My Tips for Hanging a Grid Gallery Wall

You might be like me and every few days you see a grid gallery wall as you are scrolling on Instagram and get inspired to do something similar on a wall in your own home. I truly believe that every home has the perfect wall that this popular home inspiration feature can be incorporated on. This DIY project is only a 3 step process that anyone can accomplish with some guidance and a cup of coffee…trust me, you got this!

The first reason I decided to add a grid gallery wall to my entry way is because it’s honestly gorgerous for so many reasons. I love that I’m able to have 12 of my favorite photos of family and friends in oversized prints to view each and everyday. Your guest will also love it because it is interesting and draws their attention to these photos of your life. The second reason is because I absolutely love how the frames fill the space without taking up room like a piece of furniture would. As many of you know, my husband and I live in my childhood home and up until the house became ours, there was a display cabinet with glass doors in the same space as the frames are now. Once we began making this house our home, I remember thinking that I never wanted to put a piece of furniture back in that area because it felt so much more open with that furniture gone.

I have successfully hung 12 frames in our entry way without any mess ups and I know with a little guidance, you will be able to do the same! Once you decide on the wall you are going to add this grid gallery feature to and have your frames, you just need a hand full of other tools to hang your frames in straight lines. I hope these tips and steps make your project exciting with as little stress as possible. Happy leveling…I mean hanging! 😉

  1. Tape together the 4 pieces of paper to create an outline of your frames. Be sure to make a pinpoint hole where the hook is on the back of the frame. Most will have one in the middle near the top but your frames could have two on each side of the frame.
  2. Decide where you want to start your first row. Be sure to use the paper outline, spacer and painter’s tape to mark off where each row will begin and end. You will need to do this laterally and horizontally in order to get the height you want and to center the frames on the wall. I have 3 rows with 4 columns and the bottom of my first row of frames is 16 inches from the slab. The reason I did mine a little higher on the wall is because I wanted to be able to see the bottom row of pictures from the kitchen door and dining room. If I hung the first row of frames any lower, these pictures would have been partially blocked because of the living room furniture.
  3. Hang your paper outline to the wall with painter’s tape and adjust the paper until it’s level using the torpedo level. Use the pencil to mark the hook(s) on the pinhole.
  4. Use your screw driver to install the drywall anchor.
  5. Hold your spacer object to know where to hang the next frame in the row.

Now you will repeat steps 3 – 5 until your grid gallery wall is complete. After the first frame is hung, incorporate the laser level as an extra measure to be sure you do not create any extra holes in your wall.

Using Puddled Curtains to Complete the Vibe of your Home

When a vision for your house comes together after years of hard work and inspiration, it truly is such a great feeling.⁣

I remember many years ago pinning velvet curtains on Pinterest that went from the ceiling to the floor that had a heavy puddle and now it’s in our home. ⁣My curtains in the picture above are from Overstock in the color light beige. I have 8 foot ceilings and these are the 50 x 108 in. length.

If puddled curtains are your thing because you like the lived in feel it brings to a space, the most important thing you need to consider is the fabric and length.⁣

If you want the curtains to give the space more of a glamorous and upscale look, go with velvet, silk or heavy weighted fabrics. If you want the curtains to give the space a more casual and relaxed vibe, go with linen or other gauzy fabrics.⁣

Going with a puddled curtain look makes installing the curtain rod about 100 times easier but it’s still important that you measure the length you want before ordering curtains. I have read it’s best to allow 2-16 inches of fabric on the ground for a puddled curtain so you have a lot of choices since curtains usually range from 7-9 feet long. ⁣At the end of this post, I will share photos to give you some inspiration with the different lengths and fabrics.

Once you have your curtain rod installed and curtains hung, the last decision is how you want to puddle the curtains on the ground. There are a handful of looks you can decide between. I believe mine are considered a mix between a “true puddle” and a “fold under puddle” but do not let all of this information overwhelm you, there are a lot of how to articles and videos (drop & stack, fold under, flowing puddle, puddle break) you can refer to.⁣

Are puddled curtains your thing? If so, do you like a more glamorous or relaxed look? I love the velvet fabric because it’s easy to keep clean and functions as a semi-blackout curtain which is exactly what I needed!⁣ Please tag me in your stories and post on Instagram using @brigitblake so I can see your beautiful new puddled curtains. Happy puddling!

Linen puddled curtains
Source: The Design Files
West Elm puddled curtains
Source: Home Bunch
Light puddled curtains
Source: The Socialite Family
Heavy puddled curtains
Source: The Design Chaser

Privacy Fence with Wax Leaf Ligustrum’s

I have always noticed when a home has a living privacy fence. I think, “wow, that looks so much better than the worn wooden fence showing” and let’s be real…the 6 foot wooden fence my HOA requires is the worst.

We finally decided to update our backyard with a living privacy fence and bought 12 wax leaf ligustrum’s. We ran across this shrub because it was on Neil Sperry’s list of Best Plants for Screening and we wanted to be sure to choose a shrub that was recommended for our area. We decided to go with wax leaf ligustrum’s simply because we loved the look and feel of the leaves since it is not a holly. We planted them along our backyard fence line and we like them so much that we are highly considering planting more on the fence line that you see when you open the gate to park in the driveway.

They will take a few years to get them to the height and fullness that we are wanting but once they are at that point, we will keep them trimmed at around 8-9 feet. If you are curious about the price point of wax leaf ligustrum’s, we are in the North Texas area and paid $25.00 each and they were around 3 feet in height when we purchased them.

I know whichever shrub, tree or plant you decide on to give your home more privacy will turn out beautiful! My suggestions are to find which is best for your area and to not put off this house update because the sooner you plant them, the sooner you give your home the privacy it deserves. Happy planting!