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Watercolor Animal Prints

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

I was shopping for prints for a kid’s room art wall I’m working on and was introduced to some wonderful watercolor animal prints on Etsy, one of my go to sources for artwork. The popularity of watercolors is still going strong, surging in the past year as a big trend, but the medium has been used in the art world for hundreds of years. 

Animal prints are the perfect accent in nurseries or children’s spaces but also placed around the house as well, anywhere you’d like to add some color and personality like a bathroom, family room, or kitchen. Retailers like Restoration Hardware charge so much for a single stylized animal print, but you can get the look with less expensive animal prints from artists in these shops I discovered on Etsy.

I purchased two prints from Ink Sprouts, I love the use of negative space and the coordinated palettes in these prints. (Instant downloads available too.)

ink sprout etsy

 

Find storybook appeal in the whimsical prints at Lighthearted Dreamer.

 

lighthearted dreamer watercolors

 

Choose from modern silhouettes in colorful washes at Lemon Illustrations.

lemon illustrations watercolors

 

Critters with big personality appear in the prints at Water In My Paint.

waterinmypaint etsy

 

 

Find sweet simple portraits of baby animals at James River Studios.

james river art etsy

 

More charming characters can be found at Eastwitching.

eastwitching etsy animals

Below are some examples of collected art walls in children’s spaces. As kids grow up and produce their own art, it’s always fun to include some of their best work alongside the professional prints too.

kid's room art gallery wall

honestly wtf

animal prints above crib

style me pretty

kids bedroom art wall

land of nod

nursery wall gallery

project nursery

Playroom 2 of Purdy Devis Residence

dwell

I’ll share the kid’s room art wall I created when it’s complete in a few weeks.

Wood Pedestal Dining Tables

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

I’m a huge fan of mixing wood dining tables and white chairs in different styles so I’m seeking that same look in this dining nook in progress. I just love these chairs that I found at a thrift store, they were a great score, I paid $60 for the four, the back detail is so pretty but I don’t love the honey hue so I’m going to prime and spray paint them gloss white and recover the seats in a fun fabric.

table and chairs

This table is another $40 thrift store find but it’s a veneer top not solid wood top so I’m hesitant to sand and restain, and if I paint it that is too much white in here, so I decided to move this one to the sunroom/office. More importantly, I prefer a pedestal in a breakfast nook because of the constant chairs scooting in and out so I’m on the hunt for a reasonably priced wood version.

Something extendable would be wonderful, it does need to be large enough to sit six people with two more chairs or stools. It also needs to be guest and family friendly since it will take a beating from kids, summer sun, and potential future tenants.

The top three are the most budget friendly (under $600), they go up in price from there, here are some favorite wood pedestal dining tables for your (and my) consideration:

wood pedestal dining tables

 

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There’s always the DIY option as well, I love Jaime’s pedestal project and we have built a X base wood table before, I’ll decide to buy or DIY soon. If you’re looking for inspiration for your dining room or nook, check out my Pinterest board on the topic.

Any other tables you can suggest as a great pedestal for this dining space ?

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