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When we were first introduced to our home at the showing, we were immediately greeted by our neighbor’s dog – but it wasn’t, um, the friendliest hello. It scared the pants right off of me (well, not really!), and it has continued to do so for every friend (and passerby) that walks up to our front gate.

The problem was that to the left of our home, there was no privacy fence; rather, it was old, beat up chain link, and it had seen its day. Because of this, we were greeted day and night by a dog that didn’t like us one bit (Jack and CC on the other hand, thank goodness, got along just fine with him!), even if we were simply standing on our front porch.

We knew when we signed on all those dotted lines a year ago that one of the first things we’d do with that house is install a proper fence – and then we fell down a rabbit hole of demolition, putting that fence-to-do off for next year, which is now this year. And now? We have that fence!

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First, fences are no joke. They’re pricey, and for us, it was simply for aesthetics, curb appeal for the block and a little bit of peace, so that was a hard pill to swallow when we received our quote. (After talking with Scott’s parents and the neighbor to our right, we learned that our estimated price was, in their words, great! And with that, we booked it before we could think twice.) There was never a doubt that we wanted a fence, and because our right-hand-neighbor already had a 6′ cedar fence installed, it was an easy decision for us to mimic the same style to our left. Looking on the bright side, we only needed to have one side of our home fenced off, so we consider ourselves very lucky!

Below, you can see where we started vs. what we’re seeing today – so much better.

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But! Let’s back up to where we began. For starters, the chain link was held on by triple-wrapped rope, and when it came time to rip up that old fence, we also learned that it wasn’t built very deep into the ground. It was rusted and covered in weeds, and to be quite honest, we were growing tired of welcoming our friends and family by saying, Hi, hello! Sorry about the neighbor dog! He’s cool, we promise! Just don’t look left!

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Oddly enough (or maybe not?), the fence didn’t stretch the entire length of our home! It stopped at the front face of the physical house, and then it resumed at the back and stretched to the garage. The only reason we can think it was done this way was to save money, however, we showed our home’s land survey to the builders and had them correct this issue when it came time for installation. We’d been discussing our plans with our neighbors from the start (who’ve been great throughout our entire renovation thus far), and they were just thrilled to be getting a real, live fence! Hip, hip!

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By allowing the fence to run the entire length of our property, however, meant that there was no more division between the front and back yards. For now, our method of separation is a highly technical scrap of plastic we pulled from the garage, so we’ll need to make another teeny, tiny baby gate (or a permanent guard, at the very least) to step it up a notch.

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On Fence Day, I wanted to let the installers do their thing, but I couldn’t resist grabbing an in-process shot (and a few phone snaps to text Scott; OMG! Look! They’re so fast!). It was important for us to make sure that the outside of our fence looked just as good as the side that would be facing us – Chicago lots are spaced very close together – just short of being right on top of one another! – and we wanted to make sure our left-hand-neighbors would be just as happy as we were. We literally pointed to our neighbor’s already standing fence and asked, can you make it look just like that? And they did – in half a day, no less!

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While our back yard may be the biggest eyesore of our entire property, the fence has helped a bit! No more growth of chain link and dead weed-like ivy! And can I side tangent for a moment? As for the much, much larger picture, we’d love to take down the entire back deck – which is down right rickety and likely dangerous – and fill the small yard with concrete and wall-to-wall planters with built-in benches. We’ll rebuild an appropriately sized back deck off of the kitchen [which is right behind that door on the first level], and the pups can rumble while we grill, drink a glass of wine and light up the fire pit. Aah. Some day!

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All day dreams aside, we are loving the privacy this fence has (quite literally) afforded us, the visual appeal and the much more quiet evenings on the porch swing. (For those interested in the Chicagoland area, we used A & M Fence Corporation. Although heavy rain delayed their start date a few times, their work is spot on, and they’re polite and efficient!)

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It’s still a muddy mess between the fence itself and our new concrete pad, but we’ll be filling it with gravel and other, a-hem, pee-pit-esque pebbles for Jack and CC! That is, once we can mix that in to our list of to-dos – after all, summer is calling, don’t you know! The front porch is begging us to take a seat (while we still can!).

  • Stacy - July 24, 2014 - 7:09 AM

    It looks great! Fencing is one of those things that is easy to put off when there are so many other projects to do. I can relate!ReplyCancel

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Let’s say one of your kitchen appliances died. And let’s say – oh, I don’t know! – it’s the fridge. You had to make a decision to not only buy used (again) or buy new, but you’ve also realized that you had the freedom to choose any finish you liked! Stainless! White! Black! (Blue!)

