There is so much joy [and Chicago wind and coldness!] in the air at this time of the year. One of the things I find the most joy in, is the tradition of exchanging holiday cards with family and friends. When I sit down to create our holiday card each year, I look forward to a seamless experience without any stress or hassle. Who has time for that?!! From art prints and curtains, to ornaments [and even the bright & shiny table runner you saw in our Merry & Metallic Christmas Dining Room tour!] and Holiday cards, Minted will ALWAYS be at the top of my go-to list for such items! Their selection is amazing and their curated collection is full of pieces created by talented and aspiring independent artists. Last year, I posted about Minted’s beautiful holiday card collection, but this year, while I am ooohing and ahhhing about how wonderful Minted is, I thought I would share a peek of our family’s actual Christmas card with you! Continue reading
You know what they say…
“Time flies when you’re having fun!”
Welp, I almost completely missed the blog’s 2 year mark – blog birthday… bloggiversary…whatever you want to call it! This little ol’ blog was born in March of 2014, but it ALMOST came to life exactly one year prior. Continue reading
If you haven’t heard me say it before, then listen up! These curtains were a GAME CHANGER in our master bedroom!! I revealed Part I of our master bedroom refresh for the New Year, New Room Challenge, and today I’m finally sharing Part II! There is a tiny ounce of me that wishes I wouldn’t have shared anything until the curtains were up – it was THAT much of a transformation, but I was still so excited about where the room had gone. Continue reading
I truly can’t believe after nearly 4 years, I can finally say our master bedroom is complete! Well, just about (I’ll explain later on). I am so happy to have another room checked off THE LIST! Its decorated and looks and feels so good!! Such a great feeling! I’ve said it before, but I seriously had some major bedroom envy after finishing up the guestroom last spring for the One Room Challenge.
After I finished it, I’m all like and why did I decide to do the GUEST room before OUR room?!
I still don’t have the answer to that, but I do know our guests have enjoyed their stays in it 😉
This little refresh all began when Stephanie from Casa Watkins rallied the troops and 11 of us joined in on the fun. We were given 3 weeks to transform or at least somewhat transform or “refresh” any space of our choosing. Our master was instantly, like “pick me, pick me!!” It was just the push I needed to get this room movin’ in the right direction. So, a HUGE thank you to Stephanie for allowing me to participate. That little nudge was well worth it!
And now, for our newly refreshed space…
I am in love with the pillow combination and am enjoying the fresh flowers on the nightstands while they last. You can see my most recently styled bedside table here. I only switched it up a tiny bit from the last styling sesh.
And you know me. I HAVE to without a doubt have a gallery wall in every. single. room. around here. I had a lot of fun creating one around our TV. Love the view before falling asleep at night and then waking up to it in the morning.
The super cute Framebridge instagram was the perfect piece to put across from the floating shelves. simple & sweet. And that pink chair. I know, I can’t believe I put a hot pink chair in here either, but I love it! And the Mr. actually loves it, too! #whereelsecanisneaksomemorepink
Believe it or not, but there is actually a ton more I wasn’t able to share today. There were so many other angles and shots I wanted to take to share, but I am missing a huge component to the new room – the curtains! 2 of the walls in our room are window walls and well, with bare windows and soooo much light flooding in, I just wasn’t able to capture the rest. But don’t fear, my curtains are expected to be in mid-month and you best believe I will have them up the second the delivery man knocks at my door! MUST.HAVE.CURTAINS!
I hope you enjoyed what you saw so far and I will be back with more shots of the room (more wide angle / larger view), window treatment details, a couple tutorials + source list for everything you see!
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If you missed the rest of the Challenge, get caught up below:
Before you go too far, you definitely don’t want to miss the rest of these super stylish spaces…all different types of rooms & styles to pull inspiration from and pick up a tip or 2 as some of them revealed last week and are sharing tutorials and how-to projects this week!
New Year, New Room Refresh Challenge Participants:
Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you’ll be back again soon!
Today is WEEK #2!! This refresh challenge has been, well, just that. A total challenge. I knew I wasn’t going to be making a crazy amount of changes to our bedroom – no painting, no new furniture or furniture projects period – mainly wall decor and sprucing up the bed. But dang! I tell you what…the thought of next week being the reveal has me feeling a bit anxious and slightly behind the eight ball. I’ve got exactly one week to whip this space into shape and although most of the components are here, like physically in my home, there is still pleennnnttty to do. If you can’t find me next weekend, you know where to find me. Annnd I’ll probably have kidnapped another member of my household in the process.
