The Reading Tree

As some of you know, my family moved to CO less than 9 months ago.  Since that time, we have been making various changes to our house to make it more of “our home.”  We have painted a majority of the walls and replaced the carpet with hardwood floors.  Once the walls were painted, the hanging began.  Well, hanging of pictures, that is.

When you walk in our front door, there is a huge blank wall.  That blank wall kept beckoning me to do something with it.  We kept thinking about what we could put there.  I have an amazing one-of-a-kind painting on the wall adjacent to the blank wall, so I wanted NOTHING to compete with it.

Ryan Bradburn Original

Ryan Bradburn Original

This painting was given to me by an extremely talented coworker who has gone on to do even more amazing things.  You can check out his website at  Here is another view to help you get oriented.

The wall opposite the windows and front door is the blank wall I am referring to.  Don’t mind the small desks in that room.  We have plans to purchase a long table that we can use when we have friends and family visit.  The table will also double as mine and N’s desks.  But that is for another day.

My hubs decided that a decal would be great.  Specifically, a decal of a tree.  I loved the idea and it was fairly inexpensive.  So, here is the wall now.

This decal also came with a quote:  “Do not be afraid to bite off more than you can chew.”  We have not decided yet whether to add that quote to the wall.  Oh, and see those little pieces of paper?  N decided that this would be his “Reading Tree.”  So, every time he finishes reading a book, he writes the title and date on a piece of paper and uses a small piece of  washi tape to place it on the tree.

N's Reading Tree

N’s Reading Tree

Win, Win.  I decorate my wall and N is motivated to read more books.  Here is how it all looks.

What do you think?  We will be adding a light above the painting soon.  It has already been purchased, but still sits in its box.

I love the tree decal.  Now, when I walk in my front door, I smile.  It also looks great from the outside at night when my desk light shines on it.

Do you have a big wall decal in your house or have plans for one?  What do you think about adding the quote to the wall, as well?  I love when things come together, even if sometimes, it is just a little thing.

4 thoughts on “The Reading Tree

    • Thanks, Jennifer. Like I say, it is a win-win. I love it and N gets motivated by it. I am anxious to see how many pieces of paper get added and how quickly. He is currently loving the Secrets of Droon series.

    • Thanks, Amy. Yes, I was very fortunate to get this painting while still living in Greenville. I have it crated every time we move because I love it so much!

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