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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…
….Ooooh! The State of my Living Room…that was very presidential of me!
One thing leads to another…
Being a design lover and DIY thinker, I find inspiration everywhere. Recently, I purchased some blush pink roses for my home to beat the winter blahs.
When I buy fresh flowers they migrate with me to whatever room I’m hanging out in. Does anyone else do this? Is it weird??
Well, this Saturday morning, I was hanging out in the living room with my roses and Dave reading the paper and inspiration struck. You may have seen my picture on Instagram.
It made me realize how badly I want to put some more color in this room. It also made me realize how it needs to be pink. I love a touch of pink with black, grays, and whites.
Then, we strolled over to the flea market to pick up the desk we purchased for Bman’s room and I got more inspiration.
Then, my friend Julia over at Cuckoo 4 Design shared her latest DIY art and it reminded me of an inspiration image I had pinned to DIY and totally haven’t gotten around to doing yet.
Artist Maurie Hartel via Bona Fide Amor
So, for spring I am adding in some more pinks, blacks, and grays, and even more gold to this room. I feel like the universe is telling me to do so.
And I don’t know if you noticed but my Lust List last Friday was full of rose, pink, and black inspiration…
I am seeing my living room through rose-colored glasses (which I think totally fits my optimistic nature). I have some DIY projects planned for this space to bring in some much-needed spring color! They are going to cost next to nothing because I am light in the decorating wallet right now due to some upcoming expenses. Pillows, an art wall,. and more…
Here’s some more DIY art ideas: DIY Black + White Abstract Art, DIY Placemat Art
Do you have something that recently inspired you to add something into your home decor?
Happy Friday!! Today I’m sharing my favorite finds from around the web. We should title this “Spring Fling” instead of “Lust List” this week! We are under a blizzard warning until Friday morning and I am dreaming of spring! Here’s my picks to get us out of these winter blahs!
one || I have been thinking of colors and patterns I want to bring into my home after the snow and cold melt away. It’s almost time to pack up my sweater pillows and I love this combo of the Khwai Black Applique Pillow Pair and the Pebble Parade Coral Embroidered Pillow both from Layla Grace. two || In the spirit of spring, I love this Matthew Wilson Print that evokes a sense of the season and great spiritual meaning. three || My hands down favorite scent to smell in my home is rose. I love it for hand wash and candles. Roses are my favorite flower if you haven’t guessed. This diptyque Paris Roses Candle is pure heaven. four || Target does it again! I love finding interesting floral prints and I adore this Room Essentials Floral Tray with Decal – Set of 2. They priced to go and I think they are going to have to be a new addition for spring this year.
This week I shared our little Valentine’s celebration recap with my favorite recipe.
I also shared our new area rug from Rugs USA. You can read the whole review here.
I just received my new moo.com business cards and you can enter to win a set of your own here.
…with a little sneak peek of my office…just a tiny peek…
So make sure you enter that giveaway for new business cards! Two winners will be selected.
One last thing…
I was nominated for the Apartment Therapy Homies 2014 Awards in the Best Project & DIY Blogs category. I am a little late to the vote begging party, but if you love my blog I’d love your support! My goal was to surpass 20 votes, I know dreaming big…but without the shameless begging I was at 26! Let’s go for 30!!! It’s OK to shamelessly beg for votes when you are nominated for your blog… You can vote here.
This weekend we are working on the boys’ rooms again. I will hopefully have some progress to share with you soon. I wish you all a wonderful weekend!!
One thing is clear to me when I observe my little environment I’ve curated over time– I don’t spend a lot of money. Most of the objects that fill our tables, walls, and shelves are things we’ve made, that have been handed down, or finds from thrift stores and flea markets. Case in point, my entry way. This is a prime example of how you can turn old furniture into something unique and special. Everything on the wall and table are budget finds.
Your entry way is the first thing people see when cross the threshold of your home. It’s an opportunity to show your style and what you love. I love when people come to my home for the first time and are happily surprised by what they find on the inside.
Let’s break it down, shall we?
We’ll start with the building blocks — the furniture.
