Around my Living Room

 Happy Friday!
Do you all have fun weekend plans?
I think our plans are to clean out the garage and take Liam out to lunch to celebrate him "graduating" Kindergarten. I am such a proud Mommy.
So I have made a few little changes around my Living Room and I wanted to share them with you. I finally got around to hanging up a little gallery wall.  I have been wanting to do this for quite some time now.
You may remember my quirky Wicker plates I had hanging on the wall before.

well it was time for a change.  So I gathered all of my extra frames from around the house and arranged them on the wall.. . . So I know some people like to lay their frames out on the floor first, and I know others trace out the frames onto newspapers then tape the newspaper to the wall to get it just perfect.
But I seriously just take thumbtacks,  start with the largest frames and just start hanging them.
I obviously have No problem with little holes in my walls.
Once I get it just right,  I hang the heavier frames with a nail or hook.

 A couple other tips I have are; if the frame doesn't have a saw tooth hook to hang it by,  I just place a piece of string  around one of the back closures (like this show below)
 and it's good to go.

Also I always rip off these stands, they'll just make your frames tipsy on the wall.  (you could always turn these pieces into some cute fathers day card or something,  don't they resemble ties?)

Ok so once I had the frames on the wall just how I liked them,  I took a pictures of it to remember which frame went where because then I took them all down and gave them a fresh coat of white latex paint.  

I also got out my collection of favorite photographs and chose which ones I wanted to frame.  Possibly the hardest part,  I have some pretty great pictures.  But I can always switch them out and rearrange them as my mood strikes.

 I've also used  burlap in some of the frames as a mat.  I really like the look of it.

 The other change I made in my living room is I re decorated my antique book shelf.  I kinda had to actually,  I kept pulling things off of it to decorate other parts of my house that I was left with some pretty empty shelves and nothing to put on them.  So I had to get creative. I ended up just stacking it full of books.  I put the books in backwards because I like the natural colors of the pages.  Then I added a few other objects to break it up a bit. I'm liking the raw texture it all gives.

So What projects are you all working on?
Hope you have a Wonderful, Warm & Sunny Weekend.


  1. simple and lovely Emily!have a great weekend.

  2. I lOVE your book shelf! Everything looks great! I think hanging pictures is THE hardest thing about decorating, your new wall is beautiful! Have a great weekend:). I thought I signed up on your list to follow your blogs, but didn't get this one. I am very bad with tech stuff, I will check again.

  3. You have a beach house in the middle of Idaho! I really like your living room~and your shelves look great! So does your gallery wall. I have a TON of burlap~I'll have to try using it as a mat.