Sharpen Your Stencils!

Kidding. Bad pun. But really – maybe, sharpen your stencil skills? Way back in the day, when I was talking about re-vamping our tired stairs, I mentioned wallpaper in this post. However, in an effort to save some dollars and get my creative precision on, I’m thinking stencils. Ya know, when we get on that project… tomorrrrow.

I would like to start with something way less complicated than their home office/playroom project. Kudos, Petersiks!! I’m also considering making my own fabric-stenciled privacy curtain for the new laundry/powder room and think it would be way cool to repeat the pattern in two parts of the house.

Here are a few of my faves (The first 3 are some pretties and the last 3 are some realistic-for-mes.), inspired by one of my favorite design/house-lovin’ blogs over in this lily pond.

Stencil Numero Uno:

Moroccan Arches Stencil, Royal Design Studio, $24-39

Stencil Numero Dos:

Feathered Damask Stencil, Royal Design Studio, $56

Stencil Numero Tres:

Chinese Ginkgo by Kim Myles, via Cutting Edge Stencils, $35

Stencil Numero Cuatro:

via Michelle from Decor and the Dog, Stencil is Nova Trellis from Royal Design Studio, click photo for link

Stencil Numero Cinco:

Nagoya Stencil via Cutting Edge Stencil's Etsy page, $40

Stencial Numero Seis:

(Now this one, I can handle!!! Simple, but a great alternative to art over the bed. Or maybe in a powder room.)

Fern Leaves via Cutting Edge Stencil's Etsy page, $33

This is one of my “happy” projects: picking up art again in any viable form and incorporating it into my home.

Happy Wednesday.



In my last post, I accidently titled it “Cart Art”. In an effort to amend the situation, I got all techie and fixed it fast. Not fast enough for my email subscribers who must have been SO excited to see sculptures made from shopping carts.

Never to disappoint, I found some for you. Enjoy!

You know you love this. They say the best lessons are learned from mistakes. The best art is found in the same manner. All photos courtesy of Master Blog.

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Card Art

Hello crafty, sentimental design friends!

I’m finishing up my bright home office and cannot wait to share. While the paint dries on my shelves and my rug scoots through the mail, I’m making some finishing touches using items I had on hand and one $0.50 splurge from the thrift store. Having saved greeting cards from just about every occasion – they’re too pretty to toss! – I’ve been hoping to use a few as art. For those that aren’t suitable for all-year-’round framing but I love dearly, I tuck neatly away in my bins o’ memories. Each January, I tie my stack of Christmas cards in a festive ribbon like this.

Birthdays, graduations, wedding showers, engagement, new house, thank-you, wedding, and “just because” cards – you name it – I save it. With the intention of creating a wall arrangement of framed greeting cards, I took my first leap to see how I’d like it. I started with one little frame for my desk.

This frame is from the thrift store and was originally dark, ripply silver, so I smuggled some black semi-gloss spray paint from the man-zone and sprayed 2 coats about 2 hours apart. You should leave more. I get all excited and tell myself it’ll finish drying on the shelf! I cut the portion of my card that would fit – a definition of love from my parents for our engagement. Shh, don’t tell – it was my favorite.

I made sure to cut through the entire card because the red heart is created by overlay. Please overlook my dry, wintery, paint spattered hands and sleeves. Thank you much.

Slide image into frame. See how it fits all neatly and stuff? I used an x-acto and the piece of glass to trim the perfect fit. The glass helps to see exactly how it will look so it’s easy to center the image. Once in place, I trace light pencil lines around the glass. Then, with a straight edge and on a cutting mat, trim away!

Next, because this is a card and my mama took time to write us a sweet note, I cut that part out as well, folded it in half, and slipped it behind the image for safe-keeping. And to add some cushion. That is not a PBR can in the background. No, sir.  Nothing to see there!

Once everything is in place, secure (not a photo-worthy step) the stand in place. And display! The picture of flowers beside my “love” definition was also a greeting card and the frame was leftover from some project where I bought one too many conveniently card-sized frames.

And a close-up… It’s a wee-bit hidden by the frame, but I like that. It’s all artsy and special.

I hope this inspires you to do a little home decor shopping… in your home. Happy weekend-end.

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Color Me Happy: Watercolor

These paintings are beautiful to look at as the sun is setting around me. They come alive and have a whimsical, yet refined nature. I couldn’t resist a quick post with a few of Michelle Morin’s pieces from her Esty Shop United Thread: Paintings and Illustration.  The colors are vibrant, yet somehow rustic, subtle and gentle. The gorgeous collection can be found by clicking any of the images below and I encourage you to do so. As always, enjoy.

Chicken With Feathered Feet

I love the chicken for a kitchen, the lobster for a New England dining nook, the beehive for a child’s room, and the flamingos for a sassy guest room. The morning dove amongst the hydrangeas is soothing. And the whale pod intrigues me.

Spiny Lobster


All the Single Ladies

Mourning Dove, Hydrangeas, and Snow Drops

Whale Pod

All images are from Michelle’s online shop and represent archival prints for sale.

