Art is expensive.
Therefore, I am always on the hunt for cheap, but meaningful art. I know, it seems like an oxymoron, but it’s out there! Kyle and I have a deal that any framed picture or piece of art we place in our house has to truly speak to us and can’t be purchased at a big box store. Even though I love the idea of each art piece in our house having a story to tell, most art that has a story is quite spendy.
And that’s why when I ran across these prints, drawn by local elementary school first-graders, I had to have them.
Each line art print was $7.50 (so affordable!) and all proceeds benefit the Sabin Elementary art program. Under the direction of Sabin art specialist Chris Lamp, students were taught the basics of line art and these drawings (there are dozens of different portraits available for sale) are the fruits of their labor.
There is something so innocent and approachable about these prints. It’s incredibly refreshing to look at life through a child’s eyes. It’s like putting a different lens on your camera – such a different view.
Charlie + Pipey, welcome to our home. We are so glad to have you and I promise to find you a wall that suits your charming smiles. I have a feeling you might get along great with my sewing table I painted last night…stay-tuned next week for the big reveal:)!
And if you want to purchase your own Sabin line art, leave me a comment below and I will forward you the information.
For me, this year has been all about curtains. I have fallen head over heels in love and no room feels complete without a seriously fun window treatment. Although I am a big fan of making your own curtains (tutorial to come soon!), these curtains from Ballard Designs are noteworthy.
Again, they fit with numerous different design aesthetics and could go in a bedroom, office or dining room. They are good medicine for my split personality design condition too. Available in three pretty and versatile colors (chocolate, gray, persimmon), these linen curtain panels boast an intricately embroidered trellis design.
Above photos by Ballard Designs
Now, these curtains start at $179.00, so they aren’t a steal by any means. However, I think they are an investment that you’ll never regret. And for those of you who winced when you saw that price, stay-tuned for my make-your-own curtain tutorial coming up next week – no sewing skills needed!
Awwww, hooks. I have them in my bathroom (for hanging towels), in my closet (for hanging necklaces) and in my kitchen (for hanging my cloth grocery bags). Hooks are not only useful, but they can quickly jazz up a wall for very little money.
Where do I find my hooks? Feast your eyes on this website – hooklady.com. The options are endless. Seriously, endless. Hook Lady has cow hooks, plant hooks, vintage hooks, bird hooks, nautical hooks, coat hooks and anything and everything else you can think of.
All above images are from hooklady.com
Hook Lady also carries signs, door knockers, shelf brackets, doorstops and plant hooks. Again, if it has the word hook in it, Hook Lady has it. Hook Lady has something for every design style too – modern, traditional, contemporary and just plain weeeeeeeeiiiiiird hooks are available on her site.
Saturday was the first day Portland hit 80 degrees. We have finally finished hibernating! The parks, sidewalks and garden centers were full of people. It was a beautiful sight.
We did a number of things around the house this weekend, and I couldn’t decide what I wanted to blog about until I picked up this piece of furniture (yes, it’s another cheap Craigslist find):
Yes, that’s a sewing machine in the table and no I do not plan on actually using it. But it looks pretty cool, so I think I’ll keep it in there for now. The thing I love most about this piece is its hardware. My mom often teases me that I spend more money on hardware than the actual furniture piece, and I am happy to report that won’t be the case this time.
What’s my plan for this piece? It’s going to go right by our front door and serve as our entry way table. I’m fairly certain I am going to paint it, but my options seem endless at this point. Here are some inspiration picks I’ve gathered…
Image from decor pad
Image from mabelshouse.blogspot.com
Image from decor pad
Image from decor pad
Your vote? Should I keep it conservative (white? black?) or go bold (gold? teal?)? More to come…