Posts Tagged ‘art’

Styling | Hanging Art on the Bookcases

Howdy! So, I was cooped up indoors yesterday. It was rainy and one of my kiddos had the dreaded tummy virus that has been going around. Needless to say we could not go anywhere. I got a little stir crazy and decided to rework my bookcases. Hanging art on the bookcases also happened.

I went into my storage room and saw one of my favorite pieces of art leaning against the wall. This Laura Dro Ikat Kaleidoscope print I had taken down to do some painting.  I never hung it back up because we went out East for the summer.

Styling | Hanging art on bookcase

I decided to reframe it and hang it up on the bookcase. I have been wanting to hang something there for a while now.  Just the pop of pattern and color that was missing!

Styling | Hanging art on bookcases

 

This is not a sponsored post and I purchased the art almost 2 years ago. I just really love Laura’s textile-inspired abstracts. The colors are stunning and even the prints are of high quality and look like canvases. I really love supporting artists I admire.

 

Styling | Hanging art on bookcases

I’ve been feeling lively and vibrant lately. My home definitely mimics my mood. With the exception of my kiddo getting sick, this house has been bustling with activity. It just feels right to showcase this print center stage.

Styling | Hanging art on bookcases

This print is still for purchase on Laura’s website: http://www.lauradrodesigns.com

You can also check out these awesome lucite trays that can be customized with a monogram and print selection. I just love them!

Uncommon Goods for Unique Gifts & Home Decor

Happy Wednesday! It’s midweek already and we have been settling into our new summer home here. I’ll be sharing more on that later, but today I wanted to share a really cool place to get unique gifts and home decor.

I have been bitten by the shopping bug big time and I am loving the selections from Uncommon Goods!! Uncommon Goods was founded in 1999 and is a platform for artists and designers to share their creations. There are some really great products to choose from; most of which are handcrafted and made right here in the good old USA.

Here are a few of my favorite picks from the Uncommon Goods website for gifts and home decor.

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1) I have been on the hunt lately for a great floral piece to add to my collection. This Martina Hernanadez Flowers print is perfect. It is a print of the original made from magazine clippings. Just amazing! You can get it framed or unframed.

2) I have been loving the urchin and astral spheres that have been trending in home decor. This Astral Wall Hanging Set of 3 would be a great way to add the trend into your home. Check out all the home and garden decor here.

3) My love for agates and geodes is always going strong. This Gilded Amethyst Paperweight is so beautiful and would be a great addition to your desk or bookcase.

4) Your tabletops can always benefit from a large bowl. Bowls are a great accent to use for fruit or to add in a sculptural element. I love the structure of this Satellite Bowl. Bonus that it comes in black…to continue my black and white obsession.

5) Decanters! Do you have one? Bar carts and barware have been popular for the last couple years and I don’t think it’s going away anytime soon. As our love affair for all things bar continues, I don’t think you can go wrong with this Yours, Mine, and Ours Decanter Set. This would make a great gift for newlyweds or a hostess gift. Click here to check out more gifts for women.

6) Another great hostess gift would be this Double Tiered Teak Root Serving Platter. So unique and the beauty of the teak root adds such a lovely, natural element. This would be great all year round for your gatherings. I can see it at a summer outdoor party, a fall wine tasting, or used for your Thanksgiving celebration.

7) Last but certainly not least, are these Hand Embroidered Region Pillows. Since arriving in Connecticut and knowing that we are spending our entire summer exploring the Upper East Coast, I think we need this pillow as a memento, don’t you?! It’s something personal, that triggers a happy memory and I love that. I dig the heirloom design too. See all the personalized products here to add a special touch to your gift giving or surroundings.

I hope you enjoyed my picks from Uncommon Goods. I am really impressed with this company. They are an environmentally responsible retailer that is helping make the world a better place. Through their non-profit organizations and business practices they are impacting lives for the better. It’s a great resource for the makers and shoppers alike.

Speaking of shoppers, there really is something for everyone! Offerings range from quirky and eclectic to rare and beautiful. Visit Uncommon Goods to see all their unique offerings.

This is a sponsored post written by me for Uncommon Goods. As always, I only share things I love and all opinions are 100% mine.

Spring Trends in my Living Room and a GIVEAWAY!!!!!

HOORAY!! My calendar says it’s officially spring! It was a long time coming in the Midwest with the polar vortex and the LONGEST winter I can remember! Today, I am sharing my take on spring trends to bring into your home. You will also have a chance to win $150 to shop West Elm or Target courtesy of Coupons.com!!!

