Happy Monday! I hope you all enjoyed the weekend as much as I did. We kicked off our weekend with an epic surprise 60th for my wonderful father-in-law (FIL). The gathering was filled with great food, drink, friends, and even featured a well choreographed dance number performed by a group of grown men.
A few months back, my husband and I sent a letter to almost everyone my FIL has ever known. In this letter we asked his loved ones to kindly recall a memory they share with the birthday boy and to document their recollection in the form of a hand written letter. The response was remarkable. We received numerous letters from old friends and new, family members and neighbors. Some were funny, some were heartfelt, and all were a true testament to what an amazing man we have in our lives.
I placed each of the returned letters in separate vintage air mailers adorned with vintage postage. When all the letters were received, the air mailers were bundled together and tied with red baker’s twine.
The project was definitely a labor of love and in the end, it was well worth the work. Kevin and I thoroughly enjoyed reading each letter we received. I know my father-in-law will as well!
Happy Birthday!!! We hope you enjoy your 60 years of memories!
If the idea of time-consuming and labor intensive wall writing makes you shiver, these great pretenders just might do the trick. Script wallpaper is an option which will yield the same look and feel without all the planning and man hours associated with the handwritten displays featured in yesterday’s post.
I have a weakness for pretty lettering. To me, nothing compares to beautifully handwritten correspondence. There is something so special about the handwritten quotes and love letters below, which have been creatively featured as wall art. I would love to have the lyrics to our wedding song (Ray LaMontange – You are the Best Thing) or the letters we drafted for each other on our wedding day carefully drawn on our bedroom wall. Words so sweet and so true, would act as a great reminder each morning upon waking and each night before closing our eyes.
Let me start by setting the scene…you’re awating company, you’ve cleaned your home for what seems like hours, cooked a divine meal, and set a gorgeous table, only to ruin it all by pulling out those dingy metal hand-me-down folding chairs. Well, it doesn’t have to be that way any longer. Say goodbye to those rusty old basement dwellers and hello to these seriously stylish seats.
I’ve configured and reconfigured imaginary gallery walls throughout our house since becoming a homeowner. While renovating our foyer (blogged here) allowed me the opportunity to create a small wall of photos and art, it did not calm my craving for the real deal.
I first fell in love with the concept of a gallery wall while perusing images of Kate and Andy Spade’s home tour over on The Selby.
Though gallery walls come in many styles and compositions, I tend to favor walls that are composed of art, personal photographs, and unique finds, yielding a more eclectic look.
What types of galleries make your heart pitter patter?
This weekend, my amzing mother started painting our front porch as a much needed aniversary gift to my husband and I. The transformation is causing me to appreciate the space and wish we put it to more use. I hate to admit it, but the front porch swing has gone unswung since we moved in four years ago. Well, thats all about to change. As the air begins to get crisp I invision our family sipping a cup of coffee or sharing a meal our on that wooden throne. In the meantime, I leave you with some front porch inspiration.