Color Crush | Mint

I’m over dark colors and pale skin.  It was fun while it lasted but I’m ready to move on. Even though we’ve had some 80 degree whether, it still feels a little like winter around here…maybe because of all the rain.  I’m hoping the time change this weekend will help.

Regardless, I’m looking forward to fun spring colors and one of my favorites is mint!  Mint was popular last season, but I think it’s still going to be big this year.  So this week, I’m featuring it as my color crush and I’ve put together a little board with some great mint accessories.  Maybe it’ll help us all get a head start on Spring decorating!


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What’s your Spring color crush?

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Since it’s Valentines Day, it seems appropriate to post something related to love.  While I enjoy this sweet holiday and typically celebrate with my hubby, I don’t always do a lot of decorating for it.  This year, however, I put up something that works for Valentines but will last all year too!

I’ve been wanting to put some giant zinc letters like these from Anthropologie above our master bed for a while but could never find exactly what I wanted in person and didn’t ever bite the bullet and pay for shipping said giant letters.

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A while back, I found a few different tutorials for how to make them…all of which seemed very easy and much less expensive than ordering custom ones.  So, I went for it.  It was super simple, cost about $25, and turned out fabulous!  

I used the 23.5″ tall, paper mache letters that came from Joann’s and cost about $6 each (with a 40% off coupon).

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Then, I painted them with Martha Stewart’s metallic craft paint in Sterling (color number 32128) from Michael’s.  Each letter took 2-3 coats (be sure to let each coat dry before adding another).  I think each bottle is around $1.25, so it’s less than $1 after using a coupon.  1 bottle covers 3 letters completely, so I had to buy a second bottle for the 4th letter.


Here’s the finished product.  What do you think?  Definitely makes a statement, right?!



Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Quick Tips| How High To Hang Pictures, Part 2

Here is the second installment of correct picture hanging height.  This post relates to hanging pictures over furniture. If you missed part 1 on how high to hang pictures when they are the focal point on a wall, you’ll want to check that out!

For part 2, how high to hang pictures when they are over a standard height [30″-36″, most seating types and tables types] piece of furniture, the best rule to follow is to hang it 6″ above the piece of furniture.

hanging artwork over sofa 1[6″ from the top of the back of the sofa to the bottom of the art]

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hanging artwork over console or sideboard

[6″ from the top of the table to the bottom of the art]

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For a gallery wall or asymmetrical composition that is over a piece of furniture, the rule is 6″ from the bottom of the lowest piece to the top of the piece of furniture (sofa, table, etc)

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Of course, there can always be a little tweaking…an inch up or down depending on the art piece or the furniture piece, but something in that range is always a safe number.

The goal is for the furniture and the art to look connected within the space.  If the art is hung too high, it appears to be floating.  Remember, you’re not trying to fill the whole wall with the art by hanging it right in the middle, you’re trying to bring the eye down to the vignette you’ve created with your furniture and art.

Happy hanging!

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Quick Tips | How High To Hang Pictures, Part 1

One of the most common mistakes people make is hanging pictures [and other art or wall-adornment] too high.  The reason for this is simple and innocent–they’ve heard that “eye-level” is the appropriate height.  This is not bad advice but let’s face it, eye-level is different for everybody.  So, today, we’ve come up with a little tutorial on how to hang your artwork.

There are a couple different scenarios that would dictate placement.  The first scenario applies when art is the focal point of the wall, meaning the art is only thing on the wall–there’s no furniture piece under it.  The second scenario applies when art is hung over a piece of furniture. We’re only going to discuss the first scenario today in part 1.  Part 2 will cover the second scenario so stay tuned for that!

In the first scenario, when art is the focal point and there isn’t any furniture below it, the best rule of thumb is that the center of the art should be 58″ from the floor (regardless of the ceiling height).

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The same height applies to various groupings of art…

For an “asymmetrical balance composition” or gallery wall, the center of the composition should be 58″ from the floor.

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For a row of art, the center of each piece in the row should be at 58″.

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and for a symmetrical balance composition, the center of the space between the upper level and lower level should be at 58″.

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Hope this helps!  Stay tuned for part 2 next week and feel free to leave any questions in the comment section below!

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Inspiration in Design | Animals

Animal art in design is one of my favorite “go to’s” to bring personality, nature, and even sentimentality to a space.  There are multiple ways to sneak these accents into a room or even make them explode on the scene.

As a child, there was a moment for me when it became clear that I had a talent for drawing.  Naturally, as a girl who loved horses, dogs and anything else with fur, animals were my muses.  It only stood to reason that my house would be decorated with various animals when design became my medium.

It can be scary decorating with animals since they have such a personal nature, but if you have a beloved pet or just a quirky personality you might find it fun to display an accent or work of art that will definitely be a conversation starter!  Here are some pictures of pieces I did of my own animals as well as Jenna’s cat.

Puppy and KittyBanks 2I love, Love, LOVE the idea of a 5’ by 6’ abstract-ish, wildly colored moose or bull on my wall.  It can bring simple color and texture to a quiet design—or even incredulous inquiries and laughs from unsuspecting guests.  Watch HGTV when they redo homes for the average person—they will put large pieces of unpredictable art subject matter in the design, and it is so graphic and unexpected.  Anything done in giant scale is pretty much cool in my book.

Birds, sea life, and anything that embodies serenity in a design, or simple traditional styling is a wonderful go to create a large composition with an art series.  The relationship between the subject matter creates a “collection” with style, that doesn’t look ordinary.

One of the most wonderful things about animal art, is the way it captures a person’s love of a place or beloved pet.  Those are the animals that hang in my home—in memoriam of our children before we had children!

Accent pieces like bookends, sculpture, baskets, stools, lamps etc, can bring whimsy and texture with a bit more subtlety.  Check out these fun pieces!

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With all of these ideas, I expect that you will be adding some fun, quirky, creature to your spaces very soon!

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