Saturday, August 30, 2014

Weekend Reading

I've been MIA for most of the summer and majority of this spans from just living in my so-called moments. We took little day trips around SoCal with the kids, doing the tourist thing.  I think a big part of being a parent is just seeing how excited your kids get when they experience something new--it's the best kind of gift as a parent.  

And so, between school and running around with the kids, I haven't made much time for projects or extra fluff. And I am definitely okay with this.  I've been trying not to get wrapped up in blogging for no purpose.  Not that it has to be some life altering post on pillows or vignettes.  I've just stepped back from blogging in general; trying to get away from the whole idea of, "what I think I should be doing" as a blogger.  I'll blog when I think it's necessary and not because I have to.  Doing this helps me focus on what I really love about design and the small details that make it my own and not just like the next person.      

I'm letting go of expectations for my home and myself--and just doing exactly what I love, without fear that I'm not measuring up to the next.

Happy labor day weekend!

Friday, August 8, 2014

What do I put on my Walls?

For some it seems so easy.  They know exactly what they want and where to put it.  And for some, putting things on their walls is intimidating or just not a priority.  Call it fear of commitment or just plain decision making at best--I know people who go months and even years with bare walls because, "This place is just temporary, we're only here for a few years."  Or, "I just don't know what to hang up!"  First and foremost, can I just tell all you out there who say they're only in a temporary live there.  In this present time, you occupy whatever residence you currently live, sleep, and breathe in.  I don't believe you need to fill every corner of your home or even every wall for that matter.  But, waiting to make your house a home, should never be put on hold.  Even on a small budget, you can do something.  

A collection.

Whether it's a collection of beach photography, vintage posters, drawings, or prints, showcasing a collection of art or collectibles is a great way to make your home more personal.  And in turn, make you happier.  And this site from Botanicus, offers some great botanical art.

Sherry Hart

A single picture.

NEVER, underestimate the value of negative space.  What I love about this piece is the simplicity of this singular artwork, alone.  The space isn't overtly done in a million picture frames or fuss.  And while the artwork is small in scale, they've used a large matted frame, in black, to accent the piece.  Alone, this piece is beautiful and inexpensive.  The New York Public Library also offers free digital art.

Annie Mahoney

Large Art & Mirrors.

For those of us who need and thrive in a symmetrical world, this trio is the medicine.  The muted abstract art piece above the mantle adds some color to the room while two large mirrors flank either side.  The impact of just these three items adds a lot to the space, and the accessories around don't have to cost an arm and a leg.  Keep it simple.

GBGP Design

Interesting objects.

This in turn kind of goes hand-in-hand with showcasing a collection.  Natural pieces can be great conversation starters when visitors come over and they add some texture and interest into your home.  If you want to build a collection, perusing second hand stores is the best, sometimes people give away things they have no idea are worth anything.  And the baskets below don't need to be expensive, if your grandmother had baskets she used to use or even your own mother or whomever, what a great way to keep it in the family and carry with it a story.    

Coastal Living


Large Mirror.

Have a large wall?  Put a mirror on it.  And when you do, consider the size.  I like to try for anything around 35" or larger. You won't regret it.  And in small rooms, mirrors are great.  They reflect light and make a space seem larger, which is always nice.  The image below uses an interesting mirror and flanks them with simple frames on either side.  The mirror may use a bit of your budget, but the frames should be inexpensive.  This way you can use your dolla' bills where it really counts.

Better Home & Garden

Gallery wall.

I'm sure we've all seen the million pictures on Pinterest and blog world, drenched with gallery walls.  This is definitely another easy way to fill that wall space.  I know for some it can be tricky and messy to work with, especially if you don't have a great eye for piecing it together.  But I say, try a gallery wall with purpose.  These two images below, keep it simple.  They've used all the same picture frames.  This keeps the look cohesive and easier for most to look at.  Whether your photos are small or large, this is one for to consider.  

Better Homes & Garden

The Aestate

There are lots of things we can put on our walls at home, and this is just the beginning of what's out there.  You don't need thousands dollars to add interest or personal taste into your home, you already have it.  And if you need a little more, there is something for everyone.  Hanging things in our homes shouldn't be scary or daunting because it belongs to you.  Your home is for you and the ones you love.  Decorate it with love and you'll never be wrong.