Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Creating...




I have had a huge empty wall in my living room ever since we moved into this house over 3 years ago. How terrible is that! I kicked around several ideas, and others I simply dismissed because my kids climb on the back of the couch all the time...and I figured it would spell trouble to hang certain things where they would just get knocked down.
Whether I have determined they're more grown up now, that this particular design is childproof, or that I just got sick and tired of that bare wall, I'm not entirely sure. But today was the day. I had bookmarked this blog a couple of months ago when I saw this idea. I love the random look of the circles, and I have really been getting more and more into patterns and fabrics and so this just seemed to be the perfect combination for me to play around with in my own home. I am no interior designer, and really, I'm not sure that I even pulled this off very well, but it does look better than the previous bare wall. In person it's even better and brighter than these pics- each of the fabrics has a print- even though a few of them look solid here.
I'm sure my mom will be proud that I 'designed on a dime'...she's the queen of that! Our styles may differ, but I can still appreciate decorating for a steal. This entire ensemble cost under $20! I've got lots of fabric leftover...which I think will make cute aprons and other projects!
Funny how something that took less than two hours of design time took me three years to actually pull off. There's a reason I'm not an interior designer. I'd never get a house all decorated before it would be time to start updating.
For my next project, I was lucky to get a box of scrap goodies that contains the ScrapInStyle Shabby Rock Star Collection! That was happy mail today, for sure...lots of fun stuff...and lots of inspiration for me to work with. And it won't take me three years to complete a project out of these items. I'm gonna scrap tonight!

34 comments:

Cara said...

very cute wall jody!
yeah for you!

i'm feeling you on the whole . . . "it took me 3 years to gear up for this" thing!

this morning, i said to herb,
"remember that big pile of clothes that has been taking over our closet for the past few months? well, turns out it just took me about seven and a half minutes to hang it all up!"

yeah . . . the actual "doing" is rarely as bad as the anticipation!

Leah LaMontagne said...

oh.my.goodness.girl! What a cool cool cool idea those are. You did a great job with them, too! Looks FAB!

Lisa G said...

Very cute idea girlie :)

susan opel said...

Nice work, Jody! Designing on a dime is the way to go, and now you can be super proud that you did it yourself!

halfbakedscrapartist said...

Jody:

This is SPECTACULAR! I really, really support the philosophy that you should surround yourself with things that have meaning, the more homemade the better. Yes, I love the "Pottery Barn/Restoration Hardware" look, and I buy select pieces, but even more, I am replacing "cold, sterile" items in my home with things that have meaning--things that my kids made, things that I made, photos, family items, things I have altered. And things like the gorgeous new table/shelf that I just picked up on the side of the road with a "free" sign attached!Thanks for the inspiration! And I'll eat a S'more (and a piece of Mackinac Island fudge) for you, (and maybe for your kids, too! :))

Nicole

Danielle said...

Adorable, what a fun idea!! I love it!!

Scrapworthy said...

Love your wall decor - very cute!

Ralna @ Just Scrap It! said...

Cool idea, I have a wall that could use this treatment

Mariandale said...

great idea i love it looks so awesome

micayla said...

Wow check out your cute wall I love it!!!
Thanks for checking out my blog, I love to see new faces!

Anonymous said...

Looks cool...maybe you could make a few small pillows for the couch with the leftover fabric...

Natalie said...

Very cool decorations! Love them Jody.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jody! Re: the gardens. Just FYI, you were NOT screaming at your kids, lol. You were gently leading Wyndam out of the kids garden and you looked patient and calm. I thought, what a great mom :) Anyway, did you get your chocolate? I chose dark, my hubby got milk chocolate. I have to admit, Hershey's dark is much better. I really look forward to you posting pix from the garden. It was such a HOT day but some of the pieces really took our breath away. Take Care, the "other" Jody :)

Mary Jo said...

I love those!!
I actually saw the idea on another blog as well and thought they were cute at the time.
I love the fabrics that you used!!

Christal said...

Love it Jody! Thanks for inviting us all into you Living Room for a view from the inside! :)

Angela said...

Very cool idea! Love it! It takes me awhile to make a leap with my decorating too, so don't feel bad! ;)

Julie said...

From some of the previous pictures you've shared, you need to give yourself more credit as far as decorating goes. You have a beautiful home!

Lisa said...

LOVE those cute little circles! What a great way to decorate!!! You did a fab job!

Melody in MN said...

I love your wall circles! So cute!

Anilu Magloire said...

It looks amazing!! Great idea, Jody!

Shawn said...

I've had that same blog bookmarked and not sure why I keep putting off doing a wall like this. LOVE that you did it in your living room. Looks awesome! Can't wait to see what you do with the new SisTv goodies. :)

Dena said...

That looks great!!!

Amy Teets said...

I LOVE this!! I really would like to give that a try!!

Hilary said...

Stinkin' cute :D

Anonymous said...

What goes around, comes around as back in the 80's "they" showed crochet hoops with appliqued pictures for wall-hangings. All sizes...yours is very cute and love the idea!!! Gives me ideas for changing a "tired" wall (one that's had the 'same old, same old' for awhile. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

This makes me want to ask....have you given anymore thought on that table you wanted to paint???
I too say you have a "flair"...that just needs encouraging! =)

jackie carl said...

Hey Jody....
Love the wall of circles ! Anxious to see more, if you decide.
And, more than your wall, I LOVE your sofa ! It is exactly the style I have been looking for....camel back, 3 cushioned, flaired out arms. Any chance you could share the brand name of the sofa ??
Thanks.
Jackie Carl

Eminepala said...

Those are very cool girl.. Love it.. thanks for the inspiration ;)

xoxo
Emine

colorfullady said...

This post inspired me. My mom made me a small quilt to hang on the wall a few years ago. I never thought of accenting it by doing scrap pages that match it. I think I feel a new project coming on. ;-)

Thanks.

~Lea~ said...

What a super cute way to accent a big wall like that! I love the idea...may have to steal it for my house! Tee hee hee! Have a great day!
~Lea

a friend to knit with said...

Hey you miss jody....like I said, I catch up on you when I can fully concentrate with a quiet home....(finding that time these days in the middle of the night) :)
You did a fabulous job on this! Really added warmth to that wall!
Hope you are well! Big hugs!

mAsOn & tErrI's mOm said...

I'm here for the first time so I want to comment on everything...but I think this looks great!!....hmmm....decorating idea?

I'm so sorry your little girl is sick, and it is completely okay to get choked up. She is beautiful!! And the third picture even brought a smile to my face! You have beautiful children...I'll be back!

(I've already added yo as one of my "reads")

ohh and I hate word verification!!

Kate said...

I know I am way, way, way late on this comment but I was just browsing through your archives for posts I had missed...I freakin' LOVE this!!! Mind if I steal it? :0)

rustic roots said...

Miss Jody!!!!!
Wow, amazing wall. I love what you did. Hope it was worth the wait. There are a lot of blank spots in my home waiting for some inspiration too.
So sorry this finds you so late. Finn was sick for about 2 months, but he's good as new now! Thank GOD. Looks like I have a lot of catch-up reading to do on your blog. I think of you often and the way your life story has impacted my life. Every moment with Finn is a cherished one. Thank you!