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Project Design: Gallery Wall Revealed… (you have to promise not to laugh)

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I could just start this post with a ta da…and show you the finished gallery wall.  And you would laugh, shake your head, and say..

Girl, you need therapy.

And then we would all go on our merry way and that would be…

the end

But no.  You are not getting off that easy.:) (And do not even think about scrolling to the bottom of this post to see before you read the story here today.) Misery loves company, and I am going to drag you through this torturous creative process right along with my crazy brain.  So get ready…

bedroom wall for gallery

That wall in the boys’ bedroom has been bare for about a year.  I would see it, walk right by it, and think….I really need to put something on that wall. Deep down inside I knew there was a reason it was undressed.

I was avoiding it.

I can do vignettes on tabletops, cabinets, and shelves ’til the cows come home.  (Just look at my classroom for proof.) But walls?  They scare me to death.  You see, there were all these wonderful inspirational images of walls out there – all adorned with art mixed with vintage items and other really great things…

like bicycle seats…

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and plates with sailing ships and framed letters.

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And I knew I had to bust out of my classic straight rows of black and white photography in simple frames. Why do you think I find ginghams and plaids so attractive…hmm? Such lovely evenly spaced straight lines. Anyway, what better place to go a little wild than in a room shared by guys, right?  So…full of fear of the unknown, the walls were left empty until I got a shove an invitation from Cindy and Mary Ann to see if I would like to participate in their gallery wall project. Who wouldn’t want to join in with their talented group???

I had to do it.  I just had to. It was the motivation I needed.

So I began to gather photos and diplomas,

elements for gallery walland I bought letters at Hobby Lobby (because I knew a creative gallery wall had to have letters.):)

IMG_7938Then, the biggie started…the frames.  That is probably not how most people approach gallery walls.  Most people probably know what pictures or things they want to include in an arrangement.  Not me.  The frames were dictating my arrangement.  I knew that, with the exception of the diplomas, I could reprint any of the photographs in any size I wanted, and I also knew I had like a zillion of the simple black frames I like (available here) in assorted sizes.  I hoard frames.  Truly.  So I took the advice of so many of you, and traced off paper the size and shape of the letters and a bunch of the frames.  Then I took Jayne’s advice and played around with arrangements, took pictures of them, and tried to see which one I liked the best.

I started big and bold like Susan told me to do in her comment. (The empty space there is for an extra letter needed from Hobby Lobby.)

gallery wall paper 1

This looked waaaay too busy to me. It made me feel very nervous.  So I tried it without photos over that small locker table.

gallery wall paper 2I didn’t love it.  Now remember I am seeing the other side of the room as well…the side with all the millions of books on the bookshelves and the desk with its six baskets of sports equipment hanging above it and the bulletin board with all its photos on it.  I started getting worried that I wasn’t going to love anything, and I began to feel a little frustrated.

So I took down the paper for the small frames, thinking if I limited the choices to two sizes rather than three, it would be better. A third version was then taped up there on the wall (with a spot at the top for another initial.)

gallery wall paper 3But I still didn’t love it…and the whole room – with all its many things on the other walls – was still making me nervous.  I decided perhaps I should change out some of the things on the other walls, so they would be less busy.  Bye-bye yellow board with #72 on it.  (It looked a little too young for our twenty-something year old sons anyway.) A calm black and white photo of the tower from our oldest son’s college replaced it.

dresser basket

Then it was bye-bye black bulletin board with all its photos on it. It was replaced with a graduation photo of our younger son.

desk with basket of sports gear

desk in boys bedroom with basket of sports gear

Better – but I still wasn’t loving the gallery wall. I stood there thinking and thinking.  And then, like the Grinch, who stood with his feet ice cold in the snow, I got an idea – and awful idea…

Don’t laugh.

You promised not to laugh.

gallery wall paper 4Yep.  I’m afraid so.  Nice straight rows with evenly spaced photos.  Epic fail here.:( I just couldn’t do the whole creative eclectic thing, but oh my goodness how much better it felt in there with those 6 photos…balancing the 6 baskets over the desk. The symmetry gods were smiling on me once again even if I did fail at trying to branch out to something different.

I did manage to get a little brave…

I went around the corner.  :)

gallery wall paper 5

Now we can say ta-da.   You have made it to the reveal, and I am sure you are ready to send me to therapy because I just can’t help myself.  As my sister says, “You like what you like.”  Plain and simple.

And here is what I ended up liking for the finished project.  (Hallelujah it’s finished!:))

gallery wall in cornerI will say that nailing those pictures up was the least damaging way I have ever hung photos. The paper worked like a charm for nail placement, and out of all the photos I put up, there were only 2 that I had to make one additional hole for. Pretty good considering how straight they needed to be from two different angles.  That wall has had a lot of abuse – from oars and life preservers hung there to a real deal bicycle suspended on it. So it was good to not damage it any more than it has already suffered through.

gallery wall cornerI did bravely extend the photos further down the wall some as well.

boys bedroom photographsSo what happened to those diplomas I had out to go in the arrangement?  I framed them, and they are hung across from the bookshelves as you come in the door.  I still need to have a mat made for the Emory diploma and a larger one for the Mercer one.

college diplomas

And that, my sweet readers, is how the plain Jane gallery wall came to live in our sons’ room.  Now if you want to see some really beautiful ones, check out all the finished walls in the links after the project badge below. I know they will be gorgeous.:)

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Rough Luxe blog logoA big thank you to Cindy from Rough Luxe and Mary Ann from Classic Casual Home for coming up with the gallery wall project for us to do, to the designers/bloggers in this group for their words of encouragement (even though my wall certainly does not look creative), and to you readers who make time to visit here.  I appreciate all of you.:)

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Stacey - October 20, 2014 - 9:07 am

No laughing from me! You’ve got that down to an art and nothing could be more classic. Smart move I’d say.
Thank you Stacey. I appreciate the compliment!

