IN THE SHOP: BEACH-THEMED PRINTABLES

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I don’t know if it’s the east coast vibes or what, but I’ve been majorly craving being by the water this summer. Soaking in the hot sun rays, getting a nice burn-tan, feeling the coastal breeze, diving into that great beach read as I soak my toes in the sand. I figured if I can’t be on the beach and out in the sun every day, I can at least dream and doodle about it.

So today, I pulled out my sharpie and some crisp white paper and started writing and sketching and produced a few fun hand-lettered pieces for the shop. If you’re like me, and you’re craving the water and sunshine as much as I am, you may want to grab one of these for a little summertime inspiration.

All prints are PDF printables that you purchase once and then download and print as many times as you want. Simple purchase, download, print, frame and enjoy. That’s it. Easy peasy ocean breezy. Click on each photo to take you to the shop.

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Beach Day

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A Summer Without the Sea

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Sunny Days Starry Nights

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Sunshine and Water

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5 SIMPLE TIPS FOR PRACTICAL & PRETTY SHELF-STYLING

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Some people just get good style and don’t even have to try. My sister, Sarah, is one of those people. Every room of her house is fresh, clean, uncluttered, and bathed in beautiful neutrals, pretty fabrics, and natural light. What I really love though is that her style is functional and accessible. It’s not too trendy or busy, there’s purpose for where things are, and it is living proof that you don’t have to have lots of stuff on every wall and surface to live pretty.

While I was visiting her in Texas last week, I shot a few pics of her home office, mainly her beautifully-styled shelf (you may remember this photo I shared on IG). Sarah really has a knack for this kind of thing, so I asked her to share five things to keep in mind when decorating shelves and flat surfaces. I think with these helpful (and quite easy!) tips, you might be inspired to revamp your own bookshelves to create rhythm, simplicity, and of course, a prettier view.

Here’s what she had to say:

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5 SIMPLE TIPS FOR PRACTICAL & PRETTY SHELF-STYLING
By Sarah Linden of thesarahlinden.com

1. Maintain Color Continuity
One of the best ways to create cohesion in your home is through color repetition. This is especially true for shelf styling when you’re trying to seamlessly mesh disconnected or random objects in the same space. I used lots of neutrals throughout, mostly white and soft tans, and small splashes of an orangey-pink hue you can see in the framed art up top, a book in the center, and throughout the books at the bottom.

2. Embrace negative space.

A common styling pitfall is filling every inch of empty space with something so it doesn’t feel ignored. Instead of fearing negative space, use it intentionally to give the eye a visual break from other highly styled areas. If every cubicle on my shelf was filled to the brim with stuff, the clean and coordinated look I’ve created would fly out the widow, and I’d be left with a heavy, chunky mess. Maintain negative space by placing only a single object that’s proportionate to the space it’s filling.

3. Merge functionality and aesthetics.
I love pretty things SO much that I tend to value aesthetics over functionality. We all do this from time to time. But guess what – I don’t live in a magazine, and all the spaces in my home need to serve a function. So I do my best to make those functional pieces pretty. Every rattan basket on my shelf is filled to the brim with office supplies, but they still look great because all the crap is hidden! See how I’ve organized books inside wire baskets? Even our less-than-pretty objects can look cohesive if we think of creative ways to merge functionality and aesthetics.

4. Create height.
My office has 12-foot ceilings. You know who sells affordable 12-foot shelves? No one! So I created that height on my own using framed art and white branches that almost lead to the ceiling. (P.S. You can find that “Fight the Good Fight” art print here.)  This technique also works in shorter rooms, and it’s the reason why we’re told to hang curtains just below the ceiling rather than right above the window. It’s a visual trick that works.

5. Consider a theme.
Themes in decor can become kitsch super fast if you’re not careful, so it’s best to think in minimal terms when creating a theme. My office has a coastal chic vibe due to the few beachy elements I’ve incorporated—rattan baskets, a piece of coral, driftwood, and a small lantern. I don’t think anyone would look at my shelves and think there’s a beach in my backyard (hey, a girl can dream), but these few objects help create the cool and breezy design aesthetic I’m incorporating in other rooms of my home.

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Now, everyone, go get to work on those bookshelves of yours! And don’t forget to share in the comments which tips were most helpful for you.

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BIG SALE AT THE ETSY SHOP!!

Hi friends, just wanted to announce some big news that for a limited time, my chalkboard-inspired hand-lettered art prints are on sale RIGHT NOW. Why? Because sales are what makes the world go ’round, AND because let’s face it, these items need good homes and are ready to be ON YOUR WALLS, in your living rooms, on your bedside tables, in your offices. These prints need you and you need them.

Not only are these great adornments for your own home, but they also make great gifts. Know a couple who just bought a home? Maybe your homegirl is redecorating her kitchen? Or what about that friend that just landed a sweet new job and needs some good office decor (or a wall calendar?!). What sweeter gift than some new art for their bare walls.

