Friday, July 30, 2010
In our old house, we had a blank wall separating the dining room from the living room. That wall was blank for nearly three years. I couldn't figure out what to do with it. Then, one day, the West Elm catalogue came. In it was this:
image via Sarah's Fab Day
I loved it, and it was the perfect size for the space. It wasn't cheap, so we saved up our pennies...and when I went to order it, it was sold out online. Waaah.
We went out to dinner on our anniversary in Philly, and did a little window shopping afterward, and happened upon a West Elm store. They had almost all the art in the gallery, so I bought it right then and there. I wasn't excited about the bird, so I picked a different print, but otherwise, I bought the entire thing and hung it up in my house the exact same way. (I'm not offended by mass-produced art. Don't judge.) The colors went really well with our autumn-ish color scheme. When we moved up here, we hung the gallery in our dining room.
Yes, they are all crooked. And yes, I took the picture with a flash, at night, and there's glare, so shoot me. Its the only picture I can find from the way it was six months ago.
I was not thrilled with our old furniture color scheme in the new space when we moved up here. Our new space is not quite as open and light-filled as our old place was, and everything seemed a bit dark and heavy. A few months ago I made a few changes in our living/dining room. I painted the bookshelves, dining chairs and credenza white, got a white slipcover for the sofa, got a lighter rug, and brought in some red/aqua fabrics.
The art in the gallery wall was a bit on the autumn side....yellowish reds, browns and oranges, which didn't really go with the new white/red/aqua. So I took a few out and put some new ones in.
I came across a bird wall decal in Target on clearance for $4. I cut out the sections I like, put them on a thick white paper (actually, I didn't have any thick white paper so I tore the back off of two of my kid's coloring books), and switched out the butterfly prints. Honestly, I know vintage animal anatomy prints are hot right now, but I never particularly liked them. I'm much happier with the birds.
I took out the squares and subbed in a bit of aqua quatrefoil fabric.
For the biggest frame, I found an etsy store that makes Keep Calm posters, and had one custom made in the red aqua.
I considered getting the For Like Ever poster, but it didn't fit the dimensions of the frame. I'm sure it will make its way into another room.