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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Pottery Barn Inspired

I gasped so hard when I saw this, I now have the hiccups.  I am loving that we are taking control over how much we spent on decor.  I’m glad we can see that something is priced too high and we use our resources to get what we want.  When will these high priced decor companies realize we ladies talk and will figure out a way if it’s not within our budget?

Susie Harris {where friends become family}

saw this typewriter key wall art in……..yes, you guessed it.  Pottery Barn.   Love Pottery Barn, but my pocket book turns it’s self inside out whenever I consider a purchase.  She took another approach and thought  “hey!  I could make that!”image And she did………Stunning!  imageAnd guess what?  She not only sells these in her Etsy shop for about $14,000 less than PB, but she also shows you a step by step tutorial!

Start out with a flat board…….mark your markings…imageUse a punch cup to draw your circles…..I wonder what Pottery Barn uses?image

  Paint your circles black and use tracing paper to trace your letters that you printed off on your own printer.image   Paint all the letters.imageUse the top of a thermos to mark the distressed circle to make it look like real keys……I doubt PB uses a thermos lid…. imageAnd you’ve got yourself a great piece of wall art that looks like $14,000, but didn’t cost you nearly as much.

Then she got cocky that thought that if she could do that, she could certainly make herself one of these “fancy” mirrors.  She teaches you the real name for a fancy mirror as well as a tutorial.  But this mirror used to be just a lonely flat piece of wood.  What I also love?  Look closely…….that square wreath and that bunny weather vane.  I want it.  imageShe has gotten SO sure of herself, she paints all kinds of signs and even monograms on her walls.  Because she’s so nice……..she also shows you step by step instructions.  You too can have a monogram on your wall.imageI love monograms and worry I have too many “D”s around my house.  But I love them.  And so does she…..Monograms on linen?  Holy stars….Sigh!imageYou’ll really enjoy her blog and all the photos of her home.  Her kitchen is looking very french.  She also recently covered her RED couch with white slipcovers……..Hmmmm.  I love that style.image

   She has a great etsy shop with thing from signs to tags.  All great things.

Head over and make me look good OK?  Leave her a comment and surprise her that she’s today’s feature!

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24 comments:

sissie said...

Good Morning Sweetie,
I see that you are on a roll already today and I am so glad that you are. I really love visiting your blog, you have so much to offer.
I love her alphabet board. It's fantastic and looks better than PB's! Looks easy to do, but I think I'll go take a look at her etsy shop instead.

hugs

Sissie

Cha Cha said...

So glad you have found my dear friend Susie, as an owner of her work, I can tell you it is more beautiful in real life, but do you know what the best thing is? She is one of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure of getting to know. You lovelies should all go check out her site and find out how wonderful she is for yourself.

Thanks for always inspiring me.

Cha Cha

Jingle said...

Oh, I love those tags!!!

Cindy said...

Ah that's wonderful!! She is a clever one. Thanks for sharing, will go visit :) Happy Wednesday

moreygirl said...

wow! I think I'm going to have to try this!

Amy said...

"When will these high priced decor companies realize we ladies talk and will figure out a way if it’s not within our budget?"

I so love your comment! They underestimate how crafty gals can be when they set their minds to it!

And now I've found another great blog to read, yea!

I love type art and I think I might try that project down the road. : )

Herself said...

I really love this! Thanks for introducing us to her!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Susie is one very talented lady! Her blog was one of the first I found when I was introduced to blogging. I am one of her biggest fans.

Kim - The TomKat Studio said...

Oh my! I always swoon over that alphabet art in the Pottery Barn catalog! Especially with my love for typefaces! AMAZING that she shows us how to do it! LOVE it! Linking on my FB page ;)

becca said...

you can never have too many monograms! love that pb knockoff, too.

Gabrielle @ Bee Wise Bags said...

How inspiring! I love that... I'm off to create!

The Cozy Chateau said...

Wow!! My jaw dropped when I saw her diy version of the pottery barn art - honestly, her's looks just as good, if not better! Thanks for sharing!
Nicole

Anita Hamilton said...

Wow this is beautiful. I love the creativity. I have a cricut expression so i could actually cut those same letter buttons too, just never thought about doing it. This has now inspired me to do a little more crafting. Thanks for sharing. I love your posts. :0)

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I love this! Thanks for the great post!!

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Tonya said...

LOVE Susie! She's awesome and so sweet!

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

LOVE Susie! She does beautiful work!

Scrapycandy said...

My son received monogrammed towels for Christmas so he would stop taking his brothers! Ha!

meg duerksen said...

kim she is amazing!!!
thank you!

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Oh my Lordie....I am so humbled to be highlighted here on your blog! If I were not at the mercy of a hotel computer, I would go and visit each and everyone of you tonight..... This has just made my day~ Thank you thank you thank you! Susie Harris

Melanie said...

She is great, isn't she?

Brandi said...

What a great idea, I love Pottery Barn, but I really love when I can make it myself. I found you on Tip Junkie's Blog Frog and also joined yours :)

lovesclay said...

I love this. I took a piece of wood from my garage, covered it with burlap, painted standard canning lids black, and attached vinyl letters and numbers. It was so easy and looks great. Thanks so much for posting such a great idea!

Puanani503 said...

wow..this is cool stuff!! So glad to have found you:) So many ideas and now I'm thinking of looking at all the items I have in my little apartment to transform it from dull to cool:)

Lori said...

I love monograms too! What a great alphabet chart. Love it.