Category Archives: Stairs

Gallery Walls….

Good Morning Friends!

It is finally feeling like fall and it is a bright, crisp morning (crisp as in 52°)! Sun is shining and I love having to bundle up with a sweater and warm cup of coffee.  So I know I have been slacking in Blog land, abandoning everyone for about a month.  We have been super busy with work, and I apparently had a blog brain shut down.  No need to fret, I am back with stacks of fun, new inspiration collections!!

I have always had a passion for photography and have recently been sifting through some of my photo’s.  Which in turn got my thinking about Gallery Walls.  I generally don’t love a lot of clutter on walls, but there is something so inspiring about photo/art groupings.  No matter what the style, you are guranteed to have a visual story by looking at all the images and I love that….

(Rooms to Inspire in the Country, Annie Kelly)

(Domino Mag… miss you)

(Things that Inspire)

(tiny white daisies)

(Martha Stewart)

(my Ideal Home)

(Southern Accents)

(made by girl)

(Domino Mag… miss you)

(my Ideal Home)

(Domino Mag… miss you)

(Domino Mag… miss you)

(home life)

(American Modern, Thomas O’Brien)


(1st Option)


(elements of style)

Great collections, Right? Whether you have mismatched frames or all the same, hanging can be the challenging part.  Before I tackle the install of one of these, I like to measure the overall space I will be covering and put a painters tape square on the floor of the same size.  Then I layout all the artwork I will be using and play with the arrangement, like puzzle pieces until I find the best placement for each.  When it’s time to grab the hammer, I start with the central image an work my way out.  Hopefully in a short amount of time you have all the beauties up!

Two secret tricks to keep in your back pocket:
1. I try not to use a pencil. No need to write on or damage you walls any more than necessary.  Once I get the artwork in place, lick the end of your finger and mark the top center.  It will leave a disappearing spot you can measure down from.
2. Poster Putty will be your best friend and I always keep some in my tool box! Once the picture is up, I stick a small amount of poster putty on the bottom in order to make sure the pictures always stay level.

Enjoy your day! See you soon!

Rope Handrails…

Good Morning! You know I haven’t been feeling 100% because I haven’t had a cup of coffee in almost a week!! Tragic (definitely a record) I know, but I am slowly getting back into the swing of things over here…Watered my poor plants yesterday that were scorched (we’ll see who comes back to life),  actually did some laundry (no one likes a designer in dirty clothes), and managed to go the farmers market and stock the fridge! And now this morning a new post…finally!

As I have said before I love Staircases… they may be one of my favorite elements in a house.  I have been discussing with a client the possibility of using a rope handrail down to the finished basement which will have a coastal feel.  What a better way than to gather some great inspiration images!

(City Sage)


(bannister ropes)

(house beautiful)
(style files.. sorry source unknown)
(rope makers)
(webshots travel)
(style files.. sorry source unknown)

So what do you think?? Charming? to whimsical? You love it?
I think I love, in the right spot of course!

Enjoy your day!