If you’ve been around here for long, you know I’m a sucker for gallery walls. Yup, hello! LOOOOOVE ’em. Gallery walls have been riding a wave of popularity in the decorating world for a few years now. Gallery walls are definitely part part of the ‘collected’ and eclectic decor trend. But let’s face it, eclectically-decorated homes – and gallery walls for that… Read More
Today I’m finally giving you a glimpse at how the twins ‘big boy bedroom’ turned out. No, I haven’t fallen in a deep dark hole or been abducted by aliens. (Although you might see an alien or two in the post – just sayin’.) But it’s been forever since I’ve been on a regular blogging schedule. Let’s just say there’s… Read More
Here’s a true fact that you might not know about me: I’m a chronic changer around-er. When it comes to home accessories, I’m always moving things!
I swear, if you were to visit me every month, our house would never be the same way twice.
I could be watching The Good Wife, and before I know it, my decorating subconscious has rearranged the room. By the end of the episode, I’ve already stolen the required lamp from the living room, and a mirror from the hall and I’m caught up in a twister of wall art and toss pillows. READ MORE
When you’ve been a blogger for awhile, you get lots of pitches for product reviews. While this might sound great, only a handful are ones I’d consider writing about.
Awhile back, though, I found an e-mail in my Inbox from a company called Near and Deer, inquiring whether I’d like to try one of their faux deer heads. Now, I think you’ll agree, that’s not something you hear every day. And, since I hadn’t yet indulged in the ‘faux taxidermy’ decorating trend, I was intrigued.
Faux taxidermy has been all the rage in decorating in recent years. (See: Faux Taxidermy Is A Surprisingly Chic Decor Element.) I love the personality statement that a set of (fake) antlers makes in a room. They’re such a great mix of modern chic and rustic cozy. I’ve swooned over many room photos with them; I just wasn’t sure how a set of antlers would mix with my own decor scheme.
And then this guy arrived in the mail…READ MORE
I don’t care a lot about blog ‘stats’ around here; and, it’s certainly not what motivates me to keep blogging. (I’ve written about this before over here.) However, I did notice something today which got me a little excited! Today my blog surpassed a million pageviews since moving over here from Blogger, and changing my blog name to A Pop of Pretty.
That’s like 7 whole digits worth of blog traffic, which is pretty darn cool. So as a thanks to YOU and YOU and YOU for visiting this little corner of the web, I’m going to celebrate this one million pageviews milestone by offering a little gift with no strings attached!
I recently created these two chalkboard-inspired “Good Morning” / “Good Night” prints for our master bedroom makeover.
I haven’t even blogged about them yet, and I didn’t create them with the intention of offering them as free printable art. But today I’m inspired to share! So here you go! As usual, just right click, save and print as you like! (If your printer prints to cardstock or photo paper, that’s what I’d recommend, but any paper will do.) READ MORE
Judging by one of my my more popular projects here at A Pop of Pretty (a diy painted canvas I created with an inspirational quote), it appears that a whole lot of you want to know how to create your own art. So I thought I’d show you another painted canvas that I recently created for our piano room…
Create your own art: my diy painted canvas in our Piano Room
I think it sometimes surprises people…READ MORE
I’m so super-excited about this Fall mantel decorating project, that I’ll give you a picture first, and talk a bit after… . In case you didn’t notice, my Fall mantel has giant photos of our kids ;-). . Not only that: They are giant peel and stick photos! , Say wha? Yup. Peel and stick. And did I mention… Read More
La la, dee dee dah, da dum…dum, dum, dum…
Oh. my. gosh. I’m soooo tired. Over the past two weeks, we switched two main rooms in our home, the living room and the TV room, and it was completely unplanned. Here’s a little hint why, in case you aren’t already singing Billy Joel along with me…
Yup, a piano.
We finally bit the bullet and bought a piano for our 9yo daughter. She’s been taking lessons for a couple of years, but practicing on an electronic keyboard. We put off buying her a piano because we really didn’t think we had anywhere to put one. Our main floor is mostly ‘open concept’ with only a few walls, and the rooms we do have aren’t that large. But as it turns out, where there’s a will, there’s a way!
Given that I wanted to buy a good used piano, I figured it would take me months to find the right one. But the very day I started looking, I lucked into a fab deal on a used Yamaha U1 piano. Isn’t that always the way? READ MORE…
If you know me, then you know things rarely stay the same for long around here!
Like, for instance this gallery wall over our sectional sofa that I talked about a little while back. Here’s how it looked back then…
I was happy enough with how the gallery wall turned out, but after living with it little awhile, I decided it was a little busier than I had planned. I think that’s because of the saturated colors (the reds and teals) AND the fussy lines in all of the pieces (i.e., the florals). I felt like it needed to be tamed! Plus, I had really wanted to incorporate some family photographs to make it feel more personal. I’ve experimented quite a bit with gallery wall groupings in our home, and photos are definitely the key to bringing a collection to life. (For some other gallery wall tips, click here.)
So a couple of days ago, I decided to remove a few of the ‘fussier’ pieces (the basket, the mirrored botanical print, and the wine label art), and replace them with some simple modern gallery frames. I’ve always loved, loved, loved photos in gallery frames, but was reluctant to use them on this particular art wall because of the more traditional style of the painted canvases.
I was wrong! I immediately loved the contrast between the clean lines of the gallery frame, and the more detailed canvases. The simplicity of the gallery frame (with its white matting) helped bring some much needed ‘quietness’ to the collection. READ MORE