What’s the struggle, you ask. Well, its more like big fat question marks.
I have collected approximately 317 frames. Most of the frames in my “collection” are thrifted finds. You know how I roll when it comes to gallery walls. I adore a good gallery wall, but would seriously go broke if I bought new frames each time I design one in my head and then decide to go to town on the wall. Have you seen my stairwell?!
So, although I am not going to be showing you the finished product yet, I am going to share my tips for pulling together a gallery wall. Next week, you get to see the goods 😉
Sometimes I have no method to my madness and other times, like in this particular case, I have a plan of attack.
ok, so here we go!
1 | Select your inspiration piece.
This print is from Minted and I absolutely adore it. It is the perfect combination of color and texture. I will always decorate with black, white and gold – always, but this piece allows me to pull a couple of other colors into the room as well. I love that its a bright and fun piece, but it still has a few splashes of black and dark gray in the print, too, which you’ll see used throughout the room next week. Like most of minted’s prints, this one comes in 8 different sizes with the option of 15 different frames. I chose to have mine framed in basic black.
For this inspiration piece, you ultimately need to determine what piece is going to make it onto the wall – one way or another. A large family portrait on canvas, a vintage art find, a special gift, a splurge piece – whatever the case may be. Just something you can build off of…a starting point. It’s the non-negotiable piece. Its going up no matter what.
2 | Gather frames.
This is the fun and inexpensive part! If you know me, then you know I seriously
hoard collect frames.
Target clearance frame – mine.
Michaels 40% off – in the cart.
$1.99 at Goodwill – I’ll take 3.
After exercises A, B and C on repeat over time, you can see how my stash would steadily increase. My point is if you do a little hunting around town before you are ready to put up a gallery wall or before you even have the idea, then you allow yourself some time to score a few deals. When the time comes to put the frames up, I like to go to my collection and start pulling a few frames that I might want to use in that particular space. Shopping your house is one of the THEE best things ever! I grab a few colors, sizes and shapes and head into the room to plan the layout – typically, by placing the frames on the floor and then rearranging until I think I have it just right. I have been known to rearrange a few more times once the frames are up on the wall. Shhhh don’t tell! I am definitely not one of those people who write posts on “how to hang a gallery wall like a pro on the first try without extra nail holes”. I mean, who are those people anyways? #notreallife
While gathering your frames, you want to decide on your color scheme. Since I started with my minted art print framed in black, I am choosing to work with black, white and gold frames in my gallery wall which is pretty standard around my home, but holds true in this space as well.
3 | Add a unique shape.
Sometimes I like uniformity and sometimes I don’t. More often than not, I like things to be slightly edgy with a little sass or a wee bit of funk. This could be by simply placing a round frame among all rectangles. This could also mean adding a sunburst mirror, a key or even a number to your wall. It doesn’t have to be anything too extreme, but by adding something that looks a little different than the rest of the frames, creates visual interest on your wall and in your space overall.
Here, I used an open round frame to break up all of the rectangles on the wall in our guestroom. Its not too crazy or dramatic, but it gives it a unique, eclectic look.
4 | Keep it interesting & do something unexpected.
I would’t say adding a picture ledge (like above) within a gallery wall is unexpected, but it does create an interesting focal point. I was able to layer some leaning frames on the ledge and even put a small plant on the end which added another styling accessory…some fresh greens – something other than a frame.
In other areas of the guestroom, I put a slight twist on your standard wall decor. First, by layering 2 separate metal pieces (the black one and the gold one) on top of each other to create a multi-dimensional over-the-bed decor piece…
…and on the other side of the room, opposite of the picture ledge gallery wall, I framed 2 prints and hung them on the wall and then put an open frame around them both. I called it “framing a frame” – so clever, I know!
It’s a way of taking two smaller pieces and creating one, larger statement piece out of it. This “technique” is applied in the master bedroom gallery wall, too. Sorry, still no sneak peeks!!
Ok, fine. I’ll share this eensie weensie spoiler with you since I shared it on instagram already.
The wall has already had 4 makeovers since this cell phone shot, but at least its something other than a blank wall!
