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Art That Matters… In The Bedroom [+ GIVEAWAY]



I am the crazy blogger who is sharing a non-holiday related post with you at the end of November. On Black Friday. Why? Because I’m a rebel and a rule breaker! HA!

Seriously, though, I wanted to share this with you because the artwork in our Master Bedroom is some of my favourite artwork in the whole house because all of it is jam-packed with memories/meaning/love. 

Bedroom Artwork with Meaning - The Learner Observer

You might remember this view from the One Room Challenge posts. Slowly but surely I’m covering all aspects of the room makeover and so far we’ve covered the tufted headboard tutorial.


Now let’s talk about the stuff on the walls!

Bedroom Artwork with Meaning - The Learner Observer

Above the bed I have a RIBBA picture rail and [from left to right] a thrifted piece of art ($3), Alex’s vows to me on our wedding day (which was his gift to me on our 1st anniversary), a sweet ‘love’ print by the talented Lindsay of The Penny Paper Co. (which I luckily won in a giveaway, and now you can too!), ‘kisses’ word art (part of a wedding gift from one of my besties), and a DIY art project I tried out this Summer!

Bedroom Artwork with Meaning - The Learner Observer

Want to see more of the DIY artwork? Here’s what I used:


There was no method to the painting, just fun! After it dried, I followed the instructions on the gold foil packaging and added it in random places. Again, not much thinking involved. The whole thing cost very little since the canvas was from the dollar store, the paint I already had on hand and the gold foil has been used for several projects. I’d say it probably cost about $4 to make this!



And voila! She’s finished!


So that’s it for the art above the bed. Now on my side of the room we have another RIBBA ledge and it holds several pieces I love dearly!

Bedroom Artwork with Meaning - The Learner Observer

Again, from left to right, we have a thrifted brass and glass case I thrifted, the “messy” print from the talented Sara of Topknot Weddings, a brass horse (another thrift store find), a photo from our engagement shoot, another piece of thrifted art that I originally wanted to change, but ended up falling in love with, an Eiffel Tower from our visit to Paris this Spring, a Garance Doré card because it’s black, white and gold, and reminds me of Alex saying “bonjour!” to everyone we saw while in Paris, and finally an IKEA clock that I’ve had since I was about 18. It has been stuck at 5:20 forever because I can’t stand the ticking noise it makes! This is not at all about function, as you can tell. It’s about having things around me that I love to look at. That’s it!

Bedroom Artwork with Meaning - The Learner Observer

On Alex’s bedside we have a large mirror and the vows I said to him on our wedding day – a gift I got him for our 1st anniversary. We totally did not plan that, I swear!

Bedroom Artwork with Meaning - The Learner Observer

Also on the wall on his side is a print we found at an antique store in Versailles. It was €8 because it has a water stain on it, but I loved it so much, I didn’t even care!

Bedroom Artwork with Meaning - The Learner Observer

I love that it’s an original piece of art, that it’s unfinished, and that it’s black and white! All I did with this was use double sided tape to attach it to a piece of black bristol board, then I taped that to the back of an old frame I found for $1.50, which also has an imperfection on the bottom.

I love the imperfections.

Bedroom Artwork with Meaning - The Learner Observer

Now here’s a part of the post you might REALLY love!

Lindsey from The Penny Paper Co. oh so kindly offered to give away not one, but THREE of her incredible prints! Can you believe that? She is all kinds of amazing and you should go see all of her prints like right now! You have one week to enter, and this contest is open worldwide! All you have to do is follow the prompts in the widget below and leave me a comment sharing your favourite piece of non-functional but amazing art in your home!

 Win a Penny Paper Co. Print!

Best of luck, my friends!

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  • Reply Steph

    Ok, funny thing about that IKEA clock…I got one last year because I liked the look of it. Ryan couldn’t stand the ticking noise so he kept putting it in my nightstand drawer haha
    I would *love* (see what I did there?) to win that print! We desperately need some artwork in our bedroom!

    November 28, 2014 at 12:53 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      HAHA That’s awesome! I haven’t seen it work in so long! But I know I would never be able to sleep with the ticking! Also, amazing use of a pun! LOL Good luck!!

      December 1, 2014 at 4:12 pm
  • Reply Melissa

    The room looks great! I absolutely love your DIY art project. I haven’t taken paint to canvas in forever! Love the gold touches.

    November 28, 2014 at 1:58 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Thanks, Melissa!! Painting is a little therapeutic for me, and the gold leafing kind of ended up being so, too!

      December 1, 2014 at 4:13 pm
  • Reply heather

    I like the mod heart from their site.

    November 28, 2014 at 2:18 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Oh I love that one, too!! Good luck, Heather!

      December 1, 2014 at 4:14 pm
  • Reply Tara

    I LOVE your room, Thalita! I have to work on our master bedroom… yours is so inspiring!

    My favourite art would have to be the stuff that my kidlets create! (So biased, I know!)

    November 28, 2014 at 2:34 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Thanks so much, Tara!! Usually it ends up being one of the last rooms to be finished, but with no kids yet, we figured we should just go for it!

      Also, biased or not, kids artwork is amazing, so I don’t blame you!

      December 1, 2014 at 4:15 pm
  • Reply Johanna

    I use a few latte glasses as vases, which makes no sense in terms of function. And then I use a vase as a place to hold all my paint brushes. But my favorite piece of art is definitely the gorgeous messy print that a very sweet friend sent me ;) hehe well, it’s totally up there, but my VERY fave is a small polaroid that my grandpa took in Venice many many years ago. It’s simply tucked into a corner of my cork pin board, and looking at it makes me really happy.
    Love all your art, and the way you arranged it! Such a great space.

    November 30, 2014 at 12:20 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      I love the latte glasses as vases! Function shmunction! I love that you love the messy print as much as I do! And that polaroid sounds amazing! Seriously!

      December 1, 2014 at 4:16 pm
  • Reply Sara

    Looks great! It’s so nice when everything has a story or memory behind it. I like the picture from your trip, those are my favourite things in my house, useless things from my travels. Surround yourself with things that make you happy :)

    December 2, 2014 at 11:35 am
    • Reply Thalita

      Thanks, Sara! I am a huge fan of bringing back things from trips so I can look at them often. And you’re totally right about surrounding ourselves with things that make us happy!

      December 10, 2014 at 10:49 am
      • Reply Sara

        Great blog by the way!
        It’s so nice to find someone local to read for a change :)

        December 10, 2014 at 11:13 am

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