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DIY ‘Write on!’ Pencil Case + Giveaway

DIY ‘Write on!’ Pencil case + Giveaway

It has been far too long since I hosted a giveaway—wouldn’t you agree? In case you do, you’re in big luck because today the Dream Green DIY team is partnering to share a really fun (in my not-so-humble opinion) prize pack of new, vintage, and DIY goodies.

You may not know it but DGD is actually made up of two very driven, creative entrepreneurs: myself, of course, and Nikki McIntosh, of Wise Apple Vintage. Nikki has been working behind the scenes to manage the blog’s marketing since the beginning of the year, and she has proven time and time again to be an absolute asset. Not only is she a whiz with all things SEO and social media-related, but she’s also someone I’ve come to rely on for inspiration and support, too.

Whenever the you-know-what hits the fan, Nikki is right there with a slew of kind, heartfelt words to get me looking beyond the negativity. Her offers to help (aside from her normal duties as DGD Marketing Manager) show up in my inbox at least every other day. I couldn’t ask for a better team member, so I was really excited when she suggested the idea of a collaborative giveaway.

DIY ‘Write on!’ Pencil case + Giveaway

DIY ‘Write on!’ Pencil case + Giveaway

One person will win the entire collection of pieces you see pictured in this blog post: a vintage rattan tabletop organizer via Wise Apple Vintage, 3 new notepads, a handful of freshly sharpened pencils, 1 blank weekly planner pad, and a DIY pencil case made by yours truly. Speaking of which, this project turned out to be so simple, that I wanted to share the quick step-by-step tutorial just in case you don’t get to take home the prize pack with the original tucked inside.

To make the DIY ‘Write on!’ pencil case, grab yourself a canvas pencil case (I found mind in the dollar section at Target) and a fine point black Sharpie or other fabric marker in your color of choice. Then hand-draw the pun-y little phrase, ‘Write on!’ across the canvas.

As an aside, my handwriting is definitely not that good. To fake my calligraphy, I always pull up the digital download page for Asterism the font, type my phrase into the “Enter your own text” box toward the center of the page, and then copy the sample text exactly as I see it on my sheet of paper or fabric. Oh, and before you think I’m rotten for “stealing” the design, I have purchased the font outright, too, and would encourage you to do the same to support the talented artist who designed this lovely font!

DIY ‘Write on!’ Pencil case + Giveaway

DIY ‘Write on!’ Pencil case + Giveaway

Now for those giveaway details…First, make sure you’re following both @dreamgreendiy and @wiseapplevintage on Instagram, then comment on either (or both!) of our official giveaway posts with your favorite office supply. Tag some friends in the comments to increase your odds of winning—each friend tagged counts as an extra entry. Giveaway ends on Monday 11/13 at midnight and is open to residents of the US and Canada, 18 years or older. Just a little disclaimer that this giveaway is not affiliated with Instagram. Good luck!

DIY ‘Write on!’ Pencil case + Giveaway

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Thrift Store Score: Wooden Candlestick Holders

Thrift Store Score: Wooden Candlestick Holders

Okay, guys. I’m going to let my craziness show here in a second, but I figured it was only fair that I demonstrate just how OCD I am about home decor—and, really, about everything in life.

Late last year, I bought this pair of vintage wooden candleholders from one of our favorite antique stores here in town. They weren’t exactly the cheapest secondhand purchase I’ve ever made (I think the set cost $25), but I was kind of desperate to have them for a shoot, so I splurged. I also really loved the handmade, curvy shape—you know I can never resist something one-of-a-kind.

After the shoot though, I tucked the candleholders away for a good long while because, for some reason, I had the hardest time finding the right spot for them in our home. No matter where I put them, they just felt a little off and too matchy-matchy. I tend to prefer things that look just a tad unbalanced and love styling in odd numbers to get that layered look, so these two identical wooden candleholders posed more of a problem than I had anticipated.

