Andrea has been doing a fun series this year on her blog called What’s on… and earlier this month, she did What’s on…Your Walls. So fun, right? I missed the original link up date (because it was like 2 days after we moved in), so I’m making up for it today.
Here are a few of my favorite things on my walls…
Every time Andrew and I travel, we bring home a piece of art. We bought the top painting in Paris and the bottom painting in Venice. The majority of the art in my house are paintings we have picked up during our travels and then come home and frame out. I like to buy the paintings from the local artists, and then we always have our picture taken with them. We keep that pic on the back of each painting. When I walk around my house, I can remember my travels.
Here we are with the artist from the top painting way back in 2006 in Paris…
Hmmm…let’s all take a minute to be thankful I no longer have bangs..or wear Bermuda shorts.
In our family room upstairs, we have our giant Powercat hanging next to Andrew’s Big XII Championship jersey. A family friend (who has since retired) made these big Powercats for my parents and us. Unfortunately, they can’t be purchased (because I know my K-Staters will ask!). We love seeing our K-State stuff when we walk up the stairs in our house :).
I have a random monkey or two framed and hung in the house…who doesn’t love a silly looking monkey in a gaudy gold frame?! It’s so over the top ridiculous that I love it. 🙂
Three of my very favorite pictures of Kensington and Smith hang down one wall. I just love their sweet faces.
And the wall leading out of my office has this set of canvases too. I can’t have too much of my kiddos around me!
Coming in the back door, we have our hooks and “mudroom” type area for all three kiddos. This hangs on our wall.
Each kid has their own little chalkboard under their name.
If you missed my post about my laundry room/office from last week, I have a lot of wall art in that room too.
My favorite art in my office area are my foodie prints (all of my original recipes).
Andrew and I have also been collecting old books when we travel (seriously, don’t we have the most random collections?!). We keep these books on our bookshelves (which are on our wall). Most of the books are not in English and most of them are very, very old. We have become really good over the last 10 years at finding obscure little bookshops wherever we go and collecting really old books.
My favorite wall though is…my birthday sign wall. Every year, I have a sign made for each kid’s birthday and in the past, I have hung the signs in their rooms but I knew in the new house that I wanted one common area to display all of the signs at once. I always get a sign to represent the day that they’re born and then one sign for every birthday after that…
If you’ll notice, even sweet Ashby has her own sign. She most definitely has been born…so she needs a sign too :). I can’t wait to keep expanding my sign area as the years go by.
Lots of signs to represent lots of fun birthdays.
The sign that says Kensington (London, England) is the one I had made for her birth, the sign that says Smith Shull (Wildcat Football) is the sign I had made for Smith’s birth and the sign that says Ashby London (with polka dots and butterflies) is the sign that I had made for her birth.
To see their actual birthday parties, click below…
My friend Amy always makes my signs for me and as of now, she doesn’t want to expand and sell signs to others. I’m sure there are a lot of people on Etsy though that would make signs for you. This is such a fun way for us to remember their birthdays.
If you want to link up to Andrea’s post in the future, here is her schedule…
Speaking of Andrea’s walls…have you seen her patriotic DIY wall art????
Shut the front door. She made this. For under $30. And she says it’s easy! Click here to learn how to make this and to see her other fun patriotic decorations and DIY ideas.
And one last thing…
My friend Dani has been looking extra fabulous lately and it’s because of her eye makeup! She’s been using Younique. Do you know what this is? It’s the mascara-like product that you layer on top of your regular mascara for killer eyelashes. I have tried out the product too and geez, my eyelashes look so good!! It really does work! If you’ve ever been interested in Younique, have questions, considered selling Younique or want to check out their site, click here.
I love this stuff because it goes on just like mascara (over my mascara) and then washes off at night when I’m done. No tweezers, no falsies, nothing complicated! Just really pretty lashes.
Don’t Dani’s lashes look fabulous?!
I’m hosting an online Younique Party between now and the 28th! Click here to see more.
Dinner tonight is my Coconut Crusted Chicken with Orange Marmalade. The simplest little weeknight meal!
Happy Thursday friends!