How I Put Together An Inexpensive Mini Gallery Wall

Good news: I’ve made more progress on my breakfast nook makeover! Per my inspiration, I knew that I wanted a little gallery wall of three black-framed pieces. But I didn’t quite know what kind of art I wanted. Original art is usually pretty expensive, and although there are great sites selling affordable prints, I’m impatient, and wanted instant art. With a little digging, I managed to find some art that I’m really happy with, and discovered a new source of free printable art in the process.

Breakfast nook gallery wall #decor #homedecor #art

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Breakfast Nook Update Inspiration

A few days ago I was idly browsing my Instagram feed, as ya do, and an image stopped me dead in my scroll. It was this beautiful breakfast nook from this apartment tour.
Breakfast nook inspiration

“I have a breakfast nook,” I thought to myself. “Why doesn’t it look anywhere near this good?” My breakfast nook is currently pretty boring, and most of the time it’s covered in my clutter, so if it’s news to you that I have a breakfast nook, that’s why I’ve never blogged about it. I was so intrigued by this one, though, that I fell down a Pinterest rabbit hole of breakfast nook inspiration. There are some seriously beautiful breakfast nooks out there, and now I have a bunch of ideas for my next project, giving mine a makeover. Check out the before, and some gorgeous breakfast nooks I’ll be drawing inspiration from.

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Weekend Inspiration

Lately I’ve been in a bit of a slump creatively. I’m not really sure why, but I think I’m getting back on track with some new projects and ideas. This weekend I’ll be working on one of them, which involves the little breakfast nook right around the corner from these open shelves in my kitchen. You can see the plants back there on the left. Right now it’s more of a plant nursery than anything else, but I’d like to give it a little makeover. Don’t worry, most of the plants will get to stay!

kitchen open shelves

I love this DIY all-seeing eye mirror so much that I’m thinking about making one this weekend. (Which is saying a lot, because I don’t often make other peoples’ DIY projects.)

If you haven’t gotten your dad a Father’s Day card yet, these colorful free printable Father’s Day cards might save your butt. Here are some more minimal ones, too.

Summer solstice, the official start of summer and the longest day of the year, is coming up next Thursday. You could use this weekend to plan your solstice party with these ideas I rounded up.

Really good advice for “smart kids” as grown-ups. So much of this rang true for me.

I’ve been admiring this dress from afar for a while, and I have a wedding to attend in July that might be the perfect excuse to buy it. What do you think, is it wedding-worthy?

Furniture Tweak: Spray Paint to the Rescue

Did you watch Trading Spaces back when it was first on? I totally did, and lately I’ve been binge-watching old episodes, and the new ones that just came out (the free ones on the website, and the rest on Amazon). Those designers really know the transformative power of spray paint. If you’re a DIY-er, I probably don’t need to tell you why spray paint is so great for when you want to change an item’s color. It has been a while since I’ve used it for a furniture makeover, though, and I thought I’d give you a peek at my satisfying before-and-after of a side table. Here it is before:
Side table before spray paint
Click through for the after

DIY Driftwood Dreams

I’m headed out to the Oregon coast for a few days, and the last time I was out there, I brought home a little stash of driftwood. I wasn’t sure exactly what I was going to do with it, but I vaguely remembered pinning some potential driftwood projects. So I sifted through my pins, and found some intriguingly modern ways to use it that don’t involve any beach-themed rooms. I’d love to know whether you think I should give one of these driftwood projects a try when I get back.

Ideas for ways to use driftwood that works with modern decor. #DIY #driftwood

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