Home Decor Ideas: A Gallery Wall

Home Decor Ideas: A Gallery Wall from Layla Grayce
Photos: Apartment34, Pinterest

A gallery wall has a way of making a space look collected while giving you a chance to show off your favorite pieces of art. So, you just hang up a bunch of pictures, right? How hard can that be? You’d be surprised. Going into a gallery wall set-up without a plan can result in a lot of holes in your surface and even more weird looks from your mother-in-law on her next visit.. Lucky for you, we’ve put together a plan to get your gallery wall looking magazine worthy with just a little time and effort.

Home Decor Ideas: A Gallery Wall from Layla Grayce
Photo: Momtastic

Step One: Assemble all of the things that you want to hang. You can pick a theme, like black and white photos or maybe all of the art you just bought on your trip to Italy. Or you can always just run with your favorite pieces for a fun, mixed look.

Step Two: Lay each object you’re going to hang out on a piece of kraft paper and trace around their frames. Label every shape and cut them out.

Step Three: Grab some painter’s tape and have fun — arrange and rearrange the paper silhouettes on your wall until you get a grouping that’s just right.

Step Four: Hammer time! Now that you’ve got the perfect arrangement, start hanging your pieces and watch your wall take on new life. Whew! No extra holes AND a fabulous new place to showcase your favorite paintings and pictures.
Home Decor Ideas: A Gallery Wall from Layla Grayce

The best part of a gallery wall? They look great in every space. Bedrooms, living rooms, and even hallways. We put together a grouping with a French feel, perfect for an entry. Our collection includes an antique-inspired map, a fun Sugarboo sign, and even His and Hers hooks to hang a coat or bag.

Now that you’re ready to get your gallery on, add to your collection! Shop Layla Grayce art here.

Our Hot Pink Hit List

Nothing says “Be Mine” quite like hot pink. Whether you’re adding a more romantic vibe to your bedroom with a blush-toned pillow and some sweet wall art, giving your bestie’s vanity a boost with a glamorous stone-topped box, or putting on the glitz with a pair of vibrant earrings for date night, there are a ton of ways to get your rose-colored fix. We’ve rounded up our favorites in this romance-packed hue to create a Valentine-worthy wish list. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Sugarboo Designs Pink Elephant White Framed Art Print from Layla Grayce Herringbone Hot Pink Throw Blanket from Layla Grayce Moon & Lola Monogram Hot Pink Coffee Mug from Layla Grayce Kendra Scott Rayne Magenta Necklace from Layla Grayce Moon & Lola Londrina Hot Pink Turquoise Crystal Stud Earrings from Layla Grayce Bandhini Homewear Design Sphere Hot Pink Throw Pillow from Layla Grayce Brigitte Table Lamp from Layla Grayce Antilles Pink Agate Box from Layla Grayce RabLabs Lumino Fuchsia Coaster Set of 4 from Layla Grayce Venice Hot Pink and Natural Cashmere Scarf from Layla Grayce

RUGS 101

RUGS 101 from Layla Grayce from Layla Grayce
Shopping for a rug can be confusing: which size do you need? What’s the difference between one weave and the other? Which one is best for a child’s room? Which one will easily clean up after a red wine spill? (Because #scandalnight requires a full glass at all times.)

See? So many questions. Luckily, we’ve got the answers. Read on for our foolproof tips on picking the perfect rug.

Size: This is probably the most important factor in choosing your floor decor. You want the scale of the rug to suit the room and to accommodate your furniture. The guidelines are as follows: a rug should be two feet shorter than the smallest wall of a room (example: in a 12′ x 14′ nursery, you’d want a 10′-wide rug). For dining rooms, it depends on the table. Make sure the rug extends at least 18 inches beyond the table — you want the chairs to fit!Choosing a Rug Size from Layla Grayce

Diagram: Indeed Decor

Care and Cleaning: You need a rug pad for both comfort and to prevent slips. Vacuuming is a must, too: no need to over-do it, but routine cleaning is a good idea. If you do spill, it’s important to clean immediately to prevent staining. Cleaning methods vary from fabric to fabric, so be sure to check your labels.

Color and Pattern: Ah, the fun part! A rug can truly define a space. It’s important to find something that speaks to your style but is also practical.

