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Affordable & Thoughtful Art for Gallery Walls + An IGTV Tutorial

As I mentioned in our kid-friendly living room makeover, we switched out our beloved blanket ladder for a gallery wall + a place to park large toys. So, over Sylvie’s naptime a few weeks ago, I hung the gallery wall, and recorded the process on my IGTV (the new Instagram component that allows you to share longer videos). Find my IGTV channel in my Instagram bio, to the left of Story Archives. (I’m still trying to figure out how to link to IGTV from the desk top!) I'm breaking down the affordable and thoughtful art that makes up the gallery wall in our living room. Make sure to check out the the IGTV video too!

I'm breaking down the affordable and thoughtful art that makes up the gallery wall in our living room. Make sure to check out the the IGTV video too!

Once I got everything hung, it dawned on me just how affordable the art was. Each piece was under $30. Affordable is great, but I think you also have to really love the art you hang in your home, right? Otherwise what’s the point? Your walls might as well be empty. So scroll down for some of the background on these 4 pieces. I'm breaking down the affordable and thoughtful art that makes up the gallery wall in our living room. Make sure to check out the the IGTV video too!

The Art:

Printable Matisse Sketches – Albeit, this is a print. Matisse’s visage sketches are some of my absolute favorite pieces of art, so to me, this print holds a lot of meaning.

Victoria Bradley Studio Figure  (similar)Victoria Bradley has a downright gift for capturing the female form with her pen and paint brush, and let’s be honest, no gallery wall is complete unless it includes a nude. She’s one figure artist you’ll definitely want to keep tabs on.

Block Shop Napkin – I’ve adored Block Shop Textiles for ages, which are hand block printed by 5th generation master printers in India. But I never could afford them until recently, when they  launched a tabletop collection with fabric napkins that are a wonderful size for gallery compositions. I used studio pins to pin it along the edges of the shadow box.

Golden Rule Tea Towel – This hand-screen printed linen tea towel is too gorge to dirty up in the kitchen, but perfect when framed up in our kid-friendly living room.

The Frames:

Large shadow boxes are hard to come by, so I was excited to find these for the napkin and tea towel which come in TONS of sizes and finishes. They’re pricey for having a foam core back panel, but the foam core ended up being perfect for tacking up the fabrics with studio pins. Overall, I’m happy.

Want to see more of this room? Come see the full living room.  Or simply peek at where I got everything from.

Thanks for reading!

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The 10 Minute Tack Board DIY

Erin shows how to make a quick and easy fabric covered tack board DIY for your desk or kid's room in 10 minutes. Click for the tutorial and sources. Erin shows how to make a quick and easy fabric covered tack board DIY for your desk or kid's room in 10 minutes. Click for the tutorial and sources. Erin shows how to make a quick and easy fabric covered tack board DIY for your desk or kid's room in 10 minutes. Click for the tutorial and sources.

I initially made this display board for two office photo shoots I had going on in the month of June. We were scrambling for something to hang above my desk, so I bought a cheap cork board off Amazon and 1 yard of linen fabric from the fabric store, and my intent was just to throw something together as fast as humanly possible. It actually turned out pretty great, so I ended up using it on the 2nd shoot as well. Want to know I made this bad boy in 10 minutes? Don’t blink because you might miss this tutorial!

Just kidding, I’m going to break out the steps pretty detailed so you have all the info. Just read through everything and then get to work on your own. You’ll have it done faster than you can make a croque monsieur.

Materials:

  • 23″x 35″ Cork Board
  • 1 yard of Linen fabric
  • Heavy duty staple gun + Staples
  • Scissors

Erin shows how to make a quick and easy fabric covered tack board DIY for your desk or kid's room in 10 minutes. Click for the tutorial and sources. Erin shows how to make a quick and easy fabric covered tack board DIY for your desk or kid's room in 10 minutes. Click for the tutorial and sources. Erin shows how to make a quick and easy fabric covered tack board DIY for your desk or kid's room in 10 minutes. Click for the tutorial and sources.

  1. Lay your fabric face down on the ground and lay the cork board face down on top of it. Cut the linen down so it’s about 3″ larger on all sides.
  2. Pick a side, and begin stapling the linen to the backside of the board. Because you’re going to pull the linen super tight around the board, it’s helpful to fold the linen over once before stapling both layers to back of the board. As you can see in the first photo, I didn’t do this at first and ended up having to pull the staples out and restaple with the fabric doubled over.
  3. Work your way stapling down the first side of the board. Then rotate the board 180 degrees, pull the linen super tight and staple it to the back of the board. (Don’t forget to fold the fabric over on itself once first.)
  4. Once the fabric on the two opposite sides are stapled, start in on the two remaining sides, pulling the fabric taught as you go.

C’est tout, mes amies. C’est tout!

Erin shows how to make a quick and easy fabric covered tack board DIY for your desk or kid's room in 10 minutes. Click for the tutorial and sources. Erin shows how to make a quick and easy fabric covered tack board DIY for your desk or kid's room in 10 minutes. Click for the tutorial and sources.

Want another DIY quickie? This quirky little stool is another fun one!

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DIY du Jour: Beaded Blanket Holder

If you can string a simple bead necklace, than you've got the skills to make this pretty, space-saving blanket holder! Click to learn more.

