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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.

Celebrate with Kate Landers: Sweet Soiree


Celebrate with Kate Landers: Sweet Soiree from Layla GrayceStyling and Photography: Kate Landers

Celebrate with Kate Landers: Sweet Soiree from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Celebrate with Kate Landers: Sweet Soiree from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Celebrate with Kate Landers: Sweet Soiree from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Celebrate with Kate Landers: Sweet Soiree from Layla Grayce
Styling and Photography: Kate Landers

Happy Anniversary Layla Grayce! It’s Kate Landers here, thrilled to share with you a custom dessert table designed to celebrate yet another fabulous year of Layla Grayce. This is one of my favorite shoots to date, featuring Layla Grayce’s signature color: soft pink! We all know how fall can be rich in textures and layers–despite a soft color scheme, we kept the table seasonal with quartz and linen, metallic hints in gold and of course natural beauty with succulents. Read on for how to create an agate-inspired dessert table of your own!

  1. Color-Scheme and Textures: Just because the colors we typically associate with fall are often those we see in the vibrant colored leaves, it doesn’t mean you can’t create an autumnal event with soft colors. We used a soft pink color scheme as a nod to Layla Grayce’s signature color, however we used a variety of textures such as quartz candle holders, linen tablecloths and agate cake platter & coasters to provide many layers of appeal and keep it right on-trend for the season.
  2. Theme: Agate served as the theme for this event, and I love how it is used throughout: to start, the gorgeous invitations (look at those envelope liners!) to set the mood as soon the guest opens their envelope. Desserts were all designed with agate and rose quartz in mind, from cookies to one spectacular cake. The rose quartz cake platter was truly what inspired the entire shoot, and it is one show-stopping piece (adding it to my wish-list!) Wanting to add a touch of “Southwest Glam” to the shoot, we added in succulents. The fondant succulents and succulent party favors add a pop of green that is a fabulous pop of color against the soft pink.
  3. Metallics: A gentle use of metallics can add great interest for the eye at your next soiree. I loved the gold trim on the glasses and the cake platter. Keeping it minimal doesn’t overpower the entire dessert table or event.
  4. Perfect Party Favors: Other than gorgeous sweets, a darling little planter with a hand-selected succulent is a perfect take-home treat for your guests. They are something that, with a little love and care, can be a great reminder to your guests of your special event months (or years) after.

It is truly such a joy to celebrate Layla Grayce’s Anniversary with you!

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Entertaining with Kate: Do-It-Yourself Hobnail & Shabby Chic-Inspired Pumpkins

Kate Landers Halloween Pumpkin Decoration Layla-Grayce Photography: Kate Landers

Kate Landers Halloween Pumpkin Decoration Layla-Grayce Photography: Kate Landers

Kate Landers Halloween Pumpkin Decoration Layla-Grayce Photography: Kate Landers

Kate Landers Halloween Pumpkin Decoration Layla-Grayce Photography: Kate Landers

It’s Kate Landers here again, sharing some inspiration for fall and Halloween celebrations. I absolutely love autumn and the beautiful pumpkins and gourds it yields. I also adore all things “shabby chic” (including Shabby Chic designer Rachel Ashwell) and loved the idea of pairing my style with this season’s décor.

I am here to share two beautiful ways to dress up pumpkins. The first is a white hobnail milk glass look, and the second a shabby chic ruffled look inspired by my dear friends of the former Icing Designs.

These would be fabulous displayed on a hearth, mantle or tabletop centerpieces for both Halloween and Thanksgiving. I also love them as decorations for a fall bridal or baby shower, wedding or a little girl’s autumn first birthday.

Supplies Needed:

  • ~ 4″ and 8″ crafting pumpkins (I used ivory ones from Target)
  • ~ White flat-finish spray paint such as this one
  • ~ White upholstery pins (approx. 150 to make 1 large & 1 small pumpkin) like these.
  • ~ Needle, white thread, scissors and 1 yard white muslin fabric
  • ~ Lo-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • ~ Black paper bat decorations (optional) from Martha Stewart found here

Instructions: White Hobnail-inspired Pumpkins

1. Insert white upholstery pins into pumpkins in vertical lines, each pin approximately 1/3″-1/2″ apart. For 8″ pumpkin, each row should be 1.5″-2″ apart. For 4″ pumpkin, each row should be 3/5″-1″ apart. There is no exact formula to this; these are basic guidelines, so do what feels best to you!

2. In a well-ventilated area, coat pumpkins (pins already inserted) with white spray paint. Allow to dry minimum 4 hours, preferably overnight.

Instructions: White Ruffled Pumpkins

1. In a well-ventilated area, coat pumpkins with white spray paint. Allow to dry completely, preferably overnight.

2. Fold yard of white muslin fabric in half (this yardage includes extra fabric if you want your ruffles wider or fuller).

3. Cut fabric into eight 1″ strips (fabric is folded over so there will be two strips one on top of the other, total 16 strips) for small pumpkin, and ten 1.5″ strips for large pumpkin (again fabric folded over, so there will be one strip on top of the other, total 20 strips).

4. With a simple needle and white thread, use a simple stitch (thread knotted at end opposite of needle) and thread needle through center of strips (having the two strips on top of one another creates a fuller ruffle), each stitch close together for tighter ruffles. After approximately 15 stitches, you can push fabric down thread and see it gather. Continue until you reach end of the strip and push down fabric so it all gathers. I recommend approximately 12″ gathered length of strip for large pumpkins, and 8″ for small pumpkins.

5. After you hold up your ruffled strips of fabric to the dried painted pumpkin to confirm proper length (you can elongate by making ruffles further apart or make shorter by scrunching ruffles closer together), knot thread at end so ruffle length stays in place.

6. Warm up glue gun, and carefully glue ruffled fabric strips onto each pumpkin, top to bottom, one at a time.

Enjoy your pumpkins!