In an attempt to salvage our on-the-fritz, fine-to-look-at but not-so-stellar-working stainless refrigerator, we purchased a replacement magnet strip. When that didn’t work (and we were out $100 on an appliance we only paid $200 for a year ago), we figured we had a few options: Hire a repairman and hope for the best (therefore putting us out an unknown amount of money), scour the classifieds and pick up another used-but-okay-for-now replacement or put on our grown up pants and just buy a new one.

While the last option was the most painful price-wise, we felt it was the smartest decision for the long haul. (And let’s be honest, it took us a few days of waffling just to commit to the idea that funds needed to be allocated towards an unexpected item.) A kitchen makeover is very much in our future, so we completed step 1 (at the very least!) and got a new refrigerator!

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When it came time to start the hunt (and we needed to move – fast!), I asked Scott, what about white? I’d been noticing white appliances pop up more in a handful of blogs, catalog spreads and the like, and after confirming with you all that white was right, we nixed the idea of stainless and said peace out! to puppy nose smudges once and for all.

Not wanting this to turn into the next Great Fan Debate, we quickly narrowed down our favorite style to french doors with a bottom drawer freezer (it makes so much sense!). But you all know we got stuck somewhere, right?

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We store hopped and online shopped for far longer than we’d ever admit, and although our heads began to spin with more ideas of what we liked (a clean finish on the front), what we didn’t like (no exterior water dispensers!) and what our max budget would be (which admittedly got bumped up and up), we landed on 3 finalists. Above, left to right: Whirlpool, Maytag and Samsung; all french door, all around 25 cu ft.

On paper, these guys are damn near identical, however, some had more visible screw holes, some of the bottom freezer drawers felt chintzy (not good when you’re spending this much!) and – as weird as this may seem – some of the wheels were more noticeable. And after a mind numbing game of which is the best? We went with the  Samsung!

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If we’re going to look at the bright side, this did all go down around the 4th of July holiday which amounted to some pretty great appliance sales. While purchasing a new refrigerator wasn’t the first thing we would’ve hoped to be spending money on, we love it! It’s our first big appliance purchase that’s shiny and new (our condo came stocked with all new appliances, so we had no input), and we liked the matching stove that we have a feeling we’ll be picking up soon (which was also a deciding factor). Tip: We ended up purchasing ours from Best Buy, as they had a 10% cash back in-store incentive (which’ll go towards the stove!).

We christened it with a no holds barred grocery trip, stocking our newly adult purchase with the appropriate adult beverages (among other things, too – come on, now!), but the only downside is our very sad, very out of place kitchen:

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Below, you can see our old refrigerator on the right (it’s since been moved into the garage), our attempt at choosing a wall color (all have been axed to the chopping block; we need to go a bit darker, don’t you think?), a tiny side table holding our tiny toaster and our one measly wall of cabinets. We have many, many ideas for this space, and although an entire kitchen overhaul may be a bit further down the road, we know a big impact can be made with a few affordable upgrades and some fresh coats of paint.

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Until then, we invite you to beeline to the fancy fridge and grab yourself a drink. You’d fit right in!

  • Emily - July 23, 2014 - 7:41 AM

    I love white appliances and am so happy they are making a comeback! I’d say the only thing I’d change about yours would be to make it a counter depth. I just don’t dig giant fridges, but to each their own! Looks great. Can’t wait to see progress on the kitchen.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 23, 2014 - 8:36 AM

      We considered the counter depth… Hope we don’t regret that decision?! Eeks.ReplyCancel

      • Jaime - July 23, 2014 - 10:37 AM

        I LOVE that you went white!! I am going to bet you will NOT regret skipping out on counter depth!! We now rent, and our landlord put in a sweet stainless steel, french door, freezer drawer, counter depth fridge, and we previously had (in our condo) a pretty plain, white, standard depth fridge on top,freezer on the bottom and…..I HATE OUR NEW FANCY ONE AND MISS THE OLD ONE! :( You lose SO MUCH space going to counter depth vs standard (its really absurd!!), and I really didn’t mind that the old fridge didn’t sit flush with the counters. I also despise the stainless steel for keeping clean (I have a dog and a toddler…ARGH!!) and the french doors are a real PITA in my opinion (wait until the first time you leave one open and you have to throw all your food out…those door alarms they have are about as loud as a pin drop). Don’t get me wrong, its a beautiful fridge, but man, all these new trendy things are just not for us. At least now we know not to waste our money and when we finally get our own place again we will go with a simple fridge. The manufacturers keep adding all these fancy compartments and drawers etc but everytime one of those things gets added, it takes away from the usable space in the fridge. Just give me 3 straight shelves and my 2 drawers and I am a happy camper! Haha!!ReplyCancel

