28 Nov

A few weeks ago when our house appeared on Apartment Therapy (I’m still squealing with happy joy over that BTW) , you may have noticed a new little greeting in the foyer area.

I’ve been wanting to put some words in our foyer since we moved in. Something like “Welcome” or “Home Sweet Home”. But nothing felt quite perfect. Until I recently went to a fashion showroom and saw a console table decorated with great art and two big brass letters sitting on the table: “h” and “i”. So simple. So huge. So brass.

Alas, my interpretation is a lot smaller and a lot less brass but it’s still a cute, welcoming sentiment.

I started out by buying two kraft paper letters from Land of Nod that I’ve been eyeing for a long time.

At $3.95 a piece, they’re begging to be the start of a great DIY project. I mean, look at the all the ideas on the Land of Nod site. I’m dying to buy the  girls names for the playroom and cover them in glitter. Or better yet, I’ll just buy the letters and let the girls get their creative on! (Knowing them, glitter will be their first choice, too. The apple doesn’t fall far, people.)

Next up, my little letters got some gold spray paint action.

After they were dry, I laid them facedown and put a paper on the back to mark where the holes needed to go.


Then I just positioned the paper on the wall with a level. (Note: That ham hock you’re seeing in this picture is actually my hand. Stay tuned for an I’m-going-on-a-massive-diet-and-I’d-really-appreciate-your-support-post coming soon.)

Then I just hammered in tiny little nails and hung them up.  Hi.

I think I still need a little art below it. Maybe an 8×10 photo or something like that. But I’m loving it’s simplicity and sweetness.

Update: When I went to spray paint some frames for Sophia’s room (read about that in this post), I discovered that the Krylon Metallic spray paint was sooooo much more shiny (ie: better) than the Rust-Oleum I had originally used to paint the letters above. So, I quickly repainted and now they’re hanging in all their gilded gloriousness. Check out the difference:

hi collage

So, what do you think? Do you have a little welcome note in your foyer?


Sue at Home


7 Responses to “Hi.”

  1. Matthew Jiovanni November 28, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    I Love this idea – it is so warm and sweet, and can be customized to suit and inspire. Thanks Sue!

  2. Jenny Bernholz December 5, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    i love this idea, Sue! I might have to steal it :)


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