Once I was describing to a friend where I’d gotten each of the pieces that compose the gallery wall in our master bedroom, and she asked me, “what do you mean, free printables?” So in case there are more of you who have yet to discover the world of royalty-free art on the World Wide Web, allow me to introduce you.
Most of the artwork displayed in my home was found online, printed on my own cheap Epson printer, and matted and/or framed with yard sale/Goodwill finds. Pinterest can be a great resource for beautiful prints, but not all of them are free! (Printing a copy of someone’s art that they are selling on Etsy is stealing!) Instead, try Google searches using terms like “free printables,” “free wall art,” or “royalty-free art.” To help you get started, here are a few collections I think you might love.
I like to mat things with recycled cardboard cut from boxes that come containing things I’ve ordered online. And Goodwill is an excellent place to find beautiful frames for cheap. You can remove their original art or just cover it with your own. They’re easy to spray paint, or you can use Sharpies to give them a unique touch.
// The hexagon corkboard tiles were from Target and it doesn’t look like they sell them anymore, but you can get square ones here. Target does, however, still have an awesome selection of push pins! //
If you’ve found another great resource for (legal) free artwork, post a link in the comments! What are other ways you’ve found to decorate your walls for cheap?
When Caleb and I moved into the rental house we currently call home nearly a year and a half ago, one of the upstairs bedrooms had just been completely stripped and remodeled. So even though it wasn’t the obvious choice for the master bedroom, we of course opted to take advantage of the brand-new drywall and windows and lovely rustic exposed-beam ceiling. The only problem was that a closet hadn’t been built back into the room. This forced us to get creative with a clothes storage solution, and I’ve been thankful ever since! I love this industrial-style hanging rack so much that I may not even want or use a real closet in our next house!
This may be one of the very easiest Pinterest-inspired DIY projects we’ve ever taken on. I searched for things like “closet alternative” and “closetless” and Caleb helped me form a vision for the super easy, super simple option we came up with. If I remember right, we were lying in bed the morning after we moved home from Florida, brainstorming, and ended up heading to Lowe’s first thing for our materials (some heavy-duty rope (similar), screw hooks, and 3/4″ galvanized pipe with threaded, capped ends). A few hours later, I had this beautiful rod and was hanging our clothes on it.
This rod holds our capsule wardrobes (yes, I finally got Caleb to finalize his own :)) and our belts/ties and the like hang on hooks on the back of the bedroom door. Our shoes are stored in an over-the-door pocket shoe holder on the other side of the door. This system works great for us — no clutter, and no room for things that don’t get worn!
Caleb and I have had the privilege the last two years to take responsibility for creating the aesthetic for a formal dinner that takes place in the middle of the summer camp week for girls that is hosted by our church group’s youth ministry.
[You may have seen my vision board for this year’s event here when I mentioned it a week ago.]
I promised to share a few photos, so here they are, in full iPhone-quality glory. 😛
Giving credit where credit is due…
I couldn’t have pulled this off without the help of my sweet husband, who: scouted out these lovely rustic barn boards weeks ago, arranged his work schedule for the week in such a way that he would be able to be involved in this project all day yesterday, did all the dirty work as we collected flowers and greens after a heavy rainstorm, hoisted the boards into and out of the car and onto and off of the tables and in general was just a huge help. I can always count on him to do the hard work to make my plans and ideas happen. Thanks, Babe!
Frieda Graber generously allowed us to pick from the bounty of her green thumb…all the foliage except the Queen Anne’s lace (which we pulled from the side of the road on our drive to the camp) was from her property.
Bree from Meadows of Hope allowed us to use those boards and offered her assistance as we transported them to Camp.
Camp’s Servant Team graciously tied all 125 or so of those silverware sets together for me, which saved me hours of time! They also helped to set tables and clear clutter in the dining hall just before the dinner began last evening.
All the paper products, including the linen-like paper tablecloths, were purchased from B&G Paper Products.
Total cost for décor for this event? Zero. Love that!
What has been or will be next on your summer event planning agenda? Where do you get your inspiration, and how do you stick to (or eliminate the need for) a budget? I’d love to hear your thoughts!