The Gallery Wall: 5 rules to remember for a smashing wall display

Today I’m sharing some actionable tips on hanging a beautiful gallery wall. Do not let your favorite pictures remain un-hung, my friends. Hang those pictures on your walls, and add a pop of your own personality, and family memories with a gallery!

Do you have an empty wall, or a room that needs some attention, and warmth? This post is for YOU.

Jen’s Gallery Wall Story:

Jen wanted to hang all her special family photos on her dining room wall. She wasn’t sure how to get started, and so she entrusted Novo Decor to the task! It was a pleasure seeing all her beautiful photos, and pulling them together in such a fun display of memories:


Upon first glance, the task of hanging all these pictures might seem daunting, but it’s really not!

Once Jen chose her photos, we decided which ones needed enlarging. She wanted an “antique” look, and we agreed that having all her photos printed in black and white would accomplish that goal. Then, I took all her photos, and began the search for mats and frames.

Jen has this great antique buffet just below her gallery. I added a few touches to the buffet surface. It totally to completes the look!

Jen has this great antique buffet just below her gallery. I added a few touches to the buffet surface. It totally to completes the look!


Beginner Gallery Wall Hanger? Use these strategies!

If you are a beginner gallery wall hanger, you may want a specific plan for how your photos will be laid out on your wall. Use your floor, and practice arranging the photos in an arrangement you like. Once you find an arrangement you like, take a picture of it! This will guide you as you hang your pictures.

Wait, what? Hang a whole gallery with just a picture to refer to?

If the strategy above freaks you out a little (or a lot) check out these step-by-step guides I’ve created for you!

My fool-proof no-measure method for hanging a gallery wall

A Simple Method for hanging a Gallery Wall

I have a gallery wall hanging method, but now what?

Intermediate or Advanced Gallery Wall Hanger? Use caution!

If you’ve done this before, you might be comfortable “eye-balling” your wall as you start hanging your pictures. This is a bit risky. If you do it this way, make sure you measure your wall, and know the size of wall space you are working with/will be covering with your gallery.


Even if you are not measuring specifically between pictures and are “eye-balling” those distances as you hang your pictures, you will still want to ensure that your gallery is centered on your wall. To ensure that it is centered, start by marking the center of your wall space. Then determine how far out, left/right, top/bottom, your gallery pictures will be hung.


When I am hanging a gallery, I look at the wall space, and determine how high/low, and how far to the left/right my gallery will span on the wall. I always start from the center of that space, and work my way out, making sure to maintain the same distances (distance between pictures, distance from the left boundary of wall to the far left picture, distance from the right boundary of the wall to the picture farthest on the right, etc.)

If you don’t start with a general idea of the size of your space, and how high/far out to left/right you want your pictures to hang, you may end up with a lopsided picture gallery.

In the picture below, you can see I started with four 8x10 frames in the center. I worked off of those, making my way to the sides, and up/down. You can also see that the distance between the far left picture, and the far right picture, to the door trim, is the same.

It’s OK that the floral arrangement is in front of a couple photos. Plants and floral arrangements add so much warmth and depth to any space. The vase is sitting far enough away from the wall, that it does not entirely block anyone’s view of those pictures behind it. This makes people stand close to view the photos!

It’s OK that the floral arrangement is in front of a couple photos. Plants and floral arrangements add so much warmth and depth to any space. The vase is sitting far enough away from the wall, that it does not entirely block anyone’s view of those pictures behind it. This makes people stand close to view the photos!

When you are ready to begin hanging your gallery, remember these basic tips to get off to a strong start!


  1. Use pictures of different sizes, frames of different sizes, and mats of different sizes.

    In this gallery, I used a number of 8x10 frames with and without mats, 5x7 frames with and without mats, and some 4x6 frames with and without mats. I also used some GREAT smaller frames with beautifully intricate frames for Jen’s smaller photos.

  2. Scatter the different size frames all over your wall.

    Don’t worry about keeping the same size photos near each other, though you can certainly do this if you wish. In this gallery, I hung the four 8x10 frames at the center. These served as my starting point to work off of. From that point, I didn’t have a system as to what sizes were hung next. I did always make sure to keep the distances between pictures the same (see above rule!)

