How to Style Abstract Art

*This post is sponsored by Minted.DF abstract art styling 2

People tend to have pretty strong reactions to abstract art. They either hate it or appreciate it.

It’s like the licorice of the art scene.

Usually it’s hard to ignore and lets your mind wander without telling it where to go.

Color. Line. Space. The elements of art all stripped down, like they’re playing an acoustic set without the full band and big production.

At times abstract art may look to be completely random. (At a local exhibit, my husband once loudly exclaimed, “I could do this. A three year old could do this…with their eyes closed!!” Meanwhile I’m shushing him, trying desperately to be cool and cultured and saying that if he brought up Thomas Kincaid one more time I was going to shoot him right then and there.) DF abstract art styling quoteDF abstract art styling boxDF abstract art styling bustDF abstract art styling plant

For the longest time even though I loved it, I wouldn’t let myself use abstract art because I thought it didn’t work with “my style” or my home. 

A few years later, and now my philosophy on design centers around the concept that your home should be a layered collection of all the things you love…Not like a picture out of a magazine.

If you LOVE something, find a way to use it!

I started with the Opus print from Minted. Added a few things…took away a few things. Slept. And then went to Target.

I was trying to come up a mix of items that I felt could be easily replicated and work within lots of decorating styles. Today I’ll be showing you the “decor equation” I came up with to style abstract art in your home..

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6 Steps to Styling Abstract Art in Your Home

1. START WITH AN OVERSIZED PIECE OF ART
I’m revamping our master bedroom, and had no plan other than I wanted to use indigo. After seeing Opus, IMMEDIATELY I saw a whole room coming together in my head.

(Ya’ll, it’s a little scary when that happens…Imagine Haley Joel Osmond whispering, “I see rooms, people.”)

This one piece of art became the jumping off point for the whole room design. More on that soon, I hope.

2. PAIR WITH A QUOTE
I decided to use the quote, “Love you, even when I don’t”. My husband and I are both pretty dramatic people, and frankly we can brawl like the best of em’. But then we always end up laughing at ourselves and saying something like, “I love you, but I really just don’t right now.”

If you think its terrible that we would ever say something like that to each other…you might be a newlywed.

Why it works: Your brain processes text in a completely different way than it does abstract art. Instead of pausing and allowing your eyes to wander, with text you automatically read and comprehend. It also provides a nice contrast of abstract shapes versus very symmetrical font. Make sense?

3. MIX IN A GEOMETRIC PATTERN
Since this is our only dresser in the room, we need a box to store wallets, rings, watches and such. I prefer a box over a tray because the top of the dresser is almost eye level.

Why it works: The geometric pattern is predictable and, like the quote, offers a nice contrast to the abstract art. Using a long box helps ground the surface in front of the large piece of art.

4. ADD A LEAFY GREEN
If you’ve read this blog for a while, you know that I am a serial plant killer. I love them so much, but they don’t love me back. THIS guy, however, has hung on for 4 months!! Bless his little green leaves.

Why it works:  Whether faux succulents or real plants, I think every room should have some kind of plant life in it.  A low, leafy “crawler” like this one works because it doesn’t block the art work.

5. GET A “BUSTY” LADY
Please do not Google “busty lady”. (Unless you are a 13-year boy.) Nothing good will come from it, I promise.

Why it works: While some people may hate the idea of  mixing a neoclassical style bust with modern art, I think it works. It’s a playful clashing of eras that feels fresh.

6. FINISH WITH A GLASS KNOT
I’ve used glass knots in a couple clients’ homes, both times on bookshelves. They’re a unique accessory that are great for layering on shelves and mantels because they’re not visually “heavy”.

Why it works: Having both large and small-scale abstract objects together brings a little intentionality to the spot.

The glass knot and abstract art feel like they come from the same tribe…They look at each other and are like, “Hey man, I get you. Let’s keep things weird.”

(I. just. can’t. help. myself. #decorpersonification)

DF abstract art styling1Q: What do you think? Was this helpful? Do you have any abstract art in your home? Ever tried to paint your own?

SOURCES:
1. Large abstract art print- “Opus” from Minted
2. Wooden frame from Target (only the 5×7 available online.)
3. “Love you…” print. (Email me if you’d like the PDF.)
4. Geometric box from Home Goods.
5. White bust from Home Goods but you can find one similar here and a more rustic one here.
6. Small pink dish- vintage find.
7. Glass knot from Hobby Lobby, but you can find them here and here.
*See more of my favorite abstract art prints from Minted  like this one, this one, and this one.

Introducing Decor Fix

DFpostintroducingDFHello friends! Today is an exciting day in the life of this blog.

A new name.

A facelift.

A move to a new place on the web has me so excited about this next chapter in the blog.  I’d like to officially  introduce you to Decor Fix and tell you a bit more what you can expect in the future.

WHAT’S WITH THE NEW NAME?
The name and focus of The Lovely Cupboard (RIP) was based around the recipes I created when I started blogging. Since then the focus of the blog has changed, and I thought the name should too.

The name Decor Fix has a double meaning…On one hand it reflects my approach to working with clients. I try to offer functional design solutions for their homes and will be sharing some of those “fixes” with you here.

The second meaning has to do with the fact that I’m a decor addict.

Everyone gets their “fix” somehow.

Mine usually comes when I snatch up a new set of throw pillows on sale or stay up until 2am rearranging my living room…while drinking wine and eating Raisinets. (Yes, it’s a combo worth trying.)

WHAT ARE THE NEW FEATURES?
-E-Decor Page: This page explains the virtual design services I offer for my clients living anywhere in the U.S. as well as the 3 packages I offer.
-Design Tips Page: Here you’ll find my tips and trends to watch. (Look for much more to come soon!) Also you can check out home tours on this page.
-Projects Gallery: All of my DIY projects, crafts, soirees are categorized, so you can find what you need faster.
-Updated About Page: If you’re curious.
*Easier commenting: Now that I’m on WordPress (wootwoot!) it will be faster for you to comment, and easier for me to respond to you via email.

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WHAT WILL YOU BLOG ABOUT?
I have an entire notebook full of ideas and posts to show you how to decorate your home with confidence. Regular columns will include:

    -How To’s & Tips
    -My design work (some local and a lot of E-Decor)
    -Affordable finds
    -Design trends and how to use them in your home
    -A few DIY projects and pretty soirees
    -The occasional ramble about our family, this blog, or being a mom.

WHO’S THE WEB GURU BEHIND THE SWITCH?
I hit the jackpot when I connected with Lisette of High Note Designs. I cannot sing her praises enough. We bonded immediately because we were both teachers who now work freelance in creative fields.

I have worked with a handful of web designers the last four years, and she has been the most AMAZING to collaborate with. She took my sketches and coded them into a virtual reality. Also she handled the transfer of old content, the URL redirection, and even migrating the blog from Blogger to WordPress. (Note to any bloggers: I flippin’ love WordPress. If you are still on Blogger and considering the switch to WordPress, DO IT. Do it now and call Lisette to help.)

WHAT ABOUT THE OLD RECIPE POSTS?
I’ve received a couple emails about old recipes that are no longer available.  (Sorry Sarah and Laura!) A lot of the recipes were brought over, but some were not. You can see a list of my favorites at the bottom of the Projects Gallery.

WHAT’S NEXT?
I have some fun projects coming up this fall that I can’t wait to share with you. Also, I’ll be doing some collaborations with shops like Minted, Home Goods, and West Elm that I’ll keep you posted about. I’m already planning some goodies for the holidays too. (Don’t hate me.)

STAY CONNECTED
If you receive email updates (RSS feed), you should still be receiving those from the new blog. If you like to devour your favorite blogs at one spot, you can also find me on Bloglovin’. (While  most of you follow me via email, Bloglovin’ really is a great tool to get one email and feed of all the blogs you love in one spot. It’s what I use everyday.)

 Let’s Be Social!
-To see what things I’m loving lately, follow me on Pinterest.
-To see behind the scene pics of projects, my finds, and a bit of the family, follow me on Instagram.
-To post your decor questions, project pics, or see what I’m up to “Like” Decor Fix on Facebook.
-Oh, and I’m (occasionally) on Twitter…tweet, tweet.

If you know a friend who’s into the same stuff we are (homes, affordable decor, DIY), I will send you a virtual cupcake if you could let them know where I live on the web.

THANK YOU
Whether you’ve been here since the beginning or this is your first visit, I really, really, really appreciate each one of who choose to spend a few minutes of your day here…Even if you’ve never commented, I hope you still feel connected and know that it means a lot to me that you’re reading. Please feel free to shoot me an email anytime with thoughts or questions.

I’ll be back on Thursday with my tips for styling abstract artwork. Chat soon!
*Intro image taken by Lark Photography.

Big Changes & An 80’s Montage

Hello, friends. I’d like to apologize for falling off the blog band wagon this summer. There’s a good  reason that it’s been silent around these parts. While it has been a busy summer for our little family, the truth is that I’ve been thinking a lot about the future of The Lovely Cupboard and whether or not it still needs to exist.

After a lot of stress eating and several weeks debating (both in my mind and with very patient friends), I’ve decided that The Lovely Cupboard is going to retire and come back to life as a brand new blog, one that represents where my heart is now. There will be a name change, a new web address, and a more specific focus. You may not even recognize her this time next month. (If only I could makeover my post-baby body so quickly…)

WHY?
When I started this blog, I was stuck in a job that left me unfulfilled and I desperately needed a creative outlet. The Lovely Cupboard was the place I kept and shared all the things I was making. I loved spending a whole day creating recipes or taking hours to complete a project. But things have changed since then…

Over the last two years, I quit my day job, had a bubbly baby girl, started my interior design business, and launched a network for creatives. While trying to balance working, being a mom, and having a semblance of a life, the blog became one more thing to do. At one time I loved spending my free time testing recipes and crafting, but lately I was only doing so to crank out a blog post. It started to feel weird and inauthentic.

WHAT NEXT?
I’m at the point in life where every spare minute I have is precious, and everything I do has to be done with intention. Ok, so that’s true for any stage in life, but it’s only become clear to me since becoming a mom and feeling stretched a lot of the time. I don’t have time to blog about things that no longer inspire me. I don’t want to have just another “pretty blog” with yummy recipes and Pinteresty parties. There are hundreds of blogs who do a much better job at that than I ever did.

Friends, it’s only worth my time blogging if I share what I’m passionate about. It’s only worth your time reading if you get something from it.  

My day-to-day work consists of creating floor plans, shopping for affordable rugs, or finding the perfect sized sofa. I feel like my blog should reflect the work I’m doing. I’ve learned a lot by helping clients use what they have to revamp their home into a space they love, and apparently I have a knack for it. (Good thing seeing as how I’m not independently wealthy and have to bring home a little bacon, right?)

I want to start putting my best out there, and right now “my best” is the budget-friendly decorating advice and trends. I want to share a few design principles that can shake things up in your living room. I’d like to show you how to confidently shop the home section of Target, leaving with items that actually look as cute in your house as they do on the shelves. Maybe I can tip you off to a design trend to refresh your breakfast nook, so you can totally impress your mother-in-law or BFF when they come over for brunch.

A LOOK BACK
This will be the last post for a little bit until I’m back with the new face of The Lovely Cupboard. Since it will soon be lovingly put to rest, I thought I’d do one last round up of my very favorite posts over the last three years.

You might be thinking, “Aww, what a cop out…She’s just posting a round up becasue she doesn’t have a new project.”

This is only a tiny bit true. Would you do me a big fat favor? Would you think of this more like a totally 80’s romantic montage? If I could play sappy music in the background and make an emotional slideshow, I would. That’s how I felt as I looked over the hundreds of posts representing thousands of hours and countless late nights. I poured my heart into these little projects and recipes.

This is my little way of saying “goodbye”. If you’ve been reading for any length of time, I’d sure appreciate your thoughts now… Also, I could totally use your support when I relaunch in a few weeks. It would mean so much, friends.

Design Trend: Animal Art

Flamingo Watercolor via The Lovely Cupboard
Why wouldn’t you want a hot pink flamingo hanging out in your living room everyday? I can’t think of a good reason not to have one. Isn’t this guy magnificent? Maybe it’s not the typical choice to hang in a historic 1940’s home…

I don’t care; he’s perfect.

I’d like to name him, but I’m afraid that might be a little crazy. If I can think of a good name, I still might.

This print has actually been sitting in my attic for over a year. I purchased it for a gallery wall in my dining room that never happened. (That whole room has been on hold for two years. Maybe that’s a good thing because I’ve changed my plans about 5 times so far.) Instead of waiting for the room that will probably be put off a while more, I decided to try it out in my formal living room. He’s going to be here a while. I moved the longhorn print I had on my mantel into the office…I figure one piece of animal artwork is the max before it starts feeling a little too National Geographic.[Read More]