Dining/Living Gallery Wall by House Updated

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I hope you guys are loving this mini gallery wall series! I’m having so much fun interviewing the girls on their walls and getting a peek at how they do things. Today, I have Brit from House Updated sharing her recently completed Dining/Living Gallery Wall. Of course, she graciously answered my interview questions as well.

House Updated

I’m a newer follower of Brit’s but LOVE her style. She and her husband are further along in the design/reno/decorating process than we are, but I love following along. Make sure to check out her Home Tour (and let your jaw drop on that kitchen!) and then if you want an easy diy… check out these simple leather and brass cabinet pulls. So good!

Ready to see the pretty gallery wall?

Gallery wall in Dining Room

What’s your number 1 must-have item in a gallery wall?

Something fun! Whether it is a bright piece of art, a quirky 3-D item, or a piece that makes you happy, having something, or several somethings, in the gallery wall that make you smile is a game-changer. And hopefully it keeps your gallery wall interesting for other people, too.

What’s your process for planning and putting up a gallery wall?

Lately I have enjoyed working with a variety of frame colors and picture sizes. I think it adds interest and keeps a gallery wall from looking too formulaic. I always lay out my gallery wall on the floor and test out several different layouts, photographing each. Photos of the layout are really helpful in picking a favorite (why things look different in photos, I will never know!) and also helpful in remembering exactly how you want it to look by the time you put it up on the wall. I try to balance sizes/colors but stay flexible in case I want to change a piece or two sometime down the road. No rulers or precise measurements for me. Next I hang my gallery wall starting with the largest piece and then eyeball the rest from there. It’s not always perfect, but it works.

modern pastel gallery wall west elm lamps

What type of room do you think works best for gallery walls?

I really think they can go anywhere, which is why they are so great! I just added one to my dining room but also have one in my son’s room, with a bunch of soccer flags. I’ve also seen such great gallery walls in living rooms, hallways,  and even bathrooms. And while they look great in a variety of spaces, I wouldn’t use too many in the same house. Switch it up between gallery walls and single statement pieces to keep the whole house interesting.

oranges gallery wall

Sometimes, I feel like gallery walls can look cheap or dorm-like. How do you avoid that?

Ha, I’m sure I’m guilty of some of those myself! One helpful trick is to mix things up. Mix frames, mix styles, mix matted versus un-matted pictures, mix frames versus unframed pictures, and mix pictures and other 3-D art. Variety is a good thing, especially if you can keep it cohesive by sticking in a general color palette.

turquoise coral lamps gallery wall

How do you define your style and stay within your style while decorating?

Ummm, I still haven’t figured out if I have a style but if I had to choose, I might go with classy California. In decorating my home, I try to go with things I think are cheerful and not too precious. I’m definitely a function over form girl and I want our kids to live in our home, not tiptoe around in it. Your home should make you happy!

So, I definitely think Brit’s wall and house fits the “classy California” look. Don’t you just love it? I know I do!

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Gallery Wall by Home Made by Carmona

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You guys are in for a treat today, I have Ursula from Home Made by Carmona sharing her Master Bedroom Gallery Wall along with tips to help improve your gallery walls!

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Ursula has the unique ability to create high-quality DIY pieces. Seriously, she is a rockstar at it. If you don’t believe me, check out her door-turned headboard and her linen tufted headboard. Both are amazing! I gawk at her tutorials because not only is the end-product amazing, but her design and creativity in how she writes the tutorials are amazing. Seriously! Stop by Home Made by Carmona and see what I mean.

Ready for gallery wall envy? Ha.

Here’s Ursula!

Gallery Wall Tips and Tricks

What’s your number 1 must-have item in a gallery wall?

Well, I don’t know about “must-have”, I try to keep each and every gallery wall unique… but I admit I do have a weakness for pinboards and you’ll often find one somewhere in the room as part of the art. I also love the idea of one large scale piece of art surrounded by smaller ones to bring big impact. Yet another gallery wall focal point is a mid-sized mirror surrounded by art!

Gallery Wall Tips and Tricks

What’s your process for planning and putting up a gallery wall?

