Category Archives: Home Décor

*This post was sponsored by Oriental Trading

How To Make And Style DIY Painted Wall Cubbies | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

Before moving from our pint-sized townhouse in Lynchburg to our single family ranch here in Waynesboro, Virginia, John and I rarely entertained overnight guests. Both of our families lived in town, and most of our friends did, too, so we never really felt the fact that we lacked a proper guest room.

But now that we live “out of town,” an hour and a half’s drive from family, we’ve needed to rethink our guest accommodations. My parents have both come to stay, as has my sister, and we’ve even had the occasional friend drop by for a night or two. Happily, our new-to-us home has the perfect number of bedrooms to make my dream of a perfectly-outfitted guest room come to life.

How To Make And Style DIY Painted Wall Cubbies | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

Our guest bedroom now sits across the hall from our own, and is just large enough for a double bed, nightstand, and a bookshelf that we use for extra sheets and towels. The room is maxed out with soft linen bedding, lots of table and floor lamp options for late-night reading, plus just the right amount of surfaces for playing host to overnight bags and travel accessories.

Since we never had a guest room before this house, I had to go through a bit of trial and error as we welcomed guests over. There was the time my friend Rachel came to stay when we found out the doors didn’t latch (a fact we discovered when our curious cat, Tonks, was able to nose her way into the guest room while poor Rachel was trying to change post-drive), and when my parents came to stay and both had to ask for towels. Turns out that hosting guests requires more than just simply offering a clean bed to sleep in.

How To Make And Style DIY Painted Wall Cubbies | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

So, to help make sure our guests are well-cared for and so their every need is considered, I partnered with Oriental Trading to create a set of guest room-inspired Wall Cubbies that serve as the perfect grab-and-go spot for all those little travel necessities that guests might have left back at home. Although I hate to spill the secret, I think it’s safe to say that you’ll never guess what these shelves are actually made from.

How To Make And Style DIY Painted Wall Cubbies | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

Pop over to Oriental Trading now to find out How To Make And Style DIY Painted Wall Cubbies for your own guest room, and tell me in the comments: what are your favorite ways to make guests feel at home?

How To Make And Style DIY Painted Wall Cubbies | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

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Everything You Need To Make Your Bed This Season | dreamgreendiy.com

Ever since deciding to rededicate my schedule to an extra early start, I’ve noticed that I subsequently tend to hit the sheets at night a lot earlier than I used to. As in, I sometimes get in bed before 9:00 pm! Honestly, I’ve never been a late-to-bed type of person, so admitting to such an early bedtime doesn’t embarrass me one bit.

In the past, I would often stay up just an hour or two extra to watch a movie or an extra episode on Netflix, but I don’t really miss that extra screen time now that I’m trying to get more sleep. God knows I log more than enough screen time during the day on my phone and computer, so the sacrifice isn’t all that hard.

At any rate, I’ve been so appreciative of our luxurious bed and linens these past few weeks as I work on adjusting my body to an earlier sleep schedule. Crawling into cozy linen sheets and surrounding myself with plush down bedding makes the process of physically falling asleep much faster, so I wanted to share a dozen of the pieces that could up the ante in your own bed collection below.

  1. Ascott Sham ($60)
  2. Smotherman King Upholstered Platform Bed ($309.99)
  3. Parocela 2 Drawer Nightstand ($192.99)
  4. Breakfast Pillow ($39.99)
  5. Harlow 20.75″ Table Lamp ($179.99)
  6. ‘Home Collection’ Hypoallergenic Pillow ($32.90)
  7. Down Alternative Comforter ($159)
  8. Brushed Stripe Throw ($59)
  9. Ocala Duvet Cover Set ($61.99)
  10. ‘Home’ Room & Linen Spray ($56)
  11. Greer Accent Pillow ($79.99)
  12. Ascott 200 Thread Count Flat Sheet ($110)

We actually already have and enjoy most of the items on this list, and I’m happy to report that they’re all well worth the investment. Ever since turning 30, I’ve been so focused on only bringing the best of the best into our home, and that includes bedding. Sure, high quality bedding is a bit pricey, but if you properly care for these types of items, they could last a decade or more.

Are you ready to splurge on nice bedding this season? I’ve personally got my eye on that Brushed Stripe Throw. See more items like these in the Dream Green DIY Shop here!

