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So I know it’s a far cry from the extremely personal posts that we have shared with you in the past several weeks, but this week we want to share one of our favorite home decor ideas with you.

I’d like to think that I have great taste, & that I’m known to come up with a great idea every once in a while. But my husband, Weston, is the true master mind, & executor of all the great designs that fill our home. He is just great at turning nothing into something. He has that “special touch” where he can make something ordinary look extraordinary just by arranging, or re-arranging it. He also has that vision- to see that something can be truly great, even if it’s not great in its current state. I will have to admit that quite often he tells me about an idea that he has, & I’m like “Um…okay?” (I myself do not possess that “vision” or “special touch”.). But when he’s done, it’s always like the most awesome thing I have ever seen, but never could have imagined. This was one of those ideas. When Weston first told me that he wanted to use old clip boards as picture frames (he is a big fan of upcycling), I was like “Ew!”. But of course it turned out to be a beautifully unique idea, & I was wrong…again!

I love old photos, like antique photos. There is something that old style photography & equipment captured that just can’t be reproduced by an iPhone camera. An essence, that not only can’t be reproduced, but probably doesn’t even exist in this day & age.

So, I semi-recently began collecting antique photos. I have found them at antique stores & malls, thrift stores, yard sales, etc.. But I needed a cool way to use these photos. I ended up sticking them in a box & forgetting about them for a few months. That’s when Weston mentioned the clipboard idea, that I wasn’t too fond of, good thing he didn’t listen to me. There is truly beauty to be found in the simplicity of this design.

All you need to put together some of these for yourselves is:

  • A few antique photos &/or books (small books, not real thick ones).
  • Some old clipboards, we got ours from thrift stores & family members, you could use new ones but I think an old beat up one has a much better look for this project.
  • A bundle of eucalyptus. We usually get ours from Trader Joe’s, but since we now live an hour from our closest Trader Joe’s , we opt for local florists. If you are local to our area we recommend Evans Flowers if you are near Anniston, Al., The Bell Ringer if you are near Heflin, & Pell City Flower & Gift Shop if you are near Pell City.
  • Lastly, you will need several sheets of printer scrapbooking paper. We always get ours from Hobby Lobby, they have a great selection.

Making them is a fairly easy process. I don’t have step-by-step instructions for you to follow, but I’m sure you get the general idea from the photos. Have fun with it, get creative and make them your own! If you made some, we would love to see them! Upload your photos to Instagram and tag us @thegraysscale.

All our love,

The Grays.

*This Post is not sponsored by or affiliated with: Hobby Lobby, Evans Flowers, The Bell Ringer Florist, or Pell City Flower & Gift Shop.

Onyx’s “big girl” room


Here we are. Finally getting settled into a home we love. It has been a very long process, but it has been perfect in its own way. The first room complete in all its glory is Onyx’s “big girl” room, of course. After five months of living with Weston’s parents, who were so gracious to help us make this fly-by-the-seat-of-our-pants transition a little more gradual, I knew Onyx was so done with the crib. Out of those five months she slept in her crib maybe two nights and let’s face it even if I were ever to get her back in her crib it would then be time for a transition to a toddler bed. So “big girl” bed it is, and if we are being totally honest the only bed she is sleeping in at this point in momma and daddy’s. But it is there when she (and I) are ready.

If you know anything about us then you probably figured that her room is totally monochrome. In fact, the moment I found out I was having a girl I knew that “all pink everything” and head-sized bows were not an option! For all you parents out there who want a little more than all the traditional offerings for baby and toddler rooms we have teamed up with NotSewStrange to introduce you to a collection of wonderfully modern, handmade quilts, pillows, and décor. The black and white triangle quilt looks perfect on Onyx’s new awning bed that we made for her and it has also been our new favorite setting for family picnics. We cannot wait to add one of their Black and White Minky Sleeping Bear Pillows to the pillow collection!

It was always our plan that when the time came to say goodbye to the crib to make Onyx one of those awesome house frame beds that dazzle every modern toddler room featured on the coolest Instagram pages. But that was also a problem, when the time actually came they were so popular that I didn’t feel like it was special or different anymore. So we had a brainstorming session and came up with the awning bed idea. Still an homage to the cute house frame but with a twist! I know you guys have some cool and different nursery/toddler room ideas to share! Let’s hear them!

Until next time…

With our Love,

The Gray’s