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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?
Today I am revealing my project for Week 4 of the Inspired Design Challenge. This week Anthropologie was our inspiration. I just love going there! Anthro is fun, its globally inspired, its quirky, creative– basically everything I love about design. I have always thought it’s vibe to be hippie-chic.
I wanted an easy-to-do project for this week. I like to take home items and look at them differently. While I was in Atlanta for the Haven Conference, I stopped by the nearest Anthropologie to get some inspiration. I wish I could have packed up half the store (including the clothes) and bring it home, but I was there to get inspired and not shop ’til I drop. I seriously came up with 10 things to do in the matter of minutes!
I decided to do a project with this gorgeous woven placemat:
Anthropologie Sanibel Placemat
I love the pattern and the color. I’ve been feeling a pink and orange vibe lately so this was speaking to me. I knew I instantly wanted to frame it as art for our bedroom. Placemats are a great item to frame because they are inexpensive and easily fit into frames. There are so many great textile patterns to choose from. It’s a great alternative if you don’t have a lot of money to spend on art for your walls.
On a thrifting adventure I scored this gold bamboo framed art. This placemat is the perfect size for this frame so you can see how easy this is! A quick swap of the art with the placemat and you have some really chic expensive looking art. The frame was $3.38 and the placemat was $14. Beautiful art for under $20.
I am using it on my dresser in our bedroom.
Here are the all the Anthropologie projects from Monday. Enjoy!
Check out these other great Inspired Design Projects:
Week 5 of the Inspired Design Challenge is World Market. One of my favorites!!
linking to: Snap Show & Tell, The Inspiration Gallery
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
Today I am sharing some easy-to-do art for the Summer Celebration Series. There have been so many great ideas from this group of bloggers! I am so happy to participate in it.
This DIY Butterfly Art is a quick and easy little project you can do to add a touch of summer inside your home this season. I live in the Midwest, so seashells and starfish aren’t around these parts, but butterflies show up in abundance. I like to decorate for summer with things that are native to our area. Now, this summer we are going to the east coast, so I may just have to collect some things along the beach and bring them home with us. We may have something beachy in here before the summer’s over after all!
For this project, I just used some old frames I have been hoarding. These frames had seen better days and the glass was broken out of them, but they are perfect for specimen art. So, hold on to those old frames. You can always use them for something!
I gave them a coat of some white spray paint I had leftover from another project.
Then, while I was out and about I saw this gift bag for only a dollar and loved the pattern and colors so I used it for the background. On the second frame, I just flipped the patterned side over for the solid color. I glued them to the backs of the frames using super glue.
I used faux butterflies that you can pick up at any craft store this time of year and coated them with the same white spray paint I used on the frames.
Once everything was dry, I assembled my frames and used the same super glue to glue the butterflies in place. Quick and easy summer art!
I am using these on my bookcase for a little summer touch and a pop of color.
Be sure to check out Claire’s Headboard Porch Swing over at The Rustic Pig from yesterday and Taryn from Design, Dining, & Diapers is sure to have a wonderful project lined up for us Tuesday! I hope you have been enjoying the Summer Celebration series!
Check out these wonderful blogs for more Summer Celebration Inspiration:
June 15th- The Wood Grain Cottage// DIY Garden Stakes
June 17th- Bliss at Home// DIY Butterfly Art
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Today for Great Reads I am featuring one of my favorite blog buddies, Jesse from Scout & Nimble. We both started our blogs on the same free platform and have been following each other ever since. It’s been so fun to see how our little blogs have grown and evolved. We’ve bonded over being momma’s of 2 boys and our love for good design. Plus, she is one of the sweetest, nicest, all-around genuine bloggers I know. I adore her transparency. I’m going to stop bragging on her and let you guys go and see for yourselves…
Jesse has shared with us a project that is very meaningful to her. She truly makes her home personal and I just love that. Her wedding song art is beautiful.
Click here to see the full wedding song art project and tutorial.
I have always loved this orb light ceiling fixture she created out of a garden basket. I just have a thing for DIY light fixtures!
See the full DIY Orb Light Fixture tutorial here.
I just want to give a big thank you to Jesse for being a part of Great Reads. You can check out her blog and design services at http://www.scoutandnimble.com.
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Yes, if you are wondering, I totally was singing the title of this post.
I’d like to thank Will Smith for that.
Spring has sprung! The grass is green, the sky is blue, the flowers are starting to bloom. It always inspires me to change things up in my home.
I thought I’d take a moment today to show you some of the minor tweaks I’ve been doing around here to brighten up our surroundings.
First, I have been wanting to paint this little table ever since I bought it last summer. I just couldn’t decide on the color until now!
The spray paint I used is Valspar Peacock Blue in Gloss.
I love seeing the peacock blue next to the mint. You saw yesterday how I made this mint bar tray. I also added some real plants indoors. I love this orchid and I even like the pot it came in.
I also mixed things up on my navy blue wall. Since we changed a couple plans for the kitchen remodel, I had to find a new spot for my DIY Fabric Art.
This works so much better than the floating shelves. Those shelves were thrown up there after we moved in just as a space filler. We took them down, patched the wall and painted this weekend. This large scale art fits the space and creates a great focal point.
On the wall of my desk (or should I say, future home of the library wall!!!!), I added a pillow to the chair and displayed some of my favorite books in complimentary colors.
I love how these small doses of color carry the eye…
It’s nothing major, but it says spring.
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First off, I am really moved by all your comments and insights on my post yesterday. You all are such amazing women and I am so glad to know you. If you didn’t catch it I shared how we came to our decision to stay in our 1950′s ranch and not sell and buy the dream house. You can see it here.
The Easter holiday is upon us. It is always such a special time. It also feels like Spring might actually be in the air around here now. The boys and I for the first time in what seems like a decade took a walk around the neighborhood yesterday. Flowers are starting to push up through the ground and the sun was warming on our backs. I wish you all a wonderful weekend! I will be ducking out to be with the family and back Monday again. Since Monday will be April 1st, I thought this would be a good time as any to do our monthly review.
I also would like to thank each one of you who follow daily, weekly, monthly, and are brand new to Bliss at Home. I treasure every share and comment you leave.
Without any more ado, here’s our March:
We created a family drop zone off our back entrance to the house using items we already had and a few things from Target. Our Organization Station is making life a lot easier around here. I made some Feather Art for our workspace makeover. I took an old thrift store lamp and gave it a facelift for my desk. Click here for all the details. For some extra storage in our coat closet I covered some cardboard boxes with fabric.
Our thriftiness has paid off once again! The rug was a surprise and you can read about it here. I brought some color into our bedroom with a new pillow. You can follow the rest of our treasure hunting on Instagram.
Project In Progress.
I really like to show you guys a Project in Progress. I decided to start this series, because I think although it is fun to see a Before & After of a space, it doesn’t happen overnight. Well, it doesn’t happen overnight for most of us. There can be time and budget constraints and when you are doing the work yourself it can take a little time. You saw our jumping off point here for our workspace in the living room. The idea is to have it blend with the rest of the room. So far, we have added a thrifted cane chair, madeover a lamp, and added some artwork. This week I am going to tackle the desk. I’m so ready to get started on it! I get to put on my painting clothes and go to work.
You still have time to enter the lamp finial giveaway. You can enter up until Sunday night at midnight:
Here’s to April and some warmer temperatures! I really want to start working outside and garden again!
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I love that on Spring Break with my boys we can stay in our jammies all morning and have some family craft time. The boys spent our morning doing Easter crafts and I worked on a project for my workspace makeover. Last weekend I stopped into Michaels to get some paint and saw the feathers and got a little inspired.
I really love bringing nature indoors. To me, it is the best kind of decor. Feathers are so unique and beautiful. Each one a little different. When you look at design, so much is pulled from nature. If you want to feel inspired all you have to do is take a walk outside. Really, we are all just pulling from that masterpiece.
Feathers are easily accessible and come in so many varieties. My store had a huge variety and they are all priced between $1.99-$2.99 per package. Um, hello– easy inexpensive framable art project! I stopped into Goodwill and picked up a couple of frames. I painted one and added fabric to the backs. I had a lot of the supplies on hand, so this cost me just a couple bucks. If you had to go out and purchase all the supplies you could do everything for about $10. When we finish our library wall, I envision doing a whole gallery of these.
The hardest part of this project is just waiting for the paint to dry on the frames. So, you get how anyone can do this, which I just love. I used Fabri-Tac to glue my feathers to the fabric. It worked really well and you don’t need much at all. I also just applied the glue to the rachis (the shaft down the center) and the quill. OK–busted–I looked at the anatomy of a feather before I wrote this post. I had no idea it was called a rachis.
Here’s where they are hanging out until we get our library wall installed. I also like the idea that quills were used in writing and since this is blog central it seems fitting. I realize I am not writing Shakespeare, but you get it.
I love this craft. It’s so simple but with the right color frames and patterns it works. I am totally doing this makeover backwards, but when I get an idea I have to act on it right away. I really love the idea of this in a series of the same-sized frames and a single different kind of feather in each one.
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I just adore this time of year, don’t you?
We are back to the 25 Days of Fall.
I think one of the easiest ways to add seasonal decor to your home is by using photo frames.They are easy to display year round and you can easily change images or DIY art in them.
Today I am showing you one frame and how I will take it from Halloween to Thanksgiving. The great thing about this is you don’t have to spend any money either. I just save scraps from projects and use the leftovers.
Cute, right? This is just textured scrapbook paper and I traced around a cookie cutter for the pumpkin shape.
Just leftovers from fall crafts. Cardstock scrapbook paper and a fabric craft leaf painted gold. An easy quick change for the transition of holidays!
Warm welcome in the entryway.
Happy Fall, Y’all!