So….I am having a CRAZY week because I am taking part in GISHWHES!!! This is the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen!  It is an international scavenger hunt hosted by Misha Collins with participants from over 100 countries.  I’m on a team with 15 people including my son, my mom and 2 friends from high school and some people from around the country whom I’ve never met, but are very nice and lots of fun!

We have to take pictures and videos of unusual, crazy things like someone eating green eggs and ham in a boat with a goat.  So that’s my project for this week!  I’ll hopefully be able to share some pictures after the hunt.  In the meantime, I’ll leave you with a couple of photos from the last time I did this hunt in 2012.

G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. Awkward Family photo where everyone holds a cucumber

G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. Awkward Family photo where everyone holds a cucumber

G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. Donating coats to a local charity

G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. Donating coats to a local charity

G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. Carve a pumpkin to look like a female version of Misha Collins-the host of G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S.

Carve a pumpkin to look like a female version of Misha Collins-the host of G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S.

G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. I don't remember exactly what this one was looking for- something like "A photo of Elmo after a bender" Poor Elmo.

G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. I don’t remember exactly what this one was looking for- something like “A photo of Elmo after a bender” Poor Elmo.

I’ll be back next week with Freebie Friday!  Be sure to follow my blog with Bloglovin to see some of the contributions to this year’s G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S.!

Freebie Friday Family Quotes Printable It’s Friday! For Freebie Friday, I’ve been alternating between sharing printables I have made and printables I have gathered.  Be sure to check out the 14 Fun Summer Printables that I shared on here last week!  Today’s Freebies are two family quotes that I put together for a client’s family gallery wall.

Free Printable Family quote

Free Printable Family quoteAt the moment, I don’t know how to get you a printable version of these other than to send you an e-mail!  If you’ll comment on this post (your e-mail will not be published!), I’ll send you a PDF version of these quotes that you can print out.  Do you have a quote or something you’d like to see as a printable?  Let me know!  Thanks for visiting Calm and Collected- The Blog! I would be honored if you would follow my blog with Bloglovin.

14 fun Summer printables for your gallery wall- free. Curated by calmandcollected.us

Here is another super set of free printables.  All of these printables have a great summer vibe, some without being so literal.  As with the black and white printables I shared 2 weeks ago, these can be used alone or all together!  All of these are for personal use only.14 FuFree Printables for a Summer Gallery Wall curated by Calmandcollect.us

Here’s where these can be found:Cactus watercolor from 14 Fun Summer Printables for FREE -Calmandcollected.us

This little cutie is actually a note card!  There is a set of 4 cards made by Nat from My Sister’s Suitcase.  The note cards were actually found in a guest post on Tatertots & Jello.

The Earth Laughs in Flowers Quote from 14 Fun Summer Printables for FREE -Calmandcollected.us

 

You can find this lovely printable from Kristin at Yellow Bliss Road.  She has a lot of fun printables on her site and I admit, I was there a lot longer than I planned to be! (Side note: Our family once took in a foster child. It all came back to me while reading Kristin’s adoption story. She’s completely open about the trials and tribulations!)

Abstract Rainbow art printable from 14 Fun Summer Printables for FREE -Calmandcollected.us

 

Vanessa over at Little Gold Pixel made this freebie for a special project.  If you like Free Printables, check out her site and follow her, she has LOTS to offer!

Flower Customizable art printable from 14 Fun Summer Printables for FREE -Calmandcollected.us

 

You can customize this floral wreath on a gray chevron background any way you like!  I put my last initial it it, but you could put a name or dates or a quote. This was made by Megan Hastings over at Shabbyblogs.

Summer Nights song quote printable from 14 Fun Summer Printables for FREE -Calmandcollected.us

 

“Summer heat. Boy and girl meet…” You will have this song stuck in your head now and so will anyone who sees this great printable on your wall!  Keri made it in 4 super summer colors!  Grab them at  Shaken Together.

Love Each Other printable from 14 Fun Summer Printables for FREE -Calmandcollected.us

 

Danielle Burkleo made this printable 2 years ago, but it seems especially fitting right now.  You’ll actually see 5 printables on this post, but this one touched my heart (and it fits with the pinky-orange color theme of this post!)

Bright Sunshiny Day song quote printable from 14 Fun Summer Printables for FREE -Calmandcollected.us

 

“I can see clearly now the rain is gone…”  Clearly I have a thing for song lyrics!   Rebecca made this fun freebie over at Crafted Sparrow.  Isn’t that a great name for a blog?

Good day sunshine quote printable from 14 Fun Summer Printables for FREE -Calmandcollected.us

 

Summer song lyrics abound!  I can’t help myself!  I love them!  This one was also made by Kristin at Yellow Bliss Road.

