Well, once again, I find myself saying…I’m back! Back to blogging, that is. I’ve taken an unintentional, very long break from blogging just because it’s been such a busy summer so far. But a good kind of busy…busy making memories. Memories like our first (and probably last) trip to Disney…
…a trip to a cabin in Gatlinburg (my good friend drove 10 hours (!) with her kids to come spend time with us)…
…and other general summer mischief.
So, I’ve had a little trouble getting back into the groove with blogging. But I’m back now, and I’d like to share my gallery wall in my front room with you. I should have taken a picture of the before. It was kind a of a bedraggled mess of Christmas leftovers from my Christmas gallery wall. So I decided to give it some attention…just six months later. I mean, if I had left the Christmas wall up just a few more months, it would basically be Christmas again!
I kept a few elements from my Christmas gallery wall, like the air dry clay deer head (which, surprisingly, has held up very well!), and my mirror turned chalkboard.
I wanted an eclectic wall…kind of rustic, kind of modern, kind of graphic, and all monochromatic. For me, the focal point is that huge rusty arrow, which I fell in love with at Hobby Lobby (and got half off!), and sort of built my theme around it. It’s not really a chalkboard, but I decided to write on it anyway (lyrics inspired from watching the Sound of Music for the first time in 10+ years with my parents the other day). I then printed off some of my favorite family pictures in black and white, to keep with the monochromatic theme. I knew I wouldn’t have room for that many picture frames…well, that, and I’m lazy and like to make everything easier…so, I taped up my pictures with washi tape! A lazy girl’s decorating dream come true! It was so easy, saved me so much time, and I can go back and change my pictures in and out without having to measure and put unsightly holes in the wall. Me, my husband (see above…isn’t he cute?), and my sister-in-law worked together to get the configuration just right.
I made the lyric art with a cheap canvas, some craft paint and stencils. Why the cheesy, 80’s Hall and Oates lyrics? It’s a special song to me because it’s our family dancing song. If you don’t have a family dancing song, I highly recommend it. And the cheesier the better. We have so much fun when that song comes on the radio (or Youtube…where we play it 10 times in a row). Good exercise, too.
I also added the lyrics “Home is Wherever I’m With You,” and added a big wooden S (painted with silver and copper spray paint to get the same effect as the rusty arrow) on my chalkboard. The letter over the chalkboard was totally my husband’s idea…have to give him credit. I also have to give him credit because, once again, he hung all of my pictures and made my crazy schemes possible.
Over in the corner, beside the giant arrow, I had a blank spot that needed to be filled once I had all of my picture frames hung. My sister bought me the cutest little oil can a few months ago, and I emptied it and filled it with water and shrubs from my yard to make a little planter, my husband drilled holes on the side, and made a little hanger with twine. I think it fits the spot perfectly.
So here’s the finished product. It’s not perfect; I’m sure I’ll keep playing around with it and adding a few more items, but for now, it makes me happy!
And lastly, my 7 year old wanted to model our new space for you! 🙂
I hope you all have a great 4th of July weekend! Enjoy your time with your family!
I’m sharing this post over at the July Pretty Preppy Party: