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DIY Inspiration Board

After eyeing these burlap message boards at Ballard Designs for quite a while, I decided making my own would be simple enough, and I was right!

I ordered a basic cork bulletin board (24×36) and some upholstery nails on amazon. I picked up some linen at the fabric store (technically a linen look-alike, which saved me even more money). I stapled the linen around the board and did a few measurements / quick calculations to place the nails. I love how it turned out. I think I like the linen even more than Ballard’s burlap version.

But then I found out that, for me, styling it was much harder than making it. It hung nearly empty over my desk for a good couple of months while I collected photos and mementos and thought about how to arrange them. The problem is that while I’m smitten with the eclectic, collected boards we’re seeing right now, I’m more of a clean lines kind of girl at heart. Plus, the board is on display in our living room (along with my desk), so I want to stick with the style of the rest of the house, which is fairly clean and edited. (But not to be confused with neat-clean—you should see this place during the day!)

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So in the end, this is what was born:

Two of my favorite items include our wedding invitation in the top center and a little love note from Ryan. (On display for anyone to read! Come over to my house!) I love that most of the photos are large enough to see easily while you’re sitting on our couch.

If I ever manage to create something eclectic and awesome, I will definitely show you. But for the most part, I’m happy embracing clean and simple design.

On Monday, I’ll show what my whole desk area looks like. (Here) You’ll be holding your breath till then, right?

Have a wonderful weekend! Happy Father’s Day to the men in your life!

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  1. Debbie Holt says:

    I love bulletin boards and I especially love yours!! So cute!! It seems like just yesterday that I received that cute wedding invitation in the mail!! Where did the years go?!!

    1. No kidding! It seems like yesterday I was addressing them all by hand! haha Time does fly!

      And thanks for the sweet comment. Miss you guys!

  2. Totally awesome job! My bulletin board is always overflowing and hard to keep up with – I always love to see ones that look clean like yours!

  3. Ashley says:

    Cute! I love it!

  4. Jennie says:

    I’m with you on the clean lines! I really dislike the cluttered look.

  5. momto8blog says:

    your bulletin board is WAY better than my bulletin board.

  6. Shelley says:

    It looks beautiful with just the right amount of “stuff”!

  7. Malerie says:

    I love this and must make one. I pinned it. :)

  8. Olga says:

    That is very cute inspiration board. I love it!

  9. Sarah says:

    Hi Erica!

    Just saw your desk post and am now reading your DIY Inspiration Board. I have a tremendously ugly cork board in my kitchen, and I’m wondering why I haven’t give it a much needed makeover! I love the simplicity of your work area, as well as your board. No wonder you love your space :).

    I’ve hesitated to put more effort into my office area, and so I do most of my blogging on my laptop on the couch “off hours”. This is mostly because we are renting and am not ready to put forth the effort, but I just love what you have done with your space! Maybe all I need is that slight nudge…perhaps this can be my summer “project”?

    Have a wonderful week!

  10. Debra says:

    What a great idea! This should be something we make at an activity for RS!

  11. Liz says:

    Totally random but I just found this post, probably because I eyed the board I just made this last week. I’m proud I made it but have no idea where to hang it or what to put on it. :)

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