  • Sarge in Charge - July 23, 2014 - 7:56 AM

    You made the right call with white, in my opinion! Clean, classic, and doesn’t date to a particular era. While stainless has had some longevity and is probably no longer a trend, in a couple of years I do think it will date to a particular decade. I also find stainless much harder to keep clean than white.ReplyCancel

  • emily - July 23, 2014 - 7:59 AM

    Congrats on your purchase!
    We had to unexpectedly buy a new fridge shortly after buying our second house (I went to paint behind the old one and it had rusted to the wall… yuck). Anyway, it was an unexpected expense but it made me so happy. It held so much! It was so much easier to get the milk out! It didn’t freeze my lettuce! I was seriously in love with it for about a year (and then we got our new dishwasher! It is so awesome!!) and now it’s just a fridge. But I understand how an appliance can bring such happiness. :)

    And I also love the white.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - July 23, 2014 - 8:34 AM

    We bought a similar Samsung french door refrigerator back in ’09 and loved it so much we brought it with us when we moved across country three years later! The storage capacity is amazing! Great choice, promise.ReplyCancel

  • Jaclyn - July 23, 2014 - 8:42 AM

    Fridge looks good! Can’t wait to buy new appliances. Question – where did you buy your island? Or did you build it?
    Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Laura @ Rather Square - July 23, 2014 - 8:51 AM

    We had to replace our fridge as well last winter. We went with stainless and we got side-by-side instead of a bottom freezer. And we have a water dispenser. And it’s counter-depth. So we kind of went the opposite direction as you! But much of our decision making revolved around our own specific kitchen space and the functionality we needed. I think it’s totally dependent on that kind of thing as well as personal preference. You have almost a blank slate since you’ll be renovating your kitchen – nice choice! Sounds like the storage capacity is amazing. :)ReplyCancel

  • Heather - July 23, 2014 - 9:49 AM

    Great choice! I have the same frig in a stainless steel finish. If I had to do it over, I would totally pick the white. Me and that stainless finish have had a few battles already. :) When you are ready for your oven, take a look at the LG 30″ convection oven. I love mine…and the inside it the most brilliant blue!ReplyCancel

  • Monika & Sam - July 23, 2014 - 10:41 AM

    Welcome to the world of adult homeowners where stuff breaks down at the most untimely times and costs way more than you think it should. That said, congrats on the swank new frig. I was one of those pushing the white and you guys smartly went big with the freezer below. Kudos on the acquisition as well as the decision. Good luck with the kitchen rehab. Baby steps, right? :)ReplyCancel

  • Jenn - July 23, 2014 - 1:19 PM

    Those 4th of July sales were amazing–we took advantage of the Lowes/Whirlpool sale and replaced the ancient dishwasher that didn’t work after all (despite what we thought at the inspection) with a pretty, quiet SS number. A new fridge is on the list, too, but not in the immediate future.ReplyCancel

  • I found choosing a new, bigger fridge (after having to live with a tiny one at our condo) to be a lot of fun. The only goof is that we didn’t get a counter-depth model. Doh! That might come back to bite us when we get to the kitchen reno. I keep telling Aaron we can make it work…

    We went with stainless steel to match our over-sized range (which had no options besides stainless and was a MUCH harder decision… and more expensive purchase than the fridge), but white is definitely trending!ReplyCancel

  • ann - July 23, 2014 - 4:27 PM

    I love the white and wish we had purchased one with bottom freezer. The cost of appliances has skyrocketed!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie - July 23, 2014 - 4:43 PM

    I love white appliances too! Everyone says to get stainless steal because they look more expensive. but, white just looks so fresh and clean and bright. Great choice.ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn - July 23, 2014 - 8:06 PM

    Although our fridge is stainless, all our other appliances are Whirlpool Ice collection in white. They are featured in House Beautiful magazine. White will soon become the new stainless if companies continue to make them sleek and modern.

    Check ours out in our renovated kitchen @ vintagetovoguerevivals.com!ReplyCancel

  • emily @ go haus go - July 23, 2014 - 8:25 PM

    Modern white appliance lovers unite!! Love the look!ReplyCancel

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Even though we’ve been knee deep in exterior upgrades, our living room has been coming along, too! All of the trim is complete in this room (paint and everything!), interior door knobs are being installed, our ceiling fan has been getting a lot of use (worth every second of search agony; we promise!), and most recently – we’ve added art!

