Reader Redesign: Create & Barrel

Imagine our surprise when not one but two readers submitted their take on some of our favorite Crate & Barrel prints (which you might remember from this mood board makeover or this mood board makeover). And since both readers took different but equally successful paths at DIYing their own versions of the prints, we decided to share both of their methods with you. Let’s start with Lindsay’s letter:

I thought you’d like to see the artwork I drummed up for our living room. You posted this mood board awhile back featuring Crate & Barrel’s Classical Symmetry prints. As soon as I saw them, I knew I wanted to DIY them. I used masking tape to create the lines on the lattice patterned one and the last two were made with a hand drawn stencil. I already owned all of the art supplies (paper, paint, tape, etc.) but found some affordable square frames at Target for about $24 each. So I was able to come in way under Crate & Barrel’s price and I always find it satisfying to hang my own artwork on the walls. Thanks for all of your inspiring projects & ideas! – Mahalo, Lindsay from Aisle to Aloha

Don’t they look great? Now on to Amanda’s take on the same geometric artwork:

I became a little obsessed with the Crate & Barrel art that you posted for Ashley’s Design Dilemma but when I clicked on the link and realized they were a bit more than I’d like to spend I decided to DIY it instead. I thought we’d put our Illustrator and Photoshop skills to the test and see what we could do to recreate these images at a lower cost. And I am in LOVE with the results! They are a smaller size than the Crate & Barrel originals, but they fit our space perfectly.  And we don’t have mats yet, but we may add those later on. Here are the details:

You’ve inspired me so much when it comes to decorating our new home. Thank you, thank you, thank you! – Amanda from On Being Browns

Both projects turned out so well (and so much less expensive than the originals)! We love that one is more fine-art based (involving paint and stencils) while the other is a bit more tech-savvy. So if anyone else has been coveting that C & B artwork – but not the price tag – feel free to break out the paints like Lindsay or your computer skills like Amanda to whip up your own take on them. What do you guys think? Will you be attempting either method to make some of your own inspired by the gorgeous originals (and these gals)? Or will you even try your hand at a third approach?


  1. Laura says

    I just saw a set of six square vinyl decals very similar to these in Homegoods for $9.99…I’m sure they would look just as great as the ones you’ve featured here, whether framed up or applied directly to a wall.

  2. Kate! says

    Fantastic! I, too, envied the CB prints but found them to be out of my price range.
    These DIY versions are so beautiful that I may have to get creative here myself :) Great job Lindsey and Amanda!

  3. Lisa says

    I loved those prints and wanted to use them in our living room. My husband was not thrilled with the price tag, however. I planned on re-creating them in Photoshop, but have yet to get around to it. Maybe one of these days!

  4. Megan says

    Those are so great. I’ve also had those prints in the back of my mind as art I could recreate. I love that your readers took it on!

  5. bridget b. says

    cool! i absolutely loved the C&B prints, but was also turned off by the price. it never occured to me to diy. thanks to your reader for the idea.

  6. Amy N. says

    Those look great!

    I have been in love with those symmetry prints from C&B for over a year now, but I haven’t wanted to drop the dough. I just purchased 5 of the smaller 9 1/2 x 13″ Modern Symmetry prints from for $9.99 each for my living room. They are made by the same artist who also makes the Brilliant Symmetry prints that are beautiful as well.

  7. Elizabeth C says

    Love them! What a fantastic job you both did. Amanda–would you be willing to share your AI files?

  8. Christine says

    I am so in love with geometric prints. I found very similar prints from the same artist on called modern symmetry for $10 a piece. They just need to be cropped and added to some inexpensive matted frames.

  9. ErinC says

    Nice! I wanna do this! For Amanda’s, I’m guessing she just saved the photoshop files on a flashdrive and took them to Kinko’s for printing?

  10. says

    I love this idea! It seems easy too. I have been trying to think of some good quality art work at a low price for our house and this seems like a great DIY. Thanks for sharing!!

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