  3. Different frames, similar mats (Or, similar frames, different (or similiar) mats)

    In this gallery, you can see the frames are very different. They are gold, silver, wooden, and painted. One or two even have subtle pattern on them. The mats are all cream, or light colored.

    Having different frames is a good thing, and creates a fun eclectic look. To achieve this look successfully, try to pull in colors from your room, and also add some metallic frames as well. Frames that are “chunky” are best for galleries simply because they are pretty to look at, and create visual interest.

    If you do this, the mats should be similar so as not to “confuse” the eye.

    If you prefer a more uniform look, you can choose to have all the same frames. If this is the route you choose, I would suggest using similar color mats across all your pictures. Another option with frames that are the same, would be to incorporate 3-4 different color mats, or even 1-2 colors. Using mat colors that coincide with the current color scheme of the room is suggested, but not always necessary!

  4. Hang pictures at different heights, and configurations, and hang them the same distance from each other

    Keep your pictures within the same distance from each other, so there are no random larger gaps between pictures. Random larger gaps make it appear as if there is a picture missing. In this gallery I hung the pictures about 2 to 2.5 inches apart from one another. If the distance between your pictures isn’t exactly the same, i wouldn’t worry about that. A few millimeters off isn’t a big deal to the human eye.

    Can you tell that not all these pictures in the photo above are hung EXACTLY the same distance from each other? Spoiler: they aren’t! Lol. Again, same general ballpark distance is what you’re going for.

  5. Add non-photo pieces to your wall

    These non-photo items might include a wall sconce, clock, signage, metal accent piece, or even a special napkin, or hanker-chief that you can frame, or put in a shadow box. In this gallery, I added a fun red metal flower, which ties in with the red rug in the room. I also added a “family” sign (in a frame!) at the very top. Making it was a challenge…..I made it by printing the word “family” on my computer in a plain font, and simply framed it. Easy, right?

    Gallery walls are wonderful for so many reasons! They are definitely conversation pieces in any home, and they showcase all the people (and things!) you love. Get out those old photos and think about how you might display them with other wall accessories in your home. You’d be surprised how your room will instantly change vibes once you’ve got your “smashing” gallery wall hung.

If you’re like Jen, and would love a gallery but don’t want to tackle it yourself, I’d love to help. Contact me below, and I’ll get back to you!!! Don’t keep the memories in boxes…..display them!!!

Must-haves for a fresh, inspiring home office

Thinking about re-vamping your home office? Then this post is for you! Novo Decor is back on the blog with another decorating endeavor to share. Last week I had the great honor of bringing a home office to life. The basics were already in place; including a neutral wall color, area rug, and bookcase. The home-owner planned to get rid of her old desk, and replace it with a new one for her brand-new office space. I provided ideas from on-line sources, and she selected a basic white, L-shaped desk for the room.

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I love L-shaped desks because you can position them so many ways, creating a new look each time.

Here is the new L-shaped desk before the make-over:

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It fits in that corner perfectly!

Every home office needs a functional desk, or working surface.

2.. Bookcase or cabinet

An office also needs a piece of furniture for storing items, and/or displaying them. The bookcase in this office holds a large printer, books, plants, and other business related items. Bookcases with hidden storage are great for eliminating visible clutter, which no office wants! Here is the bookcase before the make-over:

Note the arrangement of books according to color. Love that!

Note the arrangement of books according to color. Love that!

3. Area Rug

If you have hard wood floors, hard-wood laminate, or tile in your home office, consider adding a rug for color, texture, and comfort. When you’re working at your computer, your feet will feel great resting on a soft rug. It will look great too.

The home-owner had a vintage-ish area rug in various blue shades (navy-ish, light teal, a touch of gray) all set to go for the room’s new look. I used the rug as inspiration for colors and accessories.

The rug can be seen in the photos above. Sorry, should have taken a close-up!

4. Wall Accessories & other decor

Every office….no wait….every room MUST have accessories. Picture, pillows, and plants will instantly add color, personality, and whimsy to your space! Who doesn’t want to work in a room that inspires, and invigorates the senses?

