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hey there! I'm monica 

I pride myself on making amazing style and design accessible for everyone, regardless of location, budget, or ability! My design philosophy is rooted in authenticity + attainability - If I can do it, you can too! My work has been featured in countless publications, but I take the most pride in homeowners that have been personally inspired by my DIY ideas and have tried something in their own homes!

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I don’t know about you, but for me, decorating is such a process. I am not one of those people who can pull a room together in one day. The design for a room sort of evolves over time in my house, because- let’s be honest- I change my mind A LOT. We also watch our wallet pretty closely, so sometimes, I’ll do something in a room using stuff we have on hand, or something I purchased inexpensively, just because it’s costs less. Such is the case with our dining room. I’ve been trying to figure out what to do over my buffet, and think (fingers crossed!) I’ve come up with a pretty good solution.

A few weeks ago, I shared with you how I created the perfect picture grid above the buffet, but then admitted at the end of the post that this option wasn’t staying. Hehe. I already had these frames and thought they might work in the dining room, but alas, it just didn’t capture the feel I was going for. I definitely don’t want a formal, stuffy room, but I want it to feel more adult-like. Don’t get me wrong- I love having pictures of my cute family plastered on my walls, but this just isn’t the spot for it.
So, I went back to the drawing board.
Shaunna recommended this lovely piece of art in her inspiration board for my dining room, however, at that time it was on sale at Joss & Main, but now I can no longer find it! I loved the movement of the piece and thought maybe I could try to recreate it. Then I remembered this post about DIY Marbled Paper Boxes by Centsational Girl, and was inspired to give the inexpensive paper option a try!
I ordered two sheets of Pirouette Marbled Paper from Paper Mojo. I was so stinkin’ excited like a giddy school girl mildly enthused as a proper lady when I got the package in the mail. Each sheet is 2 feet by 3 feet, and is extremely thin and lightweight. They’re marbled by hand and the detail and texture is just amazing. Right away, though, I thought they might be a little too pink, but when I framed it with an oversized frame and mat from Ikea, the pink wasn’t screaming at me anymore.(Thank goodness.)
I am loving the pop of color it brings to my dining room. It’s different than anything else I have, surprising and so much fun.
Just for the heck of it, I threw a lamp and some accessories up on the buffet to see if I liked it. These guys aren’t staying, but they gave me a good idea of what it will look like all finished. Yes, it’s official, I like it. (And before you ask: I do know I need hardware on the buffet. I’m hoping to find the perfect pulls soon!)
 But wait, I’m not finished there. Monica and I are working with the incredibly talented Brad, of Lucent Lampworks, and he’s creating two custom cage light sconces for either side of the art piece. To help you (and me!) envision it, here’s a rough mock-up of what they’ll look like. (These lights are not the exact ones I’m getting, but are close enough to help get the idea.)
Speaking of lighting, Brad is also using this shade to create an awesome large pendant light for above the dining room table. Can.Not.Wait.


 So, what do you think of marbled paper?

Have you ever thought of using paper (of any kind) as art?

The comments +

  1. Cocalores says:

    Looks good – creating your own piece of art is often better than buying “art” (as in: art from a store). I really should do something about my plain walls!

  2. I LOVE the marbled paper! Looks awesome!

  3. The marbled paper looks great! I love the colours in it as well. Fantastic idea!!


  4. Leslie says:

    I love that paper! Looks like you’ve got a great start to your room and I look forward to seeing it all done. Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

  5. Holley says:

    I visited here via Sarah at the Ugg Duck, and I’m glad I did! I am IN LOVE with this project, and will be ordering this paper this week. It’s the perfect thing to fill the gaping blank on my bedroom wall. Your blog is now bookmarked!

  6. jcaram says:

    The art from your inspiration board is “Lucid Surf” at Cozamia.

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