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Creative Decorating: Making Your Art Stand Out

Sometimes you like your art so much that just hanging it on the wall won’t do. You’re looking for that little something extra to make it stand out.

Here are two simple ideas to get you there:

1. Paint pop.

Make your art a focal point by framing it out, large or small, with paint.

This also works when you have a piece that is just a little too small for the space. Framing the art with paint instantly gives it more presence.

Quick and Easy Paint Projects | Midwest Living
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2. Back it up.

Autumn from Design Dump used metal screens to back some photos for a client’s office. It’s a unique and interesting industrial look that would work great as a backdrop for canvas or framed art!

Autumn mounted a client's art work to this metal screen - love the industrial look and it makes the art stand out!

More art ideas, tips and inspiration:

1. Creative Ways to Display Kids Art
2. How To Hang Art: Simple Tips and Numbers to Know
3. How to Create and Hang a Gallery Wall

What creative ways have you used to make your art stand out?

Creative Ways to Add Ombre to Your Home’s Decor

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A very simple definition of ombre (Merriam-Webster) is “having colors or tones that shade into each other“, and we’ve seen this trend from hair to home decor and everything in between.  Even though it’s been around a while, many still seem to be embracing the trend.

If you’re a fan of the look, here are some creative ways that you could incorporate it into your home:


1. Love the gradation of red and pink on this fun bedroom wall by designer Mark Suess. The rustic wood strip dividers add yet another level of interest.

Ombre wall in tints and shades of pink and red

Bldr: Lecy Bros. | Photo: PK/Schneiderman’s

2. Three methods of choosing colors for an ombre wall:

– The tangerine colors (via Canadian Living) are all off of one paint chip – perfectly logical!
– The effect on this pink wall (via SFGate) was achieved by starting with Pantone Blushing Red and incrementally adding Atrium White.
Lolly Jane just used a variety of left over paints to create her wall.

(Colorful walls are really fun, but this paint technique would also work great with neutrals.)

ombre walls

Looks like paint isn’t the only way to create an ombre effect on walls.  Such a creative use of tile in this bathroom.


Martha Stewart suggests painting the railing spindles progressively dark shades of blue (or the color of your choosing) for a unique stair railing.



Create unique and interesting window treatments by progressively dying them in a mixture of craft paint and water.  You’ll find the how-to on BHG.



This unique light shade was made using fabric strips. See how on marthastewart.com



This is a wedding table centerpiece (via Ruffled Blog), but the idea could easily be translated into home decor. Paint 3 to 5 bottles in gradients of one color and display them on a bookshelf.  (Spray paint may work, but it looks like they painted the inside of the bottles.  Tutorial on how to do that technique here.)


Are you a fan of ombre? Which of these ways would you be most likely to incorporate it into your home?


For more inspiration, check out our How to Decorate page!

A Room and A Recipe: Creative Stairway and Strawberry S’mores

Red-White Room and Recipe 6-4-14

This is our first “A Room and A Recipe” post and, we’ll be honest, there really isn’t any deep logic to determining what makes the cut.  Just a room and a recipe that feel like they have a reason to be together.

In the case of this staircase and strawberry s’mores recipe, I’m sure you can guess that it was the fresh red and white color scheme.

The room.

The red color pop and rustic texture of this door against the crisp white walls and dark stair treads is what originally caught our attention in this image, but looking closer we realized what a great idea these clipboards are!  The idea is so versatile and we think it could be great used in other ways as well.  As an example:

  • home office
  • kitchen – displaying favorite recipes
  • children’s artwork – provides a way to easily rotate artwork as they create
  • mudroom – one clipboard for each member of the family showing their weekly schedule
  • family room or game room

Spotlight the Entrance

Can you think of any other ways to use them in your decor?  We would love to hear them!

The recipe.

These strawberry s’mores look so delicious, don’t they!  Naomi at Bakers Royale says that they’re “great for entertaining—easy to make and always impressive. But it’s hard to go wrong with toasted marshmallow frosting and dipped chocolate.”.  We would agree.

For the complete recipe, visit Bakers Royale.Strawberry-Smores-by-Bakers-Royale




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