Enter Willingly {Updating the Foyer}

Hey all,

Man, for being silent an entire week, I’m really on a blogging roll. If you follow my instagram feed, you’ll know that I added a few things to the entryway in our house. Here are the few, quick changes…

$12 Umbrella stand!

Are you surprised? He’s an owl. No one should be shocked at this point. What should surprise you is the price he was, considering how much they’ve been going online and at West Elm. I’ve loved many an owl umbrella stand from afar, only to be discouraged by their $75+ price tags. This guy was hidden in our local Restore Store and marked at only $12! Plus, instead of just being an ivory porcelain owl, he also has cute, painted eyes. His eyes are the perfect color for our entryway decor. At the same store, I also found a $5 ceiling medallion, perfect to add to my ever growing medallion wall.

Shocker of the century, I went with green. I figured it would coordinate with the bench, colors in my mother’s print, and the eyes of the newly added owl umbrella stand.

And man, I was right! I’m still looking for one more smaller medallion to paint and place, so that it’s an odd number, but it’s AAAAAALMOST put together in the entryway.

Enter here!

So what’s left for this little nook in our house? A quickly whipped up bench cushion for a storage box which sits under our coat rack and another medallion. After that, it’s all set! What a happy little space to come into everyday!

XOXO,

Ashley

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Collages {Showcasing Photos and Knick Knacks}

Hey all!

A quick update about one of my favorite things– wall decor. S and I are avid photographers, so we have many prints we collected throughout the years.

I love using quirky pictures, prints, and knick knacks that have a story. I would rather decorate with our own things, instead of buying a lot of pieces that don’t have a story. Plus, it’s fun to see the pictures and prints we’ve collected and thinking about the memories associated with each piece. So today, since I had some time (being finished with the tables and all), I decided to tackle some of our empty wall space.

First things first, had to collect all my tools. I have an assortment pack for hanging things that I had to pull out of the toolbox. I needed my hammer, level, and a screw driver (for my diploma hangers). I planned to add to the stairwell collage, so I started there. Using an IKEA frame ($4.00), I gave a necessary upgrade to one of my old black and white print from college. It’s the interior cafe at the Franklin Institute, one of my favorite places in Philadelphia. I’m missing a frame for the Death Cab for Cutie tour poster, but it’s going in the space below the print.

See? There’s a perfect spot for a tall, rectangular concert poster to fit.

Then, finally deciding what to do with our big (almost blank) wall in our kitchen, I set to work. There was an assignment in college to complete a process work, showing how something starts as one thing and ends up as another. I decided to document making brownies. It ended up being an awesome way to showcase texture (brownie batter) and ordinary tools in a cool way (beaters). And now, it’s perfect for the kitchen! I asked for S’s opinion on placement and set to work. I plan to balance the pictures on the other side with two prints from an cool market in Philadelphia, which also showcases food. Now we’re really cookin’!

Big wall that needs a little help. See the space where I plan to balance it out? Just need two more frames and that’s a done deal!

My parents recently returned from a trip to Puerto Rico. One of their adventures included a trip to the Bacardi factory. They returned with a perfect addition to the ever-growing collage in our downstairs family room. I adore tin signs and this one is just great. And it fits in perfectly.

It fits just right! And it goes perfectly with the red of our big F sign and the Budweiser odds and ends. Those crates were from my great uncle and I add the third when I found it at a neighborhood yard sale. Scott loves the Redskins, so last Christmas I scored the awesome felt pennant with the different Redskin helmets. And those license plates? One is from my great-grandmother’s bike, the other from my grandfather’s old ’56 Ford.

And finally, not really a collage, but still fills wall space– our college diplomas. Now, my college indulged in FREAKING HUGE diplomas and frames. I did not realize that this wasn’t the norm until I saw friends diplomas and more specifically, S’s. There was no way to hang them together and have it not look a bit awkward, so I decided to fill the space between our living room windows. As S’s expertly noted, there was more wall space on the left than the right, so it would be more balanced to put the bigger diploma there. And so I did! I think they look pretty cute together. Though, it does look like I’m trying to compensate for something. Eh! Oh well! And the wood of the frame echoes all the dark wood of the furniture. So happy together!

Big lady, little man.

What do you think of the new wall additions? I think they’re fantastic, obviously.

XOXO,
Ashley

PS- For these pictures, I did not use a ruler, straight edge, or level (with the exception of the diplomas). I know, gasp away, but I always feel more comfortable putting holes into my walls on my terms. I find that when I measure it out and plan it, it never lives up to the extra work it takes. This style of hanging things is not for the faint of heart. I accidentally tried to NOT measure out the diplomas the first go around and ended up with some nice holes in the wall that I had to fill in. If you think you’re going to be upset with yourself for making a mistake, always measure twice, hammer once.