Quite some time ago I promised to turn the camera around for you in our media room so I could show you other sides of the room! This room has been slow going! This is the room where we watch TV as a family, but it is way upstairs where hardly anyone else ever goes (unless we have a big party) so it really wasn’t the top of my priority for decorating when I had so many other projects to work on. As long as it was comfy! And with our wonderful sectional, it certainly is that.
Yet, I really wanted to start making this room more personal and bring in things that mean something to our family. Since it is a space we use so often, it made sense to give it a little more love.
In our old house we had tons of wall space for hanging family photos in big stairwells and those big rooms, so when we moved here we brought a zillion framed photos. But in this smaller house, we have limited wall space because we have less rooms and so many windows! While I love all the windows, it leaves very little room for anything else so many of our frames didn’t get hung right away.
Finally we decided the one blank wall in our media room was the perfect space for our family gallery wall. After a fresh coat of paint on the walls (polished grey by Glidden), we were ready to roll. We had been hoarding closets full of framed photos so it felt SO OVERWHELMING to pull everything out to see what we had! But it was also so fun to see all those photos again. Even though we had such a random assortment of frames, we decided to go with our eclectic side and just embrace them just as they were (no paint or doctoring up of the frames). That’s hard for me sometimes, I just want everything to be perfect and when I can’t do it perfectly, I do NOTHING! How silly is that?
While there are times when it is worth investing in new things and it can be fun to paint to update or create matching sets, I do really have a soft spot in my heart for the use-what-you-already-have projects! When everything matches, you can start to loose the cozy put together over time texture and vibe, so I love a little random quirky eclectic statement here and there. Gallery walls are the perfect place to be eclectic so it can be an ever evolving tribute to special memories gathered over time.
We picked out what we could use on the wall and created a haphazardly hung gallery of mismatched frames. Old memories, new memories. Perfectly imperfect. No rhyme or reason to our method, other than favorite memories gathered together so we can easily remember our blessings.
I love when I can simply use what I have to create a meaningful room, don’t you?
1) Today is our first Home Love Stories BLOCK PARTY! The theme for the party is #AroundTheTable, so come on over to homelovestories.com to share your dining areas and see others! You can search in the top right corner “#aroundthetable” to find all of the participants!
Find more details on the block party and how to participate here!
2) My first book Love the Home You Have is still 50% off all e-book pre-orders (releases March 31st)! Woo-hoo! That’s a pretty great deal!
3) If you have a minute, would you be able to help me? Voting is still open for the BHG Blogger Awards and I would so appreciate your vote! Here’s how: Go to this page and vote through a few categories (or click skip this category) until you get to the decorating blogs, then hit select under The Inspired Room if you want to vote for me! Thank you so much! :)