{Family Room} Filling the Big Wall

Hey, party people! How about that for the fastest weekend ev-ver?! We had crazy cool weather, so we were motivated to get our Halloween decor going, and spent the day at the Fair. Oh yes, that’s Fair with a capital F. The State Fair of Texas is an all-caps kind of adventure. I’m wearing a mumu elastic pants today if that tells you anything.

But enough about fried Oreos, lets move on to home design. Last we saw of the Family Room, the new sectional had moved in. The knot mirror was already in place, but it wasn’t jiving for me.

 hi sugarplum den (5)

So we took it down and had been staring at a nekkid wall for the past month. This giant expanse of wall needed a big statement, so we waited for inspiration to hit.

 hi sugarplum den (1)

Once the new rug and orb light were added to the Dining Room, those wall photos just didn’t seem to fit the new direction the room was going. Hmmmmm, what to do….if only I had more than six.

 Dining Room greek key rug

Oh yes, I do….there are three more hanging miss-proportionately over our bed.


Boosh!! Now there are nine hanging above the sectional in the Family Room!

Gallery Wall

That dominant tiny part of me that likes to take things too far over-the-top, considered adding three more and really blowing out the wall…but I showed some uncharacteristic restraint and allowed them to have balance with the sofa.

Gallery Wall

These are simply Ribba frames containing photos we’ve taken on some of our favorite trips. I use Snapfish to print over-sized photos, but there are countless resources online. And we took these pictures with a regular old point-and-shoot….nothing fancy about it.

Gallery Wall

I hesitated to hang them since I’d had such an obnoxious one before. (That whole taking things too far thing.)


But a single piece of art to fill this entire wall would be pricey, and not something we want to rush. And I think having all our favorite places grouped together make a pretty fabulous and sentimental statement.

Gallery Wall

The glare off the glass is awful in these pics (bad photographer), but you can see the symmetry and clean lines of the frames. And don’t hate me, but I hung each of them with one try, without using a level, spacers or template. I’m telling you, I have a freaky ability to hang stuff by just eye-balling it! TWSS?

Gallery Wall

Gallery Wall

So there it is….a large wall filled with inexpensive gallery frames and poster prints. What’s your favorite way to fill large walls? And can you identify the places in the pictures? Several of them you’ll find on my Travel page. And admit it, you’re trying to find a crooked or uneven frame, aren’t you?! Well keep looking my friend, because there isn’t one! (It’s my one-and-only talent, I’m kind of obnoxious about it.)

Cross it off, baby!
(click links to see project)

Mount TV & Hide Cords 
Paint Mantle
Find Desk Chair
Paint/Stain/Replace Sofa Legs
Re-Hang Art Over Chair
Decide Fate of Rugs
New Light Fixture
Window Coverings
Decide Fate of Matching Tables

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  1. Chris wrote:

    Seriously? It's as if that wall was meant for those pictures!! I LOVE how you chose to go with clean lines. It's perfection! Off to find a blank wall…

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  2. Those photos look like they were meant to be there, they've got the perfect amount of color. And totally hating on your gift to hang a photo perfectly the first time. Remind me to never play miniature golf with you ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  3. I like! And, I really like the sectional.

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  4. awesome! love it.

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  5. Kudos for your restraint because it balances the space and sofa flawlessly. Love the pictures, made the before knot mirror seem like the wall was so sparse. Happy Monday and please stop by ๐Ÿ™‚



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  6. That works nicely. I love that you posted your old gallery wall to show the difference and how to do it right. Looking good so far! xo Kristin

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  7. YAY! I just love this. And by the way — you are awesome. I can't hang things straight at all. Even with a level. Or spacers. Or a template. I guess that's my talent? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  8. Those are PERFECT there- seriously…I love the graphic and clean lines and personal touch- LOVE!

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  9. They are perfect in that spot! I want your talent!

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  10. Wow, that looks meant to be! Love the photographs and that they are personal to you, but totally tie the room together. Now I'm dreaming of a cozy sectional and travel to faraway lands!

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  11. It looks awesome! I love them. They really add a lot of fun to the space. Great job. I'm totally impressed with your hanging job too ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. Big, blank walls are so hard to tackle, but this looks amazing! And not breaking the budget is always a plus ๐Ÿ™‚ Did you put the knot mirror in the dining room? Or what did you replace the pictures with?? Maybe I'm rushing into things…you're probably posting that another day, but I'm impatient ๐Ÿ™‚


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  13. Love the new grouping of photos. What a personal, but still thrifty, decorating idea. I will have to dig out my old travel photos and frame them up too!!

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  14. Perfect, simple, and gorgeous!

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  15. Wow! That makes a huge impact!! Love it!!

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  16. Those look so great in there, Cassie. Love they symmetry and I think using travel photos is so special. That room is really coming together.

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  17. Love, love, love! What a great way to make a BIG statement. Personal, economical & lovely! ps…Dying to know what you put over your bed after stealing from your master bedroom? xo

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  18. Melissa wrote:

    I love it! It looks fantastic!

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  19. Brittney wrote:

    I love it! The 9 pictures look perfect. Yes, I'm a little envious of your picture hanging super powers. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  20. Leigh wrote:

    No level or template or anything? My husband can never find out you can do that. I seriously wear him out when hanging pictures, curtains, anything at all. It's an all day job because I am so anal! I am really jealous of your talent!

