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Goodwill Finds and Plans

A lot of times when I run into the thrift store, I don't find anything, but a couple of weeks ago, I made a little bit of a haul. I went into look for frames for the ongoing gallery wall project and walked out with a little bit more. I've learned you have to grab the good stuff when you see it. I'm slowly collecting things for styling a few of the areas around our apartment like the bookcases in our bed room. Here's all the goodies I raked in!

The frames will be getting painted black and hung on the gallery wall. I was pretty excited to find a couple with white mats in them!

I don't know if this is a piece of wood or a stained antler, but I liked the shape of it.

I love this green lantern/candle holder. It's kind of unique and looks antique. Not sure if it is or now, but I liked the old look of it.

And I kind of went gaga over this wooden goblet. I'm on the hunt for wooden and white accents for the shelves in our room and this was perfect!

These three things have already made it on the shelves in our room for now. The antler/wood thing and the goblet will be staying, but still deciding about the green lantern

I was really excited to find these vases, and apparently so was the little old lady who I thought was going to take them from my cart lol! They're ugly as heck right now, but they'll be getting a fresh coat of white pain along with the candlestick. I'm not sure where I'm going to put them yet but I loved the shape of them.  

I was inspired by this photo from Benjamin Moore, so when I saw these vases I just had to get them.

Image via: Benjamin Moore

Wood Photo Prints

If you're looking for something to add to your Christmas list or get for family, these photo wood block prints are it! I met Tori Angelini at a West Elm workshop in Charlotte. She does amazing work printing photos to wood as well as some other awesome wood work that I'm hoping to invest in for our home someday, hopefully before she moves back to Jersey! Here are a couple that she did for us from our engagement and wedding day.

I'm loving how they look in our apartment. I plan to hang them on the wall eventually, but I think they look pretty on the bookcases around our bed until than. I just love looking at them everyday and it's something different from the norm, which is what I really love! 

We are partnering up to offer you some amazing wood photo prints for you. If you have had a session with me in the past and would like to purchase  some of these prints for your home, email me at whitneydonae@gmail.com, and I will be happy to get you some more information. Also go check out and follow her work on Instagram here and you can see her Etsy store here to see more of her amazing work! 

5 Tips for Decorating with White Walls

Last week we started a little mini series on how to decorate with white walls, and today we are finishing it up! (You can read the first two posts here and here.)If you’ve been following along you know that I personally am a fan of white walls. I do understand, though, that they can come off as bland or boring, especially if you’re a fan of color. If you’re renting you may not have the option of painting, so today, I want to share with you five tips to help make white walls work for you so that youcan create a comfortable, warm, fun, and even colorful environment for you and your family.

1. Plants

Plants immediately add color and life to a room as well as texture. They make a room feel fresh and alive and bonus, they’re good for the air.

2. Art

Have you ever visited a gallery or at least seen a picture of one online? Ever notice what color they paint their walls? White. Stark white. It really makes the art pop and stand out. Adding art to your walls adds interests and helps showcase your taste and personality, and brings in more color and texture to your space as well. And if you can, I say go big. There’s nothing like a huge piece of standout art on a big, white blank space. (p.s. Don't look too closely at my unstyled shelves. That's a project for another day.)

I scored this piece from World Market for $10 and I love how it reminds me of the ocean and feels so calm and the yellow adds that pop of color this space needs. 

This canvas from our wedding is something personal and artsy that I love for the space above our bed.

This canvas from our wedding is something personal and artsy that I love for the space above our bed.

3. Wood

If you want me to start salivating, stick me in a room with wood floors and white walls. My mind just starts exploding with all the possibilities. Seriously though, adding wood to an all white room, again, helps warm up the space and add visual interest because of the grain and contrast. If you’re like us and stuck with carpet because of renting, you can find other ways to bring it in such as furniture or accessories. You’d be surprised what even a small wood accent can do for your white space.

4. Texture

I keep bringing this word up, but when you have an all white or very neutral space, texture is so important. It helps break up the space and gives your eyes places to rest. It make you want to stay in a room. You can bring texture in through any of the things we’ve already talked about or through throws, pillows, rugs, and furniture. I love using natural elements such as linen or linen like furniture and jute rugs.

5. Color

Although, I have seen completely all white spaces pulled off successfully and think they can be very beautiful, I need a little color in my life to bring energy and vitality to a space or else I feel too calm and relaxed, (read lazy). It’s amazing what just a little pop of color can do to your mind and energy level. You can bring color and vitality to a space through area rugs, a brightly colored couch (if you’ve got an all white room and you see a colorful couch screamin’ your name, I say go for it), pillows and throws, art, and accessories on end tables and shelves. There are any number of ways you can add color. Although, I prefer to stick with one or two main accent colors, you can add tons of color if that’s how you roll. I would just make sure they are all in the same family, such as cools, warms, jewel tones, etc.

I love this pop of color that this yellow throw adds to our room.

If you have have any more tips for decorating with white walls, I’d love to hear them! You can leave them in the comments below or email me at whitneydonae@gmail.com.