an empty wall…

Unfortunately, our house doesn’t offer a lot of opportunities for wall art. The entire rear wall is mostly windows and the rest tends to be small bits of angled wall interrupted by doors or stairs. Our one large wall is the one I stenciled (shown here) and has a simple mirror to break up the busy pattern.

Recently, we moved around some furniture in order to better showcase this beautiful Amish dry sink we got from my husband’s grandmother.

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We had used it upstairs as a changing table but felt like that kept it waaay too hidden for something this great. So, we moved it downstairs into our dining/kitchen area and now right above it is a huge empty wall.

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As soon as I saw it, my wheels started turning…what would I put there? Something wooden/antique? Framed artwork? A shelf for seasonal items? I love gallery walls, but already have one up the stairs – evidenced here.

Then…I remembered seeing an idea while back and wishing I had a spot for it – a plate wall!

I love the vintage look and feel like it could really mesh with our modern farmhouse style. So, I started browsing around the web for some inspiration and found these:

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image sources here, here, here & here

I can’t wait to get started – but this is definitely going to be a work in progress as I watch for plates at thrift stores and slowly build a (cheap) collection that will work. I checked Goodwill today and found nothing that was even remotely cute. This might take me even longer than I had expected! Once I have something to show – I’ll share some pics and prices.

My one dilemma is this: my uber-symetrical brain loves the more organized version, but I feel like the whimsical version that travels up the wall might be a better fit for the shape of my available space. Thoughts? Concerns? Suggestions?

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freebie – desktop wallpapers for April

It’s already April – time to change up your desktop wallpaper for this month!

Here are my favs from around the web…

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April Brings Spring via Smashing Magazine // Nautical Summer via WedgieNet.net
Colorful Raindrops via Pepper + Buttons // A Welcome Rain via Greenhaus

 

And my Desktop Wallpaper Freebie:

(download your screen size below)

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I hope you enjoy these – I’ll be back next month with more!

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freebie – desktop wallpapers for March

You know the drill – time to change up your desktop wallpaper for this month!

Here are my favs from around the web…

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Crazy Enough from Smashing Magazine // Gold Spots from Oh, Those Prestwiches
Wooden Stripes from Smashing Magazine // Clovers from Sarah Hearts

And my Desktop Wallpaper Freebie:

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I hope you enjoy these – I’ll be back next month with more!

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freebie – desktop wallpapers for February

I had a hard time narrowing down all of the adorable February wallpapers I found out there! Some of these are from years past, but you can download the version without a calendar on it, so it won’t really matter. I know there are other things besides Valentine’s Day in February, but I just couldn’t get away from all of the cute pinks and hearts.

Check these out – and download a few!

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Sweetness from Smashing Magazine// Hugs & Kisses from The Ink Nest //
Pink Chevron from Kelly Ashworth Design // Emily Bronte Quote from Grown Up Shoes

And my Desktop Wallpaper Freebie:

(download your screen size below)

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I hope you enjoy these – I’ll be back next month with more!

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5 FREE valentine’s day printables!

It feels a little early to be decorating for Valentine’s Day already, but my husband reminded me that if I want to enjoy my cute V-Day decor I better get it up soon. So…here it is – some Goodwill frames and some FREE printables make for some quick and easy seasonal art.

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You can download the .jpg files below each image in either the 8 x 10 or 5 x 7 size.

loveprintableimageslove is in the air free printable / 5 x 7 / 8 x 10

bemineimagebe mine free printable / 5 x 7 / 8 x 10

iloveyouimagei love you free printable / 5 x 7 / 8 x 10

iaminloveprintablei am in love with you free printable / 5 x 7 / 8 x 10

youandmeprintableyou and me free printable from alecia dawn photography / download here

Hope you enjoy! If you’re interested, I’ve got more Valentine’s Day printables for sale in my Etsy shop!

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freebie – desktop & iphone wallpapers for January

Call me a design nerd, but I love changing my desktop and iPhone wallpaper each month – It’s like hanging up seasonal decor, only on your computer!

At the beginning of each month I do a quick online search and find something new for my laptop, our desktop and my iPhone. I know, it’s unnecessary, but it’s pretty and it makes me smile every time I see it.

I thought I’d round up some of my favorites from around the web and include one I designed that you can download here for free!

januarydesktopwallpapersYou Got This from Design Love Fest  // Start Where You Are from Design Milk  // Be Awesome Today from Smashing Magazine  // Keep Warm and Snuggle up from Smashing Magazine

And my Desktop Wallpaper Freebie:

(download your screen size below)

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and an iPhone wallpaper:

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I hope you enjoy these – my plan is share more each month.

If I don’t remember – remind me! It seems my brain is not functioning the way it did before 3 kids!

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taking down Christmas…

It’s a sad day in our house today – we’re taking down the Christmas decorations.

Part of me wants to keep them up all year, but part of me is tired of telling the kids to leave the tree alone and is ready to have my living room back.

Here are some of my favs from around our house – one last glimpse before they get packed up and head to the garage.

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It’s crazy how bare my house looks once I take it all down – makes me realize I need some more everyday decor. By the way, how do you decorate in January? Snow? Snowmen? It doesn’t snow where I live in Arizona, so it seems kinda funny to decorate with snowmen/snowflakes – it was almost 70 degrees here today!

Maybe I’ll go with a New Year theme – I could always use this printable I designed yesterday or some of the ones from my Etsy shop.

 

Are we the last ones to take our tree down?

How do you decorate for January?

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