Hate Cords But Love Lamps? Modern Lantern’s Got You Covered.

I don’t know about you, but there are two things that truly frustrate me when it comes to traditional lamps:  First, I hate how ugly cords look.  They drive me crazy, and I will go to great lengths to hide as much of them as I can.  Second, I’m always restricted where I can place lamps because of where my outlets are.  The same goes for beautiful sconces–There are so many places I’d love to have them on my walls, but unfortunately, I don’t have the ability to hard wire all my walls. Well, that’s where Modern Lantern comes in–Their lamps run on a chargeable battery. I recently purchased the Bella Bronze Cordless Lamp, and I couldn’t be more impressed.

Here she is on my fireplace mantel.

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In the middle of my coffee table..

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On my kitchen counter..

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In my living room where I have no outlet…

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My bedroom nook.  See that outlet next to the table?  A normal lamp would’ve had a cord dangling from that table…

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And my dining table…

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I think you get the point.  Now go check them out, I promise you won’t be disappointed.  And check out my Instagram this Saturday, I’ll be sharing a link to their monthly giveaway. And please, sign up for my email updates below.  I promise I won’t spam you.  We can be best buds.

Love,

Deema

Art To Frames: My Source For Framing.

Last week I wrote about some of my favorite digital download sources, and so many of you asked about framing!  I’ve used a few framing companies, but I thought I’d share one of my favorites, and how it worked.

I used Art To Frames for my most recent art purchases because I’ve used them before and really love their frames. Here’s what I did:

Step 1:

Purchase the art download and save it.

Step 2:

Go to Art To Frame’s website and start browsing.  They have tons of selections!

Step 3:

Choose the frame, glass, matting..etc

Step 4:

Upload the art and they will print and frame it for you.  Sit back, relax, and wait for it to come in the mail.  It’s that easy.  (same with family photos, or anything you want printed)

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I chose the muted glow picture frame for these.

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Here’s a close up, the frame is beautiful..

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That’s the process if you want them to print it for you, however, I have ordered a frame solo before too.  I had some fine art I needed to frame.

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I’ll probably be back for more when I do my family photo wall down the road, and my kid’s art wall too!  I snagged you guys a 15% discount code that lasts a week (Until January 20, 2020).  Use Pretty15 at checkout!  Now go get crazy and enjoy! 🙂

Love,

Deema

DIY Sponge Paint Wall–Small Budget, HUGE Impact

Not a weekend goes by when I’m not painting these days, and I have another super easy (and cheap!) DIY that I just finished this past weekend.  Remember that Faux Wallpaper Dot Wall I did a few months ago?  Well instead of a paintbrush, I used an old dish sponge.  Yup, you read that correctly.  There are all kinds of different sponge techniques that you can play around with, and below is the one I chose to use this weekend.

This is what you’ll need:

  • Paint (I used Blackest by Clare Paint)
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Dish sponge
  • Scissors
  • Paint tray, or small disposable container (I used a small tupperware)
  • scratch paper
  • Drop cloth

(I know this sounds like a lot, but it’s not)

Step 1:

Lay out the drop cloth and place the paint and all the materials on top.

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Step 2:

Pour a small amount of paint into a tray, or in my case, I used a small tupperware that would fit my sponge. **You will not need much paint AT ALL.  My wall was small but I barely used any.  If you choose to do a larger wall, I’m confident you won’t need much either.

Step 3:

Cut the corners of the sponge off just to soften the edges.

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Step 4:

Place the tape on the wall you want to paint.  You can probably measure it, but for me, I eyeball everything.  I always aim for straight-ish around here.

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Step 5:

Dip the sponge into the paint and be sure to use the extra piece of paper to dab all the excess paint–this is SUPER important because if you don’t, the paint will drip and will not be cute.  Trust me, I speak from experience.

Step 6:

Start pressing the sponge on the wall to the left of the tape, and then to the right of the tape in the pattern shown below.  It’s ok (and in my opinion looks better) to have some imperfections in size and color.  You will see that some of mine are super dark, while others are very faded.

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Step 7:

Repeat.  I simply moved the tape over, and over, and over, and over…etc.

Step 8:

Enjoy!  And embrace the imperfections.  What do you think?  Small budget, HUGE impact.

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It looks WAY better in person, and on video.  Be sure to check me out on Instagram if you want the video version of this tutorial.  And please, sign up for my email updates below.  I promise I won’t spam you.  We can be best buds.

Love,

Deema

My Top 7 Sources For Digital Downloadable Art

The number one thing I have consistently been asked about on my Instagram account is, “Where did you get that art?”  First of all, there is a special place in my heart for original art pieces.  Unfortunately my bank account cannot keep up with my love for most art, and digital downloads have been my affordable alternative.  It has taken me a LONG time to find all the pieces in my home, and I’m excited to share some of my favorite finds as a result of months of internet searches.  You are so welcome.

Without further ado, below are the 7 shops I have downloads from in my home.

(Please excuse the glare and the amateur photos)

1. Echo Shop

You can find them on Etsy here.  I personally have two of their pieces in my home.  Both of these pieces are framed by Framebridge.

**TIP: You can pick whatever company you’d like, however, I’ll be sharing the 3 frame companies I’ve used for all the art in my home.  It’s definitely cheaper to print it yourself (like at Staples, Shutterfly, or any other print shop), but I personally like the convenience of having it printed and framed for me.  It also looks way more professional–I HIGHLY recommend.

The two pieces I have are:

Altered Portrait Vintage Painting Bohemian

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The glare is tough…here’s another angle…

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Altered Vintage Portrait Eclectic

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2. Chaos And Wonder Design

This shop can be found here.  All these were framed by Frame It Easy.

Altered Painting

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Collage Surreal Art Portrait

These used to be together on my dot wall, but I now have them separated.  However, they are beautiful together, and they come as a set.  Below is the first one that’s on my new gallery wall..

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And here’s his partner that still doesn’t have a home yet..

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3. SMUZI

I’ve used this shop the most, you can find them here.  I’ve used them for a ton of pieces in my old apartment, and you can find the link to that blog post here (there are some good ones there, be sure to check it out).  I used Frame It Easy for all these.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

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Jack Nicholson

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He is one of my favorites, and definitely my most popular piece.  He is currently off the wall temporarily until I find him a home.

Peony

This one is currently on my kitchen counter.

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James Dean

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4. Ashlee Binder 

You can find her shop here. Below is the piece I have in my bedroom.  This was framed by Framebridge.

Minimalist Cottage Photo

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5. Belle Art Prints

You can find her shop here.  I had this framed at Frame It Easy.

The Goldfnch Print

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6. BFF Print Shop

You can check their website out here.  I have two prints from them, and both are framed by Art To Frames.  Do me a favor and go to their website for a better picture.  There is so much glare from the windows behind me that no matter how close I get, you can’t really appreciate the texture that these prints offer.

The picture on the left is the Guitar Player, and the one on the right is the Man Studying.

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7. Juniper Print Shop

Last but not least, you can find their shop here.  The print below is framed by Art to Frames.

Cedar

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And that’s a wrap folks.  I encourage you to check out all those shops and their other pieces, you will not be disappointed.  And be sure to visit me on Instagram, and share your thoughts.  And please, sign up for my email updates below.  I promise I won’t spam you.  We can be best buds.

Love,

Deema