How to Hang Your Own Gallery Wall

Hello, you weekend warrior, you! Are you as excited that February is almost over as I am? March is nearly upon us - meaning Spring is just around the corner. I'm itching with anticipation. But since it's still a little chilly to venture outdoors and have some fun in the sun, I thought I'd do a little pre-Spring cleaning. Well, not really cleaning, so much as sprucing up. Look at what I hung up this week:

That's right. I finally gathered enough items to assemble into a (what I'm sure will be continuously growing) gallery wall! I've wanted to do this for quite awhile, but something kept holding me back - was it the fear of putting nails into the wall? That is a v real concern in my book.

Enter, Command brand strips! I have to say, I was skeptical of their power at first, but oh how I've seen the light. Not only to they not damage your wall with any permanent holes, their velcro-based design allows for a little tweaking if you happen to but them on a wee-bit crooked.

But besides the hanging of the wall, there's the gathering of items, and determining their layout. My tips for this are as follows: chose items that are a variety. In every sense of the word. Look at different shapes, sizes, colors, materials, textures. Some flat, some three dimensional. Old and new. Wood and Metal. You get where I'm going here. And always make sure to include personal touches - for example, the clothespin drawing in the bottom right was a sketch done by my late grandmother. I'm happy to have a piece of her's in my home.

As far as the layout is concerned, make sure that there is enough breathing room between each piece, so you can really appreciate them individually, and as they make up part of the larger gallery. Practice your layout on the floor, by marking off roughly the size and orientation you want your pieces to be, and then hang them one by one, making sure to stay true to your design.

I can't tell you what a fun - and surprisingly simple! - project this was. If you're anything like me, you already have a good deal of this stuff laying around anyway, why not put it to use? Your guests will be impressed, and nobody will be the wiser that you did it all with some velcro and a prayer! Cheers to the weekend, and happy almost spring! x

The Art of Un-Decorating

Happy Saturday, kids! I hope you're all loving your weekend so far. I'm off to the Grove today for the SimplyStylist conference (more on that later), but I wanted to share with you a little something before I go.

One of my favorite trends in the interior design world right now is something known as "un-decorating". Its hard to put into words, so i'll make a comparison to - what else - the world of fashion. Un-Decorating is kind of like your chill, tomboy jeans-white-tee-and-chucks outfit. Timelessly cool and easy, but undeniably chic.

It can be implemented in tons of ways - a pile of interesting fabrics folded over an old chair in the corner, a polaroid or two taped to the wall with washi tape, or some old knickknacks and family treasures collected on a mirrored tray.

The way I'm un-decorating in my place is with this great old metal frame I picked up at a flea market here in LA. I just leaned it against the wall (hanging it just felt too "done") and used some cool clothespins to stick some of Nick & I's stuff to it.  

I'd love to hear about your adventures in un-decorating. Tell me what you came up with in the comments below - or, send me a link with some pictures of your project! Can't wait to see. x