L*O*V*E shack & a mighty big chalkboard

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okay. i don’t really have a LOVE shack. but people. i’ve been cooped up for days due to the ice storm that crippled atlanta this week. school has been out. O-U-T out for days & will be tomorrow as well. i can’t remember when i last had a fountain diet coke or wore real clothing. so LOVE shack is my feeble attempt at humor.

years ago i had an identity crisis & executed my simplify the house campaign, also known as– take everything off the walls, paint all the spaces creamy white & basically put nothing back up on the walls phase. since then i’ve also become, not only a less is more person in my decor choices, i’ve become a larger scale-make sure i have a place for it person as well.

last october, i found these large metal letters at the country living fair & clearly couldn’t contain my excitement! ( i’m sorry i can’t remember the name of the booth. blogger fail at it’s finest).

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at the time, i really didn’t know exactly how or where i’d use them. i rarely, i mean rarely do that anymore. those type purchases usually end up dying a slow death in my garage or storage closet. but nonetheless i bought these because they’re fabulous, unusual and large scale. one of my photoshoots in december i had a super cute family hold them and thank you jesus, no one sliced their finger off because- hashtag whatwasithinking?

well. i spend a large amount of time working in my studio. 3 years ago it was a “living room”. our home was built in the 80’s when homes had a kitchen, an unnecessary dining room  ( i’d trade those two for one gigantic long farmtable space) , family room, and a living room. ironic as no one lives in the living room. it was the most unused space in our home. so dan suggested we sell the furniture in our never-lived in living room & create a space for me. up until then i wandered through the house with my lap top editing photos & writing like goldilocks. at first i thought he was crazy. now. my goodness. i love this space and someone is always in here. working, reading, or just hanging out.

i’ve intentionally opted against hanging anything on the walls. primarily because i hadn’t found the right thing. so the other day i had an epiphany. i was all slumpy and feeling blue and needing some inspiration. word inspiration always works for me. i wandered out into the garage to grab a cookie for brinkley and low & behold…there were the metal letters i had purchased months ago. LOVE. my word for 2014. why hadn’t i thought of this before???? let’s hang the letters on the wall. like now. because i’m not patient and i’m more of a lets get it done yesterday project person. because i’m inpatient, i’m not very precise. well. i decided maybe if i’m hanging metal rusty letters on my wall, precision might not be so overrated. i laid out craft paper and traced around the letters. so i could practice placement. i felt quite professional.

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at this point i realized said metal rusty letters had nothing in which to hang them–like no holes. genius. so i called my neighbor fixit dude & drill man to the rescue!  i actually measured where the drilled holes in the letters were so i could precisely hang them without leaving 26 holes behind each letter, like i usually do. ( look at cute madison grace in the second grade on my ruler. how cute is that?)

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and ta-da! hung metal rusty letters, all lined up & no sliced off fingers!! i freakin’ LOVE them! like maybe my current favorite thing in my home besides the metal rusted out marquis ampersand dan gave me at christmas. did i show ya’ll that?

the other fun thing i wanted to share is my gigantic chalkboard. during november & december our pastor did a series on joy. the church had custom built chalkboards that hung at the front, two smaller ones and a 10 footer with the most lovely chalkart. on christmas eve they took bids on/auctioned off the large one. i won. let me tell you, i was beyond excited. the husband of a dear friend of mine had done the chalkart and it was gorgeous. being over 10 feet long i didnt quite have a space that would work to hang it horizontally, but i love it standing upright behind my desk. sadly, that meant i had to erase ( gasp!) his work. i know i know.

so, anyways, the metal letters and the chalkboard make my little slowly evolving studio seem just right! and keeping it real, for those of you who think our floor is always clean….may i present an un-swiffered floor.

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in case you’re curious. most all of my accessories ( shown below) , pillow included are Sugarboo Designs. you can find them here. the white chair is from IKEA and yes i love them ( sofa & other chair in our well-lived in family room). desk/table, stool, tufted chair and metal storage cart are all from world market. vintage blown glass bottle and german antler mount were also purchased at the country living fair. the handsome young man in the gold maximal art frame is brian and you too can sponsor a child through compassion international ;).

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here are some pictures of the original chalk art i thought you might enjoy~

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February 13, 2014 - 5:37 pm

Amy Avery - L.O.V.E. your LOVE letters! Also love this post. I can see you bee-bopping away at the keys of your computer composing this post, laughing to yourself as you hashtag getallinteriordesigner and trace out those letters. Your office is looking fabulous! Hope you all are surviving the snow. My BFF in Augusta has had some major damage done to her house due to the ice storm. This has been a crazy winter for us southerners!

February 13, 2014 - 5:57 pm

giosmama2626 - I want to reach in and HUG every single picture. Maybe even kiss it, but that’s a littl extreme I think. HA!

I hope youre able to get out and get that fountain diet pop soon. Isn’t it funny the things that we tend to take for granted sometimes? When we aren’t able to have them we really realize just how fortunate we are. You deserve that pop and way more, sweets.


