entry wall gallery wall {step-by-step}

gallery wall

i love a good gallery wall!  i think they are a great way to inject a huge dose of personality into a home and can tell you so much about who lives there through pictures, prints, random decor, and style.

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when we built our home i wanted open open open space.  and we got it – yay!  but with the open space, we are lacking wall space, which means less space to decorate – boo.  in our great room (living, dining, kitchen) we have 2 walls.  TWO.  yes there are small 2″ wide wall spaces next to 2 doorways, but honestly other than that, we are pretty limited.

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because of that limited wall space, i like to make sure those 2 walls have big impact!  one of our spaces is our floating shelves in the dining area, which i just love.  the other space is here in our entryway.  and because we only have those 2 walls, we also only have 2 options for placing the piano.  the dining room just didn’t work, so the entry way it is!  our enter is definitely not traditional, but we have to make it work.  it opens directly into our living room, so we tucked some hooks behind the door for guests to hang coats and bags.  our family typically uses the back door for our main entry, so our drop zone is back there.

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our entry way has transformed so many times over the last 8 years here, and i’m sure will continue to, but i’m really happy with this combination i came up with.

i started by laying out everything i could hang on a wall that i gathered from around the house – posters, prints, photographs, instagram pics, monograms (“C” for our last name), numbers (5 for our family of 5).  then i measured out the space i had to work within and marked out that space on our dining room table.  then i got to work arranging and rearranging and rearranging again, then taking it all off and starting over from scratch.  it was a fun but long process.  sometimes i get in the same rhythm over and over that i have to purposefully go against my natural design instincts to force myself to try new things.  one of 2 things then happen: either i love it or i realize i gravitate toward certain things naturally because they work the best for me!  either way, i always think its good to try new things, even if they don’t work out. #lifetip

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i’m really happy with the neutral base for this wall, but i was able to mix it up with a variety of frames i found around the house, mixing black, stained wood, gold, frameless and even a clipboard!  the “so rad” free printable was found here and i had it printed at costco’s photo center (my printer is a bit wonky).  i did the sketch on the lower right when i was in college – its me when was about 3.  the watercolored “c” was a gift from emily (tutorial here).  the salvaged “5” was a gift from my mom.

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the “life is short” free printable is attached to a frame i had with the glass broken out of it, so i wrapped it with baker’s twine and attached the print with teeny clips.  to add a bit of color, i taped the pic of lily up with some washi tape.  the corrugated galvanized “c” was also a gift from my mom (yes, she’s awesome).  the picture of silas is matted with wrapping paper from target.  the “2 + 3 = 5″ flash card was stolen from my kids.  i told them it was ok since they already knew that fact ;)

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this wall has the thermostat inconveniently placed near the center of it (why?!), so i have disguised it with this framed “5”.  because i want to hide the ugly thermostat, but still need it to function, i had to come up with a cover that still allowed the air to flow.  i wrapped a piece of foam with fabric, but cut out the section that the thermostat would sit – hopefully it works!  thankfully, our weather is so mild that our heater rarely kicks on, so it should;t be too much of an issue.  i hope.

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the plant, accessories, and little washi tape bunting add just the right amount of color to the mostly neutral wall.


i made this fun little gif to walk you through each step of creating this gallery wall!

winter house

cozy winter decor

after the christmas decor was all packed up (i won’t lie – it was mid-january), it was time to quiet the house.  i removed all the holiday-specific items, but still wanted a little glitz and sparkle.  after all, its a new year, and thats something to celebrate!

cozy winter decor

i tucked away most of the knick-knacks and only brought out the items that felt fresh and homey – items with shine, sparkle, texture and warmth.  i kept the colors to a minimum – just white, cream, silver, gold, grey, tan & brown.

and i kept the pompom wreath up because its perfect for winter!

cozy winter decor

cozy winter decor

to keep from looking too stark being somewhat devoid of color, i’ve made sure to add a lot of texture in the furs and sequins.

i had a couple sequined tops laying around and turned them into pillow covers!

cozy winter decor

cozy winter decor

cozy winter decor

cozy winter decor

cozy winter decor

i love this locker cabinet in here!

cozy winter decor

i’ve also realized that if i’m not adding in color through accessories, i need to have lots of freshness through live plants.  my tip for keeping them alive: every couple days i my kids drop 2-3 ice cubes on the soil.

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cozy winter decor

cozy winter decor

our beautiful california winter has kept the roses blooming in our yard – it was 80* last weekend!

cozy winter decor

cozy winter decor

cozy winter decor

our entryway got a bit of a makeover, too.  i really simplified it for christmas, but i needed to wake that area up a bit.

cozy winter decor

cozy winter decor

cozy winter decor

cozy winter decor

cozy winter decor

so how about you?  do you go back to your usual decor after the holidays, or do you like to mix it up?  i’m not one for keeping things the same for long in my home, so i’m pretty sure things will change again around here soon…