Quick & Easy DIY Wall Art

There’s a narrow wall in our hallway right outside of the bathroom that has been looking a bit plain. I’ve always loved the look of vintage plant and wildlife illustrations and thought I might be able to create a wall collage with a few garage sale finds (in the form of old botany textbooks and encyclopedias).

A few months and no cool books later… and I came across a beautiful vintage-y poster of a blooming white rose with botany textbook-type text at Aaron Brothers, it was perfect. And one picture cut into three images? That saves a bit of dinero as well. I purchased three custom mahogany frames and white mats off of ebay (a great resource for cheap but well made picture frames) to complete my project.

Using the mat as my template, I cut out three squares of the illustration for my frames.

The end result is easy-to-create handmade wall art that helps to brighten up the hallway.

Sorry for that awful glare – I couldn’t get rid of it!

Whirl It, Twirl It Custom Lampshade

This is such a clever project! Pickles made this diy lampshade for her dining room with a single bulb pendant – and it turned out great! I would love to create one of these for my office, or a series of smaller versions for an outdoor party.

Who knew that a giant balloon, wallpaper glue, yarn and vaseline could create this?

I’m back from my beautiful week in Canada and it feels like the projects are taking over… but it’s good to be home and back to work with so much to do! We break ground on the kitchen renovation soon – very excited to get moving on this one.

Diy instructions for the Whirl-It Lampshade found here.

Favorite Trend: Pops of Yellow

One of those home decor secrets that I continue to love is incorporating unexpected splashes of contrasting color into a space. It’s a great way to decorate for the season {try a pastel pink for the spring and switch it out for a cranberry red in the fall} and keeps a room looking young and contemporary.

One of my favorite pops of color right now is yellow. It looks terrific when paired with navy and I love the brightness it brings to a gray space.

The soft yellow desk in this next image keeps this room light and fresh – it’s a beautiful compliment to the powder blue walls and cobalt accents!

Those yellow doors are bold… but fantastic! And I love the bright yellow waste basket peaking out from under the sink of the bathroom on the left.

Incorporating a contrasting color will immediately liven up your space, whether you choose an easy-to-change-out throw pillow or decide to go all in in with a fresh coat of paint on furniture, you won’t regret the new look!

Images: Nuestra Vida Dolce via 6th Street Design Blog, DecorPad, Elle Decor, Lonny via 6th Street Design School, black.white.yellow.

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