home decor

Wrap Around Gallery Wall {a how-to}

We moved a few months ago, and with moving comes the much-anticipated decorating. A house doesn’t really have that homey feel until you have pictures on the walls, but sometimes that can be the hardest part! Deciding where everything should go in a new space can be an exciting challenge. In our previous home, I made a gallery wall in our living room that I absolutely loved. In our new home, however, there isn’t a wall large enough to re-create a similar wall. So I wrapped it around the corner to create this wrap around gallery wall – it’s perfect for the space!
Wrap Around Gallery Wall

The goal of my gallery wall is to fill the space with photos and art that reflect our family and the creative spirit of our home.

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Some people like to cut pieces of paper the same size as the frames, tape them on the walls, and see how it works. That’s a little too Type A for my personality. ;) Instead, I lay everything out on the floor and rearrange it until it has a good feel.


I take a picture of the layout on my phone so that I can reference it as I’m hanging everything up on the walls.

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I don’t measure, though that might work best for you. I just hang them up one by one and move if necessary. Don’t be afraid of nail holes! As Myquillyn Smith (The Nester) says in her book The Nesting Place, “Is there anything in life less risky than creating a one-millimeter hole in a wall that can be filled with your finger and some putty in two seconds?” I ended up with extra nail holes in the wall due to a few minor adjustments, but no one knows they’re there but me.

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My wall has a mixture of fabric, art, Scripture, and photos. That’s a pretty clear representation of our home and our family. You can find the tutorial for the bunting here.

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Not everything has to match or be the same color! Over the years, I’ve collected about 14,000 picture frames of various sizes and colors, and when thrown together in a gallery wall, they create a great eclectic vibe.

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Have an extra space to fill in your wall? Grab a small embroidery hoop and a scrap of fabric to add some texture and color.

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I love how this wrap around gallery wall turned out! Decorating isn’t about following rules or spending lots of money on coordinating items, but taking risks and having fun with what you have.

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Have you made a gallery wall? I’d love to see it!

Happy decorating!

Sewing an attitude change

With all the beautiful home magazines and blogs out there, it’s so easy to fall into the comparison game. My house isn’t big enough, it’s not the right color, my couch isn’t the right color, blah blah blah. I do it. You probably do too.

It’s even harder when you aren’t living in your dream home. We’ve been in our house years longer than we expected to be, and some days it’s really hard to focus on what I love about it, instead of what I wish were different.


But a house is just a house. All of my babies were brought home to this house. I’ve watched them take their first steps, speak their first words, and grow and change everyday. This house full of memories and stories, and sometimes those are physically reflected in the floors or the walls! As the Nester says, it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.


When I feel myself getting into a funk about my house, sometimes a simple change is all I need to get a new perspective. New pillows are my go-to attitude changer.


I’ve been hoarding this Anna Maria Horner print for awhile, and these pillows make me happy every time I look at them. I tucked away the summer pillows, and these feel so perfect for fall.


I used this method for making the pillows and backed them with a dark blue sweatshirt fleece (cozy + kid friendly). In just 15 minutes, I felt a little lift in my spirits.


I know that pillows won’t change the world, but I do think they can change your attitude!

Happy sewing, friends!

Sewing or Craft Room Wall Art

Whether you have your own studio or a corner of your bedroom for your crafting, decor is an easy way to personalize your creative space. This wall art is perfect for seamstresses, and you can change up the words to fit the kind of sewing or crafting that you love to do.

Craft Room Wall Art


  • burlap
  • wooden frame/staples or glue
  • jute twine
  • hot glue gun
  • embroidery floss/needle
  • paint
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DSC_51191. Stretch your burlap over a wooden frame and staple or glue it to the back. You can also purchase pre-stretched burlap frames like this one. I’ve also seen them in local craft stores.

DSC_51212. Using chalk, sketch out the shape of a thread spool.

DSC_51283. Paint the top and the bottom of the spool. Since this is wall art and won’t be washed, fabric paint isn’t necessary.

DSC_51364. Cut pieces of jute twine the width of the spool. Use your glue gun to adhere them to the burlap. I recommend doing this one or two pieces at a time, starting with a small portion of each strip, so the glue doesn’t harden before you put the twine down.

DSC_51525. Sketch out with chalk the words you want on your art. Mine reads “cut/pin/sew/wear” but yours can say anything! Stitch over the words with embroidery floss – I doubled mine up to make the letters stand out more. To create a slightly different look, use fabric paint or vinyl transfers in place of the embroidery floss.


Use a damp cloth to wipe away the chalk, and you’re ready to hang your art.DSC_5181

Then add it to your little corner of crafting paradise! I just love how this turned out, and it really makes me smile every time I see it.

Wall art is such a fun and easy way to add flair and style to your crafting or sewing space!

Make Your Own Craft Room Wall Art

A 30 Minute Spring Wreath: a tutorial at Simple Homemade

Today I’ve got a tutorial over at Simple Homemade that is quick and easy and will give you a super fun addition to your spring decor.

DSC_0470So click over to Simple Homemade to get the full how-to!


Thoughts on fabric, boring decor, and lack of commitment…

I have had the same curtains in my living room for about six years. I made them not long after we moved into our house, and they’ve served our little home well.

The thing about them is that they’re… well, boring. Brown and boring. When I made them, I wanted something neutral to go with the decor, but there is just TOO much brown going on in there now. Brown couches, brown walls, brown rug, brown curtains. Seriously, what was I thinking?? Even adding accessories doesn’t de-brown the room enough.

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But fabric, that can change the look of a room. Especially curtains. For the past three years or so, I keep telling myself I’m going to sew new curtains. And I never do. I look at stores to see if I find ready-made curtains that I like, but I either don’t like what I see or can’t justify spending the money, because I’m convinced I can do it better or cheaper [which isn’t necessarily true!]

Since Christmas, I’ve been on a serious curtain-fabric hunt. I keep bouncing ideas off my lovely sister-in-law, emailing her fabric choices, asking her opinion [because she is MUCH more gifted at decorating than I am]. Even when we found one that we both liked, I kept hesitating. Oh, the price is too high. I don’t know if it’s “me.” If I wait, I might find something better or cheaper.

Just the other day, I found something that I really liked. And after only a day or two’s hemming and hawing… I did it. I pulled the trigger and actually bought curtain fabric. It’s a little crazy and out of the box for me, I have to admit. And especially compared to my brown brown brown room.

Joel Dewberry Notting Hill Pristine Poppy Teal
Joel Dewberry Notting Hill Pristine Poppy Teal

I don’t know why I’m so non-commital and have such a hard time sewing things like this for myself. I have had the fabric for our bedroom curtains for at least three years as well, and still it sits, unsewn. My husband and I have been staring at green nursery curtains with jungle animals on them for years. Yeah… time for a change.

But right now, my nesting is in full-force. And it’s coming in fits of re-decorating and re-organizing and re-arranging. I’m just hoping that when the fabric comes, I don’t chicken out and send it back. Because the brown is starting to give me hives. And baby needs a cheery living room to come home to, don’t you think?

Do you have a hard time choosing fabrics? What projects have you been putting off for much longer than you should? Tell me I’m not alone here!