I used a mix of pictures, and frames for the walls, bringing in gold, and a pop of color to the space. The home-owner already had that great little wall shelf, which i used as the focal point in this gallery wall:

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And of course, a Novo Decor room wouldn’t be complete without a globe! I just realized last week, that I think every room I’ve decorated has a globe in it. I just love the look a globe adds to any space.

I also added a simple white bench, and threw some fun pillows on it, for extra seating. Now, the home-owner’s husband can sit in her office, and visit with her, while she works (or not!)


Another great accessory are baskets. They work well underneath benches, and other areas fill dead space. Choosing baskets of varying sizes, heights, and shapes makes it extra interesting.


I didn’t touch the bookcase. The books looked great just as there were, and I left the rest as it was. I hung a mirror that I found at a second hand store. It needed some fresh white spray paint, and a touch of gold (of course!). The gold accents in this office space add a touch of elegance to the space. (gold will never get old in my book)

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I left the three-shade floor lamp, as it provides good lighting in the room, and I like its black base and white shades.

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All the pieces came together to re-create this home office into an inspiring work space that showcases the personality, and style of the home-owner. After I completed the space, it just seemed to speak the home-owner’s language. It seemed to just be…….her! I told her that, and she said……

“Honestly, I didn’t know what my style was until I saw this”. Woohoo! Love a good story ending.

Now for the BEFORE/AFTERS….


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Whether you work out of your home in a home office or not, I think most of us can agree that having a space in the home designated for the computer, files, paperwork, and other “stuff”, really can be life-saving! Having a space that actually inspires us to work? A space we really want to be in? Well, that’s the game-changer, and the FUN part.

How does your home office look these days? Cluttered? Uninspiring, or hard to work in? I’d love to help.

THANK YOU Emily! Such a please doing this for you. Now your office is super fun, just like YOU!

See more room refreshes on the blog below…..

Get inspired with these 7 ways to decorate with green

I love March.  It means warmer days are ahead, well, almost.  It also means GREEN in celebration of St. Patrick's Day!  I'm not talking about green beer though.  I'm talking about decorating with green!   Today I'm sharing some inspiration I found while browsing Pinterest.

Using green at home: 7 ways 


photo taken from Blue Skies Ahead blog

photo taken from Blue Skies Ahead blog

One way to go bold with green is to paint the front door.  Doesn't this picture just get you in the mood to do something fun to your door this spring?  Green is a great choice. 


Original photo taken from The Hunted Interior

Original photo taken from The Hunted Interior

If you have followed Novo Decor for any length of time, then you know it is no stranger to boldly painted furniture.  This dresser caught my eye. I love the rich emerald green color, and the texture of this piece!


Photo from Living Vintage

Photo from Living Vintage

Collections of pottery or kitchen ware that share a common color are gorgeous when displayed together. Instead of scattering your items around the house, display them together for more impact. This collection of green pottery and kitchen ware is easy on the eye.  Don't you think? 


Photo taken from

Photo taken from

Painting the walls green is gutsier than a collection of green pottery, or a green door,  but this particular green paired with the white trim and the art work?  Well done!  It almost makes me want to try a green wall now!


Photo from Books by the Foot

Photo from Books by the Foot

Decorating with books is a favorite of mine. Books are so versatile. They provide great texture and are handy for varying the heights of your decor and accessories.  This collection of books is full of green and blue; a great color combination any time of year. 


Photo from It All Started with Paint (blog/website)

Photo from It All Started with Paint (blog/website)

You can't go wrong with decorative pillows.  They are easy to change and they are temporary! If you're thinking of trying green in 2017, start with pillows.  Any and all greens are welcome on pillows!


Photo from colincowieweddings

Photo from colincowieweddings

A bowl of green apples or pears provides a beautiful way to adorn your dinner table, coffee table, bedside table, or mantle.  I especially love the mixture of rich lime-y greens and "apple" greens in this arrangement. Fresh. Beautiful.  And of course, green! 

A glimpse of green at Novo Decor

Incorporating green can be as simple as a sprinkling of greenery throughout the these cute hex shelves I found on Etsy. I ordered them in unfinished pine wood. Then I painted the outer side a bright and bold chartreuse green....

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A few years ago I painted this hutch…..and still use it for my supplies. I do like to think that somewhere out there is a lime green lover…who would love a hutch like this one…..

