A Vacay Gallery Wall

Good morning, friends!  Have you missed me...shhh, you don't have to answer that!  I have missed all of you, but my bloggy break has been truly therapeutic and beneficial.  I only blog for fun, no schedules to keep, but sometimes feel that my posts begin to seem a bit stale.  Anyway, I'm back and have a few new DIY projects to share.

Do you ever get fixated on one particular room or wall in your home that you want to change or redo, but you just can't come up with a solution?  Okay, silly question.  We've all been there I am sure.  The wall that was giving me grief, is this one in our family room.

The print above the sofa is one we had in our previous home, inexpensive from Kirkland's, but one The Man and I really liked.  The problem was that it seemed too alone on that wall with the high ceiling.  We could have added sconces on either side, but that's kind of what everyone does.....not that there is anything wrong with that, but we just wanted something more unique.  Imagine my delight, when one day I was browsing around Cassie's blog at "Hi Sugarplum", and the lightbulb came on.  I've been following Cassie for awhile now and find her to be so much fun and wonderfully inspiring.  You really should go check out her blog, if you haven't already.  She is definitely not afraid of color in her home and in her fashion style....to say she is quite the "Fashionista," would be putting it mildly.  Anyway, this is what Cassie did in her family room......

Hi Sugarplum | Family Room Reveal

And this is what we did in ours.

I cannot even tell you how much The Man and I like this gallery wall of vacay photos!

Some prep-work first.  Have I ever shared that The Man worked for a dry-wall company to put himself through college?  That being said, he cannot stand for mishaps on walls or ceilings....there were some places on this wall that did not pass his scrutiny, so out came the drywall mud!

The picture ledges are from IKEA, and we had to combine two lengths for each level to get the length we needed.  Once the ledges were in place, the patched places on the wall got touched up with paint.

This is such a great way to remember Spain, Peru and Europe...wonderful memories!

I thought I'd share just a few glimpses of my lighter, brighter and more simple summer-look
for this room.  Oops, there's my little photo-bomber!

You really don't have to live close to the ocean to enjoy seashells, nor do you have to live in a more tepid climate to enjoy peonies....okay, the peonies are faux but still look lovely!

Simple and clean.  Oh, by-the-way, that's Abby heated pad in front of the fireplace.  She thinks if she stares at the firebox long enough, the fire might come on....not gonna happen when it's 115 degrees outside!

Cannot get more simple than this.

Since I'm kind of on a wall-gallery roll, I thought I'd share this one, too.
This is the most-traveled hallway in our home, leading from The Man's workshop and Man-cave, the guest room, guest bath, my Momma-cave and opening into our kitchen and family room.  So it seemed like the best place to create a gallery wall of our family.

It's super-hard to get a good pic, but I tried.

Since The Man and I have shared our 47 years together, we have lived in Washington,
Oregon and now Arizona....this Home Sweet Home was easy and fun to put together.

I always plan to simply replace the photos with newer ones as the kiddos get older, but I cannot bring myself to do that....I just keep adding.  Thank goodness for IKEA and their frame selections!

Need I say more?

This is my very favorite collage...Nana in her glory surrounded by my sweeties!
I am so blessed.

I think that should about do it with photo-overload for now.  The Man and I worked on a few other DIY's during my bloggy break, and I will be sharing those over the next several weeks.  I hope you all have a wonderful and safe 4th of July!

I often party with these lovely bloggers:

Dee at Meatloaf and Melodrama for Merry Monday
Cindy at Dwellings--The Heart of Your Home for Amaze Me Monday
Maria Elena at Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at Our Home

Marty at A Stroll Thru Life  for Inspire Me Tuesday

Suzy at Worthing Court for The Scoop

Jemma at  At Home With Jemma for Thoughts of Home on Thursday

Pamela at From My Front Porch to Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday
Richella at Imparting Grace for Grace at Home


  1. Carol,

    This is a wonderful way to decorate this wall. I love floating shelves and your guy must be good as my hubby struggles and one kept falling down so we gave up! lol! The family pictures are so sweet and the gallery down the hall is another excellent idea. I'd love to do one...for now we have simple shelves with a few photos and knick knacks.

    Good for you! Also love seeing you on IG!


  2. Carol, that wall looks amazing! I love it. Clean, simple, elegant and the photos really pop! College jobs come in handy, don't they? My hubby worked construction during those years, too. He learned so much and while what he learned in college pays the bills, all those DIY skills have kept our reno labor costs down to almost nothing!! Fabulous! Glad to hear you are enjoying your break and your summer. Well deserved!! :)

  3. Good to see you back Carol. I love your gallery wall. Also enjoyed reading your earlier post about your anniversary. Forty-seven years and still love the guy. In today's world that is very special!
    Have a great summer

  4. What a clever solution for a big wall! I too used to have the old standby large print with sconces on both sides. Then when we rearranged our furniture, I wasn't sure what to do. It literally kept me up at night. Lol! You've done a beautiful job and what a nice way to remember all those lovely vacations!

  5. I just love this idea, Carol. It looks amazing! Have a great week. Maria

  6. Love it Carol!!!!!!! Switcheroo will be a breeze and I also love your picture gallery wall!

  7. I love how this looks, Carol! I've been working on my family room wall, but I haven't finished it yet. You've inspired me to get going on it! Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday! :)

  8. Love what you did on the family room wall! Gonna keep this idea in mind.

  9. Carol, What a nice visit I've just had, catching up on your most recent posts this morning! I'm so happy you are settling in to your post treatment, new you (love your new profile pic and your hair!). That gallery wall is amazing, would love to do something similar, but need a good drywall man like yours to make sure I don't mess things up! Congratulations to you both on your 47 years - what an amazing life adventure you are traveling. May you have many blessings!

  10. I know exactly how you feel about taking a break.
    It's refreshing isn't it?
    Thank you for sharing this at Thoughts of Home.
    We love having you.
    I love your gallery wall.

  11. I've been on an unintentional break. I just feel like there really isn't much to say. I love gallery walls! Both of yours turned out great.

  12. Such a wonderful collection of happy memories. Have a wonderful week!


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