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


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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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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Interior Design 101: How to Improve Your Home with Modern Decor

Interior home decor has always been an important factor in designing ones home.  This is because homes are not just a roof over our heads, homes are places where people meet and relax, host guests and have family dinners. Many people today even work at home in home offices. As a result, homes have to be made into places that suit the people living there. Research has shown that the home environment plays a fundamental role in improving the quality of lives of residents. By simply enhancing ones home decor one can easily make a home more desirable. For example simple changes using color, lighting, furniture and other decorative accessories can change the entire ambiance of a room. 

With this in mind, it is simple to improve the overall look and feel of your home by focusing on a couple of important design elements.

Decide on purpose

Before you begin you should come up with a plan to achieve your new updated look. You will realize that each of the rooms in the house has specific requirements when it comes to decoration. For example, materials and decor items will differ significantly when decorating a kitchen versus a bedroom. Therefore, decide on what you what to achieve and then pursue it boldly. Above everything else, you should ensure there is style and comfort.

I find the best way to keep my ideas in order is to create pinterest boards for each room you plan to redecorate and keep each room's plan of action separate. This way you can check things off as they get completed. You can check out some fabulous DIY and Decor ideas on our pinterest boards. 


Decor is Everything

Obviously the big pieces of furniture make a big statement in any room, but the overall feng shui of a room is reliant on accessory choices. A fabulous sofa and coffee table is nothing without personalized decor that harmonizes the room and makes it feel like a home. The best way to keep decor personal is to start with the most personal type of decor, your photos. There is a place in every room (yes, even the bathroom) for a photo. 

Pictures are a hugely useful resource to use when selecting room decor. They can provide the room with a mood, a color scheme, and add just enough personal touch. Then there is the frame itself, picture frames are the statement pieces on the walls. The color choices, ornate trim styles and different shapes allow for so much versatility. You can accentuate a photo, a pieces of art, or even s piece of decor by framing it. With the vast amount of frame styles available today you can fit picture frames to every type of decor. This also makes picture frames the best item to use when bridging two styles that would not normally compliment one another. 

Consult a Professional

Interior design is an art that requires knowhow. There are so many elements that can be taken into consideration and in the end you want it all to come together to create a lasting impression Finding a balance to get all the items to coordinate is typically the most difficult part. If you have the resources talk to a professional interior designer, or if you have a simple design question talk to our friend over at Laura Leigh Designs - she offers an affordable way to ask a professional with $10 design questions! There is no better way to get a second opinion from an actual design professional! Also check out design publications or research on the internet for quick ideas, our blog is a great place to start if you are looking for diy decor tips

Thistle & Poppy also offers free design consultations for custom framing and wall arrangements. Simply send us an email @ info@thistleandpoppy.com or fill out our custom order form; include info about your design ideas, framing needs, and if you have one, a photo of the space we will be designing. We will work with you to design the perfect wall collection and provide sketches of your soon to be favorite picture frames right on your walls!

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