Last year when we had our condo listed on the market we had to remove EVERYTHING from our home to make it look more spacious and so potential buyers could picture themselves living in our condo with their things, not our things. That meant removing artwork and photos from the walls.
Blank walls drive me nuts!!!!!!
After we ended up taking our condo off the market (after the whole mortgage fiasco) we never put things back up on the walls. My husband still holds out hope that we can try selling our place again, and why mess up the newly painted walls with holes from hanging artwork and photos. As for me, I don’t hold out hope. I just want to see stuff back up on the walls again. I hate staring at blank walls all the time.
I have slowly been hanging up some photos using tacks, not nails. The holes are not as big and they hold the weight of the photo OK. I still have others I want to hang back up but they require nails so I’ll have to sweet talk my hubby until he gives in.
I love having family photos all around my home. I also like to display unique and/or whimsical pieces of artwork around my home. We do have some nice pieces of artwork (not original) of landscapes like a huge garden painting and a New York City skyline wall decal. The rest of my pieces are whimsical and fun because they fit my personality. I also like artwork with nice quotes on them.
I don’t hide the fact that I like cute things. My desk is covered in toys and I still have most of my books from when I was a child.
I recently learned about an award winning illustrator named Phyllis Harris. She’s illustrated over 30+ children’s books. In addition her adorable illustrations have also appeared in numerous children’s magazine publications such as Highlights, Jack & Jill and Humpty Dumpty.
Phyllis launched Phyllis Harris Designs a year ago. It’s an online shop that features 60+ of Phyllis’ colorful and whimsical illustration prints. The prints can also be personalized making them a great gift and addition to any child’s room or nursery.
Her illustrations are sold around the globe with tremendous sales in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Canada, Australia and New Zealan.
Her designs also won her the Red Tricycle’s prestigious ‘Totally Awesome Awards’ in the ‘Wall Art & Accessories’ category, (http://awards.redtri.com/2012/room-decor-accessories). Phyllis was also featured as a top contender in the ‘Martha Stewart American Made Contest’ in 2013.
Phyllis’ illustrations convey messages of hope, joy and childhood innocence. Each print can be customized with the child’s hair color, hair style, ethnicity, name and even a inspirational quote. All prints are signed by Phyllis.
Check out just a small sampling of her sweet designs.
I received her “Bear Hug” print to review. It’s adorable! It’s very colorful and it makes me smile every time I look at it. The print features several bears hugging each other.
These prints would make a fantastic baby shower and new baby gift. The designs would work with any decor. If you happen to know the theme of the child’s room there are plenty of options to choose from (Giraffe for a zoo theme, Pig for a farm theme, Ballerina for a girl’s room, Boy and dog for a boy’s room…).
I love that they can be customized too. What child doesn’t love to see something with their name on it? It makes it that much special.
As an adult I love the designs. I think anyone who is truly a child at heart will fall head over heels in love with these designs. I only have one of them (Bear Hugs) but there are four others that I would like to own some day. After all, I do have plenty of wall space at the moment. LOL!
At the heart of Phyllis’ designs is her personal mission to give back to children in need and children battling serious illnesses. She is in partnership with Children’s Mercy Hospitals and clinics in Kansas City, MO. Children’s Mercy Hospitals is an award winning children’s hospital that treats over 500,000 children every year. Yes, you read that correctly – 500,000! It breaks my heart to think that so many children have to be treated for illnesses. And that is just through one hospital system.
Phyllis Harris gives 5% of every print sale to Children’s Mercy to help fight to save these children’s lives. If you would like to learn more about Phyllis’ charitable partnership please visit www.phyllisharrisdesigns.com/GIVING_BACK.html,
Whether you are looking to add some artwork to a child’s room or nursery, or you just want to add a bit of whimsy and childhood innocence to your own walls, check out all of Phyllis Harris Designs at www.phyllisharrisdesigns.com.
*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.