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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BLOGGER TAKEOVER: Wicked Fun with Diva & The Divine!

About-me-image-1Briana, founder of the blog Diva and the Divine, is a food and fitness lover who  has lost 72 lbs and is strong in her love of Jesus, music, and coffee! Her blog is about finding the simple joys, and make them your fuel for life.

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While I don’t have enough space, cash, or desire to throw a giant Halloween bash, I love celebrating seasons and holidays, and Halloween is no exception.  I have a few decorations out, some spooky treats in the kitchen, and some of the latest Halloween goodies from Erin Condren in my office.  Only EC could make Halloween fun and functional.

For those of you that don’t know, my all time favorite musical is Wicked. Wicked centers around Elphaba (more commonly known as the Wicked Witch of the West) and Glinda from the Wizard of Oz starting beforethe events that we know from the movie.  It’s brilliantly written, the music is incredible, and I’ve been hooked for years. To say I’m obsessed is putting it lightly. When I lived at my parent’s house, I color matched my bedroom to the musical’s poster.  My college senior recital was titled “Defying Gravity,” and I even got a lime green Ford Fiesta before it was cool (ok..it might not ever be cool, but there are definitely a lot more of them around now) because it was the perfect shade of “Elphaba green.”  See? Obsessed!

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When I saw one of the Halloween releases from Erin Condren had Wicked written on it, I knew I had to have the collection, so I picked up a few (okay..all) of the “Wicked Fun” items EC offered to give my office a little bit of a Halloween flair.

My LifePlanner™s both got makeovers to stay current with the holiday, and while my blog planner is sporting last year’s October cover, my new monthly planner is sporting the new “Wicked Fun” cover in my favorite wicked colors: Elphaba green (aka to the rest of the world as lime green) and good old black.

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I have been obsessed with the bound journals that EC released this year, so when I saw “Wicked fun” was offered as a journal cover as well, it went into the cart in the same custom colors as my ECLP cover.  This journal proudly bears a quote from my favorite song in the musical, “Defying Gravity.”  Not only does the journal make me smile, but it’s great for writing down my ideas for various Halloween festivities.

While my planners and notebooks rarely leave the office, the EC Halloween offerings can be used in other parts of the holiday too.

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For some baked goods to serve at a party (or just to myself and the Mister), I had my sister (who is the baker at Deanna’s Delights) make and frost some yummy, festive cupcakes for my acrylic tray. While many people don’t necessarily think of purple as a Halloween color, I find it goes perfectly with my  wicked acrylic tray insert from EC. I customized the colors so they felt a little more “Wicked the musical” and less wicked witch with the giant wart on her nose, and the purple and orange treats matched perfectly.

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Holiday Tip: Add a few drops of food dye to your frosting or cake batter for an extra festive feel.  You can give something as simple as boxed cake and canned frosting that extra special flare.

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Art Prints by Erin Condren & Marco Fine Arts

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I can’t believe the day is finally here… I’m so proud to announce the launch of art prints by Erin Condren! Ever since partnering with Marco Fine Arts, a fine arts printing company of the highest quality and reputation, I’ve dreamed of diving into the interior design space. Today, my long-term goal has become a reality: to bring the same colorful and motivational designs from your desktop to your decor!

Not only is it thrilling to see our designs as the true pieces of art that they are, it feels fantastic to know that through this partnership, we’re bringing our customers the finest quality art prints available. Ever since partnering with Al Marco of Marco Fine Arts, we’ve been able to vertically integrate our processes to keep costs at a minimum without sacrificing quality- and it’s all made right her in the good ‘ol USA! From the archival paper we print on, to the contemporary-cool wooden frame and everything in between, each component is a display of the finest craftsmanship in the biz- and boy, aren’t these babies beautiful!

Here’s a bite-sized breakdown of just how awesome these art prints really are:

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Archival Paper

In the printing world, there are two types of paper: there’s archival…and then there’s everything else! Kidding, but in all seriousness, when a print is exposed to all sorts of light, temperature, and humidity the paper quality really does matter. Archival paper, and particularly the matte white paper we print on, allows the vibrancy and integrity of the artwork to really pop, and prevents it from fading or wrinkling over time.

