9 by Design on Bravo this spring? Not surprisingly, I did, and I developed a huge girl-crush on Cortney Novogratz (gorgeous, calm mother of 7, with serious style...LOVE her) and a lust for their eclectic-chic design esthetic. The photo above is from their dining area. They found different letter prints and had them framed in lightboxes to spell "family." I love the colorful pop and point of interest they provide on the gray wall. And you often see letters employed in childrens room design...
...as seen here with this lovely selection from Pottery Barn Kids. I kind of have a love-hate relationship with old PBK. I love some of their thematic decorating ideas (I am particularly smitten with their little boys' surfer room), but I hate their prices, and think that sometimes they take the matchiness to a bit of an extreme beyond what I can stomach. But, I love the idea of wall letters, and of spelling lil' J's name out on the wall above his dresser. There's just a big, long, empty space there, and he is so into words and reading that I think it would be a fun way to translate that into our decor. But, I feel that little Tristan's letters are a bit austere. What to do? Enter one of my favorite design websites Apartment Therapy Ohdeeoh:
I LOVE this fun wall of eclectic letters! Novogratz meets PBK meets SMJ! We don't have wall real estate for a whole alphabet, but I think finding his name in quirky letters would be a great little scavenger hunt and fun way to eventually personalize his room. Care to join me? If in your greater New England or interweb adventures, you happen to encounter a very cool J, H, D, A and/or U (word scramble time! AND scavenger hunt! How fun am I this morning?), please drop me a line and let me know! I am on the hunt and am not afraid to get crafty with a paint brush!
What's your favorite eclectic, affordable room decorating trick?