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Friday Fun: The Point

boats at the dock The Pointsource

If you are rich and/or famous, perhaps you have stayed there.  If you are like me (neither rich nor famous), you have only enjoyed this over-the-top resort through photographs and dreams of being there.  Either way, The Point is a spectacular place to see.  I first learned about it many many years ago in an article in Victoria magazine.

gate in winter The Pointsource

It was built in the early 1930’s as one of the Great Camps on Upper Saranac Lake in the Adirondacks region of New York by William Avery Rockefeller.  Yes, it was a Rockefeller’s private residence.  Designed by architect Willliam G. Distin and completed in 1933, it was originally named Wonundra – an Australian Aborigine word meaning “Big Rock.”

log building  The Pointsource

If rustic elegance was a word in the dictionary, The Point would be the picture beside its definition. It is the epitome of rustic and top notch elegance. Just take a look at a few of the rooms.  Iroquois, the room in the photograph below, was originally daughter Elsie Rockefeller’s bedroom.

Iroquois The Pointsource

Mohawk was the Rockefeller’s master bedroom.

Mohawk guestroom The Pointsource

Here is Mohawk’s updated bathroom.

bathroom in Mohawk The Pointsource

There are several buildings spread across the 75 acres (with only 11 rooms available for accommodations.)

One of the most requested rooms sits atop their boathouse.

boathouse at The Pointsource

It is quite a room, and years ago, it was my favorite.

The boathouse at The Pointsource

I have read that the service there is always flawless – as if they can predict your every want and need. :)There are many outdoor activities from which you can choose – no matter what the season.  The food is superb with communal seating around 2 large tables – black tie on Wednesday and Saturday nights.  There are even sunset cruises on the lake in one of their two boats.

evening cruise The Pointsource

All of the furniture is adirondack style mixed with old photographs and oil paintings, and there is a giftshop on site.

gift shop The Pointsource

All activities and all meals are included in your room rate, but I doubt we will ever be able to enjoy it.  One evening’s accommodations are sadly more than our monthly mortgage payment.:( You are most definitely living like a Rockefeller at The Point. (I believe it is rated as one of the top 10 most expensive hotel rooms in the United States.)

The Point on Saranacsource

Interestingly, last year, several articles were published stating that the owners had defaulted on their loan, and The Point was in foreclosure.  I am not sure of all the details, but it has something to do with a loan and Lehman Brothers.  I am also not sure financially what has become of it, but the business continues to be run by the same general manager with the same set of high standards.  I checked  the recent reviews on Trip Advisor, and they all continue to be 5 star reviews. So if you have a million or two or three waiting to be invested, perhaps you’d like to own The Point (just keep the same general manager running things for you.)

Also, they have an opening for the evening dining room supervisor if you are interested.  You can apply here.

(Just thought you might want to know about that.:))

And finally, I am leaving you with a short video so that you can take a virtual vacation there this weekend. Fingers crossed it will work for you. ( I am having trouble getting it to play again on my computer, but it is working on my husband’s smartphone.)  Click here or here, and hopefully one of the links will work.

The Point adirondackssource

Hope you have a great weekend planned!

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Louvina - October 10, 2014 - 9:10 pm

Oh how I am enjoying this wonderful posting tonight! I really needed to see all this rustic and glamorous lodgings. You know how I have been looking forward to my trip to the mountains? Last year at this time, I started dreaming and planning– now one week before going, our daughter fell and broke her ankle and had to have surgery to repair it. So– not this year–:( But I am thankful to be able to have her here at the lake house to take care of– it will be a two month recovery time with trips to dr and PT. We will try to make the trip next fall–I do think half of the fun is looking forward to something, don’t you?! We have had some great trips since August and now I will get into my fall decorating full force–in my spare time. Thank you Kelly for giving all the followers beautiful places to look at and dream about throught your blog!!
I am so sorry that your daughter has a broken ankle Louvina! How painful…and SO not fun. (We had that last year with our oldest son…who wears a size 13 shoe by the way!) And I am also so very sorry that you can’t take your wonderful mountain trip you had planned. I do hope you will get to go next year. At least you have been able to have some fabulous trips in the last couple of months. Hope your fall decorating is going well. :)