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How about wall decor?  Below, check out this pop of "chartreuse" green on the wall....and see more pops of green in the full room reveal here:

Dreamy Teen Bedroom Reveal...

Bring the outside in, with green!  You can't go wrong!  Any plant will get the job done....

We won't go as far as the Tree of Life in the house, but you get the idea.....

Go green in 2019, and not just with your beer, or your earth-friendly products and re-cycling efforts!   Go green with your decorating and have fun doing it!  

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!!

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5 keys to a room make-over

Hello!  Today I'm sharing the key elements I always consider when beginning the planning phase of a room make-over.  If you have a room that needs some TLC, but don’t know where to begin, this is the post for you! Here I break down a room make-over into 5 simple steps.  

5 key elements to a room make-over

1.  Color

Choose your wall color.  Though I love bold colors, I prefer to bring those in with the accessories, not the walls!  And, there many variations of color (light, dark), so you can still do color on the walls if your heart desires.  In my experience, when I go bold on a wall, I get tired of it.  So I tend to be more conservative when it comes to wall color; often choosing grays, whites, and subtle/muted (light) colors.    

2. Color Scheme  

Choose your other colors.   Usually I start with three, and might add one or two additional accent colors.   Consider whether you are a cool color person (like blues, greens, purples), or a warm color person (like reds, oranges, yellows).  Start from there.  Then, think about what combinations you like.  The link below is a great explanation of the colors and color combinations using the basic color wheel:  (from

There are so many color resources out there, that it can be overwhelming!  That, in addition to the million different shades of every color in human existence, doesn't make it any easier! Starting can be the most difficult part but.....

Here is some simple advice:

Find pictures that catch your eye.  Usually those pictures contain the colors you like.  The pictures don't have to be pictures of rooms, either.  Starting points can be a rug you love, a pillow, picture on your wall, or your bedding.  Then, work off that.  The colors in your inspiration piece will be the colors you bring into the room with furniture and accessories. 

OK. You've chosen your color scheme.  Now, you're ready to choose pieces for your space. 

3.  The big pieces

Always start with the big pieces (furniture), because these are the more permanent "fixtures" in a room.  If you like what you have, great; no need to change something that's working for you.  If not, it's time to shop for new pieces, or, use what you've got and update it in some way, or, shop second-hand, or, a combination of all of these.  It's not always about shopping for brand new pieces!  The route you take, doesn't matter.  The important part is how it all comes together in the end. 

The bed is the largest piece in this small bedroom. All the other items in the room were chosen based on this bed.

The bed is the largest piece in this small bedroom. All the other items in the room were chosen based on this bed.

How do you choose your large pieces?  Start by defining how you want the space to function. If it's an office, you need a desk, and a desk chair....maybe another accent chair to relax in.   Then decide on an arrangement.  Whether the room is a work space, or a place to put your feet up, always think about your movement in the room, and that will help you place your furniture.   It has to make sense!  

TIP: Consider removing pieces you don't need!  We tend to think we need to add something to change a room, but often it's the opposite!  Remove unwanted "things" and things that are not utilized to their fullest potential in a room!  You might discover those “things” have better uses in other areas of your home.

4.  The Smaller pieces

Now you are ready to think about the smaller pieces like all the accessories that will showcase your chosen colors, and your style.  Accessories is a broad category and I could write about it all day, but, today's post is about basic considerations for refreshing a room.   The smaller items include....

  • Window treatments/curtains

  • Rugs

  • Decorative pillows, blankets

  • Decor for your shelves, and tables

  • Wall art

  • lighting

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5.  Texture

Lastly, don't forget about texture.  Accessories like throw blankets, pillows, baskets, rugs, curtains, furniture, and even a stack of books, are all opportunities for bringing texture to a room.   Mixing texture is key to a visually appealing and interesting room.   For example, a rustic sea grass rug under a modern piece of furniture.  Or, a wicker chair in a room full of non-wicker furniture.   Adding baskets for your magazine or book storage is also a simple way to bring in texture.  There is no limit. 

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If you have a throw blanket or decorative pillow in your house, then you are using texture! Go nuts with it....add more, and experiment with furniture and accessories that have lots of texture! 