sherry hart - October 20, 2014 - 9:14 am

Girl I have to laugh because I think you arrived at the perfect solution…..the end result appeals to me also and you know what? You stayed true to your style which is important. So be proud!
Yes, I did stay true to the style that is running rampant in this house. One day, perhaps I will jump ship and go for something different. This just happened to work well in that space. I am so glad you liked it Sherry. (Your wall was gorgeous and a great mix of classic and contemporary btw!)

classic • casual • home - October 20, 2014 - 9:16 am

I LOVE this. It’s personal and calming. The mats lightening things up…and I like the cool narrow frames. Beautiful. What are you going to do with those letters now?
Thank you so much for your compliment Mary Ann. It turned out much more simple than I had envisioned, and if that had been the only wall with something on it in that room, I think I would have been more daring. Just too many things going on in there to add to the mix. Your wall(s), however, were absolutely perfect!
Thank you again for inviting me to participate with all of the talented people on this project. I was delighted to be included.
p.s. The letters will probably go back to the store, but I am still thinking about using them someplace else…just not sure yet.

Jenny Martin - October 20, 2014 - 9:22 am

Wow! The room and the gallery wall look great!!! Good Job!
You stress too much!!! LOL
Really, it all came together and looks great!!
I am glad you like it Jenny. Yes, I do stress too much – because I overthink every darn thing! LOL I am just happy to have it all done. Hallelujah!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life - October 20, 2014 - 9:26 am

I used to do all kinds of gallery walls and loved it, now like you, they just seem so busy. I love your simple and straight forward gallery. Perfect.
So do we get less tolerant of “busy” as we get older Marty? I don’t really think that is the case, since I don’t know that I have ever been a fan of busy on walls in any of our home. Just wondering. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and leaving your kind compliment.

Donnamae - October 20, 2014 - 9:27 am

Don’t you think for a minute that your gallery wall isn’t creative! If you like it…and it sure looks great from my perspective…then what’s the problem? Your sister is right…you like what you like! Now, the wall in my guest room is bare…I could use some help!
Thank you Donnamae! I guess the problem is that I have overused those frames here, and I don’t seem to be able to find anything I like as well. Maybe it is time for a new house. :) LOL You can easily do your guest room wall with these frames and some photos. This kind of gallery wall is easy…just collect multiple identical frames to start with.

Karen - October 20, 2014 - 9:28 am

The only reason I am laughing is because I can relate so well. Thanks for making me feel like I am not the only one that feels that way. I love it. It turned out great!
So I am not alone? Hallelujah! Thank you for the compliment on the project Karen. I am so glad you loved how it turned out.

Marnie - October 20, 2014 - 9:35 am

I totally agree — You like what you like — a girl after my own heart. Some gallery walls can be too busy. This one is just right. As Sherry said, you stayed true to your style. Bravo!
Yes, I was true to my style…and it probably fit a space for twentysomething year old guys better than the more creative ones I have seen. I am glad you like the finished arrangement Marnie.

Kris {Driven by Decor} - October 20, 2014 - 9:40 am

Epic fail? No way – it was the perfect solution for your tricky space! Nothing “plain Jane” about this wall – it turned out beautifully!!
Goodness – thank you Kris! I appreciate your compliment on the space. I adored the mix on your home office gallery wall, and it has given me food for thought as we are in the midst of redoing a room for my home office. Thank you for stopping by. :)

Jayne - October 20, 2014 - 9:51 am

All smiles and a little giggling. Not at you, but because I would have done the exact same thing! Lol I love to look at all the creativeness on other’s walls, but it’s just not me. I love what you did! I call it simply elegant. I feel honored I could help. Thank you so much for the link back to my blog. :)
Simply elegant – I’ll happily take those terms! Thank you. And thank you for your great suggestion Jayne. I was more than happy to link to your blog!

Gail - October 20, 2014 - 9:56 am

Hi Kelly: I can so relate to you and your hesitation to go anywhere other than what you are familiar with…… and my walls reflect it. However, you are braver and more decisive and much more creative than I have ever been so….. bravos to you all around. You stayed true to yourself. And congratulations to you for raising such wonderful sons who have made it through college. A true feat! Side note: I love the colors you have chosen for the room! So classic and smart! I do have to say that I did love those letters! Hopefully you can find a place for them somewhere:-)) Blessings
What sweet words. Thank you so much Gail! Yes, finishing college was a wonderful accomplishment for the boys, and law school is the next step for the younger one. I am hanging on to the letters for a little bit to see if I can come up with a place to use them. (They were half price so it would be a shame to not find a place for them. :) )

Lisa - October 20, 2014 - 10:05 am

Heheee, but it looks so good! You know what you like. Maybe you can hang the letters above the bins over the desk? Or move the bins up to make room for the letters? It would bring in a little something special for your sons. Regardless, this room has a good vibe.
I don’t think I am going to put another thing in their room now. I have a couple of other spaces that need much attention here, so perhaps I can find a spot in one of them for the letters. I am glad you like the room Lisa!

Cheri - October 20, 2014 - 10:15 am

I did not laugh but I did smile and I agree with your sister, you like what you like. I actually have some pictures put on a wall in our living room just like you did, they are black and white too. Then I do have a two “small” gallery walls, one in our hall with empty frames and one in our Grandchildren’s room. So you go with what works for you. Nicely done.
So you have the best of both worlds in your house! Thank you for stopping by and leaving your encouraging words Cheri. I appreciate it!

cindy hattersley - October 20, 2014 - 10:27 am

I totally get your mindset! You did what looks best. Now the only thing I would have done differently is I would have put multiple holes in the walls, hung the whole thing, and then did what you did!! Don’t ever underestimate your talent you know what looks good and what works!! I love the other simple changes you made in the room as well. Thank you so much for joining us. I know how busy you must be at this time of year!!
I have been known to tear up a wall or two with multiple holes on many occasions Cindy. This time,however, I just happen to have found a way to not inflict more pain on that wall. I will definitely do the paper trick again the next time I am hanging pictures. Loved both of YOUR walls. And I appreciate your inviting me along on this journey. It has been fun!

