Entryway Featuring Artwork by Claudia McGill

Claudia McGill

entrywayFabulous artist, Claudia McGill gives away paintings! That’s right, they are free. All that she asks is that you pay the shipping fees. Claudia is probably the most prolific artist that I know. She does one small painting a day to challenge herself and then she gives them away. That is so COOL! I wanted to follow in her footsteps, but I couldn’t even get to one painting a week. Nor one a month. I am the embodiment of an anti-prolific artist- painting only when I want to change the art in my decor or when I want to gift someone. (grin)

I asked for several of Claudia’s little paintings which she graciously shipped immediately. All I paid was $12.00 for Priority shipping. AMAZING!claudia-mcgill-artworkAfter much deliberation on how to hang these little gems, I decided to use clips and push pins in keeping with my funky living room decor. I arranged Claudia’s work around a central painting that I did. I think that the colors complement each other.art arrangement in entrywayThis is my entryway where I can drop my keys and my purse. But, mostly, I can admire Claudia’s work and several other of my favorite art pieces.Bing Face vaseThe face vase was a gift from my friend, Robyn. It is a ceramic vase signed by Bing. Really cool stuff. In the next post, I will share more of Les Gains’ mixed media that is included in my arrangement.S McCall

Advertisements

Easy DIY, no- sew way to change pillow shapes

yellow and grey pillows

Holy-moly! The months are flying by this year! It’s almost time to dress my house in her fall outfit and then, before I can count to ten, it’ll be time for her winter coat. But before the presto change, I wanted to show you my summer decor. For me, the big event always starts with pops of color via pillows. This time, I chose a bright summery yellow to freshen my neutral living room.yellow accents Continue reading

How to make REALLY easy and inexpensive pillows

pillows

Much to my husband’s chagrin, I LOVE pillows. And I love getting them at really good prices like Ross and TJMax. It is seriously hard for me to resist browsing the pillow aisle at stores. It’s unbelievable how fresh and new you can make a room look just by changing out the accent pillows on a sofa or chair.

It’s also unbelievable how fast you can run out of room in your closet by storing all of your beautiful pillows. Sure, there are Space Bags, but I don’t like looking at a bunch of plastic bags in my closets. My solution is to make pillow covers to go over my existing pillows. That way I get the best of both worlds- lots of pillows taking up very little space. Continue reading

My Simple Christmas Decor

wreath

This year was a simple decor. I usually go way overboard on my decorating because of guests and parties. This year has been a busy one, so  I kept the holidays to minimal decorating. It was still fun though, so I wanted to share a little. The inspiration was from Target and some of the bags and gift tags that I found in the dollar bins. I really like the mix of natural woods, red, black and silver.

Christmas bags and tags

Continue reading

A Guide to Guest Room Readiness

guest room

Tis the season for… guests! That means airing out the linens, dusting all the corners and, in general, getting those guest rooms ready. I used to travel a lot for my career. Thankfully, I was offered many rooms in private homes so that I could by-pass the expense of hotels. But, Boy! Have I learned a thing or two about guest rooms! Don’t get me wrong. I have deeply appreciated every single home in which I was lucky enough to stay. But… Continue reading

IKEA kitchen island remake

IKEA kitchen island

Our kitchen is very small, but it didn’t stop me from dreaming of a kitchen island for extra storage. I wanted to be able to clear my counters by storing my crock pot and larger bowls and platters on the island. My idea was to be able to store the blender and toaster as well, but that didn’t happen since even the island is too small. LOL, but it is better than nothing and , frankly, I love the way it turned out.

Continue reading