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The blank wall between our nook and first floor guest room has been staring us down since the day it was painted, and although it’s a considerable blank gap, it’s never been a good candidate for furniture since it’s along the invisible ‘walk way’ that connects the living room to the kitchen. And because we’ve been brainstorming some very large art above our couch (plans are in the works for that!) and we already have a large framed print in the nook, we thought this space could use a minimalistic gallery wall. Nothing too cluttered, nothing too low. (Jack loves using the walk way as his race track every now and then!)

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Some of you may notice a large majority of the art, as we’ve had most of it for years, and we already owned all the frames (a couple were given a facelift with a coat of white paint to keep things cohesive). We did need to order a few new mats (we’re still using the Frames by Mail Matte Designer for that!), but aside from that, we were able to pull everything together fairly quickly! Here’s what we’ve got:

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ONE DIY screen print made at a local arts festival // TWO kitty print by Amy Amok from School of the Art Institute student sale // THREE DC #3 (taken during our trip a few years ago) // FOUR bench print from School of the Art Institute student sale* // FIVE Paris #4 (another one taken during a trip!) // SIX Artificial Growing, Ricardo Solis // SEVEN bear + bunny, Nate Duval

And the print that started it all? SIX! The hippo!

We were recently introduced to Ricardo Solis by someone who works closely with the artist (Hi, Aaron!), and being a lover of all things art, I found myself diving into his work and falling in love. Ricardo’s work is so playful and whimsical, yet it’s done with such skill and precision that – well, we think so! – it works just the same for adults as it would children. Really, take a look!

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Clockwise from top left: Dressing the Zebra, Dripping Flamingo, Fragile Balance, Creating the Corocoro, Creation of the Giraffe, Leopard. Find all his art prints right here!

His imagination is so spirited, and we love that in Solis’ world, animals are created by the help of teensy, tiny workers. (Didn’t we all think that way at some point?) They carefully apply black ribbon to zebras, chisel elephants from stone and fill a hippo as you would a balloon. He toys with the ‘undeniable existence of a Creator,’ and while his art is beautiful in its own right, the subtle message behind each piece is heartwarming – truly!

Bonus! You can currently get free shipping on all Ricardo Solis orders of $50+ when you use the code ‘freeship50′.

And for all those reasons (and many more), we’re thrilled that we get to spread some of that love. Together with the Ricardo Solis team, we’ll be giving away a $100 shopping credit to one lucky reader! Using the Rafflecopter widget below, enter as many ways as you’d like. Giveaway runs through Friday, July 25th at 5pm CST, and the winner will be announced within this post. The best part? This giveaway is available to anyone in the world! Good luck and happy entering!

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*Sadly, this student print is unmarked, and it was purchased at least 4 years ago. (Bummer!) On another note, we highly recommend making it to one of these sales at the School of the Art Institute; they’re held once every spring and winter!

  • Maria - July 21, 2014 - 6:50 AM

    Such lovely prints, all of them! I have always been a fan of this type of art. Your gallery wall is inspiring!ReplyCancel

  • Dawn - July 21, 2014 - 7:14 AM

    I love them all! The one really speaking to me right now is “dressing the zebra”.ReplyCancel

  • Marie - July 21, 2014 - 7:15 AM

    Thank you for sharing one more awesome Artist with us. I have art from Anthony Burill thanks to you, and even if I do not believe in the existence of a Creator, I love animals and the style of Ricardo Solis really stimulates creative imagination. It reminds me of a book, Gulliver’s Travels.ReplyCancel

  • Kaitie - July 21, 2014 - 7:29 AM

    Amazing love them allReplyCancel

  • Loryn - July 21, 2014 - 7:31 AM

    Fun prints! Your living room is really looking good.ReplyCancel

  • kelly - July 21, 2014 - 7:32 AM

    The Flamingo!ReplyCancel

  • Gabrielle - July 21, 2014 - 7:46 AM

    I love “Dressing the Zebra”. Such fun.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - July 21, 2014 - 8:02 AM

    The space looks great! I would love the flamingo for my daughter’s room!ReplyCancel

  • Liev - July 21, 2014 - 8:14 AM

    I feel like I hit the jackpot with your introduction of this artist. I want all the things!!
    That flamingo is perfect.ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn - July 21, 2014 - 8:18 AM

    I love how clean the gallery wall looks, and as always, I’m in love with your art choices. Artificial Growing is an amazing print (and I had already clicked through for the source before I saw the giveaway!), but I also love Ornithophobia. I’m definitely going to be paying attention to Solis’ work in the future.ReplyCancel

