Gallery walls are not just for museums

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This is the wall in my bathroom. The images are a collection of pictures and knick knack from my travels.

 

I have to talk about walls again. My favorite way to decorate is to hang things on the wall. Pictures, knick knacks, hooks, planters, whatever.

If there is wall space I will find an object to fill it.

There’s no need to be nervous about putting holes in your wall. You can always patch them later.

Don’t be scared about how to hang stuff. Just get a nail and hammer and hang it.

And don’t worry about properly framing things. Traditional framing is EXPENSIVE even with a 50% off coupon from Michael’s.

So let goooo of the idea that things must be framed. That is the quickest way to not to get anything up.

Think about mounting your image on foam board instead. Mounting gives your photo or art a professional finish without trapping it in a frame, and it is wayyyy cheaper.

I have a great local art shop by me that will mount anything, and even include a little hanger on the back for peanuts.

Or just grab some masking tape and stick it to the wall. It will look really cute, I promise.

So grab that hammer,  go make some holes and display all of your cute things!

 

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A cute house addition!

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Hi, I’m Penny.

 

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Trixie and Penny the puppy.

Sometimes the things that make a house cute, aren’t things at all.

Meet our new puppy, Penny! She joins big sister, Trixie and cat cousins, Bootsie and Ralph.

We adopted her from the Chicagoland Lab Rescue. She was found on the side of the road. Who would abandon such a cutie?

My hanging garden

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Look at how cute these are hanging in the corner!

 

 

I am a sucker for hanging things from my ceiling. I got these flowers from a freecycle friend who was getting rid of her giant vase and silk flowers. I wanted to make these into barrettes, but I cut my hair so it wouldn’t look good.

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Here’s my cutie flower (and dog) before I bent it to hang.

 

 

Instead, I did a little bending and hooking, and look at how cute these turned out.  Share your cute projects with me not twitter. I’m @evassolo!

 

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Close-up!

 

Baby you’re a star

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This is one of my favorite finds for sure! I was inspired after I went to the Christkindlmarket in Chicago this past Christmas. There was a booth of these magical hanging paper stars. But the price tag was hefty! They wanted like $40 bucks for the star and more for the cord.

I checked out Amazon.com and found my star for a more affordable price. And it is beautiful.

In fact, I’m having a hard time resisting the urge to buy a dozen more and turn my ceiling into a my very own night sky.

They don’t look like much when they aren’t lit, but when they are… so pretty.

 

#CuteFind: Turn this light on!

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Look at this beauty! A vintage lamp with beading. Beading!

I’m the lucky recipient of this #CuteFind. This is courtesy of my mother-in-law and my sister-in-crafting-spirit, Lois. They go garage sailing on their lunch hour. And last week they found me this perfect condition vintage lamp, with beading and a wrought iron stand.

And guess how much they paid? Go ahead, guess…

Five bucks! That’s it, just five bucks!

As of now this goes on the books as the best #CuteFind so far. Can you beat it? Email me at evassolo@gmail.com.

Museum worthy pictures

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I took this picture and then had it printed on canvas and stretched. It looks like a painting!

When it comes to my home, I have a few obsessions. I am obsessed with pin-up girls, plants and finding and framing things for my walls. My latest craze is having my photos printed on canvas and then stretched over wood.

It is cheaper than framing and the pictures are practically transformed into paintings. It tickles me with how good it looks.

I tried two different ways. First, I had my mom and pop photo shop print a picture 18×27. Then I took it to my local frame and had them do their museum magic to it. All in, it cost about $90 bucks.

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This was the photo printed and stretched by my local shops.

Then my friend Mary told me about an Amazon deal from Cafepress.com that would get me a smaller print on canvas and stretched, 16×20, for $35.

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This is the one I paid 35 bucks for.

Both of them are equally beautiful, and I felt good patronizing my local stores and saving money with a coupon. I guess the moral of the story is not so much where to shop, although local is always better, but this is another beautiful to display your awesome photos.

Shut the front door!

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Welcome to my home!

I can’t claim any ownership to this idea, but that doesn’t mean I am not out of my mind on how cute this is. I saw this on Pinterest. It’s just a decal.

But it says so much.

I ordered from Etsy, the shop is Create it. Go. It was under 8 bucks and I can’t stop giggling over how stinking cute it is.

So, I wiped my door down, peeled the sheet and stuck it on.

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Here is my sad, unfriendly door.

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And here is my happy, friendly door!

#CuteFind: What a crock!

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Thrifting is one of the most amazing way to find thoughtful gifts, if you have patience.

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Here is the inside of this special gem.

Here is a charming #CuteFind submitted by one of my fabulous readers, Mary!

It is a soft pink crockpot, complete with a cute spoon. And the best part? She picked up this perfect little pot for 2 bucks!

Thanks for sharing, Mary!

If you have a #CuteFind, drop me a line on the Twitter machine (@whatacutehouse) or shoot me an email, evassolo@gmail.com.

Sitting pretty in pink!

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I found these chairs for 2 bucks each. After 2 cans of spray paint they were transformed.

I love the transformative power of meditation, yoga and spray paint. You always feel better after you do it.

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Chairs before spray paint.

Case and point, these two chairs I bought from a yard sale a few weeks ago. They were 2 bucks each and brown and ugly and we needed something to sit on.

Two cans of spray paint later and these chairs are pretty in pink.

#CuteHouseTip: If you plant it, it will grow. I swear.

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Plant the base of your leftover romaine lettuce and watch it grow!

This is the first year of my garden. I’m learning a lot, especially how food actually grows. It’s fascinating.

But that one thing that blew my mind-  if you plant the stump from Romaine lettuce, it will grow back and fast.

The growth in the above photo was about a week’s worth. I love nature!

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