The popular method is often to use craft paper to show where each picture will go, I admit that strategy does absolutely nothing for me. I have to see the actual frames up to know if it is the right fit or not. Every frame has a different style and tonality that it brings to the space, so it is more than simply shape and size that have to be worked in. I arrange my pieces on the floor, snap an above photo, and hold my photo up to the wall until I get the right arrangement. Next I try the pieces on the wall with adhesive putty to see it in action. Finally I use command strips so that I can change my mind later. =)

What type of room do you think works best for gallery walls?

Any and every type of room! Hahaha! I’m a gallery wall fanatic! I have employed a mini one in my coat closet, one in my laundry room, and ,truthfully, just about every other space in my house. Remember, a gallery wall can be tons of small photos just as readily as it can be large photos, and fill up any open wall space desired for great impact!

Gallery Wall Tips and Tricks

Sometimes, I feel like gallery walls can look cheap or dorm-like. How do you avoid that?

I agree! First consider the quality of the frame. It can be cheap (I use lots of cheap frames (but it can’t LOOK cheap). I up the “glam factor” by spray painting certain cheap looking frames, adding embellishments, also be sure to double matte to dress it up more. The style and quality of the picture employed also make a huge difference. You can’t know what pictures fit best together until the frame is up… and remember, you can change out the art of even the pre-filled frames with just a little effort.

Gallery Wall behind bed

How do you define your style and stay within your style while decorating?

First of all, your style is whatever draws you most. I’m an eclectic person, I joke that my style is a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll. Well, actually, it is a little bit traditional, a little bit mode, a little bit Scandinavian, a little bit mid century which… basically a little bit of whatever draws me, and that’s ok. I don’t feel like you need to stay within a single “style”… if it works in the space you’ve created, great! If you emphasize a slightly different aesthetic from room to room, that’s ok too. It is simply embracing all the parts of you.

Don’t you just adore Ursula’s style? That gallery wall in her bedroom is just fabulous, but she’s got other amazing projects as well. I love her laundry room reveal (with gallery wall!), DIY Tufted headboard tutorial (it’s the one in the above pictures!), and her chore system for kids.

Gallery Wall Tips and Tricks

 She’s offering that calendar as a free printable. Hop over and get it here.

Ursula’s gallery wall is so good! I hope you loved it as much as I do.

 
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Entryway Gallery Wall by Brave New Home

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I’m so excited for the next few posts here at Bigger Than the Three Of Us! Seriously, you guys are in store for some major gallery wall crushes. I’ve reached out to a few of my blog friends (who have amazing gallery walls) and asked them to share their secrets. I love seeing the process behind creatives and how each person gets to the finish line of a project. I hope you guys do as well! Today, I have Jennifer from Brave New Home giving us insight on how she puts together a gallery wall.

Jennifer at Brave New Home

Jennifer is a master at putting together a scandi/modern/eclectic room on a budget. She’s got an amazing knack for DIY craft/art projects. One of my favorites is this piece that she made a few years ago. In almost every room, you can spot a DIY piece of art which naturally blends in with her style.

Here’s Jennifer and all her gallery wall secrets.

What’s your number 1 must-have item in a gallery wall?

I think every gallery wall needs some graphic, black and white piece. It instantly wakes up the entire collection.

Add a black and white element in your gallery wall

Black and white artwork in gallery wall

What’s your process for planning and putting up a gallery wall?

I look at the images of gallery walls and study what themes appeal to me about them most. I usually pick out two or three pieces that are particularly meaningful or gorgeous and use those as a starting point and build my gallery around them. I lay everything out on the floor before I transfer them to the wall.

Brave New Home Gallery Wall

DIY Gallery Wall by Brave New Home

What type of room do you think works best for gallery walls?

A gallery wall can work in any type of room as long as you’re mindful of scale and you’re intentional with the overall composition and layout so it makes a statement.

Add a mix of high and lows in your gallery wall

Sometimes, I feel like gallery walls can look cheap or dorm-like. How do you avoid that?

One of the keys to a successful gallery wall is creating a collected feel. Mix in posters and prints (low) with original artwork (high). Contrast a painting with a line drawing. I also think nice beefy mats instantly dress up any piece.

Frame a magazine clipping for a gallery wall feature

Adding texture to the gallery wall

How do you define your style and stay within your style while decorating?

My style is bright and white with lots of natural wood tones. I also love MCM and Scandi design. I’m still trying to figure out how to stay within my style when decorating my home which is tough because it seems my style is constantly evolving!

Gallery wall with shelving by Brave New Home

Are you swooning yet? I totally love her aesthetic and decorating sense. Head over to Brave New Home to see more!

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Kitchen Progress and Bunkhead Removal

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It’s been quiet on the blog. Sorry! It seems like life is just crazy right now. Well that, and multiple not-fun house issues have happened this past week. As in, calling multiple different professionals in ($$$$). Grr. Anyways, on the positive side of things, I think we have a more concrete plan on the happenings with our kitchen. #imsoexcited We’ve made some kitchen progress and have the other bunkhead down. Yay! So, I thought I would fill you in on where we are at. And then don’t expect another update until… hmm… how about August?! lol.

So, when we took down the bunkhead around the main kitchen work area, we left it over the stove and the fridge.

Enlarging a Wall

We knew that we wanted to take it down, but there’s a light in that one and we didn’t want to move any electrical until we knew what we wanted to do. We’ve slowly been making decisions around the design for this section of the kitchen and had come to this…

Deciding on Kitchen Built-ins

Basically, get rid of everything with “X’s” and move everything with arrows.

We started that process and I’m always amazed how it goes from bad to worse before it gets better.

Kitchen Progress

We decided that if we were custom-building cabinets that we wanted to do it for the longterm, so we splurged on new appliances.

We are going to take the next few weeks and firm up the design plan, but I’ll be back soon with details.

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DIY Art Canvas Painting

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Can I just preface this tutorial by saying that if I can paint this then EVERYONE can paint it. I told my husband that I was going to paint a canvas with brushstrokes and he seriously was like, “what, that’s not something you do”. He can paint (I mean really paint) and I can, well, I can do other things. lol. Anyways, today I’m showing you how you can do this DIY Art Canvas Painting. Spoiler: It will take you 5 minutes! Yay. Who loves fast projects?!

You can paint this!! It's so simple! DIY Art Canvas Painting Tutorial

Do you ever love something yet it just doesn’t quite fit your space? That’s what happened to me. A few weeks ago, I rounded up some art that I loved. Included in that round-up was some brushstroke art. I loved both of them that were included in that round-up but they weren’t the right colors. I couldn’t get them out of my mind, so I decided I had nothing to lose by trying to DIY something similar myself.

First things first, gather your supplies. I used cheap watercolors.

STEP BY STEP TUTORIAL FOR CREATING SIMPLE ART

Next, put a little bit of paint on your plate. To deepen the color, add a smidgen of black.

STEP BY STEP TUTORIAL FOR CREATING SIMPLE ART

Add water (realize that you used way too much paint) and stir. #oops

STEP BY STEP TUTORIAL FOR CREATING SIMPLE ART

Use the brush and start making brush strokes. I tried to stay somewhat in line, but it didn’t quite workout on some of the lines.

STEP BY STEP TUTORIAL FOR CREATING SIMPLE ART

Without letting it completely dry, go back over some of the strokes that you want to be a bit darker.

STEP BY STEP TUTORIAL FOR CREATING SIMPLE ART

Admire your handiwork, take a picture and proceed to lift the painting vertical. WAIT, don’t do that…. the paint will run all over everything!! Yep, that totally happened to me. Luckily, a wet paper towel cleaned most of the drips up. I’m calling the rest of the smudges “abstract”.

STEP BY STEP TUTORIAL FOR CREATING SIMPLE ART

I really like how this piece turned out. I don’t think it would be able to stand on it’s own on a wall. I think the imperfections would drive me nuts, but layered on a nightstand it looks good.

This simple Canvas Art Painting is fast but adorable!

Since, I had the paints and the canvas laying around, this pretty little project came out to $0! You know I love that.

Just a few steps will give you this simple brushstroke art!

You can paint this!! It's so simple! DIY Art Canvas Painting Tutorial

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