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  • Striped rugs are versatile, classic, and fun. We love them in a kid’s space or a refined bathroom.
  • The Bohemian trend is here to stay, and a rug is the perfect way to express your free-spirited style.
  • Blues and beachy tones provide a coastal air: we think of oceanfront homes and serene spaces.
  • A more graphic rug gives interiors a quick dose of pattern, ideal for a bold, modern look.

Material: A kitchen rug and a living room rug serve completely different purposes. And a house with four kids, two dogs, and a parakeet has different needs than that of a sophisticated empty-nester. This is where material comes into play. A vinyl floorcloth is perfect for a high-traffic area, while a romantic aubusson makes for an elegant piece in a low-key living room. Sisal, wool, vinyl, jute and cotton blends are ideal for durability and easy cleaning while other varieties are best for low-maintenance households. Once you decide what you need, you can shop by material.

So, did you get all that? Rugs can really make a space, and getting the right size, fabric and look for your lifestyle is key. It’s all about what’s best for you! We hope this tutorial shed a little light on the matter, and you can always contact our customer service team for a one-on-one session if you need help choosing that perfect piece.

Think Outside the Box

Is 2016 the year you’re going to get it all organized? You’re not alone! Lucky for you, we’ve got tons of tips for keeping that New Year’s Resolution intact — all with a stylish twist.

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Stylish Storage Ideas from Layla Grayce

1. Fez Small Ceramic Canister 2. Marilyn Studded Box Set of 3 3.Cape Natural Weave Basket Set of 3 4. Citified Wire Basket Set of 3 5. Sapphire Box Set of 3 6. Moscow Large Ceramic Canister

 

Our Top Tips for Smart Storage:

  • Rethink your counter top: Select a group of canisters in varying sizes to organize items like cooking utensils for a colorful display. We love the Moroccan flair of the Fez Canister
  • Clean up your workspace: Organize notes, pens or paper clips in these chic storage boxes disguised as books
  • Out of the closet: Pull out those cozy throw blankets and arrange them in our Citified Wire Basket Set to create a charming fireside vignette

GIVEAWAY: Shop to Win Kendra Scott Earrings!

GIVEAWAY: Shop to Win Kendra Scott Earrings from Layla Grayce

Unless you’ve been in hiding for the last few years, you’ve witnessed the fabulous Kendra Scott taking over the jewelry game. Sophisticated, glamorous, and unique, this accessory collection’s pieces are some of our most-coveted items. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce a Kendra Scott giveaway!

Here’s the scoop: Buy ANY Kendra Scott piece between January 6th and January 13th and you’re AUTOMATICALLY entered to win a pair of these maven-worthy earrings. There will be TEN winners! Give them to your mom, your MOH, or keep them all for your winning self.

May the Kendra force be with you. Shop now!

Soiree Style We Swear By

Nothing calls for a flashy fete quite like New Year’s Eve. Between keeping your pals entertained to creating an #instaworthy theme, we’ve got a few tips to ensure hostess victory.

Soiree Style We Swear By from Layla Grayce

Tips and Tricks

  1. You can never go wrong with a black and white color palette. Incorporate the classic duo with serving pieces, balloons, and even your ensemble (LBD, anyone?).
  2. Punch up the glam with a dash of metallic. There’s nothing more fab than a hint of glitz, be it on an accent tray, in glittering confetti, or on your wrist.
  3. Get your gourmet on. Snacks are key in a party prep sitch – you can spend hours recreating that canape recipe from Pinterest or call up your BFF’s catering company.
  4. Never underestimate the power of a good toast. Let the champagne flow and raise a very chic glass to the New Year with a set of classic coupes.
  5. Get the lighting right. When midnight rolls around your party pals will be all too grateful for a soft glow. Set the tone with our Lumiere Candle Holders

Soiree Style We Swear By from Layla Grayce

1. Rosanna Soiree Noire Plate Set of 12 2. Rosanna Porcelain Bunting Save Water Drink Champagne Sign 3.Rosanna Kashmir Glass Flute Set Of 12 4. Rosanna Soiree Glass Large Coupe Set of 4 5. Rosanna Soiree Noire Wine Coaster

We’re dreaming of a French Christmas…

Nothing compares to the holidays. Gathering the family together, cooking, baking, and creating traditions are what the season’s all about. The Christmas meal is something to be celebrated. Why not go with a theme for the main event this year? The French do Christmas dinner right with elevated comfort foods and detailed desserts. We’ve gathered a menu for a very French Noel, and it surely will not disappoint.

