Hi everyone, it’s Liz Lidgett, The Art Hunter. I’m here as a guest on the Style Spotters blog today to talk about thinking outside the box when decorating with art.
As an art advisor, the success of my company relies on me coming up with new ways to display artwork. There are always new trends in the interior design world — it seems like every stylish home has a great gallery wall, for instance. The next trend I’m looking to in decorating with art is going to be hanging artwork anywhere but the walls.
The above image shows the incredible restaurant Earth at Hidden Pond in Maine. The vintage paintings on the ceiling perfectly highlight the peaked shape and gives visitors a reason to look up. Such an unexpected design that I would love to see replicated in a home.
The perfectly sized horseshoes are a great addition to this country-chic home. While many would have placed the series along side the staircase on the wall, this placement shows off the collection with a twist.
While so many would think this photo is all about that amazing chest, I’m focused on the photographs hung to the door. The paint blocking and gallery wall being included over the door gives such a rich and cohesive look to the room. Pro tip: If you attempt this, be sure to use sticky tack on each of the back corners of the frames. This will keep the frame from rattling each time you shut the door!
Hanging artwork directly on your bookshelves can kill two birds with one stone. It can add high style to your room, all while hiding any unsightly storage. This could be the perfect way to cover any electronics you don’t need to access regularly, like your wifi box. Setting the artwork directly onto one of the bookshelves is also a nice alternative.
This is something I really want to try in my own home. What a cool idea to hang artwork on a window frame. If you have nosy neighbors, it can pull double duty as a privacy screen and bring big style into the room.
Finally, speaking of privacy, if you have a tiny space– I’m looking at your NYC apartment dwellers– try hanging artwork from the ceiling to create a room divider. This artwork is a great way to divide living spaces like an office and a den or a bedroom from guest space.
So what do you think about hanging artwork anywhere but the walls? Just by trying one or two of these ideas in your home, you can make a big change using artwork you already own. Low cost + high style is what I am always aiming for!
For more ideas on how to decorate with artwork, check out my new video series The Art Hunter with BHG.com.
If you’re stuck on what to give your honey this Valentine’s Day, then gather a little inspiration and take a peek at these 10 gift ideas.
1. A New Scent
I can’t think of anything more romantic than a bottle of cologne. Purchasing a new fragrance for someone else can be tricky. In this situation, I would recommend Polo Red Intense by Ralph Lauren. It’s popular, pleasing, and provides an easy transition from day to night wear.
2. A Stylish Watch
Every man needs a nice watch. Now, I’m not saying that you should go out and buy a Rolex for Valentine’s Day because that would be ridiculously expensive. But, I am saying that watches deserve their own set of care and special attention. Watches to men are comparable to a piece of fine jewelry to women–quality is key. A few features to look for when purchasing a watch are water resistance and metal or leather quality, and durability. Depending on how much you want to spend watches can range from $100 to several thousand dollars in price. The watch shown below is on the higher end of the spectrum. This Burberry watch boasts Swiss quartz movement, date function, water resistance (up to 10 meters), and stainless steel/leather.
3. A Sweet Sound
If your man has a taste for the classics, then a record player might just be the perfect gift for him. This Crosley record player features three speeds, an automatic return tone arm, a USB enabled software suite for editing video content, and adjustable pitch control. It can be found online at Urban Outfitters for $199.95.
Quick Tip: Secondhand records can often be found at a thrift store or flea market for an extremely low cost. If you’re in search for a more contemporary sound, new records are available online at Amazon or Urban Outfitters.
4. Mod Mugs
Clink! Give your significant other a shiny new set of copper mugs this Valentine’s Day. Add to the gift by including a quality vodka as well as other ingredients called for in our all-time favorite Moscow Mule recipe courtesy of Tammilee Tips.
5. A Fabulous Fitbit
The Fitbit Flex was “the hot item” this holiday season. The Fitbit Flex costs about $100. The device allows you to track steps, distance, and calories burned during activity and sleep. If you think your Valentine might benefit from using a Fitbit (or be interested in one), then see Fitbit.com for more information.
