Friday, June 27, 2014

DIY Gallery Wall Tips

Putting together a gallery wall can be intimidating, check out the helpful tips below for some simple tips:

Tip 1: Make it Personal

I believe that a home is not a home without photos of the people who live there. I find it depressing when I visit someones family room and it reminds me of an impersonal hotel room. A photo wall is the perfect way to bring warmth and personality to a room.

Tip 2: Decide on a Style

I like the clean look of all white frames. I have a lot of white in my house, especially on hard-to-destroy surfaces like side tables, consoles and frames. But you don't have to limit your choice to white! I posted pictures of some great photo wall ideas on a previous blog post. Click on this LINK to check them out.

Tip 3: Plan ahead

Before going out and buying a ton of frames, make a plan. I did some research on frames and found that IKEA had exactly what I was looking for. I looked at the available dimensions and cut out some miniature paper frames to scale. That way I could play around with different arrangements and decide on a tall gallery wall for our space. 

Tip 4: Height

We have 8 foot ceilings in our living room. A trick that I have learned is to hang mirrors and artwork high on your wall. This fools the eye into looking upward, making your ceilings appear higher. 

Tip 5: Measure!

It seems obvious to measure, but I REALLY prefer to guesstimate. I usually get away with measuring by eye, BUT it's a lot easier to measure twice and nail once, that way you won't have to patch a dozen holes. 

Hope these tips help you hang the perfect gallery wall!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

5 Tips on How to Style and Accessorize your Home

I have three surfaces that I love to style in my home:

  • Living room coffee table
  • Entryway Console
  • Bedroom nightstands

I have put together 5 of my favorite tips when it comes to styling and adding accessories to your home.

Tip 1: Use a Tray. 

This tip is especially useful for easily cluttered areas like coffee tables. A tray will add a surface area where items can be grouped together and not look disorderly.

Tip 2: Hide remote controls and keys in a decorative box. 

Not only will you hide unsightly items, but you will never lose your keys again!

Tip 3: Hang art and mirrors at the right height. 

The general rule is to hang at eye level, this usually means 56"-59" off the ground. But this is not always the case, make sure to hang pieces so that they become part of the display. Hang art and mirrors BEHIND accessories instead of ABOVE.

Tip 4: Books. 

This is a great tip for two reasons. One, you will be able to display your favorite books. Two, you can use the books to give height to smaller items.

Tip 5: Edit. 

Just like when you are putting together an outfit, you don't want to over accessorize. Step back and look at your display with a critical eye. Did you display too many items? Always Edit!