Goodbye BORING, hello exciting

I hope you’ve enjoyed a little inspiration with adding excitement to your walls with some really great art! Home decor and styling has always been a passion of mine and as someone who works from home, my personal space is really important to me. Being able to break up the boring, everyday, and saying hello exciting, new updates is important to my creativity and frame of mind! Do you agree?!!

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bold interiors for those brave enough

I am a huge fan of black on white.  I find simple black and white designs very relaxing, my eye has places to rest and it always looks clean and crisp.  Bold black designs on white feel more timeless to me.  I wear a lot of black or white (add jeans and that's my daily uniform) but I am slowly embracing color.  Maybe not so much in my wardrobe, but in my surroundings at home.  

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Chalk wall lettering and decor inspiration.

Last year I took on a really easy project to update our living room / dining room. I bought 2 cans of black chalk board paint and painted a feature wall in the dining room.  Every now and then, we update the wall with doodles, quotes and randomness.  Here are some chalk wall inspiration for you to check out!

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Gallery Walls - Inspirations for Creating a Gallery Wall and my Top 5 Tips!

We are in the process of updating the interior of our home and the most fun part of this new experience has been finding inspiration.

I don't know about you, but I visit Pinterest often and love perusing new boards, looking up random places, recipes and pinning away!

My latest project has been planning the updates for my home studio.

nicki studio fireplace

I've already chosen the new colour, I've found a supplier for a piece of reclaimed wood for the fireplace and now I want to plan the gallery wall where my plan is to hang an eclectic arrangement of art and interesting pieces. 

Here are some of my favourite gallery wall inspirations from my "How to Hang Art" Board.  Have a look for a moment and drool with me.

This look is for those who need balance and harmony in their lives I think.

structured gallery wall

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Then there's the "above the desk" gallery wall.  I love mix of frames and varied composition of this arrangement.

above the desk gallery wall

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Here's a solution for how to hang all of the wonderful art that your children bring home! 

childrens gallery wall

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I adore this corner gallery lay-out.  It's getting closer to what I imagine in my studio.

corner gallery wall

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This one reminds me of the urban loft that I dream of living in one day.

loft gallery wall

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This seaside theme is a fun grouping creating a unified themed wall.

seaside gallery wall

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My Top 5 Tips for creating your own gallery wall!

1) Make sure the art varies in composition and size,  i.e. abstract, black and white prints, photographs, colours, large pieces vs. smaller ones.

2) Find a few pieces that are 3-dimensional such as the stars above, or busts, and textured frames.  Vary the finishes ie. bronze, black, metal and wood.

3) Hang the pieces close to one another so that they are grounded by each surrounding piece.  This is what makes them connect as one flowing arrangement, when your gallery is complete.

4) You can either plan the placement of each item on the floor first then hang them on the wall measuring carefully.  Or be free flowing and hang pieces as you find them in your travels, creating an ever-growing wall of your own personal art-expression.

5) Most importantly, make sure that each piece you hang means something to you.  You'll most likely be living with it for a while so the more it speaks to you, the better the chances are that you'll love it for years to come.  Another option is to use frames and place art pieces/prints that you can change up as often as you like!

I'll share my studio gallery wall once we get the old particle board torn down and the new paint-colour up!

Catch up with me on Pinterest so that I can browse your boards and see what inspiration you're sharing.





Here's my Secret to Getting Happy Fast!!

Imagine this... you walk in your front door and you notice that school bags are thrown onto the floor, your foyer rug is crooked and needs replacing, there's nothing on the walls in front of you to inspire or welcome you home.  You continue on past your living room and you notice the pillows on the couch have seen better days, there is "stuff" strewn all over the coffee table and you are reminded that you need to spend a few days, if not weeks de-cluttering.  You continue on into the kitchen where dishes are left to fossilize on the counter and sink, the milk has been left out and you have to clean up before you can even think of getting dinner started.

How do you feel?

Sit with that for a moment.


imagine this....

you walk in your front door and you notice that the school bags are left on the floor, next to them, is a neat, bright rug, you look up and there is a beautiful art print on the wall listing your family rules *it makes you smile*.  You continue on past your living room, your bold pillows make you sigh and the inspiring photography books and gardening magazines remind you that you'll be relaxing and enjoying those soon enough.  You continue on into the kitchen, alas, fossilized dishes remain on the counter, but as you flip on the light switch in the kitchen, that orb light fixture that you just had to have illuminates the kitchen and inspires you to cook up something healthy and nourishing - just as soon as you pour yourself a glass of white and tidy up the kitchen.

Which one is closest to how you feel when you arrive home?

Do you even notice how you feel when you walk into your home, a room, your space?!  Or do you not look for fear of all that you want to change?!

Here's my secret to getting happy fast!

I've been known to change and re-arrange furniture ... a lot.

It makes me happy when I've swapped a table runner, or cushion covers, or even moved the couches around.

It instantly shifts energy, I feel like I'm in a fresh environment and it inspires me to de-clutter a little bit.  I'm of the mindset that your environment affects your mood, your productivity and your happiness level - being happy is at the top of my list!

It doesn't have to mean a huge renovation, or a time consuming project, simple touches are where the bang for your buck is.

My biggest secret to getting happy fast is to frame a piece of art and change it up every now and then.  My mood changes, my inspiration changes, and so does my art work.

Here are a few examples of some ways that I use art in my own home.

Photography art{Our own photos from Paris which we took on a recent trip that we cropped and framed.  It reminds us of our great adventure together.}

Kitchen art display{This is my kitchen shelf that gets switched up the most!  These are all my pieces and they remind me to be creative everyday.  I like the pop of colour in a neutral space too}

Kid's Room Art{I've installed a few floating picture rails in my daughter's room where she can place knick knacks and her most recent creations!}

Living Room Art{Using a piece of furniture like this antique desk that I refinished and painted black, adds interest to a corner in our living room.  Place a few great pieces on it and around it and it makes for a great stage to re-decorate as often as you like! It even doubles as a bar when we are entertaining!}

For more art ideas, visit the art shop and have a poke around.

What do you do to change up your space?  Do you have any tips to share?  I'd love to hear from you.

P.S. {If you think this post will help a friend make a few tweaks to their space and inspire them too, please share it!}

Nicki xo