New Frames and Tiger Chest in the Library

I love coming up with ideas for inexpensive but still good-looking framing options (I included a link list at the bottom of this post), but sometimes it's fun to drop off art at a framers. I happened to noticed a couple of really pretty gold frame moldings at Michaels that were on clearance a few weeks ago.

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I found both of these paintings at local junk and thrift stores in the past year since we moved here and I LOVE them both! The colors and subject matters are so beautiful to me, and they were both pretty inexpensive, so it was worth it to spend some money on pretty frames (I think the smaller one came up to about $45 and the larger was $75).

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I have them hung over my favorite tiger chest (that was a Housing Works find in the city) in our front room/library area.

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I wanted to keep all the colors in the same family here and I love how they all work together with the color of the new curtains too.

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The Sonneman lamp was a recent purchase I got during a work trip at Olde Good Things in New York. The metal sphere is from CB2. The girls pretend it's some sort of gazing/crystal ball situation. It's pretty unbreakable, so I mostly just think it's hilarious when I find it in the playroom at the end of most days. :)

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The leaning abstract was another vintage find. There is some sort of interesting back story about the artist, whose name is simply Harley, but I don't know much about him. Antique Gatherings in Scottsdale has a ton of his work right now though. I'm sure it was an estate purchase.

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I love this little spot in our home. :)

And as promised, here's a list of some cheap framing/matting options:

DIY Frames from Bigger Frames (photos below)
$4 Giant Prints and Mounting on Foam Board
Antique Prints in IKEA Frames
"Gold Leafing" Old Frames with Markers and with Legit Leaf
Adding Hand-Drawn Lines to Existing Matting
Bias Tape Designs on Matting
Colorful Mats

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Win $1000 of Jewelry from Gemvara!

Earlier this year Michael and I celebrated our 10th anniversary together! So crazy, right? I wanted a new band to add to my wedding rings stack (which includes my original wedding band and a band Michael got me for our five year anniversary). For this anniversary, I picked something out myself and I customized this beautiful ring in black diamond and yellow gold from Gemvara. I recently remembered that diamond (including black diamond) is the 10th anniversary stone, so that totally worked out!

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I love the new the mix of stones and metals in my stack. Lately I've just been wearing my wedding bands alone and leaving my engagement ring for the days I'm not doing any hard labor. :)

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Gemvara was kind enough to reach out and offer up a $1,000 gift certificate this week! So exciting, right? I was invited to curate a whole collection for their site. Below are a few of my favorites, and you can view the rest of my picks HERE.

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Gemvara is wonderful company made up of NYC-based jewelry artisans. Each piece is hand-crafted and made-to-order in less than two weeks. Every style is available in over 20 different natural gemstones and nine different precious metals. They totally guarantee your satisfaction with their beautiful pieces - everything can be returned (even engraved pieces!) for 101 days! They really do a great job of making the whole process simple - I was choosing between a few band styles for my new ring and they have a ton of photos of every piece from all different angles that helped me to narrow it down. It took a lot of the guesswork out of buying jewelry online.

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To enter to win $1,000 credit to Gemvara:
1) Click HERE to sign up.
2) Browse around the site.
3) Leave a comment on this post with a piece on the Gemvara site that caught your eye (how will you ever choose!?!).

The giveaway ends on August 27. Good luck!

ALSO! Gemvara is giving LGN readers 15% off orders placed in the next 72 hours! Click here for the discount, no code needed!

This give away was sponsored by Gemvara. Thank you for supporting the companies that help keep LGN running! :)

DIY Kid's Dress-Up Rack

My girls LOVE dress-ups. In the past we've always had a costume basket or trunk, but we wanted to try something new for the play room redo.

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I bought an 8 foot (which we had cut in half in the store) and a 3 foot length of copper pipe, two copper floor flanges and two elbow connectors at Home Depot, as well as four casters and a 4 foot pine board.

Rust Mohair Slipper Chair

A long time ago, I fell in love with a rust-colored velvet slipper chair I saw at Lillian August. I loved the cream contrasting welt. It felt so pretty and fresh to me!

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A year or two later, I found this tight-backed slipper chair at the Restoration Hardware outlet from their deconstructed line.

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I think it was about $100. We kept it in our living room in the brownstone while I was trying to figure out what fabric to cover it in (or really, just trying to find the time to do it).

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Then after we moved to Phoenix and while I was rushing to get the house ready for the Domino shoot, I popped into one of my favorite local fabric stores called SAS Fabrics (the one on Indian School is the best) and I found a few yards of the prettiest deep rust, almost oxblood, mohair fabric there for only $3.99 a yard! I used a lot of dusty mint colors in our library and music room area and I loved how these colors looked together.

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I had my upholsterer follow the curve of the back and sides with a cream piping, inspired by the Lillian August chair that I saw so many years ago.

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Isn't it funny how some things just sort of stay with you? I'm so glad I finally got my rust slipper chair. I feel like it was a long time coming! :)

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