Tuesday, March 19, 2013

House update: upstairs landing...

Looking at these pictures makes me realize how badly I need a real lens for my camera.  I adore my 50mm/1.8 prime lens, but it's just not practical for shooting pictures of my house, so I'm stuck with the stupid kit lens for now.  I'm thinking a new lens would be a fabulous "push present" from Micah.  Who agrees?

Anyway, I wanted to share just a few things we've updated around the house lately.   Having the nursery at our house was a fabulous incentive to finish up several projects we had been meaning to get to but never did.  For starters, here are a few shots of the little landing at the top of our stairs.

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It's kind of an awkward space, so I struggled with what I should do up here for a long while.  I found the table at the Wisteria Outlet here in Dallas (if you haven't been, you should definitely check it out).  I bought it intending to put it somewhere else, but it didn't work there.  So we stuck it here, and now I think it's just perfect!

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The flowers and vase are from Pier One, and the frames are from Hobby Lobby.

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The window seat was one of my favorite things about the house when we first saw it.  I adore window seats.  I had originally planned on having a cushion made for the space, but when I priced them, they were about $250, so I opted to throw some pillows on there instead.  (Truth be told, the ledge isn't quite wide enough to sit there comfortably, so it's all for looks anyway.)

So I scoured HomeGoods/Marshalls/Hobby Lobby for cheap pillows and ended up with this assortment.  The sconces are also from Hobby Lobby.

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Lastly, here's the project I promised you pictures of a month ago.  It's in an awkward place that makes getting a straight on shot impossible, so this was the best I could do.

I was inspired by this project on Pinterest:

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The centerpiece is actually a garden fixture that I found on clearance for $14 at HomeGoods about a year ago.  It had been leaning up against the wall all by its lonesome since then, and Micah suggested mounting it to the wall.  I ended up liking the way it looked, so I decided to arrange the frames around it.

For the frames, I tried to find more weathered gray ones like those in the picture (and the ones sitting on the table) at Hobby Lobby but never did.  But I'm glad I didn't because the frames I ended up with are from Michaels, and they ended up working perfectly (and were SO cheap!).  They were already the perfect creamy white, so all I had to do was remove the glass, wrap the backing in burlap fabric, and then distress them a bit with some gritty sandpaper.

Getting the pictures attached was a teensy bit more complicated.  I searched heaven and earth for the adorable clips from the inspiration photo but couldn't find anything that would work.  So I got real simple and decided to use pushpins.  It was harder to get them straight, and I feel sure something else would probably look better, but I was ready to be done.  The "H" was in the raw wood section at Hobby Lobby.  I spray-painted that sucker white and slapped it onto the burlap with a hot glue gun.

Here is a (blurry iPhone) picture that shows the frames up close:

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And there you have it!  Our thrown together upstairs landing that almost no one ever sees! :)

9 comments:

Emily said...

I LOVE this space! I think you have great taste and an eye for detail! :) Your house is lovely!

Robin said...

I love this style - clean and simple, yet still warm-feeling.

Colleen said...

I agree. Such a warm inviting area

Kristin said...

Why is your upstairs landing prettier than my living room? #problemswithrenting

If I could pick a person to help me decorate, it'd be you! You really do have an eye for it and I think we have the same idea of style.

Kathryn said...

I think it looks great! I love unique spaces like that.

Jessica K said...

I love it! Great job! I don't live in Dallas, but my in-laws do. Totally checking out the store next trip up there!

TABOE said...

I'm not sure if you will check this so I may go completely stalkish and ask this on one of your instagram pics, but...Do you happen to know what color is on your walls? I really want it in living room/dining room...I would love to know.

Ryan said...

Hi Taboe. I can't respond to your comment via email so I'm posting here. It's called "Balsam Bark." I don't know what brand, but I bet if you googled, you could find it. :)

TABOE said...

Great, thank you!!! That was fast!! And GRACE is Gorgeous!!

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