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Monday, November 24, 2014

Storybook Cottage ~ Kitchen Gallery Wall

The kitchen sits between two very colorful rooms. You’ve seen the family room with its bright reds and blues. I haven’t revealed the formal sitting room, but trust me, it’s going to be colorful.

I wanted the kitchen to be a fairly neutral space. Which of course that’s what the kitchen was when we bought it. A very neutral, very BROWN room. NOT what I had in mind. 1-kitchen
I set out to paint all the kitchen walls “Du Jour” by Valspar. It is a nice creamy French white. While I was painting I discovered yet another one of the previous owners bad DIY’s. The kitchen had originally been wallpapered. Rather than remove the wallpaper when they were tired of it they just applied texture over it in the form of bad skip and trowel. My guess is they were going for a “Venetian Plaster” look. All I know is that when I tried to paint over it….well it bubbled and coughed and did very bad things. There was a lot of #*@&$%!!! going on. I just kept hearing my mom’s voice “If you can’t do a job right, then don’t do it at all.” Obviously the previous owners did not know my mom.
There is a large wall behind the dining table in the picture above. It really needed something large to fill it. I had no budget for new art and only owned small pieces of art so a gallery wall it would be!

Don’t you love when you are working on a project and realize you didn’t take a “BEFORE” picture AFTER you have already started? :)


I had gathered somewhat dark antique paintings that could benefit from a viewing in bright light. The biggest piece went in the center and I just started building out. I got to this point and there was still something missing but I had no art left that would work.


How about a small antique plate to balance out the two circular silhouettes up top? Yes!

The wall holds so many pieces that I love. The bisque Ardco angel belonged to my mom. It had a mate that met a disastrous end. I’m hoping a replacement will find me in a thrift store or flea market. Until then, it tops the collection.

I do plan to fill the empty frame. A certain artist friend offered to paint a picture for me and this might be the perfect space for her creation. Until then, a wee angel holds its place.

This is my favorite grouping. St. Joseph is quite special to our family. I haven’t shared the good news that our Arizona home has sold! He rests on an antique papier-mâché shelf that also belonged to my mom.

As the holidays grow closer I might ad in a few more seasonal touches but for now the berry sprig works well.

The wall is a crazy composition but it somehow works.



ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

It works wonderfully...I love it Laura!! LOVE LOVE that antique shelf that belonged to your mom!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I love it, so pretty. You do a fabulous job of putting a gallery together.

Rita C. said...

Your gallery wall is looking very good Laura. If one of the reasons St. Joseph is special to your family is tied to the sale of your home, I think I know where that story's going. Congratulations!

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

I love the composition.xoxo

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

It really works and it is a great way to display some of your favorite treasures!

Stacey said...

The gallery wall looks great! I love unique combinations of things that mean something to you. That paint color sure is pretty!

Karena Albert said...

Laura this is what art is all about....what you love and is so meaningful to you!

Happy Thanksgiving!
The Arts by Karena

Burlap Luxe said...

I love your style, as for the cozy brown kitchen if it has to be shades of browns for me, I would hope it looked and felt like yours. I love the use of brickwork in a kitchen like yours along with the built-ins and that fabulous ceiling amazes this room space. If this were my kitchen I would embrace all is naturalness, I would add my white pieces and French grey's add a chandelier over the table, add a rustic old beat up table and love this room passionately.

Love your wall of art, what I did notice is the age to the pieces used and how perfect it balances with the space, but best is that sweet rusted goat bell, so country French and that the true vibe I get here from your sharing.
Embrace that beautiful natural tone knowing you can accent with lighter more rustic pieces that everyone should envy, in a beautiful way.

Happy ThanksGiving to you and yours


chateau chic said...

Love, Love, Love your gallery wall!!
Congrats on selling your AZ house...I'm sure that's a big relief.
Happy Thanksgiving,
Mary Alice

Lorrie said...

It works very well. Love that so many pieces have meaning for you. Congratulations on selling the AZ house!

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

You did a great job on the gallery wall. I Like all the different pictures and pieces you chose. Isn't that something how they finished over that wall! You have had your share of unexpected things in this house, but I hope you are growing to love it!

Linda said...

Beautiful! Happy Thanksgiving!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I love how balanced it looks and still you managed not to make it too symetrical, which I find boring. I even like the empty frame. Well done!

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Denise said...

It works beautifully Laura, and it's not crazy at all! I love your paintings; they look like something I would choose if I ran across them for sale. :) The angels and the St. Joseph vignette are all so sweet. Thanks for sharing with us and have a good week!

Warm hugs,

Denise at Forest Manor

Lana L. said...

Absolutely lovely. Congrats on selling your AZ home. I'm also so sorry to read about your grandmother. I do hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving.

Linda said...

That's so beautiful, Laura. Well done! : )

Gypsy Heart said...

Congratulations on selling the AZ house! St.Joseph always does his job ~ :) The wall looks beautiful!


The Boston Lady said...

Looks wonderful, Laura! I hope our FL home will sell at a quick pce when we list it this summer! Ann

Kelley said...

Love x 18. Hugs to you, Laura.

Happy Thanks-Giving Day,

Ivy and Elephants said...

Just had to let you know how much I love this wall! Perfect!

Vel Criste said...

So pretty! Slowly but surely your home is becoming more and more YOU and more beautiful everyday!