Carolyn - October 10, 2014 - 9:40 pm

I love seeing examples of refined rustic because I live in a log home, and I get tired of seeing cliched cutesy kitsch. We’re not on a lake, but in the mountains of NC which are gorgeous enough. I’ve seen photos and books on the Great Camps and the Adirondack style including some of the exteriors shown here, but I hadn’t seen these gorgeous bedrooms available for booking. (Not that I could ever afford a stay there.) They’re warm, rustic, and rich, and, if you’ll excuse the term, not too campy. I can do without the deer heads and animal skin rugs, though. I did watch the video, but it had to keep buffering. These folks certainly do know how to do rustic elegance. As for Lake Saranac, I always think of my grandfather who spent time there in the early days of the twentieth century in a tubercular sanitarium. He died as a young man, but I have his scrap books of his stay there. Thanks for this lovely post – perfect for fall. We’re getting lots of color up here in the mountains now.
Oh how I loooove the mountains of NC. That is one of my dream places to live. :) You are so right about The Point not being too cutesy and campy. That definitely keeps it on the refined side, doesn’t it? How interesting about your grandfather, and what a great piece of memorabilia to have from him.
Thank you for reading and commenting Carolyn. Hope your week is going well.

Gracia @ Gracious Offering - October 10, 2014 - 11:13 pm

Kelly, how fun to see the rooms at The Point! It would be fabulous to stay there, I’m sure! I guess I can dream about it anyway. I love old rustic lodges and am always amazed by how timeless they are.
When you come to Washington, you should try to make time to visit Leavenworth, a little Bavarian town in the Cascade mountains. It’s a beautiful spot with an abundance of lovely lodging options. Just a suggestion :). Have a great weekend. Always enjoy your posts!
Thank you for the suggestion Gracia. I have not heard of Leavenworth – sounds like the Pacific NW version of Helen, Georgia – an imitation Swiss village in the north Georgia mtns. I will pass along your suggestion to our sons in Seattle, and perhaps they can visit it now.

Judy - October 10, 2014 - 11:23 pm

goodness, the cost of a night’s stay more than a monthly mortgage payment? as my son would say, that’s “stupid money”! we see a lot of “stupid money” as we cruise around on Lake Martin during the summer. i’m grateful to come back to my sister’s modest cabin but the views are priceless.

thank you for sharing this beautiful place….at least we can all dream!
Yes, I would tend to agree with your son – especially in light of all the needs in our world today. How wonderful that you can enjoy the priceless views at your sister’s cabin! And yes, we all can dream about places like The Pointe. Perhaps one day they will change their targeted audience, and we will all be fighting for reservations there at rates we can all afford.

Therese - October 11, 2014 - 12:58 am

Transported to another time, another place……
I can smell it, I can feel it.
Thank you for your beautiful and informative post!
I think part of the beauty of The Pointe is that it does make you feel like you have traveled back in time to the era of the Great Camps. I am glad you enjoyed the “visit” there Therese. :)

Cynde - October 11, 2014 - 10:19 am

Love the phrase “rustic elegance”!!! That’s what I’m trying to do with my own home. No log home yet ( that’s my dream home on a lake), but we do live in a rural setting so I’ve been gravitating toward beefier masculine furnishing with a bit of feminine here and there.
Sounds like a great decorating look. I often wonder how men feel about living in rooms today that seem to have a very decidedly “feminine” look. (That would obviously NOT be the case at The Pointe! :) )

Marianne in Mo. - October 11, 2014 - 12:38 pm

My perfect heaven! But NO WAY I could ever afford those rates!!! :-/ I struggle BTW beach life or lake life, but lean towards lake for the cooler temps and abundant wildlife. Sadly, I don’t have either, but it’s nice to dream! Thanks for another one!
Marianne, you tastes sound exactly like mine – often dependent upon the season. And sadly we have neither of the second homes either. Perhaps one day…

