An Improved Gallery Wall

DSC_0105-1After painting our dining room, I found that one side of the room became very dark.  I like the color of the wall but mixed with too much black, it was not as light as I would like. 

The lamps I specifically bought for this wall…only to find I was not in love.  As you can see, I kept the tags on for this reason.  They were taken back last week.  I also do not like the book shelves.  but as of right now I have not found any yard sale deals or furniture off the side of the road to refurnish this wall.  So until then…the bookshelves are here to stay.  I would love another hutch.  I am obsessed with them.  DSC_0112 To organize the wall, I saw a similar placement where all the frames were touching.  I immediately fell in love.  But I am usually a pretty lazy decorator so the thought of measuring really killed me.DSC_0051-1The solution to a lazy decorator?  A little trick I saw in a magazine.  Tape in a thumb tack, hang it on the wall, and your nail hole is set.  Take off and nail into your new existing hole.  No measuring…yay!DSC_0052And suddenly it was like a breath of fresh air…plenty of white to lighten the room and just a little black to pop off the wall.  I really like how the shutters look here.  And to think I almost got rid of them!  But it serves as a perfect architectural backdrop for this large wall.DSC_0090-1 And now the bookshelves are filled with books…the colors bring a little more interest.  It is amazing how something as simple as the organization of books can make such a big difference.  DSC_0089-1While I was working on this project, frames all over the floor, and couches pushed out of the way…my husband brought some of his co-workers over to see the house during their lunch.  And it was fine.  I try to not prevent people from being able to come into our home even if it is a mess.  Of course I did quickly make the bed before they came over but we live in this home and are not perfect.  And we want people to remember that.  Plus this is what I do…fluff and decorate…maybe we will get less comments that I am out spending all my husbands money! ;)

What items in your house are you not in love with but are forced to make work?



10 comments:

  1. I think it looks great! It drives me nuts when my husband (or other people) joke about me "spending all his money." I want to retort something ugly about having to pay the power bill. ;)

    To answer your question about the recipe thing (sorry, been so crazy this week!), yes..that would be great. I have a post from last year I can send you. :) Maybe the week of Christmas to give us both a break???

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  2. Very cute, nice balance job. I did the touching display with vintage wood framed mirrors and love it too! I saw the idea in Anthropology

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  3. I love the new look! Thanks for that great tip about hanging pictures, too. I usually end up with a bunch of holes in my walls because I try and eyeball it :)

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  4. It looks really fabulous! thank you for the great ideas!

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  6. I Love it! I love especially love the cage w/ candles. It brings a nice light, you just can't go wrong with candles.

    I so do have stuff I "work" w/ until we can afford newer things. Our whole Master bedroom! Our whole master bedroom is hodge-podge thrown together. However let me say I do NOT like matchy-matchy at all. But our room has been an after thought. But I too have my eyes out at yard sales and curbside deals ;)

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  7. This is a very different approach to the typical picture display, but you make it look great! So many interesting things to look at.

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  9. Your wall looks great. I love the clock!!!!

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  10. I LOVE this!!!! Three reasons: (a) It looks fantastic, (b) The tack trick is genius, and (c) I have some little shutters just like those that I can't seem to get rid of but can't figure out what to do with either! HA! Now I know! :-)

    I'm so glad I read your blog! :-)

    ~Angela :-)

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