Before//Sunroom

Before//Sunroom

Let me take you back about two weeks ago. It was a gorgeous, sunny 70 degree day. I wanted to catch up on some magazines and set my heat-deprived, Iowa winter body in the sun and so I thought to myself, "Oh I know! I should go sit on the sun porch!" So I went through the living room, and unlatched the doors and then waaa waaaa (sad trombone noise) I remembered our sun porch looks like this:

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BHG Entrepreneur Love + Adore Your Walls

BHG Entrepreneur Love + Adore Your Walls

This past February marked the incredible redesign of Better Homes and Gardens. I have been thoroughly impressed because the magazine and the brand seem to be representing a more modern woman. Part of the way they're doing that is by focusing more on female entrepreneurs. 

I chatted with BHG last month about what it's like to be an entrepreneur and gave some advice to people thinking about making the leap. It's up now on their site so you can read it here

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2nd Floor Bathroom Update

2nd Floor Bathroom Update

So far this room has been one of our most difficult projects to date. The number one reason is this 2nd floor bathroom has a round wall. It's the 2nd floor of the turret on the front of our house which causes the unusual (but cool) shape.

The runner-up reason is that I decided to start the project 5 days before Christmas and my in-laws were coming to town to stay with us.

You know, like you do.

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Travel Inspiration// NYC

Travel Inspiration// NYC

Not to get all complain-y about my totally awesome job but being creative all of the time can be difficult. You want each of your clients to have a great and unique-to-them design but it doesn't work like a factory. Something about the project or something that you have seen needs to inspire you first. Travel has always been the best way to get me out of any rut and my trip to NYC this past weekend was no different. I'm sharing the photos I snapped (on my cell, apologies) throughout the trip that I'll go back to for inspiration. First up, my photos from the Met. 

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ICYMI // BHG & Design Sponge

ICYMI // BHG & Design Sponge

This has been a non-stop, crazy, run from meeting to meeting sort of week at Liz Lidgett Fine Art. It's the type of week where I have a schedule on my phone, on my computer, and I additionally email it to myself because there no way I can remember how much I need to get done every day. So in lieu of a project post, I want to share some fun things you may have missed this week.

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New Project // The Art Hunter with Better Homes and Gardens

New Project // The Art Hunter with Better Homes and Gardens

!!!!!!! I've tried to think of so many different clever openings to this post but a bunch of exclamation marks is basically all I can come up with. It's truly what I am thinking. 

Over the past six months, I have been working with the amazing Better Homes and Gardens team on a series called The Art Hunter. To say that working on these videos has been a dream come true may be an understatement. I've always had a passion to show that art is for everyone. A house can become a home with art. A room can be elevated from average to extraordinary with art. It doesn't have to be difficult or expensive to decorate with it-- It is for everyone. 

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How do they do that? // Letterpress

How do they do that? // Letterpress

So we all have a general idea of what letterpress is and how it's made. But do we know know? I've recently become fascinated with learning more about how some of my favorite types of artwork are made. I've always liked the look of letterpress prints and cards. The subtle imprint in the design, how the ink varies between each print. There's a really nice mix of handmade and machine-made in letterpress, but I didn't know how that was really achieved. So I decided to call my friend, Sarah McCoy. Sarah (above) is a letterpress artist extraordinaire, owner of The Permanent Collection in the East Village of Des Moines, and all-around awesome #girlboss. She let me hang out with her at the shop recently to ask a million questions and take photos of the process so I could share it with all of you. 

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Color Block Entryway

Color Block Entryway

This is BY FAR one of my favorite projects in our house and it was also the easiest. Plus it just makes me laugh.

A few years ago Nick bought this framed Edward Hopper print from an thrift art sale for $10. He loved it and I felt...lukewarm about it. The only reason is because it's been totally sun-damaged. Those blues are the result of discoloration from direct sunlight. Below is a picture of Nick next to one of the original versions of Early Sunday Morning by Hopper at The Whitney last November.

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Kate's Takeover // New Home.

Kate's Takeover // New Home.

Note from Liz:  My sister Kate will be taking over the blog today. She's a lot like me only shorter and funnier. Actually, we're really not all that alike but we do look similar. Which means if you have called me Kate or her Liz, we most likely responded, didn't correct you, and acted like we were the other one. She and her husband, Eric, just bought a new home too. So that's the backstory, now read on!

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New House // First Floor Before

New House // First Floor Before

I have a group of friends who love to look at real estate. We are always looking but never actually moving. For me, I'm constantly on Zillow looking at houses on the market because I am fascinated by how other people live. My husband does not understand it. He can't imagine wanting to go to an open house for a home we have no intention of buying or spending your free time imagining how you would change a floor plan. 

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Done is Better Than Perfect.

Done is Better Than Perfect.

Have you ever heard the phrase, "Done is better than perfect?" It's a motto that has been running through my head a lot lately. See, last year I had a blog. I didn't have a vision, and it was random at best. I wanted a platform to share my work but it seemed like really, I was only sharing other people's work that I was inspired by. I never really found my voice and I was stuck. So, I shut it down because being a perfectionist, I felt like anything less than that wasn't worth it. 

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