The Canvas Awaits

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So we finally finished painting the entire upstairs of our house. It took like a year, people. Granted we had a lot of other projects in process at the same time, but STILL. A YEAR. Did I mention how awesome toddlers and homeownership go together?

We ended up painting the upstairs all white. Benjamin Moore’s “Chantilly Lace,” to be precise. Side note: paint names are ridiculous. The color, however, is not. It’s a lovely, bright white. We went with all white for two reasons. First, if the walls are anything but a neutral color I feel stressed and limited. Neutrals are super calming to me and I want to feel free to pick whatever art, rugs, furniture, textiles I want. I don’t want to have any constraints or rules to follow decor-wise. Stresses me out. Secondly, our upstairs is tiny. It consists of two teensy bedrooms (ours and Eleanor’s) and a lot of angled walls and ceiling. The plus is there are tons of windows up there. So I had a hunch painting it all white would make it feel much bigger. And it did just that. The white walls combined with all the light from the windows makes it feel so much more spacious and airy up there. I love how it turned out.

Now that the canvas is finally done, I’m ready to start the fun part: decorating! First on my mind is art…

I’ve been browsing Pinterest like crazy for some good, affordable art pieces. Below are a few I have my eye on.

This colorful piece or something similar I think would be so lovely against all that white…

Hopeful Print by Leif(“Hopeful” print found at LEIF shop)

Or maybe a non-traditional piece of art like this awesome plant wall plaque from Pistils Nursery below. Or I also love these wall planters that would have the same kind of affect.

Plant wall plaque

I’m always a sucker for good  typographic designs…

Rifle Paper Co Art

(Rifle Paper Co does it again)

These banners. I love having encouraging words around my home to keep me on track. The banner is a nice change from the common two-dimension art also.

Be Brave Banner

(This one above I spotted at The Secret Holiday Co. It is currently sold out, but similar one here I’ve been loving)

I grew up most of my life on an island in the Pacific Northwest. My Dad was in the navy so anywhere I was before that was also by the water. Needless to say, I’ll probably never live in middle-America. Honestly, sometimes it’s really hard for me living even an hour and a half away from the water here in Portland! My heart is most content by the sea. So, until Portland lets me go and I her, I’ll have to surround myself with images of the sea. This one below would be pretty or more photographs of the Puget Sound, where I grew up, will definitely need to be printed and hung…

Society 6

(Salt Water Cure from Society 6, a wonderful resource for affordable art)

As Eleanor gets older and does more art projects herself I would love to frame some of her pieces and put them up our stairway and down our halls.

What do you like to put on your walls? Where do you shop for affordable art? I would love to hear!

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