Lately, our schedules have been crazy. Like, crazy, kinds of crazy. So last night Greg and I decided to take a night to decompress and unwind. After our sushi takeout, I settled in for a few episodes of Cupcake Wars while Greg sat beside me reading a book. Come to think of it, I don’t know how he was able to read with all of that yelling. Yes, I have a tendency to yell at the TV when watching Cupcake Wars. It’s intense.

During one of the commercial breaks, I started looking around the room…

Sometimes just looking around a room can end up turning in to something bigger. I get it from my mom. One day, she got an idea and my dad came home from work to find her chiseling off the hearth of their brick fire place. In this case, I didn’t do anything crazy, but I came to five conclusions: 1) The living room desperately needs color. 2) I want to ditch the pillows for new ones with a graphic pattern of some sort. 3) It needs an area rug to help define the space. 4) Down the road, new furniture would be nice and help bring home the style we’re going for. 5) We’ve got the large brick fire place but the room could use some more texture. That’s when my mind got sidtracked with texture…

A planked feature wall. Not too “country” and not too “cottage”. Maybe not in this room, but in general, I love the idea. I pulled out my iPhone and began to search for some photos. Here are some of my favorites:

I have no idea when, if, or how we will use this idea in our house. Regardless, I’m loving it (Greg’s warming up to the idea) and it doesn’t hurt to look at some eye candy, right?

Inspiration photos found here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.