TV Gallery Wall

The last few weeks have been about taking care of items that have been sitting on my to-do list for…ever. I have been dreaming up a gallery wall to go around our TV in the living room since the end of 2012 when we upgraded from a box TV and giant entertainment center, to a flat screen and media stand. I am absolutely thrilled that my idea is now a reality! Gallery walls are such a fun way to inject a bit of your personality into your space. They can be done in any variety of ways. I love an eclectic gallery wall that tells you a bit about the people who live in the home. 

TV Gallery Wall

I wanted to put a gallery wall around the television to help it blend in a bit more. My goal was to create a focal wall with meaningful arts and prints…and, “oh, there’s a TV there, too” — as opposed to just being the TV wall. There is absolutely nothing wrong with having a TV wall in your house. The way our house is built, this wall is pretty much the first thing you see upon entering, so I wanted to pretty it up a bit. 

As a reminder, here is what this space looked like before both the gallery wall and painting the media stand :

TV Gallery Wall

 And here is what it looks like now! 

TV Gallery WallI am really happy with the end result! I started to get a bit nervous when I was laying it out. I was concerned that it would make the room feel cluttered. I think it adds more character to the space, and having some height on that wall highlights our tall ceilings and actually makes everything feel a bit roomier. The dark and wooden frames seem to add warmth and coziness to the room as well {despite the fact that most of the art has blue tones – which I just now realized and was totally unintentional. I may have a thing for blue.}. Oh! And my adorable new blanket basket is from the Nate Berkus line at Target. How can one love a basket so much?

TV Gallery Wall

TV Gallery Wall

TV Gallery Wall

TV Gallery Wall

And the view after walking in the front door….

TV Gallery WallI’ll show you later on this week how the gallery wall came to be, but today I’ll leave you with a list of sources. 

TV Gallery Wall

 

  1. Travel Map of Finland – this belonged to Tim’s Grandpa {who was born in Finland}
  2. Hot Air Balloon with C.S. Lewis Quote – Hope Ink
  3. Psalm 28:7 – I can’t remember who makes this, but it came from Zulily. {Let me know if you know who it is from!}
  4. Custom Hand Painted Monogram – The Winsome Palette {my Aunt makes these and they are fabulous! She does a variety of colors and background images. They make awesome gifts!}
  5. A paint by number I did from Hobby Lobby. Because I am a 5 year old in my heart. ;)
  6. George and Martha Washington Silhouettes – vintage, belonged to my Grandma {similar here}
  7. Isaiah 40 Print – Hope Ink
  8. From a 1979 calendar {it doesn’t get more random than that}
  9. Wooden Arrow from Hobby Lobby
  10. “H” Hoop Art – something I made forever ago
  11. Engagement photo
  12. Ocean Painting – online flea market
  13. Wedding photos

 Do you have a gallery wall in your home? What is your philosophy on television placement?

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Mixed Berry Greek Yogurt Pops

Happy Friday, y’all! 

We are officially in the midst of the dog days of summer. It’s the time of year that you have to wait a good 10 minutes after getting in your car to safely touch your sizzling steering wheel. And you had better not drive around town without a cold drink {I’m looking at you, Sonic Happy Hour!}.

This is the time of year that I start yearning for Fall to hurry on up! I know some of you are screaming at me to not rush summer on out of here…but I’m willing to bet if you’re still basking in the glow of summer, you’re not dealing with a heat index of 113 degrees like we are. It’s not even August yet and I want nothing more than to crawl into a dark, cold hole and wait for my precious Autumn to arrive. Anything to escape the hot swampy-ness that is South Texas! It’s life in the tropics, y’all. 

But since I can’t do that and I have to, you know…go on living life like a normal, responsible adult…I’m enjoying some frozen treats to keep cool! 

One of our favorites is a Mixed Berry Greek Yogurt Pop! These yogurt pops are simple to make, delicious, and healthy!

Mixed Berry Greek Yogurt Pop -- a healthy frozen treat!

 All you will need to make your own yogurt pops is:

  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • Honey
  • Berries of your choice — I used strawberries and blueberries
  • Popsicle mold 

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You will mix 1-2 cups of plain Greek Yogurt with 2-3 Tablespoons of honey. The amount you use depends on the size of your popsicle mold. Once the honey is blended well with the yogurt, fold in your berries. I added the blueberries whole and cut the strawberries into smaller pieces. 

Mixed Berry Greek Yogurt Pops - a healthy frozen treat!

 

Next, you will spoon the mixture into your popsicle mold. 

Mixed Berry Greek Yogurt Pops - a healthy frozen treat!

 

Stick it in the freezer for a few hours until frozen. Enjoy your treat!

Mixed Berry Greek Yogurt Pops - a healthy frozen treat!

 

How do you keep cool in the summer?

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Look for Less : Henna Monogram Letter

It’s time once again for the Look for Less Challenge! I always look forward to these challenges! . I love a good knock off, and I’m always amazed at what the L4L ladies come up with for each challenge! This month’s challenge is even better since I get to see your projects too! {more on that at the end of this post}.

Look for Less Design Challengers FINAL

I spotted these adorable Henna Monogram Letters from Urban Outfitters recently. At $14 {or 2 for $20}, I set out to create my own version for less. The price honestly isn’t that bad until you want to spell out a word or name. You could be paying upwards up $60 for a 6 letter word. 

Henna Letter - Urban Outfitters

 

I made my own version for about $3 total. Are you ready for the easiest, simplest project of all time? Seriously. 2 steps!

First things first, you’ll need to gather all of your supplies! To create your own henna letter, you will need a wooden {or MDF} letter, stain and a white paint pen with a thin tip. I used stain I had leftover from my dresser makeover project

Look for Less : Henna Letter -- supplies

Look for Less : Henna Letter -- paint penTo begin, you will simply need to stain your letter. The amount of coats is up to you and what color you are trying to achieve.

Henna letter stainAfter the stain is completely dry, you can start doodling your design onto the letter. I looked at the UO version as my guide. You could also look up pictures of henna to borrow from, or create your own unique design. You will want to make sure the paint pen has a fine tip to get the best results. It is not going to be perfect {unless you have the world’s most steady hand}, but that is part of the character! 

Henna letterAnd that is it! These letters are adorable all alone or strung together into a meaningful word or name. If you want to hang your letter on a wall, you can hot glue a paper clip to the back to act as a hook. Simple! 

Look for Less : Urban Outfitters Inspired Henna LetterBe sure to check out the girls’ LFL projects, too! They never cease to amaze me. So much creative talent! 

look for less projects.jpgDIY Outdoor Couch / DIY Ribbon Trimmed Roman Shade/ DIY X-Leg Ottoman 

Pottery Barn Beachbomber Roud Tray / DIY 22 x 28 Mirror

Now it is your turn! Link up your best knock off project! You could win a $60 Target gift card! 

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The Rules? They’re simple!

  1. Follow each challenge host somehow; any way is fine! 
  2. Link your Look for Less project below, and be sure to include your email!  
  3. Make sure your post has an image or link of your designer inspiration.  
  4. By entering a link, you’re giving us permission to feature and image on our blogs 

 

 



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