March 19, 2015

Free Easter Watercolor Printables and Screensaver!

I had a relaxing afternoon yesterday playing around with my watercolors, which means that today, YOU get to reap the benefits!! I wanted to make something to share with all of my wonderful readers,  (yes, thats you!) so inspired by the upcoming Easter holiday, I decided to create a few fun pieces with an Easter theme that you can download and print off to your hearts content. AND you can even use it as your screensaver! 'Cause even your computer could use a good dose of pretty every now and again.

I'm just salivating over the color in the egg print! They remind me of mini eggs. Yummo.

You could print out an 8x10 for a fun art piece,  create your own easter cards, or even use it as your screensaver!

And everyone needs a pink bunny print for Easter.

I played around with it a bit in photoshop and even created an ombre version.

I could totally see these in a little girls room too!

So what are you waiting for?! Download your free printable by clicking the image of choice below, (or download them all if you wish!) then save the high res image to your computer. I created them to fit standard photo sizes to make it even easier for you too.  'Cause I'm cool like dat.

March 13, 2015

Curating an art collection with Minted and a discount code!

One of my goals this year is to start building an art collection. Last year, I incorporated some art into my gallery wall of travel photos and would like to add some more pieces as I tackle a family photo gallery. As much as I would love to buy original pieces and support the artists that work so hard on their craft, my budget doesn't always allow for this. But thanks to the magic of the world wide web, its easier than ever to get some unique art prints for your home and still support the artists behind them.

Minted is one of my favorite places to look for quality art prints for my home. It's an online community of Independent Artists from around the world, making their art available to you in the form of high quality affordable prints. 

Another thing I love about Minted is they offer really cool design tools to help you curate your own collection. You can add pieces you have been eyeing to a mood board, a pin board, or even an art wall in a home-like setting, to see how the pieces look together. It takes a lot of guesswork out of wondering how your favorite prints will look together!

Check out a few art walls I made with some of my favorite pieces.

just the bee's knees ~ Curate your own gallery wall with these cool tools!

(Yao is one of my favorite watercolorists! This one is definitely going to be in my collection.)

just the bee's knees ~ Curate your own gallery wall with these cool tools!

(I love this print and also featured it in my Trendy Tuesday pineapple post.)

just the bee's knees ~ Curate your own gallery wall with these cool tools!

just the bee's knees ~ Curate your own gallery wall with these cool tools!

embrace by R studio
Mid-Century Moments by That Girl Studio
Apertures No.2 by Genna Cowsert

Now the hard part is deciding which ones to choose! But Minted has made the decision a little bit easier by offering 15% off Sitewide with the code: HAPPYSPRING . This offer ends Monday March 16th 2015, so don't delay!  Which one of these would you choose?!

And to help you out a little bit more, here are a few tips to help guide you in the art selection process when planning a gallery wall:
  • Vary Scale: Mix the size of your prints and frames.
  • Balance Color: Throw in a colorful print or two among a gallery wall of black and white photos for drama.
  • Mix art styles: A graphic abstract looks great paired next to a detailed floral print. 
For more tips on planning your gallery wall, check out this post!

**This post was sponsored by Minted, but all opinions are, as always, 100% mine! Thanks for your support!**

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March 10, 2015

Trendy Tuesday ~ Modern Watercolor

Watercolor art has made a HUGE comeback over the last year and I couldn't be happier:) I love seeing this medium, that was once known for mostly floral, scenic and landscape art, have its turn in the world of abstract art and modern imaging. And its not just limited to wall art! Check out other places modern watercolors have been popping up.

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So what do YOU think of the modern watercolor trend?! Love it for more than just wall art? 

March 4, 2015

Designing the Perfect Playroom

I LOVE designing kids rooms. My sons bedroom was probably my favorite project to date because in kids spaces you can be creative, carefree and playful! You can let your imagination run wild, and even get the kids involved in the design process! It's so much fun to hear their ideas for their spaces, and you will be amazed at how they can inspire you.

We have playroom on the second floor of our house that I can sadly say I have never decorated. Sure it has furniture and storage and stuff, but it's not a super fun space to be in, so for this months mood-board, I was inspired to dream up an idea for a boys playroom. I wanted it to be a fun space that catered to 1st grade boys, but mature enough that the room would grow with them. And I'm totally loving the woodland feel right now, so this lodge themed playroom is a bit more of a grown-up version of that!

I hope you will head over to Remodelaholic today to read my article, learn some tips and tricks on things to consider when designing the perfect playroom, plus see tons more inspirational photos and ideas.

And for some more inspiring ideas on kids spaces, make sure to check out my pin boards!

Follow Sarah Langtry // Just The Bee's Knees's board Kid spaces on Pinterest.Follow Sarah Langtry // Just The Bee's Knees's board Carson's Room on Pinterest.

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February 26, 2015

Fab Finds ~ Affordable Budget Friendly Kilim Rugs

Kilim rugs are all the rage right now, but if its just not in your budget to splurge on a beautiful vintage   option right now, here are some great affordable alternatives!

Great round-up  of AFFORDABLE budget friendly kilim rug options from Just The Bees Knees

February 11, 2015

DIY Faux Marble Lamp

Last year, I picked up a couple of lamps at a thrift store for $3 a piece. They were totally 90's hunter green and shiny brass, but I looked past the tackiness and decided to make them over for my guest bedroom/craft room. 

I had NO idea what to do with them. 

I sprayed painted them white for starters. Then they sat on the beside tables like that for A YEAR. Last month I finally got sick of looking at them and decided I HAD to figure out a way to make them pretty. If you follow me on Facebook, you may remember me posting a few options that I was playing around with. 

All of y'alls feed back was awesome and so much appreciated, but I just wasn't feeling either option, SO because when I'm on a creative kick, I will obsess about it until I figure it out, AND because these lamps were $3 and damn it if I wasn't going to figure out a way to use them, I scoured pinterest looking at lamps for inspiration.

Nothin. Nada. Zip. 

A few days later I was shopping (or pretending to shop with my imaginary money) on my favorite site West Elm, I came across this beaut and had an Oprah Ah-Ha moment!

Instead of focusing on the shade, I decided to make over the base to look like faux marble! Ding ding!!

I'm totally digging it. And I know a lot of you didn't care much for my tassel, and thats OK, but I'm digging that too. Even Nate Berkus has a lamp out with a tassel this season. Bloop! (Sorry...couldn't resist channeling my inner Nene Leaks.) 

To get a full appreciation for how far these lamps came, lets look at the before pic.

Told ya they were 90's! Now feast your eyes again on the after.....

Not bad for $3 lamps if you ask me!