In my quest to purge everything that isn’t useful or beautiful from our apartment, we’ve taken down and gotten rid of all of the art that we’re not jazzed about anymore. Now we have four large blank walls in our living/dining room space that we need to decide how to fill.
Lately I can’t stop daydreaming about what we will put on these blank canvases during this next phase of our more thoughtfully decorated lives. It’s important to mention that the hubs and I are sorta at this place in our lives where we all of a sudden woke up and thought,
“Why does our place look like nerdy college students live here? We’re adults! We have taste! Let’s consciously make this place our own.”
and so, somehow it feels like I have stumbled into what it means to be a newlywed (aren’t newlyweds the ones who nest?) or someone who cares about what is on their walls. All my designer/interior designer friends, please don’t laugh. The hubs and I spent so much emotional energy moving (we’ve moved three times since we started living together), working, and living over the past five years that we were ok to just slap all of our mish-mashed stuff up on the walls without much thought to cohesive design or feel. After living together since early 2008, I didn’t really think we had any more “nesting” to do, but I’ve realized recently that’s it’s not just about living together. We’ve got to stop and make some conscious decisions about our stuff instead of letting our stuff make the decisions for us. That’s our nesting.
I guess nesting is maybe just that point in your life where other things are good enough that you can stop and prioritize your space. Now for many people who are more visually talented and inclined, this may have been a priority for you your whole life. But for us, we’re finally at a place where we can appreciate this sort of visual cohesiveness– what I mean is, we’re in stable jobs, our routine is pretty much set, we’ve been married long enough that we’re slowly getting the hang of it, and we have a bit more expendable income than we’ve had in the past. Ohh, and also, this is key- we’ve finally realized we’re ok getting rid of old stuff that we’ve just kept around so long because it’s been around so long (back to letting the stuff make the decisions). We can be sentimental and want to keep things for wayyy longer than we should, but those days are gone. Out with the Old is our new Mantra.
For the first time we want to invest time and money into making sure our space makes us happy and reflects who we are. So, awesome! Who doesn’t want their space to make them happy and reflect who they are?
Now how the heck do we make it do that?! We’re just in the very early stages of brainstorming, but here’s some of my wall inspiration for this week:
via Apartment Therapy)
via Hello Cupcake)
I’ve just barely started looking for the right prints for our space. It’s hard to even know where to start. I’d like to have a real combination of prints we’ve had forever (that we still actually like) and some new pieces, and I would also like to make a few DIY pieces to incoporate into the mix. I’m full of ideas but no plan yet. I’m hoping we’ll find someway to incorporate our DIY wedding window frame into the mix.
Have you created your own gallery wall in your house or apartment? How did you start? What was your inspiration?
Interior Designer friends out there, give me some tips!