Thursday, December 29, 2011

A House becomes a Home: Part 1

I've spent a lot of time this break working on decorating parts of the house that have never been decorated or decorated not to my liking. It has been fun finding pieces to display in our home and although I have a very nervous trigger finger, I've been able to march up to the cash register with confidence and I'm happy with how things are coming along.

The fireplace mantle. Sorry for the color. The lighting in our family room is horrible and I didn't feel like editing!

From left to right (my husband switched the figurines!)
Empire State Building (Home Goods)
Picture of the ESB from Rockefeller Center (taken by me, frame and stand Walmart)
Globe (Home Goods)
Leaning Tower of Pisa picture (taken by me, frame and stand Walmart)
Leaning Tower of Pisa (Home Goods)
Clock (Lowe's)
LToP and ESB figurines purchased in Pisa and NYC, respectively. 

The dresser in our bedroom has been a crap catcher since we got it. I would see pictures on Pinterest and other blogs where people had nice trays and jewelry trees and I thought, "I WANT." After much searching, I think I done good!
Those framed pictures used to be on our (boring, plain) mantle. I think they look nice on the dresser.

Both trays are from Home Goods in the bathroom section.

Jewelry Tree from Home Goods.

And finally, our not yet completed (or started) but semi-planned out wall.

This is going to be our travel wall. I've selected 8 5x7 pictures of places we have visited to go around a 20x20 map that I found here.  I'd like to pick out some cool, unique frames instead of the standard boring plain frames. This wall is right at the top of our staircase so it will be seen from upstairs and downstairs.

Right now, there is a just a piece of pink poster board as a placeholder for the map (it shipped today so hopefully, it will arrive soon!). I'm going to have to get a custom frame since 20x20 frames are damn near impossible to find. The results of this wall will be shared soon!


Christy said...

Love the mantle and the fact that you found those pieces to match pictures you actually took. I'm working on a similar travel wall for our office, using pictures we've taken on vacations since we'be been together :)

Jen said...

I love love love your home decor ideas! I really need to do something with the top of our dresser. It is SUCH a crap collector (mostly courtesy of The Hubs!).

I need to hit up Home Goods too! You find such awesome stuff there!!

Cindy K said...

Fun times! I just redid our bathroom yesterday, but it wasn't planned. The kids took bathroom-soaking showers and when I washed the rugs they fell apart, sooooo I HAD to get new rugs which meant a new curtain and rings. :)

Mama Parker said...

The mantle looks great! I love that idea.