Our bedroom has not had a lot of design attention since we moved in three years ago. We recently put up our smart DIY king headboard and changed out the duvet (that I did buy from Pottery Barn, but that's it...no more). Because our walls are so high in this house, wall decor has always been a challenge. I wanted something over the bed but am uninspired by the typical wall decor at the big box stores that are within our budget. I feel as though art should be personal and while I'm very drawn to original art, the pieces I can afford tend to be small. So it was time to get creative and maybe use a lot of the random small pieces I have laying around the house.
I found this picture on the Pottery Barn website:
Notice the interesting collection of artistic odds and ends on the wall via a peg rack. Hmmm....that looks a) cute and b) cheap. Two of my favorite things!
Here's what I used:
From Left to Right:
- Peg Rack: Purchased at Hobby Lobby for $6. "Washed" with paint (just acrylic paint watered down so the piece ends up having a shabbier look)
- Mirror: Also purchased at Hobby Lobby for half off so $12
- Gold B: (for Berney!) purchased at Hobby Lobby for $3
- Small Needlepoint Piece in Frame: Inherited from my Grandmother Olga. I really love how dainty it is and I remember she was always stitching something. She actually taught me to stitch when I was young so that small framed piece is very special to me.
- Print: Purchased in Savannah from the coolest art place, A. T. Hun gallery in City Market. I really loved this artist's collage style and the interesting vintage images she uses but have yet to spend more money to have it framed.
- Silver Ornament: This was a gift from my niece Darcy at my bridal shower. It's really lovely and I hate to only have it out at Christmas. There is a great Audrey Hepburn quote engraved into it.
Instead of using wire, I decided on grosgrain ribbon in a shade of cream because my mother has my wire cutters. I will not be derailed!! If you do this, only tie square knots as those are the only knots that don't slip (right over left, then left over right). I feel the need to share the messages on the back of some of the pieces. While they won't be seen, I enjoy that they're there.
|"The Holy Night - Made from a reproduction of the original painting by Maratta"|
|"The best to you in all your travels..."|
Chad mounted this on the wall for me and I love it. I had previously switched out a set of heavy, dark curtains in our room for something airier making a dramatic difference. After a few tweaks with the placement of my items and the addition of an old frame from Pier One (minus the backing and glass), I think it looks pretty good. There is the opportunity to add something else on the left side....something with some size to create a better balance. If I've learned anything, it's that the items you already have will be your favorite. Shop your own home first!
Not bad for around $20!