Let's Head West

I've never really liked these Ikea fabric-wrapped wood frames above our bed. I think when we moved in 3 years ago, we didn't know what to do with them so here's where they ended up, and haven't been given a second thought since.

After doing some thinking about the upcoming winter (dark, cold and long) I imagined a rich bright desert vista out my window.
So I ripped off that bland, pale Ikea bummer, joined the two wooden frames to make one large one, and sewed some colorful fabrics together in an organic nature. I enjoy it very much.

Also in need of a change was the armchair in our bedroom. Before, it was also sporting a black and white pillow number. Keeping with the mod Southwest theme, I made this red and orange chevron pillow and tossed on some faux sheepskin. Winter blues be gone! Now I have happy cozy colors in my bedroom.


New Stuff

Matt and I live in a fantastic apartment designed by a local Madison architect. For the last 2 years, our vast white brick entry way wall has remained empty. Partly due to the fact that we didn't have anything suitable to hang there and that we kind of liked the blank, minimal look where our beloved bench could shine.

This is a linoleum block print I've created

As it turns out, we've aquired several pieces of art we really love (50% of which I've made) and thought they'd do very nicely on said empty wall. And just like that, we have an art gallery! It looks so great, I wish we'd done it sooner.

This emerald gem was purchaced for under $2 at the "dig 'n save" thrift shop. I call it a "yarn painting"

I snatched this pretty little piece of pottery up for $1 a couple weeks ago. A real beauty!

I put this little vignette together on our dining table. Something about it is just so pleasing to my eye.

Speaking of pleasing, we visited Ikea two weeks ago and I came home with two of these fantastic pots (among several other things). It couldn't look more perfect with my favorite cactus.

I have an eye akin to a rat or crow--I often find myself picking up colorful stones, acorns, leaves, twigs and teensy pinecones. They end up in a small wooden dish by the front door.