Quote poster

After my bedroom tour post, I got a lot of questions about my poster above my bed. It’s been awhile since I made it, but here is a quick lowdown of how I did it.

First off, to accomplish my vision I needed to paint the large wall behind my bed an accent color. And as you can tell, I love the color gray. It’s moody…just like me. :)  I found loads of great inspiration online, and then finally bit the bullet and tried a few colors from my neighborhood paint shop. The middle one was just slightly too dark, and the left one had a purple tint to it at night…so I went with the one on the right.


I have been collecting lots of wall decor inspiration these past few years, and found one with a large quote. I loved this because it goes with my typography thing I got going on.

But creating a large print would require a HUGE frame, and that could get expensive. So I did a little online research and found these great large format magnetic frames from Well Made. The frame seemed perfect for my use, and I really liked that they have such heavy duty magnets to hold the poster in place. The bonus is I can switch out the poster with little cost if I get tired of it,


To determine the correct size of artwork, I cut out some kraft paper and hung it on the wall to see how the size looked. I landed on 50″ x 60″ with some input from a friend. :)


I created my artwork in Illustrator and submitted my artwork on FedEx Office online, and picked it up a few days later.

Once the wall was all painted, I measured and marked the wall to hang the frame with the included hardware. After that was done, I was ready to insert the poster. What do you think of the quote? What should my next one be?


Small Shelves

Do you ever find yourself with little chotskies that you’re not quite sure what to do with? I sure do, and I’m never sure where to put them until I found these few small shelves that display my little items just perfectly.

Round Dorm Shelf by Ferm Living

I bought this birch plywood hanging shelf from Design Life Kids and I absolutely love where it ended up in my place. I put it at very top of my stairs, and get to see it’s contents each day as I go into my bedroom. :)

Featured on these shelves:


Tri Box Wall Shelves by Mint Rhapsody

I also got these at Design Life Kids (can you see a trend in my shopping habits?) :) These shelves provide a place to display your keepsakes, but disappear into the wall to allow for a nice clean display. I hung these opposite the dorm shelf, so as I walk up to my bedroom each day I pass these lovelies.

Featured on these shelves:


Upcylced Pantone Art

Before I started doing UX Design I did mainly print design. For those who are familiar with print design, most of our days can be spent analyzing, and choosing the perfect color. I would spend a lot of time deliberating over the perfect shade of blue for a particular project. So when my mentor was getting rid of some stuff before he moved, and he asked if I wanted his Pantone chip books. These books and I had some history together, and I knew they might come in handy some day. (This is a crafter’s mentality.)

There were a few chip books so I consolidated the unused chips into one, and recycled the used ones. Before I recycled and tossed the extras, I chose a few GRAYS and did a quick little craft, fit for a designer. :)

Caveat: As designers may know, Pantone Chips don’t grow on trees. :) This craft was done using OLD Pantone chips. I wouldn’t suggest tearing up your brand new chip books to make this by any means.


It took all of 10 minutes…once I had selected my chips.


  • 20 Pantone chips
  • Square shadowbox frame
  • Foam squares
  • Smooth white art board trimmed to fit your frame



Step 1:

Pick out 20 chips. I chose a gray palette to match my decor. The options are limitless really…if you have a chip book to spare.



Step 2:

Arrange them in a 5 x 4 grid on your art board. Why the un-even grid? Because the height of the chips is longer than their width, and I wanted to create a centered square grid inside my square frame. Once you have them in your layout, you may want to trim the bottom edges a bit to make them all equal heights. The chip books aren’t perfectly perforated, so you might have to do a little clean up work.

Step 3:

Starting with the upper left corner, take one chip, flip it over, and place one foam square on the backside. Turn it back over and stick it onto the art board where you had it arranged. Continue to do this to all of the chips. Making sure you stick them on the art board with an even space in between each chip.

There you go! A quick and dirty designer DIY.

Pinspiration | Photo Clip Boards

Bro/Sis Craft Day part two took place a few weeks back. I like to throw my bro-in-law some craft challenges when I’m there and this time I thought we’d do a spin on this Photo Clip Board DIY that I pinned on Pinterest awhile back. This amazing DIY comes from Liz of Love Grows Wild. Her project was so awesome I had to try it! Plus I have always been a little impatient with my artwork (I like to change it up all the time) so this was the perfect solution.

She created three separate clip boards, and we decided to do a twist on that. We decided to attach all three vertically using 4-3/4″ x 5/32″ turnbuckle eye/hook screws and 1 ” S-hooks. For the top, we attached some small ground wires that we found in the garage. I really like the combination of industrial and natural. Call us crazy!

Photo Clipboards

Now onto the artwork…the top art print is Feathered Arrows, from Minted.

The middle print is one of my absolute favorites, William Rides His Bike by Ez Pudewa. I LOVE elephants so this makes me smile every time I see it!

And the bottom art print is Landscape of Triangles and Dots, also from Minted.

Photo Clipboards

It turned out so amazing. :) Thanks to my bro-in-law for letting me take over his garage and tools. And special thanks for the pinspiration Liz!

Check out Love Grows Wild for her step-by-step instructions. :)