French wine poster from 14 Fun Summer Printables for FREE -Calmandcollected.us

 

OMG!  There is a whole site devoted to free vintage posters!  I’m sure you’ll be seeing more from this site in the future.  I adore this french wine poster!  or should I say… J’adore cette affiche du vin français?  Ha! Ha! I used a translator. I don’t remember that much French from High school!

Watercolor Popsicles from 14 Fun Summer Printables for FREE -Calmandcollected.us

 

Sarah from Just the Bees Knees painted these watercolor popsicles. Aren’t they lovely?  There are a few printables available some with typography.  I found them on Remodelahaolic.  There are actually 9 popsicles, but I was looking for a horizontal print, so I only used 6 of them.

Butterfly Print from 14 Fun Summer Printables for FREE -Calmandcollected.us

 

When Ashley Urke at Domestic Fashionista was putting together a gallery wall for behind her TV she was looking for a Butterfly print and couldn’t find one. So she created this beauty!

Vintage Ferris Wheel Print from 14 Fun Summer Printables for FREE -Calmandcollected.us

 

This gorgeous Ferris Wheel is one of a set of three vintage carnival prints that Audrey put together for her daughter’s nursery over at Oh So Lovely.  If you have a chance take a look at the whole nursery put together for under $500 in the Home Tour section of her website! So sweet!

Flamingo Print from 14 Fun Summer Printables for FREE -Calmandcollected.us

 

Sarah offers this cute flamingo print on her blog at Sarah M. Dorsey Designs.

Vintage Orange Botanical Print from 14 Fun Summer Printables for FREE -Calmandcollected.us

 

Another great print vintage print from Karen at Graphics Fairy:  A Satsuma Orange Botanical.

 

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A great Free Printable in 4 different colors! Found on Calmandcollected.us- the blog

It’s Friday! For Freebie Friday, I’m thinking of alternating between sharing printables I have made and printables I have gathered.  Be sure to check out the 12 Awesome Black & White Printables that I shared on here last week!  Today’s Freebie is a To Do list that I made in 4 different color ways.  My favorite color is orange, but since that might not be YOUR favorite, I’ve added blue, pink and green.  I think I’m going to print this out to have on my desk!  It is a good reminder, especially “just breathe”.  Sometimes when I’m stressed I realize that I am holding my breath!  to do orange smallFree Printable To Do List in Pink by calmandcollected.usFree Printable To Do List in Blue by calmandcollected.usFree Printable To Do List in Green by calmandcollected.us

At the moment, I don’t know how to get you a printable version of this other than to send you an e-mail!  If you’ll comment on this post (your e-mail will not be published!), I’ll send you a PDF version of this quote that you can print out.  Do you have a quote or something you’d like to see as a printable?  Let me know!  Thanks for visiting Calm and Collected- The Blog! I would be honored if you would follow my blog with Bloglovin.

Create a Gallery Wall in 6 easy steps-all by yourself with no measuring! calmandcollected.us

I’ve taken on the moniker “Gallery Girl”.  It started as sort of a joke and now my clients actually call me “Gallery Girl”.  I have created a lot of gallery walls in the many homes we have lived in over the years.  I have helped clients both locally and up and down the east coast (via the internet) create gallery walls in their homes, too! These are the instructions I give my clients.  You can do this all by yourself, with no measuring!

First of all, I would like to state that there is no right or wrong way to put together a gallery wall.  There are no “rules”, but there are some tricks to making them cohesive and pleasing.

You can make them cohesive using matching frames and mats or using mats and frames that are all the same color even if they don’t quite match.  This is what Emily Clark did in this home office by Emily A. Clark Interiors:

Gallery Wall with white mats and mismatched black frames.

Gallery Wall with white mats and mismatched black frames.

I’m a big fan of an eclectic gallery wall where all the frames are mismatched and there are objects besides photos.  I wanted a casual beach theme for my bedroom and I believe what makes my gallery wall cohesive is that all the items fit the beach theme.  Note that a gallery wall is also the best way to deal with this bend in the wall which would have made using one large piece of art very awkward.

Create a Gallery Wall in 6 easy steps all by yourself! All items on this wall and dresser have a beach theme. Calmandcollected.us

All items on this wall and on the dresser have a beach theme.

So here are six simple steps to creating a gallery wall that you can hang all by yourself:

1.  Gather your items.  You could do this on one shopping trip or over the course of several years.  It took me about a year to compile the items for my wall.  I had been waiting for one last large piece to anchor the wall when I came across the painting of a girl playing in the sand in the center of the photo.

