Retail Therapy: Modern Wall Hangings

Macrame Wall Hanging

Have you noticed the wall hanging trend? From macrame to woven hangings, wall hangings have been making quite a comeback.  For a long time wall hangings were kinda 70’s in a not-so-cool-retro way, but wall hangings have been reinterpreted for the modern aesthetic.  The techniques are still the same, but I think that the use of texture and pattern have given them a fresh new life, while retaining their boho sensibility.

One thing I love about today’s wall hangings is that they are not only very tactile, they also feel very sculptural like in the photograph above, with a hanging by the very talented Maeve. The addition of found objects like wood, foliage and feathers gives them a connection to nature that I think can be comforting to many of us city dwellers.  Here are some other cool interpretations of modern wall hangings:

Modern Wall Hangings

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Before jumping to some of my favorite wall hangings you can buy, you can find some cool DIY options here and here.  Here are hangings you can buy, some are one of a kind, others can be purchased at your local chain store.

Modern Wall Hangings

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After looking at all these beauties I think I need to find the just the right spot to feature one in my living space redo.  Who knows, maybe I’ll even try making one.  Making one looks kinda therapeutic and I’m desperately in need of finding a little more Zen in my life.

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DIY: Donut Class Valentine

Donut Valentine

I’m big on fan of non-candy classroom valentines. I’ve done a few classroom supply valentines over the year, including the ever popular “You Rule” and have found this works for me.

This year while perusing the Target dollar bins I found adorable donut erasers and knew I wanted to use them for my kindergartner.  Since he and his classmates are still young and learning to read, the cute factor is important.  There are many ideas out there for giving a real donut as a Valentine, but in this day and age of food allergies I prefer to play it safe.

Here’s a quick how-to for my simple DIY Donut What I’d do Without You Classroom Valentine.

Buy cute erasers:

donut valentine free printable

Download, print and cut free printable:

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Assemble Valentines using poster grade glue dots:

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Handout to classmates:

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You can find the free printable here.

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Inspiration: Sophisticated Relaxing Modern Living Room

I’m working on a plan to redesign our living room. In fact, I’m planning to redo much of the main floor of our home (see here for our floorplans).  You’re thinking to yourself, “Didn’t you just design it?”  If for you three years is equivalent to “just”, then yes.  But if like me, three years is a long time and your needs change, then you don’t just live with what’s there, you redesign to suit your new needs.  For us the big change has arisen from our kids getting bigger. We no longer need a playroom within close proximity to the kitchen.  Our boys are now 5 and 9 and usually play in their rooms or in the family room.  The playroom sees no action.

I’ve decided to move the baby grand piano out of the living room and into the playroom.  The playroom will get renamed the music room.  However, once you move a huge item like a piano, everything changes. To maintain flow and balance, everything needs to be rethought.  So, I’ve been pulling some inspiration photos for our new living room and this is what I’ve come up with.  I’m dubbing it sophisticated, relaxing, modern living room.

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Celebrate: Fiesta Time

With the Holidays just over most of us aren’t thinking of celebrating and entertaining, we just want to ease into the New Year.  But when a good friend is turning 50 you rally to help make it a memorable occasion.  I suggested a Fiesta theme because the family had recently returned from a dreamy vacation in Tulum. I thought a Fiesta would bring back to the vacation vibes and put everyone in a good mood.  Margaritas don’t hurt either.  Here are some ideas I pulled together for a fun, festive and modern Mexican Fiesta, but the ideas could just as easily be applied to a Cinqo de Mayo celebration, or a Dia de los Muertes party.

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The colors are so vibrant that you can’t help but be happy.  The key to the decor is the papel picado decorations, which fortunately, are readily available from many sources.  If you follow me on instagram you may have noticed a bright DIY project underway.  No surprises there, it’s for this Fiesta.  Now, it’s time to start putting all the pieces together.

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Inspiration: Self Care

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The end of 2016 was hectic in so many ways and blogging was one of the casualties. As we start this new year, my resolution is to take better care of myself.  For me that includes healthier eating in the form of more whole, less refined foods.  This also means scheduling time for things I enjoy from going to a gallery, to having coffee with a friend or my personal favorite, going to the flea market.  It’s incredible how little time we carve out for things that nurture our souls and hearts, when every day commitments start to pile up.  Finally, for me this also means taking better care of my body.  I mentioned before that I don’t love exercise, but I did take some positive steps forward last year, literally.  Walking became a more regular part of my routine along with occasional higher impact stuff.  But this year, I want to kick it up a notch. I’m not saying a want to run a marathon, I just want to increase the frequency and intensity.   That’s it for my 2017 resolution of loving myself more.

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