Decor, Design & DIY

off your phone & into your home

 

It's no secret that everyone has fallen in love with Instagram over the past few years. It's a convenient way to share random moments. Often "small" moments - the ones that most people don't have time to go and grab their DSLR for. And many times, they're the moments that mean the most and capture "real life" the best. 

With so many online resources available to print Instagram images, I can never find a fun, creative way to display them on my wall. While square picture frames are obviously an option, they are just so basic and boring. So I came up with a little DIY project to get your Instagram pictures off your phone and into your home!

I paired weathered gray wooden boards with rose gold clips to create a rustic, chic photo display. I wanted a slightly feminine feel, but you can mix and match the wood stains and metal finishes in the clips to get a more masculine look as well. I displayed photos from the talented Laura Moll of Laura Moll Photography. Her adorable and candid Instagram shots of her precious son are exactly the kind of memories I wanted to capture in this fun DIY project!

 

materials:

 

 

1. Any size or shape unfinished wooden slab(s). I used three 18 inch poplar boards because their smooth texture allows for easier staining.

2. Premium wood stain in the color of your choice. I love the brand Varathane because it only requires one coat and they have a great color selection.

3. Bulldog clips in any metallic finish

4. 12 5 inch Instagram photos. Mine are printed from Artifact Uprising.

5. Large paintbrush

6. Hook, hammer & nails

 
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instructions:

 

Stain your wood slabs with a large paintbrush. Make sure to follow the instructions provided with the wood stain you purchase. Set to dry for a couple of hours. Then fasten the bulldog clips onto the board with a hammer and nails. Some clips conveniently come with matching nails, but if not, anything small and thin will do the trick. Secure a frame hanger on the back of the boards for easy hanging, clip your pictures on and enjoy your random, real-life moments for years to come!

 
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Love,

Disney Inspired Tablescape

 

I always make it a point to switch up my coffee table decor every so-often. Whether it's due to seasonal change, a holiday, or just because, I love mixing things up a bit. Plus, with the right decor, a coffee table can be a key design element. So, in honor of Disney's Beauty and the Beast live-action premiere this Friday, I bring you this French-inspired coffee tablescape! I put a little twist on the traditional trifecta of books, flowers and trays to capture some of the key elements that define this enchanted fairytale. 

 
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It was the perfect setting for watching the original animated version. So excited for the premiere now!

Styling: AK Designs | Florals: The Petal Workshop


Love,

Pantone Color of the Year

 

It’s hard to believe we are already into the third month of 2017. It feels like New Years was just yesterday! Although I'm not a big fan of resolutions (mainly because I can never keep them), I always aim for personal growth and a fresh, new perspective on life in general. Coincidentally, Pantone's color of the year for 2017 is a hue that signifies refreshment, rejuvenation and rebirth. Is that a serendipitous moment or what?! Appropriately called Greenery, I can’t wait to see how this color will refresh all facets of the design world this year. In the meantime, to honor new beginnings, both in my life and design, (and St. Patrick’s Day of course) here are some of my favorite green picks in fashion and home decor! 

 
 
 

 

 

Indian fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee is best known for using unique techniques like hand dyeing, embroidery and block printing to create modern silhouettes. I’m so excited that Pottery Barn has partnered with him to create a collection of global, vintage-inspired home décor. It makes me so happy to see fellow-Indians breaking into creative industries here in the U.S.

This damask printed pillow will bring a decadent burst of character to your space without a huge color commitment. 

 
 

 

I love incorporating natural objects into home styling. Specifically the undulating pattern of cut geodes and agate. Add these green quartz coasters edged in 24K gold to coffee tables, bookshelves or bedroom nighstands to create a layer of natural beauty. It will instantly add a shimmering texture to the space, and of course prevent those annoying water rings! Click here to shop!

 

 

 

 

 

Tassels and fringe are one of the hottest accessory embellishments of the season. These Vanessa Mooney earrings are a small add-on, but make a big statement. I love the way they bring movement to a look, while also adding a bright, bold color to your outfit. 

 
 

 

 

I'm all about organization and a clutter-free home. So these woven patterned baskets from West Elm instantly caught my eye. Perfect to store practically anything; whether it is laundry, toys for the kids or papers from your desk, it's the ideal decorative item to keep your belongings in one place. Plus, they're handwoven by skilled female artisans in the Philippines. And I love anything handmade. 

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

This is a must-have for wine lovers. These soy-candles are sold at Nordstrom, and remind you of your favorite vintage with their subtle wine-inspired appearance and aroma. They're even made of re-purposed wine bottles! I just love the way they look and smell. 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Set your bag apart from the rest with these colorful, hand-woven luggage tags. And they make the perfect gift for the adventure-seeker in your life. Head over to The Little Market to shop fair trade handmade goods from around the world. One of my absolute favorite online shops!

 
 

 

 

 

 

Anthropologie is one store that never disappoints. Ever. I found these adorable tumblers that will make the perfect addition to your kitchen collection. Mix and match with other colors, or pair with colorful plates, flatware and napkins to create the perfect springtime tablescape!

 
 
 
 
 

 

Showcase your precious photos in this contemporary emerald green frame. Exquisitely covered in faux shagreen, introduce a textural mood in your space with it's presence. While it's a bit on the pricey side (shop here), it will definitely create a striking effect on your decor. 

 
 
 

Whether you’re ready for a complete overhaul in your career and personal life, or just simply want to do a few things here and there to refresh your daily routine, I hope this charming color provides the inspiration you need to stay on track!

 

Love,