  • Lea Sullivan - July 21, 2014 - 8:19 AM

    Love them! Great way to start my Monday :)ReplyCancel

  • Emily - July 21, 2014 - 8:23 AM

    Love the cheetah! And your gallery wall too, got to order that Paris print :)ReplyCancel

  • Terra - July 21, 2014 - 8:36 AM

    I would definitely go for the zebra. Well, or the flamingo… Hmm… they are all so neat! Thanks for the giveaway.ReplyCancel

  • Alison F. - July 21, 2014 - 8:37 AM

    Wow, those are really interesting pieces! I am having trouble deciding if I prefer the flamingo or the leopard. Thanks for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Terra - July 21, 2014 - 8:38 AM

    Such detail. Loving the flamingo.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey - July 21, 2014 - 8:38 AM

    The flamingo or giraffe. I love them both!!ReplyCancel

  • Ginny - July 21, 2014 - 8:44 AM

    Love the Zebra! Just a cool idea. Love all of his prints though, but I’d choose Zebra.ReplyCancel

  • Jillian - July 21, 2014 - 8:46 AM

    I would choose Fragile Balance. And I love your two prints in the mix on your wall. The DC office building is so awesome, and the pop of green from Paris is perfect. :)ReplyCancel

  • Marie - July 21, 2014 - 8:48 AM

    All of the prints are amazing, but I really enjoy creating the corocoro and red hot chili bird!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - July 21, 2014 - 8:48 AM

    Love “The Big Monument”!ReplyCancel

  • Amber - July 21, 2014 - 8:53 AM

    These are wonderfully playfulReplyCancel

  • Hannah@Eriesistibull - July 21, 2014 - 8:57 AM

    Love this art wall! Too cool! As far as my favorite piece, I really like Color War and Proposition Absurd!ReplyCancel

  • Brei - July 21, 2014 - 9:00 AM

    That dripping Flamingo piece is just so cool. Really beautiful work!ReplyCancel

  • Julie - July 21, 2014 - 9:02 AM

    I love the flamingo! It would look perfect in my daughters room!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley W - July 21, 2014 - 9:03 AM

    Love these!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - July 21, 2014 - 9:23 AM

    Love these! I’m a huge fan of Charley Harper, and I love Solis’ takes on animals as well. Thanks for the introduction!ReplyCancel

  • Joelle - July 21, 2014 - 9:27 AM

    I love the zebra piece! I really love them all actuallyReplyCancel

  • Anna Kristina - July 21, 2014 - 9:29 AM

    I love creating the corocoro, dripping flamingo, and dressing the zebra.ReplyCancel

  • Laura - July 21, 2014 - 9:35 AM

    I love the “creation of the giraffe” – I just bought two tiny brass swans, an octopus paperweight, and two bull coat hooks, so I think the giraffe would fit right in!ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie - July 21, 2014 - 9:39 AM

    Love them all! The hippo is fantastic.ReplyCancel

  • erin - July 21, 2014 - 9:47 AM

    my favorite print is Artificial Growing.ReplyCancel

  • Kate - July 21, 2014 - 9:48 AM

    I just moved into a new home and the walls are embarrassingly empty. These are so whimsical and fun. I don’t know how I would choose.ReplyCancel

  • Catherine - July 21, 2014 - 9:52 AM

    Wow, hard to choose! I think the flamingo (or the zebra!).ReplyCancel

  • Chloe - July 21, 2014 - 9:53 AM

    I love the flamingo! Very reminiscent of Dali!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - July 21, 2014 - 9:53 AM

    I love the Hippos, but from his website I really liked swimming upstream.ReplyCancel

  • Liz - July 21, 2014 - 10:14 AM

    Wow, those art prints by Ricardo Solis! How whimsical!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - July 21, 2014 - 10:20 AM

    That flamingo is amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Desaree Martin - July 21, 2014 - 10:31 AM

    I love the bicycle art and color war!ReplyCancel

  • Kelsey - July 21, 2014 - 10:32 AM

    Ahhh, I love the flamingo. i have the perfect spot for it.ReplyCancel

  • Missy G. - July 21, 2014 - 10:39 AM

    Love his work! I think I’d choose the giraffe, but if he ever did a tiger, I would be all over that.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - July 21, 2014 - 10:42 AM

    these are so clever!ReplyCancel

  • kristin - July 21, 2014 - 10:46 AM

    i love this! those prints are amazing and so creative!ReplyCancel

  • misie - July 21, 2014 - 10:56 AM

    this is fantastic! His work is brilliant – and the wall looks great!ReplyCancel

  • Leila Waddell - July 21, 2014 - 11:07 AM

    Im looking for new art for my living room, this would be great!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - July 21, 2014 - 11:10 AM