Some of the best and my most favorite gallery walls are the unique, awe-inspiring ones. The ones that don’t resemble my next door neighbor’s or the go-to, standard layout on pinterest. I like to have fun with the walls and be a little bold. Why not? If you change your mind some day, there’s nothing that a little spackle, sandpaper and paint can’t fix, right?!
Not to drag this post on by adding another list, but I thought it might be helpful to see my original hit list and where I am at this point.
1 | buy curtain rods / hang curtain rods
buy curtains / hang curtains
3 | TV gallery wall
determine over the bed decor
5 | determine left side of the window
6 | determine right side of the window
8 | pillow arrangement?
9 | tabletop accessories (dresser x 2 & nightstand x 2)
10| conceal cable box
11 | bench?
13 | wall storage / hooks
14 | DIY art
16 | _____________
17 | _____________
18 | _____________
19 | _____________
20 | _____________
Since there a very few “checks” and even more blanks, I for sure have my work cut out for me. But with a few solid naptime hours and the weekend ahead, this room will be good to go. If not, then you’ll hear about it!
What are your gallery wall hanging tips? Do you like symmetrical layouts? Monochromatic? Eclectic?!
If you missed the rest of the Challenge, get caught up below:
Another big, big thank you to our lovely, talented and super hardworking host, Stephanie of Casa Watkins!!
Now, hurry and go see what the others are up to – I know they’ve been working their tails off!
Merriness, brightness & blissfulness is all around! All around our home & all over the blog this week! There is A LOT to share, so it will probably spill over into next week, too. I hope you are okay with loads of holiday inspiration coming directly from me to you!
First up, is the front door. You do see it right from the get-go, so I thought it only seemed fitting as the starting point for the tour. Right?!
I adore our front door. It may or may not have been the deciding factor when we bought this house back in 2012. We couldn’t help, but fall in love.
While decking the halls and everywhere else, I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to put alongside the front door. When my minted photo art pieces arrived, I knew they won the coveted spot!
I like black, white and gold to trickle throughout our home, room-by-room and before decorating for Christmas, the foyer was really lacking in that particular color (or lack thereof) department.
By hanging my gold foil-pressed photo art prints, it totally did the trick – classic black and white, with a subtle pop of gold glitz! Minted’s selection of photo gifts is pretty stellar. Add your pictures, personalize it, monogram it, glam it up! There are so many other options if the shiny foil detail isn’t your thing…but, seriously. Why would it not be your thing?!
[my personalized version of Confettiscape]
Adding something a bit personal also seemed like a good idea, since its the very last thing visitors see before exiting our home.
I didn’t do a whole lot to the front door space, but I spruced it up a little with a simple poinsettia topiary to add a pop of red. Speaking of red, you’ll be seeing a lot of that color around here for Christmas. I love what it does to my neutral space!!
A little gold basket sits on the stool to toss gloves and hats in and of course, my Hunter Boots (affiliate) had to make an appearance. It just wouldn’t be right without them 😉
I’m slightly obsessed with this wreath I found at Homegoods. Its slightly funky with its spiky greens and the faux ice crystals look so pretty and actually, very real. The berries and bells are perfect pops of…yes, red.
I can’t even handle this picture of my little guys. Just HAD to include it when I was personalizing the Hand Sketched Trio piece by June Letters Studio. There is no way this photo wasn’t going to make the cut!
And for a sneak peak of another space all decked out…
I seriously can’t wait to share the rest of our merry, bright and blissful holiday home with you tomorrow when it’s my turn for the 12 days of Christmas Tour of Homes!! Wish me luck as I’m prepping to hit publish on my very first holiday home tour! Please come back and see!
12.1 | Evolution of Style || Dixie Delights
12.2 | Life & Home at 2102 || Provident Home Design
12.3 | Simple Details
12.4 | The Pink Clutch || This is Happiness
12.7 | Bless’er House || The Tale Of An Ugly House
12.8 | Classic Casual Home || This is our Bliss
12.9 | Primitive and Proper
12.10 | Shine Your Light || Driven by Decor
12.11 | Suburban Bitches || Our Storied Home
12.14 | Simply Sarah Style || Rough Luxe
12.16 | Tour Highlights & Our Link Party with YOU!
Start working on your minted photo art gifts now! There’s still plenty of time to crank a couple of these out online, have them shipped & get them wrapped up and under the tree!