Coupons.com Spring Giveaway $150 to shop West Elm or Target

I shared my spring refresh of my bedroom last week. This week I am sharing how I am bringing spring into my living room. Just painting the walls freshened up this space, but now I am craving color! I shared my color inspiration for this room a few weeks ago and I started to get to work on adding it in.

First, I made this DIY Mondrian Inspired Art and today I am sharing some of my tips to add spring color into your living room. It all began with pale pink roses I placed on my coffee table. Black, white, and gold have been trending big time for the past couple years and they aren’t going away anytime soon. I love that mix and it is all over my house. I’ve mixed it in with my silver and it makes for a nice collected interior.

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There has been a reemergence of pastels lately. Everything from blush pink walls to greens and blues. I have chosen a spring palette that still keeps black, white, and gold central, but also brings in different shades of pink from light to bright. Done right, this can be a very chic update.

The first thing I did for spring, was pack up those sweater pillows on my sofa and shop for black and white pillows. I found some on amazon.com that I loved, so I went to coupons.com and searched their Amazon Coupon Codes to add to my savings. I’ve gotten in the habit of checking coupons.com for coupon codes before I make my online purchases and it has saved me a lot of money!

Living Room Spring Trends || B @ H

 

The pillows I found on amazon.com and are from NECTARmodern. They are made so well and are all 20 x 20 and came with the down inserts at a great price for the quality. The Applique Ribbon Embroidered Throw Pillow in Black is made of linen and the ribbon is embroidered on. It has a zipper closure. The two Greek Key White/Black Embroidered Pillows have the same details.

 

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I had a little spending cash leftover, so I also purchased something that I have been eyeing for a while– the Jonathan Adler Zebra Dish– which I also found on amazon.com. It brings in more gold to my coffee table.

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Another way to add pops of my go-to colors for spring is to have flowers. Nothing says spring more than a vase of beautiful blooms.

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I also love to find coffee table books that interest me with colorful bindings. I have been wanting an Audrey Hepburn book for a while and was happy to find one on clearance with a pink spine! Books are an easy object to use in decor. If you don’t have a lot of money to spend I love to check out thrift stores. Some of my favorite books have come from them.They are a great way to incorporate color into you decor.

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One of my favorite ways to add in color is through art on my walls. I had this large-scale zebra art I DIY’ed but I wasn’t feeling it any more. It was ready for a makeover. I painted right over the fabric with white paint and created a blank canvas to paint on. I wanted abstract art with black + white and pops of pink and gray. I also added in some gold paint. Making a DIY painting is so relaxing to me. I didn’t have a plan for this one, I wanted it to take shape as I was painting it.

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Are you ready to ENTER TO WIN an e-gift card to shop for spring items for your home?!? You can enter to win a $150 e-gift card to shop at your choice of West Elm or Target courtesy of coupons.com!!!

Enter using the Rafflecopter below and make sure to comment on the coupons.com blog and like them on Facebook and say you did so on the entries below. You can get up to 15 extra entries by following the participating Design and DIY bloggers on Instagram too!! Just follow the Rafflecopter entries below.

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Spring Givaway and Spring Trends 2014

Be sure to visit these fabulous Design and DIY bloggers for more spring inspiration:

Brittany Makes, The Chronicles of Home, Cuckoo 4 Design, Dimples & Tangles, Dwellings by Devore, A Home Full of Color, Lacquer & Linen, The Makerista, Primitive & Proper, Retro Ranch Reno, Sarah M. Dorsey Designs, This That and Life, The Thriftress, The White Buffalo Styling Co.

I was compensated for this post with an Amazon e-gift card to shop for items for my home courtesy of Coupons.com. As always, I only share things I love and all opinions are 100mine.

One last thing…

Creating with the Stars Contestant

Blog world has been all a buzz with the announcement of the Creating with the Stars contestants!! I was lucky enough to be chosen as 1 of the 12 contestants!!! Excitement is not a big enough word. You can read it here.

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Today, voting has begun on our WEEK 1 project: KNOCK OFF !!! I can’t tell you which project is mine since it is anonymous, but hop on over to the East Coast Creative blog and vote for your favorite!!