Barbara (WA) - October 20, 2014 - 10:40 am

I totally understand and I think the end result is perfect!
Thank you Barbara!

Dee - October 20, 2014 - 10:56 am

It looks great and I TOTALLY get it! I have this huge wall in my great room that we call “the wall of death”. I love the gallery walls…in someone else’s house. I love symmetry and cohesiveness and simply can’t do anything else in my own home or it makes me twitch. I will do the exact same thing when I get photos printed.
Thank you for understanding! The wall of death sounds scary. LOL We must be symmetry sisters!

Design Chic - October 20, 2014 - 11:19 am

We understand completely…we’re definitely symmetry girls and just love the clean and organized feel of the entire room. I have to admit, we have waaaay more that two additional nail holes behind our images. We can never move…
Symmetry girls unite! :) “We can never move”…totally LOVE that! (and it is sooo very true) Loved your symmetrical arrangement with the gorgeous gold frames by the way!

Carolyn - October 20, 2014 - 11:24 am

Well, I did smile a little. Some people just love symmetry and others like asymmetry. It makes perfect sense that as a math teacher you would have to have even symmetry. What you didn’t say is how much time it takes to measure it all and space it and level it on the wall in your multiple tries. I know, because I worked on that this past Friday. We had guests coming for the weekend and I wanted to get the box of pictures hung that had been sitting there since we moved in mid-July. They had to go up the stairwell. My husband had offered to help but he was working outside. I had spent most of the day cleaning and spiffing. It was a gorgeous fall day here in the mountains and I was fuming that I wasn’t spending it outside. So I had a bit of a bad attitude, but was determined to get it done. I had made my templates so it was just a matter of figuring out the spacing, and so I measured and taped, and moved and re-measured, trying to hold a long flat ruler with one hand and the tape measurer in another and slap the paper and tape in place. Didn’t want to mark the walls with pencil because it’s hard to get off the rough hand-hewn log wall, nor did I want to put in a nail until I was sure. It wasn’t easy because I was following the angle of the stairs and making sure the pictures were at a level you could view as you walked up or down. It took some calculating (hanging pictures always involves math and fractions, no wonder you like it!) but I finally got them where I liked them. Then I got hubby to come nail the nails. And there were only four equal-sized frames! LOL. I feel your pain :-).
I had not thought how the math teacher in me must be affecting my love for symmetry. That is probably true! I hate to admit this, but I did not measure very much of it. I cut out the shapes, and then just started eyeballing it. I did start with the one on the bottom middle and worked from there. If you did a staircase, you did a MAJOR project. What a challenge!

Cheryl - October 20, 2014 - 11:24 am

I have to confess: I laughed. :D

But..I laughed because I can imagine your conundrum as you have been challenged to this creative project (and everyone is watching!) and you want to be true to your style and your loves.

I can relate to this. Not the “everyone is watching” part, but the “needing to be true to your style” part. I love so many styles of decorating and I read a lot of decorating blogs and glean a lot of useful ideas. But when it comes right down to my home, I can’t get away from colonial. I just can’t. Whether it’s “in style” or not, it’s what I love and what feels right.

So there you go. I laughed with you, not at you!

Keep doing what you’re doing. You’re good at it!
Shame on you for laughing!LOL Yes, I am sure part of the frustration was the “everyone is watching” aspect of it. Staying true to your style seems to be harder and harder lately because I, like you, do love so many different styles as well. Thank you for the very sweet compliment!

Leslie Harris aka Gwen Moss - October 20, 2014 - 11:30 am

Kelly I was thinking about your wall this morning, wondering what you decided! BTW-that bit of craziness with all the cutting and moving paper and changing your mind? That is SO me. I was laughing (who doesn’t need therapy?) and reading and loved how you shared your process. Oh and the final decision? Love it. You found the perfect way to go around that corner using the symmetry that you love too. It’s a fabulous room!

Susan - October 20, 2014 - 11:33 am

This is my kind of gallery wall! Thank you for showing us your creative process~

Barb - October 20, 2014 - 11:34 am

Gallery walls with lots of “stuff” are nice, but to me, your style is so much more personal. You can really focus on the pictures and appreciate the beauty (and memories) each one holds.

Louvina - October 20, 2014 - 12:02 pm

I like the final KellyGal Touch!! Just right— for your home. I do like the wooden letters so the toned down one I was liking also. I think it is a wonderful skill to know what feels right for you– and you have that special talent. Often times I don’t know what I want and have a terrible time deciding– and usually I ” overdo” it. I need to learn and like ” less is more” and to KISS! Keep it simple sweetie! ( not stupid!;) Getting my Fall On here in mid-FL. Now send down some of that cooler air, please! And some colored leaves, too?

Kathy P. - October 20, 2014 - 12:02 pm

What is that color on the boys’ wall? Really like it.

Kathy - October 20, 2014 - 12:24 pm

I like it! I flows with the rest of your house. There is nothing wrong with symmetry. I do love all of your black and white photos. What is funny is that you felt you should do something different….but you went with what is “you”. You go, girl!

Trisha - October 20, 2014 - 12:29 pm

I think it looks great, Kelly! It just depends on your personal taste and preference when it comes to creating gallery walls. In the end, it’s all about what makes you happy!

Becky in 'Bama - October 20, 2014 - 2:25 pm

Like it a lot. The pattern of ‘squares’ is uniformly repeated from the black and white checked pillow as well as the pattern of the curtains. My kind of design thought process. I applaud you for eliminating the bulletin board and yellow numbered jersey. The room now gives way to a more mature young man with a bit of whimsy in the sports baskets. AND not a pair of horns/antlers in sight. ‘Applause!!’

Garden, Home and Party - October 20, 2014 - 3:30 pm

I promised not to laugh, and I’m not laughing at you, I’m laughing with you. You are so wise to hang what you love and how you like it hung. I believe that is the only way we can love our homes. The gallery you did looks amazing and I like the other pieces you added to the room. I think staying within your comfort zone is highly underrated. I love it.

DiAnne - October 20, 2014 - 5:11 pm

I meant to make this comment a few posts ago and just didn’t get around to it. When I go to the framer he knows exactly what I want no matter if it is art or photos. I always get white matt and black frame. I taught art for many years and I have always thought all art or photos need is black/white/glass. I think the art or photos should stand by themselves without much “help”. Makes me crazy when someone frames a wonderful piece of art with triple, colorful mats to try to pull out every color. Just me though.
Love the yellow and black on the bed.
Great post!

Maria White - October 20, 2014 - 5:27 pm

I smiled…and I laughed…and I’m still smiling and shaking my head. All good thoughts here. Nothing evil or mean. At least you went thru the process!!!! I so understand. That is why I’m holding off on the gallery wall that my clutter-free husband wants. Gasp. I can’t believe he wants one. Not even sure where it will go. But we are collecting the pictures. Sigh. You did a GREAT job. And I love it. It works in your home. And will keep you sane too. :)

Dawn - October 20, 2014 - 5:32 pm

Oh Kelly,

I like you just the way you are symmetrical and all. The gallery wall you did looks just fine to me. What about the “J” and “W” letters? I love them. Could you still use them some where else or are they going back to the store?

Jill - October 20, 2014 - 6:25 pm

I laughed, but I totally get it. I’m so bad at picturing how things will look and making decisions. I love how it turned out though. It’s so “you.” Hehe!

Sandy - October 20, 2014 - 8:46 pm

First of all, where was I in August? I missed your classroom. Luckily I could go back for the views. Awesome classroom and I really liked the go arounds the classroom doors. Sharing that idea with my friends still in the classroom. You made a hit with the black and white photos in your gallery. I am copying your gallery plan in our guest room.

debra @ 5th and state - October 20, 2014 - 10:53 pm

kelly, i love your sense of humor and that true to oneself spirit!

i was actually liking how it looked with the paper up there but really truly loved your final choice, and how you simplified the other walls.
revel in your TA DA moment!!

Colleen - October 21, 2014 - 12:40 am

Well I certainly had a good chuckle., because I would probably have done the same thing. I have been known to spend a whole day rearranging furniture in a room (for which I enlist/bribe the help of my sons, just to put it all back in the same place afterwards. Now when I ask for help they run a mile.

But, hey! I get to clean under the couch properly :-)

I agree with your sister, you love what you love, and I love your final design, it works in the room.

Kathy - October 21, 2014 - 6:35 am

I think the gallery wall looks fabulous! I love the bedding too.


Mary - October 21, 2014 - 2:43 pm

I love it!! It’s very classy looking—clean streamlined and the black pictures go with the black in the room. I wouldn’t change a thing. And hooray for you staying true to your style.

Charlene - October 21, 2014 - 9:56 pm

Kelly – it looks great! I am so like you when it comes to walls! It seems like such a huge commitment to nail something up on them, when it really isn’t. Your gallery wall looks great and I love how it wraps around the corner. The photo you used of the first bedroom gallery wall from PBTeen….what is the name of the bedding used? I clicked on the image and got the bedroom furniture without any link to the bedding. Was wondering if you had any idea? Thanks so much for your blog – it is always my favorite! I welcome each new post!

Special Places from Dungan-Nequette

Crabtree living room and kitchen Dungan Nequettesource

Another weekend is upon us.  Did this week fly by or what??? I thought we were just talking about staying at The Point in the Adirondacks. Goodness.  Well,  I have a few more lake houses and another design firm to share with you today.  Raise your hand if you have seen the work of Dungan-Nequette?  Their projects have been featured in many publications, so you may have seen some of these.  The kitchen above is inside the home pictured below.

Crabtree exterior Dungan Nequettesource

It is located on Lake Martin in Alabama and was designed by Dungan-Nequette.  Don’t you just love that rustic board and batten with stone exterior?  The interior seems to go in a more modern direction.

Dungan Nequette Crabtree on Lake Martinsource

Here is another lake house for which they did design work.  I believe they added on to an existing home there for this one.  It is nicknamed Seven Sticks for the seven pine trees that were removed for the addition.  They “honored”those trees by using seven telephone poles to support the new part of the home.

Tubb Lakehouse exterior Dungan Nequettesource

The decor in this new room is not exactly my style, but isn’t the view of the lake there magnificent?? All those windows! It was featured in Southern Living magazine, and you can read more about the house here if you would like.

Tubb Lakehouse living area Dungan Nequettesource

Here is another rustic but refined building designed by Dungan-Nequette.  This is the Springhouse Restaurant at Lake Martin.

Springhouse restaurant Lake Martinsource

A giant stone fireplace is at the center of the 10,000 sq. ft. facility.

rustic interior Springhouse restaurantsource

And just for fun, here is a look at their dessert menu.:)

Springhouse restaurant dessert menusource

Lake houses are not the only things this design firm dreams up.  Here is one of the beautiful farmhouses in their porfolio.  This one started from a very small and simple bunkhouse on the property. (You can read more about it here in a Southern Living article.)

Marsh farmhouse exterior  Dungan Nequettesource

Again we see another rustic room adorned with many rough boards. (I am loving the plaid on those chairs!)

Marsh farmhouse living area  Dungan Nequettesource

Now this is a porch. Doesn’t it look so peaceful? Just hand me a glass of sweet tea.:)

Marsh farmhouse porchsource

One more farmhouse designed by Dungan-Nequette you just have to see.

