Thursday, March 29, 2012

Frame Art Ideas

I stumbled upon the Keep Calm Gallery last night while looking for options to put in one of our new hallway frames and I'm so glad I did. There are tons of great options but here are a few of my favorites:

Bop on over to their site to check out even more.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Hall's Walls

After we first moved in, the small hallway that leads to the bathroom and guest bedroom/office got a lot of attention. The tile that used to be there was all ripped up to make way for our new wood floors. After that though pretty much no more progress was made and we were left with a neutral shell consisting of patched, yellow-y gray, baseboard-less walls.

Last month I found and then immediately purchased an unused gallon of Behr's Perfect Taupe from Home Depot for seven bucks in the Oops section even though I didn't really have any plans for it. Then I used it to paint our master bedroom landing (didn't post pictures- sorry!) and now again to paint the downstairs hallway. It's a difficult color to capture on film so take into consideration these pics were shot at night. I'll be sure to take some more in the daytime.

Here's the color image from Behr:

And here's the color used in a nursery. You can see how gray the paint becomes in the daylight.

Once the paint dried I went right ahead planning out a little gallery wall.

Now let me tell you-- this hallway still has a lot more that needs to be done. The pass-through to the kitchen still needs to be framed out and painted, the baseboards need to be put back on, and the opening to the basement including the floor needs to be retro-fitted for a door. Hence all the crappiness surrounding my lovely gallery wall.

The car frame is from a garage sale and the other two prints are simply tear-outs from magazines (Elle Decor and House Beautiful) in Ikea Ribba frames.

So here ya go: the 75% done Afters:

I've been scouring Etsy for something to put in the larger frame. I'm thinking a quote or a Bible verse, something grammatical. Any suggestions? I'd really love to see the collection grow over time and surround the pass-through even more but for now it's a start.

Thursday, March 22, 2012


These past weeks of amazing Spring weather have been too good to be true, but I'm certainly enjoying it. I plucked these forsythia branches right from our own property and I love being able to enjoy them this year. Since we moved in to our house in July these yellow beauties were already gone so now I'm going to make the most of their short life span. And since this post is going to be pretty random, you'll see we have curtains in our dining room! I finished those up a few weeks ago but just never got around to getting the room photographed. Soon.

On another random note, I found a place for my new basket:

The one that was there before is now in the living room holding extra blankets and taking the place of our winter trees- the last of the winter decor to officially make its way down to the basement.

Friday, March 16, 2012

A-tisket A-tasket A-free-for-me Basket

Today at work I saw a couple faux-tree baskets sitting by the door ready to go out to the trash. You know the kind, every office has them, the big dusty fake trees "planted" in some kind of basket. Like a tree really grows out of a basket? But when I saw them being taken to their final resting place I noticed one of the baskets was not half bad. And if it was free, I figured I could take it home and make it work.

The basket had a ton of faux moss on the top which I scooped up and into a ziplock bag (to be used for an undecided future project requiring fake moss) but then under the moss was tons of foam inside a plastic bag. I guess over time though the bag kind-of became "one" with the basket and had to be pulled out in chunks to remove fully. After about ten minutes I finally had all the foam out and had made quite a mess so I vacuumed it all up as well as the inside of the basket.

I don't really have a plan for it so for now it's sitting under our parsons desk. I may have some fun with it and do a little spray painting since it was free but we'll see how things go. Have a great St. Patty's weekend!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

I'm Lovin' It

Lucky you, two weeks in a row you get to check out some beautifully decorated homes and blogs. I shared a little snippet of this home yesterday but here's a little more eye candy for you to enjoy. Simple, neutral, and cozy- my kind of house. The couple behind Moss Eclectic were chosen to share their house tour over on Apartment Therapy and aren't we all lucky that we were invited to check it out. Enjoy:

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Shedding Some Light

I've never liked overhead lighting in a living room because it always seems to be too harsh, especially when hanging out at night (which is usually the time we are in the living room) and most often when entertaining. Varying levels of light I believe is key and softens things up. Also any excuse to get rid of our fan makes me happy. But that's not the point today. Today I wanna show you our new lamp that replaced the old brass one in the corner, seen below:

A little post-birthday shopping led to the purchase of this beauty:

And now that side of the room is much cozier.

