27 February 2010

remember that one time when i sort of decorated?

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so, okay. let’s ignore the horrid faux metallic box thing that was a brilliant idea for like five minutes until the faux metallic part stopped sticking to the box part and the whole thing turned ghetto. also, let’s not think on the candles, which clearly should take two giant steps to our left, nor the notebook i maybe could have removed for this photo, and let's especially not focus on the tendrils of dust growing from the bottom of the table like stalactites. or possibly stalagmites.

normally i would google it, but today we really can’t be bothered by such things, because FOLKS. i have PORTRAITS up on MY ACTUAL WALLS.

now, if you are not getting how this is a big deal, then clearly you have never been to my house. i do not have a grown up house. the overwhelming majority of my furniture hails from the 80’s in various degrees of mismatch. it's homey and warm and tidy enough, but i have nothing going on in the way of a color scheme, and next to nothing gracing my walls. (i recognize the degree of irony present here, as i am a so-called photographer.)

but good news.


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for my christmbirthasday, the ‘rents in law gave me a hl gift card which purchased these painted frames (50% off, yo). and with proper motivation (read: impending home inspection tuesday) i actually got around to mounting them on the walls. and it didn’t even take long.

unless you count the time i spent rearranging the frames and letters on the floor until the formation was perfect or i at least didn’t hate it, plus the time i spent measuring and hanging and adjusting the frames on the wall, in which case it took two minutes short of forever.

nonetheless.

PORTRAITS. on MY WALLS.

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it kind of freaked me out for most of yesterday, to be honest. i’d be walking down the halls and hit this six foot stretch of wall and mildly panic that i was in someone else’s house. and they had pictures of my kids on their wall. but then i’d remember the four hours of arranging and measuring and hanging, and i’d be all, oh right. my bout with decorating.

carry on, then.


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linking this post to the inspired room. as melissa so astutely said, while i appreciate a pretty house, a good life is one spent invested in people. hear, hear.

16 comments:

love said...

it looks great! you did move the candles to the left though, yes?!

i love the frames.

i have to settle into our house a bit before i figure out where i want things. and i don't like a lot on our walls anyway. we just hung the 2nd thing last week!

Kimberly said...

Ooo...love the look! Cozy and yet elegant.

And my dust stalag-thingys could totally take yours on in a fight.

Laura said...

It looks really lovely Nicole. I lack in interior decorating skills myself, I like to see what others do and then try to replicate. I need more kids though to copy your idea... ;)

gina said...

love how you kept it real with the metallic box and all. your kids are gorgeous- and i love the saying!

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

Girl. Girl.

One small step, and who knows? you may never go back.

And don't you hate it when you put something off forever and then it's not even time consuming or difficult?

I love your first foray. Love the saying. Love seeing my necklace on your little badge thingy. Love the impending home inspection.

They'll soak up the warmth and the love and hopefully, for your sake, they'll take note of your photo wall. But I'm just being honest, they might not. They might be too captivated by the people within the walls to notice the walls themselves.

Jenn said...

Well surely those portraits will cause your social worker to give you a glowing report...because...all good parents have stuff on their walls, right??

I love the whole collage...the sentiment...those sweet faces.

I am the opposite of timid about putting things on our walls. Mostly all the pictures are covering up the 100 nail holes already there from me putting things up and then changing my mind (or swapping out the pictures)...I think you arrangement has the PERFECT understated hominess (read: my house looks like some kind of seriously freakish shrine to my family)

Decorate on my friend!
Jenn

p.s. can't wait to hear how it goes Tuesday! If you need some encouraging stories I'll be happy to email you all the treacherous things my kids did during our home visit :)

lulu and family said...

you crack me up! and strangely, i can really relate here...and i am not proud of it. i have so many dreams about pictures on the wall. they are just dreams right now. yikes.

Organizing Mommy said...

I like the portraits. Wish I could take pictures!

Jen Shults said...

Oh gorgeous hun! I so need to do this... you may just have inspired me to get some pictures printed. :D

kris said...

I love it! I can't wait to see your hard work close up!

MP said...

Love the portrait wall. We have lots (all?) of walls that are so bare. So many things to frame!
Sending up lots of thoughts and prayers for your home visit!

Anonymous said...

May I ask what store "hl" is? I love the frames! Thank you.

nic said...

anon: hl is just my shorthand for hobby lobby. :)

Kristen said...

just gorgeous! love the simplicity of it all - very serene...would never have noticed hte dust if it hadn't been pointed out :) as for stalactite vs. stalagmite - remember that c=ceiling and g=ground and you will never mix them up again :)

MP said...

Love the portrait wall. We have lots (all?) of walls that are so bare. So many things to frame!
Sending up lots of thoughts and prayers for your home visit!

lulu and family said...

you crack me up! and strangely, i can really relate here...and i am not proud of it. i have so many dreams about pictures on the wall. they are just dreams right now. yikes.