Large art for a large wall without a big budget

After closing the shop to focus solely on interiors, we had the amazing opportunity to do a few projects with Sonder; a startup that has a similar business model as Airbnb.  Think Airbnb, but with actual management.

We designed 5 spaces for them throughout Chicago, but the budgets for these projects were TIGHT.  When working with a rather small budget, art tends to be the first thing to be put on the back burner.  But the addition of art and decor is what makes a space feel complete, so we did what we do best, and incorporated a long of DIY projects into each space.

Below are some of our favorite, inexpensive solutions to filling a wall without extending your budget.

Dipped Wall Hanging

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In this project, we had a huge open wall space over the dining area and we weren't sure what to do with it.  We wanted to fill the space, but had about $20 left in the budget.  So we went to Michaels to look at our options, and walked away with yarn, Rit Dye, and 3' wooden dowels.  This backyard project takes a couple of hours and the impact it made on this wall was exactly what we had imagined.


Yarn Wall Hanging

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For another project, we were faced with the same tight budget, but instead, we had three rooms to add artwork to.  Wanting to give each room its own feel, not simply recreating the same piece over and over.  We loved the material cost of the previous dip dye wall hangings from the previous project, but wanted to play around with something different for this location.  

We decided to simply purchase different colors of yarn, some wooden beads, along with the wooden dowels, and came up with these pieces.  

Other clients began requesting similar pieces for their spaces, and we enjoyed making them, so we just continued making them for other projects, and for clients to purchase on their own!

Summer is finally here! (kinda...)

Anyone who has lived in Chicago for more than a couple of years knows, there is no relying on the expected season changes that everyone else in the midwest has the luxury of expecting. Summer starts on June 21st, but as a Chicagoan, we won't be surprised if we're still wearing a hat and sweater on June 20th!

Spring as brought us a few beautiful days so far, and we can't help but get excited to begin redoing our outdoor spaces!  Whether you have a small porch or a grand patio, we have put together some of our favorite pieces to bring your outdoor spaces to life!  (regardless of when Mother Nature will allow us to enjoy it....)

When decorating any room inside your home, there are a lot of components that go into it; Furniture, art, lighting, textiles and decor are all obvious pieces that are really thought through when redesigning a space.  But when in comes to designing an outside space, we typically fall short.  Some kind of seating, something to put drinks down on, a grill, and done.  

We justify this because it isn't used throughout the year, but we all need to change this mindset! Take a look at these two different designs, and let us know what you do to make your outdoor spaces really stand out!


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