Monday, October 20, 2014

Project Design-Gallery Wall Reveal


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As I mentioned in my previous post I actually did two gallery walls.  The one I call “the cheater”.  This is the one that I did about a month ago when I was afraid I would not have time to complete the one in the hallway.  This is the blank wall in the guest bedroom that I redid last year for the One Room Challenge Linking Party.
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I found this darling portrait of this little boy and added antique and vintage items that I already had.
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I am still not sure if I am on board with this one but my husband loves it.
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The photo wall that I created in my hallway is very difficult to photograph since it is in a long, dark, narrow hallway.  Here is the wall before.  This hallway is twice this long and very narrow.  It needed something that filled up the space without making the already narrow hallway seem more narrow.
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I purchased this mirror from Aaron brothers for $100 on sale.  I chose the mirror as the centerpiece of my gallery wall because it repeats the color of my wood floors and the trim on the windows on the main floor of the house.  This hallway is up the stairs but can be viewed from the two story entryway below.
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Sadly all of the frames except the  tiny one  below the mirror which I ordered from my framer (Artistic Hangups) I already owned and were stashed away in a closet.
I used the mirror as my color and texture guide.  All of the frames repeat the hues in the mirror for continuity.
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Here is the finished product.  I wish I could show you more.  I am really happy with the simplicity of the design. At the other end of the hall is a stack of boxes in various woods and colors that the same tones. 
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Stop over and see the other designer’s completed gallery walls. I know they are going to have some fabulous examples for us all to see.
Maryanne and I want to thank these amazing ladies for joining us in this little adventure.  We feel so fortunate to have had such a talented group! We are planning to do more of these small projects in the future.  We would love to hear from you.  Is there a particular design project that you find particularly challenging and would like help with?  Let us know in the comment section.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Fun Stuff…Fashionable Flats from Talbots


 When is the last time you found anything fashion forward at Talbots? Banana Republic has hired a new stylist hence their line has vastly improved in both style and quality.  Maybe Talbots is following suit?  I am always on the lookout for cute flats that don’t cost a fortune.  Talbots has some great ones on sale and you can get an extra 25% off  if you sign up for emails!!
Check out the Zoe Leopard Slippers they are only $54.99
Talbots - Zoe Leopard Piped Slipper Shoes | Flats |
How about another color or a tote to match?
Talbots - Zoe Tweed Piped Slipper Shoes | Flats |

How about the Zelda Embroidered Piped Flats? These resemble a really high end brand whose name I dare not mention.  At $109.99 they are less than half the price.
Talbots - Zelda Embroidered Flannel Piped Flats | Flats |
Talbots - Zelda Embroidered Flannel Piped Flats | Flats |
Graci Piped Haircalf Flats I know the toebox would not be wide enough for me but these are lovely for $89.99
Talbots - Graci Piped Haircalf Flats | Flats |
Amazinglyt these cute Jilly Ballet Flats come in wide as well so if you have some er …foot issues a little extra width sure helps!!
Talbots - Jilly Animal Dots Haircalf Ballet Flats | Flats |
At $79.99 you can order them in several of these colors






They have many more sassy styles to choose from here http://www.talbots.com/online/browse/shoes-flats/_/N-10634
If you would like a calf hair bag for $99 to match your polka dot flats here you go!!
Talbots - Large Leather & Haircalf Tote | Handbags |
You might want to check Talbots out before you count them out http://www.talbots.com/