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One of the many reasons I love working with clients in NYC and Brooklyn is that every home is special and unique in it's own way, especially the historical ones. This particular client recently renovated her Brownstone kitchen and kept this arched niche, which is such a charming original detail. She wanted to get some function out of it, so we decided to create a custom fitted pin board so that she can display her kids artwork.

Today I'm sharing how I did it!

Here's what you'll need:


  • 1/4 Plywood or particle board (I used this because it was the size I needed)

  • 1 inch thick foam insulation board. You can find this in different sizes, I used this because I needed a pretty large panel, and I asked a store associate to cut it in half for me so I could fit it in my car.

  • Fabric of choice. Your fabric should be non stretch, cotton or linen and ideally a plain color or one with a very subtle pattern. I love this linen/cotton blend from Spoonflower.


The first thing I did was trace out the shape of the arch onto brown craft paper, and then transferred that shape onto the plywood. I brought this to a local woodworker to get cut down. Once I had the plywood cut into the shape I needed, I used it as a template to cut down my foam board.

I then glued the two pieces together with a strong wood glue and let it bond for about an hour before attaching the fabric.

Before starting this project, I made sure to wash and press my fabric. You want to wash the fabric to get any finishing agents off the surface, and then iron on high steam to get any creases out.

Lay the fabric face down on a clean, soft surface (I used a quilt laid out on the floor), then lay the board foam side down on top. Pull the fabric tightly around the edges and staple carefully, when you go around the curved edge, slightly gather the fabric as you go. Then trim the fabric down about 1/2 in from the staples.

Now that the fabric is secure, it's time to add in the nail heads! This was surprisingly the most time consuming part because it requires a lot of math and accuracy. I used my quilting ruler and disappearing ink marker to mark placement for the nail heads, starting with a wider spacing to see how I liked it, knowing I could always fill it in more (which I did!). Once I had the nail placement nailed down I dipped the tip of each nail head in hobby glue and pressed them in very firmly to make sure they stay put.

I'm so pleased with how this pin board came out and best of all, my client loves it too! It fits the space perfectly and makes great use of an empty space. Can't wait to see it fill up with sweet drawings and family photos.



I love putting together Easter baskets, and it's so easy to get swept up in the adorable little toys in the seasonal section. If you're not careful though, a bunch of tiny little things add up to more clutter in your home. And let's face it, your kids lose interest pretty quickly. This year I'm trying to be mindful of the clutter and fill my kid's baskets with clutter free items.

But Tina, it's still more stuff, so how is it clutter free? Glad you asked! When I say clutter free, I mean the items serve multiple purposes or are consumable (meaning you use them up). Here are some ideas I've come up with for my 4 yr old daughter, who you may have figured is REALLY into rainbows.

  1. This playsilk is a wonderful open ended toy, it can be a cape, a doll blanket, a fort get it. And you can also use it in place of fake grass in your basket!

  2. Mask, because let's face it, they aren't going away for a long time.

  3. This sensory toy is a great little item to keep in your purse or the car to keep little hands busy.

  4. How adorable is this dollhouse activity book? And once it's used up, it goes right in the recycle bin!

  5. Easter egg sidewalk chalk because of course!

  6. These pastel markers are so pretty.

  7. Kids love learning how to grow plants, how sweet is this flower growing kit?

  8. Consider using a basket that will double as room decor like this pom-pom basket

  9. So looking forward to using this sunprint kit with my daughter!

Some other clutter free ideas are coloring books, stickers, and art supplies. Would love to hear your ideas as well!

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