Thrift Store Score: Wooden Candlestick Holders

Thrift Store Score: Wooden Candlestick Holders

Three months later, though, I couldn’t get the candleholders out of my head. I hated that I had spent so much money on them just to have them collecting dust in storage, so I decided to pull them out of the closet and challenged myself to set them up somewhere in the house. I tried them on the bookshelf in our master bedroom, and really liked the way the dark stained wood texture popped off the wall color, but they still weren’t quite right.

Then, I had my lightbulb moment. In order to make the candleholders feel a little more layered and asymmetrical, all I needed to do was fill them with candlesticks that were slightly different heights! I told you this story was going to prove just how crazy OCD I am…But the good news is that I now love the candleholders and they finally feel juuuuuuuuust right in our home. I’m glad I didn’t give up on them.

Do you guys have any weird, quirky things you do at home? Share your stories in the comments below!

Thrift Store Score: Wooden Candlestick Holders

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Roundup Of 16 Mid-Century Portraits From Etsy

Roundup Of 16 Mid-Century Portraits From Etsy

The other day, I had a little extra time on my hands and decided to do an impromptu search for “mid-century portrait paintings” on Etsy. I typed exactly that into the search bar, and although some of the results were definitely not what I had in mind, I ended up falling down the rabbit hole of a very specific type of art that did speak to me: Socialist Realism.

Nearly every tab that I opened on my Internet browser ended up being from this era and region, and I quickly realized that I couldn’t keep the beautiful pieces of art to myself. So, I decided to round up all of my favorites for you here. Scroll on for the linked portraits, all of which are one of a kind and currently for sale through Etsy.

  1. 1960s “Schoolgirl” Female Portrait ($149)
  2. Vintage 1963 Original Oil Painting by Kohan K. ($89)
  3. Old Original Oil Man’s Portrait ($89)
  4. 1970s Socialist Realism Portrait of a girl ($95)
  5. Original Oil Painting Of A Woman ($89)
  6. 1970s Man’s Portrait ($99)
  7. 1980s One of a kind Signed portrait ($89)
  8. Vintage Large Pop Art Portrait Oil Painting ($460)
  9. Socialist Realism 1960s Woman’s Portrait ($99)
  10. Old Original Oil Painting Portrait ($95)
  11. Vintage portrait of a boy ($149)
  12. A.Solodovnikov 1970s Woman’s Portrait ($79)
  13. 1960’s Male figure ($69)
  14. 1970s Socialist Realism Man’s Portrait ($69)
  15. Vintage male portrait ($69)
  16. 1970s Woman’s portrait ($75)

You can probably sense the style theme here—intermingled (but not mixed) colors, a kind of sketchy, unfinished quality, vague backgrounds. Although most of these are on the small side, nearly all of them are hugely affordable (the only exception being the Vintage Large Pop Art Portrait Oil Painting), and each would make a big impact either hung or leaned somewhere in your space.

Which one is your favorite? I personally love the last portrait of the young woman in a blue turtleneck shirt. Her far-off gaze is really intriguing and I love the mix of colors in her face. Number three, Old Original Oil Man’s Portrait, is another favorite, probably for the same reasons. Leave your vote in the comments below!

*My promise to you is that the affiliate links featured in this post spotlight items that I would buy for myself.
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Thrift Store Score: Vintage Handmade Pottery

8 Uses For Vintage Handmade Pottery

These days catharses comes in the form of finding that “needle in a haystack” type of thrift store find. The rush from spotting the perfect piece is my kind of mental refresh, and since I’ve been cutting back on antique hunts as of late because I’m trying to keep more money in the bank and fewer things in our home, those moments are even more precious to me.

That said, when I do stop in at the antique store, one of my favorite things to keep an eye out for is pottery. I know it’s incredibly trendy right now to fill surfaces with handmade pottery, but it’s one of those trends I adore so much, I don’t really mind buying into and “selling out” for it. There’s just something so interesting about owning a one-of-a-kind vessel, knowing that someone made it with their own two hands and that they had their own vision in mind for the finished product.

