How To Print and Frame Giant Photos For Less Than $20

2.04.2016

After posting a little tour of our living room, I've had a lot of questions about the prints above the couch. They were so cheap for the size and transformed our space! The best part is…anyone can do it! It only takes tools to hang it up. Keep reading for how to print and frame giant photos for less than $20.
For the prints, I chose two photos from our recent trip to California that I took on my iPhone 6. The photo was horizontal, so I took it into photoshop and resized it to measure 24x36 by increasing the size by 10% at a time. It takes a few minutes to do this but it prevents the photo from being pixelated. After resizing, I split it in half to make two vertical photos.

Send the prints to Staples and get the photos printed into Colored Engineer Prints. Mine are 24x36 and cost under $6. Black & White photos run for less than $4!

For the frames, my biggest tip is to get these frames only when Michaels is having a sale (which honestly seems like every week). I found mine at Michaels for 60% off plus an additional 20% off which brought the total to $16. They have a variety of sizes and we have probably bought 6 or 7 so far.
There you have it- an oversized statement piece for $20! Do you have anywhere that would be perfect for a giant framed print?

Macrame Bouquet Wrap | DIY

2.03.2016


What is better than receiving a bright, fresh bouquet of flowers? Receiving a bright, fresh bouquet of flowers wrapped in macrame! I think this DIY takes a beautiful bouquet of tulips to a whole 'nother level. I have been following Ana Morais on Instagram and love everything she has been making lately. I got this DIY idea from her, so if you love macrame head on over to her feed- you'll love it! 

 Materials: 6/32 inch cotton piping (about 12 yards), scissors, tape, a bouquet of flowers
Steps: Cut a 10 inch piece of piping and tape it to your table. This can be shorter or longer depending on the size of your bouquet but leave a "tail" so you can tie it later. Cut 6 strands of 35 inch cotton piping. Fold in half and loop around your top strand. Repeat for all 6 strands. Make a basic macrame knot (follow photos above). Repeat the basic knot until you've reached your desired length. Mine was about 7 inches and I didn't cut the end rope off. Lay your bouquet on top of the macrame and use the top strand to tie the macrame wrap loosely around the flowers. Take two bottom strands and tie loosely again. Weave the ends side to side like you are lacing up a shoe or corset. Tie again and deliver to your gal pal!

These would make great gifts for your closest girl friends for Galentine's day! The best part is, once you deliver the flowers your friend can keep the macrame and hang it up when she puts the blooms in water! It's a two-in-one gift ;)

I have a few more bouquet wrap ideas I hope to share with you later this week!

Are you doing anything special for Valentines or Galentines day?!

How Our Living Room Has Changed This Past Year

2.02.2016

As of last month, I have lived in our home for a whole year! My husband actually bought our home a year before we met and did a fantastic job renovating it. It has come a long way since he bought it and changed even MORE when I moved in. Our living room, dining room and kitchen are all open to each other and are what get most of the DIY and decorating attention so I am excited to share a little bit more of the process of what decorating has been like and how it is constantly changing.

Let's start with the before…
As you can see…this photo was taken through a window but it was the best "before" I could get. I never saw it in this state and I am really glad it did not stay this way! The carpet covered up our gorgeous wood floors and the brick was dull. I really love the mantle and wall color my husband chose which make a huge difference in making our home as cozy as it is! 
This is from September of 2015! I wish I had a before photo of when the couch was where the yellow chair is and there was an over stuffed red recliner where the couch is…just imagine it. You can see in the left corner there was a giant picture from our honeymoon that got printed wrong that I never corrected - hence why it is sideways. I thought the picture ledges would be a good idea but I didn't like the scale or placement and just drilled way too many holes in that wall because of all the changes I've made. This is also right after we had recessed lights installed which was the BEST decision and I can't wait to have them in the rest of our home!
This was soon after I reupholstered our couch! I liked this styling. It was clean and simple but still missing a few key changes I wanted/still want to make. The size of this rug was wonderful but the shedding and stains were not fun to deal with. You can see I switched the photo from the left wall to replace the picture ledges which made a huge difference! I also painted our fireplace and front door around this time.
And here we are now! I really love how the living room is shaping up. Of course, there are still some changes I want to make but getting a new rug really changed the whole room! I bought another large frame from Michaels (here is a blog post explaining how I printed and framed them for less than $20!)) and framed a photo from our recent California trip. I really like how the colored photos and vertical alignment helps the room seem even taller.
Our next big project for this room will be built in shelves on either side of the fireplace. The left side will have doors so we can stash cords and the xbox and everything that is necessary but not exactly pretty. We also will be adding new electrical outlets to hide those cords because our 1930's home is seriously lacking in the electrical outlet area.
I have been eyeing this coffee table for a while to replace our chewed up table. I really like how simple it is without adding weight to the room or covering the rug. I also want to relocate my beloved mustard colored chair somewhere else in the house and add two new chairs in it's place. I really love these but don't know how practical they are.
I think I've reached my limit on patterned pillows (which I LOVE and are from Boho Pillow & Mae Woven) and need a few more that are solid colored and textured to add some depth without getting too crazy!
 My little fiddle is flourishing and looks so cozy in this leather basket/planter I made! Here is the tutorial.
 I still love our bar cart but I feel like I need to give it a new purpose! Right now it holds my favorite lamp from Yucca Lane and a framed inside joke between Jordan and me.
We spend the most time in this room aside from me working in my home studio and it really makes a difference to be in a room you love and are comfortable in!