Last week, we updated you on a little corner of the living room that got a few new accessories and today is what you could call the rest of the story. Some of you even noticed a picture ledge hanging out in a few of those photos. We were waiting to show you some pulled back shots until three prints I purchased arrived back from getting framed using Framebridge (more on that in a minute), and now that they have–ta-da!
We had a couple photo ledges in our last house and we loved/missed the casual leaned-art look and the ease of switching things around. Here’s a reminder of how things were arranged previously:
Don’t you love watching rooms evolve? I knew as soon as I hung those frames above the couch months ago, the wall needed something more. Eventually, I moved those frames to the wall on the right and blew up some photos of the girls (you can read about that here), which made room for this ten foot picture ledge. Huge!
The new picture ledge is lined up with the rug and both are centered in the width of the neighboring dining room and kitchen–just an fyi. It took Chris 45 minutes and about $15 to make. He purchased two 1×6 boards in 10 ft lengths and cut one of them to make the back and front lip. There was a tiny miscommunication about screwing them onto the front/back rather than on top, but he was already done and I really don’t mind.
We debated between staining the wood or painting it, and you can see staining it (we used a walnut stain) won. It adds an extra layer of natural texture and warmth to the room and we love that. Shall we talk about all of these great prints!? Let’s!
The Decision by Kai Samuel-Davis (the purchase of this print kind of started this whole project!) / a signed poster from our dear musician friend (who happened to also sing at our wedding) Preston Pugmire, we love you–do check his music out! / a photograph my sister took in my hometown, Pittsburgh!
A postcard print by Kai, Street Walker by Kevin Russ.
We had the large Kai Samuel-Davis print, the desert gallery print and the bison print all framed by Framebridge. We thought we’d try it out after a few of our friends gave rave reviews about the service and we have only good things to add. They sent us shipping tubes to mail in the prints and they arrived back packaged to perfection. I love the large gold Potomac frame The Decision is housed in and the black core mat in a white modern frame for the desert print is such a pretty juxtaposition. We chose a natural wood frame for the bison print which ties in nicely to the frame of the Britt Hermann print on the end table. If you have an odd size print, or just want something special framed, I can’t say enough good things about Framebridge. A lot of Etsy artists are even teaming up with them to make their service even easier.
In person, the 10 ft ledge is so substantial and the art lining it is such a great alternative to the ever-popular “gallery wall”; especially if you like to switch things around as much as I do. This project went a long way in bringing our personalities to this home–we are thrilled it feels like that’s finally happening.