I'm going off the ranch today, and not posting a Christmas favorite thing. There are already so many beautiful holiday things on display at Mockingbird Hill Cottage today that I thought I'd go a different direction. I've been wanting to share these photos on here for a long time and never had quite the right opportunity, so today is the day! See the picture below? I cut this picture out of a Pottery Barn catalog over a year ago and carried it around with me--it was my 'inspiration picture' that I hoped to one day re-create in my living room. This past March my husband was out of town for a long weekend (diy tip #1: projects like this are best done when husbands are gone...) and while I was browsing in my favorite antiques shop I came across a magnificent old sailor's trunk. I can't explain it but that trunk was MEANT for my house--I could feel it in my bones! And once I wrestled it into the car and then into my living room, it was time for action. I called my girlfriend, who came over with a pitcher of Pimm's cup cocktails (diy tip #2: pitchers of Pimm's cup really liven up the work!)
I do not live on a Pottery Barn budget. Some days, I have to stretch to be on a Target budget. So I couldn't go out and purchase anything (except the trunk) for my new wall so I went house raiding--a table from my solarium, a lamp from my library, and some frames that were currently sitting in a closet waiting for just the right moment. I had ordered a wall art quote a few months before, and I had spent my birthday money on an eye-stopping mirror shaped like a ship's wheel. Somehow, it started to all take shape...
|photo from Pottery Barn wall decor ideas page|
Here's how it all came together....empty wall first. The two pictures are of Falkland Castle and Urquhart Castle (on Loch Ness) from a trip to Scotland a few years ago. They had hung on the wall with a small round table beneath them, with two of my dining room chairs flanking the table. It was a desultory grouping.
Next came the hanging of the mirror. (diy tip #3: too much Pimm's cup makes hanging heavy mirrors straight kind of hard....)
Next came the placement of this great quote by Mark Twain. I know it's not a quote that everyone would choose to have in their living room, but my husband and I love to travel and I wanted this wall to reflect us and our adventures, and not be a cookie cutter decorated space. Don't you love how the bronze ship just gleams?
And finally, the big reveal! Here is how my inspiration wall looked at the end of the night. All the photos are my own travel photos to Scotland, England and Greece. The model ship is my husband's (I went to his office and 'borrowed' it while he was gone!), it's a copy of the Constitution, which we toured on our trip to Boston last year. I assembled the chair from a box (Overstock.com) and found the great basket that sits underneath the table at Pier 1. It holds my travel books and journals.