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Circles Circles on the Wall

One thing I’ve learned from endless hours spent watching HGTV is that a coat of paint is the easiest, quickest and cheapest way to refresh a space. Influenced by my favorite designers Candice Olsen and Sarah Richardson (Scott Magillvrary is easy on the eyes, I mean has nice designs, too), I like to create some drama and interest in a room by using patterns. I’ve painted wide horizontal stripes in our dinning room, thin vertical stripes in the powder room and circles in L’s nursery. The first two were nothing a little painter’s tape couldn’t handle. The circle pattern, however, proved to be a bit of a thinker, especially when I had the pregnancy fog.

I thought I would share how I created the graphic circle pattern.


Step 1: I hunted down some tools. A piece of string and two pencils will do the trick but conveniently I had a giant safety compass and chalk on hand. The perks of my job!


Step 2: I measured the length and width of the wall and decided on the radius of the circles. Since I wanted a more graphic look, I needed the circles to be fairly large. I did some division using the length of the wall and went with 22 inches as the diameter (11 inches as the radius).

Step 3: I drew all of the outer circles starting from the upper left corner of the wall. Using the length of the radius, I measured 11 inches from the ceiling down and side in. The intersection point was the center of my first circle. I placed the center of my compass there and drew the circle.

circle step 1

For the second circle, I measured 22 inches down from the center of the first circle and 11 inches in from the wall. I marked that point then drew a circle. I repeated this process all the down to the bottom of the wall. The circles on the very bottom did not go all the way around. I didn’t mind since they were covered by furniture anyway.


I started the second column by measuring 22 inches (length of the diameter) to the right of the center of  first column, marked the center then drew the next circle. Things after this point were pretty systematic. It didn’t take long before all the outer circles were complete.

circle step 3

Step 4: This was the easy part. Using the already marked centers, I drew the inner circles. I made the radius of the inner circles 2 inches shorter creating a band between the circles.

circle step 4

Step 5: I painted the space between the outer and inner circles with a small paint brush. Whenever I “colored outside of the lines”, I used a little wall paint to fix the spot.


There are probably more efficient ways to create this patten, but this approach worked for me. Have you painted any patterns? Or are you thinking of creating a pattern on your wall? Share your projects and ideas with us. We’d happy to help you figure out the math too.

Spring Shelf Styling

Spring shelf styling

Anyone else tired of this cold weather? As much as I love cozy sweaters and warm coats, I’m ready for the spring. As you know Grace has been busy since the commencement of mantel season (check out her Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day mantel décor). Since I don’t have a mantel, I decided to spruce up my book shelf as I await for the warm weather.

This shelf is located in our living room. It serves as a catch-all place for photo display, reference books, L’s toys and other miscellaneous items. It needed to remain functional. Working with the items already on the shelves, I added a few small accessories to incorporate some spring hues and different textures using mostly what I had on hand (closet hoarding does pay off).

spring shelf styling supplies

  1. branch (leftover from the framed twig I made a few weeks ago)
  2. wrapping paper and scrapbook paper
  3. burlap
  4. decorative vase
  5. paper mache bunny (from Joann’s, recent)
  6. embroidery hoops
  7. bunny print out (via Google image)
  8. fish bowl shaped vase
  9. Easter eggs (from Joann’s, recent)
  10. moss (from Joann’s, recent)
  11. small grape vine wreaths
  12. egg carton

For the top shelf, I stuck the branch in the decorative vase and added a few little flags using scrapbook paper. I hung a mini banner on the vine wreath to give it some character and add a pop of color. To bring in some green, I covered the paper mache bunnies with moss.

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The second shelf holds our leisure reading books and two mugs that we store “just in case” receipts and loose change. I repeated the small banner on the wooden frame. The mug fit perfectly inside the wreath so I placed three small Easter eggs around it. In the fish bowl vase, I created a “nest” for the larger Easter eggs by using newspaper, moss and a few twigs. The bunny silhouette was traced onto burlap using a sharpie then put into an embroidery hoop.Spring shelf stylingSpring shelf styling  Spring shelf styling

On the next shelf, I replaced the book end with a larger moss bunny and added a small embroidery hoop bunny silhouette.

Spring shelf styling

Spring shelf styling  moss covered Easter bunny

I put the remaining eight Easter eggs in the egg carton. I cut off the extra four slots and put some leftover moss in each to add some height. I switched out L’s toy box on the bottom shelf with a wicker picnic basket that serves the same purpose but much more appropriate for spring.

Spring shelf styling    Easter eggs in carton

While I had scrapbook paper and burlap out, I also updated my framed twig for spring. Oh and I borrowed a bunny from L.

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If you counted that’s five bunnies. So let’s call this spring shelf styling “put a bunny on it”. What are you doing to welcome spring? Share your ideas with us.