Gallery Wall: Dorm Edition

Hello loves! I’m not sure if I’ve told you this or not, but I am obsessed with gallery walls. If there is a large blank wall, I will make it into a gallery wall. Like it’s kind of a problem, but I love them. So obviously I needed one for my dorm! I didn’t want to spend a ton on it though since I now have to help pay for college, which In case you weren’t aware is super expensive. I couldn’t find anything I really loved at TJMaxx, so I headed over to Hobby Lobby yesterday, and OH MY GOSH. They have a new section entirely devoted to trendy gallery walls. AND to top it off, all their wall decor was 50% off. What more could a girl ask for? So today I wanted to share with you what I picked out for my dorm, and a little bit of the reasoning behind it. (Aka a few tips for a successful gallery wall.)

When I was shopping for my dorm room, I originally picked out all gold, black and white pieces, which looked great, but… I wanted something a little more up-lifting since I’d be spending so much time in my dorm. I really wanted prints that made me happy! So I started again, and here’s what I ended up with:

   
    
    
 And then my dog decided to interrupt my photo shoot and I accidentally deleted the picture without his head in it so….

  
And here he is again being a little troublemaker…

  But thankfully this time I have one without him licking my flamingo pic…
  
I’m super happy with how this turned out! It’s still pretty calm, but has elements that make me happy! (Especially my flamingo!) One thing I made sure to do to unify the pieces was I picked only pieces with white frames. This gives the art a cohesive feel even though they’re not all the same style. That’s probably the most important piece of advice I have for creating a gallery wall: make sure there is at least one thing in all your pieces that ties together or is the same in each item. For example, with the gallery wall in my room, all my frames are different sizes and finishes, but they all stay within the same color family and I put black and white photos in all the frames to create a cohesive look.

I hope this post has inspired you to create a gallery wall, or given you some ideas for your own dorm room. Oh and did I mention, all those peices came up to the grand total of $62? Yeah. So if you have a Hobby Lobby near you, get over there asap. And on that note, I’m signing off! I hope you all have a fabulous day!

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette

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Desk Envy

Hello loves! As I get more and more into this blogging thing, I’m realizing a couple things. One being I seriously need a better camera, and the second thing being that I definitely need some cooler jeans. But never fear, I’m working on getting a new camera and I quite literally just ordered some Rag and Bone jeans that are on there way to my house. (I’m patiently anxiously waiting for those to arrive.) The third and final thing I’ve noticed, is I need to step up my desk game. Have you seen some posts of blogger’s desks? My gosh! They’re immaculate, and perfectly laid out. And there are SO many gold staplers. Seriously, are people using these? Do people who are out of college find the need to staple things? I thought that once I graduate I will never be stapling anything ever again. Although there are far too many beautiful, probably unused staplers out there, I still have major desk envy and will be working to organize and accessorize my desk to match that of my fellow bloggers out there. But before I get my stuff together, let’s take a moment to appreciate the beautiful desks of bloggers I’ve found via Pintrest, shall we?

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Seriously. Gah, if only my desk could look something like one of these. A few trends I’m noticing are:

You need a really good desk chair. Like do not slack in this department. White desks also seem to help with the whole keeping things neat look. (Probably why my black desk looks is so messy, right? Right.) You also need a cup or mug of an extreme amount of pencils or pens. A few desk accessories like gold scissors or a lucite tape dispenser. A vase with flowers, a lamp for lighting, and lastly some type of fashion inspired accessory. Whether that means a fun piece of pop art or a pair of shoes used as a decor piece. Oh, and a Mac. (If that’s in your budget of course.) All very simple things us common folk can add to our existing desks to try to imitate these beauties. Here are some close-ups with a little more detail of specific accessories:

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I hope you guys have enjoyed this little desk inspiration post and maybe you can do a little spring/summer cleaning up of your own desk space! Hopefully within the next few months I’ll have my desk situation all taken care of, you know, just in time to leave for college. Anyway, have a fabulous day!

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette

Glam Up: Blue and White Decor

Hello loves! Today I wanted to do more of an inspirational Glam Up, and I’m using more photos today rather than explanation because I’m coming down with a cold, so I don’t think my words are flowing well today. My apologies for that! But anyway, back on topic. Today’s Glam Up is using blue and white around the house as a fresh update for spring. It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with the colors blue and white, like it’s a serious problem. My friends all know this and endlessly tease me about the fact that 2/3 of my closet is either black, white or blue. Let’s be real though, those aren’t the worst colors to be drawn to. That being said, it’s no surprise that I’m enthralled with the spring trend of blue and white decor. I searched Pintrest to find you some of my favorite looks and uses of blue and white in decor, so I hope you’ll find something that appeals to you below! (And don’t forget to follow me on Pintrest: Annalies Richmond)

 

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Now let’s just hope you aren’t overloaded on blue and white… Have a fabulous day!

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette

Easy Updates: Springtime Home

Hello loves! This week all my posts are themed around the idea of transitioning into spring, because I am so ready for spring to be here! So today I wanted to talk about how to update your home for spring!

No. 1: Throw Pillows. This is one of my favorite ways to quickly transition a space. Hopefully you have relatively neutral furniture to work with, aside from a few accent pieces. If you have accent pieces, pull your favorite colors from them that remind you of spring. I’m not going to tell you what colors are representative of spring or not. For me, my favorites are bright red, royal blue, and kelly green. If you have all neutral pieces, this is super easy for you! Go shopping and pick out a few items to inspire the color scheme for your room. Here are some of my favorite examples of throw pillows that liven up a room:

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No. 2: Lighter Textures. It’s time to pack up the faux fur and the heavy knits for the season. Let’s bring out the linens and canvas. By taking out heavier fabrics from a room, it instantly makes the room feel more open and less like a cozy little nook. (Which is great in the winter, don’t get me wrong, but you don’t want to be sweltering in the heat this spring and summer.) This one is pretty simple, but I found a few examples for ya anyway:

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No. 3: Natural Elements. Living greenery is what I mean by this, ladies and gentleman. We all think of the new life that comes with spring, and while the grass probably hasn’t quite caught up with our enthusiasm, indoor plants will. Greenery gives a more a live and fresh feeling to any space. And there are easy solutions for those of you (like me) who do not have a green thumb. Bamboo plants or succulents are for you my fellow plant killers. Both of these two plants don’t require daily care, which is awesome. I’m pretty sure I’ve killer and resurrected my bamboo plant twice now, and it’s still doing its thing! Another great way to add life, is simply with fresh flowers. I LOVE fresh flowers, to the point where I prefer them more than chocolate as a gift. So I love them a lot. Here are some of my favorite example of fresh greens:

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Bonus: here are some of my absolute favorite spring decorating picks from the on and only Pintrest.

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I hope this has inspired you and given you some ideas on how to give your home a little update for the upcoming season! I love doing home posts, so let me know what you thought of this in the comments below. Also, if you want to see where I get all these, follow me on Pintrest: Annalies Richmond. Have a fabulous day!

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette