Recently, I was reminded of a past art/decor project. Many years ago— before Pinterest, before entering the blogging world, before knowing I wanted to be an interior designer— I created a few Rorschach “tests.”
Rorschach tests were used back in the day by psychologists to help determine an underlying disorder with patients. They’ve always fascinated me, because like other forms of art, there’s no wrong perception from the viewer. Each person has a unique response to them.
When I first made these, it was just for fun, to see what would appear in the blots. I really liked the results, so I framed them and used them as decor. While pondering what art I could create for my living room, I recalled my previous DIY inkblots and decided to make them again.
Creating inkblots is very easy, but one thing I don’t like is that the fold in the paper is visible. Thus, I created this tutorial to show how it can be done without the fold, leaving you with a crease-free piece of art. Continue reading for my tutorial and tips on creating your own Rorschach art.
The latest post of Get Your Color On! is inspired by summer: the bright, clear skies, relaxing trips to the beach, and refreshing dips in the pool. Continue reading for my tips on using turquoise and aqua in your home, other bloggers’ decor projects & tutorials, and my decor picks.
This project was created while pondering ways to “save” a favorite poster. I haven’t used this poster in a while because I grew tired of the frame I’d been using. The frame was really cheap and didn’t even frame the print properly. So I rolled up the poster and tossed into my decor arsenal closet.
Finally, I came up with an idea on how to give it a new life: distress it and attach it to a canvas. Before embarking on this project with the poster, I tested it out with a magazine photo. (My favorite poster is in the final stages of this makeover, so stay tuned!)
Find out how you can easily reinvent a favorite poster, print, or even a magazine photo with my tutorial after the jump. Continue reading →
When I started seeing how other creative bloggers and decorators were making over their IKEA Rast dressers, I knew had to get in on the action. I can finally report that these pieces are finished and in their respective home in my entryway.
Continue reading to see how I revamped these dressers into one-of-a-kind pieces.
Yellow is quite the powerful color. It’s inspired many songs in various music genres, is a color guaranteed to grab your attention, and is symbolic of wisdom and optimism.
My inspiration for this current post of Get Your Color On! is the abundance of sunshine and warmth we’ve had here in northwest Ohio. With summer on its way, it’s the perfect time to celebrate yellow by decorating with it.
Because yellow is a very stimulating hue, it can be tricky to decorate with. It comes in a spectrum of shades that can spark a variety of moods in our homes. Creamy, pale hues like buttercup evoke a sense of happy calmness, while saturated yellows like lemon or schoolbus yellow inject energy and cheer into a space.
Continue reading for my tips on using this color in your home, decor projects & tutorials from other bloggers, and my personal selections of yellow decor items.
I have continued a legacy that my dad started: garbage-picking. Well, not garbage-picking per se; rather, a delight in secondhand items.
My dad would take pleasure in shamelessly sifting through curbside items, dressed in the blue jumpsuit he wore when doing dirty work and car repairs. Most times, he took home electronic items like computers and radios, as he was a ham radio operator. My fondest memory of his garbage-picking skills is the Easy Bake Oven he procured for me as a young girl. Knowing it would be a great “just-because” gift, he brought it home, cleaned it up, and repaired it before giving it to me.
I don’t think most of us kept using those Easy Bake Ovens once we learned how loooong it took to bake such a tiny treat. But the love behind my dad’s action remains and always will, as I’ve been given a deep appreciation for thriftiness and my dad’s giving nature.
Over the years, I’ve developed even more of a liking of thrift store/secondhand items, especially in my decor. Thrifted items are great for cost-conscious shoppers, but provide more benefits than just saving money.
Read along to learn these benefits & to check out my secondhand finds and reincarnations. Continue reading →
Whitewashing is an easy and cost-effective method of decorating. By adding an air of patina and texture, this paint technique enhances a variety of decor styles like as cottage, beach, country, or shabby chic.
Recently, I included whitewashing in my bedroom makeover by revamping some bamboo matchstick blinds. Because I’m re-decorating this room into a beachy, Zen space, this technique was perfect for adding texture and warmth to my neutral color scheme.
Read along to find out how I achieved this look and how you can also transform an item with whitewashing.
During my recent vacation, I planned to finally paint my wooden tanker desk. Problem was, I couldn’t figure out what color to paint it. I’ve been updating my living room from turquoise and red to a neutral color scheme of black and white.
I like that it’s one of those colors that looks different in light. In the daylight it appears bluer but at night in artificial light, it’s more like a true teal/green-blue. Continue reading to learn more about this spiffy makeover and how I came across such a wonderful find.
One key component of my living room makeover was to create a new decor scheme. I’ve always liked a mishmash of decorating styles, so I came up with a fusion of mid-century modern and Moroccan decor. When a DIY folding screen project didn’t work out, I had leftover panels of wood. I used them to create customized wall art to fit into my new theme.
There were a few things I considered in making this piece. I wanted an exotic yet subtle design. I didn’t want the decor to feel overwhelming, both in creating it and in its finished state. The piece would also have to be large enough to serve as a focal point and to help visually extend the height of the room.
Check out more info on what I used to create this decor after the jump.
But, I have this beautiful wood tanker desk that I’ve finally decided needs a make-over. I have some vacation time coming up soon, so that will make the task much easier. In typical Libran fashion, I’m going back and forth on how to re-do it.
I’ve recently made over my living room with a neutral color scheme of black, white, gray, and silver. I like color but will accessorize with pops of it… so far, that color is turquoise. The decor style is a combination of vintage, modern, & Moroccan. It’s a pretty hefty desk, so I want a color that will really complement the room.
Here’s the options:
*Silver (Rub N Buff)
*Light gray… such as:
*Turquoise/teal… probably this color, since I have leftover paint:
It has to a color I can work with everyday for 8 hours a day, since I work at home. What do you think?