Risk and Reward

As a rule of thumb – I am a pretty risk averse person. There have been a few risks in my life that have paid off handsomely. Three months after meeting a tall, blonde and handsome Latvian boy in Chicago, I quit my job and left my life in the Twin Cities to move closer to him. That worked out very well 🙂 I switched careers shortly thereafter – definitely risky. But 8.5 years later – it was one of the best decisions I ever made.

I don’t know if this design decision carries the same weight – but it still felt risky. After plenty of inspiration from Pinterest and Chip & Joanna Gaines’ show, Fixer Upper, I went on a six month search for vintage window frames for above our couch. Who knew these beauties were so hard to find???

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On a random Tuesday Craigslist search I stumbled upon these and for less than $50, I was intrigued.

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I was measuring the space above the couch on a Thursday morning before dropping Luci off at preschool. I looked at Andris in a moment of panic, “Are we definitely going to do this?”. It felt like a major commitment to hang window frames on the wall.

After weighing the risk for much of the day – I decided to bite the bullet and go for it. If it was terrible – I could always resell the frames and patch the holes in the wall. I will say, that the Craigslist pick up also added to the risky nature of these window frames….a solo pickup at an unmarked house (on a decent block) felt like the beginning of a bad story on the 10pm news. It was fine though and I high tailed it out of there as fast as I could. For the record – I would recommend the buddy system for any/all CL pickups.

It turns out – this risk was totally worth it.

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These feel just so much more permanent and significant than what was there before – not a perfect BEFORE & AFTER, but you get the idea.


With fall days upon us the fall wreath seems to match well with the crisp air, fall leaves and pumpkins. I’ve got plans for a red berry wreath for Christmas and greens to bring us through the rest of the year. And Andris actually prefers the frames wreath-free, which is also a great option.


Thank goodness for those bloggers and designers who take big risks for me and provide plenty of inspiration; it made the decision to try this a bit easier. It turns out taking the chance on these window frames was totally worth it.




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