Ever since moving into our house nearly two years ago, I’ve wanted to paint the dark brick wall in our living room. When I posted these images last year, I knew it would help motivate me to someday get the job done. That day was more like a span of 3 days (and I still have a few touch-ups and outlet covers to replace), but it’s largely complete and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. The room is so much brighter and modern looking.
We used painted 3-4 layers of primer and then added a single layer of the same color of Valspar paint as our walls. Here’s a before and after shot:
As I mentioned last week, I’ve been working on a photo gallery wall for in our family room for quite a while now. I love travel and I love photography, so a display of photos from our vacations over the years seemed like a perfect combination. But perfection isn’t what I was going for: I wanted a display of photos that was asymmetrical and a bit offbeat while still giving an overall impression of balance. Not an easy task … (more…)
I’ve been working on a gallery wall in our family room for a couple of months now. Between selecting images, framing them, trying different layouts on the floor, deciding to change several photos and finally hanging them on the wall, it’s taken much longer to complete the gallery wall than I ever dreamed.
This week we finally finished our big wall of travel photos and I couldn’t be happier with the results. It was definitely worth the effort we put into it. And as a bonus, I had several pictures that ended up not making the cut for the family room gallery, so I’ve started another gallery wall in my office. (more…)
I’ve been working on creating a gallery wall of photos for a few months now, and I’m finally *almost* ready to start adding art to a large empty wall in our living room. The imagery is mostly my own photography from our travels and family photos, but I’ve also added a few prints into the mix. I did quite a bit of research before selecting the prints, so I thought I would share some of my favorites. Just compiling these examples has made me re-think my initial selections – so many great images out there, it’s hard to choose! (more…)
Happy Spring! Now that Easter is right around the corner, I decided to add a little Spring-time update to our dining room. Like other rooms in our house, we’ve decorated in a modern rustic style with simple furniture, a muted color palette and lots of houseplants for accents. To add a few simple Easter touches, I designed a flower box centerpiece for our table and added this customizable bunting banner from Minted’s spring collection to our wall. (more…)
My success with houseplants over the past year has given me a bit of courage to try new – and possibly not-so-hardy – varieties, so last week I purchased a collection of air plants. Since I’m not very familiar with air plants, I decided on this set which features 10 different varieties for about $25.
I love the look of air plants and the added flexibility of not having to plant them in soil – it opens up all sorts of decorating possibilities. By ordering a variety, I’m able to experiment a bit and determine which ones I like the best and which ones prove to be the easiest to care for. (more…)
Every year about this time, I go on a houseplant shopping spree. Last year, the living room was the primary recipient of the new greenery, and my selection of plants centered around easy-to-maintain varieties. Purchasing hard-to-kill plants paid off, as many of last year’s additions are still alive and well. This year, I’m taking a similar approach but since most of the plants will be placed in my office, a dark room with dark wood panelling, I decided I needed plants that also thrive in low-light conditions. The windows in my office are southern facing with a tree just outside blocking much of the light for all but an hour or two or so each day. As a result, low-light plants were definitely the only option. (more…)
The chalkboard wall that we painted in Jenna’s room at the end of last year was the first step in our plan to add a desk/study space to her room. We added a small desk earlier this year, and since her wall is completely DECKED OUT for Valentine’s Day, I thought it was the perfect time to share a bit more about her new study space. (more…)
When I posted this round-up of craft ideas on Friday, I knew the first project I wanted to tackle was the decoupage tissue paper mugs. I had never heard of dishwasher-safe Mod Podge, and I definitely wanted to try it out. Instead of mugs, which we have a ton of already, I decided on small plates which could be used as decorative trays or snack plates. (more…)
I wrote this post last year about my love of black-and-white stripes in home decor, but as I look around my house, I realize I’ve done nothing to act on this obsession. Maybe one or two of these will help move me in the right direction:
Desks have been quite a focus at our house lately: we recently added a desk to Jenna’s room, Jason’s desk received a Lego makeover and my desk, well, let’s just say that you can finally see it. Spending so much time at our desks has made me realize that we’re incredibly lacking in the lighting department, especially when it comes to my own workspace. Maybe one of these will make an appearance soon:
With Valentine’s Day coming up, I’ve been on the lookout for holiday projects that I can do with my daughter. Candle-making seems like an unlikely candidate for a children’s craft, but I think this tutorial (specifically the use of the Dixie cups) helps make it more child-friendly. (more…)
Recently both of my children have become focused on having desks in their rooms. I’d like to think it’s related to a desire to spend more time studying, but I know that’s not the case. Instead, I think they’ve taken an interest in defining their own space, and setting up desks for reading, drawing and placing their ‘stuff’ is just part of the process.
After the recent updates to Jenna’s room, I wanted to make some quick progress on Jason’s playroom (which we’ve already started calling his “office”). He already had a desk, but it was more of a surface for creating with Legos than it was a space for studying.
Over the weekend, I completely converted the space from Lego play table to Lego office space. And the best part: I did it using materials we already had on hand, without buying anything new. (more…)