A couple of months ago, bloggers Cindy from Rough Luxe and Mary Ann of classic casual home asked me to join in a “how to” series they host. This time around would be ideas for decorating your entry. Mind you this was back in January. I said absolutely, I’ll have an entry by late March!!!…….. Done, I was committed.
Well……. come yesterday, and there’s hardly one inch of our house that is styled and ready to go. But you know what?? I got my juices going and put an entry together for this series. It was a great push to force me to do it, although two days ago I didn’t think it could be done. So thank you to Cindy and Mary Ann for thinking of me for this series. It was exactly the push I needed to get going. I think I’ve been waiting on the renovation work to be completely done to start on the decorating phase, but that is now out the window. I just can’t wait any longer.
You know I’m all about the dramatic before/after. Here’s where we were two months ago.
And here we are as of yesterday –
I’ve been all about floor to ceiling gallery walls lately, and I knew that the entry was the perfect spot to give it a try. The art is such a mix, and that’s really what you want. Some pieces are special and belonged to both of my grandmothers, other pieces are from thrift store and have no sentimental meaning, I just liked the piece.
Here’s another thing. Most all of the walls in the living/dining had to be floated/textured so I am DREADING putting nails in my walls. I do not want to do it., Our rental? I left that poor place with so many nail holes, and didn’t think twice. But OUR house??? It’s a different ball game, you know? I dont want to have to to later patch my pretty walls because I changed my mind on art placement.
So I did a lot of propping here. That oversized black/white floral piece by Lindsey Letters (stolen from my parents’ guest room, oops) is propped on top of that bench. Same with that random mirror, smaller floral piece and then the piece propped behind the bench. The next layer above those pieces are hung with command strips and then the highest pieces are hung with nails because if those pieces fall, everything falls, and no one has time for an entire gallery wall crashing to the floor.
I took the floor to ceiling gallery wall idea very seriously. I added that cute basket under the bench along with stacked books and a potted plant because no open space was allowed here. The pretty hide rug was a housewarming gift from Parker’s mom.
This is an awkward photo but my attempt to show the floor plan here. Can we please scroll up to the first before photo to see the night/day difference we have here with no random poles???
Need some art on that blank wall, but this was project entry so I stopped at the entry…..
Well…. what do you think about floor to ceiling galleries? Into them or nah?
Again, thanks to Cindy and Mary Ann for including me in this fun series. Below is the rest of the group. It’s such a diverse group, so even if you’re not into my floor to ceiling gallery, I can promise there will be at least one entry that really gets you going…..