Friday, August 7, 2015

5 Tips for Affordable Decorating with Sweetwater Decor

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Coming home from college and living with your family can be a weird feeling, especially if you're in school far away and don't make it home often. Even though I don't know where I'll end up living after graduation, I've found that investing in my bedroom decor at home in Portland - making my room "grow up" with me - throughout the past few years has helped minimize the feeling of limbo when I'm home for breaks or the summer.

I had so much fun putting together this frame arrangement on a big open wall in my room and wanted to share my finds with you - plus a few tips to make decorating easier!

  1. Look on Pinterest or in magazines to find inspiration. Are you into fashion prints? Florals? Script? Get some ideas in mind before you spend any money! 
  2. Find one to three main pieces to build upon for your gallery wall. For me, it was the "She Turned Dreams Into Plans" and "She is Clothed in Strength and Dignity" prints from Sweetwater Decor. I built the rest of the pieces around those two. My grandmother always said things look best in odd numbers, but I added in the oval frame because I couldn't resist tying in some more gold!
  3. Look around your house for empty frames, pieces of scrapbook paper or fabric (the rosette print on my wall was my great-grandmother's!), or small mirrors. You'd be surprised at what you or your mom has hidden away in the attic or basement! Don't forget that a little gold metallic spray paint on an old frame can make almost anything look fab ;)
  4. Check discount aisles of stores like Tuesday Morning and Marshalls for prints and frames. The "You are My Sunshine" canvas was so cheap - and I had to have it because my dad always sang that song to me when I was a little girl!
  5. If you already have a frame and print, getting the print matted professionally is worth the extra time and effort - and is usually very inexpensive. Both of my Sweetwater prints look so nice now, and the Kate Spade postcard could probably use the extra TLC too!
Some things I've found and loved while doing some Pinterest dreaming are watercolor floral motifs mixed with beautiful script writing on stationery and prints... thus I stumbled across Sweetwater Decor (also on Etsy, with a few more selections). 

These prints were just the inspiration that my space needed - and pairing them with a $5 canvas from Marshalls, floral fabric found in mom's sewing box in a gold frame,  and a postcard from my last Kate Spade order made for a very affordable and chic gallery wall. My frames are also from Marshalls and were all under $15! I linked a few other cute ones below - all under $50 with many even cheaper options :)

Feeling the urge to do some nesting in your own home, apartment, or dorm? 

Use code BLOG20 at: www.sweetwaterdecor.com | www.etsy.com/shop/sweetwaterdecor | www.etsy.com/shop/stampslux for 20% off! (no expiration)



22 comments:

  1. Yay! I love it. You've inspired me to start brainstorming for my own gallery wall!

    https://www.pinterest.com/kaylablogs/gallery-wall-inspiration/

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com

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  2. This is a great post, and perfectly timed for me! I am working on a gallery wall to go over my desk at home and will definitely be utilizing some of these tips. I haven't heard of the website you mentioned and am excited to check it out! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. What a fabulous inspiration wall! Love these uplifting quotes :)

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  4. love this post so much! your wall is so adorable :) xx, kenz
    http://sincerelykenz.com

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  5. Beautiful gallery wall! I absoloutely adore decorating, all of your tips are so spot on too! (:

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  6. Such a lovely gallery wall!
    I need to make my own someday.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

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  7. Love this! I love hanging things like these in my room!

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  8. I love the "She turned her dreams into plans" print! It's so cute. This is such a fun DIY, I'm definitely going to keep it in mind for future projects!
    xx, Lindsey
    www.lmartthoughts.com

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  9. Great post!! I love a good gallery wall and yours is STUNNING!!

    Nicole // Chronicles of Home

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  10. I absolutely love a good gallery wall - those prints are too cute!

    Pick Your Beau

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  11. I love gallery walls and love seeing what other bloggers hang on their gallery walls!! <3

    xoxo A
    www.southernbelleintraining.com

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  12. Absolutely LOVE this post! I'm planning on making a gallery wall in my dorm room this upcoming year and while it seems intuitive, it doesn't really feel like it! Thanks so much for the tips!
    xx, Mikkaela
    The Southwestern Prepster

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  13. I definitely will be saving this post for when I get my own place after I graduate! Love gallery walls and these tips!

    Cassie
    My Pop of Color

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  14. I love the idea of a gallery wall & I always see pictures all over pinterest of them. I like the 'She's clothed in strength and dignity' one, it's so pretty and it's such a lovely verse!

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  15. I LOVE gallery walls, especially yours, and Sweetwater Decor! I love how you took that KS print and framed it in a larger frame...I've never thought to do that before but I love how it turned out!

    Coming Up Roses

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  16. I always by frames from like discount stores! The perfect deal!

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  17. I love decorating, and these are such great tips! I love all of your prints. Quotes are my favorite, and it's so fun to plaster inspirational sayings everywhere. They just make me smile and feel so empowered. I love browsing discount aisles to find deals, because there are seriously some hidden gems in there. I like that you mentioned Tuesday Morning, because I feel like there aren't enough people who appreciate that store's awesomeness.

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  18. I have a few gallery walls in my apartment! I'm always adding to them, so I appreciate the discount code... Time to pick up a few more pieces :)

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

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  19. Thanks for the discount code. I needed new frames for a decorating project for my bathroom :)

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  20. This is so gorgeous! I love being surrounded by quotes.

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  21. I am OBSESSED with wall art.. definitely checking out Sweetwater!

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  22. Yay, I just installed my gallery wall too! It's the best addition to my apartment!

    xo, Alicia | Alicia Tenise

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