And last but very not least, I found this cheerful canvas art from Target because heck, today & everyday is a very good day! I don’t know about you, but an unexpected reminder that life really is amazing is much appreciated, especially when I’m cursing under my breath as I finish the laundry. I’m one lucky lady and have so much to be thankful for. This positive reminder makes sure I remember just that…
I picked this winner in the “engagement” section at Target. The color scheme was exactly what I had in mind, the watercolor trend has recently stolen my heart and I just loved its simple message.
This was my runner-up. See a trend here?
I added the greeting card to the frame and just like that, my framed art was ready to be hung!
I absolutely l.o.v.e. everything about it, but most importantly, I love that I’m not “married” to this design. If I’m out & about and see another card that begs me to buy it, I’m going to pick that bad boy up and not feel bad switching them out. And who knows… Maybe I’ll pay this adorable card forward. Maybe not though… would that be weird?
Either way, I don’t foresee taking this one down anytime soon. It just works. And for $3 a card, it really, really works for me.
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I’m taking an unofficial poll here…
How many of you are totally TV in the bedroom people? I’m talking that bad boy is on your dresser, you watch your favorite shows in bed, and you fall asleep to it on every night. (I’m guessing maybe a majority??)
Now, how many of you say “no way” to a television in the boudoir? Perhaps you’re more of a TV in the family room type group?
Well..we’ve recently switched over to the “no TV in the bedroom” camp. Yep. It happened, and we haven’t looked back.
See we were barely ever watching our television in the bedroom. The only time it was ever really used was when I would watch the news in the morning as I got ready for work. Seemed kinda silly to have a huuuge black box on our dresser, to be used only 30 minutes a day. So we sold that sucker and we were then left with a very bare, very sad looking bedroom dresser area.
I did my best to accessorize and stage the area, but it still needed a little somethin’ somethin’.
No matter what I put on the dresser, everything just looked puny on the big gray wall. I knew that I was in need of some serious height to draw the eye up and away from that large, dark, piece of furniture.
I didn’t want to create another gallery wall, because we have one we love in our hallway. Instead, I decided that I should use the same picture ledge frames that I used for my brother’s record wall. That way I could still incorporate some of our favorite pictures and “art” into our master bedroom, and I could easily change out each frame whenever I wanted.
Our New Picture Ledges
One quick trip to Ikea, (okay who am I kidding, it’s never quick. There’s just so much pretty stuff to gaze at…) and I was all set to tackle this project.
Side note: West Elm also sells some beautiful picture ledges.
I picked up 2 white picture ledges and a wide variety of black and white frames. I hemmed and hawed over going all black, or going all white, but ultimately I decided to do the two-tone look. It worked out great and I was able to pull from a wide variety of frames that we already owned.
Just as I did for my brother’s record wall, I used wall anchors and screws to get these up and secure. It didn’t take me more than 30 minutes with my power drill. Honestly, the hardest part was figuring out how to arrange the frames, and then what to put inside each one!
I ended up filling each frame with an assortment of meaningful items. Above I have some cool vintage keys, a Chicago greeting card, and I also framed one of our save the dates (you can read more about those right here).
Here’s some scrabble wall art that I made a few years ago. It’s traveled along with us from place to place, and it somehow always finds a place in our home. We’re big gamers and this shows off our competitive spirit.
Now this is by far my favorite piece on the wall. It is actually an old letter written by my great-grandmother. This year for Christmas, my grandma made each of the grandchildren a book of letters from her mom. It’s over 50 pages long and it is all handwritten. In it, she outlines her entire life…from her childhood in the 1890’s, up until she wrote these letters in 1981. I read it cover to cover right away. I laughed, I cried, I loved every single minute of it. It is a gift I will treasure forever and I wanted to display one small piece of it in our home. So, I chose my favorite page and framed it for this wall.
I have a few other fun things up there and it is still constantly changing. I love that I can just change out a picture, a print, or an art piece, anytime inspiration strikes.
Even though our television is gone, this wall is still plenty entertaining. It’s filled with our favorite memories and some of the best times from our lives…and to us, it doesn’t get any better than that.
P.S. I also added these picture ledges to our new home over our desk. Come check out our office space in our bedroom.
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We’ve created 2 FREE PRINTABLES for you guys to enjoy, each featuring “our song” with our handsome +1’s.
Our song is “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” by Frankie Valli. Ironically, it was the first dance we ever danced to when we were dating, so it just seemed like the perfect choice to share our official first dance to. Plus, Matt and I like to think we’re pretty old fashioned, which seems accurately reflected in this classic.
We suggest printing out your favorite printable onto cardstock, framing it, and giving it to that special someone. Or keep it for yourself and add it to your gallery wall! Either way we know every time you look at this bad boy you’ll have one of these songs stuck in your head #sorrywe’renotsorry
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I bought the frame and the mat at Michael’s Craft Store for approximately $8 total.
I was surprised to find out that the mat was two different layers. I ended up using both layers of mat, but I could have saved one for another project and saved some cash.
I had a 5×7″ opening to work with. That is where my latitude and longitude art would go.
Press print and lay your document under the mat to identify how much paper you will need to trim.
Trace the excess paper.
I am absolutely love, love, loving this nautical ode to our new hometown! Every time I glance at it, I get that feeling of breezing along the coast of Connecticut on a gorgeous sailboat, and instantly, my love for all things nautical grows a little deeper.
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So I’ve been a bit obsessed with chevrons lately. They’re just so darn preppy and pretty.
Now, I’m not gonna lie to you. This was a time consuming little project. But more tedious/mind-numbing work than difficult work. So I would suggest catching up on your favorite shows while making chevron stripes of your own.
TOTAL COST: $0 (I already had everything)
Decide how big you want your chevron stripes to be. I opted to make 1 inch squares, horizontally and vertically across my frame mat. This way my stripes wouldn’t be too big…or too small. Draw lightly with your pencil.
Once you have all of your little squares set…you can start drawing your chevron pattern. Draw a line (using your ruler) from corner to corner across your first middle square. Kinda hard to explain, so use my picture as a reference.
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Or this map art of all three cities we’ve lived in…(You can download the states here, print out, cut, and add a heart in your city!)
This easy DIY with scrabble tiles adds a bit of whimsy to the wall.
Give me 2 thumbs up for this little heart made from our thumbprints! (I’m pretty sure it’s my thumb, and the Finn’s pinky….he has big hands!)
Another super duper easy DIY is this “wordle”. Wordle is a fabulous resource for making a collage of words…all for FREE! I’ve made lots of presents for friends and family, using cute font, colors, and words to describe them. It’s a personalized gift that is sure to be a hit.
But, the gallery wall isn’t the only place you’ll find these personalized projects.
If you want to start with a small project, why not personalize a bathroom?
And they add some much needed height over our bed.
So, is it okay to head to the store and buy cheap art? Abso-freakin-lutely! But, with a few dollars and a little creativity, you can splash your personality all over the walls of your home.