The desk is a 12-year-old computer desk. It is nothing special as far as furniture is concerned! When you look at pieces to refinish for your home, look at the style, the size, and the quality. The desk is in good shape for being a cheap computer desk. It has clean lines. It is small enough to serve as an entry table. By simply painting it, adding some interesting detail, and replacing the hardware it becomes a table to highlight. I also added the glass top for a little extra something.
The ottomans under the table are actually old storage cubes we purchased from Target to hold toys. Super cheap, like $10 each. The fabric on them had been treated pretty rough over the years. With just a couple of yards of new fabric and a staple gun, they are given a whole new look. The white trim pulls the look together with the desk. Simple details can take your designs to the next level. I was lucky to snag those Nate Berkus pillows on clearance at Target for only $9 and some change.
You’d be amazed at what you can find on Craigslist. A hotel in our area was giving away their old wall lamps for free. I could see the potential in them despite the nasty shades. I cleaned them up, and added new smaller shades so they play as sconces. I also had a couple napkin rings that I added to them for a little something extra. The lights help anchor this space and give some nice accent lighting at night.
I painted a simple stripe on this wall to create a new space. This is just the wall that you see when you walk in and it leads into the living room or hallway. By giving it a design it sets it apart. The framed photos are one of my favorite things. I love framing photos of my kids that I’ve taken. It makes some of the best art and it’s free. The frames were found at a discount store for only a few bucks each.
On the table.
Everything on this table top is thrifted. Yes! I collect blue and white jars and vases. I wanted to display my collection somewhere I knew I could enjoy it. All these ginger jars and vases were found in places like Goodwill and local flea markets, and other thrift stores on trips. Going to the local thrift scene is one of my favorite things to do when we travel. It’s amazing what you can score for cheap if you are willing to hunt for it. The horse head was found in a flea market too. Even that Ralph Lauren umbrella was found at an antique mall for $7 and it was on sale so I got it for $5. I also love a fresh touch. I like to bring some life into my home and orchids are so beautiful. Adding in something natural is such a great way to add some vibrancy to your spaces.
Set the tone for your home.
Your entry way sets the tone for the rest of your home. It’s like a little tease of things to come. Define your style and bring in things that will flow nicely with the adjoining spaces. I have a lot of black and white going on in these adjoining rooms. The entry way has that and then some. I brought some warmth in with the earthy toned wall color and rug.
Our entry way is something I love to see from my sofa in the living room. I love that it is all done on a budget and reflects my personal style. It’s also great to focus on when my house has been torn apart by a little 4-year-old. Don’t look at the mess on the floor, just look straight ahead!
It speaks to who I am. I am someone who treasures my family. I am someone who loves to collect. I am someone who will dig for treasure. I am someone who can see beyond the ordinary to make something extraordinary. I am someone who appreciates beauty. I am someone who loves to look at objects and have an instant memory of a special time.
I am someone who believes that a beautiful home can enhance your life and it doesn’t have to cost a lot. In fact, hardly anything at all.
Playing around with my decor after taking down the Christmas decorations inspired me to write this post. In my humble opinion, I don’t think it looks inexpensive or dodgy at all.
Today I will be playing in my studio making some more goodies for Valentine’s Day!! YAY! I will be sharing it with you tomorrow.
Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!! We had a lot of snow again and it is rumored more is on the way!
Today I am sharing our monthly recap. I like to share all our projects and happenings from the past month. If you are new to B @ H this is a great chance to catch those posts you may not have seen. This is also a great chance to get the details on that post you saw but want to see again. I just want to thank all of you for your support and some great things are ahead for February!
DIY + Crafts
I shared my first Valentine’s day craft last week. These DIY Heart Arrows are super cute and fun to make.
DIY Heart Arrows
I also shared the easiest way to remove wallpaper and reviewed my first Home Right product of the month. I will be selecting the winner of the giveaway tomorrow!! You can still enter to win a Home Right Steam Mahchine here. Every month I will be sharing a new Home Right product with you guys and offering a giveaway!!
Home Right Steam Machine and Removing Wallpaper
Around the House.
