It’s been over a month since we revealed the master bedroom makeover we did with Lowe’s Home Improvement, and we are still obsessed with the space!
The room photographs really well, but it’s hard to really capture the feel of a room. To us it feels so bright and happy, yet it’s still cozy and comfortable.
And in terms of the actual renovation day? That day felt energetic, exciting, and at times even overwhelming!
We decided to hire a producer and videographer to capture the entire Lowe’s Fall Makeover experience, and honestly it is the best money we ever spent! Although video & photography are similar mediums, there’s just something about video that is really special. It tells a story, it can build emotion, it can just capture something unlike the way photography does.
So we absolutely knew that we needed to record this crazy makeover experience and we had our video team create 2 videos for us. This first one today is a trailer highlighting the entire day. Really it’s just a little snippet of what went into making this space come to life. In the next video we’ll share a much longer story that includes interviews from both us and the homeowners.
Without further ado, here’s our mini video recap of our Lowe’s Fall Makeover.
We hope you enjoyed a glimpse into our chaotic renovation day. We can’t wait to share more when we reveal the next video!
When you live in the city, space is often at a premium. So it should come as no surprise that we have no dedicated “laundry room.” Instead we have what I lovingly refer to as our “laundry closet.” And that’s a pretty accurate title, because it is indeed a closet in the middle of our home that contains a stackable washer and dryer.
This laundry closet is located in the middle of our family/dining/kitchen area and isn’t exactly the most glamorous space in the world. It holds our outdated machine, some laundry detergent, our ironing board, and some other random stuff.
I don’t have HUGE plans for this space, because it really is such a small part of our home and there isn’t that much I can do to make it amazing. But I do have some DIY projects planned to make it a bit better!
Laundry Closet Gameplan
New Washer & Dryer
So this is by far the biggest thing on my makeover list and I’m sooooo excited about it. Our stackable unit is pretty janky and ever since we’ve moved in we’ve been worried it’s going to quit on us. So far that has happened (thank goodness), but any day now that baby is gonna die out. Lucky for us we’re starting a 6-month partnership with Maytag this month and they’ll be providing us with a new stackable unit. Say what?! We are thrilled and cannot wait to get the new unit and give it an honest review for all of you!
Trim out the Door
We’re lucky that most of our home already has beautiful thick molding around the closets, baseboards, ceilings, and most doors. However, not all of the closets have trim surrounding them. I’m planning to trim out the doors in our family room so it looks that much more high-end. I’ve never done a project like this, but Bridget assures me we can handle it. Let’s hope so…
Those louvered doors are horrible. Seriously so crappy and the worst part…the washing machine is so loud and you can hear it right through those doors. Not the best when you’re watching tv while doing laundry. Plus they’re incredibly worn and one of the corners cracked. I’m planning to get a new wood door, add molding to it, and add a sleek black handle. In the end I’m aiming for a look similar to the doors we DIY’ed for the Lowe’s fall makeover.
Finally, I’d love to get this space a little more organized. It’s definitely challenging because the machine takes up a majority of the closet, but perhaps I can add a slim rolling rack to the side? Not entirely sure yet, but I’d love some fashionable storage for this space.
Our new laundry unit will be here any day now, and next week I’m planning to show you all of the awesome features on it. I’ve never had “fancy” laundry before, so I’m pretty pumped!
As for everything else on this list, I’m hoping to tackle these upgrades over the next month or so. But with the holidays it may be a little hectic (we’re hosting Thanksgiving this year!) Hopefully I’ll have some time to sneak in a few projects every weekend so I can officially cross our Laundry Closet off our home’s to-do list.
Any other suggestions for this small space? I’d love to get your input!
[Disclaimer: This post is brought to you by Bloomsybox.com. All opinions are our own and are not influenced by Bloomsybox]
As we’ve mentioned before, both Bridget & I are not the best in the kitchen. Okay, that statement is actually pretty generous. We’re AWFUL when it comes to cooking. Many of our friends love whipping up dinner, and some even subscribe to monthly meal services (like Blue Apron). But a subscription service like that would be wasted on us, and we’re guessing most of those pre-packaged meals would end up being inedible after we got our hands on them. Sad, but true.
