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Loving Lately: Patterns

17 Feb

Now that I’ve got my daughter’s dollhouse completely primed inside and out, I’m looking for some fun wallpaper ideas. Since I hoard inspiration on Pinterest, I immediately turned to my “Pretty Patterns” board and oohed and ahhed over all my selections before I culled them to my favorites, above. To see the sources of each, please visit the Pinterest board.

Clearly, I’m drawn to florals. But pulling all my favorite patterns together into the above helped me realize that I’m into abstract and more organic shapes too. For example, look at the cover of that Rebecca Atwood book, Living with Pattern.  Gorgeous! That’s a coveted coffee table read I’m adding to my book wish list stat coincidentally, cough::Mother’s Day:: cough. I’ll always love anything with a Greek key or a Moroccan trellis, but this exercise opened my eyes to a softer, more feminine way of bringing in some of the more graphic patterns I’m drawn to.

I mention this because right now, the headboard that I upholstered myself just before I gave birth to my daughter, now nearly two years old, is begging for an update. I’m so glad I didn’t both with batting and plywood to make it — it’s just a cardboard template that I stapled a beautiful floral fabric to. I actually used the PotteryBarn Kids box that my daughter’s crib came it to make it. How’s that for recycling?!

Anyways, since installing some simple DIY framed Rifle Paper Co., calendar art in our room, finally potting up my faux fiddle leaf, and hanging curtains from actual curtain rods, our bedroom is starting the feel like the sanctuary I’d always envisioned. Except for that floral headboard that I’m tired of looking at.

I think an update is in order and so far, I’m thinking of a more neutral headboard with some beautiful, graphic toss pillows. Which I want to make myself of course. Hah! But I’m also considering framing out the headboard in some sort of wood to make it look a little more substantial and also bring in some natural texture to the room.

What are some home decor updates you’re itching to make? 


Miss Congeniality-inspired Movie Quote Art

18 Dec

Movie Quote Art

Thought I’d take a break from 24/7 Christmas and share another quick little DIY art idea I was inspired to make tonight.

I’ve always loved Sandra Bullock but developed an extra special place in my heart for her after reading her sister Gesine’s book, Confessions of a Closet Master Baker. Miss Congeniality is one my all-time favorite movies. It’s like Father of the Bride in that, if it’s on TV, I cannot turn it off. I’m watching it for the night. (I own it.)

It’s on right now and one of my favorite moments just happened. “Gracie” just realized the pageant crown must be rigged with something and rambles on, gesturing wildly to her head, miming a crown. Michael Cain mistakes this for delayed excitement for the winner’s announcement and hilariously says, “That’s it. Wear the crown. Be the crown. You are the crown.

It always makes me laugh so I was decided to make a little Miss Congeniality-inspired movie quote art for my office as well as some prints for my friend Stacey. I’ll probably make another using another one of my favorites: “You think I’m gorgeous. You wanna date me.” I bet they’d be so cute on some note cards too. I haven’t done that since like 2008, when I made some note cards to gift to a friend using some favorite Sex & the City quotes like “hello, lover.” Might be time to bring that one back!

To download the free 8.5 x 11 pdf, click here.

* Sidenote: Great book and perfect for baking-obsessed friends or family. I think “Sandy” became even more endearing for me because I loved her sister Gesine so much! And she sweetly described little things her sister had done to help launch her bakery in VT. I love sisterly affection.