Why Don’t You…?

handwritten art work

… get sentimental with your artwork?

Whether you’re still holding on to pen pal letters of years passed or are looking for something creative to do with a particularly telling grocery list, handwritten notes can double as custom artwork faster than you can nail another hole into the wall. Simply take the original to your local printer or office supply store and have them scan and blow up the image. Then, head to the craft store for an over-sized frame and – boom – instant graphic-based art for your happy walls.


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Bright Idea: Cross Stitch Your Chair

Every now and then, I’ll come across a genius idea that I can’t believe I haven’t thought of. I mean, how often have we all seen the average cane chair in garage sales, antique markets and even alongside the road – all begging to be transformed into something miraculous?


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A Modern & Minimalist Advent Calendar

I’ve never been the advent calendar type (Dec 1st just comes around so fast, doesn’t it?!), but this year, I’ve finally spotted an idea that I both love – and think I can pull off.

Created by crafter extraordinaire Sally Shim, this advent calendar is perfectly suitable for any decor this side of the North Pole. Even better? It’s so easy to personalize with sweet notes and activity ideas for your own family to enjoy this season.

Sally has included instructions here, so why not spend tonight inside with your favorite crafting elves? After all, Christmas is right around the corner!

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Map my Way

I’m such a huge fan of the recent trend of map usage in children’s room design.  It lends such a fun, exploratory feel to any space and there is nothing as graphically recognizable as the globe.

I really fell in love with this beautiful application found over at Pink Friday.  The different patterned fabrics applied to the wall are spirited and festive.

And if you were looking for something on a smaller scale, it is hard to resist this amazing collage of the USofA that See Kate Sew did recently.  Click the link for a fantastic tutorial on how to make your own.

Friends of mine saw this amazing US map made of state license plates over at Uncommon Goods…but the price is a bit too hefty…

…so they’re planning on DIYing one like this one found over at C.R.A.F.T.

Of course, I can hardly resist this amazing chalkboard map that Blue Cricket Design made for her son based on one she saw at Pottery Barn…it combines my two favorite kids room trends…chalkboard paint and maps!!

Or if you aren’t into DIYing, there is this great option from shopdirtsa on Etsy:

Visual Vacation came up with this great application for a world map on her walls.  I love the gallery effect!

And who can resist the ubiquitous Ork City Posters, picture below via Kio Kreations.  The typography and the graphic details for each neighborhood are so thoughtful and bold.


Do you have any maps displayed in your home?  How have you decided to display them?

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Suitcase Storage…

… and I'm not talking for your next voyage abroad. Have you seen Lotty Lindeman's interior smarts? A fresh furnishings genius based in The Netherlands, Lotty transforms the everyday with beauty, function and craft. Currently, I'm swooning over her lovely suitcase storage options worthy of an art installation (or, I suppose, any hallway in the world!):

Created in 2009 and titled "Tassenkast", the solution is crafted out of wood, fabric and panels. I love that each suitcase presents a movable storage function that's as playful as it is inviting.

Brilliant, Lotty! Just brilliant.

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