It’s not too late to add Holiday cards to your shopping cart, either!
You + me at this very same place all throughout the rest of the month for more of the Merry, Bright & Blissful Holiday home series plus a few gift guides for those on your list!
Front Door | Home Tour | Living Room & Holiday Bar | Family Room | Christmas Table
*A big thank you to minted for providing me with these beautiful photo art gifts. All thoughts, ideas & opinions are 100% my own!
*This post is sponsored by minted, however all excitement, opinions and happy thoughts are 100% my own!
The holidays are creeping. Like really creeping up on us. The Christmas décor hasn’t been busted out in its entirety over here yet, but it IS about that time to start thinking about and ordering holiday cards.
I simply adore this tradition.
There is something so warm and nostalgic about sealing an envelope and placing a stamp on the corner just-so. I admit, handwritten thank you cards and yes, snail mail will always be something I take pride in putting forth that extra bit of effort.
I feel the same way about sending Christmas cards.
I remember being little and helping my mom get the Christmas cards and envelopes all prepped and ready to go out in the mail. We would listen to Christmas music and drink hot chocolate. I couldn’t wait to “grow-up” so I could send out my very own Christmas cards 🙂
If you’ve been hanging around here long enough, then you know my love for all things glitz, glam, shimmer and sparkle runs deep. like real deep. Basically an obsession. I can’t seem to walk away from anything that gleams gold, so why would our holiday cards be any different?
Minted is an online marketplace of independent artists who create the most jaw-dropping, stunning designs – from artwork and calendars, to stationary and home décor (did someone say pillows?!) I’ve ordered a number of prints and custom photo gifts (you may remember them from the guestroom revamp project) in the past and have been so super pleased! They even allow you to customize your very own holiday wrapping gear – paper, stickers, fabrics and more. And their holiday cards? Seriously gorgeous.
I’m a personal fan of their foil-pressed collection – the cards actually S H I N E ! You can choose to have your card dazzle with silver, gold or the new hot trend, rose gold. Truly beautiful.
The design process is a cinch – take a peek!
You start by selecting a design, choosing flat or folded and then your paper type – there are 5 to choose from! and then uploading your photo…
For the foil-pressed cards (my personal favorite!) you choose which bright and shiny finish you want (gold, silver or rose gold)…choose your shape and then design your front by inserting your custom text in the box.
Next, design the back…
Don’t want to do your own mail merge or hand-write your own envelopes? No problem! They have FREE recipient address service available! So convenient 😉
I really love this address style, too.
Finally, a preview! You even get a free digital proof to ensure your design is exactly how you want it.
It’s that simple! Of course, I wouldn’t want to spoil the fun of sharing our actual Christmas cards with you all, but we just might end up going with one of these options – you’ll have to wait and see! Here are a few more of my favorites!
It’s a wonderful life
gilded brush – joy
Which is your favorite? Are you already scheming your design? 324 foil-stamped cards to choose from, plus countless more designs! I may or may not already have my eyes set on next year’s pick!
I can’t wait to skip to the mailbox… or rather, load the boys up in the car to drive to the post office – they love helping me drop envelopes in the drop box – and get these babies out! fa la la la la… la la… la.. LA!
Have you ever pondered buying a large piece of art for a wall in your home, but didn’t want to spend the money?! Large art prints & canvases can be expensive! Today, I am sharing how to make a BIG statement using small art – you simply, frame a frame! or in my case, 2 frames. 😉
It all started when I was working on my guestroom revamp project I completed for the One Room Challenge. I had 6 weeks to overhaul our guestroom – from painting, adding new window treatments, bedding, creating a DIY headboard, reupholstering a cane chair and the best part, to
hoarding buying accessories & wall décor.
I was at IKEA buying frames to use on the gallery wall when I decided to purchase a large, black RIBBA frame. You just can’t beat their prices, especially for large frames. In typical me-fashion – I kept it around until the last week of the challenge because I just couldn’t decide what I wanted to put in it or where I wanted to hang it in the room.
Story of my life.
So after several creative design sesh’s with my friend, Haley, we came up with an idea!!!
I had just ordered my two 8″ x 10″ Minted prints and set aside my pair of thrifted gold frames to put them in, but knew that those two prints alone wouldn’t fill the wall up. Since I was doing a larger gallery wall on the other side of the room and a grouping of 3 on the left of the window, I wanted to keep the wall to the right of the window somewhat simple & uncluttered, but still create a small display of art by using smaller pieces (plus, it costs more than pretty penny for a 20″ x 28″ piece of art).
