I am SO excited to re-introduce you all to Abbey! Abbey is a Minneapolis/St. Paul-based photographer at Abbey Feldkamp Photography, dedicated wife, mom to one adorable daughter Lucy and has a baby boy on the way. Besides her roles as a mom, wife and photographer, Abbey is the blogger behind Mod-Ern Mama, a blog about thrifting, fixing and life with Lucy and soon, little guy. There you will find some amazing do-it-yourself inspiration, mid-century modern furniture finds, parenting topics and some great ideas for ways to save money. Please welcome Abbey to Live the fancy life!

We refinished our master bathroom this winter and we went with a light, fresh and summery feel to the room, giving it a “seaside” theme. I had a difficult time finding art for the walls that matched our unique color scheme and that was also appropriate for bathroom decor–especially on a budget. So I decided to create my own. It was really simple once I found the main ingredient for the project: fabric.
Fabric can make quite a statement, can’t it? I’m loving all the spring patterns coming out and when I visit the fabric store I’m always inspired by the different prints I see as I walk down the aisle. For this particular project I was working with a turquoise, coral & yellow color palette. I wasn’t sure if I’d include all those colors or just a few. I lucked out at Hancock Fabrics. I found a modern chevron patterned fabric that included all of my colors! It also added navy to the palette, which I thought suited our seaside theme nicely and looked great with the other assortment of colors.
I decided that I’d re-use two white shadow boxes that we had hanging at our old house. Before I start any DIY project, I refer to my “have” list. I keep a running list of items that we already have, either used in the past, or bought for a future project but not used yet. I tend to forget things easily, especially after having a baby, so it’s nice to have it on paper to jog my memory.
So many DIY projects I do involve some sort of frame, and we have a stockpile of them in our garage. For this project I thought the shadow boxes would be perfect. You can find inexpensive shadow boxes at IKEA. Mine are the Ribba.
My family is originally from Florida, so the theme of the bathroom had a deeper meaning for us. It just so happened that my mom and sister visited there a couple of months ago. I asked them to bring me home anything from the beach-shells, sea glass, whatever they could find. They ended up bringing me the most beautiful starfish and sand dollar, both of them bought from a local beach shop for $2. (I’ve also seen them for sale at Marshalls for those of you that don’t get to the beach! I think they were $5 for a bag of shells & starfish).
I simply used a hot glue gun to secure the fabric around the edges of the frame mat. Then I glued the starfish and sand dollar to the fabric, and assembled the frames for a cheap (free!) and modern wall set. If you had to buy all the items, I’d estimated the project to be around $30 total (with a fabric coupon!). It was fun, rewarding, and easy….but best of all, it was personalized to match the bathroom perfectly.
What DIY projects have you tackled lately?