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Chalkboard Decor Ideas

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I love this chalkboard wall - it adds a lot of life and gives the room a personalized feel. It would also be great in a kitchen, especially when you need to jot down grocery and ingredient lists. Image from apartmenttherapy.com

I love the idea of easily changing up the decor in my apartment, and I've been looking for creative ways to do so without buying new art or dragging furniture around my living room. When searching for some inspiration, the possibility of customizable pieces came to mind, and I instantly thought of chalkboard paint and all the choice and change it offers. Martha has several great chalkboard options in her lines with Michael's and Staples, but I thought I'd pull together a few additional chalkboard pieces from around the web to feed my current obsession and, hopefully, inspire! Check out my picks below.

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Martha's chalkboard craft paint is great for adding blackboard surfaces to everyday objects. $7.29, michaels.com.

1 Martha's chalkboard craft paint is great for adding blackboard surfaces to everyday objects. $7.29, michaels.com.

Customizable coasters might be a small decorative detail, but they look great plain or decorated, and they're useful and fun for dinner parties. $14.95, amazon.com.

2 Customizable coasters might be a small decorative detail, but they look great plain or decorated, and they're useful and fun for dinner parties. $14.95, amazon.com.

Chalkboard labels are perfect for organization, and they look neat and attractive in a kitchen. Try these labels from Martha's Home Office line on tins like the ones shown, or on ball jars for a rustic look. $5.99 for 12, staples.com.

3 Chalkboard labels are perfect for organization, and they look neat and attractive in a kitchen. Try these labels from Martha's Home Office line on tins like the ones shown, or on ball jars for a rustic look. $5.99 for 12, staples.com.

Chalkboard office accessories are great for keeping your work space clean, organized, and still stylish. $1.95 - $29.99, cb2.com.

4 Chalkboard office accessories are great for keeping your work space clean, organized, and still stylish. $1.95 - $29.99, cb2.com.

A map done in chalkboard is a great addition to your space, and it's a really nice way to record your travels for your guests to see. $120, etsy.com.

5 A map done in chalkboard is a great addition to your space, and it's a really nice way to record your travels for your guests to see. $120, etsy.com.

Similar to the map, a chalkboard globe is a really fun item. I would love to play with this globe with Jude and teach her the shapes of different countries. $340, neimanmarcus.com.

6 Similar to the map, a chalkboard globe is a really fun item. I would love to play with this globe with Jude and teach her the shapes of different countries. $340, neimanmarcus.com.

This chalkboard pegboard is a bit less of a commitment than a full wall of chalkboard paint, but it's still a great and useful addition to any room! Image via dwell.com.

7 This chalkboard pegboard is a bit less of a commitment than a full wall of chalkboard paint, but it's still a great and useful addition to any room! Image via dwell.com.

Obsessed: SerpentSea Marine Mats

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Sophie Aschauer at home with some of the rope she has collected for her mats.

These beautiful and fun mats by SerpentSea recently appeared on my radar. Their nautical design and bright color combinations are great for summer, and would work perfectly indoors or outdoors -– I was instantly drawn to them. Each mat is made of recycled marine rope and is woven by hand into one of four unique knotted designs. The four different knots, named for four famously cruel 17th century pirates (Bonnie, Drake, Morgan, and Killigrew), are traditional, centuries-old sailors’ knots that have long been used to serve practical purposes.

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Aschauer incorporates both nautical and mountaineering rope for bold designs in striking colors.

Sophie Aschauer, an artist’s assistant and style inspiration here in New York, has transformed these utilitarian knots into stunning nautical décor with SerpentSea, which she started after a sailing trip to Nantucket. Each mat uses up to 150 feet of repurposed nautical rope, and takes about four hours to weave by hand. The eco-friendly incorporation of used rope lends a whimsical air to the mats and really connects them to the ocean, while bold colors and a unique design makes them feel fresh and modern.

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Because these mats are made from reclaimed sailors' rope, they sometimes show signs of wear, making for a rustic but refined look for indoors or out.

 Check out the SerpentSea website for more information; mats from $249.

 

Bunny Williams for J. Pocker

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The first vignette, which features three animal portraits in varied sizes alongside a city view, has a timeless farmhouse feel that would provide any room with a sweet, homey air.

 

I just have to tell you all about a new collaboration between interior designer (and personal friend of mine) Bunny Williams and New York custom picture framing institution J. Pocker. The two have joined forces to create a unique  line of curated art collections available for purchase. They are currently featuring three vignettes which include several framed artworks that can either be purchased individually or as a group for use in a gallery-style display.

 

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The second set is flanked on the top row by two portraits, lending a sophisticated bent to the colorful landscape and abstract piece included below them.

This is an amazing idea for a collaboration, especially since gallery-style displays are so difficult to master. With three ready-made mixes of curated artworks to choose from, home decorators can get a little expert advice from the three vignettes, all of which include measurements and layout tips for easy installment. In all three vignettes, the framing has clearly been chosen by experts, and only serves to enhance the beauty of the artworks.

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The final vignette features a range of colorful floral reproductions, along with a lovely landscape painting for a romantic, natural feel.

Bunny has an incredible eye and timeless style and most of the works included in the three vignettes are reproductions of art she has purchased for herself over the years. It's an intimate snapshot into her personal collection. The curated sets are available for purchase by calling Bunny Williams Home at (212) 925-5930 or visiting J.Pocker's website.