Y'all... I was going to wait to clean up my office before I did this post. You know, vacuum, fluff the pillows, hide the SEVEN MILLION LEGOS SCATTERED EVERYWHERE! But I was too excited and so I decided to just #keepitreal
My office is my little "refuge". The ceilings are lower than the rest of the house, it's attached to our bedroom with french doors and I spend most of my evenings in here working on Slightly Askew projects and lesson plans. Up until about 6 months ago it was the only "toy free zone" in our house... but then Luke needed a place where he could shut (and lock) the door to work on Legos without a little brother disturbing him and breaking things so he joined me in my space. ;) I spend a LOT of my time in the evenings in here and it houses LOTS of fun memories (I'll show you the built ins in a bit!). I've had these frames hung above the couch for forever, but I never loved them. Last weekend I had an idea to frame a bunch of Instagram pics and make it one "consistent" piece.
It was a BEATING to pick my favorite 200 pics, and then compile them into collage pics in Photoshop (and resize to fit my mattes, etc.) - but the prints cost me less than $4!
Instagram is SO awesome for capturing all kinds of things that you normally wouldn't bother to get out your "good camera" for and we've loved looking through the pics and remembering "that time" that Luke had a belly tattoo, or when Mason wanted to read "Goodnight Moon" about 14 times every night. They're completely random and mixed up - no order or timeline to any of it.
Since I was showing you the office I thought I'd show you the other side as well (again - real life going on here!)
The house came with some awesome built ins that I LOVE using to house lots of books, pictures and mementos. That little glass container has all of these ceramic figurines that my Oma always collected from her boxes of teabags. I can remember going to their farm growing up and seeing them all lined up on her kitchen windowsill. The spool of thread belonged in my great grandmothers sewing basket.
My boys and I collect birds nests and I love to frame their birthday invitations. I also have my photo books in here as well.
Top shelf is a vintage marching band pic, a statue that the MOST AWKWARD ARTISAN EVER made for us in the Dominican Republic another nest and my trombone mute from my years in band. A jar of buttons, a music box (that I threw and knocked the head off of when I was about 6... my mom glued it back on as a lesson about controlling my temper), more nests and other trinkets from over the years find their home here as well.
A set of my grandfather's wooden shoes (my moms parents are Dutch) and my favorite picture of Luke. Ever.
Anyway - I hope you like my IG wall as much as I do! How do you incorporate your IG photos into your home decor? Do you print books of them? TELL!!!