Decor · Life At Home

Bring Anywhere in the World to Your Own Home

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I’ve officially been living in the Charlotte area for about three weeks. Already I feel so at home, and I am so happy that our little family of four has relocated to this area. There is so much to do, and the weather is fantastic.

That being said, I’d be lying if I didn’t say I get a little homesick from time to time. Although the Carolina’s have stolen my heart, a small piece of it is still back in New York.

Our small hometown (I say small compared to Charlotte) is a wonderful place that my husband and I will always love and admire. One of our favorite things about where we were born and raised is the beautiful lake that is right in the backyard of our hometown. We grew up on that lake, and it will forever be a part of us.

Recently we received the most beautiful map of our hometown and surrounding lake from Mapiful. Mapiful is a company that makes custom maps from anywhere around the world, and this map is by far my favorite piece of decor in our new home.

It was so easy to create the map on their website. All I had to do was plug in my zip code and I could move the map to center it how I chose. When I typed in my zip code a map of our hometown popped right up. Although this looked cool, and I could even see right where my old street was, I wanted to zoom out so I could also see the lake. Once I zoomed out I could center it again so the lake was to the left, and my hometown was on the right. At the bottom of the map, I decided to label it, “Chautauqua”. The coordinates even show up at the bottom without having to look it up on your own. I could not believe how simple it was to create such a special map!

This piece of art will always be so meaningful to me because the place it represents holds such a special place in my heart; home.

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Thank you to Mapiful for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own!

Decor · Life At Home

Newest Prints

I always like to update my new prints for those that are interested. Here are the latest and the greatest from my Society6 Shop.

The Book Was Better

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Perfect print for a living room, classroom, or library.

Donut Kill My Vibe

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This print is avilable in pink, green or blue.

But First, Coffee

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Because let’s face it, coffee comes before all else. Check this print out here.

 

Keep checking back for more prints as they come!

Decor · DIY

Prints Prints Prints!

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One thing I love about text art or digital prints is that you can share your personality so clearly through each piece. It can make a room quirky, funny, inspiring or just plain enjoyable.

For a while I have been obsessed with cute prints on Etsy to hang throughout my home. Whether it be for our living room, kitchen, bedroom and lately our daughter’s nursery they are in frames all throughout our house. They are such an easy thing to refresh and change when you get tired of it, or just switch out during the seasons.

Finally I decided to create some of my own prints, and once I started I didn’t stop! I found an awesome website called Society6 that allows me to house all my prints for people to purchase. Currently I have 221 designs to browse. From motivational to silly, to How I Met Your Mother to food related (SO many food related), there are tons to choose from.

Check them out, and as always if you have any comments, suggestions or ideas you’d like to see just send me a message or comment below!

Thank you loves!

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Decor · Life At Home

Think Outside The Box With Your Art

When it comes to art there are so many different types that can fill your home. From paintings to pictures, and sculptures to knick knacks there are tons of options to choose from when looking for the perfect decor.

For the longest time we did not have any art on our walls because of two reasons. The first being that I thought art was too expensive. The places I was looking just didn’t seem realistic to buy from because it was way more than I could afford. The second reason was I really didn’t know what I wanted. I had no idea what to put on the walls, or around my house on shelves and bookcases. I was totally clueless.

Then I started thinking outside the box. I began using all sorts of things as art, and some were so cheap or even free. I had the chance to try some DIY art as well, and it was a fun process.

Use magazines, cards or calendars for art.

We received a beautiful card at our wedding that was 3D. It was incredibly way too cute to get rid of, so for the longest time it just sat on my dresser. I had no idea what to do with it, when I realized, “Wait, it’s so adorable, why don’t I hang it up!”

That’s exactly what I did, and now each day I get to see this bright, little card that reminds me of my wedding day.

I’ve also done with this cool magazine ads or calendar prints that I can frame. SO CHEAP!

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Get crafty!