It’s going to be SO GOOD! I am busting at the seams to share what project is mine, but I can’t yet! The projects last year were beyond amazing and this year won’t disappoint! YOU CAN ONLY VOTE TODAY AND TUESDAY and then Wednesday they will share the WEEK 1 results!!! Hop on over and cast your vote!

VOTE HERE

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B @ H Monthly || FEBRUARY

WOW! So, another month has come and gone! At the end of every month, I like to recap and highlight our projects, decor, plans, and happenings. February was FREEZING! I am getting anxious for some warmer temps and being able to work on projects in my garage once again. Thanks for joining me on our DIY and design adventures!

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DIY Mondrian Inspired Art || B @ H

I made this DIY Mondrian Inspired Art to add some more color to my living room. It is inspired by artist Piet Mondrian’s original abstracts and a print at Lulu & Georgia.

Valentine's Table || B @ H

We had our annual Valentine’s Day family dinner and I shared some craft ideas, our tablescape, and tips on what to splurge and save on when it comes to your table.

DIY Gift Wrap Ideas || B @ H

Since it was Valentine’s Day, I shared some DIY gift wrap ideas to add a personal touch to your packages.

 

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Entry ways are the first thing people see when they enter your home. I shared my tips for creating a budget-friendly yet chic entry way.

Rugs Usa Area Rug Review || B @ H

We have a new addition in our living room. You can read my review of our new rug from Rugs USA and get all the details.

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I teased you a bit with a peek at my office that I am making over in our unused space in the basement.

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I hatched my master plan to be sneaky and add in some pink into my living room for spring. I’m waiting to see if the boys say anything…

 

bah-monthly-giveaways I love it when I can share the products and brands I love with you guys!! Best job ever! I have 2 giveaways going right now for you guys!

moo.com business card GIVEAWAY!!

The fine people at moo.com gave away 2 sets of business cards to 2 lucky winners! I will be announcing and contacting the winners today! It may be YOU! You can read my full review of my moo.com business cards.

HomeRight Giveaway

GOING ON NOW! I shared my review of the new HomeRight SteamMachine Plus Multipurpose Steam Mop. This thing is A-MAAAAA-ZING! You don’t want to miss a chance to win this baby!

ENTER HERE

 

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newspaper article I was featured in my area newspaper this month. It was so great to share how much I love what I do and be featured locally.

homies 2014  I also want to thank all of you for the nominations and votes in Apartment Therapy’s The Homies Awards. You guys make my heart so big! It is an honor to be recognized with so many talented DIY and Home bloggers.

 

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I just finished looking at my plans for March. There’s some good stuff coming up! I have a couple more giveaways lined up for you guys and I can’t wait to share them.

I also will be working on…

OUR BATHROOM REMODEL

THE BOYS’ ROOMS

SPRING REFRESH IN OUR MASTER BEDROOM

MAKING OUR LIVING ROOM MORE COLORFUL

MY OFFICE

AND look what came today for our bathroom and kitchen…

bah-tileshopdelivery I better get to work!!!!!

Let’s all wish that March is a much nicer month as far as the cold goes! Have a wonderful weekend buddies!!

 

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DIY Mondrian Inspired Art

Hi Lovelies!

I had some fun in the studio yesterday creating some art for my living room. If you weren’t here Tuesday, I shared my color inspiration for spring. Well, I tackled my first DIY for “project color”, this DIY Mondrian Inspired Art.

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I studied a lot of art in college. When I saw this Mondrian Love Print on Lulu & Georgia while browsing– it took me back to those days. I just knew this was going to be my first DIY for this space.

Mondrian Love Print Lulu & Georgia

Mondrian Love Print from Lulu & Georgia

Original Piet Mondrian art looks like this:

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Print available on art.com

I love the color blocking and line separations. The Lulu & Georgia version is a fun take on a classic. I thought this would be a good way to bring some of my color inspiration into this room.

And, yo! All you need is a thrifted frame and paper…inexpensive!!!!!

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To make this DIY art you will need:

(5) 8.5 x 11 sheets of colored cardstock

1 gold piece of poster board (I tried to find smaller shiny gold paper but this was all that I could find.)

2 sheets of art quality paper 

scissors, glue, artist tape

1 sheet of 8.5 x 11 computer paper 

pencil and ruler

frame

Design the pattern. The first thing you will want to do is make a template for your shapes. I just used a 8.5 x11 piece of computer paper and drew out my design with a pencil and ruler. Then, I cut out each shape and taped it back in place with artist’s tape so I wouldn’t lose my design. I didn’t feel like putting the puzzle back together…

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Cut it out. Now that you have all your shapes, you can trace them onto your cardstock. I just chose my colors as I was going. Do what feels right to you. Each time I cut one out I taped it back in place.

