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Tips and ideas on how to create happy + beautiful spaces in your home.

Children’s Spaces // A Favorite Book


Children’s Spaces // A Favorite Book

Before Pinterest, I used to collect books. Throughout my childhood, high school and college, my dad would buy me one big art book every Christmas. It started with Norman Rockwell, Paul Klee and Toulouse-Lautrec. As I got older, my tastes changed but my love for beautiful books did not. After marriage and children, I started buying my own big books and that’s when I started my decorating collection. I still covet beautiful books and have a growing wish list, but I must admit that Pinterest fits better with my budget!

This book, Children’s Spaces from Zero to Ten, is one of my favorites. I’ve looked through it countless times and always end up on the same pages, daydreaming of being a child again and living in these cozy, magical rooms.

I love this shared space for a brother and sister. It’s not matchy (a pet-peeve) and it’s got splashes of red (my personal obsession). The big window in between the beds creates a lovely divide, and the little lamps on stools are small and perfect. It has a graphic quality with Babar and the striped rug, but it’s cozy, too, with it’s vintage bed sheets and pillows.

The bed with the red velvet curtains is to die for, isn’t it? Who would think that red velvet could create such a light and airy feeling. But since the red is faded, and the bed is a more grown-up white with just a few splashes of pastels, it creates a warm + serene space that is timeless.

I think that my bunting fetish must have begun with this baby’s room. I love the simplicity, and the colors. It takes discipline to create a room that is so tranquil + calm, and that can grow with baby and her developing taste and style.

This is my favorite bedroom for a boy. The checked bedding with patchwork quilt is charming + homey and makes the antique bed feel quirky instead of old. I love the simple Swiss cross and blowfish clock. I can see a string of art appearing over time. It’s such a sweet and cozy little space.

Add this book to your Mother’s Day wish list!

xo, Bar

 

DIY Bird Garland


DIY Bird Garland

Oh, how I wish I designed these birds! Aren’t they sooo cool? I found them on Etsy from Sabina at The Ink Nest. She has so many lovely birds to choose from I could hardly decide which ones to buy. (These are the geometric ones). They are $9 to download, which to me is a good price for an endless supply of pretty birds.

bird garland with Etsy templates | art bar

Here’s how I put this garland together:

I downloaded and printed out the birds on card stock. I cut them out and laid them on the table in the order I liked. I decided to put some wooden beads that I had dyed with jello in between the birds (fruity scented garland!). I then used a teeny hole punch to punch two holes towards the middle top of each bird. Lastly, I strung the birds with some twine.

bird garland with Etsy templates | art bar

bird garland with Etsy templates | art bar

I love the way this garland turned out…a perfect Easter decoration! Actually, I think these birds are an all-year round decor, don’t you think?

bird garland with Etsy templates | art bar

Have a great Monday! I’ll be back later in the week to share another bird related craft.

xo, Bar

 

Make: Name Garland


Make: Name Garland

make a name garland @artbarblog

craft punch + paint chips ~ make a garland | @artbarblog

I’m loving the way this garland came out. It’s super easy to make and uses all free materials….my favorite kind of craft! To see the full post and tutorial, hop on over to Small for Big.

Happy Monday everybody!!

xo Bar

 

Paper Snowflakes // Table Runner


Paper Snowflakes // Table Runner

Making paper snowflakes can be one of the most frustrating or most satisfying exercises ever. For little hands with dull scissors, it can be tough. Depending on the child, I think age five-to-seven is a good time to start practicing and letting them handle a sharper scissor. At first, make the snowflakes simple with just a few cuts and notches. As they grow and become more dexterous and patient, they will automatically start making their snowflakes more complex. At our house, we finally all LOVE making them. My youngest is seven and he thankfully is not a perfectionist, so anything will do. There are some great patterns on Pinterest…here is a good board for ideas.

Today I am sharing how I made this snowflake table runner (easy!) and how we make our snowflakes on You Are My Fave.

xo, Bar

 

Make: Wooden Block Photo Holders


Make: Wooden Block Photo Holders

I am so excited to share this idea. Do you have as much trouble finding photo holders as I do? Well, I do believe your search will now be over. These little guys were super easy to make and cost less than $2 each! They are a perfect family gift, along with these gorgeous Printstagram made photos. Click over to Small for Big for the full tutorial. And for goodness sake, if you don’t feel like making these, then at least join Instagram and order these prints for the grandparents. They will LOVE them…and so will you.

