Happy labor day.
Today I’m all about the day and the laboring.
In the never ending quest with what to put on a big blank wall in the family room…
…I may or may not have come up with a solution.
The wall in this room is kind of like the Mount Everest of decorating dilemmas.
And without windows or architectural features of any kind.
Let’s look at its journey from where it started to where it is now.
Here’s the biggest, blankest picture I have of the room.
I found this in one of the before pictures of the kitchen.
You can see it in the background looking at us.
Attempt number one.
I bought these frames from IKEA and framed encyclopedia book pages.
I liked it.
For a minute.
But the khaki background kind of overpowered the encyclopedia pages and eight frames seemed like too much and kind of got in the way of the lamps.
Plus there was still a lot of blankness left in the space over to the left.
Attempt number two.
I pressed leaves from my yard and hung them on the wall.
I took away two of the frames so the lamps didn’t block the art.
I also added a hutch to the left to help fill up part of the space.
But the pressed leaves wouldn’t stay in place. I’d look up and one of them would be sliding down the frame and I thought the wood box on top of the hutch was too much white all in one place and I needed something longer under the pictures.
Attempt number three.
They say the third times a charm.
I’m feeling optimistic.
I purchased this downloadable set from etsy.
It’s actually six 16 x 20 individual pieces.
They are hung together to create one larger image.
Here’s a close-up of the art.
It’s a drawing of the strawberry guava plant.
I love the detail and the lines.
And it’s a little unexpected.
I used the same IKEA frames and hung them together in a grid.
Here you can see the close-up of the drawing.
I also took the wood box off the top of the hutch and added these baskets to add a little texture.
The wood box is now on the table under the artwork.
You also kind of see the roman shades I added to the breakfast nook.
Here’s a better view.
These doors lead outside and help let light into the space.
This table is great for breakfast or cards or homework or writing a book.
Here’s the view from the breakfast nook into the rest of the space.
You can get a better view of the perspective of the room.
I love the sunlight dancing in through the french doors.
Here’s one more look at the blank wall.
It’s looking more cozy.
And less blank.
And the best part?
My mother was sitting in the striped chair to the right yesterday talking to me about her day and the Baylor football game and life in general when suddenly she paused and looked around…
…and told me the room looked cute.
I must be on the right track.
Because cute is exactly what I was going for. 🙂
PS If you want a story with your labor day coffee. Here’s one about all about the day the house tried to be cute.