Posts Tagged ‘art’
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!
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.
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.
Since it was Valentine’s Day, I shared some DIY gift wrap ideas to add a personal touch to your packages.
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.
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.
I teased you a bit with a peek at my office that I am making over in our unused space in the basement.
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…
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
AND look what came today for our bathroom and kitchen…
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!!
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.
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 from Lulu & Georgia
Original Piet Mondrian art looks like this:
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!!!!!
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
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
As I shared yesterday it all started with these roses…
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…
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.
|| 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.
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…
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.
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.
Below the state art we have a couple black + white photos.
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.
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.
That photo on canvas is a photo from a session we had for our 10 year wedding anniversary.
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!!
There you have it–the wall of Cadwallader. That sounds like something that should be in the Lord of the Rings or something.
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.
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
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. 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. Displayed on its own, it makes a statement. 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. 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… 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.
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 ||
Around the House ||
What’s Coming ||
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•
(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!
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
This print is from their gold collection. They had me at gold foil…and I love Edith Piaf…enough said.
I love it here at its new home and I love the way the light catches the gold in the next image. Pretty!
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
Usually, I am a “just do what I love” kind of designer, especially when it comes to my own space. I like to style watch and trend watch, but I usually just go with my gut. There is one trend I am loving, so when I had a blank wall to dress, I knew I wanted to bring in some animal art.
Brittany from Brittany Makes is one of my faves and I just love her zebra art over her bed. Now, if you go over for a visit, her walls and room have changed in a major and fantastic way! So, I urge you to check it out if you haven’t already and see her new room and gallery wall.
Kristin from the HUNTED interior is another one of my fave reads, and she just had her home featured on the Everygirl! I love this little horse print she added to her living room wall.
I also spotted this image on Pinterest and instantly loved it. I couldn’t find the source, so if you know it, let me know so I can link back to it.
After I DIY’d the Fabric + Nailhead Table, it got me excited about working on the dining room again. I needed some art for above the table and I thought this would be the perfect place to add in my new favorite trend!
I was thinking about making an engineer print or ordering some zebra photographs off art.com, but then I found this poster print at Hobby Lobby! I’m telling you guys, Hobby Lobby is quickly becoming my new BFF. After finding greek key trimming there, they got my attention! I was able to score a 24×36 poster print for half-off and the next week I got the frame from there half-off.
I just framed it, so I need my picture-installer (yes, Dave, that’s you!) to get on that! Love you Honey! There’s a story there as to why I do not hang the pictures in our house.
This morning I had coffee and breakfast with kiddos and Mr. Zebra. I am liking my friend Mr. Zebra!
What do you think about the animal art trend? Love or hate??
Today we are sharing our projects for Week 3 of the Inspired Design Challenge. West Elm was our inspiration for the week and I am excited to reveal our latest DIY!
As you know, we are collecting items for our very first gallery wall in our home. I really want this wall to speak to who we are as a family. I’ve been printing photos, collecting art, making things, and this August we will be revealing our gallery wall.
I have loved this West Elm Abstract Art Collection since the first time I saw it:
I wanted one feature piece on our wall since a lot of the other items are smaller. When I saw these, I knew this was something that me and the boys could make together.
This project cost us less than $15 which I love because the West Elm version was a lot more than I was willing to pay.
To build the canvas:
• A canvas drop cloth (I got mine at Lowes) Super inexpensive!
• wood for frame from the Lumber Dept. 12 ft for a 3 x 2 1/2 foot frame
• wood screws and drill
• staple gun and staples
There are several ways to build a frame for your canvas, from trial and error we have learned to add corner pieces to ensure a sturdy and level frame.
My boys were excited to paint with me. We took it outdoors since the weather has been absolutley gorgeous!
We just used the art and craft paint we already had on hand. We didn’t use any fancy brushes, just basic craft brushes. I made the first brush stroke and we took turns painting line after line.
Once we got our black brush strokes painted, we followed with white brush strokes, filling in and blending all the gaps.
I am still recovering from being sick all week, but this was a fun low-key activity that I could do with the kids. I love that we made this together and that it will be the key piece to our gallery wall.
I think we did pretty darn good! I haven’t decided on how I want to frame it yet. My first instinct is gold, but I may change my mind.
I really love the contrast and texture. Layering the paint worked really well. I showed the boys the inspiration image and they felt like professional little artists. They were so proud. A nice little memory for us to share and I love that we all worked together to create it.
Are you ready to see the rest of the Week 3 projects?
1. Jennifer from Brave New Home
2. Lindsay from Life of Splendor
3. Angie from Angie’s Roost
4. Sara from Embrace My Space
Next week is Anthropologie! Always a great source for inspiration!
Linking to: Give Me the Goods Monday, Tip & Tricks Tutorial Party
I love being able to host giveaways for you guys and today we got a good one!!
Let me introduce you to Artreka. I love abstract art and Artreka designs original abstract art on canvas. The paintings are full of texture and measure 24”. Each painting is an original and this is even better, I love this, they are made in the USA. Sometimes that seems like such a rarity these days! The paintings even come with a frame and hanging hardware included.
Here’s a couple of their original paintings:
You can visit the Artreka paintings page and see which one strikes your fancy.
Artreka is giving away 2 paintings to two lucky winners. Each painting is a $140 value. To enter just follow these instructions:
3 ways to enter:
1. Leave a comment on this post saying which painting you like.
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3. Twitter Entry. Follow Artreka and Bliss at Home on Twitter and tweet the giveaway.
You can enter until midnight tonight (CST) and a winners will be announced May 27th.
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