However, we recently came across a subscription service that we can definitely get behind. It’s called BloomsyBox and fresh flowers are shipped to your door weekly, bi-weekly or monthly from fair-trade sustainable farms around the globe.
Fresh flowers delivered to your door? Yes please!
You guys know how much we l-o-v-e having fresh blooms in our home 24/7. In fact, it’s probably the one thing in our lives that we both splurge on quite frequently (with manicures coming in a close 2nd.) After learning about BloomsyBox.com I decided to give it a try!
I came home from work to find this little red box on my doorstep, and at first I was a little worried. Would the flowers be wilted from being in the box too long? Did I need to get these bad boys into water as quickly as possible? Would the petals be smooshed from their long commute?
All of my concerns were instantly put to rest when I opened the box. Each flower was individually wrapped in a protective netting, each stem was in an individual vial of water, and the entire bundle was secured with a ribbon. Seriously, such attention to detail…it kinda blew me away. The way they wrap their flowers is a big part of Bloomsybox’s eco-friendly way. Instead of plastic-wrapped bouquets, they opt for eco-friendly paper wrap and ribbon. And they stay extra fresh because they’re shipped within 48 hours of being picked.
All of the flowers sent are always a single-variety which is actually what we both do all the time in our homes. Grouping a single variety together in a vase instantly makes any bouquet look that much more high-end. And although we love our grocery store flowers (roses, hydrangeas and alstroemeria are usually are favorite go-to bouquets), we thought giving this service a try was a good chance to experiment with other flower options we may love but may not always be available at the grocery store.
This month’s colorful blooms did exactly that, pushed us outside our comfort zone and allowed us to try flowers that we usually don’t buy. You guys know we’re into neutrals (ha…just look at this white & gray room!), but adding a pop of color with fresh flowers is always welcome. Plus, a fall color palette like this is a wonderful addition to any home during this time of year.
The flowers lasted well over 2 weeks, and I even had another week of beautiful blooms where I repurposed them into smaller vases.
I added these deep red flowers to our bedside nightstand and it instantly livened up the space.
While we just did the 1 delivery to try it out, we’re both seriously contemplating adding a year-long subscription to our Christmas wish list. And we’ll definitely be gifting this subscription service to some of those hard-to-buy people on our holiday gift list! Who doesn’t love a gift that keeps on giving ALL. YEAR. LONG?!
Now we want to hear….what’s your big indulgence? Is it Manicures? Massages? Fresh flowers? It’s always a good idea to treat yo self (you deserve it!!) and we’d love to hear how you do just that.
If you’ve been around The DIY Playbook for some time now, then you might remember earlier this year when we added a slim desk area to our master bedroom.
Now I know what some of you may be thinking…a desk in your bedroom? Isn’t that NOT a good idea?! Shouldn’t your bedroom be a calming retreat away from work? I totally get it, I had those initial thoughts too.
But I’m happy to report that our little office area is working extremely well for our household. I still absolutely love the picture ledges over the desk, and I’m constantly swapping out the frames and rearranging them.
I keep the desktop pretty minimal and only showcase a few accessories and items on there. It’s usually where my trusty planner hangs out too.
We keep “our office” neat & tidy most of the time, and it’s a nice sunny spot to get work done. I’m so happy that we changed this little corner to a work space, and I’ve learned a few tricks along the way to keep this space organized and functional.
I shared those tips over on one of our favorite blogs, iHeartOrganizing! Be sure to check out the post right here to see how we stay organized living in such a small space.
During our Lowe’s makeover, there’s one thing that everyone kept saying over and over. “This room feels sooooo huge now!”
And we completely agree. It’s crazy how new paint and window treatments completely transformed the room. The ceiling looks taller, the space wider, and the entire bedroom just felt BIGGER.
Updating the window treatments was an easy project that made a big difference, and we have tips so you too can make the windows in your home appear larger.
Tips to Make a Window Look Bigger
TIP #1: Go with a Bamboo & Hang it Tall
We are big bamboo fans, and love the texture and warmth these shades can bring to a room. You can find shades like this at Lowe’s and have them cut down to the right width for your windows (however they do not change the length, but you can change that with this DIY trick.)
