Monday, November 21, 2016

More Free "Thankful" Decal Ideas - Nov 2016


Hi all! This is Liz and I am back with a few more ideas on how to use the FREE Thankful decal we are including in every order this month. 

I love the idea of using chargers not just on a table, but as a piece in a cabinet, or in this case, my hutch. The Black really pops against the copper them I have going on here. 


Yet another great place - your front door! Another great reminder every time you come home to be thankful for what you have. 

I hope you are all enjoying your free gift and I hope you remember to be Thankful this month and always. We still have some more ideas coming up before the end of the month, and we will be announcing the free design for next month soon.

Watch for your very own "Thankful" decal in your next package, and share with us how you're using it! Use #WQinspired on social media (we're on Instagram @wallquotes and Facebook @belvederedesigns) and we'll be featuring some of our favorites all month long!

Cheers!

Liz

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Free "Thankful" Decal Ideas - Nov 2016


Happy Fall!!!

We love our customers and love your creativity. Here behind the scenes, we get a glimpse into your homes and your styles and wanted a way to say "Thank You" and inspire that creativity even more.  So we're doing something new and we're SO excited about it: starting this month, we're including a FREE gift with every order. Wahoooo!! This month, apropos of the season (and our own gratitude to you who keep the lights on), we'll be including this super sweet "Thankful" decal in every order. 

And to get your ideas flowing, we've put together some great, simple ideas on how to use it around your home. First up, and pictured above, I've got this lovely wood-grain charger plate (thank you Michael's 70% off sale) that was begging for something to spice it up! I added our sweet Thankful decal (this one is in Gold) and some floral and pumpkin extras I had on hand. I think this will be the perfect accent to my Thanksgiving table this year!



Then, I thought about where else I could use a reminder to be Thankful? The bathroom! We are all in there multiples times a day, first thing in the morning and last thing before bedtime. What a great place to think about all the things we have to be thankful for! If I were as grateful as often as I wash my hands and brush my teeth, it'd be a very good thing.Of course, there are lots of little places where a reminder to be Thankful will work well. Raelene's planning to put hers on her refrigerator (stay tuned for that post in a couple days). And really, this reminder is a good one year-round (amiright?).

So, look for more ideas coming up this week, watch for your very own "Thankful" decal in your next package, and share with us how you're using it! Use #WQinspired on social media (we're on Instagram @wallquotes and Facebook @belvederedesigns) and we'll be featuring some of our favorites all month long!

Cheers!
Liz

Thursday, November 3, 2016

October 2016 Customer Photo Winner!


When Crystal contacted us for a custom Wall Quotes™ decal - I was excited to see where she was putting it. When I saw her Mirror, Mirror on the wall... decal in her bathroom, I was so excited for her! What a great way to update a bathroom when you can't gut and re-do the whole room. 

Did you notice the crown in the soap dish?! LOVE! And I definitely need that mirror in my life! Great job thinking outside the box Crystal! We love it all!

Want a custom design of your own? Contact our designers at info@wallquotes.com and work with them one-on-one to bring your vision to life! 

Don't forget to submit your own photo of your new decal in action (teehee) for the chance to win $50 in shop credit (wahoo!).  Or, tag us @wallquotes on Instagram or @belvederedesigns on Facebook.

We can't wait to see what our customers come up with next! 


~Liz


Monday, October 31, 2016

Why Do Quotes Inspire or Motivate Us?

 The Meaning Behind the Meaning

Famous quotations come from all sorts of places, people, and circumstances and cover all kinds of topics and issues. We use them to pick ourselves, to motivate ourselves and others, to express our deepest feelings and best ideas, and to prove a point. Familiar quotes often become mantras we follow for the rest of our lives. They can be powerful and inspiring, moving and motivating. But what is it about them that makes them so reflective of us and our values?


Homonymic Phrases
Homonyms are words with similar pronunciation, but very different meanings (think stalk or left, for example).  A homonymic phrase then is a saying that relies on the double-meaning of an idea or word that then elicits a strong response (often like the punch line of a joke). For example, one of our Office Wall Quotes designs uses this text: “The only place where success comes before work is in a dictionary.” This phrase inspires because it is accurate on multiple levels; success certainly does come before work, “s” definitely occurs before “w” in the dictionary, and no one can be truly successful at anything if they don’t put in the work first. Because these kinds of quotes are a play on words, they stick with us.  And because they also ring true to our known values and ideas, we feel we can apply it to ourselves, creating self-efficacy, or our belief in our own ability to succeed. This also contributes to the quote’s “staying power” and why we continue to remember it.

The Coaching Factor
Sometimes phrases are structured as instructions with a heavy use of verbs. This is especially the case for many of our Sports Wall Quotes designs. When a trainer coaches a team or an individual, he issues commands over and over to push them and to remind them of their goals and the victory that awaits them if they’ll work hard for it. Quotes like “Work. Sweat. Achieve.” and “Don’t limit your challenges, challenge your limits” work because they mimic the coaching experience with strong, imperative verbs.
 
Primal Instinct Resonation
We humans are aspirational creatures. We want to be the best at what we do and we choose role models and leaders among those who are the best at what they do. Quotes that come from great political leaders and sports figures hold a lot of weight because of their experience.  Their accomplishments and experience have earned them the right to offer advice. Additionally, phrases and sayings attributed to someone with a recognizable name resonates more with us than those that don’t. One of our Sports Wall Quotes designs, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” is pretty inspiring on its own, but it’s even more powerful because it is Wayne Gretzky, an NHL hall of famer, who said it.

Whether it be in a corporate boardroom, kids’ bedroom wall, kitchen, or living room, quotes can motivate and change how we think and how we see the world around us. Vinyl wall decals are one of the very best ways to display those quotes that mean the most to you and your family. They’re affordable, easy to install, and offer a big impact in any room. Choose from our well-curated collections, or design your very own quote at wallquotes.com.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Some of Our Favorite Presidential Quotes


Election season is upon us; whoever you may be inclined to vote for, it's always inspiring to look back on past presidential wisdom and insight. Here’s a reminder of just how inspiring our team of presidents have been:

“Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.” –John F. Kennedy
JFK uttered these words in the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, 1961. Timeless, these words ring true for anyone who reads them; in every generation lives mindless conformism, deterring free thought and revolution. It is important in these circumstances for us to not be complacent to our environment and seek internal and external change.

“You lose.” –Calvin Coolidge
Notoriously introverted, Coolidge would often be called “Silent Cal” for being adverse to small talk. A legend of sorts is that a woman reached out to Coolidge at a dinner party stating she made a bet that she could get him to speak more than two words, this particular quote being his infamous response.

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” –Theodore Roosevelt
Arguably the most quotable man, Roosevelt didn’t kid around when it came to confidence. I mean, how can you not trust the words of a man who won a Nobel Peace Prize? It’s no wonder everyone always throws around “fake it ‘til you make it’; that seems like Teddy’s mantra!

“Tell the truth, work hard, and come to dinner on time.” Gerald R. Ford
The most moving of quotes come from the humblest of places—Ford had a short term, but he served as an honorable, albeit modest, president.

“Try and fail, but don’t fail to try.” – John Quincy Adams
John Quincy, a diplomat and a consistent advocate against slavery, had strong opinions but an even stronger determination to act for what he believed in. Change is prompted by desire to act.  

“Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will have to sit on their blisters.” – Abraham Lincoln
Democracy requires participation; get out and vote!

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