Days Go By

A long, long time ago, I came across this image in my Martha Stewart magazine and I was smitten.

The form.  The function.  The style. The practicality.  I HAD to have it in my house.  Except that we don’t have a wall big enough for such an installation so I put it in the back of my mind and thought I would eventually forget about it.

I did…until one day I saw THIS picture in my This Old House magazine.  I thought I had gotten over my love for this chalkboard calendar, but clearly I hadn’t because I tagged it and put it in my inspiration folder.

Then, our very own Peggy posted the Martha Stewart picture on her Wall Envy post back in September and it was official…I wasn’t the only one struck by the awesomeness of this wall calendar!

So I started to look for some more inspiration to see if I COULD bring something like this into my home.  I came across these photos of the calendar Allison Waken installed in her foyer.  It was so nice to see that someone other than the Craft-bots (which I sincerely mean in the nicest way possible) over at Martha Stewart could successfully pull this off.  Allison’s walls are too textured for the chalkboard paint, so she picked up some hardboard at the hardware store and went from there.  It’s amazing, no?

Somewhere along my search, I veered off to this wonderful studio space kept by Geninne.  Can we talk for a moment about how awesome-sauce her chalkboard calendar set up is.  Not sure if you noticed it right away, but the calendar is painted on galvanized steel so the whole thing is also a huge magnet board.  Genius.  Absolutely Genius.

And I really loved the practicality of this installation over at the studio Free People uses as seen on their blog, BLDG 25.  It was created with some yarn and the backs of wallpaper panels, scrap paper and even sheet music…it isn’t a chalkboard, but is just as whimsical, unique and functional aaaaaaaand still too big for my house…but I was getting somewhere…

And then I came across the pièce-de-résistance as found in a post from a few years ago on Apartment Therapy.  Erinowes repurposed a gem she found at an architectural salvage store and it is absolutely stunning….AND small enough that I could totally do something like it in my kitchen.

What about you….have you ever fallen in love with the chalkboard calendar?

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PS – for those of you who have the space for one of these in your home but not the time nor the talent to pull it off, check out this awesome offering from Ferm Living over at fawn&forest.  The squares are decals that adhere and remove from the walls easily AND you can write on them with chalk!

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Kids and Design

One of the things I appreciate the most is when people are realistic about the design of their homes when kids are in the mix.  I am all for a gorgeously styled room pictured perfectly for a magazine…but it doesn’t tell the whole picture and it often makes me feel unworthy of ever obtaining such levels of perfection in my own home.  Which is silly because we all know that just out of the picture lies the evidence of children in the house!

 

Maybe that’s why I appreciate these glimpses into the realities of these designer’s homes so much.  It doesn’t lower the bar, but it certainly makes me feel like it is no longer impossible to obtain.

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Wood detail…

Somehow I find wood to be very comforting… in any season, in any weather. Maybe it's because – wait, scratch that, I know it is because – of my love for nature and the outdoors. I started hiking with my parents at a very young age, and continue to do so till this day. When I see images that showcase wood in the most unexpected and clever places, it makes me smile a little more, and linger on just a tad longer. I know this may sound silly, but it's like my comfort food, for the eyes.

… a pair of vintage wooden doors made into a headboard. Looks pretty fabulous, doesn't it? And that chandelier… definitely kicks it up a notch.

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Closet therapy…

I'm constantly craving for more closet space… do you feel the same? No matter how organized I try to keep it, there's still not enough room for everything. There are a million gadgets out there to keep your closets nice and tidy, but if I had a spare room (or the luxury!), I would definitely consider an open wardrobe like the one pictured above. I just want to see every single piece of clothing and accessories that I own – for once, LOL! Here's a look at what others are doing with their closets…

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Everything but the Kitchen Sink – Charging Valets

Ladies and Gentlemen – this is the catch-all area of my kitchen counter.

A variety of items have been rotated in and out of this place, but one thing that has remained constant has been the ever-present charger cords for the various small electronics we use daily.  I keep trying to convince myself that it doesn't bother me that the cords are just sprouting from the wall willy-nilly, but it does.

Fortunately, there are a variety of great, good-looking options for hiding all of those cords.  Unfortunately, they are all great in their own right so I am finding it hard to make a decision.

This option from Pottery Barn is very nice looking and ultra functional with a mini-drawer and a couple of places for your electronics to land.  It even come in a variety of colors…but sadly it is too bulky for where I want to use it:

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