Room Make-overs: Not just a look, but a FEEL

How our rooms are decorated, the colors, the arrangement of furniture, the accessories....all of it impacts our feelings, and emotions.  We are beautiful beings created for beauty, and from beauty! It’s time to bring more beauty into your home.

By our very human instincts….

…..Our surroundings directly affect more ways than we realize!

I hope you can take away a tip or two from today's post for your next room make-over!  Stick with the basic elements, and you're well on your way!

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Lounge-ready room: Discover yours!


This week Novo Decor wants to share some inspiration with you on the home “lounge” concept. I’m not talking about the lounge from the 70’s, with green carpet on the walls, and yellow faux leather upholstered booths! I’m talking about a place in your home, that can be re-created into a space you love being in.

And guess what? Your future lounge may be a space you already have, but didn’t know of its potential, and certainly wouldn’t have thought about it as a lounge!

A lounge? In my house?

ANY room can serve as a lounge. Try to erase the vision of carpeted walls, and dishes with candied mints in them, (remember those soft chewable mints?). Rather, try and picture a space in your house that you might not be using. Your furniture lounge can be a place to sit and relax, read a book, sip on coffee, or chat with your hubby, and friends.

Basically, if you have a room or nook somewhere in the house, turning it into a “lounge” isn’t as out of reach as you might think. The space below was traditionally supposed to be a dining area, but the home-owners wanted to extend more seating into this space, from their adjoining living room:


By adding chairs, a rug, and plenty of color, this space morphed into a fun place to entertain, and spend time. With a “window” that adjoins this room to the kitchen, it is easy to pass food and drinks back and forth. Functional and fun.


Below is the adjoining living room. The two spaces compliment each other with color, and whimsy; a great combination for a newlywed couple.

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If you are scratching your head on what rooms in your house could possibly transform into marvelous lounges, check out these ideas….

  • a nook or space at the top of the stairwell (that open space around the stairway railing that you never use, or know what to do with)

  • a spare bedroom

  • a room, or section of your basement

  • attick

  • home office space that isn’t used, except for your “piles”, and clutter!

  • four-season room (or even three season room!)

  • part of a large room (some rooms are so big and awkward, that you need to create separate, defined spaces)

Think Lounge. Think Possibilities. Get inspired.

Lounge Seating:

This chaise is a perfect furniture accent for any lounge. In a neutral, or bold color, it serves a great purpose…..comfort…..not to mention dashing looks.



The texture in the pillows, wall hanging, and rug, along with the leather “bean bag” chair work together to create this hip and fun boho style lounge. I’d sit in this “lounge” any day and sip on coffee!

This chair is another fun lounge style piece. I see these “cane” chairs at thrift stores often. With a little black spray paint on the frame, you’d have yourself a fresh new chair just. like. this. one. Check it out…..

from Urban Outfitters

from Urban Outfitters

I guess I’m really feeling the boho vibe as I write this….but these textures, and patterns! I’d love to see the rest of this room. It’s interesting that all the pieces in this picture are in such close proximity to one another….creating a cozy, lounge-like feel. Changes in furniture placement can totally re-create a space.

You may be able to create your loung from just a portion of a larger room. Section it off with the fun and funky room divider, or position your seating in way that creates visible boundaries.

This is great use of space below….and a great little “lounge”. The adults can sit and relax, while the kids make a ruckus in the yard. Pretty hang-out, and relaxation time or the adults. It’s a win-win.

From Haneen’s Haven

From Haneen’s Haven

A home lounge doesn’t have to be huge! In fact, sometimes the smaller the better. Are you wondering if a lounge might be in your future?

Find out for sure, and start by asking yourself these questions as you go room to room in your house:

  1. Do we use this room regularly? If not, could we use it? Yasss!

  2. Do we use the things in this room? If not, can we get rid of them to create more space?

  3. Does this room get neglected? If yes, it’s definitely time for a lounge!

  4. Has this space been bare for a while? Is it large enough for a chair or two?

Creating a space in your home you love being in, and that has meaning to you is easier than you think, and doesn’t have to be time consuming! Start simple… by removing clutter, re-arranging furniture, asking yourself the questions above, and imagining the possibilities.