*My promise to you is that the affiliate links featured in this post spotlight items that I use and love myself.
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Top 10 Faux Plant Resources For Home Decor | dreamgreendiy.com

A couple of weeks ago, a reader of the blog got in touch to ask a simple question: where do we get all of our faux plants?! It’s a simple question, sure, but definitely warrants an entire post because, MAN, do I love my faux plants.

Let me start by laying down the law and saying that there is absolutely nothing wrong with fake plants. It’s almost difficult to put into words the calming effect of walking into a room and spotting greenery on practically every surface. That said, I’m not the best at keeping real greenery alive. So, over the years, I’ve collected an armload of  faux plants that I have scattered amongst our live plants. I know that, to some, “faux” is a major faux pas, but I’m here to tell my fellow crap gardeners this: you do you.

Top 10 Faux Plant Resources For Home Decor | dreamgreendiy.com

Top 10 Faux Plant Resources For Home Decor | dreamgreendiy.com

The aforementioned follower who brought up this lively topic had another good reason for doing so (aside from asking for resources). She was curious to know where we picked up our faux plants because she, too, has pets in the house who tend to snack on live plants. We have struggled with the same issue for years, so that’s a major reason why I started my own collection of faux plants. The silk variety offer zero appeal to our curious kitties, and could be the solution you’ve been looking for in your own homes.

Top 10 Faux Plant Resources For Home Decor | dreamgreendiy.com

Top 10 Faux Plant Resources For Home Decor | dreamgreendiy.com

My Top 10 Faux Plant Resources

  1. Target: This is my main go-to for purchasing fake plants. As in, every single photo in this post features at least one silky plant from Target. They’re inexpensive and easily accessible. I’m particularly smitten with their cacti options right now.
  2. IKEA: Although IKEA’s selection of fake plants isn’t quite as “believable” as Target’s, I’ve got a small collection of their potted fake grass that I pepper throughout our house. You can see an example potted off to the far left on the lower cabinet in the photo above.
  3. Michael’s: This Big Box craft store always has a wide variety of faux plants to choose from. Most of the time I tend to avoid their pre-potted silk plants though because they tend to look a little chintzy. My tip is to buy the loose fake greenery, and then “plant” them in a real ceramic pot for a more realistic look. In fact, I’ve even used real dirt for an extra believable finish!
  4. Jo-Ann: The décor aisles of this fabric chain usually has a similar faux plant selection to Michael’s, so see above for my tips on shopping Jo-Ann.
  5. World Market: This brand almost always carries the sweetest mini potted succulents, and unlike Michael’s, their pots tend to be stylish enough right off the shelves.
  6. Wal-Mart: Another unexpected place to find decent-looking fake plants is Wal-Mart. I was in a pinch right before our sunroom photoshoot last year, but managed to create a last-minute boho style centerpiece using a pretty patterned bowl and loose silk succulent stems from Wal-Mart. See the final look pictured here—I still have the centerpiece out to this day, and it looks as fresh as ever!
  7. Amazon: If you don’t have time to shop in person, check out the online options at Amazon. I’ve got my eye on this pair of faux hanging plants, although I think I’d pop them into my own hanging planters to give them a more high end look.
  8. Wayfair: Here’s another online retailer that carries a massive variety of faux plants. Pay special attention to their faux flower arrangements (like this one). They’re a little on the pricey side, but could be handy for last-minute buffet table décor.
  9. Overstock: I did a roundup of faux plants worthy of a double take late last year, and a lot of my picks came from Overstock.
  10. YOU: Why not try making your own faux plants? I love this tutorial for DIY paper plants via The House That Lars Built, and you can learn to make your own felt Billy Balls (as seen pictured above on our mantel) right here in this ancient Dream Green DIY post.

Top 10 Faux Plant Resources For Home Decor | dreamgreendiy.com

Top 10 Faux Plant Resources For Home Decor | dreamgreendiy.com

Top 10 Faux Plant Resources For Home Decor | dreamgreendiy.com

To be quite honest with you, I didn’t think I’d be able to come up with an even 10 resources for faux plants. When building this post out, I just typed the heading with a “10” by way of a challenge. Turns out that I have more resources than I thought though, because it was easy to come up with all 10. At any rate, I hope this helps answer your question, Stephanie, and that you find lots of pretty silk plants to add to your home this season!

