Tips For Creating A Gallery Wall At Home

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Interior design is a big passion of mine, and I especially love to take on new design projects around my home. One of my projects that seems to keep evolving is my gallery wall. When my husband Adam gave me an amazing wood plaque that was engraved with dates, names and places that were special to us, I knew that I had to do something other than just hang it on the wall. Instead, I decided to make it the focal point of my gallery wall!

Hanging a gallery wall can be challenging, but with a little planning, you can get an amazing result that looks very polished. After my own trial and error, I wanted to share with you guys the tips and tricks that I learned to create this beautiful look at home.

  1. Choose the right location: Pick a wall that is large enough, and where the gallery will be the focal point in the room. I have mine on a big wall at the top of my stairs so it’s the first thing you see as you walk up.
  2. Pick a look: I like a clean white look for my gallery walls — Don’t get me wrong, eclectic gallery walls look lovely too, but I prefer simple and neutral tones in my home.
  3. Go for frames that have a matte: Frames that have nice big mattes give much more of a polished vibe.
  4. Make sure each side of the wall is balanced: You don’t want one side to be more frame intense than the other side. However, in design there is what they call ‘the rule of thirds’ that applies very well when you are  hanging art. Apartment Therapy has a great explanation on how to decorate using this rule.
  5. Repeat each frame size at least once: To create a cohesive feel with your gallery wall, make sure that you use each frame size at least once to create some consistency.
  6. Make sure your frames are evenly spaced: Even if you decide to have a misshapen gallery wall (which also looks awesome), ensure that your frames are all a relatively equal distance apart.
  7. Select photos that are hold meaningful memories: I personally like to have every photo on my gallery wall be a special memory. That way, each picture has its own little story.
  8. Add in something personal: I chose to make the amazing wood plaque the focal point of my gallery wall. I love the idea of the wall being very unique and personal to my family.
  9. Use paper to plan out your wall: If you aren’t totally sure where you want each frame to go, try using pieces of paper first to map out exactly where you will place everything. This also prevents making unnecessary holes in your wall.
  10. Use Pinterest for ideas: Pinterest is one of the best resources for getting ideas for designing a gallery wall, you can find a ton of different tips for layouts (like in the graphic below).

What are your design tips for creating an at-home gallery wall? Let me know in the comments below!

Xx
Tamera

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Pinterest image via pulptastic.com

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Thoughtful Hostess Gifts For Every Budget

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I never like to go to show up to anyone’s home empty handed! Whether I am staying with a friend for the weekend, going to a dinner party, or just popping by someone’s house for coffee, I always try and come with at least little something as a thank you to my host for having me. Sometimes though, bringing the typical flowers or wine can feel a little impersonal.

Over the years, friends have brought me lovely hostess gifts (one of my recent favorites is a wine glass that says MOM FUEL), and I really cherish them because they always remind me of the person who gifted it.

When I am selecting host / hostess gifts, I usually try and come up with something that is meaningful, and well thought-out. This doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money! To me, I think what makes the gift a special sentiment is that it is something that you clearly put time and effort into selecting.

On that note, I know we all get busy, and finding time to shop for these types of gifts seems to be the kind of thing that gets pushed to the bottom of the to-do list. What I try and do is look ahead in my calendar, and purchase several gifts at once, so I have things ready to go.

Recently I was doing one of my host / hostess gift online shopping missions, and wanted to share with you guys my favorite finds for every budget! These are items that I would love to give, or receive!

What are your favorite gifts for a host? Comment below and let me know if you have any other great suggestions!

Xx
Tamera

 

GIFTS UNDER $30

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Slant Collections Chance This Is Wine Mug, $18

Bag-all Wine Goodie Bag Set of 2, $18

Gift Boutique Heart Trinket Tray, $15

Umbra Pulse Wine Rack, $30

Marble Collage Large Square Tray, $45

GIFTS UNDER $55

second batch of gifts

Gift Boutique Pineapple Serving Bowl, $36

Beaches By Gray Malin Hardcover Book, $40

Books with Style How To Eataly, $35

Voluspa ‘Vermeil – Prosecco Rose’ Home Ambience Diffuser, $34

Freeform Decanter, $51.99

GIFTS UNDER $80

third batch of gifts

Rosanna Flamingo Appetizer Plates, $60

Sugarfina Faves 8pc Bento Box, $65

DIPTYQUE Baies Scented Candle, $64

kate spade new york Pearl Place Rose Bowl Vase, $75

RABLABS Ita Cheese Plate & Forma Spreader, $85

Making Your Bedroom A Sanctuary

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Your bedroom should be your sanctuary! We spend a lot of time in our bedrooms, so they should be a place that makes you feel peaceful. It’s also the one room in your home that should be totally devoted just to you (a large feat if you have children!).

For me, my bedroom is a place where I recharge both mentally and physically. After a long day, I feel so good walking into my bedroom knowing that I can unwind and relax in there. And in the morning, I wake up inspired to start my day. Making sure that my bedroom was a sanctuary was a very deliberate effort. I added design and décor touches that both looked good, and made me feel calm and relaxed! These little décor additions don’t have to be elaborate or overly expensive to make your room feel like an oasis.

