luxe look still pairs well alongside the gold accent table and its slight shimmer gleams against the pale creamy gray walls and the warm wood accents. Plus, my favorite chair + favorite project. ever.

All I can think of lately is what else can I cut apart and frame??!

Just this week, I was at Michaels and stopped dead-in-my-tracks when I saw these glitz & glam notecards on sale for $5. A 60-pack!!
Yes, a 60-pack of gold foil notecards in a boxed set for 5 bucks.
It of course, came home with me.
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I only wish I had a need for an all gold gallery wall. Wouldn’t this arrangement be so fab?!
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Here are a couple of other examples I framed greeting cards to use as wall art:

framing greeting cards as art - pegboard gallery wall - little boy nursery - LOVE - This is our BlissThis “LOVE LOVE LOVE” art print is actually just a greeting card. Inside of a small silver Ribba frame, it hangs proudly on a hook
on Simon’s Nursery Pegboard Gallery Wall.  I found it along with the one below in a set at Michaels last year.
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What about you? What unexpected things have you framed lately? Does this make you think again when you see a cute greeting card or journal?!
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Think again Thursday #4 [how to layer wall art]

Today, I am here with another  post from none other than – the guestroom. These follow-up posts just don’t quit! Yes, I do realize I finished the Guestroom Revamp Project for the SPRING One Room Challenge, but clearly I haven’t been able to share all of the goodies from inside. I can hardly believe that the Fall ORC is already quickly approaching. It kicks off on October 8th and I still haven’t quite decided which room I’m going to jump in to work on…hopefully I have my decision made in the next couple of weeks 🙂

So, back to this project – I am calling it “layered wall art” because that’s basically what it is! I took 2 separate metal wall décor pieces and stacked one right on top of the other!
layered metal wall art - how to layer wall art - wide shot of bed - Guestroom revamp - pattern play - floral, dalmation, geo, gold - This is our Bliss When working on the layout/design for decorating a wall in our home, I’m usually trying to come up with an idea that is somewhat unique & different. I don’t like to just buy something & throw it up. When I am out hunting and I find something I really like, I try to come up with ways to make it one-of-a-kind. I know…if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, but I consider it simply tweaking or restyling – just like I did here!

So, here we go… well, there aren’t really that many steps to follow so its not like a traditional tutorial, but here is what I did to achieve this layered look.
layered metal wall decor - unique wall art - Guestroom revamp - This is our BlissIf you remember back to week #3 of the challenge, I was hoarding goods left & right to go in the room…most of which happened to be gold. Weird, I know.
layered wall art - gold urchin on top of metal circles piece - unique wall hanging - This is our BlissI scored this metal spike / urchin piece at Homegoods (I call her spikey) and brought it home to add to the pile. So, in typical me fashion, I didn’t know exactly what I was going to do with it, but knew it had to join my stash. I’d figure out the rest later.
layered wall art - gold urchin - gold urchin on top of metal circles piece - unique wall hanging - This is our BlissYou’ve probably seen these everywhere. It seems the most popular of them all is the set of 3 small urchins from Target. I love these, too & they work well sitting out or on the wall because they are relatively small – just a little gold accent. Mine is quite a bit bigger though –  25″ in diameter. I stumbled upon this 11″ one on Amazon, but haven’t seen many as big as the one I have.

Spikey almost ended up on the wall left of the window in an art grouping, but I thought she was too big for that wall especially since the gold framed canvas piece (currently on that wall) is plenty big alone. So, once I determined the grouping for the left window wall, I moved on to the right-side of the window and ended up with the open-framed minted pieces.

Next, I wanted to focus on something for above the bed.

A larger gallery wall of mixed art & photo frames was already in the works on the other side of the room by my reupholstered chair, so a collection of frames was out. Then I thought maybe I could make a BIG statement and wallpaper behind the bed, but since I had a lot going on with the DIY headboard & the pattern play with the pillows, so another strike.

A circle. It needed something round.