    I love the photos. I think they look great. I also need some frames. Guess maybe a 5 hour drive to Ikea is in my future.

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  21. Amy wrote:

    They look fantastic! Nice job.

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  22. Anonymous wrote:

    Looks awesome! I think the knot mirror would look superb in the dining room on the newly empty wall.

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  23. Rosanny wrote:

    They look perfect. can please tell the,name of the paint colot of your bedroom?

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  24. Loving that look! And I so wish I had that talent. There's about 3 holes behind every frame in my house.

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  25. Thanks for the sweet response everyone! Rosany — our bedroom is painted SW Halcyon Green…even though it's not green. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  26. Looks great Cassie! I can't believe you hung those all of the first try. Amazing! heehee The room looks awesome. =)

    ~ Catie

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  27. Love those pictures there!! So pretty and personal, which is even better. I need to frame more of our pictures from vacations.

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  28. Looks great! That's some crazy eyeballin skills! What size are the pictures and the frames?

    I Spy highway 1, venice and greece

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  29. That group of photographs and frames was born to go on the wall, over that sofa. You must be SO happy every time you walk into that m!roo I just love re-purposing things from other rooms in the house and giving things a new home so I can fall in love with them all over again!

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  30. That looks amazing! The frames and pictures are beyond perfect for that wall!

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  31. The photos look great over your sofa. I'm always impressed when someone can hang a grouping and get them all level!

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  32. Katie wrote:

    Yes! Love love love! Perfection. Can't wait to see where the knot mirror ends up…

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  33. Michaela wrote:

    Seriously…this looks great! And you always have me laughing through your posts :)Can't believe you eye-balled this!! Wow. I rarely use measuring tapes etc, but I would have probably needed one for something as noticeable as this!

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  34. We have the same empty wall situation in our living room right now and I've been debating what to do. Great inspiration!

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  35. great idea – now i need to see what you did in the dining room and over the bed.. haha! such a stalker!

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  36. That room looks so good!! Great addition of the pictures. And hung so straight and neat ๐Ÿ™‚

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  37. Wow! What a statement you have made on that wall! LOVE the photography, and even more so that it has special meaning. It looks absolutely stunning!


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  38. Vel Criste wrote:

    beautiful sentimental art work. Love it!

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  39. Megan wrote:

    9 is perfect! I wish I had your talent- I have holes all over my walls because I am horrible at hanging things- even when trying to measure!

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  40. It looks fabulous! I could have measured fifty times per frame and still had crooked ones. I am terrible at hanging stuff. Terrible.

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  41. I'm bowing to your crazy good hanging skills! I mean, that might be some kind of record. It looks fabulous!

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  42. Perfect!! Love your gallery wall and that you used your photos from travels. They look like professional photos!!

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  43. Apron Girl wrote:

    I really Love what you did with this room. The Gallery Wall is amazing but the mix of pattern and color really make it a fun warm room. Definitely inspirational. Following you now ๐Ÿ™‚

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  44. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Cassie! Looks great! I am also blessed with the freaky ability to hang things level by eyeing it.

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  45. Dharma wrote:

    Huh, made for that wall Cassie – nice job! I hang old record albums that mean something to me and my man0things. We switch 'em out all the time. I am putting up bad old Xmas albums next month. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  46. Love. It. And you can't beat free. Bravo again, friend!

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  47. Huzzah!! It's like that gallery wall was meant for Karl! Or was Karl meant for that gallery wall (the whole chicken b/f the egg thing)? I'm just so stoked you helped them find each other. Love that you didn't have to spend a dime either!

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  48. Wow, you're home is fabulous. I don't use that word often, but this is certainly deserving. Thanks for sharing!

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  49. Melz wrote:

    Hey I have the same thing going on in my living room! Check it out! It's all photos my hubby took on our honeymoon ๐Ÿ™‚ Great minds think alike! Yours are really nice! http://mindmybeeswax.blogspot.com/2012/05/diy-gallery-wall.html

    Posted 10.18.12 Reply
  50. I'm a big fan of how your family room is transforming. I'm also a big fan of hanging framed art in grids. The installation fills up that wall perfectly, and it's so classy. Looking forward to seeing what happens in there next!

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  51. angie wrote:

    This is fabulous. Did you order the 12X18 inch from Snapfish? I noticed the opening on the Ribba frame is 11 1/2. Thanks!

    Posted 1.11.15 Reply
    • Hi Angie — yes ma'am…I order the 12×18 and just allow the matt to cover a bit of the pic. If you prefer a smaller matt, Michaels will cut them down for you for $0.50/cut. I've got a post on that, too ๐Ÿ™‚ Search 'ribba hack' or something like that in my search bar. xoxo

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  52. Hi! I've had a picture of your gallery wall saved on my pinterest for months- I LOVE it! and now I'm planning to do this for my dad for this Fathers Day with all our favorite travel photos. What size are these frames and where did you buy them?! thanks in advance!

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    • Hi! The frames are from Ikea…I linked them in the post!! xo

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    • Miss Abbey wrote:

      Cassie, do you know what size are your frames. I want to order on line but dont want to go too small or too big

      Posted 8.22.16 Reply
    • They are 20.5 x 16.5 (the outside frame dimensions). The matte makes them an odd size, but I just let it cover some of the photo. Hope this helps!

      Posted 8.23.16 Reply