Painting the brick wall in the room just off our kitchen has been something I’ve wanted to do since moving into our new home last year. I’m hoping by posting this as a “before” picture, I’ll feel compelled to create an “after” picture soon.
Below are a few of my favorite ideas for painted brick. I’ve never painted brick before but I love the crisp white look and I think it will make the room look brighter and more modern. It’s a pretty big change, so I’m considering whitewashing the brick as a first step.
Christmas Photo Cards are an annual tradition in our family. Last year I framed all of our past cards and displayed them in the kitchen during the holiday months (and maybe a few months after). This year, we’re continuing the tradition, but the addition of this year’s card caused us to exceed the wall space in the kitchen. Luckily we have a living room with completely bare walls just waiting to be filled.
Creating the Gallery
The first step is to select and frame a series of holiday photos or cards. I love that we have one image from (almost) every year, so the collection tells the story of our Christmas pasts and illustrates Jason and Jenna’s emerging personalities over the years.
Since each card design has a different visual style, I decided to use simple, white frames. But for a more consistent series of prints, I love the idea of a more eclectic mix of old and new.
To hang the photos in this corner space, I mostly followed this genius tutorial by arranging paper cut to the size of my frames on the wall before hanging the frames. This is a great way to experiment with different layouts before placing any holes in your walls.
Knowing that this is a temporary display, however, I adapted the technique by using 3M strips instead of screws when it came time to hang the frames on the wall. This makes the arrangement super easy to install and just as easy to take down after the holidays.
I also added an extra step to the process: letting Jenna draw pictures in each of the placeholder “frames.”
This Year’s Card
While Jenna’s gallery of drawings was pretty great, in the end, we swapped them out for our holiday cards. My current favorite is this year’s card (printed by Minted).
I’m super excited about this year’s card, and I’m working on a related stamping project that I’ll share soon.
Here is the final holiday gallery corner in our formal living room. I love how it turned out and can’t wait to see how it grows over the years:
My decorating habits over the past few years have definitely followed a trend. Every holiday season, we fill our living room with a gigantic Christmas tree and other trimmings only to be struck by a sense of emptiness once said decorations are removed. Every winter ends with me buying a large quantity of houseplants to fill in this void, and, by summer’s end, most of the plants have been moved to the curb. It’s a circle of life.
So when I wrote this post at the beginning of 2014, I had no idea that our plants would be doing so well by winter (more…)
Making my own marbled paper is something I’ve wanted to explore for awhile. I purchased a marbling paper kit for Jenna a couple of years ago and she absolutely loved it, but the primary colors included in the kit weren’t ideal for some of the decorative projects I had in mind.
After coming across a few posts about marbling with nail polish, I decided to experiment with marbling paper again. (more…)
This weekend I attended a succulent wreath-making class at the Arboretum taught by Cynthia Koogler of Flower Child Plants. Similar to the vertical succulent garden class I took in the spring, this class was lots of fun and resulted in a pretty awesome succulent arrangement. I hope to keep it alive, but I have a really bad track record with succulents. I should probably take a class dedicated to keeping succulents alive. (more…)
I recently came across a gorgeous vintage round mirror with geometric, faceted edges at an antique mall and couldn’t decide whether to purchase it. I love the look of vintage mirrors, but I’m never sure if adding a vintage piece into my mix of otherwise modern furniture will look cool and eclectic or cluttery and mismatched. I’ve been scouting out examples of vintage mirrors on Pinterest to help me decide.
It’s not even October yet, but we’re in full-on Halloween mode at our house. This weekend we set up a small cemetery in our front yard … more on that soon. In the meantime, here are some lanterns that Jenna and I made recently using a simple melted crayon technique. You can read the full tutorial on Modern Parents, Messy Kids today.
Over Christmas, I fell in love with a set of white feather wreaths from West Elm, and after purchasing them, I realized that they would have been really easy to make using feather boas. With Halloween coming up next month, I decided to try out my idea by using black feather boas to create a raven-themed wreath. (more…)
When I wrote this post earlier in the week about copper spray paint, I mentioned a similar project using copper contact paper. And while I had purchased the contact paper along with the spray paint, I hadn’t actually completed said project. Over the course of the week, I attempted to cover a small cylindrical vase with contact paper. Wow. I had no idea how difficult it would be. The sides of the vase were perfectly straight - no tapering at all – and, yet, there seemed to be no way the paper would adhere smoothly to the vase.
So that’s when I started thinking, how can I make this easier? (more…)