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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Do-it-yourself cloud artwork

Since Alex and I are giving our bedroom a makeover, we've been thinking about new artwork. Well, this is genius: Amber took her a snapshot of clouds and then blew it up on glossy poster paper for $30. Then she framed it in an IKEA Ribba frame. The whole project cost less than $60, and it's gorgeous! Double thumbs up! I'm super inspired.

(Photos by Amber Interiors, via Little Green Notebook)

84 comments:

Becca said...

Not only is the photograph beautiful - but I love how elements of it are echoed in the blue and white Ikat pillows and the sheep skin throws.

Becca

Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries said...

What a great idea! I really need to hang some of my favorite photos! :D
xxx

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gemma said...

GORGEOUS!

natalie said...

Pretty pretty. I want that rug too!

Diana Mieczan said...

I love when people hang their own art at home and that clouds photo is dreamy. Btw: that whole room is amazing too! Kisses, Joanna

Gabriella said...

Love this! xo

Sarah said...

Such a great idea! Thanks for sharing =)

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Joanna Goddard said...

yeah, the rug is *amazing*.

Steffys Pros and Cons said...

it makes the room look so peaceful!



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Mrs. Biscuit said...

I LOVE that idea! I wish my camera was good enough that I could blow the pictures up that large! I'd love to have art in my house and be able to tell people, "Yup, I took that picture!" =)


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Sarah @ becoming-sarah said...

What a whimsical DIY project, I love it!

aj said...

Is it strange I can't stop staring at the pillows?? hahah.

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aj

Jessica said...

Very cool. Love it.

the daffodils bloom in spring said...

Oh this is genius, I'll have to try it. Thanks Joanna.

Meagan, in house nester said...

Oh... I commented yesterday but now its gone :( was I spammed? ha ha... Love the cloud idea - I have a really funking cloud picture I took 2 springs ago (which seems like forever ago!).
meagan@ the row house nest

Melissa said...

I love love love this idea! Making your real life into art makes it so much more meaningful. I think it would remind me to appreciate the little things in life that often go overlooked.

Color Collective said...

this is really cool! what a great idea~

Melanie's Randomness said...

Ohh Cool!! It looks beautiful in that space! What an awesome idea for DIY! =)

Good luck with your make-over!! =)
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Michelle Lee said...

i want to try too :) so pretty in such mysterious and secretive mood way if that makes any sense

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Amber Interiors said...

Thanks for the mention Joanna!!!!
Thanks for all the love readers, come visit my bloggy more often. I have tons of DIY!
www.amberinteriordesign.blogspot.com

Mandy said...

Great idea!

Good luck with the makeover, can't wait to see the result!

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Lily said...

Love your dining room!!

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Gayatri Kumar said...

Thats a really great idea!! :) I've blown up other stuff before..photos of family, inanimate objects - but this actually looks like artwork! Thanks for the DIY tip!

xx G

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TERI REES WANG said...

Cloud-tastic!

A wonderful representation of...
"Smart Art".

Cheers!

Natalie said...

I love taking pictures of the sky! So serene. :) Also, I think that is a great decorating idea-especially when it is inexpensive. That's always a plus!

The Iconic Blog said...

That is wonderful! I always love hearing new and cost-effective art ideas.xx

Melanie
www.theiconicblog.com

featherfactor said...

Great idea! I totally am going to do something like this once I move back into the apartment...such affordable yet stylish.

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Laura J said...

I am totally going to do this! I have always loved clouds/ how they look etc.-so dreamy So creative and cost effective:) Thanks!
xo
lj
http://jonesyloves.blogspot.com/

Aaron said...

You can get posters made for even cheaper at Sam's Club. I think they're about $18.

Kelly R said...

Excellent idea!!!

BASIIK said...

This would be great with any self taken photo!

Girly Notes said...

i love the idea so much

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Theresa B. said...

Oh wow! I like that a lot - so happy!

Theresa
http://frockthis.blogspot.com/

LifeCreatively said...

Oh my goodness! That is such a great idea. I'm obsessed with trees. I think it would look neato to do the same thing of a Spring tree in bloom. Might just have to do it! Thanks for sharing. :)

Mandy

http://www.thecreativelife1.blogspot.com

Bronwyn said...

Oooh, lovely!
My family uses a lot of the woodcut Bread & Puppet posters in our house as artwork, if you wanted another idea...

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ag. said...

What a simple but gorgeous idea! Love it! Some wonderful inspiration for a bright and airy room!

Meghan said...

BOOKMARKING! For my nursery.

emilyjsimpson said...

So simple and pretty! and it makes the room look like day time all the time!

Kayla Poole said...

I don't know where my head is...I think I just left my comment for this post on a completely random post that I now can't find. Sheesh. What I said there was, I can't wait to do this myself after being inspired when I first saw the project on LGN. I am keeping my DSLR with me at all times to capture a worthy subject!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful and relaxing!!!!!!

Kayla said...

Sometimes all you need is the simple things to bring a room together.