The lamp is from Target and has a nice weighted bottom and doesn't feel flimsy in the slightest. There is also a little foot switch on the plug so you can just tap it on and off right on the floor. Pretty cool. Now to decided what kind of art to add to that side of the room.

I saw this beautiful living room in a recent Apartment Therapy home tour and it gave me some inspiration to add a little shelf crowded with lovely frames. I'll keep you posted if I decide to do so.

(PS: the curtains are much more of a "cool blue" in real life, closer to the first picture. In the bottom photo they look almost purple which I assure you, they are not.)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Making My Dressing Room Mine

Nothing personalizes a space better than artwork and that's exactly where I'm at with this house. Most of our rooms are done in terms of the larger projects and I'm itching to get some art hung and really make this house ours. After recently hanging some art in the bathroom, I moved on to my dressing room.

If you don't remember, I've been drooling over this Etsy print for months and months after mentioning it in my original dressing room mood board and finally it is mine thanks to my sister, my mom, and my birthday.

After finding a perfectly unwrapped Ribba frame at a thrift store I was saved the 45 minute drive to our closest Ikea and instead got my print hung right away.

I then added another smaller Ribba frame holding a vintage Barbie greeting card and a gilded H from Hobby Lobby to create this sweet little grouping that makes the small nook feel more like a room. My room.

The pink Ikat boxes were also a birthday gift from my mom and they fit in seamlessly. I already have tons of storage with the dresser so the boxes are still empty but I'm sure I'll be able to fill them soon enough. You'll also notice I hung a curtain rod and curtains but those are still a work in progress. I need to get nickel curtain clips instead of the black (leftover from the living room curtains) and finish hemming the curtains but I love how cozy the room feels with them already.

P.S. I updated the Tour page to reflect these changes.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Solution For the Shelf Hooks

While making dinner last night I realized that our parsley was in its prime so in order to not let it go past its prime and into the trash I hung it up to let it dry out. That way I can use it for even longer. I didn't even have to think twice about where to hang it- the perfect solution for the hooks on our new shelf.

I have some dill that will need to be hung within a week or so and it'll be great to have them up at the same time. Happy Friday everyone!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Kitchen Shelves 2.0

When we first designed the layout of our kitchen we removed an upper cabinet from the original blueprints that would have been located above the dishwasher and to the left of the window above our sink.

We initially planned to hang a pair of floating shelves on the wall to add some open storage and also balance things out as compared to the opposite wall full of cabinets.

We actually bought the shelves and hung one before we realized we weren't completely sold on the overall look. The shelves we got were bright white and very modern looking and were just not gonna work for us. Sorry, I don't have a picture because we promptly took the shelf down and moved them to the basement, hopefully to be used for some future purpose, but I'm sure you can picture it.

After realizing that the floating shelves were not gonna do the trick, we set out to find an alternative option that would fulfill all the same functions: add storage (both functional and decorative), balance out the wall, and look good. That's when we stumbled upon these at HomeGoods:

A little bit rustic, a little bit (dare I say) country, and a whole lotta perfect. We scooped up the one on the left because it was deeper than the one on the right, it had a plate rack, and Dan and I both agreed we loved it.

The milk bottles on the top shelf were a recent birthday gift from a great friend. The wire caddy was originally a rust color but I wanted it to stand out against the wood shelf so I simply spray painted it white. You can also see from these shots that we need to 1) frame out that window already 2) hang some artwork on the blank wall 3) find something to hang from those adorable little hooks. Mugs would be too predictable so I'm trying to come up with something else. Overall we love it-- the shape, the storage, the little bit of rustic in our otherwise very white kitchen. Oh and I hung it all by myself. Yeah, I'm pretty proud because that thing is heavy.
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