Monday, July 07, 2014

Personalise Your Home with Wise Decor {Review & Giveaway}

I think I have to start this post with an apology to Wise Decor for taking much longer than normal to finish this review, and a thank you to them for their patience with me. It all started with the vast array of options on their site, which was both amazing and perhaps a little overwhelming. It definitely took me a while to decide on my order.

What is Wise Decor? It's a custom lettering company that provides individually crafted lettering wall decals that can be applied to multiple surfaces in your home. Paint, glass, furniture, mirrors - it can all be personalised with your own words. The process they use creates the look of hand-painted messages on your walls, with the convenience of knowing those messages can be easily removed without undergoing a new paint job.

If you have your own verse of sentiment you'd like to use in your decorating, you're halfway to the goal. But even if you aren't quite sure how to put your feelings into words, or if you like the idea of these decor messages but don't know what you could say, Wise Decor offers a huge selection of pre-written text, organised by categories like Kid's Room, Kitchen, Humour & Wit, Scripture, Motivational, Family Photos, and more. This is really where I got caught up, as I loved so many of the quote options they suggested.

In the end, I chose something pretty simple, but very meaningful for my family - "Together Is A Wonderful Place To Be." We've had some tough times over the last couple of years with health issues in particular, and together is really how we've gotten through it all.
It's hanging in our entrance way, above one of my framed photos.
The process to finalise your lettering is really straightforward, but again you have many options to consider. Wise Decor wants you to make a well-informed decision on your design, so you begin by choosing your wall colour from among over 40 options. You then choose the colour for your text, the font, the size, and the layout. Centred, staggered, zig zag - they can do it. As you make your selections an image changes to show you exactly how your text will look on your wall. You can move the text around and change the line breaks and line spacing to allow it to fit your particular space. The actual dimensions of your finished text update as you change your selections.

With so much attention to detail at the design stage, it's unlikely you'll be unhappy with your purchase, but they have a money-back guarantee just in case.

What I most appreciate about this product is how easy it is to apply. Your design comes on a single sheet, already perfectly spaced, just as you saw it during the ordering process. Simply remove the cover sheet, press to the wall, and apply the lettering using the plastic squeegee tool they send. Rub the squeegee over the letters, and carefully pull back the paper to see your creation. I found I had to spend a little time fixing some edges down as I pulled the paper back, and then I smoothed the lettering with my fingers just to be sure everything stayed put. You can see in the picture above how well it came out! (There's a full "How To Apply" on their website.)

A Giveaway

One lucky Raising My Boys reader will receive a $50 gift certificate for Wise Decor to help them decorate their own home with gorgeous and easy to apply wall decals. Entries are via the Rafflecopter widget below and will be accepted until 12:00 midnight EDT, July 20. Giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents. Best of luck!

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