I am very excited to say that I won a giveaway from one of my favorite blogs, www.joeyandlana.com. Cutting Edge Stencils provided a $50 credit to one of their readers - and I was the one lucky enough to be chosen!
I've been dreaming of a stenciled bedroom wall for awhile now, but hadn't looked at many real stencils because they come with such a hefty price tag. Since I rarely spent $50 on anything, I never really considered buying a quality stencil and instead spent time finding super-talented people who make stencils out of cardboard. (It's amazing - check out this one from a pizza box. There are many more examples on Pinterest but for some reason the site won't take me to external websites today.)
Then the geniuses over at Young House Love created an amazing room with a not-out-of-cardboard stencil, so I was hooked.
Armed with my can't-believe-I-won optimism, I spent an hour on Cutting Edge Stencil's website to pick the perfect design for the accent wall in my bedroom. You should visit this website when you get a moment so you can understand the truly difficult task of picking ONE stencil. I drafted my sister as a judge, and we narrowed it down to a few of the options. One of my favorites: houndstooth! It's one of my favorite fabric patterns and I loved the idea of a full wall, but talked myself out of it when I realized it wouldn't be a very good backdrop for my beloved subway sign art I plan to hang above the bed. Thus, this beauty is the winner:
I later realized that I picked the same stencil as my benefactors - Joey and Lana's project turned out really beautifully.
Heaven knows when I'll actually do the stenciling, but I promise to share the sorrows and joys when I do!