The writing is on the wall -- and it's chic. Letters and words as decor isn't just for the nursery anymore. From inspirational wall decals to antique printing press letters, the written word is trending in a big way.
Displaying letters in a new way, especially mixing and matching styles, gives a fresh spin to a monogram. Consider using a round mirror as an O combined with other collected pieces to spell "hope." Vintage house numbers, like those below from Napa Style, could be used to commemorate a lucky number or anniversary.
Using bold typography to make a statement, and don't be limited to the walls. You’re your name in lights with Velocity Art's pendant lamp. Collect a grouping of mugs and use them to hold pencils and paper clips in your home office.
"I smoke all day. I'm a very smart and successful addict. One that sold a million records in a week. What am I addicted to, being great?"
-- Hip-hop artist Lil Wayne spoke with Rolling Stone about his successes as he prepares to spend the next year in jail, starting later this month. Wayne pleaded guilty in October for a two-year-old charge of weapons possession.
In my house, I don't think bunnies could multiply faster than paper clutter. No matter how many times I removed my address from junk mail lists or emptied my purse of receipts, it seems that papers kept landing on every surface. It was an ugly and annoying problem, until we came up with the idea for a mail station. Once mail or other paper enters the house, it's filtered. We store a shredder and recycle bin underneath the table -- hidden by a tablecloth -- and use a desktop organizer to sort everything. There's a spot for outgoing mail, paper to scan and digitally file, and there's even a small drawer for note cards and stamps. It's also a good place to keep keys and other easily-forgotten items before we run out the door. The key to a successful station, however, is developing the habit to use it consistently.
How do you keep paper clutter from taking over your home ... and sanity?
While the winters are fairly mild here in San Francisco, the cold and rainy weather can still wear a girl down. Escaping to Hawaii is a bit extreme, so the Contra Costa Times suggests sending your taste buds on a tropical retreat instead. Tiki doesn't always have to equal tacky. They suggest loading the pupu plattter with ahi tuna poke and cha sui pork, and don't forget the bright-colored umbrellas in the Trader Vic's mai tais.
Does an off-season tropical party conjure up feelings of warmer times or does it have you imagining people wearing socks with sandals?
You know how you say a word over and over and it loses meaning? It feels like that after looking at so many paint colors. So I've craftily put together our sofa and rug, which have yet to come, or else I would have taken a picture. What do you all think?
Dark Brown: Dark Brown
Gray Blue Gray Blue
Light Sage: Light Sage
Brown Green: Brown Green
Oh my gosh I don't know!? Oh my gosh I don't know!?
On July 6, yours truly tied the knot! I'm sure everyone says this, but our wedding was the best ever. There was a rockin DJ, Frisbee favors, an open bar and even impromptu break dancing by my hubby. Nothing went wrong, that I know of anyway, so it's accurate to say we threw a perfect party!
After a whirlwind honeymoon to Hawaii and two more family weddings, things have finally settled down. We're just an old married couple now. Snoozers. Our pro photos should be done any day now, and here's a link to the slideshow they showed during the reception: http://clients.joelflory.com/emilyandmatt. In case you can't wait, here are some of my favorite pictures:
The title pretty much says it all... It made my week, err, year to attend a super fun soiree with some of my favorite people ever. However, my wedding will likely trump that. It also may come third in the year's events after my honeymoon. But wow, I am so thankful to be included.