Here are my tips on transforming your bedroom into a very dreamy space:

  • Keep the colors neutral and light — Bold colors can be way too stimulating and do not promote a relaxing vibe! If you do add color, make sure that it is in little doses. A new paint color can do wonders for changing the tone of your bedroom.
  • Add throw pillows — I will admit, having so many throw pillows on the bed is little bit of extra work to take off at night and then put on again each morning — But they make all the difference in creating a space that is visually appealing!
  • Make sure there are lots of soft things — Ideally, your sheets and bedding should be super soft and comfortable! I also like adding additional texture to my room by having a fur blanket draped over the end of my bed. It’s nice to cozy up with, and it also adds depth and balance to the design of the room.
  • Select artwork and photos that make you happy — I have one wall of my bedroom full of pictures that hold really special memories for me. Each time I look at the photos, they make me feel happy and blessed! I like to place my photos and artwork in matching frames that complement the décor of the room.
  • Invest in furniture — There are so many amazing furniture options out there these days! Even Amazon sells some pretty awesome pieces. Invest in a proper headboard and night tables. These pieces anchor the room, and will instantly elevate the design.
  • Add flowers — Fresh or faux, flowers are one of those little design touches that really brighten up a room. I make it a habit to always keep fresh flowers in my bedroom because they make me smile every time I look at them.
  • Pick a calming scent — Candles create ambiance! Pick a scent that is relaxing and that you can’t get enough. I love that my bedroom has signature scent.
  • Add a couple of decorative objects — You don’t want to go overboard here, but by adding a couple decorative home décor objects, you will add personality and individuality to your room! A mirrored tray is a great place to start if you aren’t sure what to add because it is functional (I place perfume on mine), and looks beautiful sitting on top of my dresser.

How do you guys make your room a sanctuary? 

Xx
Tamera  

Bedroom Decor Picks

Lamps, Safavieh Lighting Black Tie Crystal Table Lamps | Candle, diptyque Paris candle in Baies / Berries | Pillow, Hensen Moroccan Design Beaded Throw Pillow | Frame, Artcare Photography Matted Picture Frame | Throw, Faux-Fur Chair Throw, White | Artwork, Minted for west elm, Island Time | Crown, Lark Manor™ Decorative Crown Figurine | End Table, Suzette 1 Drawer End Table

My bedroom was designed with the help of the very talented Shalena Smith

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Ariah’s Bedroom Makeover

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Yesterday I showed you guys Aden’s newly redecorated bedroom, and now I am so excited to show you Ariah’s bedroom makeover! I worked with Oilo Studio to design this very special space for my daughter.

My daughter is a little lady who knows what she likes (watch out world!), and she adores anything pink. We wanted to create a room for her that she would automatically gravitate towards, and enjoy spending time in. This meant using her favorite color, and then offsetting it with lots of light and soft textures to create a calming space. Adding in the faux fur rug and stool were two ways that I could help to make the room feel safe and happy for her — She absolutely loves the plushness of these two pieces, and goes right to them every time she walks in her room.

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Designing Ariah’s room was different than Aden’s room because she is younger, and still sleeping in a crib. The big challenge was to create a beautiful space that was inviting for her, was functional for me and my husband and that could be easily updated. The room had to be designed around the idea that it would need to be updated from a nursery to a big kid room. For example, where the crib sits now, we have already measured out exactly where her first big girl bed will fit in a few years. We also know that she will need a book shelf and toy storage, and so we have already designated the space where the changing table currently sits for those items.

This room was all about creating some elements to stay for a long time, and creating other elements that are functional now, but that are temporary. One piece of this room that was designed to last is the wallpaper. I fell in love with the print, and it makes for a beautiful focal point that is bold, but not too busy. As Ariah gets older and her bedroom needs change, we plan on keeping the same look and feel to the room, and just updating a few things. Even the decorative crib pillows we selected are functional accents that can easily be placed on her big girl bed once we are ready for it. Designing her room was all about thinking ahead, and planning for change!

I loved designing this room for my daughter, and I can’t wait to see how she will continue to use it and make it her own as she grows up!

How have you guys transitioned a nursery into a big kid room? I would love to hear your tips!

Xo

Tamera

SHOP THE ROOM

Wallpaper by Anewalldecor | Crib by Newport Cottages | Sheepskin Rug (4×6) from Homegoods | Dresser from Wisteria | Glider by Oilo | Bedding by Oilo Studio | Light by Oilo Studio | La Mae Rug by Lulu & Georgia | Fur Stool by CB2 | End Table from wayfair | Mirror from Neiman Marcus | Window Treatments & Hardware by Q Design | Paint from Sherwin-Williams | Pillows by Oilo Studio | Blush Blanket by Oilo Studio

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Aden’s Bedroom Makeover

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I am so excited to show all of you guys Aden’s newly redecorated bedroom! With a little help from Oilo Studio, both Aden and Ariah’s Jack and Jill rooms have recently undergone complete makeovers. I have such a passion for interior design, and so it was especially fun for me to be able to create this special space for my son.