Happy Monday!

xo, Bar

 

Book Nooks {24 ideas}


Book Nooks {24 ideas}

I love a good nook, especially when it’s filled with books. These images will make you want to find a space in your house and create a nook of your own…stat. From converted closets, to simple ledges and book bins, these spaces are where parent & child create life’s best memories.

1. Converted closet by Tiny Sprouts with seating to boot  2. Book ledges and stripes make a brilliant combo, by Elizabeth Sullivan Design  3. A flea market rack is a beautiful thing from found, now home  4. Modern book bin by Dejligheder, find one similar at Land of Nod of BOOK/SHOP.

5. Wire book rack, find one similar at Cox & Cox  6. Book ledges on a wallpapered wall are to die for, here is a good DIY  7. Oh Happy Day’s SF apartment, she bought these book bins from BOOK/SHOP  8. Converted closet hangout from Martha Stewart

9. Coziest bed & reading nook yet (and I love the John Robshaw pillows) from Design Sponge  10. All you need is an Ikea hutch and a bean bag from Caitlin Wilson Home  11. Well-used corner space converted into library wall from Kids-o-Mania  12. Library book rack with proper seating for tea – find similar racks at The Land of Nod or PBKids

13.  Shelving with graduated sizing ends with a hanging art (find clips at IKEA) from La Maison d’Anna G   14.  Creative use of IKEA spice racks, or use PBKids shelves  15. Cable spool made into book storage – tutorial at The Little Mist, and more spool ideas at ScrapHacker  16. Love the use of the wagon for books from Honey We’re Home

17. A simple shelf and rug make this nook special from Design Mom  18. Wire book storage + yellow art create a vintage look from Chic Home Baby – create similar look with wire storage options from Land of Nod, or Urban Outfitters  19. Coolest closet turned book nook + hideout from Dos Family, more closet nooks at Apartment Therapy  20. For me, it’s the color that makes this nook so happy, from Desire to Inspire

21. And the award for best closet nook goes to…Little Hell Raiser  22. Turn a bookcase sideways and add wheels for a more child friendly reading nook, from Real Simple  23. I love the use of black shelves for a change + the retro cafe seating, from Kids-o-Mania  24. And last but not least…why not clear a shelf in the bookcase for a little bookworm?

We are starting to pack up our house around here. We are moving (ahhhh!!!). As daunting as that will be, I am excited to create some new spaces. I hope to share them with you in the new year.

xo Bar

PS: My posts will be a bit thin during the move, but I won’t leave you high and dry. I do have some cool holiday posts planned, so stay close!

 

25 Halloween Ideas


25 Halloween Ideas

Here is a list for all of you out there who, like me, doesn’t get very excited about decorating for Halloween. My kids are always begging me to ramp it up. And we get over 600 little trick-or-treaters coming to our house every year (that’s a fact), so the pressure is always on! Over the years I have become less of a grinch and really tried to embrace the season. I have collected lots of vintage goodies, and we are always making our garlands and decorating pumpkins. But still…I have to really try hard when I bring up that box from the basement.

In this list I tried to stick to things that I could see myself doing or making. There are decorating ideas, kid crafts, DIYs, food creations, printables, and lots of links. Here we go…

1st row: DIY easy paper garland by The House that Lars Built // stuff candy into a plastic glove for goody bags // homemade paper pumpkins by Mer Mag // DIY felt ghost garland by Live Laugh Rowe

2nd row: vintage cat garland (and lots of other goodies to purchase) found at Vintage Halloween // DIY paper ghost garland by Skip to my Lou // paint stripes on your pumpkins (plus tons of other great pumpkin ideas) from A Subtle Revelry

3rd row: washi tape your pumpkins! (find wash tape on Etsy) by The Grant Life // candy wrapper garland (save wrappers from this year for next year) by Art Bar // DIY “boo” wrapped pipe cleaners by Cakies // zombie pumpkins by Valley Girl (get giant eyes here)

4th row: vampire teeth make a gruesome but healthy-ish snack by Learn Create Love // orange paper garland found on Etsy but that you could make yourself with this stamp // cutest pumpkins with carrot noses by The House the Lars Built // hang witch hats for easy decorating (see image for more details)

5th row: cutest clementine jack-o-lanterns by Buzz Mills // pretty yet still creepy front entry decoration by Martha Stewart (includes templates) // black cat and other free clip art by Matthew Mead

6th row: DIY paper spider webs cut like snowflakes by The Heart of Mine // scatter fake bones and dirt in a wheelbarrow (this is my fave…so easy) // simple white pumpkins on the mantle from my own house // mummy dogs by Our Ordinary Life

7th row: DIY ghost garland with tissues and cotton balls by Peppermint Plum // mummy making craft with masking tape by No Time for Flashcards // DIY goblin garland is a great collage craft for a group of kids by Art Bar

Last year I posted about 31 homemade costume ideas, so check that out if you need inspiration! Also, here is a little article on decorating for Halloween with things you have around the house. And lastly, these blogs all have great Halloween ideas: Babble, Apartment Therapy, Good Housekeeping, Design Mom, Creature Comforts, and Handmade Charlotte.

