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I LOVE white space. White space is referred to the white (duh!) space around a picture that is framed. It can also refer to lots of free wall space in interior design, graphic design, etc. Basically, white space creates that airy, effortless feel. That uncluttered, clean and pristine look.

For our bedroom gallery wall, I was worried about it all becoming a little too busy and overwhelming. So I chose minimal colors and – you guessed it – lots of white space within the frames!

You could have your images professionally matted and framed (and spend $$$) OR, you can DIY this project! I prefer the budget option, that still looks absolutely gorgeous and custom!

How to Mat a Photo on a Budget – Supplies:

  • Picture Frame
  • Photograph, Artwork, etc.
  • Plain Watercolor Paper
  • Ruler, Pen, Calculator, Knife, Cutting Mat, Washi Tape

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Step 1

After selecting your frame and art piece, unravel the frame. Put the glass onto the plain watercolor paper and trace it with your knife.

BTW, I like to use watercolor paper, because of two reasons. One, it’s a beautiful warm white color. Two, the texture is just DIVINE!

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Step 2

Figure out how much of your art piece you want to show in the frame. Aka, how large or small the cut-out is going to be. Then take the measurements of the watercolor paper and subtract the cut-out measurement, then divide by 2 and you have the side measurements of the border. Repeat the same for the top and bottom measurements. Here you can also make the bottom just a tad wider than the top, to give it some interest.

TIP: I like to use centimeters for this, as it’s just a bit easier to be accurate. But of course, inches will work just as well!

33cm – 9cm = 24cm : 2 = 12cm

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Step 3

On the backside of the watercolor paper, pencil in your measurements. Then, very carefully, use your knife and ruler to cut out the square.

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Step 4

Your mat is done and you can attach your art piece right to the backside of the watercolor paper. I like to use washi tape. Put together your frame and you’re done!

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TIP: This one’s a weird one! But I like to frame my pieces without the glass! I love to see the texture of the watercolor paper and quite honestly, I hate how the glass tints my beautiful whites to a green-blue hue. To make sure I keep the glass in pristine condition – and to give my frame the extra weight – I put it right behind the artwork. Think whatever you may, I love this trick ๐Ÿ˜‰

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It’s done, it’s finally done!! The barn is painted, the window & door casings are finished and exterior lights have been selected! Oh, and the white side of the house is finished as well!!!

Like with just about every project, this one got put on the back burner for a little while. Reason: due to pleasant weather Adrian started working on the white side of the house. I wish I could’ve helped him scratching off the old paint, but these days I’m not supposed to be anywhere close to possible lead based paint…. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It sure was a piece of work, but the results are breathtaking! We’ve even had neighbors marvel at the place and tell us how this house hasn’t looked so pretty in years and years!

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Things always have to get REAL BAD before they get better, right!?

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While Adrian was getting things ready for painting, I was cutting out window and door covers – all morning long. Prepping takes almost as long as actually spray painting a house, believe it or not!

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The hubby prepping the house – Leya was always right there with him. Such a sweet girl!

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Aaaand, finally things got white and messy! Seriously though, Adrian did SUCH a fantastic job giving this house a new coat!

But back to the barn! Here she is! I wish I could show you the entire house, barn and all! But until the leaves have turned yellow and dropped off the trees, that unfortunately won’t be possible ๐Ÿ˜‰ New England houses are just THAT long LOL

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For the longest time we decided back and forth between two exterior lights. The more traditional four walled glass sconce or the more modern barn light. Although both looked really pretty, the barn light won in the end. It just has that edginess, and bonus, it’s a heck of a lot cheaper too! But wait, because we loved the traditional one as well, we installed it on the front entrance, which is now painted and finished and glowing in its white new coat!

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Adrian built a new casing for the barn entrance, which really made a huge difference! It feels so much more official now. Eventually we’ll work on the landscaping and pathway, but until then, we love to ring in the Autumn with some mums and a pumpkin from my garden ๐Ÿ™‚

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The biggest change in plans was the white window trim. We had originally planned on painting them the same dark grey color. And then, it felt only right to let those cute little windows pop.

So, and that’s it for painting the house! On to the next (gazillion) projects!

It’s official – about a week ago grocery stores started sell pumpkins! The leaves are starting to turn red and orange and yellow and it’s time to dress up the house for Autumn!

This easy and cheap fall wreath DIY is the perfect point to start. I made six wreaths for under $6 and the light plays absolutely beautifully through the colors of the faux leaves! Best part? I can just pack them up and re-use them next year!