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Glue it. I glued each piece in place on a piece of artist quality paper. It is thicker paper and good quality. Once that was done, I glued that paper to a larger piece of artist’s paper so I would have a white background.

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Add separation lines. The final touch is to add your separation lines. I cut equal width strips of my gold paper and glued them on.

gold-lines Isn’t that easy?! I love the color play and it looks pretty darn fab for just the cost of paper and a thrifted frame.

I will be doing a lot of inexpensive DIY art for my art wall that I am adding to the living room and I will be sharing it as I go.

Here’s where my DIY Mondrian Inspired Art is hanging out until the install is ready.

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As I shared yesterday it all started with these roses…

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Linking here: Be Bold Challenge, VR Rock What Ya Got, Best of Nest, TDC Before & After Party

Tomorrow we are sharing the Best of February…

Lust List || Favorite Finds of the Week 1/31

Two weeks until Valentine’s Day!! Here’s my Lust List Valentine’s Day edition for this week. My favorite finds from around the web. If you feel like getting your craft on, check out my DIY Heart Arrows. I shared the full tutorial yesterday.

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|| one || These Love Me Knot Stud Earrings from CWonder come in a great color palette. I love knot earrings. They are a fun way to mix up your regular studs. || two || I love Michelle Dwight Designs shop, especially the pillows! Add the XO pillow in gold to bring a little fun to your decor. Just in time for Valentine’s Day and great anytime of the year. || three || A romantic Valentine’s Day would be complete with a festive drink to share with your loved one. I love this clear wine rack from Target.         || four || You guys know I love gold prints and this new love print from Made by Girl is super cute!        || five || One thing I would love is a set of these Threshold Tufted Ottomans in pink and gold for my office makeover. They come in other colors too, but these pink ones would work so well in my space. I would totally use these in place of a coffee table.

Have a fantastic weekend friends! I will be working on some more Valentine’s Day projects to ready for our big dinner.

You can still enter to win a Home Right Steam Machine!! Enter here.

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Gallery Wall Reveal

You know what I love about DIY projects and home improvement? Well, let me tell you! You get to do things that you thought you would never want to do. Like for instance, I never knew I wanted a hammer drill or that I would want to drill holes in a brick wall. I so do and did though!

Today, I am revealing our gallery wall we added in our foyer. It is so special to us. I love that it is the first thing you see when you walk in the door to our home. We installed it on our wedding anniversary and it seemed fitting to do so. We’ve been married 11 years! Wow! Time flies!

I wanted it to tell a story, so let the story telling begin…

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I left a little wiggle room so we can add to it over time, but I just love the way it turned out.

To start our story we are going to explain the word art.

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Here’s that wonderful Geezee’s Canvas Art again. Every word or phrase on there is something Dave and I love or share in common. Our initials and the kids names are easy to figure out, but what is 320? 3-20, or March 20th the day we met. Where did we meet? Theo’s Java Club. Where did we get married? Tanglewood Chapel. Where have we lived? Spring Street, Brandywine Drive, Apt. 4, Manchester. Our nicknames for each other? Big spoon, little spoon. Places we love? Springreen, APT (American Player’s Theatre), and Highway 42 which is in Door County.

That’s a fun little conversation piece. Below it we have a picture of us and where we live now. That cool Illinois art is actually a cutting board, but we decided it would be perfect on our wall. It was a last-minute thrifty find.

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Below the state art we have a couple black + white photos.

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The first photo, I had the boys select. Fall is our favorite season so they chose this picture of us at the apple orchard. Next to that is a photo of the coffee shop that Dave and I met at.

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Then, we have the B + W abstract art that the boys made with me. It’s one of my favorite things. I love thinking about how happy they were to help me make it.

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That photo on canvas is a photo from a session we had for our 10 year wedding anniversary.

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And above that are some tickets from the outdoor theatre in Wisconsin that we love to go to every year. You read that right. Dave and Kristin love to go to Shakespeare plays in the park. Nerd alert! We love it!!

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There you have it–the wall of Cadwallader. That sounds like something that should be in the Lord of the Rings or something.