Last month I got to some projects that I have been wanting to do for a while! We started makeovers on the boys’ rooms. Our oldest got a brand new rug for his room and we centered a design board around it.
New Mohawk Rug and Big Boy Bedroom Design
We also shared our plans for our little guy’s new room complete with a teepee.
Little Guy’s Bedroom Design Plans
Our living room got a fresh coat of paint to give more flow to the rest of the house.
Living Room Refresh
My temporary workspace got some much needed organization and some office pretties. I am excited to share the befores of my new office space with you guys soon! Some good things are cookin’!!
My Temporary Workspace and Office Pretties
I also shared our bathroom design plans. We will be getting our tile soon and are going to get to work!
Bathroom Design Plans
I feel like January was a lot of planning and laying out timelines for our bigger home projects. The beginning of the year just makes a planner out of me, what can I say?
February is going to be a fun month around here. We have some more Valentine’s Day projects to share, more givewaways, and we are going to start on some more projects, like our bathroom tile!! I will also be working behind the scenes on my super top top secret project! Okay, you guys know what schmoffice means, but let’s just pretend you don’t. Good? Good!
I’ve been a little design happy lately. I’ve put boards and layouts together for so many spaces in the past couple weeks. Today, I am sharing our bathroom design plans with you guys.
The oak-y-ness, mismatched toilet, bath, and sink, bad flooring, and all is on its way out the door! Some things I have already sourced and we have on hand, but there are still items I need to make a decision on.
Here’s my inspiration board:
The tile has been selected and ordered for the shower stall and floor. I have found a vanity I really like. The window treatment I may DIY, but I want it to look like the one above. I also have to source lighting, an étagère, and a garden stool. I am trying to decide if I want to keep a shower curtain or have some glass cut to fit with a door.
We have a lot to do!
Remove old baseboard and trim
Remove old floor, shower tile, and vanity, and cupboard
Source new mirror
Install new floor, tile, and vanity & mirror
Source and install new shower fixtures
Source and install new lighting
Install new baseboard and trim
Install window treatment
Source étagère, garden stool
Add finishing touches
That list seems a little daunting at first glance, but it is a small space so hopefully it won’t take that long. Our first big project will be the tile.
You can still enter to win a Home Right Steam Machine!! Enter here.
Don’t hate me, but I’ve been holding out on you guys! I’ve been working on something behind the scenes. I’m going to be revealing this project in 2 phases. Let’s just say it rhymes with “schmoffice”. If you are over the age of 2 and can crack that code– yes, I’m working on my home office. It’s in a part of the house I’ve never shown you guys before and I am really, really excited about the design.
Over the past couple weeks, I’ve had to make some decisions and source some items. Today, I wanted to share some of the stylish office chairs I’ve come across.
All of the chairs are at different price points so I am going to feature them Low $$$ to High $$$.
Ghost Chair bizchair.com
Acrylic Rumor Chair Target.com
Knot Chair in Black Home Decorators
Hi-back Office Chair in White Zyder Stores
Stratum Office Chair CB2
Eames Style DSX Fiberglass Chair Modernica.net
Saddle Office Chair West Elm
Viceroy Chair Ballard Designs
I will be keeping you up to date on some progress on this space…but I am saving those big reveals!
You can still enter to win a Home Right Steam Machine click here.
Today, I am sharing my organized and freshened up workspace. With a new year, I wanted to be on top of my game. I organized all my desk drawers and added a few things to keep me tidy.
On top of my desk, I like to have flowers– especially roses. They don’t cost much for 3 or 4 and I love the fragrance while I have to sit at the computer. I found some good things in the Target dollar spot like that pen you see there. I decided to use my DIY chalkboard as an inspiration board and hung a few things on it and will add to it as time goes by. I added my by Luciana print.
Another Target find is that striped basket. I am using it to hold my files right now. I don’t have a file cabinet and I’d like to keep it that way for now. That little vanity stool I picked up over the summer at a resale shop for $7. It is really comfortable and the right height. I don’t want anything too large for this desk. My brass Goodwill lamp works great here too. I just added the new shade and finial to it.
