How to add color & texture without painting your walls.

We’ve been renting for almost seven years now. When we lived in Detroit Zack and I rented an adorable little house. When we lived in Minneapolis we rented an apartment downtown for a year and then a gorgeous home in the Uptown neighborhood for two years. And now that we’re in California we’ve had two really fun, really different apartments in Los Angeles.

Some of the homes we’ve rented have allowed us to paint the walls (which is fun), but I’ve learned I’m a terrible wall painter. I’ve also learned having a large statement piece on the wall with a few smaller, supportive pieces is my favorite decorating trick.

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I’ve made statement pieces from an XL framed photo, a typeography canvas and painted art from our 22-month-old son. In the nursery I hand-painted a large sheet of wood with the lyrics to our favorite song. Smaller pieces are then added in. A few of my favorites include a feather taped to the wall, a wooden rack filled with spools of thread, an empty metal frame, a vintage coaster (seriously, we nailed it down) and embroidered hoops.

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My home decorating goals are to add color, texture and curiosity. And the good news is I hit my goals faster and faster every time we move or redecorate. Do you have any decorating goals for your home?

The statement pieces are my “investment”, meaning it’s usually something I bought, and the smaller pieces are my “crazy fun”, meaning I shopped our home and found interesting/free things to hang.

Here are a few inspirational photos for decorating with a large statement piece:

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via Little Green Notebook

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via Nesting Place

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large art maggie whitley

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via A Beautiful Mess

Did you notice the smaller art pieces are full of color, texture and curiosity? Such a fun way to decorate.

One of our sponsors, Signazon, is offering an 18”x24” gallery wrap canvas to one lucky Maggie Whitley Designs reader, so now you too can add a statement piece to your home! Simply upload your image (or design file) and Signazon will create your gallery wrap canvas.

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Win a mamaRoo by 4moms!

One of the first things I loved about the mamaRoo infant seat was how compact it is. We live in a cozy apartment in Los Angeles with our two young children and dog, so having furniture that’s compact gets a thumbs up from me. Something else I love? The pop of seat color against the white base. I am a huge fan of color, and having baby gear that blends in with the styling of our home makes me happy.

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The time I have each day to teach my children well, to love them, to cuddle them and play with them really is fleeting. I love the quote, “the days are long but the years are short” because it’s a beautiful reminder to embrace all that mamahood is.

I’m embracing these wild, short years by making lists of all we accomplish each week. Even on the most difficult of days I’m amazed at all the play and learning we do together. I’m not afraid to ask for help, and our mamaRoo is my modern day Mary Poppins. It features comforting rhythms that calm Natalie, the contrast/color fabric balls make her smile, and I love that I can change the speed or sound through the 4moms iPhone app. The only thing it’s missing is a spoonful of sugar for mama ;)

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I’ll be honest, it’s easy-to-use baby gear like the mamaRoo that helps me fully engage with Maxwell, prep meals or paint my nails (wink). And I can easily move the mamaRoo to whatever room we’re playing in so we can include Natalie, too! (Or she can rest quietly in the other room if big brother is being too loud.)

4moms mamaRoo maggie whitley

4moms mamaRoo maggie whitley

4moms mamaRoo maggie whitley

We love our mamaRoo and I’m so excited to offer one lucky Maggie Whitley Designs reader one, too!

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Win a $75 gift card to Pickture That!

For a little mid-week excitement I’m here with a giveaway from one of our sidebar sponsors.

Pickture That! makes fun, custom photo bracelets that are scratch, stain and water resistant — sounds like a perfect match for your favorite Instagram photos ;) Heidi shares more about their business, including a little encouragement for fellow handmade makers, and is offering a $75 gift card to the Maggie Whitley Designs community. Good luck!

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PicktureThat! was started 4 years ago after I (photo-obsessed Heidi) had gone to a photo booth with my best friend. I had the photo strip in my hand and just knew I had to do something that would let me do more with it than store it away in a scrapbook. Viola!, photo bracelets. I love jewelry and I love looking at photos all day so I decided to put them together and the rest, as they say, is history.

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I think my biggest piece of advice for fellow makers would be to stick to your passions. Sometimes it’s easy to be swayed by trends or pressures from others about what your creations should be, but staying true to yourself and your creativity is ALWAYS number one in my book.

What inspires me? More like “what doesn’t inspire me”. Generally, it’s the small things that bring me joy. I love genuine people, my family, nature, people who live their dreams, travel. I could go on and on…

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Nothing gets me down when I get to look at cute pictures all day long! ;) When long days come my way, I truly am just so grateful for all of the love and support I get from my customers.  I LOVE hearing from them when they’re so happy with their bracelets, or the bracelet they bought for their loved one was a huge success. It really makes it all worth it!

Balancing work and personal life is really hard for me because it’s difficult to leave work at the door when the door is my home. It never truly leaves my mind and I get so excited about things. But, I am working on finding my balance and am learning it’s actually necessary for me to step back into the world to experience things that keep me inspired.

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Holiday cards from Pear Tree Greetings, plus a $75 giveaway

As you transition into the weekend — where slow becomes your thing and you’re snuggled up close with your people, I wanted to share with you a few holiday card designs (including a $75 gift card giveaway) from one of our longtime sponsors, Pear Tree Greetings. Ever since we moved to Los Angeles I’ve vowed to slow down my pace. It’s been a hard process to adapt, especially living in such a busy city, but it’s been so good for me. And with Christmas nearing this is a fantastic time to re-evaluate what slow really means.

Colorful Lights Ribbon Strand Christmas Cards

Slow looks like granted permission to hear life’s tick-tock; to view it as a gift instead of using it as a measure of time.

Slow looks like grace, feels like comfort and warmth, and can’t be added to your calendar. Slow just happens.

Inside my home, slow looks like decorating with photos of my people and the heart. Slow does not look like meaningless clutter or decor bought from the store. What does slow look like for your family?

Be Jolly Photo Christmas Cards

There’s nothing quite like the warmth of photo cards on display, especially during the holidays :) Growing up my mom kept a basket of cards in the living room and it was so fun to flip through them as I sat in front of the heat register at our Michigan home.

Are you ordering holiday cards for 2014? Some of my faves from PTG are their ornament cards, ribbon strand cards and spinner cards. They even offers designs that feature Black & White, watercolor, photo overlay & foil stamping.

Fa La La Foil Holiday Photo Cards

And quite possibly the frosting on the gingerbread house this holiday season: Pear Tree Greetings even has Instagram-friendly cards, making ordering, addressing & sending a card super easy.

Have a blissfully wonderful weekend, and may it be glittered with slow moments.

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