Custom Art Print Giveaway Winner (and a Discount Code for Everyone!)

Thanks to everyone for entering the giveaway from Etsy’s Here and There shop.  I have been loving all of the comments on the blog about the art pieces you would choose – with your comments about new babies, friends and family living overseas, adoptions, and upcoming weddings, I wish that each and every one of you could win! I can’t swing that but I can help you get the piece of art you’ve fallen in love with for a great price – Etsy shop owner Carrie is offering 15% off any purchase at The Here and There shop for everyone who entered into the giveaway.  Simply use the code DBD15 at checkout between now and November 15th to get your discount. Carrie’s unique art would make the perfect holiday gift!

And now on to the giveaway winner that was chosen at random by Rafflecopter – it is….. Dawn Schmidt! Dawn’s favorite art piece from The Here and There shop is the customized world map with love theme:

Thanks to Carrie for this great giveaway!  I’m off to finish carving up the elaborate pumpkin design that my oldest daughter has her heart set on – wish me luck.  I hope that you all have a fun and safe Halloween!

Creating a Beautiful Headboard from a Vintage Mantel


I came across this image on Pinterest a few days ago showing a bedroom where a fireplace mantel was used to create a unique headboard. Isn’t it beautiful? {Coastal Living} I’ve stumbled upon many gorgeous vintage fireplace mantels at antique malls, flea markets, and architectural salvage stores but have left even the most droolworthy of them behind because I had no use for them.  Our fireplace is one of the few things in our home that I would say is officially “done”, as we recently remodeled it with floor to ceiling stacked stone.  After seeing the image of a mantel-turned-headboard on Pinterest, I searched a little further and found image after image of gorgeous headboards created by using vintage mantels – here are my favorites: {Apartment Therapy} {Southern Living} {Traditional Home} {The Old Painted Cottage} {A Fanciful Twist} {Dreamy Whites} {Gail’s Decorative Touch} {Blue Creek Home} Stunning, aren’t they?! And […]

Design Inspiration: Kitchen Chalkboards


Was this past week torturously long for you too? I’m loving that Saturday is finally here and that for once our weekend isn’t jam-packed with activities.  My daughters and I plan to do some work on their Halloween costumes, we all need to do a little shopping for winter clothes, and there are a few small projects around the house to get to. One project that I’m continuing to s-l-o-w-l-y make some headway on is sprucing up our tiny kitchen eat-in area. The latest baby step in that project is the addition of a chalkboard over our upholstered bench seat:   My original plan was to hang a series of six framed prints above it but because of a low wall vent, I realized that standard sized frames wouldn’t work and that I’d have to go with custom framing to pull it off. Six custom framed prints = too much money so when […]

Custom Art Print Giveaway from the Here and There Shop


This giveaway is now closed. People like you and me who have a love for decorating our homes tend to have lots of other things in common too, one of which is a love of travel.  Decorating and traveling both involve an interest in discovering things that are new, unique, and beautiful so I think the two interests just naturally go hand in hand.  Someone who has combined her love for design and travel (along with some mad artistic talent!) is Carrie, who owns the Here and There Shop where she sells the most amazing custom art prints inspired by these two passions. In Carrie’s words:“I have always been intrigued with travel and maps. As a child I would spend hours staring at maps and planning my future world travels. I started the Here and There Shop after making a few maps as wedding gifts for friends. They absolutely loved them. It made me think […]

Easy Halloween Snacks & Treats for Kids


The last weeks of October always include a few Halloween parties and those parties, of course, include treats! My girls both enjoy helping out in the kitchen so I like to create snacks and treats that are quick and easy enough for them to make along with me – two of my favorites are Popcorn Monster Hands and Witch Hat Cookies:  I made the Popcorn Monster Hands for the first time two years ago when I was in charge of the activities for one of my daughters’ classroom Halloween parties. In searching for ideas online, I came across several images of monster hands that were made using plain popcorn and candy corn nails. I loved the idea but thought I could make them look better by switching things up a bit – here’s what you’ll need to make my version of Popcorn Monster Hands: Disposable gloves – you want clear, […]

Dressing up Wine Bottles with a Little Help From Martha


My husband and I were invited to a dinner party last night at the home of some good friends and I wanted to dress up the wine that we were bringing to the party so I stopped by Jo-Ann Fabrics with big ideas that involved burlap wine bags, iron-on transfer paper, ribbon, etc., etc.   While searching the crowded store for transfer paper, I spotted a pack of Halloween-themed Martha Stewart Crafts’ Beverage Labels. It took me a few minutes 0.2 seconds to weigh my options (continue to slog through the crowded store looking for supplies, search online for free labels to print on the transfer paper, figure out where I stashed the burlap bags I bought months ago, & iron the labels onto the burlap vs. slap on premade sticky labels).   Thanks Martha!

Decorating with Faux Tortoise Shells


One of the items from Nate Berkus’ fall collection for Target that I’m most excited about is the lacquer tortoise wall accessory that will be available in green, cream, and yellow. Apparently, Nate’s inspiration for the lacquered tortoise shells came from a tortoise shell in his childhood home that his parents had found on their honeymoon in Mexico. He has since used a vintage version in his own homes, including his Chicago apartment where it appeared as part of an art grouping above his sofa: {Elle Decor} One of the most well known examples of using tortoise shells in decorating is Kelly Wearstler’s use of hundreds of resin shells to line the walls of La Marea Restaurant at The Tides South Beach: {Kelly Wearstler} The variety in sizes, textures, colors, and patterns creates a stunning display: source There are many ways to incorporate these unique decorative elements into your home: a few […]

Nate Berkus’ Fall Collection for Target – It’s Almost Here!


Only four more days until October 21st – the date that Nate Berkus’ new collection becomes available at Target! Is there anyone who doesn’t love Nate Berkus and the fabulous interiors that he designs? I love his philosophy that everything in your home should have meaning to you and tell a story so that your home feels thoughtful, layered, and assembled over time.  Unlike rooms by so many other designers that look beautiful but feel untouchable, Nate Berkus designs room that are gorgeous but absolutely liveable (images from   Nate Berkus’ Target collection features beautiful, timeless pieces in a mix of interesting textures, colors, and finishes, just as you see in his high-end designs. And the prices are VERY reasonable. I love his whole collection – it’s by far my favorite of any home collection that Target has had and I would imagine that it will be extremely popular. Here’s a […]