Kathy - October 12, 2014 - 6:19 pm

Katrina and I were fortunate enough to stay there last fall. Just kidding….but we did go to a fabulous baby shower today and your ears might have been burning because we were talking about you…just like we were talking about any of our other good friends.
OMG, you had me at your first sentence! (So gullible here!) I hope you were only saying fabulous things about me…and not comments about my chicken self not seeing Gone Girl, right? :)

Garden, Home and Party - October 12, 2014 - 8:08 pm

Well, I’m not sure I could justify the dollar amount of a stay even if I could afford it! But it sure was fun touring via Kelly’s Travelogue. :-) I like Elsie Rockefeller’s room better than the main master bedroom.
What a magical setting. The gates, photographed during the winter months were so inviting. We’ll, I should say you, will have to find us something equally lovely for a more affordable rate. Yes, by a lake, yes, somewhere where it might snow during the winter. Ha, ha, ha.

Okay, Karen, your travel agent here will look for you a similar place with less expensive rates. :) (and of course one with snow!) I liked Elsie’s room better than the master bedroom too, and I would love to know how they looked when the house was decorated for the Rockefellers way back originally.
Hope you are enjoying the fall weather now.

Susan - October 13, 2014 - 12:54 pm

I just watched the video and realized that it is time to start saving my pennies! This would be our dream vacation – on the water and near the woods~
It would certainly be a dream of a trip. They have families that reserve the entire place for weddings there. Can you imagine how beautiful that would be??!

Debra - October 30, 2014 - 12:04 am

“Rustic Elegance” Oh, you are so right! Love the wood boats. Drool fest. We have been spending the last couple of weekends up in lower Wisconsin at a lake and saw quite a few older Chris Craft boats. Nothing like the sound of the inboard motors… Your right, I am not rich or famous, but there is something about the serenity of a lake….sigh. So relaxing and calming. <3

Special Places by Pritchett + Dixon

Lake Burton home exterior Pritchett Dixonsource 

May I share my lake house love with you one more time? I can’t promise this will be the last time either. Sorry.  :( You see, I found this gorgeous lake house on Lake Burton (in north Georgia) that you just have to see.  It had me at its stairway by the front door.

Hello beautiful painted plank walls with cute windows.

Lake Burton stairs Pritchett Dixonsource

And there is this rustic kitchen with an apron front sink and a view of the lake.


Lake Burton kitchen Pritchett Dixonsource

Lake Burton home fireplace Pritchett Dixonsource


Can you imagine waking to that view from your bed there??!

Lake Burton home bedroom view of lake Pritchett Dixonsource

And then there is this boathouse that goes with it.

Do you think they would just let me live in the boathouse?

Lake Burton home boat house Pritchett Dixonsource

This home was even part of the Lake Burton Tour of Homes this summer.  Visitors traveled between the tour homes via pontoon boats. How fun!

Lake Burton home Pritchett Dixonsource

So where did all this gorgeousness come from?

Architects Todd Pritchett and Craig Dixon are the creative geniuses behind that home and the next few buildings I want you to see.  Todd is from Demorest, a little town in North Georgia, and Craig (whose father and grandfather were architects) grew up in Atlanta. Both Todd and Craig studied in Atlanta and met at a restaurant project in which they were both involved.

Pritchett Dixon traditional boathousesource

Todd has spent many childhood summers on nearby Lake Rabun, so he has a wonderful understanding of the boathouse and lake house vernacular of the region (and you can totally see it reflected in these buildings.)

Pritchett Dixon stone boathousesource

Their work has been in numerous publications including This Old House, Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles, Trends, Elle Decor, and more.

Pritchett Dixon bathsource

Pritchett Dixon rustic bathroomsource

Another home they have designed is this one on Lake Rabun, and it was featured in Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles magazine.

Lake Rabun home Pritchett Dixonsource

The owner wanted small bedrooms in the house so that family members would spend more time together.

Smart folks.

Pritchett Dixon bedroom in lake house Atlanta Homessource

Here is the porch that overlooks the lake.  Can’t you imagine curling up there on that sofa with a good book?

(I love that high ceiling and those sconces on the wall.:))

Pritchett Dixon screened porch on lake house Atlanta Homes magsource

So are you feeling the lake house love now? I am going to leave you with another view of the wonderful boathouse from the Lake Burton home at the top of the post.

