A Little Hello + A Gallery Wall

Friends! Remember me? Of course not. I have been missing for quite some time. My sincerest apologies for the silence. I’m not even going to list my excuses, because they are just that. Excuses. I’m chalking it up to a much needed creative break, as my mind has been in overdrive lately and I’m wondering if someone….er, anyone is still reading this little blog? I hope so…as we still have so many projects to tackle and a few solid reveals ready as well. And, this Friday is another TGIDIYFriday craft. See, so many good things in store!

For today’s post, I have a mini gallery wall up my sleeve. We’ve had this blank wall in our living room for some time now, and it was actually Kyle that kicked my butt in gear and motivated me to hang some pictures. Of course, I didn’t get around to this project until well after dark, but that’s life these days. Hopefully you can bear with me as these project photos are a little dark. And yes, the TV is on too – oops!

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Conveniently, I’m a collector of old frames (among many other things, to Kyle’s dismay…) and all this project took was gathering my frame “collection”, switching out a few prints, and playing around with the order. First on the floor, and then on the wall. Luckily I had these items around the house, so all this project cost was a little elbow grease.

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Restored Style Gallery Wall

Oh yes! One more thing. I had an inspiration photo for this collage. It’s from the December issue of Southern Living. I loved how all the prints in the below room felt fresh, yet most of them seemed to be many years old. Also, the art cozied up the room, but didn’t overpower it.

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Once I landed on a gallery design and took a few measurements, the wall was ready for action. I never, ever hang photos without placing paper on the wall first. It’s the only way to hang photos, as you can easily see how the gallery wall’s scale and spacing are shaping up.

Restored Style Gallery Wall

Restored Style Gallery Wall

Restored Style Gallery Wall

Restored Style Gallery Wall

As I mentioned above, all of these prints have either been given to us or I’ve purchased them somewhere along the way, so I don’t have any solid sources for you:(. I CAN tell you that our living room paint color is Benjamin Moore’s revere pewter, so if you are wondering what it looks like in the dark, here it is. I am hoping to take a photo of the collage in the daytime, so you guys can really see the wall in action.

Cheers to December, and me blogging MUCH more!

Last Call for Schoolhouse School

Portland friends! Have you heard about Schoolhouse School? Better yet, will you be there?! This is the last call to reserve your spot in the nearly full workshop. Experts will teach students the fine art of calligraphy, styling/hosting, and flower arranging. Other entertaining tips and tricks will be covered throughout the day as well – think gift wrapping, serving the perfect cup of coffee, and creating a few noteworthy cocktails too. And, did I mention there is a killer gift basket with SO many goodies? It’s pretty dang killer.

What’s specifically on the agenda?

- Calligraphy by special guest artist Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls (2 hour class)
- Flower arranging by Anna Mara Floral Design (1 hour class)
- Styling, party favors, and table-setting by Commonwealth (1 hour class)

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For more information, and to sign up for the event, visit the workshop page here.

October Pinterest Favorites

Once again, it’s Pinterest favorites time. So many goodies to love, so little time. My personal favorite item this month? These Nike kicks. They look comfy AND they are cute. Score.

For product sources, follow me on Pinterest here.

Our Kitchen, One Year Ago

I can hardly believe it, but it’s been one year since we bought our current house. I can absolutely say this has been the fastest year of my life. Between the remodel and my new job, the days of 2013 have gone by in a flash.

It’s easy to focus on all the things that aren’t done around here and haven’t gone according to plan, but when I look back at some of the “before” photos, I am reminded how far this house has really come!

Here’s a few photos of our kitchen the day this house was sold to us and what it looks like now…please pay special attention to the lovely flower box, linoleum floors, wallpaper, and original lighting. Yikes. Whenever Kyle looks at these photos he can’t believe we bought a house that needed so much love and care. I guess that’s what happens when you marry a crazy girl like me:).

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Again, these are just quick iPhone photos, but I think it’s safe to say we’ve kicked 1960 to the curb.

Cheers to a happy week!