November 24, 2014

How to make your own photo mats

Last week, my husband and I were down in the basement cleaning out a lot of our junk stuff, and I came across an old art project I did in college.


If you ignore the crazy sparkly birds nest in the bottom right corner, its actually a great piece of art! or it will be when I'm done with it. Just a quick background in case you are interested...if not, well you are going to hear it anyways. For this project, we had to take an image, sketch it, and create 3 renderings; one with ink, one with pencil crayon, and one with watercolor marker. Then we had to recreate the image in 3D, hence the crazy birds nest. Which has obviously seen better days.

I've been looking for art to go above the bed in my Guest Bedroom/Craft Room, and when I found this in my stash in the basement, I knew it would work perfectly. So I went about separating the 3 sketches, cut some photo mats, framed them, hung them, and then realized not all of you know how easy it is (not to mention inexpensive) to cut your own photo mats! So guess what...a tutorial was born.

Told ya it was a great piece of art. Actually 3 to be exact:)

First thing you are going to need to do this project is a large piece of mat board. I bought mine at Hobby Lobby for $7.99 - 40% off coupon, so it bought it down to $4.79. And the board is huge. I could probably cut 6 mats this size from one board! SO much more economical then getting someone to cut them for you!

You also need some sort of mat cutting tool. Now there are many different tools & kits out there

November 5, 2014

Decorating with Winter Whites

Hey Everybody! Todays the day I'm at Remodelaholic sharing one of my monthly mood boards! 

With the temperatures dropping and winter fast approaching, I've been dreaming up some lovely layered interiors using Winter Whites. I'd love for you to hop on over and read my article which includes great tips and tricks on how to decorate with whites and neutrals and still maintain a warm and cozy feel to your space! And theres some really fabulous inspiration photos to go along with it too:)



Have a great day!!


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October 28, 2014

Trendy Tuesday ~ Mad For Plaid

Sometimes, what we see trending in the fashion world creeps over into the world of home decor. That is particularly true for this falls must have print: PLAID. 

I'm totally loving how its paired with a pop of leopard print this season! Throw in some denim and a touch of gold and you've mastered this seasons hottest look, both for your wardrobe and your home!


What do you think? Into adding some plaid into your home decor? Or will you just stick to plaid in your closet?

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October 8, 2014

Fall Nesting ~ Decorating for Autumn

The air is definitely feeling a bit crisper around here these days, and my front porch is just begging for some fall mums and pumpkins. This weather has gotten me in the mood to decorate for fall this weekend! In the meantime, I'm sharing some inspiration over at Remodelaholic to help get you started.  





Hop over to see more inspiring photos and and read my entire post here. Have you started decorating for fall yet?! 




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September 21, 2014

Sunday Reading ~ An English Country Cottage

This house tour makes me want to go live in a cottage in the English country side. The End. 

P.S. I NEED this bedroom pendant lamp in my life!!



Happy Sunday!


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September 14, 2014

Sunday Reading ~ An eclectic home in Laurel Canyon

Last month, I took a trip to LA and toured the Hollywood Hills. After seeing many homes that showed off the stars extravagent wealth, this eclectic home tour in LA's Laurel Canyon is a refreshing! It's a great mix of vintage finds, along with some statement pieces that are actually from stores that us "common folk" shop from! Just goes to show you that great design is affordable and attainable, and not only for the rich and famous.

P.S. Are you a Pretty Little Liars fan? Read the article to find out which star of the show calls this place home.


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September 12, 2014

DIY Marbled Butterfly Art

I'm all about creating your own art. It's fun to do, personal, and relatively inexpensive as well. And its easy enough for even a beginner to do, as I show step-by-step here and here, and oh yeah.... here too.

Create your own Marbled Butterfly Art // Just The Bees Knees

Last year, I made these DIY Marbled Coasters, and of course my mind started spinning as to what else I could marbleize around the house, and into my head popped an image of some sort of 3D art. I rummaged around my craft drawer and lo and behold found a package of these Tim Holtz Grungeboard Elements . The butterflies spoke to me.

DIY Marbled Butterfly Art // Just The Bees Knees

You can find the entire tutorial on how I made the coasters here, but its painfully easy. And pretty much free if you happen to have a cupboard full of nail polish! Heres a quick recap: