Woodland Cottage

We recently purchased a little cottage in Pennsylvania. Emily and I have lived in NYC for over 8 years, and we rent an apartment in the city. We have long desired to own a second place where we could go on retreat with our girls, and spend breaks from school. We also dreamed of setting it up as a short-term rental for other families to enjoy.

After looking at multiple homes, we purchased the cottage and spent a considerable amount of time envisioning the layout of the living area, setting up the furniture, and choosing rugs, curtains, pillows, and lamps. We then worked on putting together the finishing touches on our three bedrooms.

Our goal was to have the major design aspects of the living area and all of the bedrooms finished before our third little girl made her arrival!

Adding Personal Touches

personal touches - artwork

While designing the spaces in the cottage, we’ve been intentional to try to make decisions that appeal to both us and our future rental guests. We want the rooms to feel inviting and comfortable. We also want the spaces to be filled with personal touches. In our NYC apartment, we love to print and frame family photos, but it was important to us to find fun ways to personalize this home without using photographs.

Over the past few months we’ve been slowly creating and purchasing artwork that helps to personalize the space and add pattern and texture to the walls. We let our creativity reign, involved the girls, and shopped local! We’re sharing 10 ideas that just might inspire new artwork in your own home!

1. Tree Prints

tree prints

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2. DIY Painting Artwork

DIY painting artwork

Materials:

  • Paint (we used leftover white trim paint and leftover blue paint from one of our bedrooms)
  • Paint Brushes (we used a glass jar to make the circles in the first frame, a paint brush to make the stripes in the second frame, and a paint brush to make the splatters in the third frame)
  • 3 Frames, Canvases, and Mats (we purchased this set at our local Salvation Army)

 

3. Queens Tea Towel Artwork

Queens tea towel artwork

Materials:

 

4. Connect 4 Board

Connect 4 board

Materials:

  • Connect 4 Wooden Game Board (this is a large 24″ x 30″ Connect 4 board that used to be an outdoor game, and was being discarded by a local children’s play space… we gave it new life!)
  • Checkers (we made “checkers” by cutting strips of cardboard and painting circles on them with paint leftover from the blue bedroom & the green living room wall, then inserting the cardboard strips into the top slots on the game board)

 

5. Painting of Home Exterior

painting of home exterior

Materials:

  • Paint and Cardboard (I used leftover bedroom paint and cut a square of cardboard from a box!)
  • Painting of Home (I sat outside and painted this outline of our home!)
  • Frame (this is an 8″ x 10″ photo frame)

 

6. Wrapping Paper Artwork

wrapping paper artwork

Materials:

 

wrapping paper artwork

7. Letter Board

letter board

Materials:

 

8. Ombre Mountain Mural

ombre mountain mural

Materials:

 

9. Oak Tree Artwork

oak tree artwork

Materials:

 

10. Lake Painting

lake painting

Materials:

  • Lake Painting (this was hand painted on a gold plate, a unique purchase from our local Salvation Army)
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May 18, 2020

10 Artwork Ideas

Woodland Cottage

We recently purchased a little cottage in Pennsylvania. Emily and I have lived in NYC for over 8 years, and we rent an apartment in the city. We have long desired to own a second place where we could go on retreat with our girls, and spend breaks from school. We also dreamed of setting it up as a short-term rental for other families to enjoy.

After looking at multiple homes, we purchased the cottage and spent a considerable amount of time envisioning the layout of the living area, setting up the furniture, and choosing rugs, curtains, pillows, and lamps. We then worked on putting together the finishing touches on our three bedrooms.

Our goal was to have the major design aspects of the living area and all of the bedrooms finished before our third little girl made her arrival!

Adding Personal Touches

personal touches - artwork

While designing the spaces in the cottage, we’ve been intentional to try to make decisions that appeal to both us and our future rental guests. We want the rooms to feel inviting and comfortable. We also want the spaces to be filled with personal touches. In our NYC apartment, we love to print and frame family photos, but it was important to us to find fun ways to personalize this home without using photographs.

Over the past few months we’ve been slowly creating and purchasing artwork that helps to personalize the space and add pattern and texture to the walls. We let our creativity reign, involved the girls, and shopped local! We’re sharing 10 ideas that just might inspire new artwork in your own home!

1. Tree Prints

tree prints

Materials:

 

2. DIY Painting Artwork

DIY painting artwork

Materials:

  • Paint (we used leftover white trim paint and leftover blue paint from one of our bedrooms)
  • Paint Brushes (we used a glass jar to make the circles in the first frame, a paint brush to make the stripes in the second frame, and a paint brush to make the splatters in the third frame)
  • 3 Frames, Canvases, and Mats (we purchased this set at our local Salvation Army)

 

3. Queens Tea Towel Artwork

Queens tea towel artwork

Materials:

 

4. Connect 4 Board

Connect 4 board

Materials:

  • Connect 4 Wooden Game Board (this is a large 24″ x 30″ Connect 4 board that used to be an outdoor game, and was being discarded by a local children’s play space… we gave it new life!)
  • Checkers (we made “checkers” by cutting strips of cardboard and painting circles on them with paint leftover from the blue bedroom & the green living room wall, then inserting the cardboard strips into the top slots on the game board)

 

5. Painting of Home Exterior

painting of home exterior

Materials:

  • Paint and Cardboard (I used leftover bedroom paint and cut a square of cardboard from a box!)
  • Painting of Home (I sat outside and painted this outline of our home!)
  • Frame (this is an 8″ x 10″ photo frame)

 

6. Wrapping Paper Artwork

wrapping paper artwork

Materials:

 

wrapping paper artwork

7. Letter Board

letter board

Materials:

 

8. Ombre Mountain Mural

ombre mountain mural

Materials:

 

9. Oak Tree Artwork

oak tree artwork

Materials:

 

10. Lake Painting

lake painting

Materials:

  • Lake Painting (this was hand painted on a gold plate, a unique purchase from our local Salvation Army)
_____________________________________________________________

Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. We may make a small commission for purchases made through these links with no additional fee to the customer. We only link to products we use and love! Thank you for supporting our blog! 

pinterest link

Thanks for pinning!

May 18, 2020

10 Artwork Ideas

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Hi, my name is Tyler Moore. My wife and I live with our three young daughters in a 700- square-foot apartment in New York City. I began my tidying journey when an early-30’s crisis invited me to reflect upon, challenge, and change my patterns of daily living. I quit my job as a school administrator, returned to teaching, and started Tidy Dad to help others tidy, simplify, and find joy in their lives. I firmly believe the tidying process can transform your life. I’d love for you to join me in exploring ways that tidying can make room for what’s important in life. 


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