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Now that the dining room is painted, I am working on filling it with art and making it more me/us. The only wall that doesn’t have an opening or window is a pretty big one. Finding something to fill it that wasn’t expensive was proving difficult so I started thinking outside of the box and kept seeing rooms that used simple frames filled with fun patterns and colors. That was my starting point for the simple and cheap art project!

I first thought about using wallpaper samples like I’ve seen on various pictures across Pinterest but when I saw these cocktail napkins at Anthropologie, I knew they would be perfect! Conner has been asking for more color than just blue, green, grey and white so I figured he would like these as well. They are each a 10″ square and only $24 for a set of four – much cheaper than four art prints!

I saw these white wall frames from Target and knew they would be the ones. White frames look so sharp to me and the light color would help each picture stand out. The frames are 11×14″ with an 8×10″ opening in the mats. The perfect opening for each napkin!

Before attaching the napkins to the mats, I ironed them and removed the care labels so they wouldn’t create a dark spot on the pictures. I pulled each napkin tight and used six small pieces of tape on the back to secure them to the mats. It was fairly simple and quick – my favorite kind of art!

Here is a look at how they turned out – Love! It is a great punch of saturated color that definitely brightens up the space. It helps fill up this large wall and makes it feel more cozy in this room.

Now I’m on the hunt to find something fun to put above the buffet. I wanted to do a grouping of the John Derian plates but I think that would be too much with the frames above the chairs so now I’ve got to find the perfect somethin’-somethin’ to fill this part of the wall…and get our chairs recovered!

Have you tried any fun and cheap art lately? Let me know if you have done something similar or try this project, I would love to see it!

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First off, congratulations to Cynthia who won the UPrinting giveaway last week! Make sure you check your email and get back to me so we can get you your prize.

Now to the topic at hand – some of my most favorite things in life are great candles. I like them to be pretty and they most definitely must smell unbelievable! A mediocre candle will not do for me and they must last. I like to burn them all of the time, as long as I’m home. (Safety first!) Some save them for special occasions but life is most definitely too short for that. Did you wake up today? It is a special day, burn a pretty candle!

This Blue Volcano candle has to be like Heaven on Earth. The scent from one of these will warm up your whole house and it lasts so long! These also make the best presents. I haven’t found one person who doesn’t like it and they are so pretty!

Ah, Voluspa. I love this tin. They come in pretty tins and normal glass jars but I love the decoration on the tin! This Persimmon scent is my favorite for our bedroom and bathroom. The Crisp Champagne is also amazing. These also make wonderful presents and a great stocking stuffer!! (Hint, hint!)

Since we are so close to fall, I also love a delicious pumpkin candle! Any generic, random brand will do. You can light one or two throughout your house with your regular candles and you will immediately smell Thanksgiving dinner, it is my favorite. These can be purchased anywhere and along with a bottle of wine, are the perfect ‘thanks for having me over for the holidays’ hostess gift!

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Today, I’m currently coveting this bed from Anthropologie.

I love how gorgeous and unique it is!! I can only imagine the possibilities a room centered around this would take on. I love it so much and immediately started wondering how I could DIY this instead of paying $2,500? Hah!

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