We made some baby steps in house decorating this weekend. I say baby steps because it really wasn't a lot, but two small projects with 3 small children around still took the good part of a day. First wiring and hanging these beautiful, brass sconces that I lurve so much from School House Electric & Supply Company. Originally we wanted them to be hard wired into the wall, but since the lights themselves didn't have an on/off switch, that means the only way to switch them on and off by from the bed (which is the point of having bedside lighting in my opinion) was to add a cord with a switch. Now we could have sent them back to Schoolhouse Electric & Supply and paid a little extra to have them rewired, but we wanted to control where the switch was and we wanted to choose the cord. A quick internet search led us to the Color Cord Company. They have everything to you need to make your own pendants with cloth covered cords that come in so many great colors and patterns. They also have switches, bulb cages, socket covers, plugs and pretty much anything you need for wiring a DIY light fixture. We went with the olive colored cord and a black switch. B drilled a hole through the bottom of the sconce and did the simple wiring to make a switch. Voila! I love how they turned out.
I know a hanging cord would be a deal breaker for some people but I don't like things to look too perfect (remember that fact... it will be important later on) and while it's not exactly an industrial looking room, I feel like the fabric covered cords give it a slight vintage industrial vibe that I really like.
Next we tackled the gallery wall in the living room. It always seems like hanging pictures is the thing that happens about a year after you've lived in your house. Hanging pictures seems like such a big commitment, so I want to get it right the first time. However my new MO is just to get things up on the walls and if I don't like it, then I can always re-arrange it or change it up later. What makes it even easier is using Command picture hanging strips. I bought a whole bunch of these on Amazon when we first moved in and I am loving these! I've used them before but sorta forgot about them for a while.
First we decided what pictures we wanted to display on the wall, then we cut out paper the size of each picture and arranged those on the wall first. It feels like a huge pain to do this step but it makes the rest of the process so much smoother and assures less mistakes in the actual hanging process. So overall, it's a time and sanity saver.
B hung the three largest pictures with the ol' drill, screw and wire method, but everything else was hung with Command hanging strips. For light pictures just one strip along the top will do, heavier pictures will need a 1-2 strips on each side. Make sure to read the directions because you have to press them for a few seconds on the wall and then let them sit an hour before hanging pictures, so it takes a little longer but worth it!
Overall I really love the gallery wall this time around... I like that we left it a little asymmetrical and thrown together looking. I think it helps the chairs look a little less formal. The only thing is that I'm realizing I need more art besides my own. I'm going to start working on a collection. And if there are any artists out there wanting to do a trade, hit me up!
So that's it! It's funny how even a couple projects really help me feel more settled and like we accomplished something major around the house.