Personal goal #1 : get some art on the stairway
Personal goal #2 : make said art reflect Jer and I
Personal goal #3 : spend under $10 on all of it
The stairway frame gallery needed some art and I’ve been feeling fiesty lately – so I really wanted the wall to be a little less ‘classic-neutral-Katie” and more “spicy-colorful-Katie”. It’s out of my typical comfort zone to use color but to be completely honest with myself, it does makes me happy to see a rainbow of hues and lately I’ve been feeling like this house needs to be more ‘us’. Plus I think that the fact that this stairway is the beginning of my day every single morning, well, a little infusion of color could put a smile on my face when I in a ‘why-the-heck-won’t-Will-let-us-sleep-in-and-now-demands-the-novelty-of-food” kinda mood.
As you may remember – the stairway frames were in place…
And now, after the color-infusion, it looks like this:
First of all – the picture above is much more accurate in terms of our tooth-paste colored walls (which I have no idea what color they are so please don’t ask. I promise to color match it one day and let you know!)
The first part thing I did was print some 5×7 photos to include in the wall…spending under $6 for all of them. It was really important to put pictures of Will up because well, he’s kindof a big deal. And when I asked Jer the crucial question of “What is our mutual interest?”, he was quick with the answer “water”. yeah. we love water. it’s true.
That love is well represented with a sea fan that I picked up when we had a work-vacation in Grand Cayman. I blogged about framing that a long time ago. It’s like Betty White and resurged people!
I also loved the ‘cedar chest’ sign because it was from Tennessee…Jer’s hometown and the place we met. Above the green cedar chest art (that I found in this old chest that I scored at a yardsale ages ago), I made a little sign with one of our favorite CS Lewis quotes which goes
“I believe in Christianity as I believe the sun has risen : not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”
and a bit of an old envelope cut into the shape of a sun. And next to that is a little homemade illustration of our first baby.
Yeah…it’s not perfect and looks like a fifth grader drew it but it was free…and it reminds me of all our good times in that house 🙂
On the second part of the half wall is a bit more of our pictures demonstrating our Will-love and our H2O love. First, we included some fish on a string – yeah, random but literal 🙂
There was some button art that I loved on The Little Green Notebook and told myself that I HAD to make it myself. It was free because I have a giant jar of spare buttons. Plus it makes me happy.
I really was stumped by what to put in this frame. REALLY stumped. Like more confused than when I look at every calculus problem I’ve ever seen. Or basically anything Lindsay Lohan has done in the last three years. Enter one of Will’s books. While I was reading his nighttime routine, I saw a sea urchin illustration. I mentioned a while back that Jeremy always looks for sea urchins for me when we go to the beach. It is silly but those delicate little things mean the world to me. Plus, this sucker is made from cut up paint swatches (which is soo me).
The last wall! Yay! Sorry about that little frame at the bottom corner – I took the photo before realizing the picture had fallen 🙂
First up – the “B” – leafy and free…I switched up the mat by putting some scrap striped fabric on it. Jeremy liked it. I’m on the fence 🙂 I think it would be cute nursery art but here it looks a little off to me for some reason.
I dug out our old boarding pass stubs from our honeymoon. Yup – we newlyweds sat next to each other on the plane. I know you’re shocked. What’s shocking to me is that Jeremy had two bags and I didn’t have any 🙂
The littlest frame got a big job by representing the good ole US of A. The little wood cut out is a twenty five cent piece from Hobby Lobby. And I was thisclose to throwing out an old Missoni box (we bought Clara Petersik some ballet slippers to give to her when we went to visit) and since the box didn’t have a lid, we put them in a gift bag and the box narrowly escaped the trash by being recycled into a backdrop for our country. Funny – because I consider myself an Italian American 🙂 Get it!?
In the big center frame we used at our wedding as an autograph piece, I took out the photo. First of all, neither Jer or I loved the photo. BUT I do love this little needlepoint piece that belonged to my grandma. It reminds me of her and I dig the layered frame on frame look…especially since the proportions are similar.
Last is a little bit of me and a little bit of Jer. The Monet inspired lily pad art (water? check!) was actually part of a three piece series in my little studio apartment in college. It’s painted with cheap paint on a bit of cardboard (I dare say it was a pizza box)….and it still makes me smile. The empty frame got a little pom-pom string with a bicycle clipped to it. Jer’s obsessed with bikes…so it kinda works…although I wish I had more pom poms to add to it. There can never be too many pom-poms 🙂
So there you have it folks – us. in rainbow form. I must say that I pause a little longer in the hallway now…it is simply smile-inducing…and that is exactly the way I want this house to be. Out with the whole “needs-to-appeal-to-the-masses” mentality and in with the “if-it-makes-me-happy-that’s-what-counts” kinda decorating. Now to save my pennies for a new runner – any suggestions on how to do that for cheap? I’m thinking stripes 🙂
Oh and did I mention that Will loves it? Yeah…obsessed. He gets on the stairs now and points at everyone and tells me who is who. Of course it all sounds like “Eee” or “Grrsh” but hey, art speaks differently to different people 🙂
Have you guys infused your walls with homemade art lately? Anyone love the water as much as we do? Or perhaps you are more of a mountain person? Or maybe you’ve been painting on pizza boxes lately? Have any leftovers? Because I’m kinda hungry 🙂