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).
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.
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?)
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.
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 ;).
here are some pictures of the original chalk art i thought you might enjoy~