Oxymoron [ok-si-mawr-on] – a figure of speech by which a locution produces an incongruous, seemingly self-contradictory effect.
Confession: That definition used two words I don’t know how to define. Or use properly in a sentence.
What I do know is oxymora best describes the decor of our house. To me, it simply means contradictory. We have beautiful baskets filled with (sandy) shoes. We hang vintage style hooks on a finished oak board and use it to hang up bath robes, backpacks and bras. Yes, bras.
It’s the reality of living with kids. You sacrifice style for function to certain degree.
You just have to get creative. Especially when you have a small, ordinary house.
I love our humble abode. This house has been a labor of love. We purchased it almost 4 years ago in an effort to simplify our life and downsize. SuperHub and I don’t live our life to impress, we live our life to suit our fancy.
My biggest decorating challenge has been our living room wall. As my mood changed, so did the location of our couch. I knew I needed something on the wall, I just didn’t know what. In a room with no character structurally (a big rectangle), it’s tricky.
I decided it would be a great idea to commission my three favorite artists for custom artwork and display the pieces in fancy frames. It just so happens, my three favorite artists are my kiddos.
A couple years ago, I painted a wall of our play room with chalkboard paint. And so my love affair with chalkboard paint began.
So, I took 3 (11 x 14) canvases and spray painted them with the chalkboard paint, two coats. Then I waited for a sale on 16 x 20 size frames. Our local craft store often does 50% off sales. I found 3 frames that went well with our color scheme for $24.99 each after discount. Then I chose a complimenting color of matting and had them custom cut 16 x 20 with a 11 x 14 opening.
Then the fun began. Each kid got a turn to sit at the kitchen table and create their artwork. We put them in the frames, SuperHub hung them on the wall and voila! It’s done.
Finally, you can tell we live here.
It feels a little fancy but is completely realistic. Plus, we can change it as we please! We can celebrate birthdays, holidays, display tiny hand outlines, whatever we feel like that week. At Christmas, we will use green and red chalk to create special holiday art.
Awfully pretty. Agree to disagree. Accidentally on purpose.