31 May 2011

I love these gallery walls.

I've been dreaming of what to do with our living room walls. And our dining room walls. And the blank wall right across from the kitchen. And the bedroom. Needless to say, we have a lot of blank walls that need some help!

I love the idea of a gallery wall. I grew up in a house without blank walls. I learned that blank walls are boring. But with fewer resources and still trying to figure out what our style is, I think I've been a little afraid to do anything with our walls. But now, finally, that we've had some recent photos taken, and I've been working on some art pieces, I think I'll have something great to put up on the walls!

Now I just need to DO IT.

Photo found on Apartment Therapy

Photo found here.

Happy Tuesday!

25 May 2011

Window Seat Envy

Since I was a kid, I've ALWAYS wanted a window seat. From the time that I was old enough to know what a window seat was, I've been in love with them. However, I still do not have a window seat. Every time that I went house browsing with my parents, I'd always swoon over the window seats in the model homes. Because, clearly, model homes are the bomb.

And since joining Pinterest and finding this beauty (in fact, I made a whole board of JUST window seats), I can't help but still want one. It's the perfect spot to hide away to read or write or simply contemplate the world. It's perfect for those rainy days when all you want to do is curl up with a book and read. 

Photo found here.

One day. One day I will have a window seat in my home. I will sit there and read and write and contemplate the world. It will happen.

24 May 2011

Gallery Walls

I absolutely love the idea of gallery walls. In fact, I'm in the process of getting a wall (or maybe more!) of these together. I love how it is clustered together with a variety of photography and art. We recently had anniversary photos taken and can finally hang some non-wedding photos. I'm not sure what art we'll intersperse....but it is sure to make our blank living room walls look like someone DOES live in this house! I will share once it's done.

Photo found here from here.

23 May 2011

On blogging

I was thinking about it today and I've been a blogger for almost eight years, although, not a very consistent one. I've been looking at all the blogs I've started and then quit and I must have at least six. All of them have been hosted on Blogger, so it's not like I've lost out on hosting, but still. I realize, that's kind of sad.

I think I've figured out how to make myself a more successful blogger. For me, success at blogging is consistency, creating a community of friends, and gaining fulfillment through writing. It doesn't mean that I need to leverage having a million views or thousands of comments. Instead, I just want to build community with other bloggers, to learn and encourage each other.

In order for me to do this, I need to create a writing a calendar. I think that with this blog, I'll write at least twice a week to begin. I think I'll be spending most of this week figuring out what I want the focus of this blog to be. It'll definitely be about adventures in cooking, maybe some things I've learned since getting married, and eventually home projects. There's this headboard that I've been DYING to make. Have you ever been to Ana White's website? AMAZING.

I've been inspired by other food and home bloggers out there. I absolutely LOVE reading Young House Love. They are so real and write in a style that's fun. If I lived in Richmond, Virginia, I'm pretty sure I'd want to be their friends. Actually, I think I'd want them to want me to be their friend. (In the non-creepy, stalker sort of way!) For some reason I've been having a lot of baby thoughts on the brain (but trust me the hubs and I are totally not ready yet!) and I was reading about the Petersik's adventures in cloth diapering. They made it look so easy! And after looking at the cost of diapers over the lifetime of a child.... I think I'm sold. And we're not even trying to have a kid yet! Although, I'm thinking that this blog could also chronicle that...when we get there.

There are several food blogs that I totally drool over, and there are probably too many to list. Seriously, my Google Reader is bursting! So I'm going to take this one step at a time. Baby steps, so to speak...no pun intended.