Bodnar Barn exterior  Dungan Nequettesource

This very unique one was featured in Garden and Gun in April, 2009.  A 100 year old barn was taken apart and moved from Pennsylvania to Alabama, and the family hired someone from Pennsylvania to oversee the reconstruction.

Bodnar kitchen area with yellow cabinetssource

The entire house is heated by the large Russian Stove in the center of the great room below, and many of the decorations in the house were found on site (like the wagon frame suspended above the kitchen.) Love the swing suspended there near the fireplace!

Bodnar Barn living area Dungan Nequettesource

Pretty neat, huh?  Before I leave you today, let me share with you a little history on this design firm. Dungan-Nequette started out doing architectural projects working out of a small sunroom.   They grew and grew, and after a period of time (and many more projects) they started Tracery Interiors to provide consistency between the interior spaces and the architectural details of their buildings. It made sense that the two should mesh.   Then these creative folks somehow got into designing advertisements, graphic design,and websites, (very creative people)  and their branding company, The G Brand was born.  And that catches you up to where they are today.

Bodnar home Dungan Nequettesource

I think I have overdosed you on rustic rooms and buildings for a little while.  Next week we will venture in a different direction, and fingers crossed, I get the gallery wall project finished this weekend to show you on Monday. I hope your weekend is filled with a visit to a lake, a dinner at a great restaurant (delicious dessert included!), or a peaceful autumn ride through the countryside (maybe even a hayride?):)

Until next time…

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classic • casual • home - October 17, 2014 - 10:03 pm

This was so much fun… and inspirational. I love the warmth. I saw Garden and Gun for the first time last year at our friends house (he’s an architect in Florida and knew I would like it).

I’m excited to see your gallery wall. Have a great weekend!!
Garden and Gun is a great magazine with such a wide range of topics. I think there is something in it for every member of my family! I usually love any of the food related articles. :)
Hope your weekend was a good one.

Vicki - October 17, 2014 - 10:36 pm

Oh my goodness, that barn is awesome. How much fun would that be to decorate it seasonally? That’s neat to learn that these creative people are behind Tracery Interiors- I admire their whole aesthetic. Looking forward to having a delicious dessert this weekend, per your suggestion. :) Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
I agree – that barn would be wonderful for decorating for holidays. Can’t you just picture a huge Christmas tree there? Hope you had a delicious dessert (and ate some for me as well!)

Gracia @ Gracious Offering - October 18, 2014 - 1:10 am

Kelly, How fun to see the remodeled barn from Garden and Gun! I’d never heard of that publication! I was thinking that the barn house would be so awesome for a Christmas party…all that open space! Always enjoy the interiors you feature. Happy weekend to you!
Oh you need to find a copy of Garden and Gun, Gracia! You will enjoy it (but it has a very Southern vibe.) Wouldn’t it be fun to decorate that barn for Christmas!!

Katrina Cantler - October 18, 2014 - 8:50 am

My granddaughter Emery is going to flip out when I show her that swing in the house! My daughter and SIL used to make fun of me when I kept messing up and referring to their Garden and Gun magazines as ‘that Guns and Roses magazine”.
Have a great fall weekend, Kelly!
I think like Emery. A swing inside a house would be such a fun thing to have. “Guns and Roses”…hilarious!!
Hope your weekend was a fun one Katrina. :)

Arlene@Nanaland - October 18, 2014 - 9:33 am

These rustic houses remind me of Fairy Tale houses…would not mind owning one myself!!
I think I could be forced into living in one of them too, Arlene. That one with all the windows overlooking the lake would be my choice.

judy - October 18, 2014 - 11:11 am

now you’re talking about my neck of the woods….Lake Martin! i don’t recognize the 1st house you featured but you can bet i’ll be looking for it next spring/summer when we’re at the lake…and the restaurant? i don’t recall hearing about it and i think it’s because it’s on the Alex City “side” of the lake…i’m going to have a go there soon!

what a gorgeous day here…since Auburn is off this weekend we’re going to get out and enjoy this weather…maybe even ride up toward Alex City
YES..most definitely your neck of the woods! You should search for that home AND the restaurant. I hope you enjoyed your weekend even if it didn’t involve Auburn football. LOL

Garden, Home and Party - October 18, 2014 - 4:55 pm

I loved the exterior of the first home, and the location. But the farmhouse was my favorite for interior design. Maybe I could have the farmhouse moved to the lake…would that make it a lake house or is there more than location to the architecture of each home? You always give us the best eye candy.
I hope you’re having a good weekend and that your wall gallery is going up as we speak. :-)
Hmmm…good question. I’ve always thought of “farmhouse” really as a style and “lakehouse” as a location. Who knows? I guess it would be a farmhouse styled lake house. :)
Hope you enjoyed your weekend!

Sue - October 18, 2014 - 6:46 pm

Thanks again for showing us some wonderful places. I can’t wait to see the gallery wall. Have a wonderful weekend!
I am happy you liked all the homes, Sue. Our weekend was busy but productive! :)

Marianne in Mo. - October 18, 2014 - 10:26 pm

Love these pics! The one with the windows with the peaked end was a dream view to me!
We are touring a bit of the south this week, visiting our daughter and family in Texas, seeing San Antonio, New Orleans and stops along the way towards home. Beautiful weather so far, and went to a pumpkin Patch with the G.K’ s, then daughter and I went junking and antiquing!
That certainly was a dream view!! Sounds like you are having a great trip and going to many places Marianne. Hope you found something wonderful to buy at the antique shops.
Happy traveling!

Dawn - October 19, 2014 - 11:26 am


Thank you for the information, eye candy and inspiration. I love it all, as usual. My favorite is that last barn. What an inspiring story and beauty that barn is. This weekend has been full of Homecoming activities , shopping, cleaning and organizing while keeping up with sports, grades and entertaining. I can’t wait to see your gallery wall.
I am glad you read the story with the barn. It was such a creative project from start to finish. You had one busy busy weekend Dawn. Hope next weekend is more relaxing for you. (My next one is my busy one.)

