Feb 29, 2012

Mr. Owl

As I've written about countless of times, one of my goals this year is to add some design (ha - if you can call what I do "design") to our little apartment. I find that it's hard to put a lot of effort into making over  your place when you rent. You don't really own the space and all the walls, floors, trim, etc. really can't be changed. Luckily, our little place has a pretty neutral palate and while I'd love to add crown molding, mocha hardwoods and rip the balcony door vertical blinds to shreds, I cannot. But I can make the most of what we have.

One such project is adding art to the walls. Our walls have been nearly bare for over two years, aside from our college diplomas, some framed engagement photos and, thanks to my husband, a signed autograph sketch of Ralph Wiggum, with a caption reading "My cat's breath smells like cat food".

I kid you not. 

Inspired by my favorite DYI family, The Petersiks of Young House Love, I decided to create a frame wall. So a few weekends ago, I piled my Ikea cart high with various sized white frames (many were priced under $3.00) and they've been sitting in a stack on my bedroom floor ever since. 

Since the purchase of the frames, I've been slowly collecting pieces of art and printing a few wedding photos to fill them. One must-have piece: an owl print. 

It's a long story, so I won't go into details, but let's just say there's been a 9 year running inside joke between Brandon and I and a certain stuffed owl. He goes by the name Mr. Owl and lives in our closet. Not that we don't love him anymore, but that two grown people probably shouldn't keep stuffed animals on their bed. 

Long-winded tonight. 

Anyways, the quest for the perfect owl print is on. I want the owl to be friendly, but not nursery-room friendly. Fun colors are a must and some level of sophistication to perhaps balance out the ridiculousness of Ralph Wiggum. 

Meet the contenders. 

1. Tiny One Owl Print by OnEchoLane; $7.00

2. Sleepy Owl by marisolspoon, $32.00

3. The Bright Owl by daniellelaurenti, $20.00


1. I love this little owl print because it has my favorite color, yellow, in it. But its a sophisticated kind of yellow, so that's a plus. This owl is cute, but I don't think it's too childish. Oh, and the price - love!

2. This sleepy owl caught my eye because of the subtle colors, but the more I look at him, the more he scares me.

3. Cute! Colors are great - especially the light blue background. He's friendly and inviting. I like the addition of the branches too. I think he'll look great with a white matted frame and he comes in all different sizes.

And the winning owl is...

Number 1. I was really torn between 1 and 3, but ultimately, the price and subtle colors of the first won me over.

One frame down, 10 more to go.


  1. Haha I like the firs bowl the best as well! Owls are so cute! :D
    Are you going to fill the frames with art like that or pictures as well? :) I like picture frame collages! Can't wait to see the end result! :)

    1. I'm going to do a mixture of art, photos, craft paper from Michael's, etc. I don't really have a color scheme for it, I'm so not so sure how it will all look together, but we'll see!

      I also am going to get a shadow box and frame the antique key and escort card from the wedding!

  2. I like the first one or the third! The first is just so cute though!


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