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The Elements of Nature

Bringing natural objects into the home is a sure way to add soothing, rustic, and familiar charm to a space. As humans, we are thirsty for a connection with nature. Naturally, when autumn transitions to winter and the days become shorter, we’re spending less time outdoors doing the wild things we love. During the holidays we decorate with colorful leaves, pumpkins, corn husks, pine cones, red berries, and greens. Below are a few inspiring new ways to incorporate nature into your home. Enjoy all year long. | Click images for info/links where available

Succulents Framed via Better Homes & Gardens

Homemade Driftwood Branch Lamp via Design*Sponge

DIY Wolf Den Coatrack via WordPress

Starfish Mirror via Pinterest

Grass in Reclaimed Walnut Table by Emily Wettstein

Handmade Felt Acorns via Mikio Design

Seashell Wreath via Home Stories A to Z (click photo for how-to!)

Pressed Leaves in Frames via Design*Sponge (click photo for how-to!)

The beautiful greens bring fresh life into your space even if they’re pressed in a frame (or growing from a frame!). The acorns, while made of felt, add a hint of organic charm and the coat hooks bring function with old branches. I love that the seashell wreath could be made from a shore trip shell collection, hand-picked and reminiscent of a summer vacation without looking “beachy” or out of place in your inland home. Just a few reasons to love nature indoors. I hope you were inspired. It was highly difficult to limit myself with this post… might need to create a follow-up!

Mapping Out Style

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

No better words could introduce today’s feature. Life and design are about thinking outside your comfort zone, exploring, taking chances, and finding influence in the world around you (the entire world, that is). Not only are maps a visual resource and directional guide, they’re beautiful displays of possibility, extents, and discovery. I liken “maps as decor” to reverse-Impressionistic painting. Up close, they are intricate, clear, and intriguing; from across a room, these details are transformed into lines, shapes, and subtle changes in color. Bring maps into your home as both art and inspiration. Some worldly backdrops…

DIY Map Drawer Console | Flea Market Trixie

Maps on Ceiling | Kevin Sharkey via Martha Stewart Living

Maps Arranged in Grid | Dransfield & Ross

Wallpaper | Elle Decor

Layered Maps | Kevin Sharkey via Martha Stewart Living

Map Throw Pillows | via My Bearded Pigeon on Etsy

Kids Bedroom with Map Wallpaper | via Pinterest

City Map as Poster | via Pinterest

O.M.G. My world is complete…


We interrupt our regular Santa Fe Week broadcast to bring you great news: an entire year of attainable Sticks. That’s right. You heard me correctly. One year. Sticks. $18. Jackpot. And done. (Skipping off to my first Sticks-aholic Anonymous meeting!)

Here’s the handy candy landy link: Sticks Calendizzle!!

And since it’s August for about 26 more hours…it’s only appropriate as a teaser.


Avocados in Watercolor

This painting of a halved avocado is such a perfect representation of this tasty vegetable. Is it me or does produce unfailingly make some of the best subjects for art? Some garlic-y, lime-y, smooth, spicy guacamole would have nicely accompanied my writing this evening… and a margarita. With salt.

Avocado Art Print by Israel-based artist Yael Berger via Etsy

Summer is winding down, but my love for fresh farmer’s market loot is still full-speed ahead! Enjoy! (And sorry for makin’ ya drool!)

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Decadent Dishes

I don’t know whether to set the table with these artsy dishes or display them on the wall. They’re too pretty to dirty! They would look beautifully balanced displayed horizontally in a row over a buffet in your dining room. Or vertically in the wall space between two windows. Or in a square as shown below over your kitchen table! Use them however you fancy best for your home and more importantly, get ’em while they’re hot!

Set of 4 Egyptian Plates, $22.50 | The Met Store

Light Show: Lindsey Adelman

New York City-based lighting designer, Lindsey Adelman, caught my eye a few months ago when my art-savvy aunt shared her work with me. Lindsey’s incredible works have been featured in publications such as Nylon, Elle Decor, and Town & Country and for good reason. These fresh and edgy fixtures are purely functional sculpture. Lindsey grew from a crafty childhood, into a passion for literature, and through an education in industrial design, all of which influenced her subsequent experimentation and the pieces you’ll enjoy below. Here’s the elusive artist, Lindsey!

Lindsey’s creations stem from a culmination of inspirational paradoxes “combining the hand-crafted with the machine-made, the sensual with the practical, and the feminine with the masculine.” As a designer, I am constantly seeking and discovering new concepts and combinations. If I’ve learned just one thing: When thinking outside the box meets practicality, beautifully innovative interiors are born.

Wasp, Lindsey Adelman | Photo by Joseph De Leo

Burst, Lindsey Adelman | Photo by Joseph De Leo

Bubble, Lindsey Adelman | Photo by Joseph De Leo | Interior Design by Nathan Eagan

I love the subtle, yet bright presence in the corner of this space. They catch the eye without stealing the show.

Rope Light, Lindsey Adelman | Photo by Joseph De Leo

Agnes Electro 10 Chandelier, Lindsey Adelman | Photo by Joseph De Leo

This last photo shows a space with successful style through the juxtaposition of rustic and modern. The natural materials, the lines, the clean white walls, and the movement of Lindsey’s chandelier lend themselves harmoniously to a balanced kitchen and dining space. I often tell my clients and design fans alike that the key to a dynamic atmosphere is variation. Variation in finishes, height, color, and texture. Lindsey’s fixtures embody this very concept and whether it’s your thing or not, her aesthetic is certainly captivating and unique.