I have been feeling a bit low lately for no particular reason and have been having difficulty finding motivation to get life done. It’s possible that I just need a change of scenery (woot woot Price family vacation soon!). Currently I am having a really hard time restraining myself from opening up my hubby’s Father’s Day chocolate and demolishing it so I’ll blog instead to keep my hands busy.
Sometimes looking at beautiful pictures is a bit of a pick me up so it was timely that Inside Wallpaper snapped up my email address and sent me some propaganda (BTW, didn’t they change the laws that govern the internet so that companies “can’t” send you their news letters unless you sign up for it? Maybe that doesn’t count if you have a blog. No harm done anyhow). They must have known I have a weak spot for wallpaper. I would put wallpaper in every room in my house if I had the money.
I spent some time perusing their website and fell in love with a wallpaper company by the name of Brewster. Here are some of my favorites, which handily enough can all be found on Inside Wallpaper at very reasonable prices. If only labour wasn’t so expensive!
Aurora Pink Geometric Wave
Banyan Navy Tree
Cadenza Grey Geometric
Ebele white herbs
Lissabon Grey Village Motif
Sabella Grey Magnolia
Sanctuary Aqua Marine Ombre Stripe
Taupe Distressed Wood
I have to stop somewhere but those pictures at least give you an idea of Brewster’s stunning variety of wallpapers. Please do note that if you ever hire me as a decorator, I will try to convince you to incorporate wallpaper into your decor, if only for an accent wall. (Bruce, consider yourself warned).
Space is a blessing but takes money to fill. Now that we have so much more wall space in our townhouse I’ve been trying to find inexpensive ways to beautify the walls. As Fall rapidly approaches I have particularly been looking for ways to brighten up the two walls that compose our dining area.
I love DIY but I’m not really one to come up with my own ideas. One of the great things about following other bloggers in the inspiration I glean from their projects. One blog I follow is Kate’s Creative Space. I firmly believe this woman is a creative genius. I was recently inspired by her “Great Wall of China” and decided to try something similar in an awkward little nook in our dining area. I am not quite as adventurous as she is so it is a tamed version of her project.
Kate’s “Great Wall of China”
I spent several days this week dragging my children through Salvation Army in order to find old china dishes (and two dollar kid’s puzzles). My goal was to look past any unsightly designs and look for beautiful shapes since I planned on spray painting them all white for a uniform look. I scored with some “gorgeous” and inexpensive pieces.
Some of the plates before being painted. I ended up buying many more to fill the space.
I loved the way they look stacked like this. I was almost tempted to glue them together and put them in a shadow box. A different idea for a different project.
I have always thought that hanging china on walls looked lovely but felt that it was a bit too traditional or country in style for my home which is a bit more modern eclectic. However, I feel that painting the china white and hanging it on a white wall modernizes the look and fits into the overall decor of my home.
We tried out our “new” dining room on some friends for a dinner party.
A close up of some of my favorite plates.
Having the plates go so far up the wall really visually increases the height of the ceilings in the dining area and makes it feel special.
The total cost of this project was about $100. I expected it to be less but there was much more wall to fill than I originally realized. If I had realized I would need so many plates, I would have bought more inexpensive pieces to start with. None-the-less, I’m impressed with the amount of impact I was able to get based on the money spent. Thank you Kate!
If you are interested in doing a similar project all you need is plates, matte spray paint, and 3M Command velcro strips. Check out Kate’s Creative Space for more directions.
I mentioned previously that we have a lot of blank wall space in our home at the moment. One room particularly suffering from this blandness was the play area adjacent to the kitchen. I haven’t done any decorating in this room yet and my big plans will have to wait for the future. However, I wanted to make it a bit more friendly and inviting for the present.
I originally wanted the wall papered but let’s be honest: crafts, crayons, glue…don’t exactly jive with wallpaper. Instead I started looking into wall decals. There are several sites on etsy, like Cuma, that sell gorgeous, elaborate, and very expensive decals which I don’t want to spend money on at the moment. While I was shopping for lights at Lowes, my daughter pulled me over to look at the “big stickers”. While I wasn’t too keen on the large, bright pink hearts she gravitated towards, these neutral grey blossoms caught my eye. This room is in the main part of the house and I didn’t want anything too juvenile on the walls. These blossoms hit the mark.
kids playroom/craft area
This room still needs a lot of work but this lovely decal fills up some of the blank space and gives the room the inexpensive bit of pretty I was looking for.
Some tips on hanging wall decals:
– Do it when your kids are asleep or they will want to “help”
– Read the directions before starting to stick (it really would have helped with the cat hair situation to clean the wall first)
– Pop out the parts of the decals without taking off the backing and lay them out on the floor to figure out just how you would like the parts placed and then proceed to peel the backing off and stick them on the wall (I did a lot of tedious sticking and unsticking to get it just so)