State Art DIY

A couple of weeks ago, I blogged over on Her View From Home about some fantastic FREE state art. I chose Arizona and Maine to be featured on the Dream’s upcoming gallery wall:

Those are the two states where the hubs and I have history together. Personally, I’ve lived in 10 states and it might be fun to do a collage of all of them at some point. Which is just what my friend Danielle did.

She read my Her View from Home post and was inspired to put this fun piece together – that’s displayed in her kitchen. Here’s her email:

I think I will eventually change the hearts from the state capital to where we lived. And outline the L. I resized all of these in photoshop. I just wanted to get it up before Miles’ party this weekend.

Her adorable son Miles is having his big FIRST birthday party this weekend. Here he is with the new artwork:

And here is his big brother – and big personality – Jax, showing off mom’s handiwork:

Aren’t they CUTE?!

Danielle and I go way back to Portland, Maine – where we were both reporters at WMTW-TV. We weathered many a blizzard together! Danielle and her husband, Guy have lived in many states together – and this funky statement (see what I did there?) is a great conversation piece for their home.

Danielle is now a professional photographer, based in Massachusetts. If you need someone to shoot your baby (with a camera!), your wedding, your family, etc… she’s your gal. Check out her website here. She’s also incredibly gifted with PhotoShop and helped design some amazing invites for Kenton’s upcoming (fast!) first birthday party. I’ll be sharing those soon.

Also, Danielle has one little problem area in her kitchen – and would like some thoughts on what to do with it…

Here is a pic of the space above our stove. I’m stumped as what to do there. There is a pic there for now… but I’d love some help from you and your readers for ideas.

 What do you think? It is kind of an odd space, huh? I feel like there should be a window there or something. Here are a few ideas:
  • DIY subway art (similar to my Sunshine piece in the nursery) – would be big and bold to fill the space and could be a clever/catchy phrase for the kitchen.
  • Spray paint a fancy outdoor welcome mat and put a clock on it, like Leslie did.
  • Find a wrought iron piece (likely at a vintage or flea market) that fits the space.

Lovely readers, what do you think? Do you like any of those ideas – or have another to share with Danielle?!

About Michelle Fortin

Michelle Fortin is a follower of Jesus, a wife and a mom. She's also an award winning broadcast journalist and public relations professional. Michelle spent nearly a decade working in television newsrooms across the country, both behind and in front of the camera. Training future broadcast journalists in her faculty associate roles at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and at Arizona Christian University was a cherished focus of her post-TV career. Today, she maintains a roster of public relations clients focused on empowering fellow “momprenuers.” She also serves as a speaker for various women's and mom's events. Michelle received her bachelor’s degree from Biola University and Master of Mass Communication (MMC) from Arizona State University. She and her husband, two young kids and English bulldog call Scottsdale, Arizona, home.

9 Responses to State Art DIY

  1. Kim@NewlyWoodwards May 18, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

    I am kind of adoring those state prints! How fun are those?

    I’m not help with the odd-shaped space. But, knowing you, you’ll find something perfect. =)

  2. Laura Bernard May 18, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    I love that state art idea…I’ve had ideas swirling around about how to do something like that for all the places we’ve been stationed stateside and overseas…waiting til we’re done moving (3-10 years away from that) since i have no idea how many more assignments he has left!

    • The Dreamers May 18, 2012 at 2:40 pm #

      Laura – check out the website link for the state art, she also has foreign countries! Might as well just save them ALL while they’re available! 🙂

  3. Tom Henry May 19, 2012 at 3:32 am #

    unless they already have one a nice hanging wine rack could be a great addition there as well – always stocked with some cheaper wines for the “look” and your quality wines that you’ll actually be drinking… like the idea of a small window as well but that could be awkward with that cupboard above

    • The Dreamers May 19, 2012 at 4:29 am #

      Great idea, Tom!

      Danielle – I found this fantastic wine rack you can DIY using a wood pallet:
      Just be careful that the wine you store there would be exposed to heat, which can damage some wines.

      • Tom Henry May 20, 2012 at 5:23 am #

        Thx! That’s a great wine rack you found, and a very good point about keeping stored wine away from heat 😉

  4. Leslie Means May 21, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

    Cute! I like looking at the finished product with your state design suggestions. TOTALLY want to do that!!

  5. daniellerebecca May 22, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

    Tom & Mrs. Dreamer… totally loving the pallet wine rack idea. Could also do olive oil, spices. etc! Thanks for the ideas. I probably should have sent more pics of the kitchen. The wall is actually an interior wall so If we made a window, it would look right into our guest bath. Could be a little awkward, no? 🙂


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