Top 10 Faux Plant Resources For Home Decor | dreamgreendiy.com

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Before & After: Mid-Century Tufted Leather Couch | dreamgreendiy.com + @mooreandgiles

Growing up, I used to say things to myself like, “When I own a stand mixer [or a car, or a fancy vacuum cleaner, etc.], I can officially call myself an adult.” Well, it turns out that owning those things didn’t actually make me a real grown-up. Nope, it wasn’t until I owned an antique leather couch that I could OFFICIALLY call myself an adult.

Folks, I’m pleased as punch to introduce you to our freshly made-over mid-century leather couch! We’ve owned this vintage beauty for about three years now, having originally scored it for $500 through Craigslist back when we lived in our townhome in Lynchburg, Virginia. The upholstered fabric couch lived in the finished basement in our old house, but since moving to our single family 1960s ranch, it has been situated in a place of honor front and center in the living room.

Before & After: Mid-Century Tufted Leather Couch | dreamgreendiy.com + @mooreandgiles

Before & After: Mid-Century Tufted Leather Couch | dreamgreendiy.com + @mooreandgiles

Even before paying for the couch and loading it into our truck, I knew it would be one of those multi-phase types of possessions. It had a few stains on the original knobby textured fabric upholstery (as seen above in the “Before” shot), and had lots of worn-in areas that gave the couch a less charming, more drab look.

We lived with it and loved it well for the three years we needed to save up for the reupholstery job, but I’m happy to report that that long-awaited fateful day has come and gone and, thanks to beautiful Moore & Giles leather and top-knotch work from Phil’s Upholstery, we’ve got a practically brand new couch to show off and sit on.

Before & After: Mid-Century Tufted Leather Couch | dreamgreendiy.com + @mooreandgiles

Before & After: Mid-Century Tufted Leather Couch | dreamgreendiy.com + @mooreandgiles

Before & After: Mid-Century Tufted Leather Couch | dreamgreendiy.com + @mooreandgiles

Before & After: Mid-Century Tufted Leather Couch | dreamgreendiy.com + @mooreandgiles

The bones of this couch were good—great, in fact—and I fell hard for the original tufted detailing and cool, meandering piping, but again, the upholstery had seen better days. Why did I choose leather? Well, as you know, we’re a multi-pet family, and rumor has it that cats tend to shy away from leather because of the way it feels on their paws. Seemed like reason enough for us to try it out, not to mention the durability factor and ultra smooth sophistication.

If you remember, we worked with Moore & Giles and Phil’s Upholstery on a different leather reupholstery job just a year or so ago, and that pretty teal leather side chair is still going strong in our household. So, it was time to up the ante with a larger scale job that would ultimately complete the living room makeover I’ve been working on since the start of the new year.

Before & After: Mid-Century Tufted Leather Couch | dreamgreendiy.com + @mooreandgiles

Before & After: Mid-Century Tufted Leather Couch | dreamgreendiy.com + @mooreandgiles

Before & After: Mid-Century Tufted Leather Couch | dreamgreendiy.com + @mooreandgiles

Before & After: Mid-Century Tufted Leather Couch | dreamgreendiy.com + @mooreandgiles

There’s that before and after one last time! Isn’t she a beaut? Although neither brand paid to sponsor this post, I couldn’t possibly recommend Moore & Giles leather more, and as always, Tim over at Phil’s Upholstery did an incredible job bringing our vision for this swanky “new” couch to life.

Have you ever had an antique couch recovered? How long did it take to save up to make your dreams of the perfect sofa come true? No matter how long it took, I’m willing to bet that the finished product was well worth the wait—it was in our case, at any rate!

Before & After: Mid-Century Tufted Leather Couch | dreamgreendiy.com + @mooreandgiles

Before & After: Mid-Century Tufted Leather Couch | dreamgreendiy.com + @mooreandgiles

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DIY Washi Tape Jewelry Box With Colorful Felt Lining | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

Truthfully, I could go on and on and ON about my love for washi tape. There’s practically no limit to what you can use it for. In fact, just to prove it, you can see how I’ve put the craft supply to work in the past on napkin rings, mini trays, ornaments, place cards, gift tags and even pencils.

Probably my all-time favorite thing about patterned tape though is that you can customize it to any kind of aesthetic. For the last few years, I was all about a poppy color scheme, so I used tape that suited that look. But this year, I’m diving more into neutral décor, and happily, there’s a wealth of washi tape options for that look, too!

