...because home doesn't happen overnight.

Since our front door is still out of commission, we enter and exit through the garage man door or back french doors – both located in our mudroom. We use two large wardrobes and I set up a tidy little entryway in the mudroom to corral outerwear, bags, shoes and backpacks. I painted the walls dark and moody.


Things were starting to take shape but the empty wall was begging for some attention. Time for a mini gallery wall.


I picked up three non-matching picture frames from Target and paired them with three IKEA RIBBA frames that I already had on hand. I figured bright white, wood tones and a graphic chevron pattern would pop against the dark walls.


I came up with an asymmetrical arrangement and used my favorite 3M adhesive strips to attach the frames to the wall.


The frames are filled with family photos, a pen and ink of Layne as a baby that HH drew and vintage uniform patches from the gas station that HH’s grandfather used to run.


They welcome us home and bid us farewell.


Here’s how they look in the grander scheme. The french doors on the left look out onto our backyard and to the right is the laundry nook.


Get the look:

wall paint – Clark + Kensington flat finish in Besalt {Ace Paints}

trim paint – Benjamin Moore semi gloss White Dove

driftwood travertine tile – The Tile Shop

saddler bench – Wayfair

felt basket – Target

handbag – Amy Butler

jacket – Old Navy

wall hooks – Home Depot

RIBBA picture frames – IKEA

chevron picture frame – Target

driftwood picture frame – Target

bamboo picture frame – Target

Be sure to check in tomorrow to see the newly tweaked gallery wall on the other side of the mudroom! I’ll be sharing exactly how I use the 3M strips to install gallery walls.


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images: Dana Miller for House*Tweaking


Threshold sponsored your post! I love Threshold! In fact, my last post was all about how much I love their new Spring collection. Maybe someday they’ll sponsor my posts… A girl can dream, right?

Looks great, Dana! I love Threshold, too. I also just wrote a post about a Threshold blanket I bought and how my son has to pull me out of the home section when we go. My favorite times are when I can leisurely brouse Target completely alone :)


What sizes are the frames? I’m trying to get a good idea of how large your gallery wall is. Love it!


I have to ask since I have been seeing it in photos, how do you like your Amy Butler bag? I have been lusting over a bag in that same collection but haven’t ever seen one in person. I’m not the type of person that will lay out the money for something like that sight unseen with no objective reviews. I also love that you “dress” your rooms like you pick an outfit. I do the same thing!


I’ve been quietly reading the blog for quite a long time, and I just wanted to let you know that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it. Also, I’m really looking forward to see how you move from layout plan to actually putting up the 3M strips. I can’t figure out a way that doesn’t involve an enormous amount of measurements and room for error.


I love the gallery! I’m also obssessed with your dark gray walls! :)

Xo Rachael


When I found out I was pregnant this last go around, I had already given my old diaper bag away. I decided, this time, I really wanted a bag that would carry me beyond baby. This bag is not meant to be a diaper bag but I use it that way for now. I wouldn’t say it’s the most mom/baby-friendly bag. There are no bottle pockets. But I exclusively breastfed Mabrey for 8+ months, so I never had to lug bottles around. I’m also at home with Mabrey – not working – so this bag makes quick trips. It wouldn’t be great for a sitter’s house or daycare because the inside isn’t wipeable. But, for me, it has worked out really well. Still using it daily!! I keep a portable changing pad in it for diaper changes.

I can’t wait to use it as an overnight bag – for Mabrey or me! – in the future. It’s really roomy and high quality. No rips or tears. I’m the kind of person who will buy one really REALLY good bag/purse every 3 years instead of several every couple of months. I like long-term relationships with my bags ;) So, in that way this bag is perfect. I see myself using it for years to come.

Wait a second, HH drew that?? I’m impressed.


I love the gallery wall you put together! So neat! Can’t wait to hear soon how to hang a gallery wall without nailing the newly painted walls! I’m so interested! I’m about to hang a gallery wall in my daughters (6 yrs) room and I’m going to hold off till you share your tutorial!

Thanks for all the beauty! Love your ideas!

~ Ali


Yep, he sure did. He drew it for me when he was away on an extended business trip when Layne was a baby. He took a photo of Layne with him for inspiration and bought art supplies where he was staying. He worked on the piece in his hotel room. He’s a very gifted artist but doesn’t have a lot of time to create nowadays.


I am so loving this new wall color of yours! The gallery pops so beautifully against it and I like how you mixed up the frame shapes and colors. It looks great!

Thanks so much for the link! You’re dark gray walls look awesome and love the frames. ;)


I am LOVING it! I left a comment on your “sneak peak” post that the pictures gave me the courage to go dark with the walls above my dove white wainscotting in my kitchen. I love the colour you’ve used, but we unfortunately don’t have Ace Paints in Canada (or at least not in Ottawa). Is there a similar Ben Moore colour you could recommend? Or perhaps the paint formula?


Thanks for your response! I love having long-term relationships with my accessories, so it’s nice to know you think this bag will last.


Yeah I agree with Ali – the gallery is top notch.

The frames are so unique that they create a beautiful picture when taken in together. And arranged well. Great stuff!!!


Love the gallery walls and the frames. Just curious, where did you find the ESSO pictures? Any particular reason for them? Love their vintage feel!


They are vintage patches from the uniforms of a gas station that HH’s grandfather used to run.


where did you get the floor tiles that you installed in this room?


They are honed driftwood travertine from The Tile Shop.