8 Uses For Vintage Handmade Pottery

8 Uses For Vintage Handmade Pottery

Earlier this year, I happened upon a pretty sizable collection of handmade pottery in the basement of an antique store here in town. At the time I didn’t really have a spot for any one of the bowls, plates, and cups, but since upsizing the desk in my office, I had a bit more room for tabletop vessels. My first thought in trying to decide what to put there was the vintage pottery at our downtown antique shop.

I’ve since been back to the display of secondhand clay containers a couple more times to grab additional pieces for gifts and other little spots throughout our house, and I noticed that the shop always seemed to have new pottery to fill what I took home. Come to find out from the store owner that the bowls are all part of a huge estate, and that the family of the woman who used to collect them so religiously replenishes the display at the antique shop every month or so.

Knowing that someone so painstakingly gathered up all of these pieces of old pottery makes me appreciate the handful that I’ve chosen for myself even more. And the great thing about feeding this new secondhand addiction of mine is that pottery can serve all sorts of purposes around the house, so each one is a pretty practical purchase. Read on for a bunch of uses that I quickly came up with just now for pottery in a home.

8 Uses For Vintage Handmade Pottery

8 Uses For Vintage Handmade Pottery

  1. Sugar dish by the coffee maker
  2. Pencils and glasses holder on a desk
  3. Jewelry organizer
  4. Place to stash keys next to the front door
  5. Salt cellar by the stove
  6. Makeup brush holder
  7. Succulent planter
  8. Dog treats dish

8 Uses For Vintage Handmade Pottery

I mean, really, that list could go on and on, but you get the point—pottery is something you don’t need to feel guilty about picking up every chance you get. At least that’s what I keep telling myself.

So, what are your favorite things to buy at antique stores? Are you just as into vintage pottery as I am? Whatever your goals, I wish you the best of luck with your secondhand treasure hunt this weekend!

8 Uses For Vintage Handmade Pottery

8 Uses For Vintage Handmade Pottery

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Thrift Store Score: A Boho Stool

Thrift Store Score: A Boho Stool

Sorry for all of the quick posts around these parts lately, guys. Like the rest of the world, I’m attempting to slow down a little bit since this is summertime, after all, plus I’m keeping my head way down as I focus on bringing a few big ideas to life (including FINALLY launching a newsletter, which is why you’ve seen those invitations popping up on the site as of late—it launches next month, so sign up now to join our DIY tribe!).

At any rate, I’m churning away on lots of exciting things behind the scenes, which means I’m keeping things light and airy here on the blog. Hopefully, you guys are enjoying some down time away from your computers and smart phone screens this season, too! But before I head off to throw myself into today’s entrepreneurial duties, I wanted to share one new Thrift Store Score story: my new-to-me boho stool.

Thrift Store Score: A Boho Stool

Thrift Store Score: A Boho Stool

This little woven beauty came to me via a traveling flea market that I just happened to come across one day while out solo hunting for antiques. “Happened across,” as in, I literally was driving from one antique store downtown to another a little further out of town when I randomly spotted the flea market from the highway. It was a massive event with 4-5 building stuffed with vendors and hundreds of other individually run stands packed along the gravel lots in between.

Thrift Store Score: Architecture Coffee Table Book

Thrift Store Score: Vintage Carved Wooden Bowl

I’m usually not the type of person to just “pop into” a large-scale event without doing extensive research beforehand, and I never go to such things without either John or a buddy along for moral support, but that day I was on my own and apparently feeling extra spontaneous. I think I was also feeling a little bolder than normal having picked up a few good finds downtown (i.e. the hand-carved wooden bowl you see holding coasters above, and the cool architecture coffee table book pictured below). I couldn’t resist the urge to pull in and see what was up.

Thrift Store Score: Architecture Coffee Table Book

I crunched my way over the gravel drive to get down to the convention area and was met by a parking attendant. It turned out that there was a $5 fee to get in. Thankfully, I happened to have some cash on hand so I didn’t have to turn right around without following through on my adventure.

After forking over the cash, I decided not to beat around the bush and admitted to the woman that I had no idea what I was getting myself into. “So, this was a very spontaneous decision…” I said. “What do I do?!” The woman went a little wide-eyed before going into business mode. She pointed down toward a grassy field where I could park, and then explained that I would find flea-market-style vendors scattered across the central gravel lots and more high-end furniture, fixtures, and jewelry in the five buildings. I nodded meekly and moved the car into the grass as instructed.

