Posts Tagged ‘wall art’



I feel like I’ve already done a bunch of holiday decor projects this year, but I had a wall that needed a little something and was in the mood for one more project. Unfortunately, my wallet was not. So I gathered up some supplies that I already had in the house and created this removable wall art custom decals DIY. *If you don’t have these items on-hand already, this project will still only set you back about $15.


The full tutorial is right here on Curbly.

But before you click over,  I thought it was worth mentioning that I’ve been dying to use that copper contact paper for almost a year now. Yep, I’ve had it that long – was just waiting for the perfect project… Thought you would appreciate my craziness… Do you ever do that? Hold on to something for eternity until the ‘perfect’ project makes it’s way into your head?

Photography, concept, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

P.S. Be sure to check out the most recent 24 Merry Days giveaways…Melanie from You Are My Fave is giving away a $250 gift certificate to Land of Nod and Audrey from This Little Street (who is the smarty who dreamed up 24 Merry Days in the first place) is giving away a pair of Swedish Hasbeens!


Calendar Roundup for 2014

Every year, around Christmas time, I get a new calendar (or two) to get a jumpstart on the new year. Is it me or is there something about a new calendar and a new year that makes you feel like absolutely anything is possible?

So I rounded up eleven of my favorite calendars to give you the kick in the pants you need to start thinking about 2014…

Awesome Things: Best of 2014 Calendars

1. 2014 minerals calendar from Lindsay Jones

2. sung calendar 2014 from Snug.Studio

3. 2014 astrology wall calendar from Prismatic Print Shop

4. 2014 Frankie magazine calendar from Frankie Press

5. oversized wall calendar for 2014 from One Canoe Two

6. 2014 Scandinavian floral calendar from The House That Lars Built

Best of 2014 Calendars (part 2)

7. 2014 prisms calendar from Julia Kostreva

8. 2014 calendar from Linda & Harriett

9. big number 2014 calendar from Decoylab

10. 2014 ‘Ain’t nobody got time for that’ calendar from Cranny

11. 2014 Stendig calendar from Need Supply

Don’t see your favorite calendar listed? Leave a link to your faves in the comments below. Always up for discovering a few more.

P.S. Brittany from The House that Lars Built is giving away a Public bike today, as a part of the 24 Merry Days giveaway event! Enter to win the bike here.



We recently moved into a new place and we’re in the process of picking out paint colors and getting the walls painted. Once the paint is done, and I mean the second that it’s done, artwork is going up. The walls feel so bare without it – not quite like home. Know what I mean?

And with all the art we’ve collected over the years, there is plenty of artwork to be hung. But we also have a lot more space in this new house, so I need to buy some new pieces too.

That said, I have a sneaking suspicion that a few of these linocut prints from Printwork will be making their way onto my walls soon – especially that large scallop print on the right (image above). It’s one of my favorites. I can’t stop staring at all the textures and patterns that Toni, the artist, has created. And they look so good on the wall together, even without frames. Don’t you think?

So, here’s the deal…I hung a handful of pieces temporarily to figure out placement and decide which ones I just can’t live without. Would you mind helping me decide on some keepers from this group?


Love all the line work in this one. This Tribal linocut would be good for the bedroom or hallway.

more from printwork

I’m really diggin’ the black and grey pieces, with a couple of pops of color. That light blue is a good accent color. Not too bright. Not too neutral.

perfect for the kitchen

This Eat Delicious Food linocut print would be great in the kitchen.

closeup print by Printwork

And here’s a closeup of my fave piece. I love the irregularities in block prints. It makes me want to reach out and touch it. You know what I mean?

Hanging prints in a cluster

Styling and photography by Brittni Mehlhoff

Visit Printwork to view all available prints. And be sure to use one of these discount codes if you find something you love… Get 20% off of all orders (excludes shipping) with the code PRINTWORKLOVE or get 40% off when you spend $50.00 or more with the code GET40 (both offers expire Nov. 10th).

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DIY // winter wall art decoration

This week, I’m in West Virginia at the most amazing cabin in the woods. It’s been really chilly here and we’ve been sipping plenty of apple cider and hot cocoa, which is getting me into the holiday spirit a little earlier than expected.

So today, I’m sharing my first winter holiday project of the year. I hope you don’t mind that it’s a little early. I have been waiting patiently for months to share this holiday DIY I created in partnership with Scotch® Color & Pattern Duct Tape.

