Friday, August 21, 2015

Staircase Gallery

So even though we have about a million other things more important we need to finish before we really start decorating, I got it in my crazy head that I needed a staircase gallery wall. Like, right now. I was convinced I could get away with using the gallery frames I had on hand and that I wouldn't have to spend any money. Well let's just say it wasn't pretty. See this photo if you need proof. So I enlisted the help of someone way more capable than me to handle this kind of project, my husband. Justin saved my gallery wall and I owe him big for it!

I will say this, staircase gallery hanging is really hard. We pulled out all the tricks. Cutting brown wrapping paper out the same size as the frames and using a piece of tape down the wall parallel to the railing, but we still had issues. The most important thing to me is that we had a specific pattern. I didn't want it to look like we just threw picture frames on the wall. So we started in the center and did half of the stairway. Then we just mimicked that exact same pattern going down the stairs. Make sense? Hopefully you can tell from the photos.

I hadn't really seen many gallery walls I liked. I don't love the ones that mix accessories in because I feel like its easy to over do it. At least I knew I would! I just wanted frames. I promised myself in this house I was going to think outside the box and not decorate every single room with photos so I just gave myself the staircase to do so. Pinterest was literally no help. We really had to do our own thing here. And by we I mean Justin. I just followed him around and said, yeah that looks good! I seriously could not have done this without that man! I am terrible with measurements and spacing, but I really wanted to get this right. Thanks to him, we totally did!

Whew! Gallery walls are hard to photograph! So many shadows!

Here's a breakdown of the frames I used (all from Ikea)

(TIP-for this project I used the RIBBA frames. If I would have went with the Virserum frames it would have cost me about $100 more. Just something to keep in mind.)

I like Ikea frames because they are cheap! Where else can you find oversized gallery frames starting at $7? Anytime I have a picture project they are definitely my first stop. Here is a breakdown of the frames I used for this project:

1-20x28 (for the very center of the wall)

I originally bought 20 frames for this project, but thought that looked overbearing so I used 15. I have 5 to return so the total cost for this gallery project in frames alone was roughly around $162. You can find oversized prints at Costco or Sam's Club for an amazing price. However, if you aren't willing to compromise on photo quality you may try WHCC for your professional prints. I have always been incredibly pleased with the color and quality. However, for a project like this (all my photographer friends are shaking their heads at me right now) I used Costco. Because let's be honest, a 16x20 print at Costco is a couple of bucks compared to almost $20 from WHCC. I just couldn't imagine how expensive this project would have turned out to be if I ordered all my prints from them.

This is what works for us and our staircase. Feel free to do whatever works for you and your family or use ours as a guide. Staircase galleries are no joke so I understand if you need something to "cheat" off of. ;)

When I was younger I used to babysit for this family who had an older, historical kind of home. It was so cozy, I loved everything about it. And lining their stairway were the most beautiful photos of their family. I remember thinking then, at 14, one day I want a gallery going up my stairs! Finally, all these years later I got one!

What do you think? I'm in love! I can't wait to get our runner ordered for the stairs, I feel like its going to tie everything together. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Kitchen Inspiration and Life Updates

     You guys! This summer has been a whirlwind. We bought, started major renovations and sold a house all within 4 months! We had almost 6 straight weeks of company and it's hard to believe the summer is coming to an end. Although I am sooo ready for cooler weather, oversized sweaters and hot cocoa every day, this summer has been really good to us. We are traveling this month to close on our Florida home but when we get back we're starting our kitchen renovation. I am so excited! Here is a quick picture of what our kitchen looks like now:

Although the salmon colored tile is gone thanks to my two days spent with a tile chipper. #hellocarpaltunnel #worthit

As soon as Justin installed the hardwood floors (God bless that man) it changed the whole look of the house. It is so cozy! Some people are opposed to hardwood in the kitchen, but we aren't! And we didn't want to disrupt the flow of the flooring downstairs by adding tile in here. Oh and I'm still recovering from the hatred I had of the Florida tile in our old house. If I never see another oversized rectangular tile in my life I will be happy.

We originally planned on having a bright white kitchen. White cabinets with light countertops. But after finishing up the staircase which took no less than 6 coats, (I wish I was being dramatic!) I realized it wasn't going to be fun. So guess what color we are painting our cabinets? GRAY! Say what?!?

Totally crazy right? I created a fun little moodboard to share my inspiration for the kitchen-here is where our heads are at:

Gray cabinets, white backsplash, chunky farmhouse sink, dark hardwoods, YES. I am so excited to start the transformation.

The truth is, I am not totally pro-cabinet painter. I don't feel like every kitchen needs to have painted cabinets to be awesome. And honestly, if our cabinets weren't so out of date I probably wouldn't be painting them. It's just a much cheaper option to paint than to replace. Our plan is to move the cabinets closer to the ceiling and add molding to give it a more custom look. The budget for the kitchen is $3500.

So what do you think? Awesome in the making right?! It's ok if you hate painted cabinets. I've learned over the last few years that not everyone is going to have the same taste as me and that's OK! I mean not everyone would dedicate an entire corner of their kitchen to their dog like I did, right? Right! ;)

Do you guys have any fun house projects planned? I feel like everyone and their brother sister is having a baby so I can't wait to see all the cute nursery reveals coming up! As for us, no nursery reveals anytime soon. Justin is hilarious and keeps telling me we're going to have a baby in 2016 because it just feels right. I told him 2021 feels more right to me. ;) I'll let you know who wins. :p

Happy Wednesday! 

Monday, August 3, 2015

Personalized Pet Food Area Part 2!

     You guys probably remember Hudson's dog food area over at the apartment, right? If not, here's a quick pic.

      Not too much has changed, other than we have more space now, YAY! This post was my second most viewed post of all time and people constantly email me about it. It makes me really happy. I love creating spaces my family and I can feel comfortable in and I love it even more when you guys think those spaces are awesome, too.

     When I created this space at the apartment, I had big plans for it, but like I said-teenie tiny space. So I waited patiently and when we finally got back into homeownership I knew I would finally have a chance to go crazy with Hudson's little "hole in the wall". It's really funny at how much of a crazy dog lady I have become. Don't get me wrong, I'm super proud of that fact. I love my dog so much when people ask me if I have kids I have to stop myself from blurting out, "Yes I have an almost 4 year old son!" #truestory

     I loved recreating this space and I think I might even love it more than the little space at the apartment. Just in case you didn't have a chance to read the last post I will post my sources at the bottom. Its nice to have all of his treats and things in one spot and not cluttered up on the counter. Here is Hudson's new hole in the wall, I hope you love it as much as I do!

     What do you guys think? Pretty adorable, right? I think Hudson is pretty pleased. Poor Justin. He keeps asking me when our bedroom is going to hit the blog. Let's just say he's tired of having a room that looks like Barney threw up in! It is kind of sad, Hudson has this cute little space and we are still sleeping in the purple monster. Hmmm. What's wrong with that picture? :p 

Source List:

Ikea Trash Can for dog food-$25. (Already had)
Target rug-$4.28 (Thank you clearance end cap!)
Canvas prints of Hudson-$20 a piece from
Pet Food Crate-$20 for wood & husbands time
Shelving-DIY old scrap wood with hardware from Lowes
Shelving Accessories-Homegoods
Adorable Dog-not available for purchase

     What are you guys up to this week? Any fun projects for your furry friends? If you decide to recreate this space, don't forget to email me so I can see! I love to get your emails! And Don't forget to follow along with Hudson and Co. on facebook and instagram!