I’ve accumulated quite the collection of vintage costume jewelry over the years. I’m always on the lookout for flawed treasures or irresistible bargains that are just waiting to be added into my craft stockpile as they make for the perfect addition when zhuzhing up a pair of shoes or building a statement piece of jewelry. So naturally, Céline’s fall must-have shoe, a pair of block heeled shoes emblazoned with dripping rhinestones and pearls, was just begging to be recreated with supplies I already had on hand. Holiday footwear dilemma solved.
a pair of block-heeled shoes, preferably in velvet or suede (mine are from Zara)
With leftover tree trimmings, inexpensive bunches of holiday greens from my local market, kitchen twine and a yard of scrap leather lacing, I couldn’t resist dressing our front door with a little homemade Christmas swag. I love all the modern interpretations of the classic wreath – they’re beautifully simple and surprisingly easy to assemble, it makes me wonder why we don’t leave them up all year round! In case you feel so inspired, here are some examples that might spur some weekend crafting ideas:
Australian wool fedoras and wide brim hats in dusty pink and pastel peach? And natural straw boaters with an extra tall crown? And nude leather rancher style hats?! Yes, yes, and yes. And with hats starting at low as $60, I’ll be buying at least two . . .
Having a knack for collecting art comes with the conundrum of not being able to commit to a single piece. This is why I love creating gallery walls at home. My blank, white walls have become the perfect canvas for all the art and treasures I’ve acquired over the years. One room that’s been in desperate need of color and life is our guest bedroom, which doubles as a home office. And since our baby girl will eventually take it over as her own in just a few months, it’s about time to spruce up the walls. Thank goodness for resources like Minted, who offers a wide range of one of a kind art from artists from all over the world. I love that they offer a variety of affordable frames which means in just a few days, after placing your order, a framed piece of art is at your doorstep and ready to be hung, straight out of the box. You can even choose to include the artist’s signature penciled into the corner of your print. Today, I’m sharing my tips on assembling a gallery wall in two different ways. Don’t be intimidated to just jump right in. You’ll be surprised how much character it will add to a room and truly how easy it is to seamlessly pull it together!
1. Keep it simple
A gallery wall can be as simple as hanging 8-10 pieces of art. First, think about the silhouette you want to create on your wall. Do you want it linear, vertical, rectangular or square? Because my ceiling slants towards the right of the room, I wanted to create a diagonal line towards the left. I can’t really explain why except that I’m obsessed with symmetry. Consider the furniture in the room. Decide whether you want the art to extend or be contained by the furnishing that lay against the same wall. Next, select works of art that vary in orientation and size – you’ll want a mix of horizontal and vertical images, in small, medium and large formats. You’ll also want to think about a theme, whether it be color, subject or style. I chose a mix of photography and painting, all with pink undertones.