6. A Chic Sweater
What’s the next best thing to a hand-knit sweater? Buying one–but not just any sweater–one that’s casual, soft, and machine washable (isn’t it all about convenience and comfort?). This Calvin Klein pullover checks all of the boxes.
7. Cool Cuff Links
If your secret admirer is regularly sporting a suit, it’s time to get him a sophisticated set of Burberry cuff links. These mod cuff links are available in light gold or a polished silver and cost approximately $250. Although they’re on the pricier side, the quality and flexibility to pair well with any suit makes them an enviable commodity and lifelong closet staple.
8. A Smart Shave
A close shave can be one of the most refreshing, relaxing, and cleansing things for a guy. That’s why The Art of Shaving‘s Full Size Kit with Fine Badger Brush made the list for one of our top 10 gifts to give to the special man in your life.
9. A Retro Camera
Capture your Valentine’s Day with Fujifilm‘s Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic. Some of the camera’s highlights include bulb and double exposures, macro mode, and high performance flash. Add to the gift by including a few rolls of film.
10. Rad Running Shoes
If your Sweetheart is in need of new running shoes, then take a look at these Pure Boost Chill Shoes by Adidas. Whether he is off to the gym or on the go, these shoes are certain to satisfy any occasion.
I know it’s still Winter, but it was so dreary outside I felt like I needed a bit of colorful Spring in my life. I have these flowers that I photographed back during warmer weather and I decided to pull them out to brighten up this week’s DIY project. They are a free printable you can use to make this project for yourself. This Mini Wreath Gift Decoration DIY is perfect for any present. Valentine’s is just around the corner, or decorate some wine you’re bringing for a hostess gift.
- One pipe cleaner
Step 1: Print out the flower and leaves printable onto your paper at 40-50% of its original size (you’ll need the flowers to be smaller for this mini project). Cut out however many flowers and leaves you will need for your mini wreath. There are enough flowers and leaves for about 5 wreaths.
Step 2: Tie your pipe cleaner into a circle by wrapping the wire ends together.
Step 3: Hot glue the flowers around the pipe cleaner circle. You can cover the whole circle, or just the base. Completely up to you.
Your mini wreath is done! Hang this cute thing on a wine bottle (use a bit of washi tape to secure the wreath to the bottle), or attach to a present, and you have the perfect gift.
We want to see what you’re crafting! Did you make these mini wreaths? You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
I am not sure if you’ve heard the news, but the 70′s influence is making its way back into home décor this year, in a big way. In my last article I shared one of my favorite design elements of this era, you can find it HERE. Growing up in the 70′s our home was a healthy mix of 70′s décor, sprinkled in with some traditional & family pieces. My mom, who always loved home design had a way of making it all work and feel stylish. We had autumn gold appliances, dark wood cabinets & floors and plenty of bold, floral wallpaper to go around. Among these typical trends were also an abundance of rattan, wicker, shag and macramé in our home. I have fond memories of our macramé owl that hung in our family room and the hanging macramé plant holder in our kitchen, oh how I wish I held onto these! Whether or not you are lucky enough to find authentic, vintage macramé you can still get this look. Here are some ways to incorporate a modern take on macramé into your home….
DIY & macramé are a hot combo these days, just search Pinterest & blogland and you will find a variety of original ideas. If you like this look then why not tackle a project yourself. These DIY’s are totally unexpected and fun, plus they add a stylish element to any space. Another positive to creating a piece yourself is the personal satisfaction & pride you will get from your hard work, along with a good monetary savings as well. These DIY’s below all have fantastic tutorials, just click the link below each image.
Another option to bring this bohemian aesthetic into your space is buying handcrafted from a local artisan. You can shop ETSY and other online shops for textile art, these items are handmade so you will pay a bit of a premium but what an incredible statement piece it will be. Each one is original, so no one else will have that same piece in their home, which is nice.
If all else fails search your favorite on trend, home décor shops such as Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie and even Target. You can find a variety of beautiful & stylish macramé accessories and art for the home and some won’t even break the bank:).
Whatever your style preference, macramé brings a handcrafted, organic element that adds style and fun to any space.