Thrift Store Score: Vintage Carved Wooden Bowl

While I certainly expected to find a treasure trove of goodies (why else would I have stepped so far out of my comfort zone to get there?!) I ended up leaving with just two things. I wandered and wandered the entire antique show only to find that most of the items were older than the mid-century era I typically gravitate toward. In other words, everything was pretty “farmhouse” and rustic. It was a blast to walk through the event—it just ended up being more about the experience than the Thrift Store Scores, per se.

So, what did I end up getting? A piece of $2 art that I’ll share about a little later on, and the boho stool that this post is dedicated to. It cost $20, which is a little high for what it is, but the intricately woven texture is just so beautiful up close. I must have walked by the stool on four or five different occasions, giving it major side eye each time, and ultimately I decided that it was worth my twenty bucks.

Thrift Store Score: A Boho Stool

Let this be a lesson to you that you never quite know what you’ll find while out antiquing (whether it’s just inspiration or a cool new-to-you possession), and to go ahead and step out of your comfort zone every now and then. Tell us about a recent Thrift Store Score of your own in the comments below.

Thrift Store Score: A Boho Stool

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Thrift Store Score: $20 Oriental Rug

Thrift Store Score: $20 Oriental Rug

I recently realized that I haven’t shared a Thrift Store Score story with you guys in a long time, so I spent about 20 minutes earlier this month wandering through our home photographing the latest secondhand treasures that have made their way into our possession.

First up? This beautiful oriental rug that I actually caught sight of in a local antique store ages ago. I loved it—like, reallyyyyyy loved it—but I could never find a price tag, so I left it behind thinking it’d be out of budget. Then, about three weeks ago, I decided to bite the bullet and just ask. Turns out that the rug, which is admittedly pretty beat up and worn in, was going for a cool $20, so I scooped it up—decade’s worth of dust and all.

Thrift Store Score: $20 Oriental Rug

Thrift Store Score: $20 Oriental Rug

Thrift Store Score: $20 Oriental Rug

I think the woman at the register was so astounded that I would even want the rug in its current state that she was willing to let it go for a steal. I actually did call up a local rug cleaner to look into potentially giving it a professional clean, but I’m honestly not too anxious to get it done.

Thrift Store Score: $20 Oriental Rug

Thrift Store Score: $20 Oriental Rug

Thrift Store Score: $20 Oriental Rug

We unrolled the new-to-us rug under the dining table in our newly-painted sunroom (full reveal coming soon!), and I haven’t touched it since. I love the character of those worn corners, frayed edges, and faded colors. I still can’t believe that it’s mine and I’m only $20 poorer—I thought, for sure, that it’d be more than $200 since frayed antique area rugs are so “in vogue” these days. Just goes to show that you should always ask, even if you’re a little scared to know the final price tag.

Thrift Store Score: $20 Oriental Rug

Thrift Store Score: $20 Oriental Rug

Thrift Store Score: $20 Oriental Rug

Thrift Store Score: $20 Oriental Rug

While I was out antiquing, I also picked up that pretty handmade hanging basket you see for $10 and the bamboo tray on the table for just $3 to hold things like potted plants and mid-read magazines.

I’ve definitely slowed down my thrift store shopping as of late because of how much stuff we already have and how little of a budget we’re working with, but when I do head out, the activity is still just as inspiring as it ever was. Tell us about a few of your own Thrift Store Scores in the comments below!

Thrift Store Score: $20 Oriental Rug

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Thrift Store Score: Vintage Landscape Paintings

Thrifted Vintage Landscape Paintings

You know what’s sad? I’m so ram-rod focused on styling perfection, that I just got lost in a rabbit hole of hunting for the perfect “mid-century digital clock” to replace the cheap Target one you see pictured above. It’s embarrassing how desperate I get to replace things that are perfectly functional yet imperfectly designed. I just thought I’d let you know that I’m feeling a little obsessive and psychotic this morning, and anything but pulled together in case you thought that was the case.

