Put Junk in that Trunk!

Vintage style steamer trunks are all the rage right now in home decor and styling. If you have the moolah there are many great options for purchasing your own. If you have the patience to hunt you can score your own at flea markets, thrift shops, and online re-sale sites. If you have a DIY-thumb you can build your own. The opportunities are endless!

Let's start with the DIY. If you're not already familiar with Ana White and her awesome website you need to get familiar. Lucky for us, she just posted a plan to build your own wood trunk!

image by Shanty2Chic

I've also found a four part video tutorial for building a wood steamer-style trunk HERE.

Do you have already have a trunk that needs some love? Here are some blog posts about revamping old trunks that may inspire your own revamp project.
http://mypassionfordecor.blogspot.com/2012/04/neglected-steamer-trunk-makeover.html
http://www.thehandmadehome.net/2013/04/trunk-makeover-with-chalk-paint/
http://www.cherrymenlove.com/home_family_life/2010/11/boring-brown-trunk-makeover.html
http://brightsideprints.com/procrastination-project-001/
There are many more to be found around the web, so go forth and search for your perfect diy match!

What, you don't have a trunk yet? You'll need to fix that first. My go-to resources for finding treasure are craigslist.org , bookoo.com and eBay . I'm also a fan of local antique shops and malls, flea markets, garage sales and even the occasional classified ad in the newspaper. The hard part is finding what you want for a price you want to pay.

You don't like how antique shops smell? You're afraid of strangers from the internet? You have money to spend on the stuff you want? Okay, then, let's do some shopping!

a steamer on legs that'd work as a coffee table for $590.00 from wayfair.com


good for storage and budget friendly at $279.99 from World Market

detailed leather and very budget friendly this is $119.99 from Overstock.com


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Minted: Wall Art for Awesome Babies

I don't know about you, but when Spring rolls around I get antsy for change. Not major life-changing change, but aesthetic change. I'm happy to banish the grey skies and cold temperatures for a brighter and sunnier point of view which, for me, translates to adding more color to my life and my living space. Occasionally this means I put some sort of bright color in my hair but more often it means I buy art.

Maybe it's the art school kid in me but I am a bit of an art junkie. I give myself a small monthly budget for buying art from independent artists which means I spend way too much time trolling the web for budget friendly originals and prints from relatively unknown artists. Over the last year I've found that Minted has an ever-growing selection of outstanding art prints available in a variety of sizes, prices and color options. Some of them are even customizable and make great gifts! Plus, they are all created by Minted's infamous global community of designers! (Of which, I am lucky enough to be one.)

A color that has really grabbed my attention lately is pink, but not super sweet pastel pink. I'm really digging bright pinks, especially when paired with darker, sophisticated colors. While I am not inclined to base a room in my (temporary, sigh) home around pink but I am an equal opportunity color appreciator so I still have fun designing the "idea." Using Minted's groovy new inspiration board builder tool, I've matched up some pink-ish prints to curate a collection that is both sweet AND smart yet doesn't scream "Princess Party." This is the kind of art that would be perfect for a baby girl's room yet is adult enough to "grow up" as she does. Shoot, she may even take them to her future dorm room!








Just in case you needed a little more help styling a little girl's room ... LayBabyLay is my favorite baby/kid blog, basically because her nursery inspiration boards are so fun and so full of freshness! Wouldn't you know it, I found an inspiration board that would totally work with the art I've curated above! The bright, sweetness of the pink plays so well with the darker, more sophisticated navy. I'd venture to say even a dark forest green would work just as well.


So whether you want to update your nursery with a colorful, personalized print or looking to fill in the space above your couch, don't miss out and browse through Minted's unique and fresh variety of Wall Art

I am an affiliate of Minted.com.