Category Archives: Easy Updates

Update Your Decor with Afforable Art Paper

Cavallini Butterflies. I used this paper in Lucy's nursery.
Cavallini Butterflies. I used this paper in Lucy’s nursery.

Framing single sheets of high quality gift wrap or handmade fine paper is an easy and inexpensive way to fill a wall with art. I’ve used these types of papers in both my kids’ bedrooms to add accent colors and fun images. Paper Source is my go-to place for a great selection of both fine papers and fun gift wrap sheets. I actually worked there while we lived in Seattle, and remain a huge fan of their products to this day. They have such a variety, you could easily find one to work in every room of your house, or buy a few, trim them to various sizes and create a gallery wall.  Here is a small sampling of the vast choices,  with prices between $3.95 and $6.50 a sheet.

Rifle Paper Co. Midnight Floral
Rifle Paper Co. Midnight Floral
Rifle Paper Co. Ombre.
Rifle Paper Co. Ombre.
Paper Source Seattle Map
Paper Source Seattle Map
Cavallini Skeleton.
Cavallini Skeleton.
Blue Watercolor Stripes fine paper.
Blue Watercolor Stripes fine paper.
Gold Scallops on Sea Green fine paper.
Gold Scallops on Sea Green fine paper.

If your budget is super tight, just forgo the frame and use Scotch Removable Mounting Squares to adhere it to your wall without damaging the paper or your walls. I’ve had great success with these, they have superior wall adhesion.

The fine papers would also work nicely to cover the back of a bookcase, adding a pop of color without the permanence of paint. Check out Paper Source’s website to find just the right accent for your decor.

Cozy Up Your Den with Animal Decor

 

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Seated Squirrel Handcarved Woodlore Lamp, $448, Anthropologie.

What is cozier than the image of a woodland animal preparing their nest for the cold season? You, feathering yours! Sweet little forest animals are popping up on all kinds of decor accessories. In my book, a bit of kitsch adds a bunch of charm. Maybe you should invite one of these fur-inspired finds to spend the season in your home?

Woodblock Fox Pillow, $39, Urban Outfitters.
Woodblock Fox Pillow, $39, Urban Outfitters.

 

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Black Forest Cuckoo Clock. $124.95 on Wayfair.com.
Hand-Carved Owl Doorstop. $39 at West Elm.
Hand-Carved Owl Doorstop. $39 at West Elm.
Deer Screen Print in 6" Hoop. $20 by Lost Little Things on Etsy.
Deer Screen Print in 6″ Hoop. $20 by Lost Little Things on Etsy.
Forest Menagerie Knobs. $10 ea. Anthropologie.
Forest Menagerie Knobs. $10 ea. Anthropologie.
Deer Doormat. $22.95 on Joss and Main.
Deer Doormat. $22.95 on Joss and Main.
Natural Squirrel $7.49 at Joann.com.
Natural Squirrel $7.49 at Joann.com.

Call me crazy, but that last squirrel is so corny, he’s cute. Imagine him nestled in with your display of tiny gourds and heirloom pumpkins… Happy fall everyone!

How to Mix Fabric Patterns Like a Pro

A collection of fabric patterns that will work together to create a cohesive, but cozy dining nook.
A collection of fabric patterns that will work together to create a cohesive, but cozy dining nook.

Love that eclectic, but pulled together look of a room that has multiple fabric patterns on various surfaces? Me too. I like how multiple prints in a room lends a layered, welcoming vibe. Truly, I just love fabric, pattern and color in general, and over the years I’ve hit on how to balance it all, without making it feel like a visual assault.

I have plans to cover my dining bench in cushions and pillows to create a spot for reading, working and lingering over dinner. The color pallet is three parts indigo blue, one part poppy and one part golden pumpkin. My goal is for the nook to have a global-bohemian appeal, and to feel casual and cozy. Here are the fabrics I am choosing and how they work together.

1.Choose a print that incorporates most of the colors you intend to use in the space. This fabric or pattern will lead you through choosing all of the others. For me, this is a fabric by Robert Allen, with a medium-scale ikat pattern, that I will use for a pillow or two for the dining bench.

Robert Allen Ikat Bands Indigo. JoAnn.com $20.99/yd.

2. Play with scale. This next fabric has a very large-scale paisley pattern, which I love. It will also be on pillows for the dining bench. A pattern like this would also look amazing on drapery panels. Conversely, I plan to use a small-scale dot print for the bench cushion, which will help in hiding crumbs and the inevitable spills.

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Lacefield Designs, Sultan Batik Indigo, $38/yd.
Golding Ikat Spots Blue. Fabricsource.com $12.99/yd.
Golding Ikat Spots Blue. Fabricsource.com $12.99/yd.

3. Pull out accents from your main fabric. The first fabric has little hits of poppy red and golden apricot. I’ll use these next two fabrics to warm and brighten up the room. They will provide a happy foil to the all of the cool blues.

Tizia Ikat Poppy
Tizia Ikat Poppy, Fabric.com $21.98/yd.

4. Provide a place for your eye to rest. Bring in a solid with texture, to balance all of the pattern. I like this linen blend for its softness and warm hue. I’ll use it on a lumbar pillow for the bench.

Waverly Orissa Blend, Pumpkin. Fabric.com $18.98 yd.
Waverly Orissa Blend, Pumpkin. Fabric.com $18.98 yd.

Mixing patterns is all about balancing scale and color. Repetition of the same hue in several fabrics weaves a common thread, while introducing pops of complementary colors provides warmth. Using patterns of varying scale, but with a similar theme (ikat), creates visual variation, but not discord. I hope that you’re now inspired, not intimidated, to combine different fabrics to add charm and cheer to your home.