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The Elephant in the Room

A current decorating project has left my mind full of how to address “the elephant” in the room. In this case meaning a large empty wall above a low rise child’s bed. The budget is being spent on necessities like new bedding, curtains, paint, and some framed art for the opposite wall and there is little money left to address this blank canvas. Here is an accumulation of ideas for how to decorate “the elephant” in the room for under $50.

WE are currently leaning towards tying up a couple strands of gross grain ribbon and attaching laminate comic book pictures to it.

We are currently leaning towards tying up a couple strands of gross grain ribbon and attaching laminated second hand comic book pictures to it.

 

If you have a bit of an artistic streak a few $7 spray cans can make a huge impact.

If you have a bit of an artistic streak a few $7 spray cans can make a huge impact.

A simple strand of lights spelling a word like "love" would be simple and beautiful.

A strand of lights spelling a word like “love” isĀ  simple and beautiful.

Stencils are always a great option but not everyone is cut out for the work involved in a full wall stencil. Some simple stencilled birds can add a whimsical touch and is easier (and much cheaper- $20ish) than a full wall stencil.

Stencils are always a great option but not everyone is cut out for the work involved in a full wall stencil. Some simple stenciled birds can add a whimsical touch and is easier (and much cheaper- $20ish) than a full wall stencil.

Recently saw this indoor climbing wall on Leave It to Bryan. Not for the faint of heart but what little boy wouldn't love to be able to climb his walls? Check out Ebay for some killer prices.

I recently saw this indoor climbing wall on Leave It to Bryan (ignore the stencil, it’ll run you $100). Not for parents who are faint of heart but what little kid wouldn’t love to be able to climb their walls? Check out Ebay for some killer deals.

A collection of vintage plates from the thrift store makes a charming vignette.

A collection of vintage plates from the thrift store makes a charming vignette.

Wall decals can be expensive but you search you can find ones for under $50 on Etsy or at stores like Lowes.

Wall decals can be expensive but if you search you can find ones for under $50 on Etsy or at stores like Lowes.

These book ledges are sold at Ikea for $15 each. Where storage and art meet in the form of storage for attractive books.

These book ledges are sold at Ikea for $15 each. Create a focal point with some attractive books and save room as well.

Making and attaching a simple frame to the wall then filling it in with magnetic paint is a great way for you child to display favorite pictures.

Making and attaching a simple frame to the wall then filling it in with magnetic paint is a great way for your child to display favorite pictures.

If you can find a discount fabric you like, making your own stretcher board with some cheap wood from the harduying some simple frame board from the hardware store

Stretching some inexpensive fabric onto a large homemade frame and stapling it in place can create instant wall art.

If your short on closet space why not display you finest as wall art. A perfect idea for a little girl's nursery.

If you are short on closet space why not display your finest as wall art. A perfect idea for a little girl’s nursery.

An inexpensive gallery wall can be made from collecting cheap frames from thrift stores and filling them with pictures from thrifted books.

An inexpensive gallery wall can be made from collecting cheap frames from thrift stores and filling them with pictures from second-hand books. The frames can be painted if you want to unify them.

To put together a all of vintage mirrors for $50 would take some time and patience but with Craigslist, thrift stores, and garage sale finds i is possible.

To put together a wall of vintage mirrors for $50 would take some time and patience but with Craigslist, thrift stores, and garage sale finds, it is possible. This would be beautiful in a girl’s room young or old.

These are only a few of the many, many routes you could take to inexpensively address a large blank wall. As you can see from the pictures, these ideas are not all limited to use in a child’s bedroom but can make a statement in any room that needs some pizzazz. I’ll be sure to post pictures of this project when it is done, including the budget breakdown for our wall art.

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Etsy Art for Every Budget

I feel about supporting etsy shop owners the way some feel about supporting local community artists, that it is vital to the integrity of the community. For a short time, whilst selling headboards on etsy, I became a part of this online community and I still like to support it in whatever way I can. At this moment, that means showing you what awesome art you can buy on etsy for under $200!

Art is a very personal thing so I don’t expect everyone to agree with me on the merits of the pieces I have chosen. That being said, I chose all these pieces because they struck me in some way and are all on sale for reasonable prices.

I love mixed media art. I could see this print in a powder room, kid’s room, or eat-in kitchen. Art (and wallpaper) with birds on it seems so whimsical to me. It makes me smile.

The print below is meant for a nursery but I think it could look great anywhere. You can get the print in different colours to suit your decor.

This photograph is stunning. I thought it was a painting originally.

This print is by Vancouver’s very own Rosa Pearson. See how she displayed it in her own home at flutterflutter.ca. These prints aren’t just for the nursery.

$15.50 at FlutterFlutter

$15.50 at FlutterFlutter

I love the simplicity of these beach prints.

I just think this is plain cute and would be awesome in a nursery.

I don’t have an especially strong affection for horses but this photograph struck a chord with me. The beauty of it actually brought tears to my eyes. Does that mean I should buy it?

$31 by Kellya

$31 by Kellya

I will probably never own a piece of abstract art due to my husband’s dislike of it but I do find it very attractive.

$65 at Duelaberi

$65 at Duealberi

I want this! I love the texture of the weathered wood. You can get these custom made with pieces of wood painted colours which suit your decor.

Another gorgeous abstract piece. I love the way the lines of this painting guide your eyes. I find it very peaceful to look at.

Well there you have it. 10 pieces of art to love and I didn’t even reach $200. I’ve been bemoaning all my empty wall space but after finding all this eye candy on etsy I’m starting to wish I had more!

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