Arguably, it’s that time of year when blankets get the ol’ heave-ho into storage, but I do like to keep a few at close reach in warmer months for after dark on the patio and such. This small-space blanket holder is made of wood and clay beads and is great for storing + displaying blankets without taking up much, if any, floor space. If you’ve ever strung beads into a necklace or bracelet as a kid, then you’ve got more than enough experience to tackle this little project. Continue Reading →

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DIY Back Hall Makeover

This post has been sponsored by KILZ ® . All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Whether it’s a mountain of clutter in your spare bedroom or a forgotten niche that’s in need of a facelift, we all have those areas in our home that we put on the blinders for in order to make them palatable. (Or at least, I hope we’re not the only ones!) For our family, it was the dreaded back hall, a dingy, bare, tiny space that just wasn’t pulling its weight. So, I’ve teamed up with KILZ Complete Coat® Paint again (remember our medicine cabinet makeover?) to rock this hall and make it feel more like the rest of our home–a spot we’d enjoy coming home to.

The progression of how we transformed our old, crumbling back hall entry into a place we'll actually enjoy come home to through wainscot and paint. Continue Reading →

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Wallpaper Hanging Basics + DIY Crash Course Recap

Wallpaper hanging basics for getting started installing wallpaper. Download my 'Wallpaper Best Practices' for mastering the technique! Last Fall, I joined forces with a group of local, Minnesotan DIY’ers, Projects in Person, Construction2Style, & ReBuildMN to host a DIY Crash Course Night where we demystified the fine art of four home DIY skills:  Drywall, Tile, Shiplap and Wallpaper Installation.

Each of us polled their social media audience to find out what they wanted to learn most, and the general consensus from you guys was that you wanted to learn wallpaper installation. I was really excited to hear this because wallpaper is going through an absolute renaissance at the moment. There are so many new types and styles that the options for transforming your space with wallpaper are seemingly endless.

Wallpaper hanging basics for getting started installing wallpaper. Download my 'Wallpaper Best Practices' for mastering the technique!

Milton & King generously supplied the wallpaper, Pattern: Origami/Black, and we went to town installing it on several 3′ x 3′ faux walls that my husband, Ken, and I built for the event. I started each session with an installation demonstration, and then we broke into pairs to practice hanging a strip ourselves.

The reason I chose to demonstrate Milton & King Wallpaper for this event is it’s great for wallpaper novices. Their wallpaper backing is dimensionally stable meaning it won’t stretch when you apply the adhesive, so you can roller the adhesive right onto the wall and hang your paper to it.

More traditional wallpapers stretch when wet, so it’s recommended you apply the paste to the paper, then loosely fold the strip in half for a few minutes to allow the paste to soak in (also known as “booking”) prior to hanging. I’ve hung both kinds of wallpaper, and in my experience, the “booking” method is a bit messier and takes alot longer to install.

Wallpaper hanging basics for getting started installing wallpaper. Download my 'Wallpaper Best Practices' for mastering the technique!   Wallpaper hanging basics for getting started installing wallpaper. Download my 'Wallpaper Best Practices' for mastering the technique! Wallpaper hanging basics for getting started installing wallpaper. Download my 'Wallpaper Best Practices' for mastering the technique!

Because I love YOU, I’m attaching the ‘Wallpaper Best Practices’ PDF that I created for the event attendees. It has the full materials list, my personal instructions/anecdotes for both wallpaper installation and removal, how to calculate the amount of wallpaper you’ll need, and where I buy my supplies. Find the downloadable PDF at the bottom of this post.

Wallpaper hanging basics for getting started installing wallpaper. Download my 'Wallpaper Best Practices' for mastering the technique! Wallpaper hanging basics for getting started installing wallpaper. Download my 'Wallpaper Best Practices' for mastering the technique!

I’ve watched ALOT of installation videos, and I think Milton & King’s is one of the best at showing the process, so I’m including it below.

At the event, two of the most asked questions were:

Q. What adhesive should I use?

A. I recommend using a high quality, clear paste such as Roman Pro 880. It’s strippable, meaning you’ll be able to remove the wallpaper most likely with warm water and a sponge. There’s also almost no odor associated with it.

Q. What is your biggest piece of advice for installing wallpaper?

If you’ve watched the video above or downloaded the WALLPAPER BEST PRACTICES, you’ll notice there’s a step for drawing your starting guideline. The starting guideline is the vertical pencil line you’ll use to hang your first drop of wallpaper. My biggest piece of advice is to go slow and really make sure you get your guideline drawn perfectly straight up and down with a level, as it’s the edge your wallpaper drops will be based upon. If your guideline tilts one way or the other, you’ll end up with a wallpaper pattern that slants across the wall.

Wallpaper hanging basics for getting started installing wallpaper. Download my 'Wallpaper Best Practices' for mastering the technique!

It was a whirlwind 3 hours with such a fun, bustling crowd! Thanks to Projects in Person for hosting!

DOWNLOAD THE WALLPAPER BEST PRACTICES HERE.

Milton & King Origami photo courtesy of Milton & King.

Event Photography Credit: By Rebecca Studios

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DIY Modern Bench Cushion with Leather Straps

A sewing tutorial covering how to make a modern bench cushion with welting & leather straps. [In partnership with KUFRI Textiles] Francois et Moi’s tagline, Handmade Modern Home, is not only about getting our hands dirty and DIY-ing one-of-a-kind pieces for our homes. It’s equally about celebrating expert artisans and feathering a conscious home rooted in soul and intention. Today we’re combining the best of both worlds–I’m teaming up with KUFRI Life Fabrics on a bench cushion project that has the most fab details… Continue Reading →


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