Blogger Takeover: Desk Organization With @FleurDille

Anna Cobbs is a speech pathologist, blogger, and full-time mom to 3 and 5 year old daughters. Like every mom, she wears many hats and navigates a jam-packed schedule. When she’s not switching gears from mom to business owner to wife to friend, Anna is coming up with clever ways to stay organized and is so excited to share some of those today!

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DIY Shibori Design

By now you may have noticed that shibori is having a MAJOR moment (and we’re kind of obsessed!) What you may not have known is that DIYing your own shibori is actually much simpler than you may think! Our design team got their crafting fix and created the stunning patterns seen on our own shibori products…and now we’re sharing how they did it with you!

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Floral Stitches makes its mark!

Seen all over the world and throughout history, embroidery is a trend I’ve personally admired for years. I just love that we were able to recreate this age-old art with digital “stitching” to mimic the classic woven style of needle point. Our lead designer, Aby, worked with me to properly depict this stunning artistry…and FLORAL STITCHES was born!
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BLOGGER TAKEOVER: How To Style A Home Office with Simply Organized

11986566_10207596590693100_2614692584096918254_n Samantha is a professional organizer, small business owner, NAPO member, and writer of the blog Simply Organized. It is a mix of organization projects, DIYs, and inspiration with the goal of simplifying and taking the stress out of getting organized.

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You may recall in August I posted an update about my home office. I shared the before and after of my very own cluttered, exhausted, end of summer work space. At the time, I thought I would take part in a popular online challenge this Fall to makeover one room in my home. That room being the office. Although I had the best of intentions, and still plan to update this space, I’m sad to report that time wasn’t on my side to join the challenge. These things happen and I’m not disappointed in the least. It will come together when its meant to be and look forward to sharing when it does.

In the meantime, however, there was no reason why I couldn’t invest in pretty artwork to brighten the space!

I’ve been talking about my new Erin Condren planner since making the move to one this summer. Her planners are bright, colorful, well-designed and full of inspiring messages. When I was looking at the new deluxe monthly planners (they are oversized, you guys – like my old DIY version!), I had no idea she also has fine art prints available. Scattered throughout her planners are motivating messages…

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Of course she would offer prints to inspire you in your home / work spaces. These two in particular are what sold me…

 

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If there’s any message I can pass on to my daughter, it’s that she can design a life she is totally in love with. I love the gold metallic! I also fell in love with the coral and pink colors in the bundle of flowers.

In looking around my office, I decided to purchase 4 prints total…

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Her white framing is gorgeous! My prints came ready to hang, which is a nice benefit when you’re too busy to run around finding frames. Framing is not my strong point!…

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The gold metallic is stunning…

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I hung 2 of the prints above my computer, where I see them daily…

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These prints would make beautiful holiday gifts!

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I added the other 2 prints to the empty space near my office shelving. So in love with these!…

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Artwork, prints and framing on the walls changes everything!

The watercolor print is delicate and beautiful…

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Erin Condren’s prints are available for purchase on their own (for as little as $18) or you can have the framing added to your order. They come in a variety of patterns, designs and quotes. She collaborated with Marco Fine Arts to bring this collection to life and everything from materials and packaging are made right here in the USA.

These prints will transfer to my new home office decor perfectly too. I’m planning a much brighter home office with less hefty furniture. In the meantime, I’m excited to have some new added color and inspiration here in my office space…

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I’m taking a little break from client work this week and heading to Nashville to visit friends. Can not wait! I’ve never been to Nashville and haven’t seen my girlfriend in nearly 3 years. I’ll share some photos on FB and will be doing some blog updates while I have the down time. Playing catch up with the client gallery! Hope you’re having a great week!

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Design DIY: How to Build a Gallery Wall

Y’all – interior design can often seem intimidating, but I’m here to tell you, it’s not! What I love most is the ability to incorporate multiple themes, patterns, and textures that are seemingly very different, yet combine to create a balanced and beautiful picture. You don’t need an entirely cohesive design theme to style a stunning space!

Speaking of pictures, one of the cutest and easiest ways to add interest and variation to your decor is by creating a gallery wall! It’s a great way pull in various colors and wood finishes to incorporate a wider range of furniture and design elements. In a nutshell, when it’s not so matchy-matchy, you’ll find more incorporate pieces you already own with a few new items to add some life!

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What You’ll Need:

– nails

– hammer

– Phillip’s head screwdriver

– level

– tape measure

– pencil & eraser

– blue painter’s tape

– TakeNote™ Notebook or journal to jot down dimensions

Pick Your Prints

By far the hardest part is picking which prints are your favorite- there’s just so many sophisticated styles to choose from! While there is no right or wrong way to choose your prints, I recommend picking a common design theme or color to create a cohesive yet diverse look. One of the most versatile combinations are the neutral black and white designs such as scribbles, prismatic, and mid century circles neutral.

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Assign Your Anchor(s)
The key component of a gorgeous gallery wall are its anchors, the largest and most focal prints of the layout. All other prints will work around the 1 or more “centerpieces” of the gallery, so it’s important to choose anchors that include colors and elements from the majority of all the other prints to keep it looking unified.
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Pick Your Frames
As we were designing our art prints collection, I wanted to make sure that the frames we offered were timeless so that they could be hung and rehung in any space at any time and still look fabulous! The contemporary modern lines are quite chic, and in a white or black matte finish, are great compliments to the artwork, and to each other! I personally would pick the frames that best coordinate with the print, that way, if you decide to rehang them individually, they still look just as lovely on their own. If you’d prefer a more classic aesthetic, I recommend keeping them all the same finish.
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Set Your Scheme

Now’s the fun part: set your scheme! Roughly map out the size of your wall on a clean floor space and get to work assigning a spot for each print. Balance is key: play with different orientations and layouts, keeping in mind frame color (if they are varied) and size. It’s a bit like a real-life game of Tetris- the goal is to find a scheme that fits every frame in a (fairly) symmetrical way. Once you’ve got it down, snap a photo for reference when hanging!

Display Your Design

Take this part slow – it will prevent you from having to re-hang prints if your placement is off! Start with the anchors, the largest prints, and work your way outward. You can choose to outline your prints in pencil and painter’s tape, or you can simply rely on your photo to guide you.

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And voilà! You’ve transformed your space into something totally unique that you’ll love coming home to day after day.😄

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