I opted to frame my frames!
Here is what I did:
After carefully removing the glass & mat from the large black frame, I noticed it was light brown on the inside. Since it was going to be an open frame, I needed to paint it black.
First I pushed down all the metal prongs flat. Then, I took a foam paint brush, a small bristle brush & black craft paint and started working my way around the frame & inside the corners.
After letting it dry for an hour, I checked back for touch-ups. After it was all filled in, I hung it on the wall.
I saved money by only purchasing two smaller Minted prints, using Goodwill & IKEA frames and still have an interesting & unique look. Win Win!
You can also find open empty frames at Michaels or Hobby Lobby – check their clearance sections! You can usually find odd sized / custom cut frames majorly discounted. Or if you are up for thrifting a frame – remove the hunter green & mauve mat along with the less than desirable art inside, clean it up or give it a couple coats of spray paint and you will have your own frame to use to frame a frame!
What do you think? Something you would try? I’d love to hear if you’ve done something similar! Leave me a comment below if you wouldn’t mind sharing 🙂
Hello and welcome! I hope you all had a nice Mother’s Day weekend! Mine was lovely! I spent the weekend away with my husband at an out-of-town wedding of a friend of his. On our way home on Sunday, we stopped by his parents’ house to surprise his mom. After a short visit, we headed to our house where my parents and the little guys were there waiting for us! The afternoon was spent playing outside and after a nice dinner and a couple of drinks, we were all off to bed early. My kind of night 🙂
As promised, I am back today with a full source list from the newly finished guestroom I completed for the One Room Challenge with Calling it Home! I am smitten with how it turned out and have been so unbelievable overwhelmed and humbled by the response – wonderfully sweet comments on the blog and plenty more on social media! You guys are awesome – thank you! I even got the stamp of approval from our first guests. When my mom first walked in she said, “I don’t even want to set my bags down in here!” I took that as a compliment. The challenge conveniently ended just before my parents were due for a visit – perfect timing!
So if you like the look, scroll down and see where I scored all of my finds!
gold urchin [HomeGoods]
black metal circle wall art [Hobby Lobby + black spray paint]
geometric headboard [DIY tutorial coming soon]
pillows: floral Euro pillow [ insert + DIY cover using this fabric] | Animal print standard sham | gold shimmer ruffle pillow [HomeGoods]
bedding: white comforter | gray quilt | teal throw [Threshold from Goodwill]
bedside items: black frame [HomeGoods] | Decanter & glasses | round gray tray [lid from box set] | black & white mirror [Target – no longer available]
lamp [previously owned + fave gold spray paint | lux candle | white & gold trinket dish [HomeGoods]
art: top | bottom [both 8″x10″]
frames: Gold wall frames [thrifted] | black frame | small standing gold frame [HomeGoods]
luggage rack [thrifted + DIY makeover tutorial]
dresser items: teal vases [HomeGoods] | faux peonies [Michaels] + real hydrangeas | exotic branches [Dollar Tree]
gold drop ring drawer pulls
small round gold mirror [thrifted]
hexagon tray [Target – no longer available]
gold wing trinket dish
Henry Matisse tree art print [IKEA – no longer available]
black & white framed art [Hobby Lobby]
plant [Meijer] + plant basket
teal lamp & gold geometric vase [HomeGoods]
custom state watercolor [details here]
I did not keep a running tally of the amount I spent on the room, but since I was able to use all of the furniture we previously had with the exception of my reupholstered cane chair and the small gold side table sitting next to it, I really only had to buy decor / accessories. Working with what you already have when it comes to large pieces of furniture is definitely a great way to save some $. Leave it “as is” or update it with a couple coats of paint or new hardware and it will give it a whole new look while still being able to stash some cash.
There were a few DIY pieces included in the room and I plan to get the follow-up tutorial posts out in the next week. Since I was also able to shop my house for several items, too, which is always an added bonus, those items might not be listed. If you have questions about anything you see or don’t see, just leave a comment and I will get back to you as soon as possible!
See how the Guestroom Revamp project transformed throughout the 6 week One Room Challenge here:
Have a great day and I hope to see you back here soon!
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