#TheSundaySeries: @erinaart x framebridge

For as long as I can remember, I've loved art and was thrilled when I came across @erinaart on Instagram, and old friend turned artist. I instantly fell in love with the style of her work and had been eyeing this print for over six months before I finally purchased it. You can check out her website here.

The Malawi Bring Through piece is striking and I knew it would be perfect for above my bed. I purchased the print in a 40 x 30 inch size which is quite large but perfect for over a queen bed. For a general rule of thumb when looking for art work, you want the piece to be about 2/3 the size of the item you're hanging it above.

The print came unframed and after some research, I settled on using Framebridge, an online framing service. For my custom 40 x 30 frame, the total came to only $140 which is amazing considering comparables I'd seen online and in store started at $200! I placed my order online, received a free shipping label, and was at FedEx the next day sending off my print to be framed. 

My piece returned via mail within 3 weeks. I was a little nervous about the frame being shipped all the way from Philadelphia to San Francisco but it arrived tightly packaged in a box and lots of bubble wrap. Framebridge adds some really beautiful personal touches to your order including a thank you note and hanging instructions; not to mention the back of the frame is amazing!

The space above my bed was begging to be decorated and for a pop of color! My stark white walls reach over 11 ft high and needed either a headboard or statement piece of art. My place in San Francisco is definitely temporary so I decided to add a piece of art that can be used in any place rather than a headboard which might not fit into the next place I'm in.

I used the hanging techniques I saw in a Studio McGee blog post on how to hang art. I chose their approach of hanging the center of the frame 60 inches off the ground; this worked perfectly with the height of my bed and pillows. I used a measuring tape, painter's tape, a level, 50 lb. hanging hooks, and a hammer to get the job done. I used the painters tape to tape off the top half of my piece above the 60 inch mark. I was then able to hammer my hooks into the wall accurately using a level. I was able to do this all by myself but a second set of hands would make things a bit easier.

I couldn't be happier with the end result of my DIY art project. I absolutely love this piece and the life that it brings to my small studio apartment. I truly believe that a home is not complete without some artistic touches and whether that's adding a concert poster, a framed tea towel, or a painting, your options are endless. I've done a previous post on a smaller accent wall in my place if you're looking for some more inspiration.

Make sure to check out Erin's website and @erinaart Instagram! And checkout Framebridge as an alternative to traditional framing. You'll get 15% off your first order.  

As always, thanks for stopping by!!
Pepper XX

March Favorites

Beauty

Kiehl's Heat-Protective Silk Straightening Cream
Pepper: I mentioned this product in our Health Hair Sunday Series post a few weeks ago but it deserves another shout out! I incorporated this heat protectant into my hair routine in late February and have been obsessed with it. It has made my blowouts straighter, shinier, and they are lasting even longer than they used to. 

Skin Care Favorites
Piper: This month I've focused a lot of my favorites on beauty. There is no better investment than your health, and that is directly correlated to my happiness. For me, having clear and beautiful skin makes me confident, happy, and ready to take on the day! Unfortunately, I also become victim to occasional chin break-outs and excessively dry skin during the harsh winter months. The cold and my skin just don't get along! I recently found out about La Roche Posay, a skincare line that is recommended by dermatologists for sensitive skin. I've linked my favourite products so far below! One trick I picked up from my last visit to a dermatologist, is to immediately apply moisturizer after "towel-patting" post shower. This way, your moisturizer can pick up the remaining water droplets from the shower and use to hydrate your skin. 

Linked below are my other favourite products from March. I stumbled upon Revlon Kiss, and for under $10 dollars, it gives just the right amount of colour and shine to finish an everyday look. The Origins Charcoal mask to clear pores, is a much more gentle alternative to the YouTube craze of charcoal peel-off masks. 

Fashion

ADIDAS Tubular Shadow Sneakers
Pepper: I've been loving my new ADIDAS Tubular sneakers! I had been wearing my Vince Blair 5 sneakers throughout the winter and was ready for a change. These sneaks are definitely more on the athleisure side of casual but work for my everyday (casual) life in SF.

Puffer Jackets
Piper: This March in Toronto has been a ebb and flow of weather, and I'm so thankful for having an array of puffer jackets to help navigate the right amount of coverage. Mine are from earlier seasons of Zara (similar here), but my sights are set on something a bit more technical and fashion forward. I've linked a few of my options and a few are on sale!

Home

IKEA HEMNES Full Length Mirror
Pepper: If you follow us on Instagram, you'll have already seen my IKEA HEMNES mirror. I was lucky enough to snag this mirror from a friend when she was moving out of town earlier this year and it has been a welcome additional to my little studio. A mirror is a great way to make a small space look bigger and not to mention this one is amazing for taking full length outfit pics! This mirror is a steal from IKEA at only $99 and comes in white (pictured) and a nice deep brown. The majority of the other decor and knickknacks in my place are from Target. 

BREVILLE
Piper: This month, I have perfected a homemade almond recipe (post to come this week!). This has taken my tea and latté game to a new level. Part of that perfection starts with having great kitchen appliances. I turn to my Breville Milk Cafe and Breville Variable Temperature Kettle. Until recently, I didn't know that different types of teas (green, white, oolong and black) need to be brewed at different temperatures and if neglected, can actually produce a burnt taste! Enter the Breville. 

As always, thanks for stopping by!
Pepper & Piper
xx

Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

This is the first year I'll be in San Francisco for Canadian Thanksgiving. As sad as I am to be away from my family, I'm excited to be giving thanks at Friendsgiving! My fellow Canadian friend and I are hosting a group of Americans and Kiwis for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner next Saturday. 

I cannot resist a good DIY, and picked up this festive garland from Paper Source to bring to the party. It's a great activity to do with friends while the turkey is in the oven or to pre-make and hang for when your guests arrive.

Giving Thanks

The kit comes with the pre-cut letters, cut outs for the florals, and a satin ribbon. You'll need a pair of scissors, and tape to put it together. Again, I used my handy 3M hanging hooks to fasten it to the wall but good old fashioned tape will work as well.

Giving Thanks

I started by placing the letters on my coffee table to get an idea of how long to cut the ribbon and the spacing before taping them down. All of the letters were placed face down (in reverse order right to left) with the ribbon placed on top. I then cut a piece of tape long enough to cover 1/3 of the paper

Giving Thanks
Giving Thanks

I hung the garland in my apartment in preparation for the week ahead. We often get so busy with work, friends, and family that it's easy to forget about the things we're thankful for. I'm hoping to be able to pause this weekend as we prepare for Friendsgiving!

This year, I'm thankful for my life in San Francisco. The first year here was an adjustment, but I'm finally feeling comfortable and at home. I'm so thankful for all of my friends here and family who have come to visit who have made that happen.

Giving Thanks

I hope you all have plans to be with family or friends next weekend or on November 24th (for all of our American friends)! If you're heading somewhere for Thanksgiving, I've put together a shopable list of festive hostess gifts below! Remember to take some time to reflect on what you're truly thankful for!

As always, thanks for stopping by!!
Pepper xx