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Where To Buy Affordable Wall Art

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After my husband and I moved into our home, I quickly realized that I hated empty walls.  Having moved from a 2 bedroom apartment into a 3,800 square foot house, we definitely did not own enough art to cover all those blank white walls.  Aside from furnishing the place, it became my goal to fill up those white spaces without breaking the bank.  Today I'm going to share some of my favorite places to buy affordable wall art!

Just like house plants, art breathes life and character into a home!  I knew that to make our new home feel homey and inviting, I had to focus on wall art in addition to furnishings.  When I first began my search for art, I quickly realized that art. is. expensive.  So in order to minimize the cost of curating a nice art collection, I decided up front to limit the cost of any one piece of art to fifty dollars.  Yes. Just fifty dollars.  This number was not based off anything really and was pretty arbitrary, but I wanted to stick with it.  My self imposed art price limit automatically narrowed down my art search using a few very important factors:

1) No Original Art

Original art pieces were pretty much off the table.  While I absolutely love original art works, they just did not fall under my $50 limit.  Thus, I was focused on choosing from art prints (printed reproductions of original art).  Though, sometimes I've gotten lucky and purchased original art pieces directly from local artists while traveling.

2) Unframed

For the most part, art had to be purchased unframed.  Art bought framed increases the price drastically.  I have found some exceptions, but every art piece I've purchased was unframed.  So what did I do? I learned to mat and frame my own art!  The cost of purchasing your own frames and mats to frame at home is much MUCH cheaper than paying someone else to do it.

3) Smaller art size

Obviously, the cost of art increases as the size increases.  Due to my $50 limit, I usually had to sacrifice art print size.  An 8x10 art print can still make a statement in a space with some framing tricks.  For example if you increase the mat size, an art piece can have a larger footprint on a wall and add some visual variety!  Also, compiling a gallery wall of smaller sized prints can take care of one entire wall span.

After three years of living in our home, I've become quite proud of the art collection I've curated!  Now all my hard work is now to your benefit.  Below are some of my favorite places to buy affordable wall art.

a. Cool tone abstract | b. Fern illustration | c. Landscape print |d. Poppies | e. Foliage | f. Duly noted | g. August | h. Black abstract | i. Lunar freefall 2 | j. Nazare | k. Seaweed | l. Wallmo | m. Canada jay | n. Shipping containers | o. Antibes

I can personally vouch for the quality of the art from these retailers!  Not only have I purchased art from them for my own home, but I have sourced art from them for my clients over and over again.  Now go forth and fill your walls!  If you need help curating a wall of art, you know where to find me!

Look For Less! Vol. V - Oversized Round Mirror

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Lets ring in February with a totally fab Look for Less post!  This design by Amber Interiors is a super popular one all over the internet.  I have been coming across it more often recently, and I can't get enough of the beautiful, gold-rimmed oversized mirror.  That mirror is truly spectacular!  Lets get the look for less!

As you can see, this round oversized mirror can truly add a finishing touch to a space.  The large size is perfect for an entryway, dining room, or any space that requires a statement.  Such a large mirror would also be great at reflecting some natural light into an otherwise darker room.  Amber Interiors created a simple, yet stylish, entryway using this mirror.

Source: Amber Interiors

I believe this style mirror could be utilized in any style space!  Here is your awesome look for less!

 a. All Modern | b. West Elm

Interested in some help to integrate an oversized mirror into your home? Let me know!

Stylish Hampers Under $100

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I've been doing a lot of planning and shopping for the nursery these days.  However fun decor aside, there are a number of necessities to be utilized that may not always qualify as "cute."  One such item includes a hamper.  From what I've been told, babies love an outfit change.  I'm anticipating about 2-3 clothing changes a day due to spit up fun times and other lovely bodily fluids I'll spare you from.  That means A LOT of laundry!  So, thus the need for a hamper.  But must we sacrifice style for said hamper? Turns out, the answer is absolutely not!!  In my search for nursery hamper, I have found many stylish hampers...all for under $100!

My own personal requirement for a hamper is that it has a lid; this makes for a much tidier look (and fresher smelling room!).  Another worthy requirement for me is that the hamper have a liner.  When your nursery is not on the same floor as the laundry facilities, it is nice to have a built-in liner to easily haul the dirty clothes up and down the stairs.  Liners can also be purchased separately if your hamper does not come with a liner; just remember to reference your hamper dimensions so you choose a liner that will fit properly.

Here are some of the stylish hampers I've found in my quest for a nursery hamper!  All under $100!  These would all look fab in any bedroom/bathroom.  If necessary, all of these hampers could also double as toy storage as well.

Big Surprise and New Project Announcement!

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Big things have been happening around here! My husband and I are expecting our first child; Its a girl! We are beyond excited.  And you know what that means...I get to start a new project: A nursery!!

I will be 21 weeks this week and it is time for me to start planning the nursery design!  As I posted about last week, I am including this gorgeous rug into my little girl's nursery design plan.  I was so excited to purchase it on major sale during this past Black Friday from Joss & Main!

Source: Joss & Main 

Remember the adorable coastal nursery I designed last summer?  Little did I know it was going to be the best practice run for planning my own nursery!  In about a month or so I will reveal my nursery design board, but today I'm going to discuss my top 3 tips for designing a nursery.  

1.  Choose a design scheme that will grow with your child

This is a very key tip.  Furnishing and decorating a nursery is pricey.  It is smart to choose a design scheme that will potentially last your child for a solid number of years.  That way, you won't find the need to redecorate after only a couple years. 

2.  Keep it simple

Overdecorating is definitely a thing.  Try not to include decor in the nursery that does not actually serve a purpose.  I advise choosing one decor item to focus on and keep everything else pretty simple.  As you can see, my big focus item is the rug of dreams!

3.  Don't sacrifice safety for design

Many nursery designs you see on the interwebs include features that wouldn't be safe for an actual nursery.  For example, as cute as it is to have patterned crib bumpers, pillows, and stuffed animals in a crib, these items pose a serious hazard to a sleeping baby (read more about baby safe sleeping here).  As such, keep these cute decor items out of the crib.  You don't have to remove them from the nursery entirely, just find another cute place to display/store them such as a bookcase, dresser, or glider.  I will be sure to point out the safety features I've incorporated into the baby's nursery design.  

I hope you'll follow along with my exciting new project! Do you have a nursery decorating question of your own? Let me know!