The room had a ton of square & rectangular shaped décor & accessories throughout, so I determined, round it was. One day while at Hobby Lobby, I stumbled upon this multi-circle metal wall hanging & figured it was worth a shot. I took it home & held it up over the bed. It just wasn’t quite enough. It needed something more.
layered wall art -1st layer - gold urchin on top of metal circles piece - unique wall hanging - This is our BlissEnter spikey again!

I decided to put it right on top of the multi-circle piece! It would be funky, unique, edgy & black & gold – perfect!
See the nail in the middle? I got so excited I forgot to take a picture before I threw spikey on the wall!
[side note: I did spray paint the multi-circle piece black before hanging. It was actually a mixed metal piece, but thought black would be an excellent contrast with the super light wall color. sorry I don’t have a before pic!]

That is it! I hung one piece up. Played around with where I wanted the 2nd one to rest and then hammered a nail in the wall. Finally, I placed the gold piece on the wall and it was complete!
bed view - layered metal wall decor - unique wall art - Guestroom revamp - This is our BlissI really love how unsymmetrical it is. Working in even numbers is something I have been experimenting with a lot lately. The rule of odd numbers is still a good one to follow, but rules are meant to be broken, right??
Guestroom revamp - pattern play - floral, dalmation, geo, gold - This is our Blisshow to layer wall art - wide shot of bed & window wall - Guestroom revamp - pattern play - floral, dalmation, geo, gold - This is our BlissWhat do you think? Something you would try? I’d love to hear (& see) if you’ve ever done something like this! If you give it a try, please let me know!
Layered wall art - how to layer wall art - wall decor - guestroom revamp - this is our blissPlease come back again! Crankin’ out basement projects over here, so updates are coming soon! Who knows? Maybe there will be more from this room, too 😉

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Randomness + FREE Father’s Day Chalkboard Printable

Father’s Day weekend is here and I am so looking forward to slowing down a bit to just enjoy time with my boys – all 3 of them! As you probably noticed, I was completely MIA this week and it was just what I needed. Normally, I feel stressed and frantic if I don’t blog throughout the week, but I really tried to allow myself to feel productive and accomplished. I have to admit, not only did I publish zero posts this week, but I didn’t do any editing, writing, sourcing. Not a thing. Our basement project has taken up a huge chunk of my time and energy lately, but so has normal day-to-day life. The boys keep my on my toes all.day.long. Simon recently turned one and decided to drop his morning nap, just as my almost 3-year old determined his napping days were over as well. This mama needs a break!

#whenwillieverfeelrestedagain

The zoo, playdates, a visit from my MIL, hosted a work dinner for my husband, contractors in and out of the basement, husband traveling, oh and did I mention, I am starting a decorating business? That was my week in a nutshell. I promise I will dish on the business deets very soon, but I will say I couldn’t be happier for this crazy, busy, AWESOME journey I have just begun! So, while I have lots to share here on the blog – a few follow-ups on the guestroom, basement progress, lighting options for the bar, mirror options for the bathroom, business scoop, etc., etc., I am taking a mini time-out, but promise to be back at some point next week. While I don’t intend to disappoint, I just need to do it for me!

Thanks for letting me vent 🙂

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After all that randomness, I am sharing a FREE Father’s Day Printable with you!

2 options available:

Best Dad Ever – 5×7
Best Dad Ever – 8×10

Simply print it, cut it, frame it and gift it!

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Below, you can see how I framed it and combined it with a few other items to create a “Dad’s favorite things crate”.

You can do the same!

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| Typography growler [no longer available – crate & barrel, similar here] | wood frame [Homegoods – similar here] |
| gilded pretzel bottle opener | vintage Budweiser crate [thrifted] |

I tied black tulle & twine around a couple of my husband’s favorite beers + a few cigars tied up with a ribbon.  Obviously, you can put just about anything with the printable to create your own ‘custom’ gift basket or crate.

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Have a fantastic weekend celebrating the special men in your life! I hope to see you right back here next week!

What Father’s Day gifts have you bought this year? Are you relaxing this weekend or is it going to be action-packed with Father’s Day fun?!

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