At six months pregnant, I am consumed with nursery decorating and preparations. My nesting instincts have kicked in, and I’m feeling a sense of urgency to hang up wall art and pick out rugs. We are expecting a little girl and the house has been taken over with crib-painting stations, frames full of floral prints and peach tassel garland scraps. Baby number two doesn’t have anything to wear yet, but I’ll be darned if she doesn’t have a polished nursery to come home to (wink!).
One element I really wanted to incorporate into the nursery was a handmade art piece as my gift to my little girl. I wanted it to be whimsical, simple and just a bit unexpected. So I took a hike — literally — and grabbed some sticks that could be transformed into log slice art. When I pull up to the house with sticks, my husband doesn’t even raise an eyebrow anymore; he just helps me pull out the power tools and we get to work. If you’re in the mood for some simple, yet impactful, DIY artwork, this log slice art is the craft for you.
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BRIANA: We’ve hashed out our feelings about hand chairs, but now I want to know your thoughts on a whole other type of hand: the hand sculpture or accessory. Hands have long been artist’s models or glove molds, but they were spotted at High Point Market and are making their way into the home as decorative objects, jewelry holders and even hardware. Do you give them a high five or thumbs down?
JESSICA: I just thought of about 10 hand sculpture possibilities that would work for me. Most of them are offensive.
FARIMA: I would keep a hand sculpture flipping the bird in my car. Otherwise, no.
MORE HEMMING AND HAWING ABOUT HANDS
Although designed for a child’s room, this tree branch bookshelf would be a unique addition to any room of the house. There are so many possibilities. Why not try a cookbook wall in your kitchen or a movie wall in the living room? My only request: let’s leave the babies to the playpens.
PLUS: MORE STORAGE IDEAS FOR BABIES’ BELONGINGS>>
Now that we’re closing in on my due date, I’m ready to finish this nursery. The last big project I’m tackling is hanging the eclectic assortment of art I’ve been collecting (and in the case of this monogrammed string art, making) with this space in mind. Hanging a gallery art wall can look overwhelming, but it’s really a snap. Sherry and John over at Young House Love have some great tips for using newspaper templates when hanging a lot of art in a space. In the end, I laid out the artwork on the floor first and then eyeballed it on the wall. I think it turned out pretty great.
I was able to check one more project off my list this week, recovering the glider cushions. If you remember from this post, this glider had great lines but the dingy white cushions had to go. I knew that as soon as I spotted this modern fish-printed fabric that I had found the perfect pattern. My friend Emily’s mom (thank you Teresa!) made slipcovers for the existing cushions and boom! The glider looks brand new for just $30 in fabric costs.
Only a few more last-minute details and then I’m ready to unveil the finished room, not to mention ready to have a baby.
Catch up on The Nursery Files from the beginning:
Update: Congratulations to this month’s random winner, Van. Check back on May 3 for another great giveaway.
Now that spring has finally arrived, the time is right to shake up your decor. Along with new paint colors and spring cleaning to-dos, why not update your home by starting an original art collection? It’s easier than you think — and this month’s giveaway with affordable original art retailer The Tappan Collective can help.
The Tappan Collective founders Jordan Klein and Chelsea Neman started their company to make it easy for art lovers (and art newbies!) to easily find and buy original artwork from emerging artists. One lucky Design Happens reader will win their choice from the three original pieces featured in this post. Read on to enter for a chance to win.
Chefchaouen 2 by Shay Spaniola
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Last month, I had my very first Las Vegas experience — and, I think I did pretty good for a first-timer. I gambled a little (came home $75 richer), saw Celine Dion at Caesars Palace and I visited The Neon Museum. The slot machines and Ms. Dion had been on the agenda, but The Neon Museum was something my buddy and I decided to take in on a whim. And truthfully, it was one of the trip’s highlights (right up there with Celine!).
Photo From The Neon Museum
If you’re a history buff, this place is for you. The Neon Museum is home to Las Vegas’ old neon signs that once kept the city famously lit. Pieces in their collection include signage from the Moulin Rouge Hotel, the Stardust and Desert Inn. You can go on a guided tour through their “boneyard” and hear tales of the city’s fascinating past.
Photo From The Neon Museum
Apparently, many newlyweds go to the museum’s boneyard and have offbeat wedding pictures made there. Whatever your relationship status, I highly recommend you visit this place on your next Vegas adventure — you won’t regret it.
More Neon Talk From Design Happens:
June 2012′s Color of the Month
DIY Crafts: Neon Animal Garland
Neon Decor Scores
Yawn. We’re still a little tired this morning from yesterday’s spring forward. Maybe if we had this cool DIY picture frame wall clock, coping with daylight savings time would be easier.
Get instructions for making your own >>
Spanish designer and artist Iñaki Aliste Lizarralde has made blueprints a kind of art by producing detailed floor plans of our favorite TV show apartments and houses. Take a peek — so fun!
Porcelain popcorn, with a gold glaze? Say what? Say amazing! These sculptures are by LA-based artist Pae White.
I would enjoy seeing what Pae could do with other tasty snacks as inspiration!
Through March of next year, Japan’s Winter Illuminations light show is in full swing. If you’re near the island of Nagashima in Kuwana, the installation is a must-see for tourists (I mean, just look at the photos — this is spectacular!).