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    Emily Malone

    culinary arts grad. nutrition facts lover. vegetarian chef. marathon runner. country music maniac. failed dog trainer. barre fanatic. loving mama.

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    What’s Cooking?

    Personal Bests

    5K - 23:28

    10K - 52:35

    15K - 1:38:14

    1/2 Marathon - 1:57:39

    Marathon - 3:50:58

    A Look Back.

Our House: The DIY Wall Hanging Project.

Let me tell you, our dogs have got it ROUGH.

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Honestly, I just don’t know where they come up with all the energy.

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I think it’s safe to say they have adjusted to their new home juuuuust fine.  :)

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We woke up this morning and did another long bike ride – 16+ miles this time!  Seriously, this biking thing is TOUGH!  My legs were killing and my BUTT, ohhhh my butt!  I need some of those padded butt protector shorts ASAP. 

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Me and my sore booty rode all the way to the Jefferson Memorial and back – hard to believe I ran that same route on Monday morning!

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After the ride, and a delicious breakfast, I got to work on my latest exciting home decorating project (who am I?).  Remember last week when I gave you all a tour of my living room and bathroom?  We had that big empty spot on the wall behind our couch!

Well after going to the art festival last weekend and realizing that original artwork costs a million dollars, I decided to get a little more creative.  I channeled my inner Young House Love and ended up realizing that we could try to MAKE something for a fraction of the price.  We found our inspiration (and supplies) at my latest obsession…

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I can WALK to this from my house – so dangerous!  I’ve already gone three times in two weeks – whoops!  So Sunday afternoon we moseyed in there looking for some table top trays, and ended up coming out with all the fixings for making our own fabulous works of art.  Don’t be scared – there were no paintbrushes involved, just staples.

They had an assortment of bolts of Marimekko fabric that were regularly $32 per yard on clearance for only $FOUR dollars a yard – criminal!  We picked up four yards total of two different patterns that we hoped would match the living room rug.

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We were working with a main color palate of burnt oranges and rustic blues.

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We also picked up twelve of these wood frame pieces that easily just fit together to form three 24’’ squares.  No screws or nails needed!

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Then I laid out all of my fabric on the floor to decide which pieces of it I wanted to use.

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I had a small heart attack when I left the room for a measuring tape, and came back in to find that my precious threads had become a dog bed…

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With Indy booted to the couch, I laid all three frames out on the floor to make final selections for placement.

We cut out each square so there was just enough to fold it around the frame and staple it tight.

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And then carefully stapled each side evenly – stripes made this project MUCH more difficult! 

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In the end – the backside was a frame covered in staples, and the front side was a work of art!

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All that was left was to decide where and how to hang it!

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I am the very lucky wife of a math genius, who knows how to measure and calculate everything so that all frames are perfectly level and evenly spaced.  It’s actually pretty impressive to watch!

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Final adjustments…

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DONE!!!  What do you guys think!?!

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I wish I had the world’s biggest lens so that I could really show you how well the fabric panels match the carpet – it ties the whole room together so well. 

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And the best part?  The entire project for all three pieces was FORTY SIX whopping dollars!  Seriously, what else can I cover in fabric? 

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Now with this big project completed, I can stop threatening to sing “A House is Not a Home” over and over to Casey, and we can go on living our lives and simply enjoy our pretty living space. 

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And with that, I’m off to clean the rest of our living space to prepare for two very special guests arriving tomorrow!  Exciting stuff!

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alison     at 2:57 pm

What a great idea! Your art work is just beautiful.


Ana     at 3:15 pm

The fabric panels are AWESOME, I love it!!!


Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef     at 3:30 pm

i love it! i have a blank wall i need to do something with. we considered moving but now that we aren’t, i can spend some cash on decorating what we have! so much cheaper :)


Chase @ The Chase Project     at 4:12 pm

My boyfriend is many things, but a math genius he is not. You should see our wall hangings =/ But yes, padded bike shorts are a MUST! Invest in a good pair and they’ll last years. Pearl Izumi are great. I spin multiple times a week and have a pair that are 5 years old and not showing a lick of wear.


Stacey (The Habit of Healthy)     at 5:05 pm

Wow, what a great idea. So simple but really effective!


Neen@ Broad Bean to Runner Bean     at 5:45 pm

Ah fab!! you clever girl! what a really fab idea, you would never know to look at it either, you’d think you’d bought it somewhere real nice!


Brittney     at 6:05 pm

Ah, nice work girl! Can I hire you guys to design and make art work for all the rooms in my house??


Kimberly     at 7:02 pm

That looks amazing! Good job!


Jillian@ Reshape Your Life     at 7:04 pm

That is such an awesome idea! It looks awesome!

And I can’t get over how cute your dogs are!


Anne     at 7:16 pm

LOVE it!!
The dogs crack me up – they are tooooooo cute!


brandalyn     at 7:24 pm

Your so creative! Just a thought…the rest roses that you originaly had in the middle frame would be a great pop of color!


Annie@stronghealthyfit     at 8:02 pm

Love iT!!! I’m so stealing that idea ;-)


Emilee     at 9:48 pm

I love your creation! Great idea! May I make one tiny recomendation. I’m a crazy designer lady, and I just thought that if you changed the one in the middle out (and flipped it upside down) with the one with purple in it,the golden colors would be more balanced on each side.

I hope you don’t mind me voicing my opinion. I love your blog!


Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Don’t mind at all! I’ve played with moving them around a few times. Can’t seem to settle on one final arrangement!


Annie     at 9:56 pm

Beautiful project! It really makes the room bright and happy!


Lee     at 10:18 pm

The Younghouselovers would be proud. It looks great.


Liz @ Blog is the New Black     at 11:11 pm

I think your wall art looks awesome!!!


Heather     at 9:04 pm

awesome job! I am SO not creative and would have screwed it up!


beetred     at 10:01 pm

Ahh what a great idea. I have the same large space over our couch and I can’t figure out what I want to do with it. Looks awesome!


Hannah @ A Dash of Drivel     at 11:25 am

What a great idea! I’m so jealous you have a Crate and Barrel store so close by…


C.K.     at 6:15 am

It Looks Great And I Love Your Sofa !!!


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