Novo Decor would love to help you get started. My no-pressure, FREE consultation will help get you on the right track….no matter how small, or challenging your space!

Enjoy the rest of your week,


Teen Room Make-over: Incorporating personality into a space

Do you spend more time in one room in your house, more than another? Why? Do you notice how a particular room in your house makes you feel, good or bad? The answers to these questions could very well be centered on your emotions, and mood.

Believe it or not, our surroundings affect us; in more ways than we realize.

In these before/after pictures, you’ll see how certain design elements change the entire look and feel of the room.

Teen Bedroom:

This room was re-done to specifically reflect the personal style and interests of the teenager who lives there. Before the make-over, the room contained a number of things that had been “outgrown” by the teen. While she did have several of her own art pieces on the walls, she had grown tired of them. Plus, she became a teenager along the way, and wanted a room that reflected her personal style; a room that matched her personality.

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The three main design elements that really made a difference in this space are texture, pattern, and color. This teen loves greens and blues. So I planned the whole room around those colors.

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I also added plenty of texture through pillows, curtains, and bedding.

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Since this teen loves nature, and the outdoors, I included a gallery wall of frames containing pictures of nature-related themes. A customized bulletin board was also added for reminders, pictures, or all the little “things” teens need to display.

Lastly, a blue desk was added for a fun pop of color, and for function. She wanted a place to do her homework. This petite desk is perfectly scaled to this “petite” room, and it serves an important function, too. Color pop, AND function? It’s a win win.

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Mixing patterns is a hallmark of Novo Decor style. Mixing patterns gives off a feeling of whimsy, or playfulness. We certainly know that teenagers are whimsical beings, and so, mixed patterns ensued.

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Notice how even though blues and greens dominate the color scheme, there were also neutrals to balance it out. Neutrals can be found in the chair, and the variety of woods (bulletin board frame, large wall art frame, shelves) . Woods do NOT have to match. In fact, a room is more visually interesting when they don’t.

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Our emotions and surroundings impact us….

If you’ve never thought about how your surroundings affect your mood and emotions, start! I would bet that you’ll discover how you feel in certain places; good, bad, and in between. And, once you uncover that, you may even start noticing why a room makes you feel that way……

….And THAT’S when the magic happens….because you’re one step closer to gaining insight on what can be done about it.

We change, and so do our tastes

Whether we realize it or not, our tastes and styles change, as we change. By adding a color scheme, fun patterns, function, and personal style to the bedroom you see here, this teen is excited to be in her “new” room, and naturally spends more time there because of that!

Changes to your surroundings do not have to be big, or complicated! Even simple changes in a room can totally change your perspective, and mood!

Not sure where to start? Schedule your FREE home consultation with Novo Decor and get tips customized to your space!

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Have a wonderful weekend!!!


Valentine's Day all year long

Since pinks are often seen around this “holiday” we call Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d share some "Valentines-ish" photos with you. Pink can be scary if it’s not typically a color you go to, but, there are countless ways to bring pink (big or small!) into your home interior.

Ecros Pink: A favorite pink around here.  See this post about a girls' dresser painted in this beautiful pink color here: Pretty in Pink: Girl's Dresser Reveal

More pink paint, in "Hot Pink" by Behr.   In Sheboygan there is a gigantic cabinet adorned in this bold pink!  See that post here:  Evolution of a cabinet

Here’s a blast from the past…..a glimpse of the giant cabinet during its transformation back in 2015.....

And of course you'll find pink decor somewhere in the Nienhuis nest (yep, even with three boys)…...

A while back I shared a tutorial on how to make your own monogram wall art.  Here is pink (is there any other color option for "Nienhuis" monogrammed art?)....You can see that turorial here:  Accessorize your wall with this simple monogrammed wall art tutorial

A splash of pink on the widows is always welcome. Speaking of these panels.....see my super easy tutorial on creating your own no-sew window panels using this simple trick. Catch that tutorial here:  Easiest window panels this side of the Mason Dixon

Before I begin a painting project, I'll take a picture of the paint against a bold backdrop. Why? Because I cannot resist a freshly opened can of paint against a visually interesting back ground. Check out this bold pink back drop:  

And another "flat lay" picture.....paired with a patterned backdrop…containing pink: 

Rolling out this giant pink rug was a treat....

