Jada and I had a mother-daughter kind of shopping day yesterday; the day before we went back to school. The boys (dad included) were occupied with things like daycare and work, so we decided to play hooky from my work and check out some local thrift stores. Yes, that is the type of shopping that I am talking about, thrifting. It is fun, well, as Jada says, only when we actually buy something because you usually say no. She is right. Even worse, I place a product in question in our cart and walk around the store with it only to decide last-minute that I don’t really need it, want it, or want to spend the money on it (even from a thrift store!). So Jada blurted the aforementioned line as I was contemplating a furniture piece, “Can we get it, Mom? I really like it! You’ll say no! You usually say no, right, Mom? It’s okay….,” as I make my pouty face at her.
Well, look what we walked out of the store with!
A Danish modern teak piece that I still really love… still after it’s 24 hour return policy has passed. It has potential. I feared that when Rory returned from work to find this piece sitting outside our bedroom, he would tell me to take it back. But he didn’t. He likes it too, well, as long as I do something to the honey color of it, he says. I had some ideas the minute I saw it, however:
Still haven’t exactly decided if I am going all white, only drawers white, or only frame white with draws a darker stain… we shall see…
Even-so, it has a home. It sits at the very top landing of our stairway, which goes up to our bedrooms. I have been looking for something to grace this space for quite some time, but the width of the wall there is very narrow, so many pieces stuck out around the corner, which I thought would be odd. So, there it sits; up top the stairs, below the gallery wall.
It is on my summer to-do list. I will keep you posted…
Wait! Did you mention a gallery wall? Yes! Yes, I did!
My gallery wall, also a work in progress, makes me so happy! Good gallery walls are never done. (Not something my husband wants to hear.) I love photos and memories and for such a long time I had nowhere to put them but in my computer or on CD’s. Yes, some photos got printed and put into photo books, well they did at one time, but my fear of clutter and disorganization gets the best of me and I can not imagine living with piles upon piles of old picture books collecting dust on shelves (sorry, Mom). So, I guess letting the photos collect dust in a ‘disorderly organized‘ fashion on the wall is better.
Every time I walk up the stairs, which is about 20 plus times a day, I smile. Not only do I love the photos and the people in them, but my grey walls supporting the black and white frames is my eye candy.
This is what I see as I walk up the stairs. See our our new Teak friend fits so nicely in that space.
A quick before I found from the archives.
The above is the only picture I have of the walls before. (Ignore the bag of dirty diapers hanging on the door handle!)
A left side wall shot.
One of my favorite parts of this wall is the pictures hanging high and low, using the whole wall. A friend asked if the kids knock into them or smear them up with greasy fingers, and they really don’t, or haven’t yet. Most of these frames have been up since September, too.
The other side.
Here is the other side, thus the right side, of the walls. Not quite as filled up yet and probably never will be as full as our focal wall. Notice the empty frame in the background? Yeah.
And some close-ups.
The candid shots are my favorite.
Most of the frames were from Target, garage sales, and Wal-mart. I really like the gallery-style frames, but do like the difference in textures and widths that I have here as well. I debated using all white frames only. The smattering of black frames in the mix is just enough for me.
This post was motivated by a mother-daughter moment resulting in a furniture purchase. Recall I was put in my place by my six-year old? And, it all kind of makes me smile.
Images: 1, 5-12) Laura for Monkeysonmyback.com, 2 – 4) Google images
The idea for the letters and number; U, ME, &, 3 was origionally posted by Dana over at Housetweaking.com. Thanks for the idea, Dana!