You’ll want to first figure out if you need an inside mount or an outside mount for your windows. In this instance, we needed an outside mount and we decided to hang them a couple of inches above the window trim. This is a great trick to make your windows look taller, and no one will even be able to tell that your window doesn’t actually start until a few inches below the top of the shade. Sneaky.
TIP #2: Hang a Sleek Black Rod Real High
Another favorite of ours is a sleek black curtain rod. Every room needs a bit of black in it, and we love adding some sleek hardware to a window. Be sure to hang your rod about 4 inches from the ceiling to maximize the height of the room. Most people go just above the window trim, but don’t make this mistake! Instead go all the way up.
When it comes to figuring out how wide to go with the rod, we recommend about 8 inches off of the window frame on each side.
TIP #3: Choose Flowy Drapes and Hang them Wide
Finally, finish off the look with some white curtains. We typically go with these ones from Ikea because the price is right. But any white curtains with a nice weight to them will do. If you want to make them blackout (like we did in the Lowe’s room) then you can check out this tutorial from Casey’s master bedroom.
Since your rod is hung 8 inches outside of the window frame, when the curtains are open they’ll really just be covering a portion of the wall. This allows TONS of light to stream through the windows when your curtains are open, making the room much brighter. Plus you won’t be able to tell where the edge of the window begins…making it look like it’s a heck of a lot wider than it is.
So what do you think? Did our tips work? We think these windows look a heck of a lot bigger!
October is officially over (say what?!) and we’re now onto November. It’s crazy how this time of year just flies by! Here in Chicago, we’ve had an unseasonably warm fall so far. We’re talking temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s for a large chunk of September & October. Soooo weird.
While we’re certainly not ready for subzero temps and snow filled days, we are very happy that the temperatures are turning brisk. There’s nothing like a nice chilly walk outside on a fall day, and who doesn’t love being able to open your windows to get some fresh cool air in your home? The best.
We’re ready to embrace the fall season, especially before the holiday kicks into high gear. So today we thought it would be fun to share 9 ways that we both cozy up our homes for fall.
7 Ways to Cozy up your Home for Fall
1. Add Texture
Cable-knit may be our favorite texture for fall but any and all texture works! We also love a hint of flannel or buffalo check, which can easily be incorporated into decor with a throw blanket, pillow, or even mini rug.
Here are some of our favorites (*affiliate links used)
Rookie Tip Secret: Sometimes I’m too cheap to buy a whole new throw blanket for that particular season, so I use one of my oversized scarves and drape it over the couch just like a blanket would be. I’ve done this for quite a few seasons now and no one has ever noticed the difference! Heck, I’m currently using this secret trick. Check out this picture, can you spot the scarf?The grey “blanket” draped on the basket is actually one of my fall scarves! It instantly layers in texture without breaking the bank.
2. Make it Fragrant
There’s just something “so fall” about the smell of pumpkin, apple, or anything outdoorsy/woodsy. Trying to incorporate these delicious smells indoors is an easy and authentic way to instantly inject a sense of coziness. We are currently obsessed with this candle, but baking something seasonal, or even trying this stovetop recipe could all work too. <— Casey & Finn gave this potpourri a try and it was amazing!
And speaking of candles, fall is the perfect time to light up ALL the candles. I swear we both feel so much calmer when we end our busy days with the ambiance from a candle. Whether we’re still on the computer or finally relaxing, candles make both of our homes feel a lot calmer, cozier, and so much more fall.
3. Upgrade Lighting
Now that it’s getting darker so much earlier (hate when that happens!), it’s a great idea to utilize all of the lighting throughout your home. Upgrade your table lamps, add floor lamps, and even consider adding dimmers to over head lighting. We’re big fans of turning on all of the lamps in our homes when relaxing in the evening. It’s better than harsh overhead light and makes for a nice cozy evening in.
And when the temps dip even further, consider utilizing your fireplace! Casey is currently doing a few DIY projects to get hers ready for the season (more on that real soon!)
4. Simplify your Decor
We love using this time of year to pare down and simplify our homes right before the holidays. Usually during this time we transition our closets, get rid of all of the planters, pack up any bright/summery decor, and simplify things indoors. As we pack up some of our summer accent decor, we love the neutral foundation that we’re left with because it feels calmer and it’s perfect to transition us into the holidays.
