A Picture Says A Thousand Words

It may sounds cliche, but photos really do speak to me... sometimes even louder than words do. Yesterday I was scrolling through some of my past Instagram photos on my phone and it was bringing back so many fun memories from the past year.

Sarah + Matt.

These photos were on display at my bridesmaid luncheon, weren't we so cute back then?

This painting is our first artwork that we have collected for our home! Matt's great grandfather painted it and it was given to us last Christmas. I had it reframed and I love how it turned out!

This photo is pretty embarrassing, haha. I was chopping the most potent onion i have ever encountered and I literally could not see anything because my eyes were watering so badly. Eventually I went and found some goggles and finished my rash. Do any of you have tips for chopping a bad onion?

Boots + Heels

These are our dancin' shoes.

This past summer Matt gave me golf lessons! It might have been beginners luck, but i actually did pretty good. Don't I look like a pro?

This is Roxy and her froggie! They are best friends. Roxy is my family's dog, but she comes to stay with me in Nashville a lot too. I have about 20+ photos of her on my phone and even more in instagram haha.

Bow Pillows

I made these bow pillows to spruce up our living room, and I still really love them! It was a pretty easy project and they look great!

Pumpkin Spice Latte

This was my veryfirst Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season this year!... Well, what you cant tell from this photo is that I later spilled it ALL over myself and my car and ended up having to run home and change clothes because I was covered in latte. Needless to say, I didn't even get to drink any of it and ended up getting another one the next day.

This photo is my favorite, it really does speak way louder then words.

What are some of your favorite memory photos?

Gallery Walls: Layering

If there is one thing I think every home needs, it would be some sort of a gallery wall. There are dozens and dozens of ways to set up a gallery wall, using photos or art or prints, or sometimes even just empty frames! Anyway, I was looking for some framing inspiration for a project and ran across this photo:

I love the boldness going on here! I also love how they made the prints interesting by stacking the pink mats in a sort of "Z" pattern.

This photo got me thinking about other ways to use frame to create a cool pattern within a gallery wall.

I like how this one used a mix of tan mats in wood frames and whit mats in black frames, but they mixed and matched the sizes and thicknesses of both the frames and the mats.

Same goes with this one. They even layered frames over other frames if you look closely, thats kind of a neat idea too.

The main things to remember when creating a taller wall are:

1. Don't over do it. If you want to have a lot of difference sized frames in lots of different color, keep the actual photos or art within the frame simple.

2. Likewise, if your art is crazy, then tone it down on the frames and use more basic or plain frames and mats.

3. Try to keep something consistent in the gallery... whether it be all black and white photos, or the same color frame, or use the same sized frames (like a small, medium, large size or all one size). Having some sort of consistency throughout makes the wall seem more congruent and thought out rather than seeming chaotic.

4. PLAN ahead! Lay out your frames on the ground in the arrangement you want before hanging them on the wall. Measuring the placement helps a lot too. It might take more time to plan, but you will end up with a better result and have WAY less holes in your walls since you won't be making mistakes.

This isn't a gallery wall but I thought this was such a fun way to display photos in sort of a series. West Elm has awesome recycled glass vases that look just like these.