Calendars as a Source of Inexpensive Art

I’m working on revamping the small breakfast area in our kitchen. My next step in the project is to find some art for the wall space above my kitchen bench seat. I’ve envisioned a grouping of six same-sized prints, all identically framed and matted.  It is a look that I love:

It can be a challenge to find six prints that coordinate well with one another and aren’t too expensive. I’ve been thinking about finding a calendar that has a neat illustration each month and using those illustrations as my art – it’s easy because the prints all coordinate with one another and cheap, especially if I frame them in simple IKEA RIBBA frames

Now I’m on a hunt for a great calendar – I’ll let you know what I find!  

Gatehouse Lane/Ivy Halls Giveaway Winner!


The winner of the $50 credit to Etsy store Gatehouse Lane or Ivy Halls is….. Yolanda Popplewell! Yolanda’s favorite item is this beautiful Candy Pink Pillow Sham from Gatehouse Lane: Congratulations to Yolanda and hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Winner was selected at random by the Rafflecopter widget,  which is powered by

Decorating with Suzanis: New Suzani-Inspired Furnishings!


Suzanis are used as decorative elements by some of the most renowned interior designers.  True suzanis are intricately hand-embroidered textiles originating from Central Asia – the sewer’s embroidery skills and personality come shining through in each unique suzani.  Suzanis are sewn using bright, vibrant colors in floral, vine, and medallion patterns that make a bold, dramatic impact when used to decorate a room.  As you may have noticed by the flood of new catalogs in the mail the past few weeks, most home stores recently came out with their new fall lines of furniture and accessories.  One of the trends […]

Swing-arm Library Wall Lights


I absolutely love the look of library lights – adding a few of these swing-arm sconces to a room can be the “wow” factor that makes a room amazing!  They can be found at several lighting companies such as Circa Lighting, Visual Comfort, and Rejuvenation in a variety of finishes and styles. When we created a home office a few years ago (by switching around a few rooms downstairs and using the space that used to be the dining room), I knew that I eventually wanted wall-to-wall bookcases with library lights hung over them.  Check out my inspiration images of bookcases with library […]

Gatehouse Lane & Ivy Halls Bedding Giveaway!!


This giveaway is now closed Etsy Shops Ivy Halls and Gatehouse Lane recently closed as well Happy Friday friends! I’ve got a wonderful giveaway for you today from Etsy shops Ivy Halls and Gatehouse Lane, which sell the most gorgeous handmade bedding! Shop owners Katie and Joan have five daughters between their two families – their experience decorating and redecorating their daughters’  rooms over the years have made them experts in design ideas and bedding for girls and young women. Their first store, Gatehouse Lane, offers beautiful bedding in colorful patterns and styles that any girl would love! Not only is each individual piece of bedding […]

The Well Hidden TV: Clever Disguises for That Big Black Box!


Most of us agree that there needs to be a spot for a TV in our family rooms but when you start talking about where to put the TV…. that’s when you start to get some disagreements! Some people absolutely love their big flat screen TVs and proudly display them in the room while others can’t stand how they look and will go to great lengths to hide them. I actually fall somewhere between the two camps – I certainly don’t love the look of a big ole TV and am not a huge fan of putting them front and […]