“Love me when I least deserve it, because that’s when I really need it”—through similar words or actions — we often communicate this Swedish proverb in times when we are most unlovable. We seek and beg for understanding — whether consciously or unconsciously — in moments when we may not be at our best behavior. During these times of weakness, a little ‘undeserved love’ thrown our way makes things better and helps us see things we should be grateful for in the midst of difficulties we are facing.
Crafted from simple words yet breathing a heart tugging message, this beautiful proverb is Ashley’s choice for a special quote project we made with her. Ashley is the blogger behind biggerthanthethreeofus where she and husband Luke share loads of design ideas and DIY tutorials created in their home that’s literally bigger than their family of three (they have an adorable little boy named Greyson). Drop by her blog and delight yourself with heaps of inspiring and budget-friendly home decorating ideas.
For this project, she especially designed a multi-toned ombre board that superbly displayed the proverb. This board was made out of several strips of color boards, which were tinted with different wood stains borrowed from her grandfather’s large collection of 60 plus (!) tints. The result of Ashley’s ingenuity is a work of art that is rustic and distinctly charming! You’ve got to love how the words — painted in white — stand out against the mix of brown tones while certain parts of the fonts’ edges (an imperfect but very attractive effect of stencils) blend into the background.
Like Ashley, you can create your own version of an ombre wood panel to showcase this quote by repurposing pieces of wood found in your home. We suggest checking out the tutorial provided in her website for directions.
Using wood to warm up an oasis of soft relaxing neutrals — like Ashley and Luke’s master bedroom—is the perfect design solution when adding accent to your design. Light to medium shades of wood will give you just the right amount of warmth as it maintains the coziness of your interiors.
While Ashley chose a reusable stencil for this project, we’ve also made this Swedish proverb available for you in wall decals. This allows you to update the look of any area of your house in minutes because our decals are fuss-free to install. They usually come in a single sheet, pre-spaced and self-adhesive so after you’ve selected a spot in your room, you just peel and apply! Our decals have no clear film around them so they give you the look of fine painted-on stencil. We custom-made each product using only the highest-grade resin in our Greensboro, NC studio and not prefabricated in an overseas factory—so you can be sure of a product that will last you many years.
While you’re here, we invite you to browse the images in our website for more ideas on where and how to display inspiring wall words in your home.