When my husband and I got married, we lived at my Mom and Dad’s house in West Virginia while they were living in Northern Kentucky. All the stuff we had was theirs, essentially. Like all newly married couples, we had a few odds and ends of our own — Fiestaware plates and red handled cutlery – but the furniture was all hand-me-down stuff from them.
We moved to Florida in 2008 with “stuff” from my house and “stuff” from his Mom and Dad’s stuff. Now we were the proud owners of things like a floral fold out couch, a formaldehyde shark in a jar and a Scooby Doo cookie jar.
Then, we moved to our house in 2009 and brought that “stuff”, as well as the “stuff” we’d collected over the 18 months we lived in the apartment.
If you’re adding it up, that’s a lot of stuff.
Since adding a new member to the family, we’re starting to act like real, live grownups and investing in nicer furniture. After two yard sales, much of that “stuff” is gone and living in someone else’s house. We’ve began to develop a style for our home that reflects what we want rather than how our (incredibly generous) parents decorated their own homes.
One of the first things we did when we moved into our home was to add art and decor to our walls. Our living room has a big clock, some candle holders, a few picture boxes my husband made that hold our wedding photos and a large mirror to reflect the light coming through the front window. I love when decor has some kind of meaning — significance that tells a story of where we’ve been and where we’re going.
My newest addition? A gorgeous, professionally framed alphabet photography piece.
I love the traditional, elegant look of the frame. The Chocolate brown 3″ frame accented with gold leaf perfectly compliments the large clock on our main living room wall:
Alphabet Photography let me choose my own letters, all created from objects large and small, for the word I choose — our last name, of course. I chose these letters because we were engaged on the beach in St. Augustine, Florida, in 2006. As we left to drive back to West Virginia, I remember saying, ‘well, it’s been fun. We’ll probably never go to St. Augustine again.” Little did we know, just a few years later we’d be moving to Florida and really starting our lives less than two hours from the place where we were engaged.
I love what this artwork says about our family, how the ocean and the palm trees have woven their way into our lives forever. Our son’s birthplace will always be Florida; our first home here, too. No matter where we go in life, this will remind me of Florida.
The artist behind Alphabet Photography personally signs every picture. With so many combinations and so many words, I can say that this artwork is really one-of-a-kind.
I’m thrilled to have this lovely piece of artwork in my home. It’s pulled together our formerly mish-mash of an home into something that’s uniquely ours. I’m so proud of my little family.
The perfect customized gift that includes photographs from all over the world, this is the original Alphabet Photography. Celebrity owners include: Prince Charles, Prince William and Kate, Tyra Banks, Ryan Seacrest, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, John Schneider, Nelly Furtado, and many more!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Alphabet Photography. The opinions and text are all mine.