I love the holidays as much as anyone else. Maybe even a little more than most. I do sing Christmas carols  pretty much all year long, after all. And Jeff can attest to that if you need proof. But when it comes to decorating around the house, I typically don’t go overboard. I like to incorporate items that blend in with the pieces we have in the house year round. So I guess you could say I like to go a little more subtle with my holiday decor.

Merry and Bright Wall Art DIY for the Holidays

That said, I created this giant (but still kind of understated) decorative wall art piece for the holidays to add a little something to that blank wall behind our couch. The idea is that these pieces can be used as home decor, throughout the holidays – while you’re writing your Christmas list on the couch, curled up with hot chocolate or throwing a holiday party and using the pieces as props for a photo booth. I selected non-traditional Christmas colors to blend in more with the decor you might have in your home already. So, it’s festive but not ‘in your face’.

Here’s how to make your own…

holiday wall art - supplies

Materials Needed:

  • 5 foam core boards in any color *They’ll be completely covered when the project is finished.
  • acrylic paint
  • paint brush
  • Xacto knife
  • Scotch® Color & Pattern Duct Tape *I used Pearl White, Blue Turquoise, and Flaky (the snowflake pattern).
  • Command strips or something similar for hanging the finished piece

How to Make a Giant Holiday Sign


1. Start by taping two of the foam core boards together, to create one long (horizontal) piece. Use tape on both the front and the back to keep it secure. Repeat this process with two more foam core boards and the leave the last of the five boards by itself.

2. On one of the larger, taped together boards, paint the word ‘merry’ in cursive (you want to make sure the letters are connected to each other). Make sure to fill in the width of the letters to a decent size – you’ll be cutting this out, so you don’t want it to be too thin. Then, repeat this process with the word ‘bright’ on the remaining large taped together board. And use the solo board to paint the word ‘and’.

*Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you don’t like your own handwriting, ask a friend if they wouldn’t mine doing this step for you. I had my designer bud Jordan paint the words for me after I taped the foam core sections together because I love her cursive lettering so much. Way better than mine, that’s for sure.

3. Once the paint is completely dry, it’s time to cut it out. I used a very sharp Xacto knife and it was really easy. Just make sure you have a very sharp cutting knife or box cutter so you don’t have to overexert yourself (plus it will cut more smoothly).

4. Once the three words have been cut out, it is time to start wrapping them. To conserve tape, I cut small pieces off of the roll, all the same length, and wrapped each piece around from the front to the back (leaving some of the back uncovered, since you won’t see it anyway). Cover each word completely with this process.

5. Now, all you have to do is attach something to the back of each word (like Command strips), and you are ready to hang!

all about the placement

I spent a lot of time figuring out exactly where I wanted the finished piece to go, how I wanted each word titled, etc. But once you get the placement down, it’s goes by really fast.

AND you can reuse this piece year after year. Even though I made this months ago, I’ve kept the finished piece so I can hang it up in our new place. It holds up well if stored flat.

DIY // Holiday Wall Art Decoration

holiday photo booth prop

You can also use them as photo booth props in a pinch. And if you’re already decorating, you might as well add some garland and a little hot cocoa (or coffee) to celebrate. Then, sit back and admire your work. You always have time for that, right? Ha!

Getting ready for the holidays

Holiday DIY to Try

DIY for the holidays

Credits: Photography Sarah Eddy for Paper & Stitch // Cursive lettering by Jordan Brantley // Concept & Styling Brittni Mehlhoff

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Halloween is right around the corner and if you’re not sure how to get into the spirit for this spooky holiday, I have a free printables set that will do the heavy lifting for you. Just print. Hang. And done. Doesn’t get any easier than that, right?

I worked with my friend (and very talented designer) Jordan Brantley again and she created this awesome printables set for you, complete with lots of wall art prints and stencils for pumpkin carving and/or painting. Here’s a little sneak peek into Jordan’s process (it involves a paint brush).


halloween printables & stencils

Design by Jordan Brantley // Photography & Styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

Click here to download this free Halloween printables set.

For more printables like this one, visit the printables & free downloads page.

And on another note… I’ve been quiet about this up until now on the blog, but I’m happy to share that I’m representing Curbly (along with Gabriel of The Artful Desparado, who also writes for ManMade, Curbly’s sister site) for a special event called Deck the Halls with Lowe’s (in NYC).

Gab and I designed a dining room from floor to ceiling (and everything in between) for the holidays. There were a lot of hours involved in the making of this room and I can’t wait to show it off.

I’ll be posting photos on social media throughout the day for Curbly and Paper & Stitch if you’d like to follow along: @brittnimehlhoff and @Curbly. And Gab will be posting too. Follow him here.