Pritchett Dixon boathouse Lake Burtonsource


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All photos by Craig Bromley Photography with the exception of the Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles ones by Erica George Dines.

kim - October 8, 2014 - 9:09 pm

Love, love, love and wish I had known about the tour. I would have surely gone if I could have.
I know. I bet that was a wonderful tour, Kim. It was in late July, and the information said it was for “Lake Burton Civic Association Members and guests.” Perhaps we can be guests next year. :)

Mimi - October 8, 2014 - 9:52 pm

Oh, you were right about the staircase–Wow! I love the interior pictures of that first house…I’ve decided I adore white plank walls and dark wood accents. Every time you take us on a tour, I become more and more convinced that I MUST win the lottery! Ha!
You know I love those white plank walls, Mimi. You and I both need to win the lottery (but first I have to purchase a ticket, right? :) )

Martha - October 8, 2014 - 10:46 pm

Gorgeous!!! I love that staircase too. The position of the windows and paintings is really neat.
My mom would agree with the homeowner, she too felt bedrooms should be small so that families have to spend time together. Of course this is the same woman who thought walk in closets were a waste of space.
I’m with Mimi (above),I must win the lottery!!!
Oh no – walk in closets are certainly not a waste of space, but I do like your mother’s philosophy about the size of bedrooms. Loved loved those windows on the stairway too Martha. We all need to buy get a lottery ticket. Perhaps at least one of us will win!

Carolyn - October 8, 2014 - 10:50 pm

Love, love, love! Bookmarked.
So glad you liked it Carolyn!

Sandy - October 9, 2014 - 6:42 am

Kelly, this beauty is the ONE that would make me over the moon. I truly love every inch of this house and it’s view ain’t shabby.
It is a true beauty, and that lake area of Georgia is very nice as well. You are so right about the view! :)

Cynde - October 9, 2014 - 8:14 am

You had me at “Lake House”. That’s my dream home, & these with the boat houses are amazing. Water & a forest like setting…..I told my hub I’d give up social media if that would make it happen…lol Funny you mentioned lottery, I just purchased tickets this week! Lol Like to know if they rent them out….then again I wouldn’t want to leave! Lol
How funny about giving up social media Cynde! I wish that would do the trick. :) Fingers crossed you won with your lottery ticket!

Julia - October 9, 2014 - 9:08 am

Oh this house is beautiful and that boathouse, I would so live there!
Aren’t they both just wonderful?! So glad you liked it (and I would so live there too!)

Cheri - October 9, 2014 - 9:49 am

I just love every house you post and I would definitely be hard pressed to have to pick one, but this Lake House…wow…I am in LOVE and like you, I would live in the boat house. Makes me want to put my house up for sale and go find me a Lake house.
Oh my goodness…every house! This one is gorgeous, and it doesn’t hurt one bit to have that water view, does it? I know the feeling about wanting to put your home up for sale and find a lake house. (I was entertaining that idea big time about a month ago since lakehouse prices around here have dropped.)

cindy hattersley - October 9, 2014 - 12:38 pm

I am ready to move!! That stone boathouse is the most beautiful boathouse I have ever seen…and…the house isn’t too bad either!!
You and me both! They really know how to do boathouses beautifully in that area Cindy.

Renee Cook - October 9, 2014 - 12:47 pm

Wow, that was beautiful! I live in Commerce, only about an hour’s drive from Lake Burton, so now I think I need to go exploring in that area. Thanks so much for sharing!
Yes, you ARE close Renee. You should go and enjoy that area (and take photos!)