Case in point, my DIY Washi Tape Jewelry Boxes for Oriental Trading. These tiny boxes started off looking pretty darn plain, but by adding lengths of coordinated tape, I was able to up the sophistication factor ten-fold without sacrificing tons of time or money. A bit of matching felt lining was the perfect finishing touch, and now my bits and baubles have a sweet spot to sit when not flouncing around with me close at hand during the day.

DIY Washi Tape Jewelry Box With Colorful Felt Lining | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

Hop over to the Oriental Trading blog now for the full tutorial, and don’t forget to check out the other projects in this “Supply Of The Month” roundup: DIY Washi Tape Wooden BangleDIY Washi Tape Gallery Wall Frames, and Washi Tape Decorated Storage Crates. What would you make with this type of tape? Leave your creative ideas in the comments below.

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How To Make DIY Leather Coasters For Free | dreamgreendiy.com

You know me—I love discovering DIY shortcuts to designer home goods any chance I get! So, when a stack of free leather samples ended up in my craft supplies box thanks to inventory turn-over at a local furniture store, you better believe the wheels were spinning in my head. How could I put these pretty, high quality textiles to work in our home?

In the end, I decided to test my tracing skills in order to create my own set of free-to-make leather coasters. The process hardly warrants a step-by-step guide, but just in case you want all the details, scroll on for the 3-step tutorial.

How To Make DIY Leather Coasters For Free | dreamgreendiy.com

Here’s What You’ll Need

  • Leather sample
  • Scissors
  • Something wide and round to trace
  • Permanent marker

How To Make DIY Leather Coasters For Free | dreamgreendiy.com

Step One

Lay your leather sample down on a flat surface, suede-side-up. Place your wide, round object on top. For this, I used an extra large coffee mug, but you could try a bowl or even a round coaster you already have on hand. Trace the round shape onto your leather using a permanent marker.

How To Make DIY Leather Coasters For Free | dreamgreendiy.com

Step Two

Use scissors to carefully and slowly cut out the round coaster shape. Since leather is a pretty thick material, you’ll definitely want to take things slow during this step in order to achieve that perfectly even, round edge.

How To Make DIY Leather Coasters For Free | dreamgreendiy.com

How To Make DIY Leather Coasters For Free | dreamgreendiy.com

Step Three

Repeat the first two steps however many times you’d like, and then toss your coasters, leather-side-up, on your coffee or dining table. It’s really as simple as that!

How To Make DIY Leather Coasters For Free | dreamgreendiy.com

How To Make DIY Leather Coasters For Free | dreamgreendiy.com

Since the under-side of leather samples typically is suede, you won’t even need to line them. The naturally grippy texture on the bottom of these free-to-make DIY leather coasters keeps them in place, no matter what surface you lay them on. So, what do you think? Would you try this tutorial on for size? Let me know what color leather you would use in the comments below.

How To Make DIY Leather Coasters For Free | dreamgreendiy.com

How To Make DIY Leather Coasters For Free | dreamgreendiy.com

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Vintage Letter Board Letters Organizer | dreamgreendiy.com

Although I do my best to remain objective here on the blog, when I’m in my own element at home, I’m a pretty outspoken person. Suffice it to say that the recent direction our government has taken here in America has been a hot topic at our dinner table—and it has left me feeling a little hallow inside.

That said, despite my strong opinions, I’m not much of an activist. My naturally-introverted personality kept me from participating in any marches and I’m probably not going to join any local chapters or groups, but that doesn’t mean (even for one second!) that I’m not right there rooting alongside the activists that speak to my own personal opinions about the government, equality, and our rights as American citizens.

I know a lot of you—and many of the people I follow on blogs and on social media—are feeling just as awakened as I am, and I’ve clung to a lot of the passionate quotes and sayings that people have picked up and spread around. I’ve always been really inspired by words (not surprising given my profession!), so I wanted to create a tangible spot in our home where I could sound off on the issues and quotes that motivate me everyday. Enter: my new letter board and thrifted letters organizer.

