Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Vintage Eclectic Gallery Wall

Do you love gallery walls as much as I do? I can't get enough of them, and find myself creating them all over my house. A few months ago, I shared one that I created in my art studio, over on Jennifer Rizzo's blog. Today, I am sharing it with all of you...my lovely readers! You know I love you, right?

I hope you enjoy this little peek into my art studio (let me just preface this by saying the rest of it is nowhere near done, ha! Someday...right?) And if you read this post, I mentioned that I will eventually be turning this room into my children's shared bedroom, at which time I will have to say goodbye to this gallery wall {insert my sad face here}. But, those are the things you gotta do sometimes when you live in a small house. And I will get to enjoy it until then...
There are so many great posts out there about planning out your gallery wall, how to arrange it just so, and step by step tutorials for putting it together. I think those are awesome.

But sometimes...I like to just wing it. Thus my describing this one as "impromptu."
The inspiration for this particular gallery wall came from a collection of antique fashion prints that I have. I started hanging them on the wall together but it didn't feel done.

One afternoon, I decided to fill this wall with more framed vintage images and collected items. Like I mentioned, my husband and I live in a smaller home that only has two bedrooms, so my art studio takes up half (or more) of the master bedroom.
Our bed was on this side of the room for awhile, until I decided to switch things up and move the studio over here. Now, I have an inspiring wall to look at while creating.

To create this look, I started by hanging a small grouping, in the middle, and spread out. I had my mother over when I put it together to help me eye each piece before putting nails in the wall. I know this process might scare some people, but since this is a section of the room that hardly anyone goes in but me, I knew that only I needed to enjoy it.

If this many nail holes scares you, try 3M hooks wherever possible. I would have done that if I had some on hand, but I was antsy to get this wall done.
What do I love? 

That is the question I asked as I grabbed pieces to try out on the wall. Besides antique fashion prints, I love old religious items, so I included a print and some vintage rosaries. I added a few romantic images along with a pastoral sheep scene.

I paid attention to the details of the pieces as they were coming together. There were hints of green in the old frames and fashion prints, so I picked up on that and added a decorative plate and one of my husband's paintings that had a similar shade of green.
An eclectic gallery wall does well with a variety of textures and shapes, so I added a textile wall hanging, an old ruler that I shaped into a W (for our last name), and some of my grandmother's art tools. My grandfather gave me the metal number 6. It is his house number and was the one used on my grandparents' home for many years. I love adding pieces with sentimental value to my decor.
All together it is definitely not "perfect", and some "expert gallery wall designers" would probably find many faults with this lack of planning and layout, but I am all about finding beauty in imperfections. I think it makes a house a home. It's not perfect, but it is me. And in the end, that is what matters when it comes to decorating our homes isn't it? That you love what you live with and that it expresses who you are and the story that you want to tell.

I hope that you enjoyed this post!

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Till next time...
~Alice W.

This post originally appeared on www.JenniferRizzo.com on July 11, 2014.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Sundays at Home No. 28 Weekly Link Party & Features

Welcome to week 28 of Sundays at Home! I am so glad you are joining the party! Once this post goes live, I will be in Toronto at the BlogPodium Conference. This is my first ever blog conference! I am excited (and nervous) to meet some amazing fellow bloggers and learn more about the possibilities that blogging has. But even though I am away, the party goes on...

Friday, September 12, 2014

Vintage Eclectic Fall Dining Room Reveal {and some "real life" thrown in}

Today, I am sharing my dining room reveal with hints of early fall decor. I have never shared this room fully before, even though I have shared my mantel often. There are many reasons for this, but basically it's because it is a work in progress and not yet where I want it to be. Not even close.

It is a little preemptive to call this a "reveal" post, since there is still so much work to do, but I decided to take my own tagline "advice"and find beauty in the imperfections of it. I am sharing some of those imperfections throughout this post, so you can get a glimpse of real life around here.

Sometimes, I know it can feel like bloggers always have everything so "nice and neat and finished." I want to assure you...it is not the case around here. We are always a work in progress, no matter how pretty the pictures.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

DIY Wallpaper Feather Art on Canvas

I originally shared the following post on Yellow Bliss Road with a tutorial on how to make wallpaper feathers and transform them into collage art on canvas. The finished work looks like a piece of old metal with a distressed painting technique.
I have made plans to completely transform my children's shared bedroom in a boho tribal style, which won't fully start happening until late winter/early spring (I want to get through the holiday season without any huge upheaval in our home and the change includes moving them from the smaller of our two bedrooms, to the larger - a huge undertaking!). 

Even so, I have already started making plans for their space and want to include lots of handmade pieces for them. The first, for the room, is this feather art project. Here is the original post and instructions:

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Easy Buffalo Chicken Wing Pizza with Blue Cheese {with kid friendly version}

One of our family's favorite splurges is chicken wing pizza. We love it, but it can be quite a bit pricier than regular old pepperoni, so today, I am sharing a quick and delicious "make at home" version that is easier on the budget without losing any of the flavor.
The ingredients in this recipe include cooked chicken, Ken's Steak House Chunky Blue Cheese Dressing, crumbled blue cheese, shredded mozzarella and the Original Anchor Bar Buffalo Wing Sauce.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Rustic Fall Home Decor Inspiration: Sundays at Home No. 27 Weekly Link Party & Features

Welcome to week 27 of Sundays at Home! I love hosting this weekly link party and getting the chance to see all of  your inspiring posts. Today, I have a great round-up of rustic home decor that are each so cozy and creative for autumn.
I apologize for not getting this party started earlier today. I attended a wedding with my husband (at the same church we got married in 8 years ago!) and reception where I was literally partying :)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

DIY Embellished Fabric Pumpkins for Fall

Fall is just around the corner, so it's time to start bringing pumpkins into the house. I have an easy diy tutorial today, sharing how to make embellished fabric pumpkins that look charming and keep all throughout the season!
I recently shared some of these fabric pumpkins in my fall mantel vignette and with my followers on instagram. If you know my style, then you know I had to put my own unique spin on them with some bohemian flair.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

DIY Homeschool Preschool Daily Activity Calendar {with homemade magnets!}

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Getting prepared to start homeschool preschool can be a daunting task, but with a daily activity calendar and some fun magnets you can keep on track!

When I recently made the decision to start homeschool preschool with my three year old daughter Hazel, I felt a little overwhelmed. The reasons for going with homeschool preschool included Hazel not yet being potty trained, the cost, and the fact that she just turned three this summer. I felt another year at home would be good for her (and me!). We will venture into sending her off to preschool next year.