    I really like Dripping Flamingo and Dressing the ZebraReplyCancel

  • Ursula Ellis - July 21, 2014 - 11:19 AM

    I was introduced to Solis through another blog a few weeks ago and fell head-over-heels in love. His art is charming and fanciful and so wonderfully imaginative. I love them all, but my first choice is the zebra–I suppose because zebras just look like someone was busy at work creating their stripes with scissors and tape.ReplyCancel

  • Ainsley Grimm - July 21, 2014 - 11:20 AM

    I love the giraffe print and I’m usually a fan of all things giraffe, but I just love the “Dressing the Zebra”. There’s just something about the way the stripes are being draped over it’s back just hovering slightly above the skin.ReplyCancel

  • Kristina - July 21, 2014 - 11:29 AM

    So in love with these prints (omg @ the giraffe and flamingo). Thank you for sharing this opportunity to enter… :-)ReplyCancel

  • Jody - July 21, 2014 - 11:35 AM

    These prints are awesome! Love Dressing the Zebra!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Flasche - July 21, 2014 - 11:46 AM

    Love the prints, orginal and colorful.ReplyCancel

  • Jen - July 21, 2014 - 11:52 AM

    These prints are AMAZING!! I am particularly in love with “creation of the giraffe”, but they are all fantastic.ReplyCancel

  • LK - July 21, 2014 - 11:54 AM

    Can never go wrong with a hippo.ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Our Waldo Bungie - July 21, 2014 - 11:58 AM

    That giraffe print is AMAZEBALLS!ReplyCancel

  • Christa - July 21, 2014 - 12:04 PM

    So hard to pick just one! It’s a tie between creation of the giraffe and dripping flamingo. Such great art!
    Awesome giveawayReplyCancel

  • Jessica - July 21, 2014 - 12:06 PM

    My favorite is Color War – so cool!ReplyCancel

  • Jenna - July 21, 2014 - 12:13 PM

    I LOVE the flamingo print :)ReplyCancel

  • carey - July 21, 2014 - 12:25 PM

    great prints! love the hippoReplyCancel

  • Nikki - July 21, 2014 - 12:36 PM

    I love print you have “Artificial Growing” and I also love the vivid colors on “Creating the Corocoro.” What a fun, fanciful concept!

    Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • jackie - July 21, 2014 - 12:47 PM

    love his work – especially the giraffe.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - July 21, 2014 - 12:50 PM

    I love the Zebra print!ReplyCancel

  • Bethany Wellman - July 21, 2014 - 12:51 PM

    The Dripping Flamingo is so whimsical and pink! love it.ReplyCancel

  • Tina S. - July 21, 2014 - 12:52 PM

    The zebra print. Hands down, the zebra print.ReplyCancel

  • Jesse Doogan - July 21, 2014 - 12:56 PM

    Okay. I love love love all of these.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - July 21, 2014 - 12:59 PM

    I love these prints!

    I think I’d choose the hippo or the giraffe.ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany B. - July 21, 2014 - 1:01 PM

    I had previously been introduced to Ricardo’s work in another giveaway opportunity (I didn’t win, don’t worry I am not trying to hoard) I really love his work and how much whimsy it contains. Thanks for another chance at getting some of my own!ReplyCancel

  • Katie - July 21, 2014 - 1:03 PM

    I’ve been in the beginning stages of gathering things for a gallery and really all of these would be perfect!! But I gotta say, the giraffe one is my favorite ;)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah @ 702 Park Project - July 21, 2014 - 1:09 PM

    So fun! The Big Monument and Color War are my favorites.ReplyCancel

  • Max E. - July 21, 2014 - 1:14 PM

    These are great! Thanks for sharing, I love finding new artists to follow.ReplyCancel

  • Marlene @ Jade and Fern - July 21, 2014 - 1:19 PM

    Wow, thank you for introducing me to this amazing artist! I am LOVING the corocoro print (well, all of them, but I guess if I HAD to choose…). How fun!ReplyCancel

  • Lucy - July 21, 2014 - 1:45 PM

    The living room is looking fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • lisa - July 21, 2014 - 1:57 PM