So stop on over to my shop (or just click on the photos below) and make your purchases! Here are the three items I have for sale right now:

11X17 YEAR-AT-A-GLANCE ART PRINT – was $17.50, is now $10.
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8×10 “SHOP LOCAL” ART PRINT – was $15, is now $10.
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8×10 “IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE” ART PRINT – was $15, is now $10.
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DIY PAINTED HOUSE NUMBER + A FRONT PORCH FACELIFT

Today’s DIY painted house number project was inspired by my boring and uninviting front porch that was in need of some attention. This has been a problem for quite some time now, so yesterday, I headed on over to Wal-Mart and bought a few inexpensive plants, some cheap flower pots, and got to work. This is the easiest project you will probably ever undertake. So easy, you hardly need instructions.

SUPPLIES:
black fast-drying spray paint
silver or gold metallic marker
old cardboard
pencil
clay flower pot and/or a brick

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Spray paint your item of choice – brick and/or flowerpot – on your cardboard.
2. After it’s dry, write your numbers or words on it with pencil, then trace with your marker.
3. Display it proudly, because you’re done!

My finished painted brick house number sits on my porch table, and my painted flower pot adorns the kitchen table inside. I am seriously loving all the fresh greenery in my home.

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DIY PAPER CHERRY BLOSSOM FLOWERS

I am so attracted to the paper flower trend that has been all over the internet lately, and I just love the concept of having floral goodness that never wilts or dies. I found a tutorial the other day that had to do with flowers made out of coffee filters, and that is what inspired this DIY project.

You probably don’t even need to make a trip to the store, because this baby requires only three materials that you most likely already own: coffee filters, a sturdy branch with lots of twigs, and a hot glue gun. And this seriously took me about 15 minutes tops.

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Take a coffee filter, scrunch it up and twist the bottom a bit.
2. Wrap the bottom around a part of the branch, and glue to secure.

3. Repeat several times until you have the desired amount of “blossoms” on your branch.
4. Give yourself a pat on that back, because you’re done!

My branch was tall and sturdy enough that I could just nestle it against the wall by my couch, but you may need some kind of large vase to put it in, depending on where you want to display it in your house. You could even attach it to the wall like a piece of art or hang it above a baby’s crib for a pretty mobile. Oooh I love that idea.

You can do a large scale version (like mine), or a smaller version with a bunch of small twigs in a vase. I went ahead and made myself a little twig-flower to show you how easy this really is. These would also make really pretty, inexpensive, and easy decorations for a wedding, bridal shower, or any special occasion, don’t you think? Oh, the possibilities.

Coffee filters… who knew?

DIY CHICKEN WIRE PENDANT LAMP

Want to see what happens when I have a couple of spare hours, a garage full of gardening materials, an old throw-away lamp shade, and a constant urge to play interior decorator? Goodness, somebody STOP me.

You may have seen these types of lamps floating around the internet lately:

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I am really loving the industrial style of these lights and think they make a great statement in a room. Well, last weekend, I thought I’d give a shot at my own version when I came across a package of chicken wire in the garage that is supposedly for a gardening project my husband is working on… “But honey, you have it all wrong… making a lamp shade out of netting used for chicken coops is PERFECTLY normal. PERFECTLY. NORMAL.” 

Well then, let’s get to it, shall we? Here are some basic instructions that are, well, more like guidelines

Supplies you will need: chicken wire, an old lampshade, scissors or wire cutters, a lamp kit, and a light bulb (I have yet to find the right bulb for exposed lighting… but I know they’re out there.)

So what’s the verdict? Not the fairest lamp shade of them all. It could definitely use some more attention AND some type of burlap or twine wrapped around the white cord; however, it’s still a fun little afternoon project if you have the supplies and the time. Here are a couple examples of DIY pendants using a wire basket instead of the chicken wire – a much simpler and prettier approach:

Ashley Ann Photography DIY Pendant Light

The Virginia House DIY Pendant Light

Any thoughts or suggestions? I’d love to hear you bright ideas.

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FEATURED ON DESIGN SPONGE

If you are a creative blogger or just a lover of art and design, then you are most likely familiar with Design Sponge, a super-addictive blog dedicated to all things design. One of their features is a “before and after” column where readers can submit their home projects and furniture makeovers and share the process online. Well, I’m excited to announce that my desk is featured today on the blog! Click here to read the full post.

DIY TWIG WREATH 

Want to decorate for Fall but not spend bookoos of money to do it? You gotta get crafty, people! I found this great wreath project on Pinterest the other day, and I decided to make one myself and share it with you. It’s easy, cheap, and so so pretty. Nothing like bringing natural elements into your home decor.

Here are the basics to making the wreath of your DREAMS.

One more optional step is to spray paint your twigs. As you can see below, I spray painted mine white. However, I think they look just as pretty in their natural state. Either way, you got yourself one rockin’ piece of art. And yes, I just said rockin’.

Here are some ways I hung the wreath in my home. Right now, its current home is in our office above my desk (see below):

To see the genius behind the original wreath tutorial, go here.

I’d love to see your wreath ideas. Please do share in the comment section below!

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