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

Why I decided to skip the toys this year, and instead, gift memories.

Every year I spend countless hours shopping for and wrapping my kid’s gifts for the holidays. Christmas morning comes, they open said gifts, and all we’re left with is a heaping pile of garbage.  Literally, garbage.  I can tell you my kids don’t remember that dollhouse or that race-car they got, but what they do remember is that trip to the movies in our X-mas pajamas.  They remember decorating cookies at the holiday festival, and they remember story time with the Grinch at the local book store.  And before you lose your breath, I’m not suggesting you get your kids nothing–although I do believe the holidays are about much more, and that’s for another blog post on another day.

This year, I’ve decided I’m done with the crap, and I’ll be gifting my kids nothing but memories.  Memories that will last much longer than any Elsa doll.  And if you’re excited about this idea, and want to try it out, I’ve got you covered.  Let’s do this.

You can probably take all these individual “memory makers” and wrap them individually under the tree, however, I decided to create a coupon book.  There are several online with more pages, but I chose to buy this from Amazon for both my kids.  I’ll leave the delivery and wrapping part up to you.

Now let’s talk ideas.  And let’s be real, memories can cost just as much as toys, and often times more.  So I’ve created a list of both free (or very cheap) ideas, and some that will cost you some money.

Free (or almost free) fun:

  1. Hiking, or a nature walk
  2. Trip to the park
  3. Picnic at your favorite outdoor place
  4. Community events (there are always a ton, check online)
  5. Trip to the library (especially fun during story time)
  6. Trip to the beach (if you live near one)
  7. Trip to a museum
  8. Game night at home
  9. Volunteer work (trust me on this one)
  10. Camp out in your backyard
  11. Camping trip
  12. Date with mom
  13. Date with dad
  14. Date with  ________
  15. Community concert
  16. Visit the animal shelter, or local Humane Society
  17. Stay up a half hour or hour later past bedtime (for little kids)
  18. Trip to the pool (for the summer months)
  19. Favorite meal coupon
  20. “boss for the day”–a pass to be the boss and call the shots for the day

Fun with a price tag:

  1. Tickets to the movies
  2. Tickets to an amusement park
  3. Tickets to the zoo
  4. Tickets to go on a vacation
  5. Trips to indoor playgrounds like Chuck E Cheese, My gym, or lazer tag
  6. Tickets to the aquarium
  7. Tickets to a broadway show
  8. Tickets to a concert
  9. Tickets to a local fair or festival
  10. Spa Day
  11. Miniature golf
  12. Bowling
  13. Boat ride, whale watching, or all things water related if you live near a coast
  14. Classes or lessons–Like cooking class, art class, dance classes, piano classes, sports clubs, science camp…etc
  15. Tickets to a sports games
  16. Trip to favorite restaurant
  17. Go out for ice cream or their favorite dessert
  18. Waterpark passes
  19. Annual passes to their favorite places
  20. Roller skating or ice skating

Look, you get the point.  These is just a list to get your juices flowing, and the internet is filled with ideas and fun local spots, events, and free things happening in your community every week.  Are you as excited about this as I am? Screw that Elsa doll, who’s with me?  I’d love to hear what YOUR ideas are, and I’d love to know if you plan to do this.  Visit me on Instagram, 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

Liza Pruitt Art Collective, My Humble Review.

The art in my home is probably the most asked about question I get on Instagram.    And while I would never claim to be an art connoisseur, I’ve definitely had so much fun selecting the art pieces in my new home.  I see art as another way to express myself in my home, and I’m super picky what I put up on my walls.  I love finding new artists and the stories behind each piece.

I recently found Liza Pruitt’s art collective on Instagram.  She’s so fun to follow because she’s always sharing previews of new collections in her stories.  What’s neat about her art collective is she has 20 artists with a variety of styles.

I recently purchased this art piece (by Christen B Yates) for my office, and I LOVE it.

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It’s sitting on my shelves as you walk into my office, and I couldn’t be happier with it.

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She has so many other artists with different styles.  Below are a few of my favorites that are currently up on her site.

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This one is Crown VIII, you can find it here.

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This one is called Helen, you can find it here.

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This one is called Seaside, and you can find it here.

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This one is called Louise, and you can find it here.

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This one is called Afternoon Walk, you can find it here.

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This one is called Lady Sketching, and you can find it here.

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This one is called BW, and you can find it here.

