Monday, May 23, 2011

{gallery with a heart}

In addition to lots of fun family activities, my weekend involved some home decorating! {about time!}

The boys' 3rd birthday party is quickly approaching, so that was a good motivator for me to finally put together a gallery wall of sorts that I've been crafting in my head for awhile now. A few recent purchases gave me just the right combination of pieces to make it happen.

Here is the dining room wall a few months ago, when we still had our IKEA shelf with the boys' toys in there {and the room was still our family room}...

And here it is now!

I love that most of this wall was created with items I already had, and the few I recently purchased were very affordable. {the most expensive, the chalkboard frame, was $6.}

I simply turned the vintage drying rack sideways to give it a whole new look. Most of the items on it are pictures of the boys, but one very sentimental piece is a copy of a drawing done by my Granddaddy. 

The bird canvas top center is from Urban Outfitters, and was originally in the boys' nursery. Chalkboard frame from Big Lots, right now houses a pic of the boys playing their guitars. A simple "Rock." was all the description it needed. I can see this frame having lots of different looks in the future. The polaroid frame {just like the ones over our desk} and metal clip are both Hobby Lobby clearance finds. The cute wooden owl postcard in the clip was a gift from a friend. 
I filled the polaroid frame with some pretty scrapbook paper, a chipboard "f" and a button. Super simple. {and yes, our walls in there desperately need some paint.}

On our Craigslist find record player cabinet, I have my Grandma's vintage makeup case, painted milkglass lamp, milkglass apple dish, and this adorable {and free!} print...

The framed print also doubles as a nice concealer for our poorly placed heating control...

But what I love most of all is the sentiment.

So what do you think? For a whopping $10, give or take a few cents, I put together a fun and very personalized gallery wall in our dining room. One of my favorite parts is how easy it will be to change out the photos and items to keep it fresh and exciting.

I also did a little sprucing up to our family room, which involves another piece of sentimental family art. Will post about that very soon!

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"Cottage By The Sea" said...

What I love most about my home is who I share it with too. You did a great job with your decorating. Can't wait to see more!

Lesley said...

What a fantastic display! I really love the mix or soft hand drawings and bold colors!

Jenni R. said...

I think it looks great! I am inspired to go look anew at what I have and to find some pieces like you're using--thanks!

Eva @ the nerdy nest said...

What a fun gallery! I love the pops of kelly green (on the lamp, painting, and the precious picture on the drying rack.) So cheery!

Michelle said...

Fantastic job great group of prints and photos it all comes together so nicely. Bet you smile each time you walk past :)
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Jennifer said...

So cute! <3 I tried to buy that polaroid frame this weekend but was on a trip and got denied! haha! I am still on the lookout though! great job! =)

Jenn @ Peas & Crayons


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