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A Glamorous Gallery Wall for My Girl

It was a sad day in the Tidbit household the other week…my 7-year-old daughter declared that she no longer wants to be a Tooth Fairy when she grows up.  For the last two years, she’s been talking about Tooth Fairy college and waiting for her wings to grow, so this change of future occupation was a big deal!  Thankfully, she has a new career path in mind and that is to become a fashion designer.  Littlest is quite good at art {yes, I know I’m biased} and loves putting outfits together for herself, so I thought I’d do what I could to help her reach her goal.  As part of my efforts, I decided to give her a gallery wall where she can showcase her designs!

I’ve shared her room with you before {full post HERE}, but he’s a reminder of what her room used to look like.

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I selected the paint scheme, furniture, and bedding when she was very little and before I had a real sense of her personal style.  I picked pastel bedding, soft flowers, crystal accents, and lots of pink for my sweet girl.  Well…littlest is very sweet – no doubt about that – but she is anything but dainty and demure!  She is all about bold colors, patterns, sparkle, and shine.  She wears mis-matched knee high socks {on purpose} and outfits with as many sequins as possible!

Since I’m a big believer that a bedroom should be a sanctuary, giving her room an update to better reflect her personality became a top priority.  And while I was at it, I wanted to incorporate her new love of fashion design!  My idea?  Give her a gallery wall where she can show off her fashions and swap out the artwork on a whim!

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I found a site online where you can download croquis for free {link HERE}.  A croquis is a sketch of a live model and the drawings I found were perfect for littlest to use in her designs.  I simply printed them out on paper…

 

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…and gave them to her to design outfits.  Again, I know I’m biased, but even so, isn’t this pretty good for a 7-year-old?!

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Since my goal was to show off her artwork, I decided to go with white frames and white matting so that her designs would really stand out.  I already owned two white frames and I love repurposing, so I used what I already had and then purchased two bigger, simpler frames at Target.

 

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While I was originally going to make everything symmetrical, I decided to break up the angular look with a bright turquoise mirror and then added an ornate oval frame with turquoise paper to the other side to give a little bit more balance to the layout.  Even though I added some organic shapes to the mix, I kept the layout as a whole in a rectangular shape to mimic that of her dresser.

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And just to give the gallery wall a little more interest, I added crystal knobs at the top with ribbon bows and a vertical ribbon running down through the center of the frames.  As a bonus, if you put the ribbon up first, you’ll have a vertical point of reference when hanging your frames so that you can be sure they are centered properly!

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Since new furniture isn’t in the budget, I updated the top knobs on her dresser from white to a combination of bright pink and blue glass, which are much more her style.

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So now at least one part of her bedroom mini-makeover is done!

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Tip: Since the frames and matting are all white, this type of gallery wall is a great way to show off children’s artwork because no matter what you put in the frames, the art will always pop against the white.  Plus, with the frames unified, you can mix and match the artwork and the gallery wall will still maintain a cohesive look!

 

For more tips on how to lay out a gallery wall, you can check out this post.

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My Current Decorating Projects {The BAD & The UGLY}

I’m going to let you in on a little secret of mine.  I suffer from a DIY disorder called Distractomania {or at least that’s what Hubby calls it}.  It’s a disorder that only allows me to finish a DIY decorating project about 65% before I get bored, distracted, or tired and then I jump to another project without ever finishing the first!  Yikes!

I have SO MANY projects I want to share with you, but not one of them is finished!  So instead, I thought I’d give you a top-secret, behind-the-scenes look at some of current decorating projects I’m working on so that you can see them in progress.  Plus, showing you might actually motivate me to finish them. :)   I don’t usually like to share UGLY pictures with you, but work-in-progress projects are a reality, and this is mine…

You might remember I started stripping and refinishing my husband’s family antique chairs over a year ago.  Sadly, they are still sitting in the garage waiting to be finished but once they’re done, they’ll be beautiful in my bedroom!  I’ve finished stripping one of them and here you can see how much more visible the detail and carvings are without the layers and layers of mahogany stain.  I still need to strip the other, stain them, and then have them reupholstered.