Vintage Letter Board Letters Organizer | dreamgreendiy.com

Vintage Letter Board Letters Organizer | dreamgreendiy.com

First the organizer, and the main subject of this blog post. I picked up the plastic multi-drawered box from Circa, a favorite secondhand shop in Charlottesville. I actually purchased the organizer with the original intent of using it to store and sort my screws and other hardware, but apparently I didn’t look at the $20 drawered box close enough, because it was only after I got home that I realized it was filled with individual plastic letters.

With letter board brands like Letterfolk trending like crazy lately, I decided that this particularly quote-able day and age was the perfect time to buy into the trend. So, I ordered myself a pretty gray letter board, and my little thrifted organizer was rethought and left to its original purpose.

Vintage Letter Board Letters Organizer | dreamgreendiy.com

Vintage Letter Board Letters Organizer | dreamgreendiy.com

I’m constantly changing the quotes and sayings that I display on the letter board to suit whatever mood I’m in. Whether it’s an angry one, sad one, contemplative one, or happy, this customizable art piece has become a favorite in my office. It’s amazing how powerful and motivating a simple 15-word saying can be, don’t you think?

Vintage Letter Board Letters Organizer | dreamgreendiy.com

Do you have a letter board of your own? What are a few of your favorite quotes and sayings? I’d love to add a new one to my office based on your particular passions, so leave your thoughts below in the comments.

Vintage Letter Board Letters Organizer | dreamgreendiy.com

Vintage Letter Board Letters Organizer | dreamgreendiy.com

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Everything You Need For Your Coffee Station | dreamgreendiy.com

As a 2-person family that enjoys two—sometimes four—cups of coffee every single morning, a small section of our kitchen has inevitably turned into a coffee station.

We have two different kinds of coffee makers set up (a Keurig that we use everyday, and a Nespresso machine that we use when occasional cravings arises), plus canisters for coffee-filled K-cups and sugar. We even have supplies for a French press and a regular programmable coffeemaker that we keep stowed under the cabinet for when we feel like going “old school.”

Case in point, if you’re thinking of setting up your own coffee or tea station at home, this collection of a dozen accessories below should have you outfitted in no time.

  1. Koffee Kult Dark Roast Coffee Beans ($24.69)
  2. Silicone Paper Towel Holder ($34.99)
  3. 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker ($54.17)
  4. Osaka Titanium Coated Pour Over Cone Dripper ($19.99)
  5. Glass Reusable Coffee Cup ($25.24)
  6. Milk Container ($10.71)
  7. Linen and Cotton Dish Cloth ($21)
  8. Smeg 1.7-Liter Kettle ($127.35)
  9. Coffee and Tea French Press ($34.99)
  10. Coffee Bar Coffee Grinder ($16.81)
  11. Mug Stack, Set of 4 ($56.90)
  12. Sweeper and Funnel (it somehow already sold out but here’s a pretty alternative!)

I’ve personally got my eye on that gold Pour Over Cone Dripper and the sweeper and funnel—I don’t mind admitting that I tend to get more coffee grounds on the counter and kitchen floor than into the filter. Did I miss anything you would have included? Link it up in the comments below!

*My promise to you is that the affiliate links featured in this post spotlight items that I use and love myself.
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Twelve People To Add To Your Instagram Feed | dreamgreendiy.com

It’s probably no surprise—and certainly no secret—that Instagram is my favorite social media platform of all. I’m constantly pulling inspiration from those I follow, and I love to post things to my own feed, too. It’s admittedly a challenge to continue coming up with cohesive snapshots to share over on Instagram, but I love putting in the time to make sure I show an authentic peek into my daily life.

That said, I notice that I tend to get a little bored and impatient scrolling through my home feed every couple of months. After seeing roughly the same type of images and promotions day in and day out, I find myself craving something new, so I’ll often pop over to that Explore tab in order to follow along with some brand new people.

This list of a dozen designers, creatives, photographers, and fellow bloggers below is a roundup of the Instagram accounts I’m particularly loving lately. Some of them I’ve been following along with for years, whereas others are new subscriptions for me, but each and every one of them has something beautiful and inspiring and motivating to share. If you’re looking to mix things up on your own Instagram feed, this “Done In A Dozen” collection will do just that in an instant!

