It's gray and cold outside in this unseasonably cold Chicago summer, so here are two pretty pictures making me happy today. I wrapped this pretty birthday present this morning and couldn't resist taking a picture. And here's a sneak peek of my upstairs hallway, which was ugly and boring with drab white walls and builder grade lighting before, but now looks fun with my little makeover: I stenciled the walls and hung that pendant light myself! Which was in and of itself a massive achievement for me - have always wanted to know how to hang light fixtures on my own and finally figured it out with the help of some friends' coaching and a couple YouTube videos.
Before and after of the hallway to come soon! Have to wait for the sun to come out again (who knows when that'll be?!) so that I can get a better shot than the dark grainy one below.