A little background on this project. When we finished construction on our house, there was still a chain link fence from the previous owner that was in terrible shape. We’re talking huge sections missing from all of the construction we did, plus wear and tear from years of use. Plus, that just wasn’t what I wanted for our yard.
We thought about putting in a new wooden fence around the whole yard, but it wasn’t practical for several reasons. The perimeter of our property is lined with beautiful, mature arborvitae trees that are taller than our house. There was just no way you could get a fence in there now without risking damage to the trees or having it look all squished. Plus, when we had our driveway done we had them do a really nice curved edge, which would make a fence awkward to put in.
Here in Minneapolis we’ve had a downright awful “spring” thus far, with an uncharacteristic 12″+ snowfall this past weekend. The only thing getting me through is a better forecast for the week ahead and dreaming of patio weather soon to come. I am loving all of the bohemian-inspired outdoor decor happening at the moment. This modern boho patio look has a lot of crazy affordable pieces – including the sleek chairs for only $39 each! And let’s not talk about the rug, which I’ve been desperately trying to find a place for in our home to no avail.
Building a new home is a daunting process for most people. There are endless decisions to be made and you have to live with those decisions for a long time. The best home projects start out with a lot of planning at the beginning. Your goal should be to have a rock solid vision of what you want in your new home before you meet with a builder.
Sometimes instagram can be kind of a black hole, amiright? This can be a bad thing (hellloooo time wasted stalking people) or it can be an amazing thing. There are so many incredibly talented, creative people all over the ‘gram. I am somewhat addicted to following artists on instagram. It is so inspiring to get a peek at their process videos, studio spaces, and their new works. Here are a handful of my favorite artists to follow. It was hard to select just three, so don’t be surprised if there’s another round of these in the future. Now the only problem is keeping myself from spending too much time gawking at their talent and not enough time developing my own!
1. Mei @etc.mei
I just discovered Mei the other day and fell in love immediately with her modern take on watercolors. Her way of blending sharp, geometric lines with the softness of watercolor is so fresh and gorgeous.
I was first drawn to Suzy’s account by her amazing collage pieces, made from scraps of her paintings. Then I saw that her paintings are equally impressive, and I had to follow. Her work seems to always be evolving and yet everything is always a knockout.
It’s easy to find amazing art if you’re on a millionaire budget. The rest of us have to be a little more creative with what we hang on our walls. Now, you can always walk into Target or HomeGoods and get your wall art there. But your home will look more unique and true to you if you reach out to other sources. Here are some options for finding affordable art, many of which support the artist directly!