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Meg said...

it almost looks like you're gazing out a window at a gorgeous summer sky! love it.

Kelly Lauren said...

OHhh, I like it! I'm all about the apartment/house DIY. I wanted some sort of solar system theme in my hallway or bedroom, and it's so easy to find high resolution photos on the web, and have them re-printed for cheap. Then, just find a frame! Same thing with the clouds, great idea... and then when people compliment it, you can say "oh, yeah, we did that ourselves!" Or, "I did it myself!" haha

the peach chablis said...

Love the light fixture over the dining table!

*B* said...

OH my goodness. That is beautiful. Thanks for the idea!!!

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Marta said...

I am in the process of redecorating my apartment and this is one of the things that I've been thinking about doing as well. :)

Staci Waddle said...

I am so doing this...this weekend, as soon as it's sunny again. Thanks.

FancyPants-design said...

Great Idea!

bethany said...

what a great idea!
so cheap and easy!

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Lace.and.Likes. said...

that light fixture is phenomenal

My Heart Blogged said...

That is really pretty, and would be perfect to look at on gloomy days too.
My Heart Blogged

Katherine Fugit said...

What a great idea - it's like getting an extra window in your room AND it's always a great view (even on the rainy days)!

Katherine Fugit said...

Almost forgot! I just posted about posters (redundant, much?) the other day and this terrific artist Debbie Carlos has a cloud poster. Worth a look...http://me-machine.blogspot.com/2011/03/in-love.html

Jocelyn said...

Beautiful! It looks so light and soft.

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Molly said...

This is brilliant! I have a wall with a gallery style arrangement of artwork & photos, and I have one huge frame that's been empty forever since I haven't decided what to put in it. This cloud artwork just gave me a bunch of new & exciting ideas :) Thank you!

Slightly Smiling said...

I love it! I definitely want to do something similar now. :]

Carolyn said...

Love your ideas! So beautiful yet inexpensive.

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Robin said...

Great idea! I love personalized art work. I have a friend who went around and took pictures of the street signs for every street she lives on. Then she blew them up to 8x10 and framed them in rows on a blank wall. It looked so nice and personalized.

Heidi L. (Affair with Color) said...

I love how bright and simple the cloud artwork is! When it's rainy and gloomy outside you can still see clear blue skies!

Tess said...

the rug is gorgeous!

dina said...

dear Joanna, i just want to say you are wonderful! you make me smile every day:)

Tom said...

Yah, Ikea need more money. Not enough decent frames kickin about as it is? What about recycling?

This is a petty thing to get angry about, but you have lots of followers... Promote sustainability!

From NotahippyIswear

Tom said...

While we're at it, this is not new. As long as it inspires you I guess...

Tom said...

Just realised you only want nice comments... Get your shit together!

Do you put these thoughts up here and assume no one will ever criticise? Good way to develop as a person right?

That is all.

Pistachio said...

Very nice!!

Snappy Di said...

We should all use our own photography to decorate our homes.... They say who we really are.

Di

Joanna Goddard said...

oh, tom, i hope you feel better today! and dina, thank you!! that is so sweet!

Racheal said...

what a fun rug! where did you find it?!

Amber Interiors said...

Thanks for the LOVE everyone...even you Tom! Everyone I bought my rug on e-bay. Please contact me if your interested in creating this look in your own home. I am a blogger by hobby interior designer by trade so I am for hire! Make sure to check out my other projects and rooms here...
www.amberinteriordesign.blogspot.com

handmadecharlotte said...

I love that idea! Do you know of any companies that will print extra extra large? I love it!

etoilee8 said...

I was going to blow up a cloud shot for my living room. I never get bored photographing and staring at them . . .

MG said...

This is genius!

April said...

how absolutely beautiful! Just the other day, I was thinking of how a little bit more bright blue would behoove our living room-- definitely going to do this now! Might actually splurge on a canvas print. Thank you for sharing, Jo (as always) : )

cassy said...

This is amazing! such GOOD IDEA!

Tammy@InStitches said...

You've inspired me but there is not one cloud in the sky today, it's the most gorgeous day we have had all year ! Maybe tomorrow.......

Tom said...

Yes, I am feeling better today. Try to reuse old frames is all I'm sayin'.

If your camera doesn't have a good enough resolution, try photoshop it with a grainy filter - THis will give the effect of having been taken with an analog camera. And remember, people won't be looking at it up close anyway, it will look fine from five feet away.

And I don't wanna hear anyone complaining about not having any clouds in the sky! Winter is coming too soon here, I'm jealous!

Ali said...

Love this idea! I have a huge art wall in my apartment that I'm always changing around... this may have to be my next project!

margaux said...

LOVE IT! one of my friends took a beautiful photo of the clouds above the field we got married in last july. i'm gonna do just this and hang it over our bed!

Cynthia @ Go Chic or Go Home said...

This is a fantastic idea!! I have one empty wall that has tormented me for years and this is the perfect solution. Already know what photo I'm going to use - a favorite from Piemonte that has the bluest sky and clouds that are so puffy they look fake.

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