living room gallery wall + canvaspop giveaway

gallery wall

Friends-this post has been a long time coming. The wall you’re looking at has been blank since we moved into this house–8 years ago this August.

What makes it tricky is 1) it’s huge, and 2) it’s both the staircase wall and overlooks our living room. Here’s the before that I posted on Facebook last week…


I got some great ideas from friends such as add wallpaper, stencil it or hang vintage window panes. I also was crushing on these window pane mirrors from Target. And while I love the idea of stenciling or wallpapering, I needed something I could change quickly as the mood strikes (as it often does).

Enter Canvaspop, creator of awesome, high-quality wrapped canvas pieces, photo mosaics, and more. Canvaspop sent me this amazing canvas print, and, just like that, the gallery wall started to come together.

gallery wall

wrapped canvas

I found this inexpensive set of white frames, added a few art prints from my Etsy shop, some decorative mirrors and all the elements were in place. I cut templates for each frame/canvas, taped them to the wall, and started hammering in nails.

wrapped canvas

I liked the idea of keeping all the frames white, but adding in lots of color with the photographs.


Have a wall in your home that you’d like to add some life to? Canvaspop has generously agreed to give one burlap+blue readers a free 16×20 canvas with a .75″ deep wrap (an $80 value)!

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US and Canada only. Cannot be combined with other promotions. If you wish to order a larger sized canvas, the winner will be able to use the code to take $80 off your order. Winner will have 48 hours to get back to me. Good Luck!


make an easy dot canvas {a tutorial}

canvas art

canvas art


Canvas art is a definite obsession love of mine (see here for lots of proof of that)–it’s easy, it’s versatile, and the finished product always looks much more expensive than the price of the few materials it took to create it. Today’s canvas creations are no exception I wanted to replace the three prints we have hanging on our dining room wall, and these square canvas pieces were a perfect fit.

easy canvas art

You just need canvas(es), paint and a pencil! I liked the look of these square 12×12 canvases, and I chose an array of blue and green paints for this project.

Step 1: Since I wanted my paint to be a circular shape, I traced a large circle on each canvas. I decided on a palette for each canvas (one of dark blues, one of light blues, and one of greens), and used my pencil eraser to start stamping.

make canvas art


Step 2: Keep going–you’re getting there! I love how the shades of blue mixed and blended with each other; I purposely didn’t wash the eraser between colors to get this effect.

canvas art


Continue until you get to the edges of your circle (or whichever shape you chose), let dry and hang!


painted canvas

canvas art




canvas art


Thanks for reading!


my favorite spring cleaning tip {featuring Bona}

spring cleaning tips

No matter what the temperature outside currently is, the fact is indisputable, Spring is right around the corner! And that, of course, means warmer weather, blooming flowers, longer days and, of course, spring cleaning. I decided that this year, instead of tackling a couple dozen smaller (and less impactful) cleaning projects, I would focus on one effective spring cleaning task to make the whole house shine.


I’m a big believer that “if your floors are clean, the whole house is clean.” Nothing makes my home feel cleaner than clean and shiny floors. So with that in mind, I purchased a few Bona hardwood products, and got to work. For this task, I used my Bona mop, Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner, a Microfiber Applicator Pad, and Hardwood Floor Polish.

bona mop

Can you see the difference? My hardwood floors positively sparkled after one application of the Floor Polish. The difference was truly astounding, and the process was EASY.

First, we swept the floors and used the Hardwood Floor Cleaner and the Bona mop to clean the floors. We then affixed the Microfiber Applicator Pad to the mop, squirted the Floor Polish on the floor, and used the mop to apply the polish to the floor. Wait an hour for it to dry, and you’re done!


And while there are LOTS of hardwood cleaners on the market, Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaners are non-toxic, GREENGUARD certified, and leave no residue. This is super important to me as a mom with little ones that play, read, and literally roll around on the floors. They are third-party certified to be safe and effective and that means a lot to me.

After this long Winter we’ve had, anybody up for a trip to the beach?  Enter Bona’s Keep It Clean Personality Quiz to play for a chance to win a Bona® Hardwood Floor Mop Express INSTANTLY! Registering will enter you for the chance to win a year of cleaning services for your home and the Grand Prize: a trip for 4 to Hawaii!

Also, you’ll want to sign up for the BonaFide Fanatics mailing lists to get a $3 coupon instantly!