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Thursday’s Theme: Gallery Wall Inspiration

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Many of us take the first part of the new year – if not the whole year – to reorganize, rearrange and find new inspiration for making our homes look and feel fresh and well decorated. This means it’s time to flip your reversible pillows, move around the furniture in your family room, add some whimsical accents to your kitchen counters and take a look at your walls. That’s right, your walls: one of the most underestimated spaces in a home when it comes to decorating.

Gallery walls are always in style; it just takes a little browsing to find ways in which you like the pictures to be arranged and whether or not you like the frames to match up, and of course the act of collecting art or using photos to bring a blank wall to life. We have compiled a few images of gallery walls to help you find that inspiration, and if you have already created one in your own home, share it with us!

In a Bedroom

Especially in smaller bedrooms, a gallery wall can create a comfortable feel when there isn’t a lot of space for other decor. Construct around a vanity, giving the impression that the mirror and vanity itself are part of the art. We recommend displaying frames that coordinate with the colors of the room, and use personal art, photographs or dreamy images to make the bedroom a truly relaxing haven.

Out in the Hallway

Whimsical frames and eccentric images are perfect for the top of the stairs or a well-lit, casual or airy hallway. Mementos of years gone by in flashy gold, bronze or red antiqued frames as well as children’s artwork in more formal frames mix cheerfulness and formality to create a truly personal yet complementary look to accent a rustic trunk or armchair (or beautiful hardwood floors). The more minimal the hallway, the more freedom you should exercise.

In small or more narrow hallways, you don’t want to be overwhelmed by eccentricity; it could leave you feeling a little claustrophobic and be too busy for the space. We like the look of black and white images, or subtlety colored pictures, in white or black frames that match each other. You will still get a beautiful gallery wall effect, but one that is more cohesive and soothes the eye in a minimal amount of space.

Mix and Match

If you want a little more variety on your gallery wall, or want to tie in the overall theme of a room, add other types of hanging decor the wall. This nautical gallery wall is a great example: a fish wall sculpture, oars and two more shapely accents complement the look and color of the prints while adding a little more intrigue and texture to the flat space.

While we were specific with the rooms we included here, note that the strategies mentioned can be utilized elsewhere in your home. Use the bedroom idea around the television in your living room, or a work space in an office; the minimal, more formal look from the hallway also looks elegant in a more formal bedroom; and adding shelves, clocks or quirky accents works with gallery walls in every room. Most importantly, measure your space if you want straight lines, and always remember to make it your own!

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Thursday’s Theme: Tricks That Make Decorating a Treat

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

This week, we’re featuring some of our favorite and some of the most helpful tips and tricks for creating beautiful rooms and incorporating décor to make it look just right. Of course, opinions will vary when it comes to style and design, but these are important keep-in-the-back-of-your-mind tricks so no matter who you are, decorating your home will be a treat every time.

Rules are “Rules”

Country Charm

Sure, maybe that plush rug perfectly complements your kitchen’s colors and design. If you rarely use your kitchen lay it down immediately! But if your kitchen sees most of your home’s traffic, then a more durable and easier to clean rug or mat will be best. This is just the way it is. And, sometimes when you’re not sure if a gallery wall will look spectacular the way you envision it, or if those curtains really are too small for those windows, common guidelines prove to be beneficial at least to get started.

Choose Lifestyle over Trends

Sure, a white and bright sofa can be a beautiful, polished furniture piece. But if you have smaller children or grandchildren who frequent the living room or family room, that white sofa will be more trouble than perhaps it is worth.

Is it Worth it?

Speaking of worth, when choosing pieces for your home – furniture, decorative accents, seasonal décor – always remember that you are investing in your home and making investments for your life. Your bedroom wall may be bare now, but don’t choose art that is mass produced or cheap just to fill the space. Be patient and seek out something you’ll love forever; patience will pay off both in the quality of your life and the quality of your home.

Valentine Cocktail Storage Trunk

Surround Yourself with Things you Love

Don’t like the paint color? The carpeting on your stairs? The cupboards in your kitchen? Make changes! Being surrounded by décor and aesthetics that make you cringe is not the way to live in your home. Like we said above, sometimes you’ll have to be patient with pricier decorating or projects that take up more time, but once you identify things you dislike, creating a look you love will be much easier. Maybe you just start out painting a room white and starting with a clean slate, or maybe you spend an evening just ripping up that carpeting. Come up with a plan so you can start loving what you see.

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Winter Decorating: DIY or HIDFY (Have It Done For You)

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Freezing temperatures and bitter weather patterns are here, but don’t think that just because the holidays are over you don’t have reason enough to decorate your home in the spirit of the season. Combat the cold outside with warm and cozy decor inside; either by investing in new furnishings or crafting handmade fixtures. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

LightingWine Bottle Light
Lamps and candles are one of the easiest home accessories to work with, especially when crafted out of items you may have lying around the house. If you haven’t packed away your white string lights, or have extras waiting to be packed away, adding them to a glass vase, large Mason jar or empty wine bottle quickly creates a new lighting fixture perfect for windows and tables. When adding to a wine bottle, simply allow the string to come out of the top to plug in, or choose to drill a hole through the back for a cleaner look (find out how to do this safely here).

Epsom Salt Mason Jar LightsCandles can also be easily added to jars or vases. Add a little Epsom salt to the bottom of a jar for a snowy appearance,
then place the candle on top of the salt. Place outside along a walkway or inside on a coffee table for a warm, rustic decoration. Add greenery and white sparkly baubles around the glass container for a complete wintry centerpiece.

A lantern lamp also adds primitive and unique style to any cozy room or darkhallway, especially when lit by a candelabra bulb. Our Coach Lantern Accent Lamp is perfect for an end table or small stand, and creates a warm glow during those cold nights when the wind howls outside your windows.

Curling up on the couch underneath a warm blanket is a classic winter “activity,” – especially during a snowstorm, while watching a movie or when diving into a new book. Blankets and throws also make great decorative pieces; snowflake, evergreen tree, snowman and other patterns perfectly add a wintry feel to any of your rooms. But if you are feeling crafty and want to get off of the couch, you can make your own seasonal or year-round blanket to enjoy. All it takes is some fleece, scissors and a little bit of patience:

  • Pick out between 1.5 to 3 yards of fleece (2 pieces) at your local fabric store. You can choose the same color, print, or mix and match prints and colors for a unique look.
  • Lay out both pieces on a flat surface, making sure the softer sides face out.
  • Cut a rectangle out of each corner, using a note card or similarly sized object to guide your scissors. Work your way down each edge, cutting 2- inch long strips that measure about 1 or 1/2 of an inch wide.
  • Working on one side at a time, tie knots using the top and bottom strips; make sure the fleece stays as flat as possible.
  • Once you’ve tied the last knot, your blanket is ready to be draped on a chair, couch, or used to keep you warm!


If you aren’t feeling particularly crafty, no problem! Pull some of those stored blankets and throws out of that closet and adorn your furniture with them. White, green, blue and neutral colored throws, like our Black & Tan Woven Cotton Throw, work well for a wintry theme. Keep in mind that  adding a comfortable throw to furniture creates an inviting atmosphere and adds warmth to any room during the coldest days of the year.

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