DIY – Calendar Wall Art

As I mentioned, putting things on the wall has been a bit intimidating this early on in the process.  But!  I did make one minor (huge) change in our kitchen.  What was once a blank wall with a random map thrown on it, is now a wall of… well, two of our favorite things: food and beer.  Remember this little gift guide?  I ended up using it for my own boyf last year and purchased this Red Cruiser calendar, which ended up being quite a hit.  However, once a year is over, what’s the use?  Basically calendars are good for nothing upon expiration.  Except… a gallery wall!  Watch and learn my friends…

Here is what the calendar looked like before…

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beer and food

Too cute to get rid of right?

So trim the numbers and days off (I actually kept the month and descriptions)…

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throw those babies in a frame and…

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ta dah!  All you need is an old calendar, scissors, tape, and some Ikea frames.  Cheap and easy!

XO

Meg

(photo cred: Red Cruiser)

Apartment Progress

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We did it!  We’re officially unpacked and finally able to enjoy our new little abode.  One thing I have learned to love about our apartment is the amount of space and storage we have.  Especially after our larger than life Costco trip (both jaws dropped at check out), I was a bit concerned about whether we were going to have enough space to fit the lifetime supply of toilet paper, but luckily there was a miniature linen closet that I had never noticed before, which fit those extras in perfectly!  It’s the little things in life!  So now that everything is put away, we have been able to sit down, breathe and bask in the joys of cohabitation!  And also drive myself crazy looking at our bare walls.  Like most everyone has told me, “you have to live in a place” to figure out what you need.  Which is definitely true, but also a challenge for someone like me who wants everything to be done and perfect immediately.  That’s where Bry comes in.  Luckily I have him to tell me to “relax” (quite often) and that we will figure it all out.  But in the meantime, bare walls and all, here are some before and after shots for your viewing “pleasure” (use your imagination here people)…

Living Room

before…

living rm - before

after…

living rm - after

Kitchen

before…

kitchen - before

after…

kitchen - after

Patio

before (with old tenants…)

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after…

patio - after

patio - after 2

Bathroom

before (that blue tub…)

bathroom - before

after (attempting to hide the blue tub…)

bathroom - after

Hallway

before…

hallway - before

after (opposite angle)…

hallway - after

Bedroom

before…

bedroom - before

after…

bedroom - after

Guest Room

(I realize how obnoxious that sounds but then again we’re in Brooklyn…)

before…

guest room - before

after…

guest room - after

So as you can see there is still a lot of work to be done, but I am trying to approach it in stages.  Right now, is “living with it” stage and pretty soon I will begin the long process of tackling one room at a time… here’s what I am thinking in terms of some upcoming purchases: living room rug, mirrors!, coffee table, patio inspiration, plants, bedroom pillows (or a girl can dream…), art, book shelves, bar cart (Is it necessary? Yes, it is.) and the list goes on…

Like I said… stages…and I am sure my ideas will constantly be evolving, so might as well not jump into anything, right?  One designer who has really caught my eye lately for inspiration is Amber Interiors.  Feast your eyes interior design lovers!

XO
Meg

Monogram Mania

With the holidays just around the corner, I thought I would start posting about gift ideas, which is a topic I love!  While I thoroughly enjoy buying for other people, I find it difficult at times to make the gift seem thoughtful, which is part of the reason I try not to buy gift cards (as much as I love receiving them).  What better way to personalize a gift than a monogram?  While there is always the cliché monogrammed canvas tote or button down shirt, here are a few more options with a bit of a unique twist!

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Custom Embroidered Pillow With Your Monogram

Custom Embroidered Pillow With Your Monogram - Chic Black Monogram on White Tweel Fabric

Would you want to receive something monogrammed?  Or do you find it to be too preppy?  Personally, I think it’s a trend that will never go “out” and always creates a special detail.  When not overdone, it can be very tasteful.  Check out the monogrammed pillow from this post – doesn’t it add the perfect touch?

XOXO