February 13, 2014 - 6:27 pm

Lori H - Your letters are AMAZING!! And how cool that you had your word for 2014 in your garage all along!

February 13, 2014 - 6:48 pm

JuliaW - I love your office! It has such a perfect balance of detail and breathing room (something my house has very little of!). The vignette with your Compassion child is wonderful. I am going to place a photo of my sponsored child in a frame as well. Love that!

February 13, 2014 - 8:14 pm

chrissi - ahh, you are my hero. not only do you have the perfect letters, and that ampersand (huge love), but you didn’t make 38 holes on your wall. (that would be me.)
your office is perfection. especially that cute little guy on his bed in the corner♥

February 13, 2014 - 8:42 pm

Jill - LOVE your studio space! Those letters were a great find! And I really hope you hang that chalkboard horizontal behind your desk! It would look so cool!!! Looks like it would fill that wall so well.

Glad you are safe and warm in your home. We spent last Thursday – Monday cooped up with our snow/ice. It was lovely family bonding time but I really enjoyed getting my girls to school on Tuesday! And yesterday it was 60 in Portland so I hope our weather is headed your way.


February 13, 2014 - 10:18 pm

Andrea - LOVE….snow days. Of course we are use to the white stuff up here and rarely have them….except this year….crazy weather. It is nice to get out of the house. Too many wearing jammie days are too much!

Your LOVE letters look awesome! the chalk board is to die for!

February 13, 2014 - 11:33 pm

Tammie - Paige,
You are one talented Momma, I am so jealous, I wish I was just half as talented as you. I also want to wish this awful storm to come to a close so you are all safe and sound and can continue on with your daily life. ( and you can venture out to get your fountain drink)

February 14, 2014 - 8:47 am

Mary Galdeen - Paige–Can you tell me where you got the chandelier floor lamp? Thanks!

February 14, 2014 - 11:35 am

Emily - I LOVE your bag/purse in the 2nd photo!!! Do you recall where it’s from? 🙂 Thank you!

February 14, 2014 - 3:38 pm

Heidi @ Decor & More - What a restful, inspiring space, Paige… love the letters. And the chalkboard. And Brinkley. 😉
Happy Valentine’s Day!
xo heidi

February 14, 2014 - 3:52 pm

Shon - Yes, I love it! Perfection!
Happy Valentine’s Day to you and the fam!

February 14, 2014 - 4:19 pm

Jackie - Love. It. All. 🙂

February 14, 2014 - 5:11 pm

Denise Thompson - Paige, LOVE your decor!!! You and I have the same taste in decorating…I have the same barstool (actually 2) in my kitchen…

February 14, 2014 - 6:54 pm

Peggy - Oh Paige…. now I have the song “Love Shack” by the B-52’s stuck in my head!! Ha ha! I really do love your decor! I keep trying to convince my sweet family that we need to paint all the rooms a creamy white but as of yet they are NOT convinced!! Especially the boys… which does include my dear sweet hubby. One of these days they will come around or move out (the boys NOT my sweet hubby!) I figure if I have to pick my battles this is not one worth the fuss. The youngest is currently a freshman in high school and the middle boy is a senior who leaves for the Army in June… what gives with that? as of june two out of the three will have moved out….

I have to agree with Jill… that chalkboard hung horizontally on the wall behind your desk would be incredible!! And did you say it was 10′ long? That means your ceilings are 10′ tall? Oh honey, I am officially drooling! Simply stunning!

Have a wonderful Valentine’s day celebrating with your Valentine’s baby and the rest of your family! Stay safe and warm!

February 15, 2014 - 3:36 pm

abby - Sweet Paige- Your new letters look great in your room. And that chalkboard is to DIE FOR! 🙂 I love your design style. Simple, uncluttered, and beautiful!

February 15, 2014 - 7:28 pm

tara - that space of yours has come together!!!!
it is so beautiful. might be my favorite space in your house.
i don’t know…those white sofas and chairs are pretty todiefor.

this studio of yours might go viral on pinterest. 🙂

February 16, 2014 - 2:46 pm

Bethanie - Seriously?! I was at the Country Living Fair the minute it opened and even recognize the spot you were in and did not see these letters! You slide in there on the last day and sweep them up? Clearly, they were meant to be! (I think I was so excited about finding Tara and buying one of her signs, that I had tunnel vision) They are perfect in your studio and I love them!

February 17, 2014 - 8:07 pm

Lemonade Makin Mama - Okay so what I love about you today, is the way you effortlessly mix industrial items with feminine ones. I added those photos to my “studio of my dreams” pinboard. It’s gorgeous. Now what’s next for that chalkboard?? Savannah going to do something amazing on it?! 🙂

February 19, 2014 - 11:29 am

Alecia - GORGEOUS!!! Love it…all of it!! I have one question though…I’ve always wondered what the J in your monogram stands for?!?!

February 21, 2014 - 11:05 am

Lindsey - LOVE the LOVE 🙂