Welcome back to a new week!! How was your weekend? Ours was freezing, which was the perfect excuse to stay in and order take-out. This mama doesn’t do much cooking on the weekends, how about you? Little Miss suggested we give ‘This Is Us’ a try, and eight episodes later, we understand the hype!
We’re so hooked, but making ourselves wait until next weekend to continue the binge…so no spoilers!! Obviously Jack dies, and I’m guessing it has something to do with a crockpot, but don’t tell!
If you follow my InstaStories, then you know we spend a lot of time in the downstairs Family Room, but for some reason I haven’t shared much of it here on the blog (except this console spot and the fireplace). I think it’s because this room has proven to be the trickiest in the house for us, but thanks to my darling and talented friend, Kristin Jackson, it’s finally coming together!
The first hurdle was determining furniture and layout for the open room, and then figuring out how to fill the windowless wall. And did I mention the ceilings are 10-feet? Yeah, that’s a lot of wall. Too much wall for a single piece of art, or even a triptych…this beastly wall called for a giant gallery of art!
So I did what I always do when it’s time to build a gallery wall or style a wall of bookshelves (remember these?!)…I called my aunt, the master zhusher! I gathered every available piece of art in the house, then hit up World Market for some really big pieces (their art sales are unbeatable!), and together we filled 15′ x 10′ of wall space!
I’m still tweaking on a it a bit, and will likely swap out some pieces, or add new ones as I find them…but that’s the beauty of a gallery wall. There really aren’t any rules! We did try to balance the light and dark frames, separate the visually heavy pieces, and divide like subjects. Usually we create the arrangement on the floor before hanging it on the wall (sort of like pieces in a puzzle), but this wall and the art are just too big for that, so we took turns holding pieces up while the other stepped back to give the thumbs up or down.
I was going to place myself in these photos, so you could get a true feel for the scale of things, but that would have required a hair-washing! To give you an idea though…the juju hat is 30-inches!
I love to add mirrors or objects to gallery walls to give them texture and depth. The juju hat is definitely a statement maker!
All we lack for this room is a coffee table, but that’s proving tricky. Fingers crossed I find one this year, and I’ll share the rest of the room with you! What’s your favorite way to fill a wall? Do you prefer symmetrical gallery walls, or do you have a fondness of the asymmetrical style, too? I have both styles in our house.
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