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DIY Abstract Art

For me, art is one of those must-haves that is either decidedly a splurge or decidedly a steal. Because I love art and believe in slowly collecting art that inspires, investing in artists and building a gallery that tells a story – all while filling in the blanks with a few fabulous DIY pieces like this Abstract “X” Painting! So easy, so lovely. Oh and check out ALL of our fave DIY art pieces here!

Square canvas (we used a 36” square canvas)
4 fl oz white acrylic paint
2.5 fl oz red acrylic paint
2.5 fl oz yellow acrylic paint
3” paint brush
2” paint brush
1 package of gold leaf
Gold leaf adhesive
Paper towels
Plastic bowl to mix paint in
Plastic tarp to paint on


step-1Paint a layer of white acrylic in an 8” wide strip around the outside edges of the canvas.

step-2Mix a large amount of white, a small amount of red, and a pinch of yellow paint together to make a nice medium peach. Paint peach in a square shape in the center of the canvas. Keep painting out towards the white acrylic and as you work your way outward, keep adding more white to lighten the color.

step-3Rinse out your paint bowl and add in white paint. Mix with your brush to make a very light peach (the color on the bristles will rub off into the paint). Use this color to blend the edges of the peach square with the white border of the painting.

step-4Let the paint dry 1 hour. Lay the canvas on a flat table or floor. Paint a large X in the center of the canvas with the adhesive and the 2” brush. Let dry 15 mins until tacky.

step-5 Press sheets of gold leaf over the sticky X shape until it’s completely covered. Brush off any excess gold leaf with a dry paint brush or your fingers. Hang your painting and enjoy!

Photography: Ruth Eileen

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Organic Herb Inspired Cheese Table

We covered the 101′s on making your own cheeseboard a while back so now that we have the basic foundation in our brains, it’s time to mix it up a bit. With this herb inspired cheese tray – complete with a spread that compliments the various Summer herbs that the designer – Holly of Avenue Lifestyle - loves. Read on for more tips and click here for more pics from Anouschka Rokebrand!

The inspiration behind this shoot was the organic simplicity of the pared down table, the use of local natural market fresh produce for a stylish, simple and fun setting for a gathering. It’s fun to entertain but preparing a full meal can be stressful, so this table was all about offering dinner guests a simple but delicious array of cheese, cold cuts, fruit and salty crackers.

For each place setting I created a bouquet garni of fresh oregano, sage, rosemary and thyme bound together with twine, as well as simple but pretty little jars filled with fig conserve (which pairs beautifully with cheese) decorated with a strip of linen and a piece of natural twine.

I also crushed sea salt and fresh herbs in a pestle and mortar for sprinkling on cheese for lots of amazing flavor. Flowers were kept simple and natural and were a mix of herbs (sage, rosemary and thyme) with some garden greens.

Photography: Anouschka Rokebrand | Styling: Holly Marder / Avenue Lifestyle | Porcelain Cheese Platters, Napkins, Jam Jars And Cheese Platter: Dille En Kamille | Venue: Strack Stijl & Concept, Maasland | Video: Ray Pluym Cinematography | Wine Glasses: Ikea

Traditional with a Twist Home

I was watching the Real Housewives of Orange County the other day (obsessed) and I thought it was kind of weird that Heather knocked the newbie Shannon’s home as being kind of “grandma.” Because traditional and collected is so far from grandma in my mind. It’s just warm and lived in. As is the case with Carly’s lovely with photos by Anne Marie Photography. Click here for more!

Living/Dining Room
Green Floral Sofa: Hickory Chair | Cane Back Chair: Ethan Allen | Grey Oval Back Chair: Ethan Allen | White Side Table: William Sonoma Home | Green Garden Stool Side Table: Pier 1 | Window Bench: Ethan Allen | Round Coffee Table: Pottery Barn | Marrakesh Rug: JCPenny | White China Cabinets: Ethan Allen | Console Table: World Market | Dining Table: Ethan Allen | 4 Cream Dining Chairs: Pottery Barn |End Dining Chairs:Ethan Allen | Table Settings: Seedling Plantation | Accessories: Seedling Plantation | Drapery: Ikea

Family Room
Beige Sofa: Ethan Allen | Console Table: Pottery Barn | Plaid Chair: Ethan Allen | Ottomans: Ethan Allen | Rug: Pottery Barn | Shelve Accessories: Seedling Plantation

Upstairs Den
Brown Sofa: Pier 1 | Coral Chair and Ottoman: Ethan Allen | Desk:Pier 1 | Black Chair: Ikea | Vintage Items: Seedling Plantation | Wall Decor: Seedling Plantation | Drapery:Target

Baby Room
Crib: Overstock, Jenny Lynn | Armoire, Changing Table: Ethan Allen | Rocking Chair: Furniture In The Raw | Wood Monogram Letters: LeagueofLetters

Photography: Anne Marie Photography | Design: Seedling Plantation

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