5. Bring in Live Elements
And when things are more neutral indoors, the plants in our homes really take over the spotlight. We usually pick up a new indoor plant at the hardware store during this time and hit up the grocery store to buy super cheap greenery for some of our vases. We’re not sure if it’s because everything is slowly dying outside, but there’s something about this life indoors that we really appreciate during the fall.
6. Add a New Doormat
Anyone else feel like their summer doormats are OVERDUE to be replaced at this point? We love using the change of season as an excuse to switch up our doormats and usually pick up a Target doormat because they’re so darn cheap and usually adorable. And heck… for $9, we don’t feel bad if our doormats get dirty throughout the season!
We’ve seen a trend throughout the blogosphere this year that people have started layering their doormat with another, slightly larger rug underneath and we LOVE this idea! Has anyone tried this? How do the double rugs hold us?
7. Simple “fall decor” can go a long way
Throughout this post we’re pretty confident you picked up on the fact that we’re all about “simple” in the fall, and we feel the exact same way when it comes to traditional fall decor. We both live in small spaces and don’t have extra room to be storing a ton of decor that is designated only for fall.
So instead of buying items that can only be displayed during this time of year, we each have a few items and display those items alongside our typical decor. These minor touches are a fun way to mix it up without investing a ton of time, money, or storage to fall decorating. For Bridget, one white pumpkin and a couple of bundles of wheat are the only subtle changes she needs to make her space instantly feel more fall.
It’s no secret that we LOVE fall and so we’d love to hear what you do to make this time special in your home. Any fun tips or tricks that we missed?!
We all know about the mystery of Target. You go in with 1 thing on your to-buy list, and you somehow leave an hour later spending no less than $100. How does that ALWAYS happen? It’s the Target mystery.
If you’re anything like us, then you cannot help but check out the home decor section every time you go to the store. It doesn’t matter if we just came to get a bottle of shampoo, we are beelining it over to the home section no matter what. And lately, we’ve been lingering in this section a bit longer than usual because it’s just so good. I mean have you seen some of their new pieces for fall? Amazing.
Today we rounded up some pieces we have our eye one, and some that we’ve actually already purchased!
Our Favorites from Target’s Home Aisles
1. Tripod Floor Lamp: This gorgeous brass lamp is less than $100 and would add just the right amount of glam to any living room. Yes, please.
2. Plant Stand: We’ve purchased some of our past planters from West Elm, but this one is much more budget-friendly. Love the sleek look of this one.
3. Agate Shadow Box and 4. Black & White Abstract: Target’s art & frame area has never truly blown us away. It’s always been kinda generic art that we’ve never been inclined to add to our own homes. Well that changed this fall! Their pieces are just so good, and the prices are spot on too.
5. White Ceramic Vase: You can never have enough pretty vases, and the texture on this one is a nice detail.
6. Marble & Gold Console Table: A little too glam for either of our current homes, but this table is just so good. We picture it in a front entryway to hold a dish for keys and maybe with a large mirror right over it? Swoon.
7. Herringbone Pillow: The tassels on this are just so good, and the tribal print keeps the gray color from looking boring.
8. Brass Handles Vase: Bridget scored this vase on major clearance, but even at full price (around $20) it isn’t that bad! A great decor piece for the fall season.
9. Lumbar Pillow: Obviously we’re big fans of this large lumbar pillow since we used it in our Lowe’s Home Makeover. The black and white is timeless, and the print keeps in on-trend.
Brass Mirror: This mirror will forever be a favorite of ours. At $45, you just can’t find a nicer brass mirror out there. Bridget has this mirror above her bed, and we used it over the little bench in the Lowe’s home makeover. So many ways to use this budget-friendly mirror in your home.
You’re the Best Mug: This mug is adorable and it’s just one of the MANY gorgeous mugs at Target right now. If our coffee mug collection wasn’t already busting at the seams, we would definitely be adding a few of these to our collection.
Marbled Vases: How fun are these marbled vases? They totally remind us of something Emily Henderson would have in her house, which is probably why we love them so much!
Sleek Gold Frames: What’s not to love about a West Elm look with a Target price tag?! #yespleaseMarble Tray: These marble trays were on clearance and were VERY, VERY tempting! And those wood + gold kitchen utensils right there didn’t make walking away from all of these gorgeous treasures any easier!