"Ecros pink" by Sherwin Williams make another appearance on this dresser drawer....

Adding a splash of pink to a small furniture accent is always a treat….. 

And lastly, Novo Decor's LOGO!  It's a bird, it's a plane, it's butterfly. Butterflies represent new life; fitting for a thrfiting junkie who loves re-creating spaces!

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I hope you were inspired with today’s post. Even if you’re not a pink person, incorporating it in small doses is sure to brighten your house right up.

Because pink isn’t just for Valentine’s Day! 


Basement Re-fresh: Part ONE (and a half)

Welcome to Basement Re-fresh (Part one & a half). Why the “and a half” you ask? Progress so far has consisted of baby steps. With any project, breaking the task into smaller steps makes it much less intimidating . When we do this, we start seeing change (maybe a little faster!), which in turn, motivates us to continue all the way to completion.

To appreciate changes even smaller steps can bring, see last week’s first post in the Basement Re-fresh series, here: Basement Re-fresh Part ONE

And now, for this week’s updates……

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The details of the shelving are a work in progress, but at least now all the “little” stuff has a home, andLuke, has easier access to his beloved Legos

The details of the shelving are a work in progress, but at least now all the “little” stuff has a home, andLuke, has easier access to his beloved Legos

Here is that same wall BEFORE:


See? Simple steps, big change. Did this take a long time? No! Did procrastinating take longer than the actual activity of organizing this area? Yes. Why do I do that? Lol.

Next, the corner area to the left of this cube shelving was cleaned, and a rug was added. To my pleasant surprise, we were able to use a rug we already had. The rug has been in our garage the last several months after that eight hour torrential down pour we had in fall. After that the rug STUNK so bad, that we decided it was not able to be saved. We took it to our garage, and it has remained there since, UNTIL I discovered last week that it is completely fine; no bad smell at all. And dry too. Huge victory!

Needless to say, the story has a happy ending….and the rug now belongs in this corner….

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Here is this same space BEFORE:

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Simply by getting rid of “stuff” and de-cluttering this nook, the space opens up to many possibilities, which will bring us to PART TWO of the Basement Re-fresh:

Building a DIY corner desk!

Once the desk is built, then we can address those walls. I picture a large bulletin board, maybe some additional pictures, calendar, etc. It will be a nice work (and play) space for the kids, and us.

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The space to the left of the curtains is where I store “things” for Novo Decor, mostly home decor and accessories. The curtains may or may not remain open like in the picture. I like the added touch the curtains provide by bringing in some pattern, and texture.

Next Up: Basement Re-fresh PART TWO

And that concludes Basement Re-fresh: Part One (and a half!). I hope you continue to tune in to Part TWO…and the remainder of our basement re-fresh endeavor!

And remember, small steps can result in big change! Let’s get it done in 2019!


Basement Re-fresh: Part ONE

Hello, and happy 2019! Wow, has it really been November 24th since my last blog post? I’d better have all sorts of fresh ideas to share with you in 2019 after that break!!

To ring in the new year, I decided to share our next project in the house; the basement. Our basement needs some organization, and much better use of space. We have “things” down there we don’t even use. Can you relate? I guess that’s what basements are for; “collectors” of all our “stuff”. And, out of sight out or mind, right? Well, no more!


First, we need to get rid of “stuff”, and re-locate what we already have in order to maximize function. For example, there is a desk that is falling apart, and an oversize chair that no one uses (because we have a huge sofa). We also have a love seat in a dumb location. No one ever sits in that love seat where it is now. Time to to get to work.

Showing you the crazy “before” pictures will help hold me accountable for keeping on top of this basement project! Seeing the “before” pictures isn’t always pretty, but necessary. They make the end result that much sweeter!

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Here we go….

Below is the view upon arriving at the bottom of the steps. The furnace room is behind that black door. To the right is a large space, with a carpeted section/TV, and a cement floored area.

See all those shoe box size tupperware containers on the floor? Those are filled with Legos. Not an ideal location, or set up! Does Luke crouch down on the floor to build with them in that location? NOPE. He’s probably afraid he’ll get injured, with all the clutter and all!