These are just a few, be sure to check out the full collection from various talented artists here.  Liza really has an eye for design and I can’t wait to see what new collections are coming soon!  And stay tuned, I hope to put together a few blog posts about all the other art in my home.

As always, thanks for being here!

Love,

Deema

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5 Lessons I Learned From The One Room Challenge

The One Room Challenge reveal is finally here!  I can honestly say as stressful as this was, I had so much fun and cannot wait for the next round.

The truth is, I ran out of time and I’m not where I would’ve hoped to be.   And while I could talk your ear off about things like the shelves not being styled right, I’m proud of the progress I’ve made. I’ve learned a lot the past few weeks.  A lot about myself, and a lot about the design process.  And while I don’t claim to be a designer, my emotional love affair with design runs deep.  When I rearrange a room, or buy a new piece for my home, it FUELS MY SOUL.  Interior Design gives me a kind of energy I can never put into words.   So let’s talk about the office.

Just a quick reminder of what it used to look like.

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And while I am not 100% in love yet, here’s what it looks like now.

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I’ve definitely had my share of struggles and rookie mistakes. So instead of breaking down the process (you can always reference my old posts for that), I thought I’d share some of the lessons I’ve learned while designing this room.  Lessons I’ll definitely take with me for the next round of the One Room Challenge.

1. Think about the room as a WHOLE.

Oh how I wish I could turn back time on this one.  I kept randomly buying things without thinking about how it would all go together.  I bought and returned more things than I could count.  If I had taken a step back and really thought through the ENTIRE room as a whole, I would’ve saved myself a lot of time and heartache.  I have a new fond appreciation of a carefully crafted Mood Board.

2.  Colors matter.

I wish I had thought about how well some colors go together, and how some colors mixed together may bring out certain hues only my nightmares were made of.  I fell in love with a gray mural and with a cream high back chair, but didn’t think twice about how those two colors would truly clash.  The mural brought out the yellow in the chair, and the chair brought out the purple in the mural, and it was a true disaster.

3.  Lighting matters, and gray is a tough color.

My mural was so beautiful during the day, and then night would come and I’d be so confused why it looked so purple.  Gray is definitely a tough color, and I’ve learned to be careful what other colors you pair with it.  But what I’ve also learned, is that with the right lighting (and different lightbulbs), you can bring the color back.

4.  Adding a personal element to a space makes a world of a difference.

I have Audrey Hepburn framed in my office not because I think it’s “cool,” but because I watched all her movies growing up.  I also loved to play Moon River on the piano and that’s why I picked that photo.  I also plan to add the sheet music for Vienna by Billy Joel.  It’s one of my favorite songs, and if you know what the song means, you would understand how it all fits into this One Room Challenge.

5.  Take your time and enjoy the process.

Lastly, enjoy the process.  I know I joked about how stressed I was, but I really did enjoy the process.  Don’t be afraid to do a little trial and error, most of us don’t get it right the first time anyway.  And don’t rush to finish a space with things you don’t love.  I guarantee you will end up changing it much quicker than you thought–and take it from me, it really hurts your pocketbook.

And that’s it!  Thank you again for being here, and for taking the time to read my posts.  It means more to me than you could ever know.  Don’t forget to check out all the Featured Designers and Guest Participants and their reveals!

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Love,

Deema

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One Room Challenge: Week 5

Week five of the One Room Challenge is complete and I have just one week left until the reveal!

Below are the updates from this week:

  • The Pottery Barn table I purchased was clashing with the mural, so I painted it black.
  • The four floating shelves I ordered are now up and installed.  They look Ah-MAZING.
  • I’ve ordered a fourth rug.  Yes, I said FOURTH.  This one comes the weekend of the reveal so let’s hope fourth time’s a charm.

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So what’s left this week?

  • Blinds install
  • Rug arrival/placement
  • Desk chair arrival/placement
  • Decorative accessories
  • Lighting (This is a big ‘maybe’ depending on time)

See you next week for the final reveal!  For more details and fun, I’ll be sharing way more in stories on my Instagram.  Please be sure to pop in and answer one of my million polls, and don’t forget to check out the featured designers and guest participants.

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Love,

Deema

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One Room Challenge: Week 4

Week four of the One Room Challenge is finally over, and Stacey from HomeGoods informed me that I was “really good at returning things.” With two weeks left, and being out of town for one of them, I’m definitely panicking.