Table Clock: You simply can’t go wrong with a marble and brass combo, and it’s only $17. This may be a new addition to Casey’s guest bedroom…
So please tell us we’re not alone when it comes to shopping at Target? Anyone else find themselves sucked into the home decor aisle even though you know you probably really don’t need to buy anything? Crazy how that works. Target does it again.
We’ve written almost 1,000 blog posts (say what?!!) and there’s one topic we really haven’t covered around here…
As 2 married gals, we get asked how we get our husbands on board with our home decorating plans ALL THE TIME. It is definitely a FAQ around here, and for some reason we’ve never really addressed it. How do you get past your decor differences to make a space that you both love? How do you combine his style, with her style, to create OUR STYLE? (or his & his, hers & hers…no matter your significant other…it can still be a challenge combining styles!)
Well the wait is over, we finally compiled a list of our tips for anyone out there who is struggling to create a home with a unified design style. Now we certainly are not relationship gurus, but we do have some tips to combat those decor differences. And to keep it real, we thought it would only be fair to ask our husbands’ take on these FAQs. Needless to say, it’s always fun to hear about the DIY and decor world from their perspectives.
Our Tips to Create a Home you Both Love
Chat about how you want your home to “feel”: When you start throwing words around like boho, mid-century modern, and traditional…it’s very possible that your husband is going to look at you with a dead stare. Instead of using random words to figure out your style, chat about how you both want your home to FEEL. Do you want it to be comfortable? Quirky? Personal? Minimal? Have a discussion about each room and that will be a good jumping off point for the decorating process.
Consider your Lifestyle: Of course we ALL love the pretty images on Pinterest or the swoon-worthy spreads in the magazines, but those gorgeous images aren’t always realistic to each of our living situations. When we see inspiration photos we use them as just that — inspiration. We don’t want to do exactly what’s in those pinnable images because those rooms don’t always align with our lifestyles. When making design decisions, consider your lifestyle and what priorities are important to each of you. Do you prioritize a big, comfy couch for lazy Sundays or movie marathons? In that case maybe that sleek, modern couch is gorgeous but won’t fit your needs. Talk about how each of you use your home so when you start making these design decisions, you know where the other one is coming from.
Open Communication is Key: Talking, talking and more talking! Communication is key to any relationship and we feel the exact same when it comes to making design decisions. The more you express your needs, your priorities, your wishlist, and even your vision for your someday dream home, the more you will get to know each other’s design style and be excited to make these dreams a reality… together.
Shop Together: <— If you have a spouse who hates shopping, you’re probably thinking… YEA RIGHT!! We get it because our husbands aren’t always excited (to put it nicely) to go out decor shopping with us either. But we realize that having them there when we make big decisions helps “iron out” any issues before they happen. And because we know that this is not their #1 choice on how they would like to spend their Saturday afternoon, we try to make it as fun as we can. Usually we make a plan in advance of where we want to go so they know exactly what they’re in for. And then at the conclusion of this schedule, we celebrate with dinner/drinks at a place of their choice. This way it’s a little less about the shopping and more about a fun night out together!
Be Willing to Compromise: We’re guilty of not be amazing at this all the time, but we do feel like we’ve gotten better over time. I think we can both agree that we learn how to be better compromisers by watching those husbands of ours compromise so gracefully. Compromising is obviously a very important part of any relationship and compromising on decor is no different. We try to keep our husbands’ opinions in mind when making decisions and they are really great at being very flexible on their ends too. Framing travel photos is Matt AND Bridget’s favorite home traditions!
Have your Home Tell your Story: When you see decorating your house as a chance to tell your story and showcase your personality, it’s a lot easier to make design decisions that you both really love. Try to weave your “story” into as much of your home as you can with photos, items from your travels, memories that mean a lot to you, or even symbolic items that remind you of happy times together. We promise that this is the best way to not only get him on board but more importantly, excited! Remember these LED lights that Finn installed behind the TV?
Know your Strengths & Weaknesses: Finn is really great at electronics while Casey is really great at envisioning a knock-out gallery wall. Matt is really great at landscaping and flowers while Bridget is really great at styling a book shelf. We all have our strengths and we try to highlight these strengths by making our spouses in charge of what they are really great at. Finn is always in charge of hooking up electronics, hiding cords, trying to transition our home into a SMART home whenever possible. Matt is always in charge of choosing flowers, maintaining our landscaping, organizing any projects that need to be done in the yard. Giving everyone a formal “job” is a great way to make everyone feel like their opinions and skills are important!