2.   Lay your items out on the floor in front of the wall where you will hang them. Play with the configuration until you are happy with it.

Lay your objects out on the floor. (Pay no mind to not-so-pleasant carpet. It came with the house!)

Lay your objects out on the floor. (Pay no mind to the not-so-pleasant carpet. It came with the house!)

3.  Trace each item onto a piece of newsprint. Be sure to trace the placement of the hangers.  This is how you get away without measuring!

4. Use painter’s tape to tape each piece of newsprint on the wall in the desired configuration. Step back and make sure you like the overall effect. Adjust if necessary.

Gallery Wall layout made with newsprint

5.  Hammer a nail into the newsprint in the spot where you’ve marked the hanger.

6.  Hang the picture, remove the newsprint, repeat.

That’s it!  That’s all there is to it!  These are the actual instructions I give my e-design clients.  If you enjoyed this post, I’d love for you to click the follow button in the lower right corner of your screen or follow my blog with Bloglovin.

 

As I mentioned before, I’ve been collecting links for free printables on a board on Pinterest.  My thought is that these will be perfect for filling in gaps in a gallery wall. (Gallery walls are a large part of my e-design business.)  I’ve been culling through all my links.  Some of the links are dead.  And a lot of the pins are a jumble of random free printables.  12 Free Black and White Printables great for using in your gallery wall. Curated by Calm & Collected.

I’ve decided to start categorizing some of my favorites to share with you!  Today- an awesome collection of Black and White printables.  As you can see in the graphic I made, they look great together!  But you can also use them to fill gaps in your own gallery wall. All of these are for personal use only.

A gallery wall of 12 black and white printables curated by CalmandCollected.us

Let’s look at where they came from:

Framed black ampersand

 

You can find this ampersand and a whole alphabet over at Carissa Miss.  She designed this set as a gift for her brother-in-law.  Framed black Botanical watercolor

 

Corina over at Cocorina painted this watercolor botanical herself.  It may not be anything you can find           growing anywhere- she pulled it from her own imagination.

Framed Be yourself/Batman print

 

I don’t know why, but this quote cracks me up!  Angie made this one and a few others to decorate kids’ rooms over at Little Inspiration.

I Like Boring Things Andy Warhol quote

 

Elsie Larson whipped up this Andy Warhol quote print for her own gallery wall. I found it at A Beautiful Mess.

 

Quote "I'm creative you can't expect me to be neat, too." Printable

This is funny because it is true!  When I am in creative mode, I leave a mess wherever I go!  Katie made this printable in both a chalkboard and non-chalkboard look on her blog: Mountain Modern Life. As a little aside, Katie and her husband Eric are packing up their 1700 square foot home and moving into their 300 square foot RV to travel for a year! Head over to her blog to follow their adventures!

 

Printable quote "How Wonderful life is now you're in the world."

 

Can you even read this quote without singing Elton John?  Jen made this printable as part of a set over at Craft-o-Matic.

 

Brownie camera printable

 

Catherine has two amazing photos that she took of two of the cameras in her collection over at Design Editor.  Bonus: these can be blown up to 24 x 36 poster size prints!

 

Printable pointing finger

 

I have a pointing finger in one of the gallery walls in my home and lots of people ask me about it.  When I saw this free printable from Double-M on FLickr, I knew I had to share.

 

White bike on black background printable

This is one of two free prints Desirée is offering on her blog, The 36th Avenue.  She made them for her entryway gallery wall.

Coffee spoons printable

 

Karen has lots and lots of free graphics like these coffee spoons on The Graphics Fairy.  I have been following her and getting her e-mails for years!

Pineapple printable

 

The pineapple, an age-old symbol of welcome.  Audrey has made this free printable in 3 different colorways. Check it out on her blog, Oh So lovely.

 

Mandala printable

 

This is actually one of four Mandala-like printables made by Cyndy over at The Creativity Exchange.  Be sure to pop over to her blog and see them all! It was hard to choose just one!

 

So, there you are!  12 Awesome Black and White Printables—for FREE! I plan to do several more of these posts so be sure to click the follow button in the lower right corner of your screen or
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I love gallery walls and have made that a large part of the e-design part of my business.  Sometimes you just need little fillers for your gallery wall, so I have been collecting free printables on a board on Pinterest.  I thought it would be nice to design my own printables to give away!  Last Friday I introduced “Freebie Friday”.

