Monday, April 28, 2014

Some Awkward Questions ...

So, we've gotten to know each other a little bit better over the past few months. You've seen our good side our not so good and our chocolate doughnut side:




I feel like we've gotten to the point in this relationship where we can ask each other some awkward questions. You're really wondering where this is going right? Well, don't worry! Pop some popcorn, flop on a sleeping bag and put your best Karen Smith expression on...




 I'll go first.


This...is awkward:



And, honestly, it has us a bit stumped.
This weird little wall cut-out is part of what used to be the chimney. The wall here is actually still made of brick that has been plastered over, which makes hanging something here a bit more challenging. But not impossible. We've considered a mirror. Either full-length or something smaller and more decorative. My only thought with that is this wall faces our bedroom door and I'm not sure my confidence could handle stumbling out of bed every morning and being confronted with my own squashy faced bed-headedness.
The other option we were considering was painting the recessed section with chalkboard paint and maybe adding some wooden strips on the edges to create a faux framed look.

Like this:


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I'm a little hesitant to jump on the chalkboard paint bandwagon, but I do think they're fun and it would be a great place for random bursts of creativity. Always important.
So, what do you guys think? Originally, I think the plan was to continue the Board & Batten into the space and just kind of...pretend it wasn't there, but we are also open to other, unconventional, ideas. Maybe inserting a panel of lattice for an easily changeable kids artwork or photo display? Oh, the possibilities!
While we're on the subject of "awkward spaces", this confounds me:




It's so wide. And empty. It begs to be filled with something but...what?

A picture wall?



Honeycomb shelves?


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Would that push our house over the edge into "too much bee theme"?

A velvet Elvis?




Okay, not that last one. Joseph would never go for that.

But maybe one day, Velvet Elvis, when I have a craft room of my own...

One day...


Does anyone else out there have any "awkward" spaces in their home? How have you dealt with it? Strategically placed plant? Lamp? Hung a Velvet Elvis so everyone is so distracted by The King that no one notices the awkwardness? (Or anything else about your home, for that matter?) That's it! My new solution for it all: Put a bird Velvet Elvis on it!

22 comments:

  1. That hall wall would look nice with crown molding. I'm not the one with advice on what to hang on blank walls, though. We have a roll-down map of Virginia, plus two other huge maps in our entrance hall, now.

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    1. I'm glad you think so! About the crown. We have it in the kitchen and we really like it. I think Joseph wants to put it EVERYWHERE, but I wasn't sure if that would be too much in our tiny house. But I do think it gives things a nice, polished look.

      A map of some kind would be really cool (totally stealing your idea). I kind of like this from This Old House:

      http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/m/article/0,,20779487,00.html


      But maybe not Africa...

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  2. Hi Jill! What do you guys have in your front hall?

    Meredith, I do like the map in several frames idea. What about maps of mythical places? Maybe you could have them printed in the same tone or tones that go together? Or do the artwork yourself! That would be cool.

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    1. So. Many. Ideas now. I feel a post "Help me pick a mythical landscape to frame..,"

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    2. YES! Mythical maps! I must find suitable maps now.

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    1. It was so abundant, we started a blog.

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  4. Oo, awkward spaces! I really like the chalkboard paint idea with wood trim (though, perhaps slightly less wide trim?...The framed one just looks like too much frame to me). Seems like a good thing to put in a house with such creative people. Or you could use it for to do lists (although...rolling out of bed and seeing your to do list first thing isn't always the most comforting first thought of the day...), and things like that. Or neat quotes and things.
    And I think Laura's got an absolutely brilliant idea going there with the mythical maps on the hall wall idea! Pictures are always cool too, though. Then it's a spot where you can walk by and smile because you have an awesome and beautiful family with so many fantabulous memories! ;) Then again...maybe that would be the best thing to "wake up to" on that awkward chimney coverup spot. Lots of framed pics of your loved ones?

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  5. Speaking of awkward things...Sorry for that awkwardly long comment up there ^ ...

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    1. Rachel, I love your "awkwardly long comment". I laughed out loud at least three times. From now on all comments you leave MUST be two paragraphs, at minimum.

      Too much?

      Anyway, I totally agree about the chalkboard frame. That frame makes me use one of my least favorite words: chunky. (Ew. Right up there with "crusty". Just awful.) Something slimmer would definitely be better.

      Ooh, ask Josiah what he thinks about the mythical map thing, too. I'd love to hear his (nerdy) thoughts on what we be a cool "land" to choose. Oh! The Zoombinies map!

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    2. Haha, oh, don't worry. At least two paragraphs is usually "easy-peasy" for me. ;)

      I can definitely see where "chunky" would be a gross word to use for art or decor. Yep. Definitely ew.

      And I shall definitely ask Josiah what he thinks about mythical maps, and if he has any suggestions. For some pretty obvious mythical land maps, though:
      1. http://wordsathome2.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/map-of-narnia-by-pauline-baynes.jpg
      2. Because you can't have a Narnia map without also including Calormen: http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090925121810/narnia/images/b/b8/CalormenMap.jpg
      3. Neverland, of course: http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100629171450/disney/images/e/e5/Neverland_1024.jpg
      4. And, I simply couldn't leave out Middle Earth (<3): http://wallpaperbackgrounds.com/wallpaper/28929

      And, I'm not quite sure where these are from, but they looked interesting:
      1. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ea/Carta_Marina.jpeg
      2. http://enseisong.deviantart.com/art/Breath-of-Destiny-World-Map-263745698

      Also, you could consider a map of a galaxy, rather than (or along with) a land map: https://www.google.com/search?q=maps+of+star+wars+galaxy&es_sm=122&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=4vJfU8XNHIPE8QHs3IG4CA&ved=0CCoQsAQ&biw=1366&bih=643

      P.S. Your kids are going to be so knowledgeable about all the best places, if this mythical map wall happens. ;)

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  6. http://s310867483.websitehome.co.uk/BBDITEMPICS/3D/13-0539(00B)-MP04-LO.jpg You could chop up some mythical lands like this world map.

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  7. why not fill it in to match the wall next to it? then it's no longer awkward....

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    1. See, we were thinking about that but it would still be a strangely recessed bit of wall. Especially the top half. If we can do something that makes it look purposeful I think that's our best bet. If not, we might just have to go with filling it in the rest of the way.

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    2. Bricks, fill it in with bricks. And then, should anyone happen to see it on house tours, act strangely vague, mysterious, and/or threatening, insane, and maniacal with super dodgy answers.

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    3. Doh! You meant fill in the recess, not fill in the board and batten. Did not get that. I'll have to reevaluate the molding but I believe the door frame is too close.

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    4. What Rachel says! Then, leave a trowel at the foot of the brick wall. A wine cask thereabouts. One brick missing with creepy eyes looking out!

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    5. Oo, oo! Yes to the creepy eyes! And perhaps a handkerchief with mysterious initials fluttering, partly stuck underneath the trowel!

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  8. All right guys, now you're just messing with us.

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