That little pencil holder was another Target dollar spot find. I like to have little things that make a more personalized space. Fun pencils, pens, and gold paper clips. I picked the clips up at Staples.
It’s not a huge space, but it works for what I need it for.
Have you refreshed your office space for the new year?
Enter to win a Mohawk area rug of your choice. Click below to enter:
Not going to lie…I feel like I just gave my living room Botox. It’s so fresh and vibrant and fun now. The blue was too dark and serious and moody. I am all happy and light in 2014! Hey! And now my walls match!! Can you tell I love it much?!
A coat of paint can just revive and refresh the soul of a room. Plus, it’s one of the cheapest upgrades you can do and only takes a few hours. The color is Sleek Gray by Valspar Signature. I may be guilty of choosing this off the name. I felt like I needed some “sleekness” in my life! I love this paint by the way. Valspar Signature is a paint and primer in one. The colors are amazing and the coverage is fantastic.
“Let the wild rumpus start!” Oh, and beware, Zoey is the photo-bomber this time. Now for the onslaught of photos…
Oh, wait! Did you remember the before…
After building the library wall and giving the fireplace a makeover, we had mismatched walls and it was NOT a good look. I loved our blue wall, but it wasn’t working for me anymore with the new additions. So, I selected a gray to give more flow with the colors throughout the rest of the house.
Here’s the north view of our room, looking in from the entry way…
Here’s the west view of the bookcases across from the window…
Looking from the back of the room towards the entryway…
I think someone got bored with me taking photos…
I really love how this room is pulling together. After some DIYing and some different design choices, it is looking like the vision I had for it. The only thing left is to finish the baseboards and this room is D-O-N-E. Unless, somehow I can swing a new sofa in the future…but my oven just died… so it looks like that will get bumped down the list. I was actually surprised that I don’t mind the color of ours so much with the change in the wall color. Work with what you got, right?
Monday, I will be sharing my workspace refresh. You have seen a peek of it on Instagram…
linking here: Thrifty Decor Chick Before & After Party
You can enter to win a Mohawk area rug of your choice! Enter by clicking the image below:
Howdy! Today I am going to show you the design plans we have in place for our little guy’s bedroom makeover. I showed you Bman’s bedroom makeover plans last week. We will be doing his makeover first and then little Sam’s after.
I sat each of them down for a design consultation. For real, it was super cute! I loved hearing their ideas and I was a little surprised by Sam’s choices. For a 4-year-old, he has some serious style and he is really opinionated about it. I guess I should have known since he is so picky about what he wears, but I was still surprised none the less!
Here’s his little design board we put together with items that are definites.
It is all about neutrals and earthy vibes for Sam. As I had him look at different room styles it was really clear he was drawn to the clean and modern designs. He liked the creams, whites, and blacks and browns. I really thought he’d want a bright and colorful room but he kept pointing to the same colors and designs.
The most important things to him are having a cool bed, a teepee, and a place for all his buddies (all his stuffed animals). This kid loves animals!
To keep it young and fresh, we are doing a lot of textures and going to make his closet into a play nook or book nook. We’ll let him decide.
We have some key pieces already, like the teepee and sheepskin rugs. I would like to get him a cool ceiling fixture like this one:
Depending on the budget I may DIY something similar but I really like this one for his space. It is the Urban Outfitters Magical Thinking Geo Pendant. I already have an idea of how I would do my take on this, so we’ll just have to wait and see how much is left in the piggy bank at that time.
Another design decision we have to make are the floor coverings. I would like a layered look for this and something really cozy on his little tootsies. Here’s some ideas I really like and am considering:
World Market Flokati Wool Rug
West Elm Souk Wool Rug
World Market Brazilian Cowhide Rug
Mohawk Tahoe Rug
I was happy to see another option for that the Moroccan shag rug on my friend Julia’s blog and it is a nice option because it is not wool but has the same look. Which might be a better option for my little person. See it here: Overstock.com NuLOOM Moroccan Trellis Rug
We still have some basics to decide on like paint colors and bedding, but this is the framework for his room so far. It’s going to be a fun room to work on!
You can enter to win a Mohawk rug of your choice. Just click on the image below: