Fringe Wall Hanging at Target!

Hello! I had to pop in today and share with you the new fringe wall hangings I spotted at Target! I really shouldn’t be surprised that, yes, Target has done it again. But I am! As I’ve learned, woven wall hanging’s aren’t for everyone, but I really do think they’re a beautiful art and look so good in almost any space. I love these two from the Nate Berkus line at Target, both are simple and sculptural, somewhat basic in palette, one being cream and the other (which is significantly more beautiful in person than in this image) has touches of metallic thread that really give off a lux vibe to what is traditionally known as a boho art piece.

Nate Berkus Fringe Wall Hangings // brittanyMakes

 

Metallic fringe wall hanging // cream fringe wall hanging

I know everyone’s gearing up for Christmas so I’ll make this post brief. Have a happy holidays everyone! If I don’t catch you before Christmas, enjoy every minute, listen to a lot of holiday music, laugh a lot, watch your favorite holiday movie a few times over, because before you know it it’s going to be over and we will all be stressing about the new year.

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12 Days of Holiday Tablescapes!

Christmas Tablescape | brittanyMakesChristmas is in 9 days. 9 DAYS! I tend to be a giant procrastinator around the holidays, I get caught somewhere between trying not to spend a million dollars on gifts yet still trying to find that perfect something for each member of my gigantic family without offending them with something from the dollar section at Target.  I know, a gift is a gift and should be happily received regardless, but it’s not always so easy is it? ANYWAY, I’m getting off track. Christmas, it’s here! And it’s the first time in our new house that we get to decorate for the holidays.  My husband is beside himself with joy.  It’s his FAVORITE time of year and I wouldn’t be a good wife if our table was sans decor.

And what fabulous timing! I’m joining forces with 11 other mighty talented bloggers (list below) on a 12-Days of Christmas Tablescape tour.

SIDE NOTE – our dining chairs, thrifted of course (which I’m 99% sure are Milo Baughman) are in horrible shape and need to be recovered.  Please don’t look too closely.  I got them for $10 each so if they’re not Milo I’m not even mad.

Christmas Tablescape | brittanyMakes

My formula for this holiday season was super easy: tartan napkins, sheepskin flokati, touches of metallic gold and copper, and classic white dinnerware.  Everything pairs nicely with our warm walnut dining table!  I love our dining table, it’s the first ‘grown-up’ piece of furniture we’ve purchased that was delivered pre-built! White glove delivery and everything!

Christmas Tablescape | brittanyMakes

 

I just trimmed some sprigs of greenery off our Christmas tree as a little tabletop flair. I tied them together with a bit of rosemary and red velvet ribbon.  What screams the Holidays more than red velvet ribbon?

Christmas Tablescape | brittanyMakes

 

There’s like a lot of weirdness going on in our dining area right now, like subfloor as flooring, missing baseboards, grimy dining chairs, weirdly draped tinsel, plants that look like tenticals, to name a few.  But i’m not going to complain one bit, It’s the holidays and my baby’s first Christams.  I couldn’t be more blessed and more at peace with these things.  All in good time these details will be fixed.

 

Christmas Tablescape | brittanyMakes

So!  Since I’m a noob at holiday decorating, what are your go-to tips and tricks to decorating for the holidays? Do you bother with a holiday tablescape? I actually quite enjoy the little details like the handwritten notecards, it makes me actually want to host an intimate holiday dinner :)

SOURCES: Dining Table // sheepskin flokati // shelving unit (sprayed gold) // gold flatware // DVF geo-shaped dinnerware // terra cotta place card holders // dining chairs: vintage // tartan napkins // gold & cement vase (instores only, sold out?) similar here // Wanderlust Globe // metallic mini bowls // zebra rug: vintage //

I have to thank Jen for hosting this fun tables cape tour! Be sure to check out the last 6 days tablescapes and mark your calendars for those who are scheduled next!

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The Kitchen Reveal! (pre – flooring)

Alright folks, the much anticipated reveal* is finally here! I say this with an asterisk because, sadly, we’re still living with subfloor in our kitchen & dining room.  We’re saving up for flooring for our entire house, and hey! If you’re feeling mighty generous and want to help a girl out, vote for me and I just might win some mula towards new flooring!

If you’re new to our kitchen reno, jump to the end of this post for the full timeline.

Without further adieu, here she is!!!

navy, white & brass kitchen // brittanyMakes Kitchen Reveal

 

navy, white & brass kitchen // brittanyMakes Kitchen Reveal

 

navy, white & brass kitchen // brittanyMakes Kitchen Reveal

To say I love my kitchen is a massive understatement. I am obsessed with it! I’m more obsessed than a tween watching Robert Pattinson walk into view in the first Twilight flick; I squeal like a piglet (in my head, not out loud, that would be odd) every time I walk into the kitchen. Sometimes I take a detour around my island when traveling from one corner of my house to the other JUST to be close to those cabinets!  I’ve caressed the counters more times than I can count, and I’ve certainly caught myself drooling in the farmhouse sink as I wash dishes.  I’m sorry I’m bragging about my new kitchen, try not to hate me too much, but I’ve never had something this brand new before in my home! My husband and I paid for it with our hard earned savings! It’s like a physical representation of our years of hard work, and we are mighty, mighty proud.

Now, for that legit before & after photo that every reveal post needs:

Kitchen makeover before & after // brittanyMakes

Can you even believe it’s the same space? Neither can I.

navy, white & brass kitchen // brittanyMakes Kitchen Reveal

 

navy, white & brass kitchen // brittanyMakes Kitchen Reveal

 

Cedar & Moss pendant lights // brittanyMakes Kitchen Reveal

 

navy, white & brass kitchen // brittanyMakes Kitchen Reveal

navy, white & brass kitchen // brittanyMakes Kitchen Reveal

Thank you so much for enjoying this reno process with me! Living through a kitchen renovation was one of the most difficult things my husband and I have ever done together, and we hired out! I can’t believe we almost DIY’ed the whole thing.  Major kudos to folks who can go through that together.  You can read here why we decided against DIY’ing our kitchen remodel.

Sources are below.  Shoot me an email or leave a comment if you have any questions on anything or if I missed something that you want to know.   We’ve had the kitchen now for about a month, and besides learning how to care for marble counters and tip-toeing around the painted cabinets for fear the paint will fall off if we sneeze the wrong way (read here for why I have developed this complex), besides all that, so far everything has held up beautifully and we wouldn’t change a thing.

Sources: Carrera marble counters | subway tile backsplash | farmhouse sink | exhaust hood | refrigerator | range | lower cabinet paint color: Cyberspace by Sherwin Williams color matched to Kelly Moore Dura Poxy | Target Windsor style counter height stools | Lew’s brass hardwareCedar & Moss pendant lights | CB2 bell flush mount light | Delta faucet | Target polka dot vases (in stores only) | Target gold & cement vase (in stores only) | Oh Joy for Target gold pitcherCapri Blue Candle footed chopping board | vintage rug

Get caught up on the remodel!

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Mini Gallery Wall in the Bedroom

The week before Thanksgiving always throws me off, I’m never quite prepared for it so do me a favor and just pretend this isn’t my first post of the week :P

My husband has been threatening to get rid of all of my “junk frames” (as he calls them) which I was carefully storing in our garage the last few months. He desperately wants an empty garage so he can build his ‘home gym’ (lols).  I guess I wasn’t sharing his sense of urgency over working out in the garage, I wasn’t in any hurry to tidy up the mess. In reality, I had been waiting for that perfect design moment to arrive, you know, that light-bulb-I-got-the-perfect-idea moment to tell me how and where to hang the art that I accumulated from our loft.  It’s tricky trying to take decor from one space and insert it into another.  It takes time! Don’t husband’s know this??

mini gallery wall // brittanyMakes

I’ve been working with Minted on a couple things ever since they invited me to the Camille Styles book launch in San Francisco last week.  Minted has expanded their marketplace to not only offer cards and stationary, they now have a full suite of hand selected custom and limited edition art prints from all our favorite artists! I was looking for a photograph to incorporate in my bedroom that had 3 characteristics: soothing color palette, slight pattern, and large scale.  I stumbled on this print by Gail Schechter and just had to have it.  I was also head over heels for this print by Jennifer Little but thought I’d come back to that one another time.

mini gallery wall // brittanyMakes

It was easy navigating the Minted art shop.  I was worried I’d lose track of the prints that I loved, but their ‘favorite’ button (almost like a ‘Pin it’ button) enables you to go back and view all your favorites at any time. The next big thing Minted has added to their shop is a slue of metallic foil art prints! This one by Marabou Design is so sweet!

I just wanted to say thanks to Minted for sending me one of their gorgeous prints! My room wouldn’t be complete without it.

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DIY Raw Wood Valance & Chinoiserie Drapes

I’m not very good at posting on Mondays, mainly because it’s well, Monday, and arguably the worst day of the week.  I’d like to promise I’ll try to post more on Mondays, but i’m not going to pigeonhole myself or make promises I cannot keep, so instead let’s consider today’s post a bonus!

Last week I revealed our bedroom.  I’m actually happy to report it pretty much still looks this way! I’ve managed to keep all surfaces clean and organized and ‘decor-ized!’ Not destroying our bedroom immediately after having taken the stylized photos is a major accomplishment.  Hopefully we can keep it this way for a little bit longer!

Fall in Love - Master Bedroom Reveal // brittanyMakes

Anywho, I wanted to share with you today the DIY behind creating this raw wood valance, as well as more details about these amazing curtain panels!  The raw wood valance was 100% inspired by the Decorview setup in this guestroom makeover.  I needed to have a modern wood valance in my life, and thought the bedroom window was the perfect place to experiment!

DIY raw wood valance // brittanyMakes

First, I hung a very inexpensive curtain rod, I think it was $4 from Ross (you can see it in one of the photos below).  Then, using an 8-foot 1″ x 3″ pine board, my miter saw, 3″ L brackets and a stud finder, I crafted a simple valance.  The width of the valance was measured by first identifying the location of the studs flanking our window.  I wanted to be sure this valance was secured to the studs.

DIY raw wood valance // brittanyMakes

I attached the valance to the wall using more L brackets, as you can see below.  The L brackets and curtain rod are hidden from view, but here is an undershot so you get an idea of how it was assembled.

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Now, how ’bout that fabric??? This Chinoiserie inspired print is a stunner!  I love how bold and vivacious this fabric looks in our bedroom.  It certainly plays the leading role without stealing the show.

DIY raw wood valance // brittanyMakes

The fabric itself is a Williamsburg print from their new fabric collection, called Dunmore Dragons in persimmon.  The Williamsburg collection is full of vivid colors and intriguing designs. These bold prints and woven textiles are reminiscent of artifacts and objects in Colonial Williamsburg and their extensive archives of 18th-century decorative arts.  Williamsburg Licensee PK Lifestyles, took this historical influence and updated these prints into these very trendforward designs.   I definitely recommend browsing the full collection of Willimsburg textiles, there might find something you love!

DIY raw wood valance // brittanyMakes

I made the curtain panels in like 30 minutes, no joke! I chose not to line them, mainly because I didn’t have any fabric to use for lining.  I can always add a liner later or double up the curtains with inexpensive white panels from Ikea.  All I did was fold the edges over twice, iron the fold down, and run the edges through my sewing machine.

DIY raw wood valance // brittanyMakes

I hung the panels to the inexpensive curtain rod using rings with attached clamps, then hemmed the bottom at the length where the panels hit the floor. I didn’t even take the panels down! I brought my sewing machine to the window and hemmed them while they were hanging.  I’ve never done this before, it was SO much easier than I expected!

Fall in Love - Master Bedroom Reveal // brittanyMakes

 

So there you go! I am seriously loving this perfect marriage between a simple-but-fancy raw wood valance and these vibrantly chic curtain panels!

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Fall in Love Room // Master Bedroom Reveal

TODAY IS THE DAY! 6 weeks ago I joined 17 other bloggers on a fun challenge.  We were each challenged to revamp one needy room in our home and would have 6 weeks go get ‘er done.  6 weeks may sound like a decent amount of time, but boy does it fly by!

First of all, let me just say how incredible (!!!!) it feels to have a decorated master bedroom.  I won’t even post the before photo just yet because I seriously don’t want to blind you before you get to all the pretty pictures (you can see the scary before HERE).  I have a bunch of DIY tutorials to share with you in later posts as well, so look out for those in the coming days/week.

Alrighty, I’ll stop talking now so we can just devour these photos together…

Fall in Love - Master Bedroom Reveal // brittanyMakes

I’ve moved my dear ballerina around my house like I was playing musical chairs.  I’m confident she’s finally found her resting spot! I love her in this room!

Fall in Love - Master Bedroom Reveal // brittanyMakes

The first major update I made was actually creating a designated workspace. I’m so excited about this! You see my West Elm Mirrored Parson’s desk? Craigslist find like 2 years ago.  I scored that desk for $100. ONE HUNDRED dollars! SO CHEAP.  I’m just so happy to be using it as it’s purposed, rather than using it as a storage spot for my giant euro pillows.  This leads me to ask, what do you do with your sham pillows??? It’s pretty much impossible to make my bed every day, so my pillows tend to reside on the floor, or in previous situations, on top of my desk! I think the solution is to get rid of them all together.

Fall in Love - Master Bedroom Reveal // brittanyMakes

Remember my gold leaf chair?? I like to think it was this glorious chair that started the gold trend [pat’s self on back]

Fall in Love - Master Bedroom Reveal // brittanyMakes

This is the mister’s side of the bed.  If only he knew how lucky he is to touch that lamp every night! I was originally intending to go with a different nightstand (and headboard for that matter) but time and money are usually what dampers my plans.  I don’t like that the nightstand gets lost in the black paint.  The light source in our room is on the opposite wall, so getting natural light for this shot was a bit difficult.  Also, these photos make me realize I need to get a better shot of our rug.  It’s BEAUTIFUL.  I’ll post another day about it.

Fall in Love - Master Bedroom Reveal // brittanyMakes

Definitely the mix of white linens and white dressers against the black dipped walls help the room to feel sizeable and bright.  Everything just pops so nicely against the black walls, something I never really imagined to experience in person.

Fall in Love - Master Bedroom Reveal // brittanyMakes

So many perfect elements were married in this room: my love for black & white & gold, my foraging ways, my obsession with Clare Elsaesser (I have another print in route but it didn’t make it in time for the reveal), my thrifting finds (hello $15 mid-century mirror & horse bookends!).

Fall in Love - Master Bedroom Reveal // brittanyMakes

I did the most risky thing ever (for me) in this bedroom.  I’m not much of a trendy gal, yes I love black & white & gold but classics are hardly categorized as trendy, so this was really the first time I jumped on a trend that felt like the right thing to do.  I dipped my walls and I’m not afraid to say it! I am utterly infatuated with my walls! That crisp black line! Hot mama!

Fall in Love - Master Bedroom Reveal // brittanyMakes

Painting the walls this way was a last minute decision.  I was originally going to add some wall paneling or wainscot of sorts, but time just did not allow.  I knew my white furniture would get lost in white walls so I had to do something out of the box, and dipping my walls felt like the absolute perfect solution.

Fall in Love - Master Bedroom Reveal // brittanyMakes

You might wonder if our room looks smaller.  Quite the opposite actually! And our room looks defined, grown up even!

And just for that impressive before & after, here is the master bedroom before:

bedroom before // brittanyMakes

 

And after!

Fall in Love - Master Bedroom Reveal // brittanyMakes

SOURCES

Wall paint: top – BM Paper White bottom: BM Onyx | drapery fabric: Dunmore Dragon | Ballerina painting: vintage | gild chair | landscape canvas: Artfully Walls | headboard | navy velvet pillow: handmade | nightstandgold task lamp | blue tassel throw| tall textured vase | dresser | mid century mirror: vintage | horse bookends: vintage | gold fleur pillow | hair day printbrass ornament | white egg vase | pug bowl & copper candle | black & white abstract art DIY |

Don’t forget, the blog hop lasts all week! Check out the reveals we’ve seen so far by clicking on the links below.  All these ladies are crazy talented, I recommend you go and get your Pin-It button ready for action :)

Monday

Decor and the Dog

Home + Style Report

Dwellings by Devore

A Home Full of Color

Tuesday

Shift Ctrl Art

Go Haus Go

The Gathered Home

The Thriftress

Wednesday

Primitive & Proper

Wills Casa

Nalle’s House

Brittany Makes

Number Fifty-Three

Thursday

Boxy Colonial

Bliss at Home

Eleven Gables

Newly Woodwards

The Chronicles of Home

 

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BSHT Thanksgiving Style!