Terri Hoke - October 19, 2014 - 6:57 pm

Love looking at all your beautiful decorating! My question is this: Did you make the sign/canvas in your sons’ room with the 72 on it? My son is playing football this year, coincidentally 72 is his jersey number, :) and I would love to make one for him. Are there instructions on this site of how you made it or where you bought it?

Thanks! :)
Hi Terri!
I am so happy you enjoy seeing all the rooms on the blog. I “sort of” made that sign from the boys’ room (it is going to live somewhere else soon…I hope.) It was a square metal chalkboard from Pottery Barn Kids. It was red at one point, but I painted it yellow, and used a black “chalk pen” to write the 72 on it. I imagine the same thing could be done though with a canvas – paint it yellow and use the black chalk pen to write on it. It would have a rougher texture, but I think it would still work the same way. Very easy.

Project Design: A Bedroom Gallery Wall

baskets on wall for sports gearWelcome back!  Today is the day our group gives an update on each of our gallery walls, but before I fill you in on the details for that, I need to first give you an update on the room it is going in.  A year ago (almost exactly to the day!) I shared our boys’ bedroom with you.  This is how it looked then:

Bed boys bedroom Talk of the House

Now many of you are going to say you like this version better than what it currently looks like, and if you have been around here any time at all, you may say…What? Kelly got rid of red???  Yes, I really did…and there were two reasons for it.  First, it just seemed too brown…a lot of brown wood furniture and all that brown plaid, brown… brown… brown, and secondly, every single bedroom here has red. That was just too much.  So here is the latest with some old drapes I recycled back in there. (That yellow color and that room are very hard to photograph, so you really can’t see the true color very well.:()

boys roomI painted yellow over the bright red in the bookcases.

bookshelf painted beadboard I redid the sports number picture of our son’s football number by the dresser in yellow as well.

boys bedroom dresserAnd I painted over the board by the antique postmaster’s desk changing it from red to black. (There’s quite enough yellow in the room now.:))

boys room antique postmasters desk and wall baskets for sports gearWhen we last looked at this room, my husband had finished making only one of the beds.

boys bedroom bedsNow there are two, and that brings us to the point of this whole post – the place for the gallery wall.:)(Aren’t you glad I got you all caught up with everything?!)  Here is the other bed all dressed in yellow and black.

bedroom wall for galleryMy plans are to do a gallery wall over the headboard here.  The room has kind of a sporty/collegiate vibe so I have some things I want to include in it…college pictures, graduation photos, diploma, etc.  And if possible, I think I also want to use a basket or two like the ones over the desk to tie the two wall groupings together. Not 100% sure of that yet.

elements for gallery wallEven though both our sons recently moved to the Seattle area, I still consider this to be their room.  So I am a little perplexed about including the collegiate things belonging to only one of our sons in the gallery wall (the one whose bed it is going above.)  There is another empty wall beside our other son’s bed….

large space for gallery wallIt is a good size, but, as you can see in the photograph, it is beside the desk with the arrangement of baskets on the wall.

boys room wallAnd to the left of the desk is this…

bookshelvesSo I am afraid to add anything else to that wall because I am afraid that it will be too busy.  Your eyes need some place to rest in a room (and that yellow color is quite enough on your eyes!)  What do you think? Way too much for the room?  My other idea is to utilize the entire corner of the space around the bed that is going to have the gallery wall, and mix in belongings from both of the boys. Or will that also be too busy for the room?

space for gallery wallI know we shared inspirational ideas for gallery walls last week, but I have specifically been looking at corner galleries this week to see if they can help me with this. Here are a few  (and the first one has really good tips for how to hang one.)  I like the letter included in this one.

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More letters included here.

corner gallery wall with letterssource

And this one has the black and white photographs mixed with other art.

corner gallerysource

 I would love your advice on which option to choose for the art display…1 wall or 2 walls? 1 side or a corner?  I plan on utilizing the paper-cut-to the-right-size-and-shape-taped-to-the-wall to help with the arrangement on it so that I don’t put any more nails in it than I have to.

Hope you are enjoying reading about all our gallery wall projects this month.  (I don’t know how in the world I was invited to be in this very talented group of decorator/designers, but I am so happy and humbled to be a part of it!:))  Go catch up on everyone’s plans by clicking on their links below (after the project badge.)

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Thank you so much for reading and visiting the other blogs today, and don’t forget our big reveal will be next Monday – Oct 20! And I would love to hear your thoughts about which wall(s) to use for our gallery wall.:)

Until next time.

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Anne Boykin - October 13, 2014 - 5:23 am

Hi Kelly, First of all, I love your style so whatever you do will look great! I would just do the one wall that’s blank and that’s all. There’s a lot going on in the room already. Yes, I love the yellow! I’m glad to see the black and white back too!
Thanks for your input Anne! Yes there is a lot going on in that room, so whatever I do probably needs to be somewhat simple.

Rose L - October 13, 2014 - 6:06 am

I like the letters in the inspiration photos. Why not just do your wall above the bed with the documents and pics and one or two baskets as you had planned and then on two small walls that are currently empty do one large initial for each of your son’s first names? That way the walls wouldn’t be completely blank but they wouldn’t be too full either, leaving some breathing room in there. Personally I don’t love the yellow, too bright for me but using the black and white gives you the option of changing some of the accessories to other colors whenever the mood strikes…pale blue, meadow green, even orange. Love how the beds turned out.
The walls definitely need some breathing room. I had planned to use bright blue for the quilts and shams in there but could never find any in the shade of blue I wanted (nor the price I was willing to pay.) So when I found the yellow on sale, I went with it. It is Georgia Tech colors, and we are fans of Tech, so the yellow works for that. I also like how the black and white gives me options for change like you mentioned- perhaps red again at Christmas. :)

Sandy - October 13, 2014 - 6:41 am

Kelly, my preference for the gallery wall would be the corner over the bed and to the left wall. Using your black and white photos, large initials of both sons, their sport(s) pictures, maybe a word or phrase that was used very often by one or both sons in a frame. You will work your magic and the room will be pleasing to your readers. I love the way you decorate and you have inspired me to refresh my home. Thank you.
Thank you for sharing your ideas Sandy. I like the “word or phrase” suggestion…may have to incorporate that somehow. :) And thank you for your kind words about the house. I hope I can get this wall finished on time for the post!

