This Month’s Budget Friendly Finds!

I thought I’d round up some budget friendly finds I’ve spotted as of late from a bunch of our favorite retail biggies as well as some Etsy and auction house treasures!

budgetbuys

1. // 2. - on sale today! // 3. // 4. // 5. // 6. // 7. // 8.- on clearance! // 9. // 10. // 11. // 12. // 13. // 14. // 15. // 16. // 17. // 18. // 19. // 20. // 21.- super sale- I used these on a project! // 22. // 23. // 24. // 25. // 26.- have this by my bed // 27. // 28. // 29.- great sale on custom woven woods! // 30. - starting bid of $50! // 31. - with a trundle bed, great for kids! // 32.

DIY Art

A few of you have mentioned being curious about my tips for creating your own art for the home as I have for some of the rooms in my house.  Creating art, especially abstract, is challenging.  I have trouble with it and my bachelors degree is in painting and fine art!  Abstract painting is really hard; harder than painting a still life, in my opinion.  You have to find the balance of a feeling of randomness with a carefully planned and purposeful composition.  It’s SO HARD! I have such respect for artists who paint this way!

That doesn’t mean it’s impossible, it just means you need to have patience!  Here is a shot from my book that shows a large canvas I painted for my guest room. This took me a while and a few tries.   I let a couple versions dry before painting over them and trying again!  I like to use acrylic paint for this reason, it dries rather quickly and is easy to clean up if you get too into it and make a mess.
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Amanda Talley Giveaway from Citizen Atelier!

If you’ve picked up my book you’ve seen that I have used several of Amanda Talley’s paintings in my projects.  Something about her style just works so well with both traditional and modern decor and clients always seem to adore the pieces (most often commissions) that she creates.  And she’s certainly made quite the name for herself in the design world, and I’ve seen the values on her work continue to skyrocket to this day.  A few of the spaces I’ve designed with her work:

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