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Client Inspiration - DIY Art

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

I have been very fortunate to be called upon by so many sweet clients.  My design business has really taken off thanks to my on-line clients, living social promotion, as well as local home owners who need my help.  To say that my dreams have come true would be an understatement.  Because of the work I do, I am still able to be home with my family and have the freedom that I have come to enjoy and cherish.  So, thank you to everyone who has made this dream a reality!

A recent on-line client of mine who has been in the process of extensive home renovations sent me this image for inspiration.

The image came from Cote De Texas, one of my favorite blogs, and the designer was Emily Johnston Larkin.  I love everything about it!  The room was planned on a small budget which you can read more about here.  One idea that caught my attention was the art behind the sofa (ektorp by the way).

These are old letters that were enlarged on a copier and framed in Ikea frames.  I think I saw this same concept highlighted in Southern Living a while back - does anyone remember?  This is a great low cost, high impact solution to fill the large wall.  The fact that the letters hold so much meaning makes it even better.

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  1. I have been thinking of enlarging the writing on a postcard I have ever since I saw this photo. I love the grouping or one framed would be great as part of a gallery wall!
    So glad for you that your business has taken off, Rene! You are so talented, I am not surprised.

  2. I was just telling my friend in TX about you having success with living social yesterday! Congrats on all your design clients, how fun! I remember seeing that gorgeous room!

  3. Great idea for artwork. And I just love those orange imperial trellis pillows in that room. I hadn't seen that exact art project before. Wheels are turning!

  4. I thought that was an awesome idea...the old sentimental letters, too.

  5. Oh, I love this idea! I just sold a china cabinet that was in my living room (occupational hazard) and moved a narrow farmhouse table in to serve as a desk. I've been racking my brain to come up with inexpensive wall art for above the desk. I have some old letters from my beloved grandmother in the attic - this is the perfect reason to dig them out. Thanks for such wonderful inspiration!!

  6. I haven't seen that image before and it's really pretty. I love the bold color choices in the accessories and the letters art too - that's a great idea. And so happy for you and your success Rene! You are making your clients very happy campers I'm sure.

  7. Another GOOD idea from You.....the hits just keep on coming.......:)

  8. The letters are a fab idea! I love seeig the Ektorp sofas on your blog because I have two!! I think they are such a great choice for a sofa! the removeable covers are so handy - especially with children and pets. Looking at this photo - you'd never think it was Ikea - would you!


  9. Rumor has it that cowhides are at Sam's Club for $99. Has anybody checked them out?

  10. These are fantastic! Now I have a(nother) weekend project. Thanks!


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