This weekend we will be getting our act together and putting out all of the decorations, carving the pumpkins and finalizing costumes. Follow me on Instagram if you want to see what my kids will be wearing (at this point it is still a mystery)!

xo Bar

 

Best Blankets {favorite 20}


Best Blankets {favorite 20}

The leaves are starting to change here in Connecticut, and the mornings are crisp enough that we are creeping into the winter storage every morning to find sweaters, vests and cozy socks. Every year at about this time I wish I had one of those houses where you change the slipcovers, drapes, pillows and linens from summer to winter. (Does anyone even do that anymore? Maybe I’m thinking of a different era…like Gone With the Wind.) I get tired of looking at the same worn out stuff, and I would love a fresh look. That’s why I am drooling over these blankets!! It wouldn’t take much to change out blankets from summer to winter, right? Here is a list of 20 blankets I would happily own:

1. Red gingham wool blanket by Margaret Howell // 2. Alpaca blankets in lots of different patterns from Asher Market // 3. Lambs wool green striped blanket by Forestry Home // 4. Blue wool camp blanket at Schoolhouse Electric // 5. Swedish red cross cotton blanket by Pia Wallen

6. Buffalo plaid wool blanket by Schoolhouse Electric // 7. Organic cotton blankets made in Germany by Coyuchi // 8. Gray + pink handmade granny square blanket from Etsy // 9. Chunky baby alpaca knit throw at Garnet Hill // 10. Natural wool basket weave blanket from Toast // 11. Striped wool throw by Coyuchi of Canada // 12. Graphic black + white mohair blanket by The Fest Collection by Mae Engelgeer

13. Red striped wool blanket made in Canada at Toast // 14. Green Kantha quilt at Sundance // 15. Blue ticking quilt by Sally Campbell // 16. Wool navy plaid Soho throw at Alder & Co. // 17. Red flowered Kamala quilt from Sundance // 18. Woollen plaid blanket at Toast // 19. Merino wool green striped blanket from Fine Little Day

And finally, number 20. I couldn’t write a list of favorite blankets without including a DIY. These knit blanket tutorials are from my favorite store/website/blog ever… The Purl Bee from Purl Soho. Check it out (and prepare to fall in the rabbit hole).

Happy Wednesday!

xo Bar

 

 

Photo Wall Murals


Photo Wall Murals

I am obsessed with the idea of a giant photo wall mural. (Do I say obsessed too much?) I am definitely doing this in my next house. The question is, do I chose a scenic photo from one of our trips, or a black & white of the kids? I love both ideas very much. I guess I should find my wall first and then decide. The above photo of the elephants is impressive to say the least. I love how the giant scale of the animals contrast with the small furniture. Across different cultures around the world, elephants are symbols of reliability, honor, patience and pride. It would be so cool to wake up to these friendly giants every day.

Mountains and woods are always magical places for kids. I love the feel that the wallpaper gives these rooms….like secret hideouts. And then there are the Muppets! I love those guys.

Black & white photos are the bomb. They are dramatic, yet also come across as more neutral. The one with the ocean cliffs exists at the Ace Hotel in London. Book it!

These cityscapes are so cool! I love how the view from above makes you feel like you’re living it up at the penthouse apartment (if only).

Here are some resources if you want to give this a try:

Better Wallpaper Co.Murals Wallpaper, Printed Space, Tazma, Murals Your Way, Eazy Wallz, or DIY.

If I ever get mine up, you will be the first to know!

xo, Bar

 

The Painted Staircase


The Painted Staircase

I love painted stairs. They make me think of my summer house (in my dreams…). Here are some stairs that will definitely inspire!

ombre stairs // striped stairs at kate spade london pop-up shop // hot pink stairs // yellow patterned stairs (wow!)

blue painted stair runner

teal painted stairs // blue ombre stairs // rainbow stairs //  robin’s egg stairs (so dreamy)

painted stairs + painted bannister (love the color combo)

There are many more floating around Pinterest, but these are some of my faves.

Someday you might see one of these in my dream house!

xo, Bar