Thank you for stopping by! Have a beautiful week,
We ordered most of the lights for the Dream House long before we needed them. Because our construction took longer than we expected it to, lots of things like light fixtures, drawer pulls, and medicine cabinets, sat around in boxes in our garage waiting and waiting and waiting to be added to the house. Luckily, we ended up being really happy with most of the stuff we chose when we finally had everything installed. We have had a little problem with the pendant light over our kitchen table. It’s not that we don’t like it–we do! We have two of them over the dining room table and three of them over the kitchen island. The pendant light just doesn’t cast enough light over the kitchen table. The kitchen table is in the breakfast nook, which has no recessed lighting and no sconces, just a single light fixture above the table. The pendant light just isn’t going to cut it–we need a chandelier!
We’re super excited to get some kind of fantastic light fixture over the kitchen table. We need a farmhouse chandelier, but those can be kind of tricky because farmhouses don’t really have chandeliers. But there are so many cool farmhouse-inspired chandeliers out there, and I’ve rounded up some of my favorites here!
One option with lots of other sub-options built into it is using two or three small pendants in place of one larger light fixture. We only have the spot wired for one light, so this isn’t an option we’re going with, but if you do, it opens up a whole world of fixture possibilities. [from BHG]
I love this chandelier because it is so unchandelier-like. I like that it is a single light fixture with multiple bulbs, and that it is really cool. It’s not frilly or fancy. [from Home & Garden Sphere]
This may or may not be the style we just ordered last night! I love the dark metal trim framing large panes of glass, and housing multiple bulbs for a nice, bright breakfast nook. This kind of chandelier reminds me of a greenhouse, which I always love. [from Design Sponge]
For a modern spin on homespun, this great farmhouse light fixture features a collection of pendants that resemble mason jars. This particular one is a little more upscale, but there are ones that use actual mason jars for a very cute, casual chandelier. [from Architectural Digest]
When we built our home 14 years ago, we were young and child-less. Now, we have three very active young boys, and the biggest and only home regret I have is that we didn’t account for a proper entryway. Over the years we have tried a variety of creative ways to effectively manage the small area of wall inside of our front door. Today I thought I would share a few of my favorite tips for creating a functional and family friendly entryway, where there once was none.
Slim Shoe Cabinets
This shoe cabinet is straight from our home, and it has been a lifesaver for quite a few years now. Found at IKEA, this slim shoe cabinet has the ability to store shoes for our entire family of five, takes up very little floor and wall space, and also offers storage for keys, dog leashes, charging cords and stationery. I can attest that this is one of the hardest working pieces of furniture in our entire home.
Install a rail (or two) or hooks behind your door for slim hanging storage. They will add instant and space saving storage for jackets and handbags as well as umbrellas and outdoor accessories. The other benefit of hooks is that they are super simple for the entire family to utilize.
Not only does a credenza style cabinet offer the ability to conceal boots and shoes and other entryway clutter, it also creates a decorative “wow” element. Credenzas can be found inexpensively on Craigslist and at thrift stores, and with a little paint and some pretty new hardware, they become showstopping storage to welcome you home each day.
Slim Console Tables
Console tables are another smart way to add storage and flair to your entryway. Their slenderness ensures they don’t take up a lot of real estate in an already small space, the area below the table is a prime spot for a tray of boots and a basket of shoes, and the surface of the table creates the perfect landing zone for piles of mail, loose change and keys.
Bookcases and Modular Systems
Another heroic space saving option, bookcases have the ability to transform into a creative entryway closet. Lower adjustable shelves are ideal for footwear while the upper portion can become hanging storage with the addition of a few hooks. Utilize the shelves and walls of the cabinet to add additional solutions for everyday essentials such as cold weather accessories, paper piles and handbags.
Modular pieces mix and match to create a combination of vertical storage and entryway seating. Their versatility allows you to customize the design to your given space, while the combination of open and concealed storage keeps visual clutter tucked away and the daily necessities right within reach.
Each one of these examples take up a very small footprint right inside of the front door. They create the feeling of a designated entryway or mudroom, by maximizing a single wall. The goal is to create an organized place to drop your daily gear, while keeping it decorative and cohesive with the remainder of your home.
Do you have a favorite piece of furniture or solution for creating entryway functionality in a nonexistent entryway?