Treat Every Idea with Respect: Even if it is clearly wrong and not going to happen, be respectful of the ideas brought to the table. Sometimes the less informed (in this case Matt and myself) are unaware of certain things that the Playbook girls take as fact. Sometimes things need to be explained and understood in steps as opposed to laughing in someone’s face.
Take Strong Opinions Seriously: Be aware of complete opposition to an idea. If someone in the relationship is vehemently opposed to an idea or piece of furniture, it may be best to rework the plan. If someone hates something they have to use everyday like a couch or chair that is not fair, no matter how much YOU love it. Find a better compromise.
Trust: I like to think I’m pretty coachable. I know who’s in charge of the lineup card, who picks the roster, and who selects where I bat in the order. In other words, I don’t question the skipper. Especially a skipper who has a proven track record of success (in decoration and home design). Fellas (or ladies), my biggest bit of advice is to be a team player. Don’t question the process of decorating, but embrace the process. Trust the fact that you are in good hands….. and please… let the “coaches” coach.
Think outside the box: There’s no such thing as “junk” anymore. Household appliances and furniture that have made a comfortable home on the edge of a stranger’s driveway are no longer off limits. The girls of The DIY Playbook have taught me that “treasures” come in all shapes and sizes.
Keep an open mind: Five years ago, if you told me my house would be filled with lanterns, ceramic hands, and pictures of boots/shoes, I would’ve thought you were crazy. Now, I love it all (except for the creepy ceramic hand…don’t tell the skip I said that).
Delivery is everything: My mom always tells me, “It’s not what you say, but how you say it.” When offering suggestions, asking questions, or just complimenting the wonderful things happening in your house, do so with care. We have to remember how lucky we are that we have skippers who want to make our homes a better place.
We also asked them a scary question…how are WE at compromising when it comes to our home decor? #eek
Finn: I think we are both good at compromise, given the fact that I love my home and have made little to no decisions (haha!), but I am aware that I am less skilled and should back off most of the time while providing input when needed.
Matt: Bridget has been an incredible skipper for our house. She is willing to compromise, willing to collaborate, but most importantly, willing to put her foot down when it comes time for decisions to be made. She always keeps an open mind and listens to my ideas (with a polite smile and head nod). I do not question her way of thinking or thought process. I get to sit back, put my feet up and enjoy the end result. What more can I ask for? She is AMAZING at what she does!
Last time we chatted about our family room, I told you guys that we’re on the hunt for a new couch. Well the hunt is still ongoing, but I’ve done more research and made some decisions on what exactly we want for the space.
You can read more about my review of our current couch right here. But in short, it’s a wonderful couch that we’ve owned for 5 years now, but we’re ready for a change!
Since moving in over a year ago, we’ve always had our “L” shaped sectional facing the built-ins and our front windows.
It’s worked out fine for us, but I’ve always wanted the couch to open up to the entire room. Kinda like this inspiration picture…
That way there would be better flow from the family room, to the dining room, to the kitchen. Making it much easier to entertain!
However, since we have a chaise on our couch, that part would block a large chunk of the built-ins if we moved the “L” the other way.
But in order to get a feel for what the space would look like with a new couch that opened up to the room, I decided to move the couch. I did this on a random day when Finn wasn’t around and man you should have seen me moving all of these pieces all by myself. It was comical, and I was a sweaty mess by the end of it. But I was able to successfully get the couch positioned the way I envisioned it in my head.
Here it is opened up to the rest of the room.
The chaise does block the built-ins and TV a bit, but again, this was just an exercise so we could get a feel for what a new couch would be like in this space. A new couch that ideally wouldn’t have a chaise portion.
After living with it like this for about a week Finn & I agreed….this positioning is the way to go when we get a new couch in this space! The room just feels so much bigger and more open.
So with newfound motivation, we decided to make our list of must-haves for a new couch.