    I like the Dripping Flamingo!ReplyCancel

  • Jenni - July 21, 2014 - 2:01 PM

    I’m over the moon for those prints! I’m normally a giraffe person, but I adore the “Fragile Balance” print!ReplyCancel

  • Jen N. - July 21, 2014 - 2:05 PM

    The giraffe or the hippo, amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Alexis - July 21, 2014 - 2:22 PM

    ooh, i need to buy ‘creation of the hummingbird’ReplyCancel

  • Laura - July 21, 2014 - 2:50 PM

    I love the flamingo print! (and the hippo, of course)ReplyCancel

  • Danielle - July 21, 2014 - 2:56 PM

    I just love Dressing the Zebra!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - July 21, 2014 - 2:59 PM

    I love the Giraffe print! My brother and sister in law are doing a giraffe theme for their nursery and this would be a great addition!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly - July 21, 2014 - 3:13 PM

    I really love his flamingo prints, including the color war and the flying flamingo.ReplyCancel

  • Caitlyn - July 21, 2014 - 3:17 PM

    What a talented artist! Love the prints and I love that you feature artists here and the idea to get art from a student show – great idea!ReplyCancel

  • ELLEN TILLERY - July 21, 2014 - 3:42 PM

    I saw Solis’ prints not too long ago on another blog, can’t remember which now, but they didn’t feature the flamingo! I love it!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lindse - July 21, 2014 - 3:50 PM

    Love the idea of a gallery wall with just art and no photos – especially for a child’s room.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel P - July 21, 2014 - 3:54 PM

    I love the flamingo printReplyCancel

  • Jen - July 21, 2014 - 5:13 PM

    Love the Artificial Growing one and the Wisdom one!ReplyCancel

  • Shay - July 21, 2014 - 5:27 PM

    I love being introduced to new artists through blogs – it’s usually stuff I wouldn’t come across on my own but I love it.

    I think the paint by numbers Giraffe is my favorite.ReplyCancel

  • jan - July 21, 2014 - 5:27 PM

    The flamingoReplyCancel

  • Jessica C - July 21, 2014 - 5:28 PM

    These prints are amazing. I love the zebra print, and also “quiet reading”.ReplyCancel

  • Erin Ellis - July 21, 2014 - 5:42 PM

    They are all fabulous, but I have to say “Dressing the Zebra” is my favorite. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    ErinReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Behrens - July 21, 2014 - 5:45 PM

    I want one of these amazing prints!ReplyCancel

  • Jannike - July 21, 2014 - 6:11 PM

    Love the Red Bird print on Ricardo’s site.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - July 21, 2014 - 6:14 PM

    I’m really liking both “dressing the zebra” and “poisonous color”, so I’d probably get one of those. Or maybe both :)ReplyCancel

  • Melanie - July 21, 2014 - 6:15 PM

    Love these, they are so quirky :)ReplyCancel

  • Cassie Holcomb - July 21, 2014 - 6:18 PM

    Dressing the zebra is amazing, such an imagination he has!ReplyCancel

  • Shelby - July 21, 2014 - 6:59 PM

    I love that flamingo print – how fun! It would look great in my office.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth G. - July 21, 2014 - 7:21 PM
  • Megan - July 21, 2014 - 7:22 PM

    Love the hippo art!! The rest is great too. :)ReplyCancel

  • Layne - July 21, 2014 - 7:32 PM

    I love them all! As a cat lady, I would pick the leopard if I had to choose. :)ReplyCancel

  • Michael - July 21, 2014 - 8:03 PM

    I would totally get the giraffe print.ReplyCancel

  • wendy - July 21, 2014 - 8:09 PM

    This gallery wall is inspiring me to finally paint all my frames to match. And maybe upgrade our mattes too.ReplyCancel

  • KC - July 21, 2014 - 8:15 PM

    I love Fragile Balance. The expression on his (her?) face is great!ReplyCancel

  • Maya @ House Nerd - July 21, 2014 - 8:55 PM

    Your house is looking AMAZING! It’s beautiful! I love all the prints honestly and would be quite ecstatic with any of them in my home. But I think the zebra and leopard speak to my heart the most.ReplyCancel

  • Laura - July 21, 2014 - 9:02 PM

    This is such a great giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Karen - July 21, 2014 - 9:15 PM

    I love them all, but might choose the zebra print…ReplyCancel

  • Laura Igram - July 21, 2014 - 9:18 PM

    Creation of a giraffe would be my pick!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy - July 21, 2014 - 9:23 PM