Anyway, I digress. The point of this post isn’t to fixate on silly styling obsessions. It’s about celebrating our new-to-us collection of vintage landscape paintings! As an editor at Glitter Guide one of my main roles is to coordinate and produce our weekly home tour content. I love, love, love this part of my job because I have the chance to connect with designers whom I admire from afar, and I get to learn all sorts of new tips and tricks throughout the process of interviewing them.

Case in point, our upcoming home tour with MM Vintage shop owner, Molly Mathias. The moment I brought up the photos she submitted for her tour, I was smitten. Her home is filled, top to bottom, with gorgeous mid-century finds (think: woven wall hangings, danish wood dressers, cool ceramics, paintings, etc.). I fell particularly hard for a set of vintage landscape watercolors that she had displayed over a credenza in her home, and I remember thinking, “I could totally do that!” Literally one week later, I had crossed the to-do off my list, and I thought I’d let you in on the tale.

Thrifted Vintage Landscape Paintings

Thrifted Vintage Landscape Paintings

The two framed pieces you see off to the right-hand side of our newly-hung gallery wall came from my favorite antique mall in Williamsburg, Virginia. The second one in the upper left-hand corner came from another vintage shop in Richmond, which, unfortunately, I’ve forgotten the name of. All three feel cohesive, though, because of the warm earth tones, and the mountain-scape subject matter. Since we live in a particularly hilly region of Virginia, the set really speaks to my love for this area that we call home.

Thrifted Vintage Landscape Paintings

Thrifted Vintage Landscape Paintings

In case you’re curious to know how much this collection cost, the pair from Williamsburg was about $150 total, whereas the little one from Richmond clocked in at around $40. Certainly not nothing, but the original, 1960’s dated paintings felt worth the investment to me.

Thrifted Vintage Landscape Paintings

Thrifted Vintage Landscape Paintings

Purchasing art is such a subjective thing, so I can’t really tell you what a good deal is and what a bad deal will run you. But, here’s a tip, though! If you spot a piece of art that you love, try imagining in your mind how much you’d be willing to pay for it. Then check the price tag. If it’s not more than $10 over your estimate, I would say it’s worth seriously considering purchasing the piece of art.

Thrifted Vintage Landscape Paintings

Thrifted Vintage Landscape Paintings

The moral of the story? Don’t waste those interior design inspiration images that are just sitting in your digital collection (think: Pinterest, screenshots on your phone, saved Instagram images). Instead, why not pause, take a closer look, and find something that you can do in your own home to recreate the vibe.

I love that Molly’s beautiful home (which goes live on Glitter Guide next week) could literally manifest itself in our own space, so consider this a challenge to follow suit with a dream room or home that inspires you!

Thrifted Vintage Landscape Paintings

P.S. Have you voted for our space in this year’s Design Dash hosted by La-Z-Boy yet?! See the room I made over with my Glitter Guide teammate, Caitlin Kruse, here. Each vote enters you for a chance to win $15,000 to put towards a room of your OWN, so don’t wait!
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Thrift Store Score: Letter Board Letters Organizer

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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Thrift Store Score: A Retro Bar Cabinet & Portrait

A Retro Bar Cabinet & Portrait | dreamgreendiy.com

Confession: I rarely (if ever) used the bar cart that we kept front and center in the living rooms of both our old townhouse and our current ranch. The cart was mostly there for show, and even a few of the bottles of vodka (that were emptied into our go-to vodka pasta recipe) were refilled with water to pass for the real deal. Honestly, it was all in the name of Pinterest. I sort of hate myself for saying that, but I “lived the lie” for years and managed to get a few pretty pictures of the set-up, so I guess it was worth it.

But then my mindset shifted right around the holidays, and I decided the “worth” of a purely-for-Pinterest piece of furniture was no longer fulfilling. Almost immediately, I had our old open shelf bar cart listed on Craigslist, and set my sights on a piece that actually served a purpose in our home. Enter: our new-to-us bar cabinet.

