Father’s Day with Artifact Uprising + a painting I created

7Z5A5897Every year for Father’s Day, I’m always stumped. Do I get that big ol’ grill my husband likes or do I go small and sentimental? I always question which route to take and I feel like this year I finally got it right.

First, I’ll give you the backstory as to why this gift is so special. My husband and I are both photographers and for what ever reason we don’t have one single photo or print hung on our walls! I think we are both picky when it comes to what we want to have up on display so when it comes finally doing it, we get nowhere. Maybe I’ve used Father’s Day as an excuse but I finally picked out these modern metal frames that not only do I love but my hubby does too.

I’ve always been a fan of Artifact Uprising because they have so many sleek frame options, photo books, and different ways to spruce up your home using photos. I particularly liked the Modern Metal Frames and knew Ben would be excited to have those hung up in our home.

Ben has been asking me to paint him a western painting for years but for what ever reason I thought that had to include horses or men, which I can’t paint. I really thought about how I could do this and finally came up with the idea to paint a desert landscape. That’s western enough, right? I waited for Ben to fall asleep (luckily that takes maybe 30 seconds) and I began to paint downstairs. I stayed up until about 1:30am and completed it in one night! I chose the color tones I would ideally like to be hung in the house for his “western painting” and I think it turned out alright!

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The next morning while Ben was at a photoshoot I decided that would be the perfect time to put the painting in our new Artifact Uprising Frame. I went with two big 40″x 30″ gold frames because I really wanted this to be a statement piece in our home. Let me tell you, I could not be any happier with the way it turned out! I’m pretty sure anything would look incredible in this frame but it was the perfect finishing touch for this painting.

I know it’s an early Father’s Day gift but I COULDN’T WAIT! I made Ben and the kids close their eyes and when they saw the present, they had a better reaction than I could have ever imagined! I’m talking tears, people! I recorded the surprise and when I turned off the camera, that’s when Ben started to tear up. He absolutely loved the painting! Ben is also picky when it comes to frames and he couldn’t stop raving about these ones.

I also filtered through hundreds of photos on his hard drives and picked out some of my favorites that he’s captured over the years. One of my top ones ended up being a shot from Joshua Tree National Park. Now I’m just stumped as to whether or not we should hang up the painting or photo in our bedroom and the other in the family room. The struggle is real!

If you want to purchase your own frames for Father’s Day, make sure you do it TODAY using express shipping! It’s the last day and trust me, it’s worth it!

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Happy early Father’s Day to you and yours,

Paige

Home updates!

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We finally made it into our new home and have slowly been changing things around and sprucing it up.  When we bought this house, we questioned whether we should redo the flooring and paint or if we should purchase the furniture and accessories we needed instead.  It was kind of an easy choice because we feel like flooring and white walls make the biggest difference when you first step into a home!  The house may be empty and our mattresses may be on the floors, but at least those floors are pretty, right? 😉

Now that we’ve got the flooring and paint done, one of the first items on our checklist were these dining chars from Article.  We love the simplicity of these chairs and how you can pair them with pretty much any table.  I took a few photos to show you how they look because I was skeptical about putting them with another shade of wood but they completely proved me wrong!  They look just as beautiful.  These chairs are such great statement pieces for any room and would look amazing in the corner of a bedroom too.

I think next we are going to move on to is redoing the countertops in the kitchen.  We’ve been toying with the idea of replacing the granite on the kitchen island and pouring in concrete.  Then we will replace the granite on the back countertops with a light butcher block.

As to what furniture we will be getting next, I think it’s about time we get our mattress off of the floor and on to a bed frame!

Stay tuned for more home improvements!  It’s going to be exciting.

Paige

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How we survive those nightly newborn feedings while camping and my top fall pieces

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This chunky knit cardigan is on sale for $42 right now!  Originally $105 so it’s a steal deal.

Our family recently purchased a Ford Sportsmobile and have been going on weekly family campouts in it.  Now that the weather has cooled down in Arizona, it’s been perfect for some mini road trips and campouts.

I was a little, ok very, nervous about sleeping in a car with our newborn and two other kids but have been surprised at how well it’s worked out!  The van’s rear seat folds down into a bed and has a space next to it where we put this Plum and Sparrow Basinett for baby Raen to sleep.  Then Ruckus and Milo sleep on these two comfy foam toddler mattresses on the van floor and we all fit so insanely perfectly.

Soon we will have a video blog post showing you exactly how we set it all up so stay tuned!

What also helped with those noisy newborn feedings was this $10 sound machine.

Shop more of my favorite fall pieces here!