Garden, Home and Party - October 9, 2014 - 3:53 pm

If I didn’t love lake houses already, I certainly would after this post. Oh my! What incredible design work both architecturally and interior design. You’re right, could I live in the boathouse. It’s so charming with it’s roof top patio (?). If I lived in that region and had a lake nearby I’d want to hire this team.
Thanks for sharing, this makes a perfect dream house.
So glad you liked it Karen! They are a dream team. I could downsize to a boathouse in a heartbeat (and tried to get our Seattle sons to look at living on a houseboat…sort of a close idea. :) )

Lynne - October 9, 2014 - 5:00 pm

I love me some lake houses! And I have always loved Lake Burton,and Lake Rabun, Lake Hiawassee, Lake Yonah and all the others up in North Georgia. We have rented quite a few over the years. When summer starts getting unbearable I want to head to the hills! I enjoy all your posts and look forward to reading each one.
Lynne, I do believe you know that area well and ALL of its lakes! How fun! We have never rented a lake house there (always go to a mountain cabin) but one day I do plan to do that (or perhaps one on Mirror Lake in Highlands.) Thank you so much for always reading and taking the time to comment.

Dawn - October 9, 2014 - 6:11 pm

I love that stairway with little windows going up with them and a gallery wall below them. It is awesome! I love tons of windows at a lake house! The boat houses are whole different story. They are so neat and beautiful. They add so much to a lake house. Thanks for sharing them with us, Kelly.
You are quite welcome Dawn. That stairway with its neat windows was my favorite detail in the house.

Pam roach - October 9, 2014 - 7:43 pm

Gorgeous and so tasteful
Yes, it is! And it is not over-the-top with antlers or nautical items…which makes me like it even more.

DiAnne - October 9, 2014 - 9:14 pm

Passed by Lake Burton a couple months ago. It is beautiful. Have you looked at the blog Lily Pad Cottage. Love her lake views too but a different part of the country. Love this post and love the lake.
Thank you for the blog recommendation DiAnne. She does have a pretty place, and I am jealous of her lake views!

Kay - October 10, 2014 - 8:23 am

Do I love these houses, or what? That first house was really rocking the X motif. I love that!
So glad you enjoyed the post Kay! Thank you for taking the time to drop by today. :)

annie diamond - October 10, 2014 - 6:06 pm

I didn’t even know how much I wanted a lake house…until now!! Gorgeous homes, views….beautiful!
Too funny! Yes, you want a lake house…and I do too!

Kathy - October 12, 2014 - 6:12 pm

Beautiful lake house photos! We are blessed to have friends with awesome lake houses and big, generous hearts.
How wonderful! I am jealous big time!! Yes, you are most definitely blessed. North Carolina has some gorgeous lakes to visit as well.

Debra - October 30, 2014 - 12:11 am

Love the first one. The stone fireplaces, views, that bedroom, oh, and just to hang at the boat house…Kelly, what sweet torture! Thank you for this share..

Project Design: Gallery Walls

foyer gallery wallIt’s no secret that I love photographs – black and white photographs.

They are everywhere in our home.  And I do mean everywhere.

From the foyer…

to the family room…

photos in family roomto the dining room…

dining room in Octoberand kitchen.

kitchen photosThey are in the playroom…

playroom sofaand the hallways…

hallway photosin the bedrooms…

bedroom photosand even in the bathrooms.

photos in bathroomIt would appear that I have gone a little overboard with all the photography around here.:)I have never been one to commit to art. (Heaven forbid, that would mean a commitment to a color.) But I really like how photography gives a personal touch to a home, and by using the same frame and mat style throughout, continuity is provided.  It helps the spaces flow from room to room.

The largest arrangement here is in the foyer with its arrangement of 6 pictures, but I have another area – a larger one – in mind for a gallery wall.  So I have been looking at a ton of inspirational photos to help me get this project started, and I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the eye candy.

Let’s start with this Phoebe Howard stairway…

stairway gallery

Unfortunately, my project is not up a stairway.  But I do like this particular arrangement for all of its black and white photography (of course) and its uniformity in framing style….large expanse of white mat contrasting with the dark frame.

Or how about this one with all the photographs framed in white?

gallery wall with white

I wish we had some of these vintage ones to hang on our gallery wall.  They would be perfect.

vintage photographs in gallery

Believe or not, I am actually thinking of being a little more brave with this project I am planning here.  I want to use a mix of different size photos. (Really!) Isn’t this hall arrangement beautiful?

style me pretty gallery wall

Or maybe… hanging won’t even be required.  Perhaps shelves will work better. hmmm.

gallery wall

shelves for gallery

(Even Mary Kay Andrews did that in her Ebbtide beach house.)

