Gallery walls are an excellent way to add interest to a room. This is one place in your home where you can tell a story or showcase an interest. In the past I was attracted to gallery walls that were made up of artwork in similar or matching frames. Over time my taste has changed and I really like a more collected look in various frames of gold, white, black, natural/stained wood, or even unframed canvas.
It's that time again. The furniture market starts this week in High Point which means that over the next few days I am going to be digging deep into my closet to come up with outfits. I simply cannot justify purchasing clothes to wear for a few days when most days I remain in my gym clothes until 9PM.
Me, Thom Filicia, friend - taken last spring with a cell phone
Just as a side note, Thom Filicia has to be the nicest man I have ever met (except for you honey). Seriously, no matter how busy he is he always takes the time to speak and pose for a picture. Love that!
Back to clothing. If money were no object, I would gladly pick up a few things to get me through the work week...and here they are.
Thank you to everyone who voted for my dining room. Odds are that I will not win, but it doesn't hurt to try - so thank you for your support. Also, thank so much to those who have tweeted and posted about the contest. I really appreciate it more than you know!
It is rainy, snowy, and unseasonably cold here in Greensboro today. The flowers in the garden are shivering, but seem to glow even brighter against the gray day that surrounds them.
This is a vine that grows over our front door. It is Clematis Armandi and is one of the only varieties that is an evergreen. Every March it blooms and the flowers give just a hint of fragrance that tells me spring is here.
Here is a picture of our front porch taken last summer. I get a lot of questions about the paint color on the door. It is Benjamin Moore, whythe blue. To prove what a small it world it is, my neighbor, who had no idea that I had a blog, googled images of blue doors and found my blog. She recognized the door and immediately emailed me. Several people have inquired about the house color too. To be honest, we have lost the paint can. So when the time comes to paint, we will have to pull a chip off the house and have it matched. As you can see, it isn't a true white, but more of a light taupe or putty.
In other news, this is the image I saw Sunday morning when I opened the shade. Apparently we were forked.
After a closer look it turns out that we were forked...and spooned...and knifed. Oh the joys of teenagers! I mean this sincerely. Being a mother of 12 and 15 year old boys is an absolute joy! I'm thinking this was pay back for rolling someone's house the previous night. This might go back and forth a few more times. Really, it is all in good fun - and fun it was.
It isn't like me to ask for help, but I sure could sure use your help right now. A friend of mine suggested I enter my dining room in a contest - so I did. Would you please vote for me? All you have to do is click on the thumbs up button. Easy. Thank you for helping me!
When I saw how this person transformed her dining room chairs using a sharpie, I simply had to try the same technique on fabric. As I mentioned in an earlier post, all it took was a linen remnant and black sharpies. I used one medium and one small. The medium is best for creating the spot and the smaller is great for the detailing around the edge.
The old frame is one I scored from Mom's basement. By the way, she always has a treasure or three down there. After looking at several stores and contemplating how to proceed with my bulletin board, I found this pack of cork board, 4 for $5 at Walmart.
When taped together front and back, the pieces were slightly larger than the size I needed. To cut them down, I used scissors. This was the part I was most worried about, but it turned out to be super easy.
To secure the fabric to the board, I wrapped and stapled it, but you also use a spray adhesive. (sorry I don't have a picture of this, but you all are visual ;) )
Here it is - my $5 bulletin board. What do you think?
Thanks again for all of the dining room comments! I am always amazed by what a little paint can do.
This image has been in my office inspiration file for a while now. Such a clever way to organize your days. Using a rubber stamp or a stencil, you could also make one for each family member to hang in a central location.
The other day at Walmart, I found these cork boards, $5 for a 4-pack. They also come with adhesive strips making hanging them on the wall a breeze. I love projects like this that are inexpensive and easy.
The dining room is finally finished, well as far as painting is concerned. It took forever to pick a paint color. There must be a million and twelve grays out there and I like just about all of them. Needless to say, this wasn't easy, but I am absolutely thrilled with the color I chose. Also, painting the wall below the chair rail white was probably the best upgrade in the room. For a while now, I have wanted to add picture molding on the lower portion of the wall, but for now a coat of white will buy my husband some time. This is a hint because he reads the blog.
Before I show you the dining room, I thought you might like to see the before.
Not bad, but kind of boring. We got rid of the table and chairs "set", which by the way, I will never buy a set again. I wanted a collected look in here with a fresh vibe so we pulled a table out of storage that was made by a local craftsman. We also scored some old chairs and gave them an update with fabric and paint. The china cabinet is now in another spot and was replaced with the sideboard.
Here is the after. We still need a few things, but overall it is such an improvement.
Last weekend this image was featured in a wall gallery idea book on Houzz. I loved the way the artwork made by children was arranged and wanted to see more from the person who posted the picture. I was pleasantly surprised.
The painting of the cow reminds me of Cheri's work which I adore.
Thought I would share a peek at the dining room progress. Because of all of the painting, etc. I am behind on blog reading and follow up. I hope you understand.
Yesterday I finished painting the wall below the chair rail white. It was really difficult to chose a wall color for the top of the wall with the bottom still painted the old color. So yesterday I hunkered down and just went for it. Now my decision is confirmed to go with Sherwin Williams, sensible hue. You can see it on the back wall. I purchased these curtains last weekend from Ikea and am surprised with the quality and weight. The curtains come with self hem tape which I still need to do.
This is for all of my friends who say, "Rene, you never have a messy house". Here is living proof that yes, I have a messy house. Shipping and receiving, homework, rock band sold on ebay still waiting for payment grrr, ironing, and cheese by the pound. It's all here.