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The Gallery Wall

Hi friends!  I’m so excited to share this with you today!  We’ve been working on filling the front room, making it a purposeful space, and it’s finally getting there! So many exclamation points!

This is what the wall looked like a week ago:

I gathered some frames and shelves and laid them on the floor to figure out which design pattern worked best. I tried this:

And this:

And settled on this:

Then, using this method, I put the frames up one by one.

Ta-da!  I wish it wasn’t so gloomy outside so I could take a brighter, happier picture.  But, I was excited to show you and didn’t want to wait any longer!

We used this mount from Best Buy for the guitar.

Every time I walk in the front door, or down the stairs, I smile at this room.  It’s nice to have another space to use and play in.  Doesn’t hurt that it’s pretty!

This & That & The Front Room

My parents arrived (from Florida) last night and we’ve had a fun day enjoying each other.  The baby entertained us this morning; playing with cars, scarfing down my donut, and running around babbling. Telling Grandma & Gramps everything he could think of, I’m sure.  I guess he’s not so much a baby anymore.

Later, I convinced everyone in joining my adventure to Lowes, stocking up on crafts and project goodies. There’s always a project going on when my parent’s are here.  So thankful for their willingness to help!

We got:

  • 2 lamp kits to rewire these second hand lamps
  • 5 wooden dowels for a special project for the front room (stay tuned!)
  • a coffee maker (because we’ve never owned one and our guests will be much happier now that we do)

We picked up some other little odds and ends, and still need to make a special trip to the fabric store.  I can’t wait to show you the finished projects!

Speaking of the front room, it’s slowly filling up and no longer completely empty (like it has been for almost 2 years!).

(Is it considered photo-bombing if the sweet thang is napping and I didn’t want to wake him?)

There’s not much cohesiveness as of yet.  I just threw some of our colorful pillows on the couch for now until I decide on a more permanent color scheme.  The walls are still bare.  I’m thinking of painting a super large watercolor for above the couch, something abstract or geometric.

But, even still, I’m loving the pieces (and the fact that the room is a functional space now).

The jute rug is Ikea and this mid-century coffee table was a thrift store find!

I’m also working on a craft corner/ work space on the other side of the room.  I bought this desk from Ikea and I love the drafting board look.  Once I can talk my husband into it, we’ll put up some shelving.  It’s going to be an inspiring space!  More on all that later.  For now, back to the parent-helping projects while baby sleeps.

Anthro Knockoff Coiled Pot

There’s nothing like a quiet house, the fireplace roaring, all snuggled up in a blanket watching your favorite TV series.  This is how our nights have looked the past few days.  With the addition of one thing: taking advantage of the kid-free hours by working on a project or two.

Sitting on the sofa, hands working at a slow, steady pace, takes me back to my childhood.  Watching my grandma quilt each night after dinner.  Always having a project to keep busy.

The past 2 nights I’ve been working on some utensil holders for my desk shelves.  Nothing new invented here, just a knockoff of the Anthropology Colored Coil Pots.  I first saw them on Buzzfeed’s 38 Anthropologie Hacks and stored them away in my mind for future use.

I love the warm fuzzy, yarn look and (obvious) functionality.  And the best part?  They were completely free for me to make (and around 10 bucks if you don’t have all the supplies)!

You’ll need:

Here’s how:

1. Start by cutting the length of your rope.  I estimated a long, 3 foot strand (and ended up using a few of them).  If you’re working with twine, like me, you’ll want to double the thickness.  Secure with a knot at both ends.

2. Cut (about) 10inch strips of yarn.  You’ll need 50, or so, total.

The great thing about this project is that it doesn’t have to have exact measurements.  It’s easy to add more and create seamless transitions with the rope and yarn.  So, let this be a relaxing, easy-going, TV watching project and don’t worry about how long or how many.

3. Place a bead of glue at the knot, adhere one string of yarn to it, then gently wrap the yarn around the rope.

4. Secure with another bead of glue.

5. Alternate yarn colors and continue to coil them around the rope, side by side.

6. Once you’ve reached the end of the rope, wrap the tin can (starting at the bottom and gluing often to hold it in place).

7. The first one I made only covered about half of the can, so I cut another rope and repeated steps 1-6 until the can was fully covered.

Notice how I continued into the inside top lip of the can for a completed look (and hidden can).

Although I love the clean lines of the Anthro design, I like that my beige yarn has dark tones in it. Giving more of a pulled, untidy look.  The colors don’t alternate perfectly, and that’s ok too.  They really add to the look of my shelves as I try to add functional, meaningful pieces to this space.

I’ll be working on other homemade (free) art for the shelves this Thanksgiving weekend.  It’s nice to have the husband home, family in town, and time to create.

Bring on the New Year

While my sister was here for Christmas, we put together a fun New Years Eve table scape.  Bulbs straight from the tree, shiny diy Christmas tree cones, and my white & silver dish-ware.  A little bling and sparkle without spending any money on decorations.  Use what you’ve got, people!