The Promise.

There was a time, when I was pregnant with Emma and in my flurry of insane nesting activities, that I made a promise to my husband. I promised that if he painted the nursery then, we wouldn’t need to repaint Emma’s walls until she was a teenager. We could update the furniture without touching the walls. We could add in different colors with furniture, accessories and artwork.

You know…as long as we found the right wall color. Or actually, the right combination of wall colors. And added crown molding and high trim around the wall.  I don’t ask for much.

Honestly, it was a promise that I didn’t know if I could keep. But when you are 30 weeks pregnant and trying to convince your weary husband that he needs to paint, you say what you need to say.

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Over three years later, I’m trying hard to keep my promise. It’s taking everything in my power not to grab one of my fan decks and choose brand new paint colors. But, I’m trying to do what I said I was going to do.

A combination of old and new, bright and wood, quirky and heirloom, are giving me the ability to give this once neutral nursery a new style.  One of my favorite additions to this room so far is a pair of art prints from Uncommon Goods.

Let’s back up a bit.  You may remember that when I started l looking for bedding for Emma’s green big girl bed, I wanted to find something that wasn’t pink.  I narrowed down that list to two choices, and then I let Emma choose her favorite.  I ultimately agreed with her decision since it was my favorite, too, but the runner-up (a duvet called Happy Elephant) was never far from my mind.

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Lo and behold, when I was looking here for brightly colored wall art to add to Emma’s room, I found a print of the runner-up design.  I love the work of artist Zlatka Paneva, and I was so excited to find a way to bring Happy Elephant into Emma’s room.

But I couldn’t stop with just one print.  I needed more.  These walls needed life, and I had a promise to keep, after all.

So, I also selected Oh Deer.  Uncommon Goods was kind enough to ship the prints to me, which arrived in great condition and mounted to white matboard.  I framed them both in matching antique gold frames that I bought at Aaron Brothers (my favorite place to buy good quality frames).

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I love the way the Zlatka Paneva prints look clustered around my grandmother’s vanity.  They give this old piece a modern edge while giving the walls a bright, happy feel.  It hardly feels like the exact same space that once housed a white crib and antique bed crown.  Yep, it’s the exact same space.

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Promises mean everything.  And if you need a little help in the home decor department to help you keep a big one, then Uncommon Goods is a great place to start looking.

This is a sponsored post from Uncommon Goods.  All opinions expressed – and promises kept – are my own.

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About Lindsay Ballard

Lindsay Ballard is a former college mascot turned political geek turned DIY fanatic who is conspiring to live in a Technicolor dream world. Her designs are bold and graphic, while her spirit is fun and full of color. Lindsay chronicles her projects and design ideas here at Makely, where she shares daily tutorials and inspiration. Lindsay lives outside of Austin, Texas with her husband (Tom), children (Zack and Emma) and dogs (Jack and Duke).


  1. I love how you hung one piece above the molding and one below– I am never quite sure how to handle that. And, of course, I love how it all works with the pillow! :)

  2. I love it…the gold frames are fab and hanging one picture below the chair rail genius and mind blow for me, opens a whole new world!!!

  3. Love those prints and love uncommon goods:) I also love Emma’s big green bed:)

  4. Those prints are so cool! The room looks just lovely!

  5. Those prints are perfect for her!

  6. LOVE those prints!!! from what I can see the room looks fab!

  7. Lovely prints ,it has added an elegant look to this empty wall ….All, I can say is that the room is beautiful.I am also thinking about a frame wall… already bought frames at the thrift store.


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