Yeah, I'm not really going to swing from a chandelier, I just liked the Sia quote for the title. I saw a black-and-white chandelier painting on Pinterest (off course) and decided that, instead of buying it, I should make it. I started last summer but then I got tired of it because I am an impatient person and I just wanted it finished. A little while ago I finally decided it was time to finish it so I spent all day on President's Day painting to finish it.I wanted to add more depth but I was over it by the end of the day and my back was killing me so I called it. I may end up adding to it but let's be realistic: probably not. Anyway, I do like how it turned out and now we finally have something hanging above our bed. My next project may be making a headboard.
I had started out drawing out the chandelier with pencil. Then I painted the negative space because I thought that would make it easier and quicker. Nope. I should have painted the whole canvas black and then painted white on top. I am not a real painter so I do not have the three-dimensional techniques down but I'm pretty sire I should have painted this is layers. Maybe next time.
There are many ways to create simple art for your home. Whether you are an artist or not. I'd like to try this method myself:
I like to collect postcards from museums and places I visit and I wanted to hang them up. Instead of spending money on a bunch of frames, I saw someone used wash tape to create colorful frames. I liked the idea so here is my version:
What you need: The things you want to hang, regular tape to hang them on your wall and Washi tape. I got mine at Office Max.
I hung all of the postcards by rolling regular tape on the back and spacing them how I want. Then I taped the Washi tape around them.
The final product:
While street art in my favorite for buying art and decoration gym apartment, here are a few artists/companies I found that have great unique art for all budgets.
Mark Lovejoy marbled photographs:
Affordable prints from Society 6. they have a great variety and are very affordable:
Silence series photographs by Filippo Minelli:
Vertical horizon series by Romain Jacquet-Lagreze:
Microscopic photographs of crystallized beverages from Bevshots. These are two of my favorite images: Sake and Champagne.
And my personal favorite: Gray Malin's aerial photography
Since my boyfriend and I moved to Hoboken 2 weeks ago I've been getting a little design crazy. We don't have much furniture so naturally I've been on Pinterest looking at how we'd like to decorate. Here are a few of my favorites. I was going to save the best for last but this is the chair of my dreams and it deserves to go first. I mean, come, on, the only thing this chair is missing is some orange.
These are just gorgeous. Gold? Yes, please. Comfy seat? Oh yeah.
A LIBRARY WITH COMFY READING CHAIRS!
So I actually looked into buying this table because I think it is absolutely amazing but it is $7,200 so maybe after I win the lottery.
Huge wallpaper wall. awesome. Also the chair!
A clubfoot tub. I mean, don't we all want one of these? Yes. the answer is yes.
Another home run from Anthropologie.
A map wall. Just awesome.
We're working on getting a couch first (our current couch is a piece of crap and we hate it - it was a rushed decision at Ikea without even seeing the ugly color when we first moved here 2 years ago) but we're hoping to make this a unique home in the next few months!
Although we are living in the age of electronic communication, I still believe in letters. They just mean so much more and while it's not like I send letters all day long, I do like to send them every once in a while. Along with stationary, here are a few more office items I love: An agenda, a notebook, pencils, paper clips (the bigger the better) and, off course, Skittles because they're delicious. Also, a little lipstick and nail polish never hurt anyone:
Here are the items I used (or similar):
About the Author
Born and raised in the Netherlands, I now work as a designer in NYC. I love trying new things, candy and the color orange. In this blog, I will post about things I've learned and things I love. Veel plezier!