Our Couch Must-Haves
Must be an L-shaped sectional
Must be roomy (we’re both pretty tall and want to be able to spread out on it)
The seats should be pretty deep
We prefer a light gray color
Should have an easy to clean fabric
Not too boxy
A classic shape that we’ll (hopefully!) still love in 5+ years
With our list of must-haves, I started browsing. My first thought? Why the heck are couches so darn expensive? Man oh man, some of the ones I found were so pricey!
My second thought? If at all possible, I want to be able to sit on the couch before buying it. I know there are a lot of amazing online retailers who sell sectionals…but in a perfect world I’d love to sit before I buy. So I visited a few stores here in Chicago, checked out some of my favorite retailers in-person, and also did a bit of online shopping where places had amazing return policies.
I know which one I’m leaning towards, but would love to hear your thoughts! Next month when we chat about this space, I’m hoping I’ll have our new couch in place, photographed, and ready for action #wishfulthinking
P.S. Our current couch is for sale! If you’re interested and local to the Chicagoland area, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to chat more.
Art is an essential part of every home space. Not only does it add beauty and visual interest to a room, but it can also tell the story of the people who live there.
So when planning our Lowe’s home makeover, we absolutely knew we would need some new art for the bedroom. And whenever we need art, we always check out Minted.
Since there isn’t a ton of wall space in Mike & April’s bedroom, we decided to hang the gallery wall over the bed. We figured this would make a big statement on the wall that you see right when you enter the room, plus it would draw the eye up and make the ceilings appear higher #winwin
With the area determined, we started checking out the thousands of options available on Minted.
Tips to Curate a Gallery Wall
Choose a Variety: Personally we love to incorporate photographs, typography pieces, and art. This gives it a very collected feel and keeps it interesting. We’re also very conscious of the colors we choose for the art, as we want it to feel balanced.
Make it Personal: Art should be meaningful to you, and we’re not gonna lie…it was a tad difficult choosing art for someone else. However, we did chat with April & Mike about their hobbies, their likes/dislikes, etc. and we feel like we were able to choose some pieces that speak to them. Mike is into mechanics, so the picture with the gears reflects that. And since they’re newlyweds, we couldn’t help but add a cute little love quote onto the wall. One thing they did not want was personal pictures over the bed. And we totally understand that! It might be weird to have a picture of your parents or family members staring down at you while you sleep. Ha!
Decide on Frames: The frame is the finishing touch on a piece of art, so don’t make it an afterthought. For this space, we went with black, white, and the wood herringbone pattern from Minted. We felt like this meshed well with the rest of the space and gave us the collected look that we wanted. When in doubt, we always use a thick white mat under the frame. It elevates any piece of art and instantly makes it look classier.
Measure It Out: To determine the frame sizes and the number of pieces we would need for the gallery wall, we got out our trusty tape measure and painter’s tape. Knowing we had about 4 feet from the top of the headboard to the ceiling, we marked that out on the floor. Then we used the painter’s tape to play around with a grid of frames. We always think bigger is better when it comes to art, but some pieces we did have to go a bit smaller than we anticipated due to the 4 feet of space we had. It’s always good to order with a plan in mind, so we recommend our painter’s tape method. Then when you actually go to hang, we always recommend using wrapping paper or large paper to organize the grid before you put any holes in the wall.
It Doesn’t Have to be Perfect: Honestly, we don’t listen to any “rules” when it comes time to hang. Instead we typically eyeball it and adjust as we go. We think the actual hanging is a 2-person job and will often hold it up and have another person step back to get a feel for what it will look like when hung. We try not to put any unnecessary holes in the wall, but we’ll admit we are not perfect. Again, the paper on the wall method is a big help when it comes time to hang your gallery wall!
We think April & Mike’s master bedroom gallery wall turned out pretty gorgeous. Here are links to all of the pieces we used in the space.
If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed with all of the options on Minted (we feel ya…there are soooo many gorgeous pieces to choose from!) then be sure to check out our store on Minted. We’ve chosen some of our favorite pieces that we believe can work in just about any home. You can view our store right here.
And a big thanks to Minted for providing the art for this master bedroom makeover. We love partnering with brands that support our projects and these pieces were the crowing jewels on a gorgeous new space.
P.S. Today is Bridget’s Birthday! There was no way I could let this special day go by without giving her a little birthday TLC. Be sure to give her some love if you see her today!
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