What’s in a name… A “W,” obviously!

Confession: I am not good at interior design.

I may have already mentioned this, but I have had a really hard time decorating our home and I don’t really understand why. I’m artsy, I love well decorated homes, and I know the IKEA layout like the back of my hand. But I just really struggle with putting together an awesome room.  You might not actually notice this is you came to my home because I don’t have anything offensively ugly and what I lack in creative decor I make up for in cleanliness, good lighting, and lack of clutter. But most of the good design decisions in my home have been deeply intense processes involving the input of everyone I know and mannnnyyyyyyy trips to Home Goods.  Commitaphobia+lack of clear design vision= inability to decorate.

The kitchen and bedroom look pretty good, but the living room… well there’s a reason I haven’t ever given a straight-on shot of our living room. It’s because it looks like this:DSC_4521

I really want something on that wall, but for the longest time, I haven’t known what. But then it came to me: I want a W.

People, I love having a W in my name. Yes, it means that my children will always be in the back of the line in alphabetical order, but it will make them stronger. W’s are just such lovely letters, with all those lovely sweeps. They can also be strong bold letters. I spend a lot more time doodling W’s than I care to admit.

Lately I have been seeing lots of cool letters used in wall decor, but so often it makes things look childish. But the other day I took a thesis writing break to cruise Pinterest for some new interior design inspiration and I came across these more mature letters incorporated into wall decor. 3da2fde41cc47b71ff993a6efb5489ee
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9d920e6138dcc68e69754f30fe7ded23-1What do you think? And ideas where I can get a cool W, preferably one that looks like it was wrenched off of a gate at some old estate and then left in a barn till it developed “character”?

*All images via my Pinterest page, where you can connect to the original images.

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18 Responses to What’s in a name… A “W,” obviously!

  1. Anna Louisa says:

    Etsy! My cousin found lots of cool letters for her wedding there. I like it best in the pictures above when it’s part of a gallery wall, or on the smaller side – that second picture has such great styling.


  2. Sarah says:


    It’s not very big, but it’s a W and would look awesome in a grouping with some photos… I mean, hey you did just have a bunch of great professional wedding photos taken, didn’t you?

  3. What a neat idea! I am a “W” and so is my boyfriend so I might steal your idea for our apartment when we move in together in May : )

    • Hannah says:

      W’s all around!!!! There is a guy in Eastern Market (the flea market part) who always has these cool metal letters, but I have yet to see a W. He did have a M the other day though, so I might just turn it upside down… ; )

  4. Rebekah says:

    I feel the same paralysis when it comes to interior decorating. It doesn’t help that my mother is a GENIUS in this area, and I’m always comparing myself to her!

    …so unfortunately I don’t have any brilliant suggestions for acquiring a W. It is a pretty good letter to grow up with though. 🙂

    • Hannah says:

      Glad you liked it : ).

      My mom is soooooo good at it too, hence I always grew up in a well decorated home and just assumed that I would do likewise… but it’s harder than it looks.

      Have so much fun decorating YOUR NEW HOME!!!

  5. bkjergaard says:

    I’d start hunting for the W in antique stores or places that sell architectural salvaged stuff. We will check out the junk store this summer. Also, I really like the painted letter. Perhaps that could be an option until you find something you love!

  6. Liz says:

    i concur. w’s have great swooshes.

  7. Heidi says:

    I feel like J’s are pretty cool too.
    Also I don’t recommend wooden letters and wrapping them with yarn. We tried over Thanksgiving for Callan’s room and failed. Unless you use glue. I just thought of that and it would probably work.
    Anyways, I enjoyed painting a wooden letter and hanging it with ribbon. I’m not good at decorating, either, but little things are slowly starting to come together. 🙂 It takes awhile…

    • Hannah says:

      I am totally in love with ribbon hung letters in baby rooms! It has just been a struggle to find ones that are NOT childish.

      Also, I secretly love when other people have DIY failures because most of mine end up that way. : )

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