I first met Sarah last December at our Premier Designs Jewelry Christmas party…and just a few weeks later, we both attended the PD Regional Rally in Tacoma, WA along with four other fun ladies. Sarah is a kind and loving mother of four adorable kiddos, and she graciously volunteered to drive our whole group to and from Tacoma (my driving skills have been described as “roller-coaster-esque” so I was pretty grateful for this). Here’s the other thing about Sarah though: she has really great taste! When we were at rally, she always managed to look perfectly pulled together, even on the long car trip. I went home inspired to play with my jewelry and come up with some creative new ways to wear and display it.
So…it should come as no surprise that Sarah’s sense of style would carry over into her home. Her family lives in the most adorable yellow house, and she has decorated it to make it feel so comfortable and downright homey with a vintage-rustic flair. Needless to say, I was flattered when Sarah e-mailed me last week to ask me for some decorating assistance…as their cute place is officially on the market! She has two built-in chalkboards in her home and wanted to spruce them up a bit for upcoming home showings. Speaking of which: are you in the market for a house? Check out Sarah and Justin’s place here.
When I arrived at her home, Sarah and I immediately got to work looking at some pins I saved with her house in mind. She wanted a scripture for her basement chalkboard and something café-related for her main floor living room nook. Here are the fun images we ultimately selected:
I decided to start in the basement as the shape and texture of the chalkboard was a bit more straightforward — it would be a great warm-up! As a side-note, I have to share this great idea for a built-in chalkboard with all of you: when Sarah and Justin finished their basement, they left a rectangle of concrete exposed. They just framed around it and then painted the concrete with chalkboard paint. I love this kind of character in a house!
Here’s the finished basement chalkboard:
One down, one to go. I headed upstairs and scrunched myself down into this sweet little living room nook for the next chalkboard. The kids originally used this as a play kitchen area, but Sarah recently cleared out the kitchen toys and opted for a clutter-free kids’ sitting area instead (a great staging choice). She added this sweet little bistro set and some chalkboard paint, and, once again, it’s an instant character upgrade!
Full disclosure: the size of the nook and the texture of the walls did make for some unique artistic challenges, but in reality, this is all part of the fun in getting outside the familiar quirks of my own chalkboard. After a bit of trial and error, I discovered that starting with a very rough sketch of the design and then going back and making it look neat and pretty proved incredibly helpful. In the end, it turned out even better than I hoped!
All in all, this crafty morning stands out as one of the highlights of my summer so far — and I want to make it happen again. Thus, it’s official: Cursive in Chaos is for hire!
Chalkboard art adds a special handmade touch to:
- Restaurants, bars, cafés, and retail shops
- Bridal showers
- Bachelorette parties
- Baby showers
- Birthday parties
- Anniversary parties
- Home staging
- …and so much more!
Interested? Check out my new HIRE page for more details, and be sure to drop me a line!