8.23.2012

a rug + a frame = upcycled home decor

upcycle image from
wikipedia.com
so, life with a toddler teaches a lot. there's the usual...how to love, how to take care of another person, how to help another person grow up with manners and with gratitude. also, when you bring a little one into your house, there's something else...you learn how and what you need to do with all of the home decor items that you've had at or below, say, three feet from the ground. because you learn very quickly that a toddler will get their sticky little adorable hands on just about anything they put their mind to.

that's what happened at our house. and how we ended up framing a rug. sounds odd, right? yeah. well, this was an instance of saying,  "i have two 'scrap' materials...what can i do with them besides throwing them out?"

our gallery wall screaming
for another photo
i've posted before about our gallery wall that we've been developing in our great room. well, there was one spot left on our wall that was just screaming to be filled with an 8" x 10" pic of little mr. re-nest. the pic was chosen and printed. the frame was purchased (a great black gallery frame with white mat from target). all i had to do was get the pic put in the frame and get it on the wall. and this is where toddler-bedlam came in. 

my poor frame was leaning against a chair. (hindsight = not the best idea.) all of a sudden, "uh, oh" was uttered. i was met with a little boy (with socks on, thank goodness), pointing at the frame on the floor, with shattered glass. yep, my thirty pound little mr. re-nest stepped on the glass and it broke. important thing was he wasn't hurt. and the glass was cleaned up.

but then, i had a frame and a mat that's still in good condition. just no glass. what to do?

new runner in our mudroom
earlier that month, i had purchased a new runner for our mud room. it was slightly too long for our space, so i cut it and hemmed it. but then i had scrap rug leftover which i just couldn't part with. scrap rug + broken (but still functional) frame? frame the rug without the glass = add some texture and pattern to a separate space in the house (and create a cool, mix/matchy pattern look)

rug + frame in its
happy home
our lovely little rug-in-a-frame lives on one of my fave ikea finds in our great room...in a completely separate area from where our rug lives. i really dig layering the frame with the patterned canvas (wonderfully created by my sister) and the pillow on our low profile table. 

*you might be asking: she has a toddler. this said toddler was the one who stepped on the frame. how does this toddler stay away from this low profile table which houses: a house plant (with dirt), a canvas, a frame, a stack of magazines and a ceramic owl? answer: he's never approached any of it. i can't explain why.

the moral of this story is: i'm so glad i didn't throw that scrap piece of rug away. yes, it's unconventional, but it also kept a frame and the scrap rug from the garbage. it's possible to find some great and functional and cool for the home in what seems like scrap. it's upcycling in action.

have you upcycled anything for your home? tell us! we'd love to hear!

here's to being a little creative everyday,
ashley

8.05.2012

a very, very special delivery

villi's sophie the giraffe from amazon.com 
any friends of the re-nest studio facebook page might have seen my little teaser last weekend about the latest project that was super, super close to my heart. (oh, you're not yet a fan of re-nest studio on facebook? well, join us! we'd love, love, love to have you!) i think anyone loves when a new baby comes into a family...especially me...and what's even more fun is the total anticipation of finding out if the family will be blessed with a little boy...or a little girl.

our family was blessed with a little girl...and i thought this would be the perfect time to start bringing a little pink into this new little girl's room. and give her mama and daddy a little something to commemorate the most important moment of their lives. introducing:  the special delivery wall art.

welcome to the world, layla mae!
this very special little girl has a wonderful room, decorated with giraffes in pale yellow and green. to bring that special pink into the room, i went with a 12" x 12" canvas, covered in pale pink. we then, of course, had to include a special giraffe. and the most important part: the little lady's birth info...all presented in varying sizes and layers (which of course gave that very special personalization for her room).

i was so excited to give this special gift to her mama and daddy...i hope they love it and it finds a very special place in her room. 

here's to your creative special delivery,
ashley

p.s. i also have to give a big hug to this special mama and her daddy for letting me visit and have some new baby time with their precious little one. thank you, thank you for having me into your home! love to you!

8.01.2012

obsession #446: magazines...and what to do with them

image from stylist.com
i've admitted i am likely one of the only gen-x/gen-y-ers on earth that gets catalogs. and i actually read them and they don't just function as a coaster for my household's diet coke obsession. another obsession: magazines.


it all started about ten years ago with real simple magazine. i've always loved this pub...for what it stands for, what it helps its readers do, and for the simple and clean way their photography is presented. it's always been a good day when this magazine shows up in the mail. but with my total love for real simple means that i cannot throw any of them out. not a one. i've been a subscriber for probably five years and i have every issue. (yes, this is kinda a fire hazard...but i love them and i can't let go.)


image from realsimple.com
then, a couple of christmases ago, i needed to give some family some ideas for some gifts. so i came up with a list of mags that i wanted subscriptions to....which started a whole other obsession. elle decor, house beautiful, dwell....all in their loveliness, they show up in my mailbox every month. and after i go through them, i can't throw them away. 


so what's a girl to do? make them into home decor, of course.


stacked and placed in different places, and even paired with other home decor elements, magazines actually make a lovely little addition to different places in the re-nest house. it may sound funny, but they also add a little pop of color here and there (and can even give some height and depth where needed). and it means i don't have to throw any of them out!

my stack of real simple issues. resting comfortably on our awesome ikea find, paired with artwork and a ceramic owl
giving our little owl a boost (and some height to our low profile table)
elle decor and dwell adding some color to our stark corner
tell us: do you use anything unique as home decor? i'd love to hear what craftiness and creativity you bring to your nest!


here's to enjoying your creative everyday,
ashley

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