Monday, April 14, 2014

family time in austin

 A few weekends ago, we visited Matthew's family in Austin, TX.  We lived in Austin for a few years and just love it when we go back to visit.
 The best part of the trip was spending time with family, including this little niece of ours.
 We went to a few parks, ate a ton of food and made some wonderful memories.
 We also got to take some very special pregnancy announcement photos with Matt's brother and his family.  They're expecting a baby boy in September, and we are thrilled for them!
 The trip was so much fun, and we can't wait to go back later this year to meet our nephew!!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

meaningful art in our home

This post is coming to you because we just ordered a new print that has so much meaning to us, that it got me thinking about the other things on our walls and making choices to incorporate more meaningful pieces into our home.  

To get us started, here's the new piece; it's the Congress Bat Bridge in Austin, TX.  We started our life together in Austin and lived there for three years, so we fell in love with this unique print from pressedufour on Etsy.  We put it in our 1/2 bath downstairs because this space was needing something new and this is the perfect fit.  
The wood frame is from Kohl's, and I love that it looks a little beaten up.
That print makes me smile every time I walk into the room, and reminds me of a city that is very dear to my heart.  Here are some other ways we've incorporated meaningful art into our home:

Travel Photos
The summer after high school, Matt backpacked through Europe and took so many amazing shots, and we have some of them displayed in our house.
 Check out the entry makeover here.
Wedding Mementos
Re-using items from your wedding, besides your actual photos, is a great way to remember one of the most important days of your life.  We used this print as our guest book, and it is hanging in our upstairs hallway.
Names
There are so many great examples of using names and initials as art out there, but ours was actually a gift from my parents for our wedding.  My family is VERY into games and so this actually has a double meaning because it not only has our names, but everyone in my family has their own Scrabble board like this as well.
 When we have kids, their names will be added to this board.
Faith
Our relationships with God are extremely important to us, so having scripture in our home is a constant reminder of his love for us.  I made this piece a few months ago the same way I made this Christmas carol art (except I used a pre-made canvas this time).
All of these, along with all of our personal photos and other art/objects really work together to make a home that is really beautiful and peaceful for us.
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