Family Gallery Wall {Media Room}

Eclectic Gallery Wall - The Inspired Room

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.

The Inspired Room - gallery wall

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?

See my other gallery walls in my stairway (with tips for creating an eclectic gallery wall!), my family room, my kids’ bathroom and my son’s room!

Announcements!

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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! :)

Collecting Copper

Copper Cookware Hung on the Wall - The Inspired Room

Hello, friends! Recently I wrote a post about our new leather sofa and how it fits in with the copper and wood in our home. So today I thought I would show you a couple pieces of my copper collection! While you might think copper is kind of an expensive thing to collect, it really hasn’t been! My copper pots, colander, tea kettle, pans and bowl were bargains, they came from estate sales and yard sales! I’ve always hung pieces of my copper collection in my kitchens as a decorative element on the wall or on a pot rack. I really love the patina of copper, don’t you?

Awhile back I realized my copper pots were still out in the garage (where everything I didn’t know what to do with went when we moved here, um, six years ago, gah!). So, I brought them in and found a great spot for a couple of them on the wall in the dining room. Not only does the copper look great with our copper-topped dining room light, I think it looks really pretty with the wood floors, too. Copper is such a lovely warm metal. It adds a nice richness to a room and a little shine to contrast with the wood.

The Inspired Room Kitchen - Simple Christmas House Tour

My copper and brass teakettle has been with me a long time too. My favorite accessories are always the things I’ve collected over time. It takes awhile to build up a collection but that’s part of the fun!

Collecting Copper - Copper in the Kitchen - The Inspired Room

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I don’t have a copper KitchenAid mixer, I haven’t run across any of those on my usual secondhand hunts :)

Do you have any copper in your home?

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A Memorable Kitchen: 4 Takeaway Tips

Blue Kitchen Island - Lee Ann Thornton InteriorsLee Ann Thornton in House Beautiful

I love analyzing photos of rooms to notice design ideas and find takeaway tips I can use in my own home. What makes a room memorable? Even if we can’t remodel a kitchen in the same way, the principles we take away can be applied to our own space in small ways to create a memorable room of our own.

Take Away Tips - The Inspired Room

1. Mix Nature Inspired Colors

This kitchen has a beautiful color scheme. Shades of blue, green, white, gray and brown create a soothing color palette inspired by nature.

2. Pay Attention to Details

The details make this space captivating. The painted wood plank ceiling adds a layer of character. The barstools have great detail like nailhead trim, rattan backs and leather seats. A corbel was added to the island. Design details were repeated for impact, such as the curved open shelf detail on the display space and the curve of the opening into the next room, the double lanterns and double sinks. The island has a lot of detailed molding to give it presence in the room.

3. Focus on Statement Pieces

This room has statement pieces that make it memorable. Two interesting lanterns and the unique sea blue cabinet color of the island make it an unforgettable kitchen.

4. Add Texture and Warmth

Contrasting materials and layers of texture make this room inviting and interesting. The wood, leather, and rattan bar stools add texture and warmth in contrast to the smooth painted cabinets, marble counters and silver tone of the lanterns, sink, faucets and accessories. The dark wood floors, woven accessories, and planked ceiling add additional texture and interest.

Island Paint Color: Farrow & Ball’s Down Pipe

What is your favorite design element of this kitchen?

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