A Mini Gallery Wall and Decorating the "Forgotten" Spots

Craftivity Designs | January 21, 2015 | 2 Comments so far
I've pinned many a room in which a homeowner has decorated a small, unexpected spot.

wall art tucked into the corner, beside a bookcase // via BHG

I just love these little surprises.

garland hung at the foot of a child's bed frame // via A Little Glass Box

A simple, unique detail, that catches your eye.

glass bottles stored along the ceiling of a dining room // original source unknown

It does take looking at your space from a different angle. So often we decorate looking straight-on... facing the biggest wall, the main piece of furniture or the focal point.

storage on the side of a secretary desk // via The Lettered Cottage
I've tried to introduce this technique in my own home. We have art hanging in a window...

coffee bar

... and peaking out from behind curtains, for example.

dining room
I've been working on my son's bedroom and just realized, today, that it has one of those spots. I installed some book ledges several weeks ago and love them {sorry, that's an IG pic, haven't got a post on the blog yet!}. However, after standing at his closet, I realized there was an opportunity to decorate one of those "forgotten" spots.


It's a small nook between the entrance to his room and the closet. Thus far, it included the light-switch and the remote for the ceiling fan... so aesthetically pleasing :)


But a few pieces of art {some from the pages of a cute little book} transform the little corner into something special, and unexpected.


The switch and fan remote start to fade away, too, once they are surrounded by this small art gallery. Now, for fun, here is the side by side view!


I'm quite pleased with this simple update to an otherwise "forgotten" spot in our home.

What little nook, corner or unexpected spot could you update in your home?


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My Favorite Source for Affordable Curtains

Craftivity Designs | January 19, 2015 | 5 Comments so far
Curtains {or Drapes -- apparently they aren't exactly the same thing... who knew?} aren't cheap. Our new home is filled with windows -- which is one of my favorite things about it. However, it's a pricey investment to adorn all these lovely windows.



My first instinct was IKEA for curtains -- unfortunately it's over 3 hours away. So, even though they are very affordable at around $20 - $35 per pair, we have to also factor in the cost to get to IKEA... in gas, time spent and meals we'll be eating out, etc.

a set of IKEA curtains hung in our first home
So, even though I still check out the curtains at IKEA when we do get to visit; the rest of the year I rely on Home Goods as my primary source for curtains. {This isn't a sponsored post, by the way, just wanted to share this shopping tip with you!!}


The first curtains I picked up from Home Goods were for our dining room. They were $20 per pair and I needed 3 sets for the room.

our Dining Room at Christmas
Home Goods usually has a selection of both 84" and 96" lengths, as well.  Of course, it is a discount store, so the exact selection is always changing.

our Dining Room at Christmas
These are 84" curtains, which don't follow the "high and wide" rule but the curtain rods were already in place from the previous owner -- and the ceiling beams draw the eye up, anyway.



Our second set of Home Goods curtains is in my son's bedroom. They were $35 for the pair and are satin, blackout and thermal. These were 84" also; but there is a 3 inch hem which I can let out -- and still hang the curtains 6 inches above the window frame.


On another note -- this is your first real peak at the progress we've been making in my son's bedroom {I shared a tiny glimpse last Wednesday}.

Do you have a go-to source for curtains? I'd love to hear more recommendations!

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Kick-Off Friday

Craftivity Designs | January 16, 2015 | Be the first to comment
Happy Friday everyone!  Let's see what we have in store for this week's Kick Off Friday...



1. These wall art pieces made from tree slices are awesome, you could really get creative with these!  Check out A Beautiful Mess to see how to make your own.

2. Just in time for Valentine's Day is this cute heart sign idea from My Sweet Savannah-go here to see the step by step details.

3. Looking for a way to add color to a room?  Visit Love Grows Wild and follow Liz's instructions on how to make your own bold and colorful DIY ikat wall art.

4. Lora and I love a good Anthro Knock-Off (as shown here) and this one from Bev from Flamingo Toes is no exception!

I hope you enjoyed this week's ideas! Have a wonderful and creative weekend!

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How To // Cut Artwork from a Book

Craftivity Designs | January 14, 2015 | 7 Comments so far
Have you ever spotted a beautiful book and thought to yourself "If only that could be my wall art!" It's an incredibly affordable idea, considering that an entire book would probably cost you around $10-$30 {depending on the size} and a single Art Print can easily cost you $15+.


This isn't a new idea by any means. However, as I've gazed at these lovely books I've been stumped as to how to get the pages out without ruining them.

For Christmas, I bought Erica this cute little book -- so cute, that I went on and bought one for myself, too! Included within it's pages are approximately 200, 4 inch x 4 inch, Art Prints filled with fun quotes, bright colors and hand-lettering.


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I've been working on a new project, which is nearly finished, and I hope to share it so soon...

{Yes, I know I still need to show you more of the dining room, as well. My projects are just all over the place right now... and maybe I'm easily distracted, ha.}

... anyhow, this space seemed like the perfect spot for some of this happy art. So, it was time to figure out how to tear a page out of a book, without ruining that page or the surrounding pages.


I've actually owned this Martha Stewart Craft Knife for several years; but it had never occurred to me how perfect it would be for this task.


I had considered a regular utility knife before; but was afraid that it would be too big and bulky -- and so sharp that it would go through several pages at once. After all,we've used our standard utility knives to cut everything from cardboard, to thin wood, wires and more.

In contrast, a Craft Knife is designed for maximum control -- like a pen or pencil -- and designed for detail cuts through thinner materials.




Use a ruler to hold your page in place and then run the craft knife along the edge. You don't need to press very hard to cut through the paper.

If you'd like, stick a sheet of cardstock behind the art in order to protect the next page. I didn't actually do this, but obviously the thickness of your specific book pages would affect the importance of this step.


Here's a peak of the room with a couple more 4 inch by 4 inch pieces of art from my little book. Maybe you can guess which room I'm decorating?

If you are interested in some book suggestions that would be great to turn into art, check out these recommendations from Emily A. Clark.

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More Watercolor Art in the Dining Room

Craftivity Designs | January 12, 2015 | 2 Comments so far
A few weeks ago I shared how to apply a watercolor effect to a photo. Those photos are hanging in our dining room just below two small gold frames. I wanted to keep the watercolor vibe going; but without competing with the special photos of our son.


Since it's a dining room, I created two watercolor prints -- one of a mason jar, and the other of an artichoke.



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The colors fit the room and they have a simple kitchen/dining theme without taking the focus away from the family photos.


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