Jill - October 13, 2014 - 7:38 am

Hi Kelly! I love the updates you’ve made to your boys’ room. I really like the yellow! I think I would stick with the one larger wall or the corner idea. Or if you decide to use the smaller wall as well, keep it super simple with just a couple items. I really like the idea of mixing different media for the gallery wall too. I look forward to seeing how it turns out!
Glad you like it Jill! Super simple – I think I can handle that. LOL I look forward to getting it finished!

Arlene@Nanaland - October 13, 2014 - 7:39 am

Well all I can say is GO TECH!! Looks like a Georgia Tech room now instead of a GEORGIA room!:) I leave the decision making up to you…you have great taste!!
Amen on the Tech room! We have been long time Tech fans – since I was in high school back in the dark ages. I even turned down a scholarship from there. (NOT a good decision on my part.) Thank you for your vote of confidence!

Kim - October 13, 2014 - 8:30 am

I’m not a huge yellow fan, but I love it in this room especially with the black and white checks. Super cute and can’t wait to see that gallery wall.
Thank you Kim. I do like a bit of yellow with the black and white checks.(Of course, this is more than a “bit.” LOL)

Design Chic - October 13, 2014 - 8:31 am

I’m contemplating your dilemma – just love the room and can’t wait to see what you decide. Adore the combination of the yellow and black in his room!!
Contemplate all you want! :) I am contemplating changing my original plan….got to make a final decision! Glad you liked the color combination. :)

Susan - October 13, 2014 - 9:39 am

I LOVE whatever you do but I thought I would give you my suggestions. I looked over the other blogs and the gallery walls are definitely statements. BE BOLD AND BLOOM! Have you considered taking down the baskets and the black board and putting your gallery wall over the desk and down the wall where the board is hanging. Take your son’s # and put it in the bookcase or use it in the gallery. Definitely use the baskets, or at least one basket, in the gallery. Ditch the board and keep the focus on the gallery. If the project is a gallery you want all eyes on the gallery. By the way, the yellow is terrific especially with the black.
Cannot wait to see the finished project!!
Lots of good ideas here Susan! Thank you. I am pondering on them.

Kris {Driven by Decor} - October 13, 2014 - 10:42 am

I’m so in love with this room already – love the colors that you used and the wire baskets with the sports equipment are so great! Looking forward to seeing which walls you decide to tackle – it will look fabulous whatever you decide!
Your comments are so kind Kris. Thank you for the compliments on the room and the vote of confidence for the gallery wall! I hope you are right. :)

cindy hattersley - October 13, 2014 - 10:52 am

I knew you would come up with something extremely clever and put the rest of us to shame!! I cannot wait to see this. I love the gallery wall with baskets as well!! Soooo glad you joined us you are amazing!!
“Put the rest of us to shame”? Um…who is it that has not one, but TWO gallery walls? And who was the brilliant one that came up with this glorious idea? Um…I believe it was you girl. :) So it is really YOU that is the amazing one! (But I am glad you like what’s going on in the boys’ room.)

classic•casual•home - October 13, 2014 - 11:58 am

I just cannot tell you how special you have made that room all ready. It seems like a warm hug to envelope your boys when they come home. My son is in Florida and we are in California…his room is also our guest room but I do have his photos and sports memorabilia in there. Love the idea of initials.
Oh dear…your son is far from your home as well. Our daughter will be moving to Florida in January (to work at Disney!) I am glad you like the initials in the gallery wall – hope I can figure out a way to make all of this work!

debra @ 5th and state - October 13, 2014 - 12:46 pm

kelly, love the yellow, so fresh!
the whole room is inviting…….lucky sons when they come home. my vote is for the corner effect & i cannot wait to see what you do. very talented you are!
Glad you like all the yellow Debra! It brightened up the room quite a bit. Another vote for the corner. :)

Cheri - October 13, 2014 - 12:49 pm

Personally I do what I know I want to do and in your case it is the large wall above the bed and then look at everything to see if you want to do that corner.
That seems like a very smart way to approach it Cheri! Will do. :)

Louvina - October 13, 2014 - 12:49 pm

I think I like what Sandy suggested- the one wall and side wall and a mixture of both boy’s special items. I do love the red and brown but think the yellow really perks it up! By doing the boy’s room I know it is helping with the “empty nest” and preparing for the times they will be returning for family visits. Can’t wait to see what you come up with because I love The KellyGal touch!
I really think it should be a mixture of their things…not just one son’s. So I am trying to work all of that out in my brain right now. :) Thank you for the compliments on the decorating Louvina!

Leslie Harris aka Gwen Moss - October 13, 2014 - 1:25 pm

Kelly you have such fabulous taste, I just want to see what you decide. I know it will be wonderful because I’m loving your inspiration photos, especially the letters. This whole room is a great mix of classic with a refreshing young vibe.
Thank you Leslie! I just want to see what I decide too! LOL Tooooo much inspiration leads to indecision here!! I am looking forward to your finished project as well. :)

Scribbler Unfocused - October 13, 2014 - 3:55 pm

I guess my idea is different from the other suggestions, but I don’t really like the idea of a corner gallery. I would do just the area over the bed, and then probably rework that area where the baskets are hanging over the postmaster’s desk. (Love that BTW — my Daddy was a postmaster!). The baskets could be incorporated into the mix or possibly they could be hung in a vertical stack where that pinboard is. Just a thought.