Let’s start with the good news:  I scored some cute mirrors, and the mural is now up!

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I also ordered some beautiful floating shelves that will go here:

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Now for the bad news…the rug I originally ordered came in too dark.  Long story short, I’ve been buying and returning rugs all weekend and still didn’t land on one.  As with the desk chair?  Same. Damn. Story.  Can you see why I’m panicking?  Here’s what I have left to do:

  • Desk chair
  • Rug
  • Light fixture
  • Install floating shelves
  • Decorative accessories
  • Filing cabinet
  • Touch up the paint + paint closet (maybe)

Ok, I’m going to go have a drink.  See you next week (insert face palm). For more details and fun, I’ll be sharing way more in stories on my Instagram.  Please be sure to pop in and answer one of my million polls, and don’t forget to check out the featured designers and guest participants.

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See you guys next week, wish me luck!

Love,

Deema

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One Room Challenge: Halfway there!

Annnnd just like that, week 3 of the One Room Challenge is complete.  We are officially halfway through, and as expected, my moodboard has changed completely.  I wish I could say it’s because I love a fun plot twist, but really, decisions are hard.  Like, really hard.  And for those of you that have stuck around and answered my 1,786,542 polls on Instagram, god bless you.  You are my people.

First of all, the desk I bought at Restoration Hardware last week, has been returned.  I ended up scoring an amazing deal at Pottery Barn.  I got this beautiful desk for $299 (original price $799) because it was on display and had few scratches. (I call it character)

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Well, here’s the ACTUAL desk…

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Second, the star of the show this week was the paint.  After a few hiccups (on my part), I used Claire paint to paint the entire wainscoting in the office.

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I started out leaving the baseboard and the chair rail white, but then I felt like it may be too busy with the mural and the furniture.

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I ended up painting it all black instead.  I chose Blackest by Clare Paint because I adore their paint.  I also work full time and the convenience of Clare Paint doesn’t get better.  And if you’re following along on Instagram, you know the office is small.  It was so nice to paint and not have so many toxic fumes. I talk about all the reasons I love Clare Paint in my blog post here, they’re really my favorite.

Lastly, I ordered this rug!

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OK, so what’s up this week?

  • Mural install
  • Mirrors up on opposite wall
  • Order chair for desk + Light Fixture for office

For more details and fun, I’ll be sharing way more in stories on my Instagram.  Please be sure to pop in and answer one of my million polls, and don’t forget to check out the featured designers and guest participants.

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See you guys next week, wish me luck!

Love,

Deema

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One Room Challenge: Week 2

Well, I officially have week two of the One Room Challenge under my belt.  And if you missed missed week 1, catch up here.

Ok first thing’s first, there are some seriously talented people participating in this challenge.  Watching them and their process has been hands down my favorite part.  Then you have me, the girl who seems to take what seems like FOREVER deciding on literally anything, and then immediately questioning my decision right after.  I do my decision making over a series of IG polls while I breath in and out of a paper bag as I see the results roll in.  With that said, I’ve surprisingly met my goals for this week.

Let’s start with the good news:

The office is officially cleared out, and my first two furniture pieces from Article have arrived.

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I’ve ordered my Mural from Anewall. And she’s so purrtyyyyy.  She’s going to go on the left side of the room (when you walk into the door).

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I’ve ordered my black paint (for the wainscoting in the room) from Clare Paint.

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FINALLY ordered my desk from Restoration Hardware, and you guys, SHE IS BEAUTIFUL.

img_4840My family and I will likely have to eat ramen noodles for the next year after purchasing her, but we’re fine, everything’s fine.  No one is panicking over here.

Lastly, I ordered blinds for the room.  So. Freaking. Excited.

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Ok let’s talk next steps/potential hiccups.

As a result of poor planning on my part–well really my inability to make timely decisions–I ordered the paint and the mural a bit late and they did not arrive this weekend.  With that said, the desk I ordered is now arriving before both of those items.  So now I’ll have a ginormous piece of furniture while I’m trying to paint all the wainscoting black and install the mural.  This should be fun.

(Insert face palm)

With that said, my hope is that by week 3, I should have everything painted, and potentially have the mural up, so cross your fingers and send me your good vibes.

For more details and fun, I’ll be sharing way more in stories on my Instagram.  Please be sure to pop in and answer one of my million polls, and don’t forget to check out the featured designers and guest participants.

See you guys next week, wish me luck!

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Love,

Deema

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