A Retro Bar Cabinet & Portrait | dreamgreendiy.com

A Retro Bar Cabinet & Portrait | dreamgreendiy.com

A Retro Bar Cabinet & Portrait | dreamgreendiy.com

Our thrifted cabinet now serves two purposes. First, we use it to house our collection of mid-century cocktail glasses and serving pieces, and, second, as a place to store the much smaller collection of whiskies and liquors that we (read: my husband) actually use.

There was another motive for choosing a closed cabinet, too. In case you didn’t know, storing many types of liquors in direct sunlight actually alters the taste. John invests in pretty pricey bottles of bourbon, so the last thing we wanted was for that money to go down the drain because of sunlight. Our new cabinet has glass doors, but the sides offer plenty of shade from the front windows. Mission accomplished.

A Retro Bar Cabinet & Portrait | dreamgreendiy.com

A Retro Bar Cabinet & Portrait | dreamgreendiy.com

The cabinet clocked in at $140 from a local antique store, which wasn’t nothing but came in under budget in my mind. For that reason, I also picked up that portrait you see hung above the cabinet. It’s not a true painting, just a print, but because of that it only cost $10. Again, well within budget, and when combined with a few other things—a stack of books, a vase, vintage coffee set, and a new table lamp—the set-up finally feels like something our family can actually enjoy.

So, what do you think? Have you ever held onto a piece purely for looks, or to fulfill a Pinterest-driven trend? I’m totally guilty of giving in to subliminal messaging, but am trying extra hard to resist the temptation in this new year. Who’s with me?!

A Retro Bar Cabinet & Portrait | dreamgreendiy.com

A Retro Bar Cabinet & Portrait | dreamgreendiy.com

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How To Hang A Kilim Rug As Wall Art

How To Hang A Kilim Rug As Wall Art | dreamgreendiy.com

This topic is one that I’ve been meaning to write about for ages. The fact that I’m finally getting it all out there is just another reason why I have a gut feeling that 2017 is going to be my most motivated year yet.

You see, I’ve had this vision in my mind of a rug hung on the wall since last spring. I wanted to achieve a super high impact look without having to put a ton of effort and money into the project, and in the end, I decided that a flat-woven kilim rug was the perfect solution. These types of rugs are usually really lightweight but sport incredibly intricate patterns that deserve to be shown off up on the wall rather than just under your feet. But where to test out my theory…?

How To Hang A Kilim Rug As Wall Art | dreamgreendiy.com

How To Hang A Kilim Rug As Wall Art | dreamgreendiy.com

The family room! Since the moment I laid eyes on those epoxied mirrors on the lower level of our house, I’ve hated them. Each of the 18 individual square mirrors features beveled edges, which means that anything you see in them looks distorted and choppy. I love mirrors and pretty reflective surfaces, but this busy look was way outside my OCD-riddled comfort zone. While I would have loved to remove them altogether, the adhesive holding them to the paneling (which, surprisingly, I do love) made clean removal impossible.

Retro Record Cabinet | dreamgreendiy.com

I tried to make it work (as you can see pictured above through the masterful lens of Andrea Pesce) by distracting from the mirrors with cool furniture and plants, but I just couldn’t shake my hatred. So instead, I decided to finally try out my wall-hung rug idea to cover them up entirely, and happily the trick worked like a charm.

To recreate the concept in your own home, order yourself a flat-woven kilim rug (we bought an inexpensive dhurrie runner off of eBay), and then simply hammer nails right through the textile every two feet into the wall to hold it up. Since we were hanging our rug on solid paneling rather than drywall, we did predrill our holes first, but otherwise, it really is that easy to do. Make sure to use a level before pre-drilling or hammering your nails to ensure an even look.

How To Hang A Kilim Rug As Wall Art | dreamgreendiy.com

Although the rug is certainly its own kind of “busy,” it still feels worlds and away better than the mirrors did. The funky pattern is intentionally invigorating, and by choosing a rug with just a handful of colors in the same blue-and-cream palette as the rest of the room, it keeps it from overpowering the other furniture and accessories. What do you think? Would you give this art concept a try in your own home? Do tell below!

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