Welcome Jones Design Company readers! So happy you’re stopping by on this fun blog hop.  Emily’s blog has been a favorite of mine for years! Her blog is such an inspiration, she’s actually one of the reasons I started blogging.

Now that Halloween 2014 is in the books, we can officially declare that the holidays are here!  I tend to resist the end of summer in spite of the fact Fall is my favorite season.  My husband on the other hand? He’s probably the most pumped about the holidays, he’s been listening to Christmas music since July.

I love being a part of these seasonal blog hops – they keep me honest and ready for whatever’s next.  In this case, Thanksgiving!

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Our family is notorious for keeping the tablescape S I M P L E for Thanksgiving.  We really prefer to highlight the food, not that styling a table isn’t something we enjoy doing, we just tend to style more with food than with decor during the big holiday feasts.

Today my goal is to share just a couple tips on how to keep that table setting simple yet chic and memorable.

#1 | FORAGE

Thanksgiving tablescape | brittanyMakes

 

The first thing I do when decorating for Thanksgiving is take a walk around the block with a pair of clippers. I keep an eye out for seasonal foliage and ‘borrow’ a couple clippings to toss in a vessel or two for some natural flair on the table.

#2 | LINENS

Thanksgiving tablescape | brittanyMakes

 

I love collecting unique linen napkins, and my trick is to buy one or two of a pattern and mix with other linen napkins of a similar color palette.  It’s a fool proof way to trick people into thinking I effortlessly mixed the patterns myself, when really… I’m just too cheap to buy a full set. Ha!

#3 | SEASONAL EATS

Thanksgiving tablescape | brittanyMakes

I always hit up my local Trader Joe’s for inexpensive seasonal fruits and veggies. My favorite fruit for entertaining is the persimmon! They’re so unique to the season and I love how they give the perfect amount of dimension and color, they feel almost sculptural.  It doesn’t hurt that they’re crunchy and delicious! My favorite salad right now: persimmon slices + kale + pomegranate seeds + chevre. YUM.

We host such a huge party every Thanksgiving, most of the prep time is spent on the food and not so much on the table setting.  Our family is more than casual, with the main focus being on the food and the company, there’s not much room left for frills and layered place settings in our house.  A little goes a long way, that’s for sure!

Get more inspiration by checking out yesterday’s BSHT bloggers, and hop on over to Cassie’s blog to catch her amazingly curated tablescape.

 

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Shopping for a Dining Table

A commenter asked me the other day to round up some dining table options since she is in the market for a new dining table, and what do you know? So are we! Our kitchen remodel has decreased our dining space slightly, which means our Parson’s dining table no longer fit the space.  I was having a hard time dealing with such a large dining table anyway, as much as I loved it as a craft surface, it was impossible to keep clutter free. With that said, I’m actually happy to be moving on to a table that better suites our space.

When deciding on what table would best suit our space, I first considered the flow of the room.  Our kitchen and dining room are now one – you know, that open concept that’s so hot on homeowner’s minds right now? We have a small house anyway, so a smaller table was really the only thing that made sense.  My husband always thinks of function as the only deciding factor when purchasing furniture (men. right?, he wanted us to get an expandable table for when we have family and friends over.  I wasn’t against it, but I realized we needed a round table to break up the boxy angles and lines of our new kitchen, and there aren’t many round expandable tables that (let’s be honest) I liked.

It’s not often we have a large group of folks over anyway, so we decided we would purchase a folding table which we can store in our garage and bring out when we do have guests over that exceed our normal seating arrangement.  It was worth it to me to get a table appropriate for our space rather than get something that is just too large.  Our everyday is just the 3 of us, and a 4-seat table is really all we need.

Here are 5 round tables that were contenders for our dining room.  Can you guess which we purchased?

Round Dining Table options

 

// ONE // TWO // THREE // FOUR // FIVE

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Fall in Love // A Room Makeover { update #1 }

Two weeks ago 18 other bloggers and myself announced a room makeover blog hop thingy that we’re doing, and what better room to makeover than our bedroom?! Our bedroom is in distress, kinda like the current state of my fiddle leaf fig tree (it’s dying! Help!).  I desperately need to give my bedroom some attention, and I have a plan yet it’s proven to take much more time than I anticipated.  Surprise, surprise.

So, what have I done since the announcement? Nothing.

Kidding. First we made a bigger mess by moving out our old storage drawers, like the ugly dresser my husband ‘borrowed’ from his college dorm, 8 years ago.  Yes, YEARS.  I tried moving my armoire into our bedroom once our wall came down (there wasn’t room to fit the armoire down the hallway before).  Once we got it in there I was so upset.  I probably threw what you’d call an “adult temper tantrum”.  I was so annoyed my armoire was eating up all the space in by bedroom.  It didn’t last more than a week in there! I decided living out of large blue Ikea bags was better than having a succubus of an armoire in my room.  I’ve been hunting for a replacement dresser, something vintage-y, without much luck.  My husband replaced his college dresser with the 8-drawer Hemnes dresser.  Trust me, it’s an upgrade.

So anyway, I’m running with a design plan with the following in mind: something classy and gender neutral, and a bit calming.

Fall In Love // bedroom makeover by brittanyMakes

Black & white pillow // gold pillow // art print // bowl // lamp // rug // dresser // throw // lumber

Some of these items may invoke questions, like the lumber.  Why the lumber? You’ll have to wait and see! Hopefully it all works out as I see it in my head.

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DIY Woven Wall Hanging from Bathmat

Confession: I’ve been sitting on this project for over a month.  A month! Why the wait, you ask? Well, I kinda feel like I cheated, although simultaneously I kinda feel like a genius.  Take your pick, I wont be offended.

DIY woven wall hanging from bathmat | brittanyMakes

I wholeheartedly admire pure artisans, crafters, and makers.  I admire their patience and persistence and adoration of what they do.  I also admire people who pay a pretty penny for handcrafted goods, and I wish I had that pretty penny to support said makers, but alas I am not made of money therefore if I want something I usually have to figure out how to hack it, DIY it, fake it, or give up on it.  Consider this project a clever hack; mighty clever if you ask me!

I’ve gone and made a wall hanging (from a bathmat!!!). I am crazy in love with Rachel Duvall’s textiles, so you can say this project piggy backs off her designs, specifically how the wall hanging is actually hung from the wall.  Alright, enough words, lets get to the tutorial shall we?

DIY woven wall hanging from bathmat | brittanyMakes

First, per usual, I ran to Target to get some supplies.  I picked up a plain white bath mat. I kind of wandered around for a while, I was looking for something simple in design with a loom type look to it, maybe a welcome mat, maybe a rug? No, a bathmat!  Next, I rummaged through my craft paint stash, picked two boy-ish colors (teal & navy) as well as a bottle of fabric medium and a roll of Frog Tape.  I taped off the top triangle first, mixed the fabric medium and the acrylic paint per the instructions, and liberally coated the bathmat in paint.  I let this dry for a hour or so, then repeated this step for the bottom triangle.

DIY woven wall hanging from bathmat | brittanyMakes

Once the paint was completely dry, I dipped into my stash of upholstery cord and cut a bunch of ~12″ length pieces to make some fringeDIY woven wall hanging from bathmat | brittanyMakes

I tied a knot in the middle of each 12″ piece of cordDIY woven wall hanging from bathmat | brittanyMakes

Then attached to the bottom of the bath mat using hot glue

DIY woven wall hanging from bathmat | brittanyMakes

Then I unraveled each strand to get that lovely rug fringe look

DIY woven wall hanging from bathmat | brittanyMakes

I LOVE the way Rachel Duvall hangs her textiles, so I created something similar out of 1″x2″s.  I measured, cut, and stained the wood then secured them together with screws from the reverse side.  I added a picture frame hook on the back and hung it in the nursery.

DIY woven wall hanging from bathmat | brittanyMakes

So yeah, it’s a bathmat, and I’m probably not fooling anyone, but I think it actually looks really great! You could definitely do the same thing with a small entry rug of sorts, you know, those small rugs no one buys that measure like 2’x3’?

DIY woven wall hanging from bathmat | brittanyMakes

Would you consider hanging a bathmat as wall art?

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