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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DIY Face Masks to Prep Skin for Winter

It seems like just yesterday I was talking about preparing your skin for fall after a long summer of keeping it pretty simple – yet here we are with winter on the brain. Don’t worry, it’s not winter quite yet for most of us, but when it comes to skincare preventative measures are everything. Combat your usual winter skin woes, such as dryness, redness and irritation early by whipping up one of these 3 DIY face masks using what you probably already have in your kitchen.

DIY Face Masks for Winter - Tamera Mowry

Oatmeal Face Mask
While winter skin is most often known for being dry and cracking, that doesn’t mean you should skip the exfoliants. The trick is to be gentle. For this exfoliating mask, cook up a cup of oatmeal with milk. Let cool. Mix in a spoonful of organic raw honey (antibacterial and healing), and if you’d like, a drop of almond oil (rich in vitamin E and antioxidants). Make sure it’s not too thick, but will actually stick to your face! Gently apply to skin and leave on for 10-15 minutes.

Pumpkin Mask
Got a can of pumpkin leftover from Thanksgiving? Mix it up (about a cup) with a couple tablespoons each of plain yogurt, honey and brown sugar. Apply evenly to skin and rinse off after about 15 minutes. Pumpkin is rich in vitamin A and C, the brown sugar adds a gentle exfoliation but can be left out if you aren’t in to it, and the yogurt fights bacteria and unclogs pores. And once again, the healing power of honey will soothe the skin.

Avocado Face Mask
Ah, a classic! For this all you do is mash up an avocado (save some for guac, if you’ve got chips! Lol) and combine it with a tablespoon of olive oil. Oils help extract toxins from the skin, and since avocados are loaded with skin-loving vitamin E, which reduces inflammation, skin will feel ultra-moisturized and refreshed afterward. Apply a thin layer to skin, leave for about 15 minutes, and rinse.

Make sure to cleanse beforehand and rinse thoroughly after each mask, and of course, only use ingredients you know your skin isn’t irritated by.

Want more DIY skincare ideas? Check out these one-ingredient wonders.

Xx,
Tamera

DIY Trivet

Summer is flying by, but there are still some home décor projects and crafts I’ve been trying out when I get a few extra minutes. This trivet DIY is surprisingly simple, and you end up with something cute to set your pots and bowls on when entertaining.

DIY Trivet - Home decor DIY - Tamera Mowry

The marbled blue on white clay goes with my beach chic home décor. Here’s what you do…

All you need are a couple blocks of Sculpey clay. This will vary depending on the size of your trivet, but if you like the marbled look, you’ll want to have an accent color.

DIY Trivet - Home decor DIY - Tamera Mowry

Using the main color, roll the clay like above. Then, take small rounds of the accent color and stick them to the piece.

DIY Trivet - Home decor DIY - Tamera Mowry

Twist to distribute the color.

DIY Trivet - Home decor DIY - Tamera Mowry

Roll out the clay with a rolling pin until it’s the size you want and the rough shape. Before baking, cut it into a circle and smooth out the edges.

DIY Trivet - Home decor DIY - Tamera Mowry

Bake at 275 for 10-15 minutes. Make sure to let it cool completely, which is when it will harden. You can sand down the edges a bit to make it more smooth if needed. Lastly, adhere some felt to the bottom.

That’s it! An easy marbled trivet for cooking and entertaining.

Xx,
Tamera

DIY Felt Wall Art

While I love to craft as a family, it’s also nice to have some “just me” time to get creative and make meaningful décor for the home or even gifts… When I have the time that is. If you are a crafter you probably have all the materials on hand, but even if not, you can pick felt, hot glue and cardstock up at any local craft store. Here’s the finished product…

DIY Felt Wall Art for Kids Rooms | Tamera Mowry
Isn’t this saying so cute for a kid’s room?

