The task of designing, renovating, and DIYing a whole house can be daunting. Even when I’ve tried to narrow it down to one room, it’s been hard to pull the trigger on the perfect bedframe, the just-right dining table, or the couch on which we’re finally going to kick up our feet. (Jordan, we miss you AND your couch!) — But choosing the art is exciting for me. And, sometimes, it’s just the inspiration I need to visualize a paint color… new flooring? …furnishings! Accents! So my advice: start with what excites you.
Directly off of Greta’s room is a small bathroom that’s just perfect for her. She’s our oldest daughter, so we like that she gets a little more privacy. And since Greta’s room will double as a guest room when company comes, we like that this bedroom gets its own bath. The bathroom itself is…decent. Really cute beadboard, a fun dresser turned vanity, the shower is huge and incredible. The yellow walls and laminate floors (and a few other accent pieces like mirrors and lighting) all could easily be swapped–but I just wasn’t sure where I wanted to go with it.
(Sidenote: yellow bathrooms with no natural light are a true challenge to photograph!)
Before making any other design decisions, I started by finding inspiration through art. Artfully Walls is one of our favorite art-buying sites. I’m constantly turned on to new artists when browsing this site, and I love that it’s a cost-effective way to support those artists. I can heart my favorites and it automatically saves them so anytime I need art, I go there first to see what I’m loving.
For this room, I loved “Braid” by GG (a Canadian author and illustrator whose focus is on storytelling and quiet moments) and “Butter with Caramel Rainbow” by Emily Keating Snyder (a Los Angeles-based mixed media artist driven by a love of color). The two together felt playful and young for our 9 year old, but still something I love and admire.
If you can, I highly recommend splurging on the framing option. This helps me to hang the pieces as soon as they arrive (they even come with hanging hardware!)— no waiting around while I hunt for the perfect bargain frame or stall as I make other decisions for the room. These are ready to go up!
I chose the 16×16” print for “Braid” in the Black Gold Reverse Wood “Ornate” frame. “Butter with Caramel Rainbow” looks great in 24×24” with a white mat and the Gold Double Bead Wood “Ornate” frame.
This pairing really got my creative wheels turning, and I had so much fun shopping the site and put together some other fun duos for you: prints that I love looking at alongside one another and that I could easily see living happily ever after on the same wall in multiple different rooms.
If you aren’t confident in creating your own pairings, you can check out the recently relaunched wall designer tool on Artfully Walls. It looks much chicer than the previous version, is more fun to use, and has some new features, like…
We designed the Charly line of sofas, chairs, and ottomans with perfect proportions for comfort — with wide arms, a loungey depth, and stylish and practical lumbar pillows. Available in 70 kid-friendly, pet-friendly fabrics, this line was created with families in mind.
Our wood grain Shaker cabinet fronts were designed for busy, high-traffic homes like ours. Clad with durable textured thermofoils, this line is compatible with Sektion, Akurum, Godmorgon, and Besta cabinets from IKEA. It's the perfect, practical way to add the warmth of wood to all the rooms of your home.
We have teamed up with Loloi to create a line of rugs that are as affordable as they are beautiful. This collection houses a great mix of traditional and modern rugs, in cottage-y colorways, as well as vintage-inspired beauties that you’ll want to roll out in every room.
We partnered with Stuga on a line of hardwood floors — The Ingrid is really livable, and the color is very neutral. It doesn’t lean warm or cool, it’s that just right in-between. We have really loved putting it everywhere in our house. It’s the best jumping-off point for design, no matter your interior style. In addition to being beautiful, Ingrid is really durable — we have three kids, and we always have a home construction project going on. Ingrid stands up to it all.
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