French Christmas Dinner from Layla Grayce

Coq au Vin is a traditional dish full of flavor. It’s one of those simmer-for-hours delights that gets better with every minute on the stove. Ideally you’ll have this going while guests arrive to maximize entree anticipation. The smell is just that good. Bonus: It’s the perfect excuse to stock up on red wine!

The ideal French side dish? So many to choose from, but whipped potatoes serve as a creamy, cheesy backdrop to the sumptuous chicken in your Coq au Vin. Aligot (as they’re called) can be easily made while the meat simmers.

To finish the Frenchy feast, go all the way with a Buche de Noel, better known as a Yule log. This complex treat is the perfect way to get the kids involved and keep little hands busy, not to mention a delectable end to a meal.

French Christmas Dinner from Layla Grayce

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle (750ml) Pinot Noir
  • 5 fresh flat-leaf parsley sprigs, plus 2 Tbs. finely chopped parsley
  • 3 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 leek (cut lengthwise)
  • 6 oz. thick-cut bacon, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 3 1/4 lb. whole chicken legs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 lb. small button mushrooms
  • 3/4 lb. shallots, halved
  • 1 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbs. tomato paste
  • 2 Tbs. all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cups chicken broth
  • 3/4 lb. carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces

Directions:

  1. Preheat an oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large saucepan over high heat, boil the wine until reduced by half, about 15 minutes. Place the parsley sprigs, thyme sprigs and bay leaf against the cut side of the halved leek and tie with kitchen twine. Set aside.
  3. In a 5 1/2-quart Dutch oven over medium heat, cook the bacon until crisp, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Discard all but 2 Tbs. of the fat from the pot. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Set the pot over medium-high heat. Working in 2 batches, brown the chicken, turning once, 8 to 10 minutes per batch. Transfer to a plate.
  4. Discard all but 2 Tbs. of the fat from the pot. Return the pot to medium-high heat, add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until they are beginning to brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the shallots and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
  5. Reduce the heat to medium and melt the butter. Add the garlic, tomato paste and flour and cook for 1 minute. Whisk in the reduced wine and the broth, increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer. Add the bacon, chicken, mushroom mixture, carrots and bouquet garni. Cover, transfer to the oven and bake until the chicken is tender, about 1 1/2 hours.
  6. Transfer the chicken to a plate. Skim the fat off the sauce, set the pot over medium-high heat and simmer until the sauce is thickened, 12 to 15 minutes. Adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper. Discard the bouquet garni. Return the chicken to the pot. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve immediately. Serves 4 to 6.

French Christmas Dinner from Layla Grayce

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. Yukon gold potatoes (about 4-6)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1-1½ cups whole milk
  • 4 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 4 oz. Gruyere cheese, shredded
  • Ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Peel, rinse, and chop the potatoes into ½-1 inch chunks.  Place the potatoes in a large saucepan or pot, and cover with water, salting lightly.  Bring to a boil over high heat.  Reduce the heat to a simmer over medium-low and cook until the potatoes are tender and easily break apart when poked with a fork, about 15-20 minutes.  Drain the potatoes and transfer to the bowl of a food processor.  Wipe out the pan for later use.
  2. Add the butter, garlic, and salt to the potatoes in the food processor.  Pulse until the butter is melted and incorporated into the potatoes, about 10 brief pulses.  Add 1 cup of the milk through the feed tube and continue to process until the mixture is smooth and creamy, about 20 seconds, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  3. Return the potato mixture to the now empty saucepan and set over medium heat.  Mix in the cheeses until completely melted and incorporated, stirring frequently.  The mixture will be thick and elastic.  If the mixture is too thick or difficult to stir, add the remaining ½ cup of milk a little bit at a time until the texture is loose and creamy.  Adjust seasonings as necessary with salt and pepper.  Serve immediately.

