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Gallery Wall HOW TO!

Any large, empty wall space is calling out for a stylish and quirky gallery wall. Whether it’s the empty space over your couch, or your bed, or over a desk: a gallery wall can serve as an expression of images that inspire you or surround you with pictures of the ones you love. However, it can be a daunting task to get the spacing and the arrangements just right. That’s why we’re here today, folks! FEAR THE GALLERY WALL NO MORE!

Let’s begin by measuring the space on your wall that you want to fill. Tape that space out on your floor, including switch plates or anything extra on the wall that you need to consider. Now, gather all of the frames, special items, posters that you’d like to display in your gallery. (NOTE: If you have items you want to hang but you don’t have them in your hot little hands yet, just use tape to represent their dimensions in your arrangement.)

Arrange your items within the taped off space as you’d like to see them displayed on the wall. Once you’re thrilled with your arrangement, it’s time to hang.

Take the largest or most central piece, the frame or item that anchors the entire arrangement, and hang it on your wall. You already know where to hang it because you were super careful to measure it’s position within your taped-off floor gallery. You are so very smart: GO YOU.

Then, measuring, remove a piece at a time from the floor arrangement and hang!

Keep measuring the floor and hanging according to those measurements on the wall. It’s a gallery wall. All good things take time. Keep hanging. (If this DIY isn’t your jam, just go ahead and contact me and my team will get it done as a part of your design plan.)

Complete making adjustments as needed (it’s just a tiny hole, don’t stress too much!) When you’re happy, level each piece, applying putty in the bottom corners to keep them in place.

Voila! Stylish, gallery wall. And you did it all.by.yourself. You’re amazing.

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Juju Hat DIY

I love juju hats. I love saying “juju hat.” They are those fabulous round feather pieces you may have seen around. They are actually African tribal headdresses. The texture and dimension and color make them a fabulous focal point! I have used them in this Moroccan themed bedroom as well as an amazing white one as part of an art gallery wall in this living room (post on this space coming soon!). They are dramatic and organic and can be any color under the sun. They run anywhere from$250-500, typically. While I bought the white one for the living room at an antique market, my client and I decided to get crafty and make our own for her bedroom.

You should know the feathers are not inexpensive. The project did not end up saving us a ton of money. We knew that going in. We were just up for the experience! We primarily used this tutorial although there are a bunch of others on Pinterest.

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What you’ll need to create your juju hat is feathers, a round object to glue them to (I used a woven charger), a harder object to give it strength and structure, and the almighty glue gun. It would be great if you could just hot glue a feather boa for this, but you can’t. We bought our feathers here. We went with the 9-12″ rooster coque tail feathers after looking at other tutorials. This company sent us a bunch of samples to make sure our colors were right and had great customer service. We used a pound of feathers for our 32″ completed juju hat.

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To start, lay out your feathers so they do not get tangled and so that you can see if you have enough or need to tweak before anything gets glued! Start with feather tips arching downwards. Glue in a circle, pushing the stems into the glue. When you have completed a circle, cut the excess. Do not spiral. The next circle should be with feathers arching upwards and alternating this way throughout the project to give maximum volume and dimension.

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When you’ve done this, you are almost done! At the end, take some of the ends you cut off in the process and glue a few of them in the center. We did about a dozen and used some of the samples the company had sent us earlier. We used white and orange to give a little color variety and, because of this, we tucked a few around the other strands as you can see Perri expertly doing here.

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And when you are done, you will be so happy with how easy it was and how gorgeous it is and what an amazing crafter you and your friend are, and you will put your juju hat on and you will dance.

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We just hung it with a 1.5 inch nail straight through the center. It could not have been easier, I promise! And we LOVE the result.

Give your house good juju with a juju hat. Or at least dance.

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Family Valentines Dinner at Home

I love love. I love spending time with my main man. I love our kids. I love making ordinary moments special. I love making holidays special. What I do not love are overly gooey Valentine’s Day themed price-hiked meals surrounded by couples I don’t know who likely feel the same but feel obligated to participate. The last couple of years, and since the kids are old enough to appreciate it, we have made a new family tradition. We have a “fancy” Valentines Day Brinner (breakfast for dinner). We dress up. We set the table with our best dishes. We light candles. And we make heart shaped breakfast. I mean, what’s not to love here?

Today I am sharing our tradition with you, photographed beautifully by the amazing Cati Teague Photography. First, the table.

We love flowers at our house. We always have fresh flowers in the middle of our kitchen table. When it comes to setting mood, candles are a must. We dim the overhead pendant, light votives around the table and giggle at each other through candlelight. It’s pretty awesome.

The dinner plate is from Anthropologie, charger and napkins (tea towels, actually) were found at HomeGoods and the rest (silver, dishes and vase) are vintage, found at antique stores and flea markets.

Valentines Table Setting

You may remember that arrows are among my favorite things. Since that post, I have received an arrow tote, bracelet and t-shirt from readers. You people are my favorite. I made these arrows and will post a DIY about them in the next few days! Stay tuned…are. they. not. the. cutest?!

Valentines Day Dinner And now for our Valentine’s Day Brinner Menu. It is a crowd pleaser and could not be easier.

We have milk and orange juice in champagne and wine glasses because that’s fancy. Bacon is baked on a sheet pan in the form of a heart and sprinkled with maple syrup and cracked pepper. Toast is cut into heart shapes and spread with fruit preserves. Eggs are usually scrambled but I stepped it up here by simply placing a cookie cutter sprayed with cooking spray on a skillet and cracking an egg into it. Beautiful heart-shaped egg! To top it off we have a side dish of Red Hot applesauce. It is exactly what it sounds like and it is amazing. Pour applesauce from a jar (or make your own, but really now) in a sauce pan, sprinkle a handful of Red Hots to taste, chill or bring to room temperature, and you get a red applesauce with a bit of spice and cinnamon that you will love. My grandma taught me this trick in Idaho decades ago. She was genius.

Valentines Day Dinner BrinnerAnd because you should always have dessert, even with breakfast, French Macarons. French macarons are like edible little trinket boxes. They are beautiful with their candy colors and smooth tops, crunchy outer shell and creamy delicate centers. Oh dear lord, they are my top 5 foods of all time. Buy them fresh from the bakery or frozen from Trader Joe’s or equivalent, but please do end your Valentines Day Brinner with French Macarons.

Arrows and French Macarons

Avoid crowds and cost this year and celebrate love with the little and big ones you love best. Steal our family tradition and please take the time to tell me all about it!

Love,  Gina <3

PHOTO CRED:  Cati Teague Photography

 

 

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Pizazz For Your Holiday Table

Sure, most of us are busily getting pictures with Santa and wrapping presents and general Christmas merriment, but let’s take a minute to give the holiday table a proper nod. {Insert nod here} If you follow me on Facebook (which you should), you may have noticed that my favorite way to decorate for Christmas is “nature with a little pizazz” (read: sparkle, glitz, shine).

For this table scape, I used timeless white flowers and went out on the nature walk prowl in my neighborhood. I came back with magnolia leaves, pinecones and pine straw. I dipped the pine straw in silver paint, painted the tips of the pine cone and used the magnolia leaf as a place card. By placing beautiful patterned paper on top of a long white tablecloth, I got great drama for very little investment. Beautiful!

Christmas Table Scape

Holiday Table

No matter what is on your table on Christmas, I hope it is seasoned with hearty celebration, gratitude and great conversation with the people you love! Merry Christmas, everyone!

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Party Tent DIY

I have had several inquiries about the tent I made for Anna’s Vintage Camping Party. The party was such a blast I want to recreate it every weekend and just roast different things over the fire (a girl can handle only so many s’mores, can I get an ‘amen’!? No s’more!).

There are many A-frame tent tutorials on the web but I like this one – it is more indestructible and folds up easily and is simply a cinch to make! Bonus: All the wood cost roughly $10.00 and I had the rest of the materials on hand.

You’ll need:

5 – 1 1/2 x 3/4 inch boards, 54 inches in length (for use, vertically, as the A-frame, and one to lay across the top)

4 – 1 1/2 x 3/4 inch boards, 42 inches in length (for use as the cross beams)

16 – 1 1/2 inch nails

2 – 2 inch bolts

2  wing nuts

Hammer

Drill

A piece of fabric roughly 46×104 inches (I used a sheet we found at a thrift store and folded it almost in half)

Staple gun

Potato and acrylic paint (if you want to stamp it)

Here is the finished frame:

A-Frame Tent

To make the bottom of frame, nail your 46 inch board inside the two longer 54 inch boards, roughly 2-3 inches from the bottom.

It will look like this: Inside board flush with 2 nails

To do the top section, position your 46 inch boards on the outside of the frame. Like this: Top of A-frame, shorter boards nailed to the outside of frame.Use a drill to secure the two parts of the frame together with the bolts and wing nuts. The 5th 54 inch board simply sits at the top between the “V” so the fabric can drape.

Drape your fabric over the top, stapling the sides around the boards and at the bottom. It will look like this.

DIY A-Frame Tent

As you can see, we decided to fancy up the fabric (a thrift store sheet we found). We made a stamp out of at sweet potato and stamped green and blue acrylic painted triangles.

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Potato stamped tent

We made a few tassels to decorate the front, set the tent on top of rugs and quilts and filled it full of pillows. Camping party goodness!

Tent DIY

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Anna's Campsite

So grab some boards and your hammer and in no time, you’ll be camping out in your own backyard.

Happy backyard adventures to you!

See more pictures and the full party Here!

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