Hey all! We made it through to Friday….barely:) High school can be exhausting….but lots of fun challenges are ahead. We had a busy week here and are looking forward to resting up this weekend. I hope you have some fun things planned too:)

I really lack patience sometimes when it comes to throwing up stuff on the wall. I like to just mark, hammer and hang….so creating a gallery wall kind of challenges me. I have done one in the past at our previous house….loved how it came out…a mixture of treasures that I had found along with some newer things. I like how a gallery wall can be ever changing….

The super tall ceilings in our new house are dwarfing some of my favorite pictures…so I set out to create a statement on one large wall…piecing a few of my favorite things all together. Again, my lack of patience and my need for instant gratification came into play….and this is how it all turned out. (Note: paint color on walls is 1/2 strength Coventry Gray by Ben Moore. Ceiling is Light French Gray by Behr. See “Paint Colors” tab on the side bar for complete post:)

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I started by gathering the pieces that were alike in color (ie all black, gray or darker toned pictures/items.) This wall is the first thing you see when you come in from the garage entrance.


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I began by placing the items on the ground….directly where they would be hung on the wall. (ignore the wireless router…that only seems to work for everyone when it is located on this wall…so that will be fun to decorate around….or not.) This gave me a visual for how they would be placed on the wall. You could even be all smart about it and measure the height and width….but that would have required me finding the tape measurer…and I was in a groove…you feel me?! Moving on….

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I started in the high left corner and worked my way towards the center and down the wall….trying to mimic what I had placed on the floor. It doesn’t have to be perfect people…..they already look good together because they are of the same color family:)


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What I love is that I can continue to add pieces as I find them….and it will all flow nicely—just so it has some black or gray….it will blend.

My very favorite blog post even made it on the wall! The twig art remains a favorite in our house….still goin strong:)

Find out how I made it here…


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Have a great weekend friends!!!

Sidenote: Several have asked about what to start with if you are new to Norwex. I too am new to Norwex…but I have quickly fallin in love with the enviro-cloths for cleaning the kitchen…and the window cloth for cleaning stainless steel and mirrors. (it comes in a starter pack for $31) I get both cloths wet first….ring out the water and fold up the cloth into 4ths and wipe. My cloths are damp when I use them….I rinse them when I am done and hang them up for use later. I “deep clean” them once a week in my laundry tub with super hot water and a tiny drop of laundry soap. That is it….so easy! Here is the post and the youtube that sold me.… I will be closing out that “party” at the end of the month (link on the side bar)….but I will keep a party going should you ever want to come back and order:) Just email if you have further questions …


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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes...all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha's Circle of trusted bloggers.

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  1. Love that bicycle picture! Nice arrangement you made :) What color are the walls? I know you might have mentioned it in an earlier post when you were building the house but I can’t seem to find it.

    1. Thanks! Actually this is the back hall way. Color is 1/2 strength of Coventry Gray by Ben Moore. Ceiling is Light French Gray by Behr:)

  2. I think I found it….Constellation by Ben Moore?

  3. I like it. I used to need symmetry in any area I could. I now, for the first time in ages, have the opportunity for a gallery wall. Left to right, Vertical narrow collage, whitewashed. Next, a good-sized round clock, below that two squares, not aligned to anything with a small stuffed snow owl on one. One of these is gold-framed, one is painted white. Next, two red transferware plates, one above the other. Then a rectangular gold-framed mirror, about 15X30. Finally a Norman Rockwell print in a wood frame with some detailing. How non-symmetrical can you get? And I didn’t pre-plan at all like you did. How I’ve mellowed in my ageing.

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