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Rich Finish Wooden Frame

While I am certainly no expert on interior design, one thing I’ve learned is that contemporary styles are seriously versatile, making our frames the perfect addition to any aesthetic. Not only does their angular profile pair well with a ton of style themes, the gesso coating gives the moulding a rich, smooth finish that’s seriously sleek and unobtrusive, letting the beauty of the print do all the talking.

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Acrylic Cover & Dust Protector

Two words: shatter-proof! I don’t know about y’all, but living in earthquake country along with a busy home filled with two teens and a dog, a shatter-proof print is exactly what I look for when filling my walls. The acrylic cover does just that, while also protecting the print itself from any wear and tear. On the backside, an acid-free dust cover provides a custom finish.

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Hardware Instant gratification is the name of the game: when I order an item, I want to be able to enjoy it right away! All of our prints are fitted with hardware necessary for hanging, so as soon as it arrives, your art is ready to be displayed. Now if only picking the actual prints were this easy!

Not quite sure how everything should hang? Stay tuned for our upcoming post on how to create a gallery wall!

4 Ways to Creatively Cover Your Textbook!

Getting back in the back-to-school groove is a whole lot easier when your scholastic supplies bring a smile to your face! One of the first tasks all students are given is to cover their textbooks, a project that usually involves repurposing a brown paper bag. We thought we’d take this DIY a step further and add a little excitement with our new sticker sheets!

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What you’ll need:

– brown paper bag

– scissors

– sticker sheets/sticker book(s)/washi tape

How to create your cover:

1. Gently remove the bag handles.

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2. Cut down the side of one of corners the bag from top to bottom, then cut the rest of way around the 3 sides of the bottom to remove the bottom flap. Open up the bag and lay it flat- you should have one long rectangular piece.

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3. Customize the fit to the size of your textbook by placing the book in the center of the paper and creasing the top and bottom excess paper (or you can mark the dimensions using a pencil) to fit the actual height of the book.

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4. Set the book aside and fold the top and bottom along the crease or pencil lines.

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5. Place the book back in the center and wrap the paper across the cover from left to right so that the ends meet evenly.

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6. Fold the overlap over the front cover and crease the paper along the edge. If there is significant excess paper, you can trim it down. You should have enough bag to wrap about 3/4 of the way into the inner front cover.

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7. Insert the cover into the slots created by folding the top and bottom of the bag, slide until you hit the crease, and close to create the final fit. Cover should fit snugly, not to the point of tearing, but not loose, either.

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8. Repeat the same process on the back cover. You’ve now got your blank canvas ready for decorating!

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Block Letters

Against the backdrop of plain brown paper, a cute and colorful design can really bring excitement and style to an otherwise boring book cover! One of the simplest and easiest design options is to spell out the first letter of the subject or topic with designer sticker sheets or the individual sticker sheets (if you prefer to stick to one particular design theme).

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Spell It Out

One of the hidden treasures in our cool for school sticker book are the metallic alphabet stickers hiding in the back of the book! They are incredibly versatile, and are a fun to way personalize just about any paper product for a unique and fresh way to truly make your supplies your own. Keep it straightforward with the title of the book or the subject, or have some fun with phrases: ‘hola’ for a Spanish text, or ‘E equals MC squared” for a clever physics cover.

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Go Avant-Garde

It goes without saying that we love to celebrate creativity, and the beauty of this DIY project is the ability to customize your book covers any way your heart desires! There are a million-and-one ways to customize your covers, so we encourage you to get creative – we especially love the idea of creating an interactive cover with sheets from our coloring book and matching colored pencil set! It’s the gift that keeps on giving for those less-than-lively lectures 😛

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Want more creative ways to use our stylish new stickers? Check out our Pinterest for TONS of DIY ideas!