French Christmas Dinner from Layla Grayce

Ingredients:

For the cakes:

  • Vegetable oil cooking spray
  • 6 large eggs, separated
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup best-quality unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

For the assembly:

  • Caramel Cream
  • Cornstarch or confectioners’ sugar, for surface
  • 1 pound rolled fondant
  • Best-quality unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting
  • Sugared White Pine Needles, for serving (optional)
  • Milk-Chocolate Pine Cones, for serving (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Make the cakes: Line two 9-by-13-inch rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper, and lightly coat with spray. Beat egg yolks with a mixer on high speed until pale yellow and thick, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl.
  2. Beat egg whites in a clean mixer bowl on medium speed until soft peaks form, 1 to 2 minutes. Raise speed to medium-high; slowly add sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. Transfer mixture to a large bowl.
  3. Fold yolks into egg-white mixture using a rubber spatula, being careful not to deflate whites. Sift cocoa and flour over top; gently fold to combine. Pour into prepared sheets, and gently smooth tops using an offset spatula.
  4. Bake until cakes spring back when touched, 9 to 10 minutes. Meanwhile, line 2 wire racks with parchment paper, and lightly coat with spray. Remove cakes from oven, and immediately turn out each onto a prepared rack. Peel parchment from cakes. Let stand until cooled completely.
  5. Assemble the cakes: Place 2 clean kitchen towels on work surface, and transfer each cake (with parchment) to a towel. Divide caramel cream evenly between cakes. Spread, using an offset spatula, leaving 1/2-inch border around edges.
  6. Tightly roll 1 cake into a log, starting with a short end, removing parchment as you work. Tightly wrap log in kitchen towel. Repeat with remaining cake. Transfer wrapped logs, seam side down, to a baking sheet, and refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours or up to 2 days.
  7. Unwrap each log. Lightly dust work surface with cornstarch or confectioners’ sugar. Roll out half the fondant to 1/4-inch thickness. Place an 8-by-12-inch food-safe wood-grain texture mat on fondant, and press hard, using a rolling pin, to make an indentation. Gently remove mat, and generously rub fondant with cocoa. Brush off excess cocoa.
  8. Drape 1 cake log with fondant sheet. Shape fondant to fit log using your hands, and trim ends and cut away excess with a paring knife or a pizza cutter. Transfer to a serving platter. Repeat with remaining fondant, cocoa, and cake log. Serve with sugared white pine needles and milk-chocolate pinecones if desired.

12 Days of Giveaways

On the twelve days of Christmas, Layla Grayce gave to you… the chance to WIN twelve different surprise gifts!! Fabulous finds from Rosanna, RabLabs, Elizabeth Grubaugh, Pom Pom, and more are up for grabs (partridge in a pear tree not included).


12 Days of Giveaways from Layla Grayce

Here’s how to enter:

1. LIKE the giveaway post on our Instagram feed (a new one each day!)

2. COMMENT on the post

3. TAG a friend

Ready to win? Enter here!

 

Build your Story with Waxing Poetic

Waxing Poetic offers stunning, heirloom-inspired pieces for the modern jewelry collection. Personalized with insignias, charms, shapes, and symbols, each piece tells a unique story.

Build your Story with Waxing Poetic from Layla Grayce

Just in time for the holidays, now is your opportunity to tell a style story of your own for a chance to win $100 in Waxing Poetic merchandise!

Here’s how to enter:

1. Create a Pinterest board

2. Fill it with items from the Layla Grayce Waxing Poetic selection along with inspired images

3. Copy and paste the board’s URL in the comment section of this post so we can see the amazing story you’ve put together!

We’ve been pinning on a board of our own to get you going. Take a look here.

The winner of the $100 gift certificate will be notified via email on November 30th. Happy Pinning!!

 

It’s 11/11: Make a Wish!

The whimsical, wonderful Fiona Walker England creates darling home accessories for the littlest residents. These aren’t your average stuffed animals, either. Cute critters make appearances as bookends and busts, perfect for a nursery or playroom.

Fiona Walker England Giveaway by Layla Grayce

Now the chance to win these delightful designs is yours! The adorable Tiger Head wall decor and Turq Dinosaur bookstopper are up for grabs.

Fiona Walker England Giveaway by Layla Grayce

Here’s how to win:
FOLLOW Layla Grayce on Instagram (Although, you probably already do!)
LIKE our Fiona Walker England giveaway post HERE
TAG a pal in the comments

That’s it!! Faster than you can say wish: #granted. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, 11/17. Good luck!