Mary Kay Andrews gallery wall in Ebbtide


Another option might be to hang the items from wires with clips.

pictures on

While I am thinking of being brave by mixing different sizes in the arrangement, I am also planning on using an assortment of items – not just photographs. (You just fell out of your chair in shock, didn’t you?:))  Seriously, this gallery wall can handle the variety.  How about some of these for inspiration?

gallery wall with assortment of items

And an assortment of Pottery Barn ones…

(There’s a good tutorial for creating gallery walls on their site right now.)

pottery barn gallery

pottery barn rustic gallery

gallery wall around

And that’s all the eye candy I have for you today, but I do have some exciting news!  I am over-the-moon delighted to be participating with a group of very talented women who are each working on their own gallery wall.  Please click on their links below to see more inspirational eye candy today. I know you will enjoy them.:)

Project Design

Design Chic

Design Indulgence

Driven by Decor

5th and State

Gwen Moss

Lovely Things

Rough Luxe

Classic Casual Home

Our next installment on this adventure (when I show you where this gallery wall is going:)) will be next Monday, October 13.  So be sure you stop in then for a visit to find out all the details.  I am off to get this project up and going today.:)

Until next time…

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classic • casual • home - October 6, 2014 - 6:20 am

How gorgeous is your home!!! Makes me want a lot more black and white photos and to do lots of gallery walls!!! Thanks for the inspiration.
Thank you so much! All of your inspirational photos made me want to take down the photographs and put up art. LOL

Stacey - October 6, 2014 - 6:42 am

I still love my picture wall that is like yours. People stop in their tracks to look at the pictures too. :)
That is wonderful Stacey!

Gail - October 6, 2014 - 6:50 am

So love this post; so many great ideas! I know you have probably posted this before, but where do you find most of your frames? Wish I had done this many years ago. My husband is a photo buff like you and we have tons of color pictures. I need to convert them to black and white…love that concept. Blessings
Glad you enjoyed the post Gail. The information on the frames can be found by clicking on “The House” in the menu bar at the top of the blog. When you get to that page, just scroll down to the sources listed below the foyer photos. You will find it there.

Mimi - October 6, 2014 - 8:36 am

I love all the photographs–it’s one of my favorite things about your home. As far as the vintage photos go, it’s never too late! What if you took panoramic photos of your home, each of your parents’ homes, or other places special to your family, and printed them out in black and white or other “vintage” finishes? If nothing else, your children could have vintage pics when they do their gallery walls in the future. :-) Just a thought….

Enjoy your day!
What a smart idea Mimi! I will have to give that a try (if I can figure out how to do that with my camera. :) )

Nannette - October 6, 2014 - 8:43 am

Love your home and am “in love” with your kitchen light fixture. Can you provide the name of the store where you purchased this fixture…also light the hall light fixture.
Thank you Nannette! I love that light too and searched for a very long time to find one I liked. The link to the online source can be found by clicking on “The House” tab in the menu bar at the top of the blog. It will take you to a page of sources, and the information on the light is right below the photos of the dining room.

Kris {Driven by Decor} - October 6, 2014 - 8:45 am

Your home is beautiful and I absolutely love how you have family pictures in so many rooms. All of those black and white inspiration images are right up my alley – I’m sure your finished gallery wall will be gorgeous!
You are too sweet Kris. Thank you. I hope the gallery wall turns out well. I know yours will be beautiful!