    The giraffe!ReplyCancel

  • Adrienne - July 21, 2014 - 10:41 PM

    Love his art. I want the flamingo!!ReplyCancel

  • Dianne - July 22, 2014 - 1:26 AM

    Either the zebra or the flamingo!! Really enjoying your blog – all the way from NZ….ReplyCancel

  • Samantha - July 22, 2014 - 2:09 AM

    love the ‘Dripping Flamingo’ print and all the other art. Thanks for the lead on this great artist.ReplyCancel

  • charmaine - July 22, 2014 - 4:06 AM

    love his art!!! so amazingly talented! too hard to choose! all of them are great!ReplyCancel

  • Darnetha | ChippaSunshine - July 22, 2014 - 5:13 AM

    By far my favorite piece is the Flamingo!ReplyCancel

  • Katie - July 22, 2014 - 7:09 AM

    Love the zebra.ReplyCancel

  • sarah r - July 22, 2014 - 7:34 AM

    the flamingo is amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Maria M. - July 22, 2014 - 10:01 AM

    I love them all! If I had to choose just one, I would love the giraffe one!ReplyCancel

  • Taylor B. - July 22, 2014 - 11:58 AM

    I would choose Dressing the Zebra. It would go perfectly in my black and white themed nursery for my baby girl due in October. Beautiful work! Thanks for the opportunity!ReplyCancel

  • Katie Wilson - July 22, 2014 - 12:10 PM

    I love the flamingo one! :)ReplyCancel

  • Trude - July 22, 2014 - 12:23 PM

    So creative, I love work like this too! Dressing the Zebra is sooo cool, but I also love the whimsy of the hippo print you guys chose. Love all the art, I’m definitely going to have to check out the custom mat designer! I’ve got a few prints from Europe that just don’t quite fit standard US frames. :)ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer I. - July 22, 2014 - 1:33 PM

    I love the Big Monument with the elephant or the zebra….or the giraffe. Love the creativity in these!!ReplyCancel

  • Phong - July 22, 2014 - 1:51 PM

    I like the zebra or the flamingoReplyCancel

  • Leslie J - July 22, 2014 - 2:57 PM

    I love the hippo! These are really cool. Thanks for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Julie - July 22, 2014 - 3:25 PM

    So hard to choose!
    The Hippo! The Flamingo! No, wait, The Giraffe!ReplyCancel

  • Pam - July 22, 2014 - 5:41 PM

    I love the Dripping Flamingo!ReplyCancel

  • JessicaE - July 22, 2014 - 8:49 PM

    Looks great! What fun prints! My son would love them :)ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn - July 22, 2014 - 9:36 PM

    All really cool prints, but my favorite has to be The Big Monument with Wisdom a very close second.ReplyCancel

  • Emily R - July 22, 2014 - 9:51 PM

    I love the hippo!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa B. - July 22, 2014 - 10:11 PM

    I think I’m favoring “Dressing the Zebra”, it’s adorable! Another artist putting out quirky animal-themed work that I thought you two might be interested in: https://www.etsy.com/shop/WildLifePrints . Seemed these might be up your alley! I have a few of these prints myself, so fun/whimsical.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 23, 2014 - 9:25 AM

      Oh, man, those are awesome! I love anything T Rex, so those really are right up my alley. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Maggie H. - July 23, 2014 - 7:36 AM

    LOVE YOU GUYS!!!! Question though. What color is your living room? I lurv it! Could you put together a list of the colors you’ve used in your new house? I poked around a bit but didn’t see anything. Y’all got style cher!

    xoxo,
    MaggieReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 23, 2014 - 9:26 AM

      Thanks, Maggie! The color is called Pensive Sky by Behr. A gray that leans blue :) I’ve really been meaning to pull some resources together, and it’s on my to do list!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - July 23, 2014 - 11:33 AM

    My husband and I just bought our first house, so I’m definitely on the lookout for new art!ReplyCancel

  • Alexandra - July 23, 2014 - 12:22 PM

    oh, i love the giraffe!!ReplyCancel

  • katie p nc - July 23, 2014 - 12:25 PM

    The Giraffe!!! I love the idea of tweaking how these animals came to be. love it! going to follow Ricardo for sure!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - July 23, 2014 - 12:48 PM

    love the creation of the giraffe!! Would also love to buy the creation of the hummingbird for my Mother-in-LawReplyCancel

  • Whitney D - July 23, 2014 - 4:52 PM

    These are great!!! Such a cute themed print for the bedroom or bathroom. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Kara - July 23, 2014 - 11:54 PM

    I’m torn…. love both the hoisted hippo and the giraffe! They’re both so creative and fun!ReplyCancel

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