I love a cozy room; a place that feels lived-in. For some, seeing a room filled with “stuff” makes them anxious or stressed, for others, like myself, it makes you feel welcome and “at home”. There are several ways to achieve this “lived in” look: shelves filled with books, comfy chairs covered in beautiful blankets, throw pillows strewn about, an area rug and beautiful art on the walls help pull a room together. Now, there is a fine line between cozy and cluttered. One of my rules when accessorizing my home is: if it’s in the room it must have a use. I’m not one for “staging”, it looks too forced. Another rule I use is to accessorize over time, let the room fill naturally. If you want to avoid that “staged” look then you must resist the temptation to go to Anthropologie, World Market, or your store of choice and come home with bags full of knick-knacks. Trust me, patience pays when it comes to accessorizing; fill your space one piece at a time.
With that said, today’s handmade gift for my 12 Days of Gift Giving is: framed art
Whenever I travel I like to bring home a few pieces of art to give away as gifts. Look for small wall hangings, prints, or even a collection of vintage postcards. Art makes an especially great gift for people whose style you know well and will be much appreciated. Wall art is often the most over-looked design element in homes – mainly because it is expensive. However, with a little creativity and about $10, you can give beautiful art to that design junkie on your list!
- Art – The prints I used are ones I brought home from Paris but you could easily find a print, tapestry or set of postcards online. Another idea could be to make a print of a photo you took or a child’s drawing!
- Frame – Ikea has a great selection of inexpensive art frames
- Matting (optional)
Directions: Take your art of choice, place in frame, done!
Make this item gift worthy by adding a special note on the back, wrapping it in brown butcher paper and tying it up with jute twine. Add some artificial greenery or berries for a pop of color and a handmade tag. I have given many framed photos over the years and they are always well received, especially if it is a sentimental photo or piece of art that will elicit a fond memory. There are a million possibilities with this gift item so have fun!