Here’s what you do…
DIY Felt Wall Art for Kids Rooms | Tamera Mowry

Supplies
Different colored felt
Hot glue + gun
1 piece of cardstock
Photo frame

DIY Felt Wall Art for Kids Rooms | Tamera Mowry

Instructions
1. Cut out letters. Test a few to make sure they’ll fit within the frame. Use the first letter as a template for the size of all the others.
2. Arrange the letters on your piece of cardstock to test how they’ll look.
3. Get gluing. Hot glue can easily seep through the felt so keep it as minimal as possible. If it’s going in a frame, you won’t have a problem with letters falling off or anything.

DIY Felt Wall Art for Kids Rooms | Tamera Mowry

Let dry and frame!

Where would you display this print?

Lavender Lemonade + My Valentine’s Day DIY

Happy Monday! Spring is right around the corner (or at least that’s what I’m telling myself) and with that comes days sipping lemonade on the patio. Even better when it’s flavored with herbs from the garden, which Adam recently revamped! With Valentine’s Day coming up this Sunday, I thought it would be fun to share one a quick and easy festive DIY project along with a delicious drink for any of you entertaining. Here’s what to do…

DIY Valentine's Day Straws | Tamera Mowry

First, get crafty. Purchase paper straws and colorful felt which you’ll then cut into hearts. With a hot glue gun, place a small dab of glue and attach it near the top of the straw. Lay them out and way for the straws to dry while you whip up the lemonade.

Now for the lavender lemonade recipe…

Lavender Lemonade Recipe | Tamera Mowry

Lavender Lemonade Recipe | Tamera Mowry

Gather your ingredients. The process will be the same as my classic lemonade recipe, but with the addition of lavender. For a healthier drink, I love Xyla in place of sugar. It’s an all natural sweetener with 40% less calories than regular sugar. It sweetens drinks without that crazy sugar crash too.

Lavender Lemonade Recipe | Tamera Mowry

Lavender Lemonade Recipe | Tamera Mowry

Like with classic lemonade, you’ll want to dissolve the sugar/sweetener in the water beforehand. During this step you can infuse your lavender – just a handful for a six-serving pitcher is necessary, but you can add as much as you’d like to taste.

Lavender Lemonade Recipe | Tamera Mowry

When finished steeping and sugar is dissolved, strain the lavender with a fine mesh strainer. You’ll want to keep your strainer handy when to remove any stray seeds from your lemon juice as well.

Lavender Lemonade Recipe | Tamera Mowry

Combine the sweetened lavender water with the lemonade and chill in the fridge. The more lavender you add, the pinker your juice will turn. Add a few drops of food coloring if you prefer a lavender hue. I enjoy the subtly of the flavors here, however!

Lavender Lemonade Recipe | Tamera Mowry

The good stuff!

Lavender Lemonade Recipe | Tamera Mowry

Adorn them with your cute straws and you have the perfect Valentine’s drink. Kid friendly too :)

Do you have Valentine’s plans?

Xx,
Tamera

DIY Coconut Body Wash

Today I have a super easy recipe for those of you choosing to go au naturel with your bath and body products. I love to try out the latest big thing as much as anyone else, but it’s nice to have a stripped-down alternative whenever my skin could use a break. Plus, when you make your own body wash, you can experiment with scents and ingredients, which is especially helpful if you have any skin concerns or sensitivities.

This body wash can be an inexpensive alternative if you’re someone who already uses natural products. If not, fair warning, there is a bit of initial investment to get liquid castile soap, coconut oil and essential oils. Just know all this lasts forever and can work wonders for your skin.

DIY coconut body wash - natural homemade body wash

Recipe adapted from one good thing by Jillee + hello natural.

DIY coconut body wash

¼ cup liquid castile soap (pictured is Dr. Bronner’s unscented)
½ cup liquid coconut oil (you can liquefy yours by heating in microwave for a few seconds)
1 scoop of raw honey (the nutrients in raw honey promote healthy, youthful skin, but it must be raw!)
a few drops of essential oil depending on preference.

Slowly stir all ingredients, stirring in the soap last, and pour into container. Shake to mix up ingredients before each use.

Tip: If you like to shower in the morning, a citrus essential oil can freshen and wake you right up, but if you’ll be using this at the end of a long day, try lavender for its soothing effects! Add vitamin e oil to make this an extra nourishing wash.

Let me know if you give it a try!

Xx,
Tamera