I have a few DIY tutorials on the way but this is a project I’ve been working on for about a month. I’m excited the end is in sight but wanted to share with you my progress so far. So I think the ‘how-to’ portion of this post is really, figuring out the plan and finding inspiration.
I’ve been aching to change our front hall for a long time. When we first moved into our apartment we painted it a pale yellow, not as pale as I thought but isn’t that the way it goes when you don’t test your paint colour first? Then I hung photos & art with a ‘home sweet home’ theme. When I got tired of that, I changed to different sized embroidery hoops filled with a variety of fabrics. I don’t have a picture of that unfortunately but I found this one below that reminded me of it, two of the hoops look almost identical to ones I chose. Now I’ve changed it again.
I’m not sure if anyone else is like this but I spend hours over months looking at ideas on Pinterest or in magazines for inspiration. I feel like everyone is like this? Right? Anyways, the idea I was hanging onto was wallpaper but wallpaper is crazy expensive and I live in a rental. Soooooo then I thought I’d stencil but the stencils I really liked were kinda big and because it’s a small space I thought it could get overwhelming. I was inspired by this amazing space I came across through Little Green Notebook, which is one of the most amazing DIY/design blogs I’ve ever! Jenny has lovely style and is very creative at making things look stunning for little $$.
And once I got the black and white DIY stencil idea in my head I couldn’t let it go. All my pinteresting gave me tons of inspiration, I really liked the whole dalmation spot wallpaper thing too. This space is a great example. But again my space is smaller than both of these so what I decided on was polka dots. I am a polka dot fanatic. I realized I have 4 or 5 items in my wardrobe that are black and white polka dots, guess it’s only natural I do it to my walls too.
So here is a sneak peek at the space. I apologize because the lighting is really tricky. There are a few things I still want to change. The rug is one. I’m thinking about a jute type thing, very neutral but with some warmth and the lamp on the little green cabinet. I have some kind of modern, simple and small industrial something in mind. And then my question for you is, do you think the bare bulb deserves a cover or can it stay bare? I had an edison bulb but it didn’t offer enough light, so now I’m debating a cover of some kind.
A quick note on the art. Cori Lee Marvin was introduced to me this year by a friend and I’m in love. I happen to stumble upon her at the Cabbagetown Arts & Craft Sale and walked away with the beautiful painting of the bird at the window called Waiting for Spring. The little plate I found at a thrift store and it says “Make your own Kind of Music” which had a dual meaning for me. One, my partner is a musician and two, sometimes when I feel glum I listen to the song below by Mama Cass (The Carpenters). I imagine sharing it with my kids one day, such a simple but powerful message.
I’ll share the details of how I painted the walls next time! Hope you enjoy.
be well xo.