It feels so good to get back to blogging, you guys. How are you? I hope December is off to a brilliant start for you all! My brother arrived in NYC last night so I’m excited to spent the weekend with him and his wife doing all the touristy things you never do when you live in a city yourself. I can’t wait, especially as the past few weeks have been kinda full on, in a good way! I have been busy with some great work projects, finally finishing the unpacking from our recent move, traveling to New Orleans (more on that very soon!) and, of course, getting to work on adding some #MakeYouSmileStyle personality to our new place! I recently shared the plans for our bedroom makeover on the blog and then a peek at the freshly painted room over on my Instagram, so there’s more to come on that soon! Today, however, I’m sharing a makeover I did with a super cool Scandinavian design website I discovered that sells affordable art prints and posters. Click through after the jump to see how I transformed my small dining nook (calling it a room would be too generous, TBH, this is, after all, an NYC apartment!) with a lick of paint and a collection of stylish and affordable art prints!
Honestly, you guys, you’re gonna want to add Desenio to your go-to list for art when you are decorating. It’s frustrating how art can be prohibitively expensive sometimes, right? It’s awesome to have a resource for affordable art prints that allows you to add personality to your walls in style without breaking the bank. No, really, prints start at under $4 – amazing! I was really impressed with the quality and how quickly they shipped. I mocked up the gallery wall in Photoshop before I ordered to make sure the selection flowed well together. Then, while I waited for the prints to arrive I painted the wall in my dining nook Black Magic by PPG Paints. I promise I didn’t just pick this paint color because it’s the name of a super fun Little Mix track…!One thing to keep in mind when you are picking art prints for a gallery wall is to mix up the scale and perspective of your choices. For example, here you can see how I placed a typographic print next to a mountain landscape. These two pieces compliment each other as one is striking and graphic, while the other has perspective and draws you in. When you do this be sure to have a red thread that runs through all the pieces to keep a cohesive feel overall. In this gallery wall it’s the black, white and grey palette. The splash of pink in the top right corner is a hint at what you can expect to see when I reveal the rest of our open-plan living space…!I’m thrilled with how this little corner of our new apartment has come together. The hanging pendant is from IKEA and I am obsessed with it. The metallics really pop against the matt black wall, don’t you think? I love how it draws the eye down across the art and to the table below – it has made it feel really intimate for dining at night. The dining chairs moved with us from our old NYC Brownstone apartment, and I love how they compliment the black wall. Do you like my dining nook makeover? What pieces of art from Desenio are catching your eye?// My affordable art prints: Owl | Stockholm | Mountain | Old Photograph | Circles | Photography by Will Taylor | Posted in partnership with Desenio, all views my own