If you are type A like me, you might be looking at this gallery wall and thinking WHOA. I really dig this eclectic gallery wall (this is my SIL’s home), but after almost 15 years of owning a home and making many MANY design mistakes, I know that just because I appreciate the design choices in someone’s home doesn’t mean I can do it exactly the same way in my own home. So even though I love this gallery wall, I know I can’t replicate it without losing my mind. I need a gallery wall that appeals to my sense of order and structure – just like any Type A girl would, right?

So here are some ideas for how to curate a gallery wall when you are Type A:

  1. Stick with a theme: One way to create cohesion in your gallery wall is to stick with one theme. You notice here the theme is floral, so even though the artwork runs the gamut, the common floral theme ties it all together. For my gallery wall, I’m working on a theme of lines and patterns.
  2. Choose a color scheme: Another way to curate your gallery wall is to choose a color scheme. For example, if you did a floral gallery wall like this one, you could choose colors you find in your home already, maybe 2-3 colors.
  3. Choose similar frames: The type A girl in me struggles to mix circles and squares together on the wall. My advice: for your first gallery wall, keep it simple. Choose frames that are all the same color and/or the same thickness, or only choose rectangles to feature your art.

Now go forth and design that gallery wall!

serena and lily strawberry blossom wallpaper

I can check 1 of 40 firsts off the list – I learned to wallpaper! Here’s a sneak peek of my daughter Charlotte’s bedroom. You guys, the wallpaper is bright and SO outside my comfort zone. And I LOVE it. I can’t wait to share more with you after we get it all finished. I have some wallpaper tips to share too.



(Contax G2, Kodak Portra 400)

Now that I’ve put it into the universe that I will publish a coffee table book in 2016, the book ideas keep on coming. I’m having fun looking back at old images for the book, and I’m looking forward to creating new ones.


I mentioned I’m going to learn how to reupholster furniture as of of #mels40firsts. I found a photo of the chair that started it all…

I can’t pass by a chair at a garage or estate sale or the flea market without thinking of how I would transform it. Case in point: I found this chair at an estate sale near my house for 10 bucks. It is a very wide wingback chair that was in great shape but not my taste. This chair was going to be the snuggle/reading chair in my daughter’s room, so I knew exactly how to update it. I had a local upholstery company strip the red velvet, and I found a durable pink basket weave fabric online for $5 a yard. I painted the oak wood frame using white spray paint, then I went over the grooves and nicks in the frame with a dark wood stain for an “antiqued” look. I even submitted the before and after to Design Sponge years ago – check out the post here.

Almost 8 years later and this chair is still in my daughter’s room, and I still love it. That being said, I do love the fun of reinventing old furniture (see exhibit A: my dining table). Perhaps this will be my first reupholstery project of 2016? We’ll see…