Flowers + Black & White = The Perfect Art Combo

Florals by Art of Michelle

I’ve been a fan of Michelle’s work ever since she painted this sweet picture of our house (that is now proudly part of our living room gallery wall). Recently, she created a line of floral paintings that are just the right combination of bright, happy flowers and (my favorite) black and white.

Art of Michelle


Art of Michelle florals

See the entire collection here.


She also offers the florals as some really pretty notecard sets.


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DIY Rope Memo Board

When I was asked to come up with an easy DIY project for last weekend’s event at Lowe’s, I knew I wanted to do something that would be both pretty and useful. I walked the aisles of Lowe’s and kept coming back to the rope section. So much great texture to create something! In the end, I went with this easy memo board:

DIY Rope Memo Board


Inspired by this image, I scaled down the board so that it could easily fit in a cubicle space or a family command center. I also opted for paint instead of fabric to make this an even easier DIY.

Woman's Day memo board (1)Woman’s Day


Here’s what I used:

birch board

A 2×2 birch board—already cut. (This is a great weight. Not too flimsy, but not too heavy if you decide to hang it.)



Rope: You’ll need just a few inches more than 8 feet of this thicker rope for the outside border. So, get extra and cut it later. (I was able to cut the thicker rope easily at home with my gardening shears.) You’ll also need thinner rope for the front of the board. I bought a package of the 3/8-inch x 50 feet Bluehawk manila rope.


furniture tacks

A package of furniture nails. (I used brass.) These are just decorative so you could leave them off, if you want. . .

(You’ll also need a hot glue gun and plenty of glue sticks.)


The first step is to pre-paint your board. Mine is Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore in a flat finish. I think the glue seems to stick better to a flatter finish than something glossy. Once it’s dry, you can start gluing.

rope memo board step by step

The key to this project is to glue and press, glue and press, glue and press, pulling your rope tightly as you go. Don’t get in too big of a hurry. (Perfect DIY to do in front of the TV. . .) Also, if you want to pre-cut your thinner rope, you’ll need two 34” pieces for the center diagonal and four 17” pieces for the diamond.


Rope memo baord


sisal rope memo board project


brass furniture tacks


DIY rope memo board in office

Photos From My Lowe’s Style Saturday Event

Lowe's Style Saturday event

Thought you might like to see some of the photos from this past weekend’s Style Saturday event at the Central Charlotte Lowe’s store. “The Nester” and I did the event together, and I just love seeing her. (I guess we can call her Myquillyn. She’s a world famous author now, you know. . . )

We had a great turn-out, with lots of girls (and two guys) showing up to make the DIY projects.



The Nester brought these cute wallpaper tapestries. (What an easy way to hang pattern on your wall!)



Who knew Lowe’s had so many great wallpapers online?





I shared an easy nautical-inspired rope memo board project:






(Do you know how much I love getting to meet some of the people who read my blog? It reminds me why I do this every day.)



While everyone was busy making their projects, the Nester and I did 30-minute design consultations throughout the day:  ss15






People brought room photos and fabric samples, and we were able to make some quick design boards for them and walk around the store to help choose paint colors and show them some product examples.






A big thanks to everyone who stopped by! If they have one of these events at your local Lowe’s store, it’s a great time. (You can follow them on Facebook to see event postings.)

Next, I’ll be listing my store poster on Ebay. . .


Totally kidding, by the way. . . I have the perfect wall for it my garage :)

Tomorrow, I’ll show you how to make the rope memo boards.


all photo credits: Ron Atchley for Lowe’s