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By the way, it was incredibly hard to get that shot above considering there is a wall less than 5 ft. directly across from it.

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Here’s a source list of where we got it or how we DIY’ed this wall:

Words on Canvas from www.geezees.com

DIY snake skin frame

Illnois cutting board thrifted but it is from http://www.aheirloom.com

Brown wood frames thrifted

DIY B + W Abstract Art (West Elm Hack)

Photo on Canvas from Krome Photos

Ticket stub art with a thrifted frame and contact paper from TJ Maxx

Linking to: The Inspiration Gallery, Inspire Me Please, It’s Overflowing

New Canvas Art + A Gallery Wall Sneak Peek

Today, I am sharing some new canvas art with you! I love to hang things on my walls that have meaning. Geezees Canvas Art designs unique canvas art from your own words and personal photos. Their collection is amazing and no matter what your style you will find something to your taste. Here’s the fab word art that they designed for us. word-art The process is really easy. You select the words you want to use. Then, you choose your layout, fonts, background and font colors. The clean lines and high contrast totally work with our style.

We are going to play a bit.  Here’s a few different ways to display your word art. I love to lean a few pieces of art on a long table. I don’t like to be too matchy-matchy but have things that work together. canvas-art   Displayed on its own, it makes a statement. words-on-canvas P1120696 It’s fun to put interesting art on or above your bar cart. Give your guests something fun to read while they are filling their glass. personalized-word-art subway-art Word art adds interest to a gallery wall. I love gallery walls that tell a story and this word art tells our story. You guys are getting  a little teaser today, our gallery wall is not quite finished yet… gallery-wall-geezees geezees-7 Check out  Geezees Canvas Gallery to get some inspiration for your very own word art on canvas.  I am totally smitten with ours and it makes me smile every time I see it.

This is a sponsored post, but as always I only share things I love and all opinions are 100% mine.

August Recap + a Fun September

Happy Labor Day Weekend, Friends!

Dun, Dun, Dun, Dun…

Another month bites the dust!

And another month gone! And another month gone!

OK, sorry about the play on Queen…I can explain…I used to like to listen to my Dad’s records…who am I kidding I still like to…

August is over…I am not sorry to say that I am a bit glad about that. I DO NOT LIKE HEAT. I DO NOT LIKE HUMIDITY. My forecast for September 2nd says a high of 78 degrees. I am down with that!

Here’s what happened in August. I like to do these little monthly recaps. First off, they make me realize that I actually got a lot done! I like to feel accomplished from time to time. They also give you guys a chance to catch something you may have missed or want to see again. Also, if you are new to Bliss at Home, Welcome! I am so glad you are here!!

DIY Projects ||

August-projects

Anthro Placemat Art

Paint Dipped Utensils

Fabric + Nailhead Table Makeover

Gold Leaf Feathers

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Hometalk + Lamps Plus 2013 Holiday Challenge

Holiday + New Years Eve Lamp

Around the House ||

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Zebra Poster Print

By Luciana Gold Foil Art

What’s Coming ||

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September we are refocusing a lot of our energy on the interior of the house. We had some furniture switcheroos last weekend that prompted some more projects. Imagine that! Here’s what we are working on for September.

•Gallery Wall Reveal•

•Foyer Reveal•

•Fireplace Makeover•

•Hallway Makeover•

•Office Makeover•

(Ahem…Look at me! Big blogger! I have an office now! All joking aside, I am super excited to work on this space!)

•Starting the Bathroom Reno•

A little overly ambitious maybe…but what can I say we have a lot to get done around here! Of course, there will be some fall decor projects, furniture makeovers, and other things sprinkled in there too. Bring on September!

 

 

Things I Adore >>> Gold Foil Art

I have been •in love• with gold foil art and I am happy to share my new fave with you today!!

By Luciana is a new shop that has just launched and I am in love!! They make chic print art and paper goods. It’s glam, fashionable, and fun– all things I adore! So much so– I have to say j’adore! They were so kind to send me this gorgeous print and I absolutely love it :)

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This print is from their gold collection. They had me at gold foil…and I love Edith Piaf…enough said.

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I love it here at its new home and I love the way the light catches the gold in the next image. Pretty!

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I urge you to go check out By Luciana and browse their shop.

They even have a collection of frames and GOLD frames too.

By Luciana has a gold collection with gold foil prints, some really awesome hashtag art, and so many more great offerings!

Check it out! I know you will love it :)

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