A Lesson in Artwork: Choosing the Right Decor For Your Bedroom

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In the movie The Break Up, Jennifer Aniston's character works in a gallery and advises a potential buyer to "never buy a piece of art you don't have to have." I couldn't agree more, and despite studying art a little, the pieces I have to have in my home are few and far between.  When it comes down to it, I like a lot, but I rarely LOVE.

Because of this, finding something to put above my husband's and my bed was a challenge.  I wanted something inviting. Cozy. Soft and soothing.  And not too feminine. (It is his bedroom too, after all!) With the cool blues we had, I found some floral canvases that would've looked great, but I never found anything that felt perfect. I didn't want something hung just because I liked it; I wanted to be drawn to it, especially if it was going to be such an important focal point. 

I began to think about what I wanted represented there, and went in a more symbolic direction.  It was our space. Intimate. Where we lay down every night, together. A comforting sanctuary to feel connected.  And then I thought about when we officially became a family, and possibly using something from our wedding. Not pictures of ourselves, but maybe our vows... Why not hang our vows? The idea stuck. Nothing would be more personal, and nothing felt more right. 

I'll spare you the first version of what went up on our wall as I painted the canvases myself. While they were far from what I really wanted, they did the trick for a while.  And my sweet husband even said he liked them. But honestly, what we both loved was what they meant to us, which is all that really mattered. Eventually, I splurged and had this professional version made--our promises to each other, hand painted on wood.  A memento from our life and how far we've come since we spoke those words; a happy reminder as we retreat into our space each night. 

And I do still look at them every time I walk into our bedroom, or even by it, for that matter. I can't help it; they're so meaningful. (And friends often notice too!) Maybe most importantly though, is what I'll always remember from the entire process: when push comes to shove and you can't find a piece of art that you have to have, find a way to make one that you won't be able to live without. It'll definitely be worth it!


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{IKEA HACK} Toddler Alphabet Magnet Board

As we get closer to D-day I am actually having to get all of these Thrifty Thursday DIY plans accomplished. I put together my DIY toddler bedroom plan of action and we are very close to having it complete! The magnet board idea had me very excited, i love anything interactive and educational. So while on a hunt for a new curtain rod for the boy's bedroom i stumbled upon the SPONTAN at IKEA - bam a magnet board ready to hang and the price was unbeatable!

My only issue was the look of it. Sorry IKEA, but that just does't fit with the adorable vibe I am going for in my toddler's room. IKEA themselves even offer a hack right there in store to help cute-fiy this item! Anyway, I make frames right? so the simple solution here was make a custom frame that fits the room! and SHAZAM we had a new and improved magnet board! It took no time at all for the boy to jump on it and start working his ABC's! I would say that is success! 

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So there it is! better than simply covering your board in fabric! Although you could do that too! Add a frame and actually see the new vibe this piece gives off! Check out our DIY Framing post for ideas on how to create a custom frame for it yourself, or DIY the easy way and order this frame right here! When the frame arrives you simply pop the magnet board right in the opening and it is ready to hang! 


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Thrifty Thursday! Framing DIY Style - {Do it Yourself Decor Ideas}

Happy Thursday! We're going to get into our favorite topic today - Framing!  We thought it would be fun to explore some DIY wall decor ideas.  Let's update some of those old frames gathering dust in the closet and find out some other cool ways to up cycle and create fantastic new wall decor. 

I have always been a fan of mosaic furniture and decor, i love buying it and i love making it even more! There is nothing more fun than smashing up some glass or porcelain! I have made a number of mosaic items, they are a bit time consuming but well worth the fun and the final product. 

This mirror tray is a super idea for an easy and elegant piece of wall decor. You can simply find a tray from around your house or pick one up at your local thrift store (give it a layer of spray paint if it needs it). Break a mirror and bam! I would add grout in between the mirror pieces just to keep everything secure, but obviously it isn't totally necessary. This gal didn't do it and I still love the outcome. 

 

This mirror makes me ask myself so many questions! Why didn't I think of this? Why do I not have one of these in my house yet? and why am I not making these for ya'll?

I mean look how awesomely rustic this piece is! This frame is so simple yet stylish! And even better it can be made easily with probably the cheapest materials at your local lumber store! Everyone go out and make this frame and send us your photos! 

 

I get the most excited about ideas I have never seen before, and I have never even thought to make bookends! I think this idea is ingenious and adorable! And even better another easy way to incorporate your photos into your decor, but this time they are also functional! Nothing beats function! Actually what does beat function in this case, is how ridiculously easy these things are to make! 

Dust off some of those old frames rotting away in the 'frame graveyard' at the back of your closet. Give them a little paint love and a wee bit of engineering, and you have a custom and very stylish bookend! 

One of my favorite things to incorporate in and around my home is clothespins. For some reason they give me that rustic homey feel and I just love how useful they can be.

This new take on your standard bulletin board is just divine! Dust off another old frame from the closet because you are for sure going to want to whip up one of these! 

I love how graphic the twine makes this piece and how that mix of twine and clothespins fancifies your simple memo. 

 

 

One of our all time favorite frame designs (and one of our most affordable) is our solid wood clothespin frame. If you are into the rustic style, this might be the Thistle & Poppy Frame for you! Plus it allows you to switch your photos out as simply as our patented Snap Point Picture Frame!

 

 

Last,  but definitely not least! Its got to be a pallet project, right? Really, we just might have to compile an entire post about awesome things you can do with recycled pallets!

These pallet frames are adorably rustic! And let's face it, if you are on a budget, free materials are where its at! I love the natural finish of these and the natural flaws that come with using raw recycled materials. For a first time DIYer this is a great place to start! Those little blemishes or corners where the frame might not meet up perfect are actually the perfect imperfections that give these pieces that elegant shabby chic vibe. Check out this custom sign we made for a wedding. The bride had shabby chic wedding decor in mind. We repurposed found wood, hand painted the message and made the most fabulous sign for her elegant candy bar. 

That's all I have got for you today! There is plenty to frame and plenty to do yourself this week! I know I have some new framing plans on the agenda. 

And, if you are more of a virtual do it yourselfer, check out our frame designer. Custom design a picture frame yourself! You design it, we'll make it, that counts as DIY right? Happy Thursday! 


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