There are tons of ideas floating around Pinterest that it’s so easy to find something you love that is easy to make. Remember the blue button tree that was constantly pinned years ago? I thought I’d try that and now I love bringing this little orange tree I made out in the fall season. All it took was a little paint, buttons and hot glue.

I also made the fun little Welcome sign below. That was a little trickier to make. I used the same technique to make this as I did here.

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Repurpose something fun.

There are so many old pieces of furniture that you can repurpose. Old shutters, pieces or wood, doors, and old windows are just a few examples of things you can try to restore or paint over. Again, there are tons of tutorials and examples on Pinterest if you’re looking for some inspiration.

I bought this old shutter from a friend. It was so easy to sand down, and repaint so I can hang pictures on it with clothespins,

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Find cute prints that are meaningful and easy to frame.

One of my latest crazes is creating text prints to frame in my home. They can be fun and quirky, and add lots of character to a home. They are perfect for a fun gallery wall in your home.

A friend gave this to my daughter for her nursery and I think it is adorable!

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Check out some fun prints I have created at my Society6 store!

Life At Home

Fall Porch Decor

I used to only decorate the house for Christmas, but I’ve been getting into the fall season spirit by decorating a little bit more for the autumn weather. I’ve learned it’s actually quite cheap to do if you go to the right places.

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Pumpkins

Many people have asked me if I’ve painted these pumpkins myself. I wish I was that talented. No I did not, in fact those are actually decals that I bought from Groopdealz. They can stick right to the pumpkins.

The pumpkins are also naturally white. I got them from my local Wegmans on Halloween for so cheap. I also got the little ones for only $0.25.

Corn

The corn was purchased from an adorable, local produce shop that is always festive and seasonal. It added a beautiful, natural fall touch to the porch, so it wasn’t just pumpkins.

Doormat

I always love getting my doormats from Target. They are so cute! I had to have this fall doormat because of the gorgeous fall colors it had. It helps that it was only $10.99 too.

 

Happy Fall Y’all!

 

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Decor · DIY

Repurposed Old Shutter

Recently I purchased an old shutter at a garage sale. I didn’t know what I was going to do with it, but it was so cheap and I had seen things like this on Pinterest so I went for it.

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I found a perfect spot in my dining room where it would fit nicely, and decided to use it as a means to hold pictures. I bought some cute clothespins at Michael’s that fit into the shutter perfectly.

It needed to be sanded down first. Once it was sanded, I wanted a different color because I was not a fan of the faded brown color. I spray painted it with two coats of plain gray spray paint also purchased at Michaels. It was tricky to spray paint with all the nooks and crannies of the shutter without running a little. When spraying it’s important to stand back and move your arm constantly back and forth so the paint doesn’t build up and start to drip. It needed only one coat on both sides with some touch up work in between.

Once it was dry I brought it inside, and placed the pictures with no problem. Easy DIY project!

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Decor · DIY · Wedding

Wedding Quilt

The new trend in weddings is to come up with a creative, unique way to have your guests sign something to remember all of those that shared your special day with you. Lately I’ve seen wall art that is signed, fingerprints signed on a tree, leaving a simple message to the couple, or even the traditional Wedding Guest Book signature. All awesome ideas that uniquely fit each couple.

Thankfully I have an amazing aunt who is a natural at sewing. She helped to come up with an awesome idea for my husband and I who wanted a Wedding Quilt. Each couple or family at the wedding signed a white square that was sewn into a big quilt.

Before the wedding she put a border around each white square so that no message was cut off when sewn into the quilt. We bought fabric markers that were easy for people to use when they wrote their lovely messages to us. We also provided clipboards just incase.

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After the wedding, my aunt collected the squares and was able to sew them into a beautiful quilt that we keep in our living room.

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If you don’t personally know someone who sews I’m sure there is a local person or shop that would be willing to help you with this idea for your wedding.

If you have done something similar post a photo or tell us how it went.

I hope you are able to create your unique guest book idea that fits you!

Britta