Living Aloha

A while back, after we had lived with our new teal bookshelves for awhile, I started to think seriously about what to do with the space above the window.

At first I thought about a wall quote, but I decided that I needed something more three dimensional.  Plus, none of the more “generic” quotes that I saw really spoke to me. Then I considered thrifting some old books, but I wanted something bright and white and while I guess I could I have tried spraying the spines of the books with white spray paint, it wasn’t really jiving with me.

Then, one day, there it was.  On an end shelf clearance rack at Target, I saw these.Image                                                          The link above is for a blue one, but the ones I got are the color in the photo above.  And yes, they were on clearance for 50% off.  So I grabbed two (for the price of one bitches!) and got the heck out of there before someone stopped me.

Ok, I will back up.

Mark and I miss Hawaii every day.  To us, it truly is paradise and it’s “home” in our hearts.  I love to find ways to bring the aloha spirit into my everyday life here in Virginia as whenever I think about Hawaii, I feel warm inside.  Corny, I know, but true.  Some of you may know that the pineapple has long been a symbol of hospitality.  This is especially true in Hawaii and when I saw these suckers at Target, practically begging me to take them home, I suddenly had an inspiration for that long, narrow shelf.

As soon as I got home, I jumped on Hobby Lobby’s website and checked out their options for wall letters.  The height of that shelf is 13″ so I needed to find some wall letters that were no taller than a foot.  These guys fit the bill.  And on sale for $4 a pop, I bought five for about $20.

When they arrived, I had Mark make little wooden triangles with scrap wood that would allow the letters to stand up on their own.                                                                                                                                                                                                        Image

Image                                                          The letters came in black and we painted the support triangles black so that they would be hard to notice on the shelf, but after they dried, we actually taped them off and spray painted the letters white.                                                                                                          Image

Once the letters were dry, it was time for the big reveal.  Would my little hair brained idea, hatched in the aisles of Target, pan out or would Mark mock me endlessly for my poor choices?  Well, what do you think?Image                    Do you love it?  We do.  We really do.  You can see these bookshelves from the front door, so we love that the decor there welcomes people in and let’s them know that the “aloha spirit” of Hawaii is alive and well in this 1948 cottage in Northern Virginia.  And even if no one else thinks this, I do and that’s more than enough for me.Image

So there you have it.  The cost of the project was just about $50 ($25 for the pineapples, $20 for the letters, and $5 for a can of white spray paint.)  Obviously, if Hawaiian lingo isn’t your jam, there’s lots of other options you could explore.  Find a decor piece that speaks to you and then pick a word or phrase that corresponds with it.  You could use cowboy hats and the phrase “Hey Y’All!” or peace signs and the word “PEACE.” And pretty much anything goes with the word “LOVE.”  Wall letters come in various heights so you can find a size that fits with your space.  For us, pineapples with the word “ALOHA” says exactly what we want our house to say to visitors, “come in, you’re always welcome here.”

Aloha, y’all!

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