  1. @themerrythought
  2. @shelbygoodman
  3. @laurenswells
  4. @houseofsixinteriors
  5. @glitterguide
  6. @andrewknapp
  7. @designlovefest
  8. @oleanderandpalm
  9. @ginny_macdonald (photo by @tessaneustadt)
  10. @freshexchange
  11. @almostmakesperfect
  12. @alexmichaelmay

Oh, and did you hear the news? The Dream Green DIY team has grown! After announcing last month that I was on the hunt for a Marketing Intern to assist me with building a creative community, I received so many incredible emails and messages from those of you who chose to apply.

I had the chance to chat with a handful of really incredible women, and after all was said and done, I decided to offer the role to Nikki McIntosh of Wise Apple Vintage. Happily, she accepted, and I’m so excited to work with her to build on new ideas and to offer all of you a fresh perspective.

You’ll find her over on the Dream Green DIY Facebook page engaging with readers and igniting fun conversations centered around DIY, home design, and so much more. Please join me in offering Nikki an extra warm welcome in the comments below and over on Facebook here!

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How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

As is tradition amongst most of society, the kick-off to a new year offered the perfect excuse to unveil a new “me.” I’ve drastically changed the way I think about and approach the blog in terms of post themes and photography, and I’ve adopted a much less “edited” form of expression. It has been liberating, to say the (absolute) least, and I was excited to realize that the mental shift would also inspire a new look in our home, too.

Last month I unveiled my plans for our living and dining room makeover, and while things are still in a small state of transition—as in our recently-recovered leather couch (which we picked up this past weekend!) has yet to be photographed in place—our home is feeling so much more like “us” and less like a product of my blog’s old poppy aesthetic. The coolest, most thrilling part of this makeover is the fact that it almost entirely came down to new art and a few new textiles. In other words, it was CHEAP to do but with all of the high impact excitement that a major room makeover is expected to provide.

I partnered with the fine folks over at Minted to pull this whole thing off, and have been chomping at the bit to share the full collection of tour photos. You were able to get a major sneak peek in last week’s video home tour, but now you are welcomed to lazily scroll through the still frame highlights below.

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

In case you’re just tuning in, click back here to see the original mood board and hear my inspiration behind the updates. I’m also sharing a full home tour over on West Elm’s blog Front + Main so that you can see how these updates continue to contribute to a whole-house color palette that feels fresh, cohesive, and calming—three words that perfectly sum up my goals for 2017.

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

The main driving force behind this makeover, of course, was new art. Before, I chose pieces that really ran the gamete in terms of color. I went wild with abstracts done in yellow, pink, orange, and green. I hoarded bold landscapes, portraits, photographs, and collages that sported practically any shade under the sun, and the collection ultimately gave our home a sort of playful energy and excitement. I loved it (and I still appreciate it), but I was ready to tone things way down and embrace a more minimalist, classic palette.

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

The first step in the makeover was to place all of our old art in storage (spoiler: most of it is piled neatly under the bed in our master bedroom), and then I spent a few days scouring the options on Minted. My goal was to choose pieces that fit a soothing palette of blue, gray, white, black, and cream.

But color wasn’t the only thing I needed to pay attention to in order to nail that spa-like vibe. I also needed to consider subject and shape. Heavily patterned art just wouldn’t work for this makeover. Instead, I needed to choose prints that were pared-down in terms of composition and focus.

In the end, I ordered a large-scale-yet-neutral-toned photograph of Paris (Days in Paris), a shy portrait (Linger), a simple abstract (Distant Island Pier), a leafy line drawing (Wild Radish), and a quirky black and white horse portrait (Presence). I filled in where necessary with a few pieces that we already had, but the overall idea was art with loose paint strokes and neutral undertones.

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

Although new art is certainly an investment in its own right, it’s incredible how much impact a new collection can have on the look of your space. If I had chosen to go the full nine yards with all new furniture, rugs, lighting, and accents instead of just using what we already had, this makeover would have costs thousands. But by using nothing but new art and a few new pillows and blankets in the same neutral blue color scheme, I was able to stay well within our meager budget.

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

The other wonderful thing is that this process can theoretically happen in just one day or one weekend! I dare you to try taking your existing art off the wall and experiment with new pieces that suit your current aesthetic. You might be surprised to find what you’re drawn to, and just how invigorating new art can be as you enjoy your space with fresh eyes. Give the concept a shot, and don’t forget to let me know what type of art or color scheme you’re loving this new year in the comments below!

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

How To Makeover Your Living Room With New Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @Minted

Minted Art: Days in ParisLingerDistant Island PierWild RadishPresence

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