Sunday, January 30, 2011

DIY Art | Jennifer V Designs | Toledo, OH

A wall in my dining room has been empty for a while now, and the emptiness was starting to bother me.  So I decided to do some DIY art for the wall.  I had seen a post from Pure Style Home blog about framing Leonardo DaVinci prints, so I decided to explore!

Here is what the empty dining room wall looked like before:

 I went to Barnes & Noble one day and browsed through the art books and decided that the Leonardo's Notebooks was just right for my dining room.  The sketches were the perfect colors to match the Thibaut Orissa Fabic in Aqua that was used for my drapes.

So I cut out my favorite sketches from the book and decided I wanted square frames for the dining room wall.  I ordered the frames from here and picked them up the other day and put them together myself.

And here's the dining room wall after:

Here's a close up of the DIY art:

The dining room is still a work in progress, as I am not fond of the light fixture and would like to change it out with a chandelier some time and also mix in some upholstered chairs around the dining room table, but all in time.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Design Trend for 2011 | Jennifer V Designs | Toledo, OH

I recently came across a design blog, The Fabulous Design File, that predicted that oversized family photos are a trend for 2011! That's a trend I love, as it's my favorite form of art for decorating my home!! I have a hard time committing to an expensive piece of art, so going with oversized photos is the best option for me, as the cost is affordable and I can change it out periodically without feeling guilty.

Here are some photos in my home and cottage showing the oversized family photos, as well as my sister's home.  If you're ever interested in creating art like this, contact Julie Marie Portraits.

Above a bed:

In a playroom:

Above a fireplace:

In a bedroom:

In a living room:

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

J girl bedroom tour | Jennifer V Designs | Toledo

My daughter is 2 and will be 3 in March.  One of my favorite things when she turned 2 was to transform
her nursery into a little girls room.  I've had so much fun with her room, although it's still a work in progress. I had all of her wood work in her bedroom painted white and chose a pale pink for the walls
so that the colors of melon, grass green and hot pink would pop.

I chose Serena & Lily for her bedding and loved the ability to mix and match the bedding pieces. The
drapes were purchased from Restoration Hardware Baby (major clearance!!) and the Melon color trim was a perfect match with the Serena & Lily Melon color block shams. The bed was purchased off of Craigs List and I had it painted.

Here's a picture of her nursery before:

I found the mirror at a garage sale and painted it green to match the box on her dresser
and the lamp by her bed.

The green box on her dresser was the inspiration to add green to her room. It was a gift
from my sister and when I sat it in there, I instantly knew green was the third color I wanted to use.
The two dressers in her room had been sitting in her grandparents garage for years, so I had them painted  to match her bed.

The lamp was a splurge, but I had seen the lamp on a blog and instantly fell in love with it! It's such a fun lamp and the pefect pop of color for the room. It's from Stray Dog Designs and they have some amazing pieces!  The dolls on the bed are Bla Bla Dolls!  They are mine and my daughter's favorite dolls! They are soft, fun to dress and beautifully colorful and unique dolls! Every little girl should have one!!

The canvas was a gift from my talented sister, who owns Julie Marie Portraits. She's an amazing photogapher on the East Coast, so when she comes to visit, she always capture's great pictures of my children!   It was originally for a hallway in our home, but I love it in J's room so I've left it in there for the time being!

Design Adventure | Jennifer V Designs | Toledo

I decided to start a blog to share my love & passion of interior design. It's
a place to showcase my projects, ideas, inspirations and my life. 
I'm a stay at home mom and while that is my number one passion,
interior design is my second passion. I hope you enjoy browsing and
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