On the walls of a bunch of the room makeovers I have been working on, I’ve been loving adding faux taxidermy! Mixed with flat art, they add some dimension and interest to the walls. Plus, there are so many fun options out there right now, you can find one that works with any space. You could absolutely get crafty with this project and break out the metallic spray-paint, or paper mache to create a custom version. I stuck with neutral picks, but you could brighten up by painting the antlers a bold color! Which is your fave?
1. World Market Metallic Wire Spring Bok Head
2. CB2 rudy the wall hanging copper deer
3. Houzz Faux Deer Head, White, Copper
4. World Market Paper Mache Animal Bust Collection
5. Hobby Lobby Geometric Moose Head Wall Decor
6. Target Metal Stag Head
7. Target Oryx Head Wall Décor
8. HROOME 3D Puzzle Wooden DIY Model Kit Moose
9. Hobby Lobby Bronze Deer Head Metal Wall Decor
10. Brayden Studio Large Faux Taxidermy Antler Rack Wall Décor
Now that we are out of 2016, I am finally getting a chance to wrap my head around it. It was a doozy of a year, and I have to admit, at the end of it I was burnt out from blogging in a major way. With the boom of new social platforms (Snap AND Insta-stories) I started to wonder how much is too much. I started focusing on how I was not doing enough, instead of celebrating the success I had in 2016: the launch of my product line #ispydiysupplies, a magazine cover, setting up #ispydiystudio, fun TV appearances, some projects that I am still managing to keep a secret, and a bunch of DIY projects that I am super proud of. I am so thankful for all these amazing opportunities, and am making a point to focus on the positive this year. I know I have been a little quiet across all my platforms, but I just wanted to say a giant thanks to everyone who has followed along with I SPY DIY for the last 7 years, and stuck by me as I evolve in this crazy world of blogging. I am easing into 2017, and shifting focus to more room makeovers and DIY interior design, which was one of my favorite parts of last year. I have a bunch spaces in the works, and can’t wait to share them, so stay tuned! In the meantime, lets take a look back at some of my favorite moments of 2016.
I was beyond excited to launch my DIY product line #ispydiysupplies in 2016, stay tuned for it to hit stores in 2017!
My friend’s nursery makeover was one of my favorite projects of the year. I can’t wait to take on more room transformations this year!
My best night of the year was a girl’s rooftop movie night in NYC with my bestie’s. Honestly could not have asked for a better evening!
One of your favorite projects of the year: Monstera leaf tray! Also a great time for a year later update. The color of the leave will keep on changin’, so stick with the faux leaves if you are looking of longevity.
My geometric headboard was one of the biggest hits of the year! And even landed on the cover of Better Homes & Garden’s DIY issue.
My copper obsession was a bit out of control in 2016, this tripod light was my favorite project!
You favorite post: The triangle shelves in #ispydiystudio! The full studio tour here. YAY! Now onto 2017!
I had such a crazy pinch-me moment when I saw Better Homes & Garden DIY issue with ME AND MY ROOM on the cover!!! Beyond happy they featured my headboard project, it’s one of my all-time faves. It’s so exciting to be a part of such a cool issue with so many of my DIY friends. If you have been following along with me for awhile you know that I am magazine obsessed, and moved to NYC after college to work at InStyle magazine, before branching off to run this site. Never did I think eventually I would be on the cover of one, doing something I love! So surreal. The issue is on stands until March, and people have been snapping me pictures of it all over Target, bookstores, at the airport, aaaaah! Let me know if you find it, you should definitely pick it up, because it is packed with amazing projects!