corner gallery wall: inspirations

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it’s time for colour, fun and CrEAtiVitY!

our living room currently has white, plain walls.


we are just finishing our house reno (and i promise to share photo’s of that soon) and now we’re getting into the fun part… DECORATING! if you know me then you know that i’m constantly looking at wall stickers, paintings, vases, cabinets, etc. trying to find enough pieces to fill the room. i’m trying to find enough pieces to make a few eye-catching gallery walls. i want one in the corner of our living room as i’m hoping to create height and interest in this currently stark spaces. as i said, the walls are white and the room is calling out for a bit of colour. i also want one in our home office. we recently purchased some new office furniture from office monster and i love it. however, the wall behind the new desk is plain and again would look great as a gallery wall. the office furniture we bought all has a green theme, so i’m thinking white frames with green and black accents. i think green is a great colour for an office as it is calming and natural. we’re going to fill it with plants too, as they supposedly increase productivity.

generally, i love the look and feel of gallery walls with lots of different sized items with colour and lots of neutrals.

like this…

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new studio from oh joy

but, i think for our spaces, because they are small(ish) i want to do something a bit more edgy and creative like this… unfortunately our ceilings aren’t as high, but i’m hoping to create a height with my gallery! I’m thinking of finding my favourite designs and then turning them into acrylic prints because you know what you’re getting with acrylic photo prints.

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corner gallery wall from a beautiful mess

here are some other gallery walls i adore.

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how to style a corner wall from kristina j

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quincy’s room from honestly wtf

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postcard wall from ideas to steal

i love how caitlin has created a gallery wall behind her tv, so it no longer sits as a focal point in a room she’s also chose some fantastic pieces!

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living room gallery wall from desert domicile

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a peek inside tara leydon’s stunning boho glam home from firtzroy

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art wall re-do from leig blog

have you ever created a gallery wall?

do you have any tips or tricks for me?

thanks for stopping by! come and check me out on PINTEREST, i am always pinning, pinning and pinning more of my favourite things!

xo, mama lola

kitchen upgrade!

i’ve never liked the kitchen in our sweet little house. it’s small and everything was always poorly placed. this is where we were last summer. well, after some serious tweaking on our part, i think we have cheaply re-designed the space without actually doing any renovations! we returned the large country-style cabinet to dear hubby’s folks. although it was practical for storage, the size and dark colour of the piece was overwhelming in our kitchen and removing it brightened the space so much.

[ old walls were a hideous dark blue/green and have been painted white since & old fridge replaced. ]
[ i took these pictures amidst dinner prep, hence the pots and stuff every where! ]

dear hubby put up some simple open shelves for items that are pretty, and things we use often. (that’s the corner the old heavy cabinet used to occupy.) obviously i need to do some finalizing and arranging, and put pictures up and so forth, but hopefully you can recognize the difference from before to present.
we also went to IKEA and purchased a big island that fits perfectly under our big window. it’s so amazing and brings me joy every day.

now, the terrible pine cabinets, which i loathe, aren’t as bad somehow.

Now the kitchen has been basically done we have been thinking about tackling the bathroom! I’m not saying it looks bad but some renovation can be good, especially in a bathroom, sealants can get worn away, glass can become loose and cabinets can have a few scrapes and cracks in them, (curtesy of the children!) so it is bound to eventually happen. We have been looking at tile designs and colour schemes as well as seamless shower doors to give it a crisp look without the hassel of bulky white sealant all around. It’s a dream but an attainable one at that! Afterwards, who knows what we’ll tackle next, but the work never stops!

we have a four-legged house guest. he has a silly tail and a ridiculous face.

the kids are over joyed and today we went to the pet store and bought some stinky liver treats for him. i’m not sure who was happier, bear dishing out the goods or horatio gobbling them up! he has great difficulty on our unusually sized stairs and at night dear hubby carries the beast up for bed. horatio fell down the stairs once and it was pretty heartbreaking. his proportions are so distorted and disturbing, which make it difficult for him to move with any agility. he also struggles on our hard wood and linoleum floors, so we’ve placed a contemporary rug accordingly creating a path from the front of the house to the back. he slips if they’re not there and kinda panics! poor guy! Speaking of rugs, I’ve actually been looking at getting some new ones from a website like Topteppiche. Ours are looking very tatty at the minute and I think it’s definitely time for an upgrade! Since we had the kitchen done, they don’t really match the new decor so I’m currently looking for a couple of new rugs similar to the ones we already have. I’m actually really enjoying doing all of this furniture shopping. It’s so fun!

xo, mama lola

i hate my pine cabinets.

i am so torn and indecisive about whether or not to reno our kitchen. as i have complained before, our current cabinets are the ugly pine type with layers of grime and stains that won’t come off no matter what cleaner i try.  and because the pine is so soft the doors are full of dents as well. we have painted the kitchen walls a bright white which has helped freshen the room, but my dream is to rip out the pine cabinets and throw up some clean, white cabinets from IKEA

this akarum cabinet by IKEA, only $112.

but, we’re not sure how long we’re actually going to live here (probably up to 2yrs) and when i perused MLS last night I discovered that all of the kitchens in houses i would consider living in were awful and not to my taste. this means, we’ll probably have to redo a kitchen in our next home.

the reason i am struggling with making this decision is  because our kitchen is quite small, so we wouldn’t realistically have to replace more than 7 cabinets in total, which financially is not a huge chunk of change. and i think we could get the job done (by hired contractors) in a weekend, meaning the reno wouldn’t even be that intrusive for us.
so is it worth it?
i need some wise words from people who have been in this situation. i don’t want to live here another year and then regret not doing it, ya know?

although this winter has been shockingly snowless, we have found skating a perfect winter activity to get bear involved in. on saturday we went downtown again to skate at city hall. this time i laced up my new blades and even though i was terrified i would fall flat on my butt, i didn’t! it’s been about 7 years since my last skating adventure and on that winter’s night we were with friends who had just discovered they were preggo! 

anyhow, skating is like riding a bike, you never really forget how to do it. bear was pretty impressed and when we hit the ice together he did great as he stomped on his own with no supports. we taught him how to get up, which improved his confidence, but the little guy got tired quickly and melted on the ice in tears. on our way home he fell asleep in the chariot!

once dear hubby is done with getting the kids to sleep we will watch tracey ullman’s “state of the union” on netflix and drink grapefruit vodka and tonic.

cheers to a new week! 

xo, mama lola

kitchen re-do.

our kitchen is very poorly designed. every day i look around and try to decide what we should replace, fix, paint or completely destroy. i’ve always dreamed of a totally white kitchen, but here the cabinets are pine and the thought of fixing them up and sanding them and painting them white makes my body ache. so, instead we have decided to paint the walls white in the hopes it will brighten up the room. we also moved around our big ol’ cabinet and switched its location with the fridge, which never even occurred to us until the other night. now, the cooking and food prep area is more defined and all three parts of the triangle are accessible so easily.

what the next owners of this house should do is convert the current play room into the kitchen and that way they could have more cabinet storage, more counter top and just a better defined kitchen.

here are my terrible before. after shots to follow after the painting gets done. 

gotta love the nudie helpers!

xo, mama lola
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