I like the colors — black and white and yellow always works. Did you say your husband made those beds? I need to borrow him!
You have some good ideas here too! If your daddy was a postmaster, you need this desk. :) (Wish I had the cubbie unit that went above it as well.) Glad you like the colors. Yes, my husband did make the beds. He is such a perfectionist, and it took him a looong time to finish them.

sherry hart - October 13, 2014 - 5:47 pm

I am a fan of the yellow! As far as the gallery wall goes…I trust your judgement because you can see the whole space but I am leaning towards just over the bed…..Look forward to seeing what you decide!
Yay for another yellow fan! (My wardrobe seems to be sporting a lot of that color too lately.) Looking forward to finishing the wall and seeing everyone else’s creations on Monday.

Dawn - October 13, 2014 - 6:04 pm


I like it all so far. I agree that the wall by the desk should stay blank. I like the idea of a corner gallery wall over by the other bed. I think the gallery wall should include a basket like above the desk, some black and white prints/photographs and some initial letters. I am sure that whatever you come up with will look wonderful. You all do such a nice of job decorating with meaning. Thanks for sharing!
Dawn, you and I are definitely on the same page for this “creation.” LOL

Garden, Home and Party - October 13, 2014 - 6:09 pm

I personally like the idea of the corner gallery. Having 2 sons, I think it would feel like you left one out if only one son gets the college related images above his bed. Unless they both went to the same college. In any case, I for one, love the black and yellow touches.
I agree it needs to be a mix of things from both sons. It just doesn’t feel right to leave one out. So somehow I have got to work in a good number of items on this wall. Glad you like the color combination!

Nana Diana - October 13, 2014 - 11:02 pm

Hi~ While I love the IDEA of a gallery wall that wraps the corner I don’t know if it would be right in this room. I think it might seem “busy” being as there is another corner close by that also has its own thing going on. If the wall were long and straight and unbroken then I think it would work better..but that is just my thoughts. I really like the baskets over the desk. I like the symmetry of it. It had a neat, clean, almost industrial look.

I like the idea of the gallery on the one wall…but no matter what you do you will do it beautifully.

Love the color combination, too, with the black and yellow…and WHAT..not a HINT of red?

Hope you have a GREAT week. xo Diana
I agree with you Diana. Those walls in there could easily be too busy…definitely what I am trying to avoid. So glad you liked the yellow and black together. No hint of red anywhere. Quite a departure for me!
Hope you have had a great week as well.

Becky in 'Bama - October 14, 2014 - 10:21 am

First of all: you are brave to open yourself to the comments and whims of your readers. Second: whatever you do it will be first rate. I find your decor leans to my personal taste, so I’m sure I’ll like whatever. My comments: I, too, love books, but I might be of a mind to pare down the number you have on display and use the shelves for sports memorabilia, etc. (a glass jar of baseballs..Ha!) All the different colored bindings makes my eyes ‘nervous.’ Agree with the gallery wall over the bed but PLEASE for all that is good, no animal horns. I fear that design trick has been overworked (who was the originator of that design…anyone?) Reiterating: you are the decorator, it’s your home, we’ll all Oooo and Ahhh when it’s done. :)
Oh I think it is interesting to read everyone’s suggestions, and they have actually helped me think out what I want to do here. :) I am afraid I can’t pare down the number of books. We are overflowing everywhere, and the cabinets below the shelves are FULL of books…as are the bookshelves in the family room, cabinets in the family room, lower cabinets in daughter’s desk, dining room cabinets, and open table spaces in the family room. Too many! I gave away some a couple of weeks ago, but the ones in the boys’ room belong to the boys and until they move some out (which they did not take to their tiny studio apartment in Seattle), they will have to be housed there. :( You don’t have to worry about animal horns though…I don’t have any to use here anywhere. :) (Good thing their college mascots didn’t have horns! LOL)

Jayne - October 14, 2014 - 12:51 pm

Where is start? That is the question isn’t it? Well…Since you are taping up paper, you could gave all your ideas a try. After you get them up, take a picture, then pick which one you like best. If I were doing two walls, I would start in the corner and work my way out, trying to give balance to each side. I love the idea of adding something other than just photos. Letters, a clock, a collage of game tickets (since you are going collegiate.)Maybe even a jersey?
Can’t wait to see what you come up with!
What a super idea Jayne!!! I am going to take your advice and do that (and my husband will especially appreciate my not having to make so many nail holes in the wall to try it out! LOL)

Vicki - October 16, 2014 - 6:27 am

Not any design advice here, you don’t need that:). I’m just sending a warm hug your way. First your sons and now the daughter…. that’s a lot to handle in a year! Moving to college is one thiing, but moving on to their own lives is another. I’ve been there, done that 3 times and will say that the empty house does get easiier. They were born to fly! Best wishes to them all!
Vicki, how sweet of you to think of that. :) Daughter’s move to Florida will only be for 5 to 7 months – depending on if she is burnt out after 5 at Disney. She has not finished college and is taking the semester away from it to work as part of an internship (required for graduation with a business degree.) But it IS like she is moving away because she has been less than an hour away from us at college and will now be almost 6 hours away from us then and will probably come home only once in the time she is working there. Glad to know the empty house gets easier!

annie diamond - October 16, 2014 - 9:13 am

The room is beautiful! I loved the before too, but the yellow looks amazing! I adore the black and white checked drapes too. I think whatever you decide…is going to be perfect. I do love the idea of a corner gallery wall, especially after seeing your examples. I was just reading your posts on your house design. So interesting.
Thank you Annie! I am addicted to checks, and black and white plays so well with other colors. Love your vote of confidence! Looking forward to seeing your finished gallery wall. :)

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