Cheri - October 6, 2014 - 9:08 am

I am a fan of gallery walls and have a couple of small ones in my home. I love how you did all the frames the same…you got me thinking that I might need to change things here at our house. Love that look.
Can’t wait to see what you will do…I know it will be wonderful.
I bet yours are great, Cheri! Thank you for your vote of confidence on the one here….hope I can be brave and do something a little different. :)

Design Chic - October 6, 2014 - 9:19 am

Wow, Kelly you home looks amazing and I love the way you have used black and white gallery walls of your precious family throughout…like you say, it adds a wonderful personal touch. The Style Me Pretty image is beautiful – love the way they had one central large piece with the others around.
So glad you liked all the photos here. I loved that one from Style Me Pretty, too. Working all the photos around that central one was a great way to do it. Can’t wait to see yours! :)

Jill - October 6, 2014 - 9:33 am

I have always admired your black and white family photos, Kelly. I think it was a bold commitment to carry that throughout your home. They are just lovely!
I can’t wait too see what you have up your sleeve with the new gallery wall though. And for the record….I DID almost fall out of my chair….and I laughed out loud too! :)
I love all the inspiration photos. I’ve always thought that those vintage team photos would be a neat thing to collect.
Ha Ha Jill! Yes, it is very out of character for me to go in a different direction, but I am trying. :) If you happen to find a stash of vintage team photos, save some for me. I could certainly use them in this particular gallery wall.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life - October 6, 2014 - 9:41 am

Oh I can’t wait to see your wall.
Be sure you come back on the next two Mondays then Marty. Thanks for stopping by today!

Louvina - October 6, 2014 - 9:41 am

Wow! How exciting!! I love all of these ideas BUT have no talent in this area— looking forward to learning how to arrange an interesting gallery in my living room. I have to tell you the touches of orange/yellow throughout your home are just right– I don’t have that talent either!! I seem to always go “overboard” with everything I do!:) I have to tell you –I keep trying to zoom in to see the titles of your books– I could spend hours in your “library”! Maybe some time you could share your list of favorite books? Oh, for some reason?? the picture of the white frames never uploaded from babble– I wonder why?
Hope we can help you with arranging things in a gallery wall Louvina. Glad you liked the orange and yellow, but those are old photos. I need to do some for this year. Nothing wrong with going overboard (unless of course you are in a boat. LOL) I have had plans to do a series of book/library posts, but just have not found the time for it. Don’t know why that photo didn’t load for you. Sorry.

debra @ 5th and state - October 6, 2014 - 10:25 am

hello kelly

great to meet you via this fun project. your inspiration images have me rethinking….oh no!
Nice to meet you too Debra! I know all too well how images can make your wheels start turning. I look forward to seeing your finished project. :)
Thank you for stopping by!

Leslie Harris aka Gwen Moss - October 6, 2014 - 10:53 am

Hi Kelly, nice to meet you! What an impressive collection of black and white photos you’ve got in that beautiful home of yours! It’s funny, because I love black and white, but somehow I never have enough restraint when it comes to my walls. I always end up choosing color. I can’t wait to see what you’ve got planned for your gallery wall, I love your style.
Thank you Leslie! It is so nice to meet you as well. I look forward to seeing your gallery wall in a couple of weeks too. I know it will be beautiful. :)

Kim @ Vintage Pretties - October 6, 2014 - 10:55 am

I love gallery walls! Here is a hint to make it easier — trace all of your frames onto paper & tape them up where you think that you want the photos to go. It’s way easier to move them around at that point than to put a million holes in your walls.
Since I have been the queen of making holes in the walls, I thought I would try that this time to see if it really works. I don’t know if it will give me enough visual-ness (made up that word! :) ) to really make a decision about how and where I want things to go, but it should give me a good start. I know my walls will appreciate it at least.

cindy hattersley - October 6, 2014 - 11:02 am

I cannot wait to see what you come up with you are definately the master of black and white! We chose one of the same inspirational images and almost several other!! We must be thinking along the same lines!!
There were sooo many inspirational photos out there to choose from. It is amazing we chose some of the same…kind of scary! Thank you again for coming up with this fun way to share ideas on a project. I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

Carolyn - October 6, 2014 - 11:46 am

Lots of inspiration here and at the other blogs. You have a beautiful home – and I love that you actually have books on your bookshelves – yay! Now that we’ve moved to a much smaller house (log cabin, actually), I don’t have nearly the room to display the family photos I had at our previous home. I’m thinking of doing a gallery wall up the stairs. While the ordered look of all black and white photos in same size black frames with white mats is appealing, it feels a bit too regimented for me. I have many older photos in their original frames that I love. So my preference is a mix of frame styles and sizes with various wood, aged brass, and gilt frames for a more collected-over-time look. My favorites are antique frames and I’m always on the lookout for lovely ones for family photos. I also love seeing artwork mixed in, which can be as simple as a framed card. Framing and artwork can be expensive, though, but I know a nice gallery can be done with simple frames/mats from Target or Pottery Barn.
Thank you for your kind words about our home, Carolyn. I have always loved a gallery arrangement up a staircase, so I hope you have fun doing yours. I agree that old photos look best in antique frames. It really adds to the “story” of the place.
Thank you so much for reading and taking the time to comment here. I appreciate it!

Maria White - October 6, 2014 - 12:20 pm

We went big instead of a gallery wall in our cabin. But we still want to do a gallery wall showcasing friends from around the world somewhere. I wish I could show you our walls (our safari pictures). My problem with gallery walls are that sometimes they feel messy. And if the house is disorganized, it only adds to it. So I prefer same color, same size frames. But your home is so beautiful, any type of gallery wall will look great!
Safari pictures! Oh my! You must be major travelers Maria. :) You are right about gallery walls can look messy (or “busy” as I call it.) I think that is why I like using the same style of frame here. There are enough other “things” in our rooms, that the similar frame style helps to “calm” the look of the space. I used to mix things up years ago but have streamlined my “artwork” over the years.

Garden, Home and Party - October 6, 2014 - 1:44 pm

I was thrilled to see the people involved in this project. I love wall galleries and can never have too many inspiration images, especially for this group of talented designers. I’ll look forward to seeing what you come up with. I love some of the inspiration images you’ve shared.
Karen, I was thrilled to be included with this majorly talented group of women. (Not sure how I got so very lucky!) I look forward to seeing all of their projects and actually finishing mine. LOL

Jayne - October 6, 2014 - 2:22 pm

I just took down a quilt that has been hanging in our stairwell for years. I mean years!!! I want to do a gallery in black and white as well. Now to begin going through old photos and finding ones to work with. I have thought about doing a family tree and actually painting a tree and hanging pictures from the limbs. In my hallway I have hung two curtain rods on the wall. I have some photos hanging from them. I really need to update it and add some more pictures. I think I may also reframe some of my kids artwork from when they were little and hang them as well.
I love a stairwell gallery wall – and even moreso if it involves black and white photography. Going through tons of photos takes time, but the end result will be wonderful. Good luck with your project Jayne!

sherry hart - October 6, 2014 - 6:11 pm

Well great minds do think alike! We both love the sepia tone vintage gallery wall! I love all of your black and white photos…they are classic and so easy to change around. I am looking forward to seeing what you come up with ! Have a great week,
Yes, great minds DO think alike. :) I dearly need some of those team photos. So glad you liked all the photos here Sherry. I am excited to see your finished project in 2 weeks (and mine finished too!)

Dawn - October 6, 2014 - 10:24 pm


Thanks for sharing the inspirational gallery walls. I can’t wait to see what you do and where you put it!
Thank you for reading the post Dawn. Please be sure to check back on each of the next two Mondays for updates. (Hopefully, it will all come together. :) )

Barb - October 6, 2014 - 11:17 pm

Whatever you do, I know it will be beautiful. Thanks for the great ideas. I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time. Maybe this is just the inspiration I need.
Barb, thank you for your vote of confidence! I hope all of us can give you the inspiration you need to make the project a reality in your home.

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Kati B ~ FurnishMyWay - October 8, 2014 - 5:17 pm

You have such a lovely home! I have been seeing so many blog posts about gallery walls lately and it makes me want to create some of my own! Unfortunately, an elaborate gallery wall is difficult to do when you’re renting… One day!
Thank you Katie. Renting does make it hard to be able to decorate the way you want. Try command hooks for hanging your things. They are supposed to be easy to remove.

annie diamond - October 10, 2014 - 6:11 pm

Your home is absolutely gorgeous! Your photos add so much warmth! Love all the details throughout….like your shelves in the dining room, the hallways….everything!
Goodness! Thank you so much Annie! That is so very sweet of you to say that. I am happy you like our home. It is well used and abused. :)

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