Archives for March 2015

Family Gallery Wall {Media Room}

Family Gallery Wall {Media 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.

Family Gallery Wall {Media Room}

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!


Family Gallery Wall {Media Room}

1) Today is our first Home Love Stories BLOCK PARTY! The theme for the party is #AroundTheTable, so come on over to 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! :)

8 Tips for a Tidy and Peaceful Bedroom

8 Tips for a Tidy and Peaceful Bedroom

Amaster bedroom should be your retreat, a space that draws you in to rest and relax at the end of the day.  

You don’t need a large room or a luxury master suite to create a wonderful sanctuary. It is the mood of your room that sets the tone for how you will feel in it all day long.

Here are eight tips for a tidy and peaceful bedroom. 

8 Tips for a Tidy and Peaceful Bedroom

1. Create a Cozy Color Scheme

A neutral color palette can transform an ordinary room into an soothing oasis. There’s no right or wrong color scheme for a bedroom, but consider what palette calms you inside and out.

In our room, the dark matte gray plum walls added drama while still playing up the cozy factor. (We chose the color Black Frosted Plum by Glidden–see more paint colors here).

8 Tips for a Tidy and Peaceful Bedroom

2. Make your bed soft and inviting.

Allow your bedroom to be a place of softness and stillness. Play up interesting layers, trims, textures and unique embellishments to add personality! Have a stack of pretty coverlets and throws to bring warmth as needed. Attractive Euro-style shams can add a sense of luxury to the room as well as prop you up in comfort for nighttime reading. What could be more inviting than a comfortable spot to be rejuvenated?

8 Tips for a Tidy and Peaceful Bedroom

3. Set the tone for relaxation.

How do you feel when you return to your room each night? Set the tone for relaxation. Avoid using your room as a dumping ground for stuff. Focus on calming the chaos with covered boxes or baskets with lids to stash any necessities. Keep electronics like phones and TVs out of the room or away from the bed.

4. Design a spa-like atmosphere.

Set the mood for rest with spa-inspired accessories such as lanterns, candles (battery-operated unscented candles work great and don’t add harmful toxins to the air!), plants to refresh the air, soft lighting and music to create the ambience. Add dimmer switches to overhead lights and three way switches to lamps so you can set the right mood.

8 Tips for a Tidy and Peaceful Bedroom

5. Treat yourself like a guest

Imagine a hotel you think would be the most restful environment for a weekend getaway. Would the surfaces be filled with bills or kids’ toys? Last night’s dinner dishes? Piles of clothes or layers of dust? Of course not! Give yourself the same sense of care, comfort and amenities you’d offer a guest in your home, or expect as a guest in a chic hotel.

6.  Practice peaceful evening rituals.

A good night’s sleep is the key to an energy-filled productive day, so the last thing you should feel as you crawl into bed is chaos and tension!

A few moments at the end of the day to sip chamomile tea or read a book will calm your mind and prepare your body for rest.

7.  Make your bed to change your mindset.

Get in the habit of making your bed. A bed made in the morning not only makes you feel more organized and productive all day long, but it offers you a sense of peace as you return to your sanctuary at the end of the day. 

8. Invite in serenity over stress. 

What do you invite into your room?

Serenity or stress? How you feel in your space is up to you!

Discover more ways to transform your home into a comforting sanctuary in my new book, Dwelling!

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