I wanted to design a room that he could really grow up in, and grow in to. The first big decision we made was to put a big boy bed in now (even though it seems like yesterday he was in a crib). We selected a queen size bed because it is going to save us from having to completely rework his bedroom layout in a few years. It seemed to make much more sense to design a space that will work for him now, and as he grows up.

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The room was designed in light blue and gray tones for a couple different reasons. First, these are calming colors, and creating a mellow bedroom environment was important to me. I want my son to feel comfortable and relaxed when he is in his room. Second, using a more muted color pallet allowed me to add more playful textures to the room, without the space becoming too busy. We knew that the room had to be able to accommodate books and toys and hours upon hours of play time, and so this light and cool color pallet was the perfect backdrop.

We also filled up every inch of functional space so that the room has more to offer than just a bed. From bookshelves to toy bins, every corner of his room offers something a little different for him to engage with. My personal favorite touch is the teepee! When I was a kid, my siblings and I loved to make forts. My son is going through this same phase right now, and it is so much fun to see him take his toys into his own private place and play.

Above all else, I wanted his room to be a sanctuary for him —  A private space where he can be creative, feel safe and call his own. I think we did a pretty good job, I absolutely love the way Aden’s room turned out!

Let me know what special touches you have added to your children’s room, I would love to see them!

Xo

Tamera

SHOP THE ROOM

Wallpaper by Serena & Lily | Bedding by Oilo Studio | Queen size bed from wayfair | Book Case in Dark Taupe from wayfair | Pendants (over night stands) from wayfair | Pendant from wayfair | Rug (8×10) from wayfair | Baskets from wayfair | Bench in Gray from wayfair | Nightstands from Candelabra | Teepee from Tnees Tpees | Frames from Framebridge | Window treatments from QDesign | Paint from Sherwin-Williams | Pillows by Oilo Studio | Quilt by Oilo Studio | Artwork by Kellie Holley

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8 Tips For An Organized Kitchen

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I find that the kitchen always tends to be the focal point in any home. Lots of important moments and conversations happen in my kitchen daily, and it is definitely the busiest place in my house. People are always coming and going – especially when you have children.

To say I like my kitchen to be organized is a bit of an understatement! I have learned to appreciate the fact that it won’t always be perfectly clean —  There will be new messes and activities happening there on a daily basis, and that is okay! However, I do try my best to keep a certain amount organization amongst the chaos. As busy moms know, we have a lot on our plate each day (no pun intended), and being proactive about home organization has made a big difference for me!

Here are my top 8 tips on how to keep the kitchen organized:

  1. Invest in a label maker: I know this may sound a little over-the-top, but it has been a life saver in my house! Labeling where things should go has made cleaning and organizing so much easier. When you have tons of sippy cups and thermoses and lunch containers, you need to have a proper place for each item. Knowing where everything is makes packing lunches in the morning much faster and more efficient!
  2. Use food canisters: When you keep regular snack and food items in your pantry, these BPA free plastic canisters are fantastic because they eliminate all the packaging that food comes in. They are especially useful if you are shopping in bulk because they can hold quite a lot of food. I also love that if one of my children grabs a canister and it drops, nothing spills out and we don’t have a huge mess on the floor.
  3. Dedicate each shelf for one specific type of thing: This makes opening the cupboard and quickly grabbing something a thousand times easier! If you have a dedicated shelf for food or containers, it will make finding what you need much faster.
  4. Put the kid-friendly things on a lower shelf: Kids will be kids, and they will try and just grab whatever they are going for in the cupboard. I always keep the child-friendly items on the lower shelves so that they don’t try and climb up to a higher shelf to get whatever they are after.
  5. Remove non-kitchen items: It is really easy for the kitchen to become ground zero for everyone’s stuff. I added some hooks and storage bins to my entry way to try and encourage everyone (myself included) to put their things there when they get home, and not just dump stuff in the kitchen. It has made a big difference in eliminating the backpack and purse clutter that used to gather on the kitchen counter.
  6. Keep counter-top storage minimal: Since there is so much action always happening in the kitchen, having clear counter tops is key to organization! I try to just keep a few essential items on my counter, and everything else is put away in a cupboard.
  7. Keep disinfecting wipes on hand: I keep several containers of these wipes around at all times because there is always some little mess that needs to be cleaned up! Especially inside the cupboards where things can spill and build up over time. Using green, non-toxic wipes are ideal because then I don’t have to worry about harsh chemicals in the kitchen.
  8. Use crates and tubs: Using tubs to keep awkward or bulky items together in a cupboard is an easy way to always ensure that you can find what you are looking for! For example, I love using these tubs under my kitchen sink to store cleaning products and in the cupboard to keep all my spices and seasonings in one place.

Let me know how you guys like to keep your kitchen organized!

Xo

Tamera

 

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