Tuesday’s Tips: use canvas artwork to hide unsightly light switches etc

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These are not the best quality of pictures but this is how I decided to hide a light switch and temperature controller in my hallway. I purchased these wrapped canvas beauties from AtHome. By positioning them right over the eyesores, I now don’t have to see them. It also allows me to hang art exactly where I wanted. If I hung around the thermostat, the art wouldn’t have been centered with the wall. It just would have created an odd look. However it was brought to my attention that your thermostat may not work efficiently being covered from the circulating airflow. So do this at your own discretion.

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The depths of canvases allow for protruding switches and knobs of a circuit breaker door to be hidden seamlessly.

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Megan Hess penthouse and her new illustrations featuring women of color…

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I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am truly thankful to those of you who read my blog. I first blogged about the home of fashion illustrator Megan Hess here. The interior design in this post is of her Melbourne Austrailia penthouse which is filled with plush textures and glam details. I love it all but what I like about her work is the diversity. She currently has a limited collection of fashion illustrations featuring black women which you can see at the end of this post. As a black woman, seeing yourself reflected in art makes me happy. All of her work is truly amazing.

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Retail Therapy: AtHome Milwaukee is now open!

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So this week AtHome opened here in Milwaukee (Wauwatosa’s old Kmart on Hwy 100) and I am in love. I have been following them on instagram for sometime so when I drove by and saw we were getting one, I was beyond excited. My coworker stopped there this week and told me she spent 2 hours in there. All I wondered is how is it possible to spend that long in a store that’s not Ikea. Then I went….

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Yesterday I stopped in and they had cake slices and coffee since it was their 100th store opening.  I went down 75% of the store bypassing most of the Christmas aisle because….it’s not Thanksgiving yet.

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They had some awesome pieces of furniture like sidetables, plant stands and small dressers…

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It was the art section that killed me. When the lady told us “wait until you get to the art side”, she wasn’t lying.

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So we walked down aproximately 10 aisles looking at art, decorative letters, clocks, metal and mirrors and wrapped canvases for 20 mins…

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I mean….it was overwhelming in the most lovely possibly way. They had every metal whether gold, silver, gunmetal etc and every style you can think of….

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They had art that would make cool headboards. The wood plank one in the upper left would make for a great statment in a rustic room especially if doubled on top for a tall bed backdrop…

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I love skyscrapers so I scooped up this large canvas for only $49. Here I was, walking with mom thinking I scored when I looked around the corner….

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We weren’t done with the art section! There was at least another 12 aisles or so more to browse….

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Then we got to the end and turned the corner to see another 6 aisles or so of smaller pictures, blank frames & kids art. It was insane. It’s impossible not to find SOMETHING. As a matter of fact, you may have a hard time deciding what to put back…

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I went home with one of the pink stylized tables. The black ones were $14 & $19! The prices were so good here…

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You have to go toward the outdoor section too because a lot of the tables there can easily be incorporated inside the home. Tables as low as $39, $49 & up.

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Now these were more pricey but I love the boxwood options for patio privacy…

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I will be going back to get one of these. I have always loved potted topiaries and they look good inside the home as well as on the porch. The best part? They’re faux so no worries about killing them and having to maintain the shape!

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Can we talk about pillows? I love them as much as the next girl but I can’t spend my client’s budget on two pillows for $300. I’d rather go to retail places and mix to create a cool look. AtHome has several color coded aisles of pillows and a lot were only $12.

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Summer Weekend No.1

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I hate when wordpress messes up and deletes my post when I’m uploading. That’s basically what happened. Anyway the summer is flying by and it just got started so I want to ensure I commit to a summer bucket list and enjoy the days. I’m not retyping everything from the original post but this weekend was a ball of fun and I plan to recap wknds or weeks until the end of summer.
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Friday I went to the Lakefront festival of art with my cousin and had fun wine & vodka tasting.
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Sunday I went with my brother, niece, sister-in-law & mom to Greek Fest. Milwaukee had great weather this weekend and the lake was poppin Sunday evening because it was in the 80s and sunny. Just swarms of people and barely any available parking spots.
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Talked my sister into getting on this with me lol…
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I also am near the end of the house project design I’ve worked on since January. Here are also some snippets of the spongebob/ nautical themed room I’m doing.
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Painting abstract art is hard…

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I bought some canvases and acrylics and just knew it would be easy to create my own art. Newsflash: it’s not. Something that seems so diy easy and fluid is really a struggle. I have painted over my mistakes and will try to try again at another time. The thing is, abstract isn’t really a mistake. It’s not suppose to make sense or be perfect but I am having a hard time creating that right….look.

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I want just the right colors, a hint of metallics and not necessarily LOOK like I done it myself. I can draw really well but painting isn’t up my alley. I’m going to give it another shot but let us admire some good abstract pieces in the mean time.

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Monday Inspiration 3.9.14

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I don’t know about you but I only like daylight savings time this time of year. I live for long days and since Milwaukee is having a peak at Spring this week …you know….the days that feel Spring to us since we’ve been so cold (upper 40s and low 50s)…I am finding myself so excited and anxious in the morning which is typically rare for me…

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The only thing I don’t like is how dark it is when I wake up. I can’t wait till the light floods in like this above…

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I even been wearing more light and airy perfume. Do you switch up your home fragrances etc as the seasons change….

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A glamorous home full of gorgeous light fixtures…

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I saw this home office and immediately added it to my computer’s background. There isn’t much in terms of a lot of decor but the decor present makes a lot of impact. First, my love of black continues with a wall treatment done soley by using painters tape and a combination of flat and semi gloss paint in the same color. See more examples here. It’s so precise that it looks like wallpaper. The gold really contrasts nicely and that console table is stunning.  The use of a glass desk allows the beauty of the rug to show through as well as keep the room light and airy and prevents a heavy feeling which is important when using dark colors in smaller areas. Lastly the lamps and fixture are very nice pieces as well….

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Then we have this entryway with a beautiful rug similar to this one which can easily hide dirt and a skirted console table which probably hides eyesores. You can see how a skirted table does that here

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Unsure if this is navy or teal but the color is pretty and the white molding looks nice against it. I just love dark rooms. Some people find them depressing but it’s the selection of everything else that matters. When you use light drapery or bedding and have adequate lighting, it can create a nice moody feel that isn’t somber at all…

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Shopping with PinkLion for the holidays…

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A while back I was introduced to PinkLion which is a company that curates products from  independent brands to bring you a seletion of modern, crafty essentials. I was gifted a print by Latte Design in my favorite theme: coffee. Anyone who knows me knows I live for my Dunkin Donuts and McCafe coffee beverages.

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At first I thought I would style it in the kitchen and create a small coffee station similar to these but all of my art in my office/den is black and white so I figured I would place it there.

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Excuse the quality of pictures. I took them with my Galaxy S5 but the outdoor lighting sucked that day. It was gloomy, either snowy or rainy, for days.

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Hotel Indulgences: The Ganesvoort NY

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So I have been meaning to blog about The Gansevoort Hotel in New York ever since watching The Kardashians take NYC. I remember drooling over the ginormous houndstooth chairs and the mix of patterns, textures and the glamorous look of … Continue reading