While working on living room decor, I bought lots of picture frames to put around the room. Soon enough, I realized that I don't have many pictures to display that aren't of just Pete and I. As much as I love our engagement and wedding photos, I can't have a whole house full of them! So I started looking for ideas for art to fill some of the frames until I can come up with some good family and friend photos to display.
I wanted to add some color to it, but I really really liked the font they used so I didn't want completely wing it. So I printed out the typography as a visual guide and free handed it onto my paper with a pencil.
Then I got my paint ready. I ended up adding some grey to tone down the color a little bit.
I took my brush and traced the letters. I did a few coats in order to clean up the lines. The paint kept feathering out due to to the texture of the paper, so it definitely took some patience!
I put it in a frame I bought on clearance at A.C. Moore. I love sales :)
My sister-in-law's bridal shower is this coming Sunday! Woohoo! Currently we are both named Nicole Brzuchalski (although she goes by Nikki), so we both can't wait til she changes her name. It will be slightly less confusing! It's amusing when we go out to dinner and order drinks. They ask to see our ID's and we watch their faces as they realize they've looked at two ID's with same exact name! Ha ha!
Anyway, myself and Pete's other two sisters are putting together the bridal shower. The theme is pink and burlap. We're using lots of mason jars in the decor, so we decided we wanted to make Nikki a special bridal cup out of a mason jar to drink out of at the shower. I had been brainstorming ideas for a while, but while aimlessly wandering the aisles of Homegoods (don't you love wandering in there?!?) the other day I stumbled across a mason jar mug with a chalkboard label painted on it for $2!!! Perfect! Just needs a little dressing up :)
So, I cut the rafia bow off, used some Goo-Gone on the price sticker, and got to painting. I used a light pink paint to go with our shower decor and just traced the outline of the chalkboard label. I then painted the word "bride" on it.
I promise it's pink! It just looks white in the photo!
Then I gathered some accessories to make it a little more chic :)
I used my hot glue gone to attach the lace around the rim of the glass. Just add a dot on under the cut ends.
And then I tied the twine and light pink ribbon into a bow!
Happy Monday everyone! We're having a snowy Monday which means Pete gets to work from home today. I love when he can stay home with me! :) Here's the view from my window today...
I love snow. Anyway, I'm finally sharing our new entryway with you! I had some struggles with the mirror (which I'll tell you about another time) so it delayed taking pictures a few days. But it's finally done and I'm so so happy with how it turned out :)
I've been trying to train myself to say "entryway." Growing up in Louisiana, we always called it the foyer (and not pronounced like the classy foy-ay... but foy-errrrr. Ha!). Here in Maryland, I seem to only hear entryway. So bear with me while I stutter over that word.
The entryway (or foyer!) is one of the most important parts of a house. It's your chance to make a first impression. It's what people see as soon as they walk through the front door. It sets the tone for the rest of your house. It gives your home its personality.
In planning the decor for our entryway, I looked at lots of pictures and tried to decide what the necessary components for a great entryway are. (Check out some gorgeous entryways on my Pinterest board!) So here's what I decided are the important details.
1. Try to decide on the look and feel you want for your home. Pete and I want our home to feel cozy and welcoming. We also are aiming for a sort of modern-rustic look throughout the downstairs. We also wanted this space to feel bright because the rest of our home doesn't get much light. This is the one room that gets great natural light. All of these things were thought about in choosing each piece for this room.
2. Choose an awesome paint color. Again, think about the feel of your house. If you're going with neutrals, start in this room. If you're going bold, make the entry a nice bright color. Are you going with a specific color palette for your home? Remember, you're setting the stage. We chose a nice light greige color (Sherwin Williams "Mindful Grey") which actually carries into the living room because they share a wall with no good way to transition colors. We needed a neutral that could work for both rooms.
3. Find an entry table that works for your space. If you have a really big entryway or a long wall, choose a larger table. Our entry is pretty small, so we chose a shorter and more narrow table. We chose a white table to give that bright feel we were looking for. The table has distressed edges which ties in the rustic furniture we have in the rest of the downstairs. It gave the room a shabby chic vibe. I love it!
4. Look for a great mirror. I struggled with this one. I really wanted a quatrefoil mirror to add a little bit of something modern, but I couldn't find any white ones! Finally I found a black one on clearance at Hobby Lobby, so I bought it and spray painted it (which was actually a bit of a disaster. More on that later!). In the end, it turned out great and I love it. Don't be afraid to modify something if you can't find exactly what you're looking for :)
5. Choose statement lighting. When we moved in, we had the traditional gold light fixtures everywhere. I thought about painting them with oil rubbed bronze paint, but I'm glad I didn't. When I uninstalled the old ones, they were definitely burnt. Fire waiting to happen!! But if yours aren't hazardous, go for it!! You don't need to really expensive light fixtures, just something that makes a statement. We went with two of these guys.
6. You need a rug! At first I didn't want a rug. I didn't want to hide our pretty new floors since the room is so small. But the longer I live here, the more I realize we need SOMETHING at the door. Dirt tracks all over the house! So, I haven't purchased a rug yet, but I'm still searching. I'll be looking for a small rug, but if you have a large entryway, a rug is a great chance to add some texture, color, or patterns to your space. I'm thinking this one. Thoughts?
(picture a rug in front of the door!!)
7. Add artwork. This is the fun part! I made some welcoming signs on the computer (inspired by Shayna at The Wood Grain Cottage. And check out her beautiful textured walls! Love it!) and then spray painted some ornate frames that I found on clearance at JoAnn's. (Love clearance items!). I also painted a cute little canvas to put on the entry table. You can see the details here. Artwork doesn't have to be homemade though. Or even in the form of pictures! Add some accessories like we did with the antique keys, the calendar, and the grapevine ball.
Well that's it! Things we still plan on doing in the future for this room: buying a rug, building a shelf for that long blank wall to display pictures on, finding something to go on the shelf of the table, and eventually getting a brand new door and sidelights!!
Please let me know if you have any ideas for me! And I would LOVE to see your entryways too :)