Category Archives: Decorating

Gallery Wall

I have always wanted to do a gallery wall in our home, and it took me awhile to decide what I wanted it to look like.  Also, it was hard to find just the right pieces to adorn the walls with.  So little by little, I started collecting pieces that I thought would represent our family well.   Here is the finished product!

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I think the reason I like gallery walls is because they can be so unique.  They don’t have to follow many rules!  Pieces can be different sizes, shapes, and textures.  Mix metals, wood, fabric!

Here are examples of different gallery walls that have been done by others:

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Hopefully these ideas gave you some inspiration for creating your own personalized gallery wall!

Family Scrabble Tiles

Since things are changing around in my family room with the addition of new furniture, I am finally decorating how I have always wanted it.  My thought?  Make it warm and cozy — and pretty!  One idea that had been floating around in my head for a while is doing a Scrabble Wall.

I want the family room to be just about that — FAMILY.  So it was either going to be a family tree on the wall, or family scrabble tiles.  I opted for the latter.

I printed out some graph paper, and started to plop our family names onto the grid. You can erase and redo until you come up with a configuration that you like.  It took me about 4 tries to come up with something I liked!

Once I knew the layout, I figured out how big I wanted the tiles to be.  You don’t want the wall over powered, but you don’t want them dinky either. Finding the right balance is key to this project.  Based on our wall, I decided on 5″ tiles.  So now it was time to put handy hubby to work 🙂

He cut out 30 tiles out of so oak boards he had laying around.

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Then I had to decide on coloring.  Since we were using oak, I really wanted to be able to see the wood grain come through, but stain the wood dark.  For this project, I used a dark walnut stain.

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Now, as a focal point, i decided to make our last name painted in my accent color, which is teal {if you haven’t figured out already, I LOVE LOVE teal and dark brown together}.  So I made 5 tiles teal and left the rest dark brown with stain.

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For the vinyl lettering, I looked long and hard to find a company that would do the lettering for a reasonable price.  I went with www.doityourselflettering.com – I actually emailed the owner explaining my project and gave him dimensions for the lettering and the font I liked.  Since my tiles were 5″, I didn’t want my lettering to be any more than 4″.  He gave me a great deal and they shipped fast.  The other reason I liked using this company, is that they guarantee the lettering.  If you mess up, they will replace it for you for free.

Take a look on how the lettering went on:

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The lettering went on like butter.  So smooth!  Thirty tiles later, they were ready to go on the wall!

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Here is the FINAL PRODUCT!!!

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This is on a focal wall in our family room.  We see it literally every time we sit on the couch.  And every time I look at it, I love it even more.  Seeing everyone’s names on the wall reminds me of just how blessed I am to have these sweet people as part of my family.

Is there a way you can remind yourself of all of your blessings daily?

Praise, God from whom all blessings flow, (James 1:17)
Praise Him all creatures here below; (Psalm 145:21)
Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host; (Rev 5:11-14)
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost (Matt 28:19)

Clever Ways To Use Mason Jars

Mason jars are so easy to use, environmentally friendly, inexpensive, and pretty!  They can be personalized, painted, and transformed into a masterpiece for your home!  I have used mason jars in my bathroom to store my curling irons (see this post here) and in my kitchen to store my baking supplies (see post here).  Also, they are easy to decorate with as I did this fall (see post here).

Here are 7 other fun ways to use those mason jars!

1.) Store your makeup and bathroom supplies!  Keep it all organized and at your finger tips!  I love the use of the old barn board behind the jars!

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2.)  Paint and distress jars for a unique and visually interesting look.  Add some either fresh or artificial flowers for a pop of color!

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3.)  Being a school teacher, I love this next one!  An apple pencil holder!  This is so adorable, bright and cheery!  Great for any classroom, homeschool room, or desk!

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4.)  The yarn in my craft cabinet is always getting knotted and tangled.  This would be a simple solution to keeping yarn neat and tidy (not to mention, pretty!).

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5.)  Hanging pendant lights can be a beautiful source of lighting in your home.  The mason jar adds sturdiness and weight to any fixture.

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6.)  I love the way these crafts are organized – each crafting supply put in a separate container and labeled for quick and easy use.

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7.)  Food!  Store that salad in a mason jar, give it a shake, and have a great lunch ready to go!  I also store flour, sugar, brown sugar, chocolate chips, walnuts, pecans, etc. in mason jars.

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So get yourself some mason jars and get organizing!