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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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BeltLine Reboot

Two technology companies share office space in this refurbished industrial office off the Atlanta BeltLine: a sustainable redevelopment project that, when completed, will connect 45 intern neighborhoods via a 22-mile loop of trails and parks. The entire BeltLine is based on railroad corridors that formerly encircled the city of Atlanta.

New life is brought to these renovated commercial spaces as runners, bikers, and dog walkers can be seen strolling by the office lounge windows. The area is full of the amazing life and culture that Atlanta has to offer.

When they took me back to the lounge the first time, they said, “no one really uses this space.”

With a large table and one office chair and an old couch in the corner, it was a little less than inviting. This incredible space existed for employees to reheat their food and maybe host a yoga class if you move the table. Immediately, I knew that we had to add functionality and purpose to this space: a transformed lounge would bring the vitality and function of the BeltLine indoors.

I wanted to honor the roots of the building and the area with nods to the past. Here’s the reveal:

Let’s begin with the seating and entry area.

This multipurpose seating area is steeped in the look of reclaimed wood, iron, leather, and industrial-themed accessories. These layers add texture and warmth to the previously one-dimensional, industrial space.

Because they host events, we made a custom moveable bar with reclaimed wood and a zinc-wrapped top that’s cool and easily wiped clean.

The leather-clad bar stools not only provide additional seating, they continue the comfortable, warm texture of the seating area while also providing employees with a place to gather around the bar area.

This design not only creates function in the office space, it increases productivity and heightens their professional identity for corporate events. Your company (or your personal office!) can benefit from great design. Contact me today to get started.

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A Quiet Place to Read (Someday)

Everyone wants a cozy place to read, you know, for that moment when the kids are playing quietly by themselves, the dishes are done and email is caught up. Until this divine moment happens, I have this lovely nook to walk past.

This great chair was in my husband’s house as a kid. I think his family still isn’t sure why I don’t get a new chair but I love it because of the worn-in patina! The afghan was knitted with love by my mother and the shelves are filled with items from our travels. Just in this frame, we have items that we picked up in France, Rwanda, Kenya, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Armenia! Every home needs a wall of shelves to display your life and loves!

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

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