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Quick and Cheap Fall Wreath DIY – Supplies:

  • Faux Fall Leaves (Dollar Store or Craft Store)
  • Heavy Gauge Wire
  • Wire Clippers, Hot Glue Gun

Step 1

For a 10″ diameter wreath, measure 21″ of heavy gauge wire and form it into a rough circle. Roughly twist the ends and you’ve got your skeleton of your Fall Wreath!

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Step 2

Next pluck apart the leaves and remove the plastic stems, so you’re left with just the fabric leaves.

Believe it or not, but I bought my faux leaves at the Dollar Tree! They look surprisingly real and beautiful! I bought five stems and it would have made at least 7 if not 8 wreaths. Just saying…

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Of course, a sleeping pup is crucial ๐Ÿ™‚

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Step 3

Start gluing the leaves to your wire. Simply add a little glue trail to the wire and lightly rest the leave on top. Continue backwards, always letting the tip of the new leave overlap the bottom of the previous leaf. Go around the circle until you have only enough room for one last leaf. Lift the very first leave’s tip and stuff the bottom underneath to form a continuous circle of overlapping leaves.

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Step 4

Hang the DIY Fall Wreaths in your windows, either by pounding in a little nail like I did, or by hanging it from above by using a thin sewing thread and a screw eye to attach it in the window casing.

It’s an instant reminder that the colorful season is just around the corner. I especially love how the little fall wreaths light up and add just the right amount of warm and cozy feelings!

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I’m the kinda girl that ends up with 3-5 holes in the wall to hang 1 frame. Not kidding. Don’t you ever dare to look behind any of my art pieces LOL So let me share with you how to create a gallery wall of five frames and end up with exactly 5 holes in the wall!

Unlike my usual “oh let’s just eye ball this” approach I decided I wanted to honor Adrian’s hard work of putting up faux shiplap in our bedroom (which we LOVE by the way!) and plan this gallery wall out to the last bits.

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How to Create a Gallery Wall – Supplies:

  • Picture Frames in different sizes
  • Packing Paper, Ruler, Pen, Knife, Cutting Mat
  • Washi Tape
  • Nails, Hammer

Step 1

To combat my fear of making an overly busy gallery wall, I decided to stick with whites and blacks for frames. The white wooden frames have been with us for over 7 years and were from the Dollar Tree! Not all junk is short lived!! Proven right here! After a quick Michael’s trip I ended up with two black skinny frames, one a 12×12 and the other one an unusual 12×18. I love that weird off-size, as it gives the grouping an interesting feel. I played around on the floor a bit, until I liked the arrangement.

There are many different ways of making a gallery wall. You can select frames that are all the exact same, different styles but same color, different color but same style, completely mismatched or a combination of it all. I personally prefer the two toned approach where you have a color scheme, but play around with sizes and styles. It’s casual, yet sophisticated.

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Step 2

Unravel all of your frames and use the glass to mark out the measurements on the packing paper. Next cut out the shapes with a knife and ruler. This, my lovely readers, is the key to the ‘one hole a frame’ success. Don’t skip this step ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Step 3

Now you can simply tape up your paper shapes with some washi tape and make sure, your gallery wall is exactly where you want it to be. I totally eye balled the spaces in between, but as a rule of thumb go anywhere between 2 and 4″, depending on the size of the wall, size of frames and amount of frames.

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Step 4

Once you’re happy with your wall of paper shapes, measure out the exact spot where your nails need to go and mark them with an X right onto the paper.

To make your life extra easy and simple hammer in your nails right through the paper. VOILA! Tear down your little paper shapes and you are done! Onto choosing and framing your art – if you haven’t done so already!

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With the BIG NEWS out of the bag (still eeeeeking and happy dancing over here!!) I can finally share the newest addition to our home – our master bedroom gallery wall!

Have I mentioned that gallery walls used to scare me a bit? Well, seriously! They are intimidating! They seem like such a project, such a commitment and such an investment. NADA! Once I finally had decided that YES, there’s going to be a GALLERY WALL (versus a picture ledge), it all came together much easier than expected.

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Adrian requested that I would frame some of my watercolor pieces (isn’t he the sweetest man alive!?) and since my watercolor pictures are itty bitty little things, I was up for a challenge. My other angst was that this wall would turn out to be much more busy and cluttered than what I wanted it to end up. I wanted a wall with personality, yet still that bedroom serenity we all desperately need in our lives.

I picked out some of our favorite watercolor winter landscapes and matted and framed them in some old wooden frames I had laying around. To bring in a pop of modern, I stuck with black and white pieces for the skinny black frames. And since we have a serious outbreak of baby fever over here, a print of our little offspring was befitting. For the last frame I dug up my old Silhouette and created some modern word art! Oh, how much fun that was!!

But enough of my ramblings and onto the pics!

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