Friday, May 30, 2014

Artsy Fartsy

I'm a BIG fan of white frames with white matting. I especially love the look when hung on a richly colored wall. But I was recently faced with a bit of a challenge. I have a blank wall over my couch in the living room of my apartment, but because I'm only renting and actually moving out in a couple months, it didn't make sense to paint in order to achieve the look I like.

I decided to take a look at my Etsy favorites to spark some ideas. I like the idea of purchasing art from sites like Etsy, rather than at TJMax, Target, etc. Obviously, I was looking for something blue and something seaside themed (I'm predictable if nothing else).

That's when I came across a favorited piece of art from the New England artist, Besty McLellen. Her Etsy shop is called betsymclellenstudio. I love her whimsy designs and bold use of color.

You can purchase prints of her original art pieces, which fit the small budget I set aside for this project. Due to my temporary living space, I didn't want to purchase something too large or something that couldn't be used in another room down the road.

I decided to purchase a set of three prints (8x10) to be hung in sequence over the couch. I chose three paintings similar in color scheme and perspective. They whisk me away to the feeling of being near the water in the summertime; and the use of all those shades of blue create a calm in my soul. The fact that these pieces are inspired by actual landscapes in Maine is the cherry on top of my sundae.

As soon as the prints arrived in the mail (within a week), I placed them in three of my favorite, go-to, white frames. I purchased the frames at the Christmas Tree Shop for around $7 each.

I'm terrible at hanging multiple frames in-line with one another. Plus, I'm usually too impatient to wait for a loved one to get home to help me. But my favorite trick is using poster putty around the corners flush to the wall. You know, the stuff we all hung our Teen Bop and N'Sync posters with as teenagers. It keeps the frame from shifting every time a door closes and also protects the wall from damage.

Here is the final result! I have to say that I'm pretty enamored with the color scheme. I would prefer that the prints be larger (and the wall not so white), but I can always purchase larger ones down the road. Alright, I'm off to snuggle up on the couch and daydream of warm, summer days.


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Friday, May 23, 2014

Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall

In this case, my mirror is on the floor...

I bought this mirror seven years ago at TJ Max. Initially it was hung over my long dresser (in my first Boston apartment) as an every day make-up/getting ready mirror. But in my last apartment, my bedroom had wainscoting around the entire room, and hanging it on the wall wasn't an option. Instead, I leaned it against a wall while it sat on top of my hamper. 

Needless to say it fell between the wall and the hamper a few times (okay, a lot of times) and the frame surrounding the mirror started to break. I almost threw the mirror out but decided to hold onto it just in case I could revive it with a little DIY.

Fast forward a few months and I've brainstormed a couple ideas for how I could revive this baby. One option would be to border the mirror with small tiles. Of course, I thought varying shades of blue would be pretty.

I was also thinking that it could be pretty to line the mirror with corks. My boyfriend and I love to drink wine and save as many corks as possible - especially ones from relationship milestones. 

But after yanking the mirror out of it's old frame (there was a TON of glue), I decided to go in a different direction entirely. I'm thinking something more in tune with nature and the ocean... driftwood. I'm most excited about this concept, which tells me that this is the one I should move forward with. Here are a few of my inspiration pictures:

I'm going to have to track down the wood that I'll use for this project. I'm thinking I may have seen wood for projects like this at Michael's, or JoAnn's. If not, I know I can purchase wood on Etsy from Driftwood Amour. I just glued the mirror on my piece of plywood today. I plan on letting it set on a flat surface for a good 24 hours before tilting it.

I have the perfect spot for the new and improved mirror. I'll post pictures once it's finished!

~ Alicia

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Welcome to Blue Hued Nest!

You're probably wondering, "what's up with the name?". Well, I'm obsessed with blue... decorating with blue that is. All shades of blue: navy, aqua, cobalt, indigo. I have to force myself to purchase things that are not blue - just to add another layer of color in a room. 

My love of blue stems from my love of the ocean. I grew up in Daytona Beach, FL and took the clear blue skies and warm Atlantic water completely for granted. I've been living in Boston, MA for the past seven years and the New England winters can be brutal to say the least. Besides the ocean my other love is interior design. Ever since I was a kid I've been re-arranging furniture, adding layers to the decor in my room and tackling art projects. 

I made the mistake of passing up interior design for my college major in exchange for advertising because I wanted more free time on the weekends. It seemed like the interior design students were always in the art studio and I wanted to be... well, at football games. Big mistake, HUGE! Here I am, approaching 30 and I'm fairly miserable in my career. Digital Marketing isn't as glamorous as one would imagine. 

What's the saying? "When one door closes, another one opens?" After being laid off from my marketing job a few months ago (one I didn't even like), I started re-evaluating my career and decided to start taking steps toward my "dream job". After all, I've seen other people create successful interior design careers for themselves without a formal degree. At the very least this blog will serve as a creative outlet and enable me to connect with the interior design community. 

So kick back, relax and embrace the color blue. Who knows where this journey might take us!

~ Alicia 

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