Last June marked two years since we moved into our sweet, little split foyer home. Two years…that’s difficult to comprehend. As it turns out, time is flying and while we’re pleased with our slow-and-steady home improvement progress, we still have a ways to go on simple projects like painting and hanging stuff on the walls. If you couldn’t tell, we’re in no rush. But over the past few months, we’ve added a few fun things around here that I’ve yet to document, so here they come!
Washing the dishes is pure torture, as we all know, so anything that can be done to make the experience more enjoyable should be done post-haste. We spiffed up the behind-the-sink wall with this cute (and relevant) picture of root vegetables inside a silver Ribba frame from Ikea. The “print” is actually the back cover of a Cooks Illustrated magazine that came in the mail. Free kitchen art? Heck, yes.
Also in the kitchen, we installed a mini version of open shelving via a couple of Stenstorp wall shelves from Ikea (part of the same line as the kitchen island we already have and love) which fit nicely in the blank wall space above the toaster oven. They’re solid, sturdy, and give me a place to display all my cute things that were hiding in a cabinet. Also, please note the adorable teacup hooks.
There’s even more new shelving up in this hizzy! Keeping with the Ikea theme (we just can’t quit), Jamie installed two white Ekby shelves with silver brackets above the dresser in our master bedroom, which I then decorated with pottery, souvenirs, and other bits that remind us of our honeymoon in Greece. This is where form, function, and romance meet, people.
You’ve seen the frame gallery in our living room before, but we’ve made a few additions and now all the frames actually have some form of art in them. At some point I came across unique and affordable art prints on Society6 and soon after ordered the two largest prints in the gallery.
The first is the hot air balloon print in the center, which I chose for its cool sepia color and whimsy, of course. The other is the watercolor fox in the upper left corner; we selected this one for the bold, red-orange coloring and because foxes are the unofficial mascot of our neighborhood. Seriously, the human to fox ratio is out of control over here. Good thing they are cute (and hopefully not rabid).
The gallery wouldn’t be complete without a little homemade art, so I did a simple seagull silhouette picture in the lower right corner using scrapbook paper. At the tippy top, Jamie did a kickass job creating a triptych of our family silhouettes using Photoshop. That’s me on the left with gorgeous Ariel-like hair (thank you, Lovey), my handsome husband on the right, and Mr. Allie Boo Squink in the middle. Hands down my favorite part of the gallery.
That does it for now, but there’s more in the works (even a couple of big projects to report on)! Stay tuned…