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And while we’re on the subject of chairs, I started painting this desk chair of my daughter’s last week, but then the weather turned and my Distractomania kicked in so I haven’t finished it yet.  There’s a matching desk that needs to be painted, too.  They are pale yellow with gold accents but I’ve put on two coats of white on the chair so far.  {And that’s Mimi…she wanted to see what was going on outside!}

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There are lots of other projects going on in my daughter’s room, including an Art Clubhouse in her closet.  She has this odd alcove in her closet that either sits empty or gets piled with random, unorganized stuff {and yes, I realized how lucky she is to have a walk-in closet!  I don’t even have one!}.  She’s only 7 so she’s still small enough to climb up in it and play, so she calls it her “Clubhouse”.  I had an idea just two days ago that I would turn this area into an art station for her.  So far, I’ve bought the supplies and primed it.  We’ll see how far I get before Distractomania sets in…

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I’m also working on a gallery wall for her room and truthfully, it’s about 90% finished!  With any luck, I can give you the full reveal next week.  Until then, here’s a sneak peek of some of her super special artwork.

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And last but not least on my tour of unfinished projects, I’m doing a bit of updating in the guest room.  I’m not redoing anything, but rather adding more details to the room.  It all started because I bought these cute checked shams for $1 at a staging sale.

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My hope is to make some progress in my daughter’s room over the next few days so that we can finish and finally put the room back together.  Please tell me I’m not the only one that suffers from #Distractomania!

 

What unfinished projects do you have around the house?

 

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Favorite Fall Finds for 2015

I’ve spent a lot of time at stores lately…probably more than is good for my wallet…but the great thing about shopping this time of year is that the inventory is constantly changing so it’s a whole new experience each time I go.  Lately, I’ve enjoyed watching all of the great Fall decor items go on display and while I don’t use traditional fall colors in my decorating, I’m attracted to all of the  textures, metallics, and cozy accessories that I’m coming across. Even though I’m done decorating for Fall this year {you can take the full tour HERE}, that doesn’t stop me from window shopping!  So today I’m sharing a few of my favorite Fall decor accessories with you PLUS giving you tips and ideas for using them!

 

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1. Moscow Mule Mug – Set of 2 from Target

I’ve always loved the gorgeous metallic look of the Moscow Mule Mug but what I like about this one in particular is that it has an antique copper finish on the outside, giving it a more muted look.  And I love the contrast with the geometric high-shine handle!  These look great displayed in basket trays in the kitchen or hanging from a bottle drying rack.

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2. Jacquelyn Basket – Pottery Barn

I’ve owned this basket for a few years and it’s still one of my favorites.  In the past, I’ve used it for throws near the sofa, but right now, it’s been in my bedroom holding birch logs.  It’s the color and shape that makes this particular basket so interesting to me

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3. Velvet Pumpkins  – The Velvet Harvest

Velvet pumpkins are great for decorating because 1) they last indefinitely, unlike real pumpkins and 2) the materials adds a bit of femininity and sheen.  While you can buy velvet pumpkins in stores, I really like these from The Velvet Harvest on Etsy because she uses real dried pumpkin stems, which provide great contrast to the velvet.  These are also filled with poly pellets, which I like because I think it gives them a softer shape.

 

4. Sweater Pillows

Warm, cozy sweaters are a staple of the winter wardrobe, but they look equally good as an accent pillow!  This gorgeous wool pillow from Precious Knits is one of my favorites!

 

5. White Pitcher – Target

I like white dishware in general, but pitchers are a favorite of mine.  In the Fall, I like how the white pops against the darker colors and these are great for sunflowers, dried hydrangeas, cotton stems, etc.

 

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6. Gold Jack – Target

I’ve grouped this into my Fall Favorites because of its great metallic color which is reminiscent of the leaves as they turn bright yellow.  Whimsical accents such as this are great additions to coffee tables and mantels whether used on top of a stack of books or next to a vase of flowers.

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7. Wooden Caddy – Set of 2 from Target

A wooden caddy makes a perfect Fall accent for a table.  You can fill it with pumpkins, acorns, flowers, and more to make a beautiful Fall display.  Or in the kitchen, fill it with apples to add a bit of rustic texture!

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8. Boxwood Wreath – Antique Farmhouse

I use boxwood wreaths year-round but they make it onto my list because they add great contrast to the typical muted colors of Fall.  Plus, you can add Fall stems like berries, grapevine twigs, or cotton stems to completely change up the look!

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9. Glass and Leather Lantern – Target

Lanterns are great in the Fall because the light adds a sense of warmth to the space.  These look great when used in groups near a fireplace or on the mantel.  Individually, they can work on tables flanking a centerpiece or flanking a door!

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10. Faux Fur Throw – Pottery Barn

These throws are so soft and cozy, plus they add great texture to a room.  I like the look when draped over the corner of a bed or placed on the back of a leather chair.

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What’s your Fall must-have for decorating???

 

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