See all those shoe box size tupperware containers on the floor? Those are filled with Legos. Not an ideal location, or set up! Does Luke crouch down on the floor to build with them in that location? NOPE. He’s probably afraid he’ll get injured, with all the clutter and all!

To the left of that black door, is a smaller nook that I used to use for an office. Here is that nook:

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What needs to happen with this space first:

  1. Take out that black desk

  2. Re-locate the love seat to the TV viewing area.

    These two steps alone will open up this entire space for a DIY “L” shaped desk area. The kids can work on the computer here, do their school work, draw, work on legos, or whatever they like doing at a desk!

That area will also serve as a device storing, and charging station!! A bold rug would be awesome in this corner, BUT, we are planning to do this entire basement re-fresh on a VERY low budget, which means I’m going to have to utilize self-control, and refrain from a new rug. Darn!

On that note, allow me to dream a bit, and share with you some rug possibilities for this space:

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I like the fact that these rug contain white and black, yet also have plenty of color. Either of these rugs would tie our black ceiling, and white walls together nicely.

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Ok, one more…..( I can’t help myself)….

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Gotta start somewhere

This is just one of a number of areas in our basement that needs some serious help. And, now that I’ve shared the scary “before” pictures with you, I am motivated to take action, and continue to share our progress with you.

I am enlisting the hubs to help me build a computer station/table for that corner nook you saw. When that will be complete, I have no idea, but we’re tackling it little by little, section by section!

I will keep you posted on our progress!

Can you relate?

Do you have an area in your home that has been neglected, and needs help? Whether it’s re-organizing, moving furniture around, or simply hanging some pictures on the wall to add some warmth & character, get started with me in 2019!

I hope you tune in to the “Basement Re-fresh” blog series at the Nienhuis ranch!

Have a great week,

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5 easy steps to festive decor

Who doesn’t love quick, and easy holiday decorating tips? Today I'm sharing easy steps toward a no-”fluff” festive home. And the best part is you can do this using items you already have on hand.   (Is there any other way to decorate?) 

Creating an inspiring holiday home can be simple.  And, it can be done resourcefully in these 5 easy steps:

No-nonsense Holiday Decorating Tips

1.  Use baskets, crates, antique trunks......basically anything you have that could potentially hold something festive inside like greenery, ornaments, wood for the fireplace, etc.   Throw in a holiday napkin or place mat for a festive edge! 

2.  Remove items that have a summer-y or "spring-y" vibe, and replace with holiday decor like fresh (or artificial) greens

Below, a rustic box and vases that once displayed summer florals, now house an arrangement of festive greenery and reds for timeless holiday accents. 


3.  Switch out the current photos in your frames with holiday photos

A floral picture in the white frame was replaced with modern Christmas trees using Scrapbook paper cut into triangles. Easy and super cute!

A floral picture in the white frame was replaced with modern Christmas trees using Scrapbook paper cut into triangles. Easy and super cute!

This one might be the best kept secret for fast, cute, and modern holiday wall art without breaking the bank!  I admit I am somewhat obsessed with picture frames, but THIS my friends, is why! You can create instant holiday art by removing what you currently have in a frame,  and replacing it with something as simple as your favorite holiday gift wrap!  

Or, take it a step further and create a festive holiday gallery wall using a grouping of frames!   

"I don't have time to remove pictures from frames!"

I get it. If that sounds like you, then do this:  Remove a picture from the wall, and replace it with a wreath, or anything festive! Zero need to create additional nail holes.  We are all about simple, here!  

Speaking of's another super easy step toward making your house FESTIVE.....

4. Find a large twig or fallen branch from the yard....and hang some ornaments on it!  Beautiful! 

4.  Add simple holiday touches to existing decor

The existing frame collection above became instant "Christmas" with the addition of a couple festive accents like the small wreath, and the red vase/greenery.  Pops of red, and greenery are so simple, yet add such a festive touch.  

Turning your non-holiday decor into festive and fun holiday accents makes some of the best holiday decorating.  Look around your house, (or dig through those Christmas boxes) and see what you can use!  How can you make your decor Christmas-ready?  

With the long Thanksgiving weekend ahead, it's not too early to start getting your holiday decorating ON!!!!

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