FREEBIE FRIDAY- Free Print-Monarch Butterfly on purple flowers with scripture Isaiah 58:11

Because I have never done this before, I don’t know how to get you a printable version of this other than to send you an e-mail!  If you’ll comment on this post (your e-mail will not be published!), I’ll send you a PDF version of this quote that you can print out.  I’m going to try to make a new printable to give away every Friday.  Do you have a quote or something you’d like to see?  Let me know!  Thanks for visiting Calm and Collected- The Blog!  Please click the “Follow” button in the bottom right corner of your screen for more like this and check out my website, too!

FREE Printable for your Gallery Wall

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I love gallery walls and have made that a large part of the e-design part of my business.  Sometimes you just need little fillers for your gallery wall, so I have been collecting free printables on a board on Pinterest.  I thought it would be nice to design my own printables to give away!  Creativity Takes Courage quote printable

Because I have never done this before, I don’t know how to get you a printable version of this other than to send you an e-mail!  If you’ll comment on this post (your e-mail will not be published!), I’ll send you a PDF version of this quote that you can print out.  I’m going to try to make a new printable to give away every Friday.  Do you have a quote or something you’d like to see?  Let me know!  Thanks for visiting Calm and Collected- The Blog!  Please click the “Follow” button in the bottom right corner of your screen for more like this and check out my website, too!

Free printable for your gallery wall "Creativity takes Courage" quote on calmandcollected.us/blog

 
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So this cry for help was put before me today:  “I am moving to a smaller place… 30 years of stuff. I need practical ways to get rid of stuff! HELP!”

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I’ll post my thoughts here, as I’m sure there are lots of people in a similar situation.

First of all, you need to have a plan. If you know where you are going and can get the room measurements you can be a step ahead!  Draw out your new rooms on a piece of graph paper.  You want to try to draw it to scale and make the drawing as big as your room size/graph paper will allow- maybe 4 squares= 1 foot, or 6 squares = 1 foot.  Then draw  out your existing furniture on a seperate piece of graph paper (also to scale) and cut them out.  Then just think of this as a jigsaw puzzle.  Is there a piece of furniture you absolutely must keep?  Put that in first, then try placing the things you’d like to keep and last try to place the items you could keep, but it wouldn’t kill you to part with them.  Arrange and rearrange until you are happy with the arrangement.  Be sure to keep in mind that these pieces of paper represent 3 dimensioanl objects, your bookcase may fit between the sofa and the TV on paper, but it won’t work in your room! LOL!  Not everyone can think in three 3D, if the thought of doing this overwhelms you or gives you a headache consider hiring a Move Management specialist.  Now you know what furniture you are keeping (and you have a map to show your furniture movers!) sell or donate the rest of your furniture.

floor plan

With the “stuff”, it is probably best to ask yourself “What do I really want to keep?” and only keep those things. If you look at each item one at a time and ask yourself, “Do I want to keep this?” too often, the answer will be “yes.” If you can have a level-headed friend help you, that would be good. They can keep you on track by asking you questions like:
–Do you REALLY need that? When is the last time you used it? When will you use it again?
–You don’t NEED that, but do you love it? Will you display it in your new place? If it’s just going to be in a closet, then you don’t need to take it.

I’ve heard it said, that you are more likely to keep an item if you are touching it when asking yourself if you should keep it.  I don’t know if that is actually true, but speaking from my own experience, I think it might be!  If you are doing this with a friend, you might want to let them be the one to touch the items, just in case!

Go through one room at a time; one cabinet, drawer, shelf at a time.

The Characteristics of 6 Popular Design Styles & Where to Buy ThemOften when I am working with clients, they say they like a certain design style.  I always like to make sure that their idea or definition of that style matches up with my idea.  I thought it would be fun to nail down my own definition of some of today’s popular styles and show examples of what I think are some of the defining characteristics.  I’ll also put some links to good places to shop for each style!

1. Bohemian
Bohemian design style examples

To me, Bohemian style is characterized by an eclectic mix of rich textiles with vibrant patterns that might be described as “Southwestern”, “Tribal” or “Moroccan”; flowy fabrics; bold colors.  In Bohemian design or Bohemian Chic, as some say, you’ll see tie dye living with macrame and animal hides.  This is a free spirited, mismatched design style.

Look for Bohemian design elements online at Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters Apartment and World Market.

2. Coastal

Coastal Design Style examples

The characteristics of Coastal style are warm, weathered woods; natural neutral fibers like jute, seagrass and sisal and lots of natural light.  The color palette is mostly grays, blues and beiges, but may include a pop of color (usually just one per room).  This is a casual design style with clean lines. Coastal, to me, is beachy, but a little moodier.

Some great places to find Coastal design elements are Pottery Barn and Pier 1 Imports.

3. Farmhouse

Farmhouse design style examples

I think Farmhouse is the evolution of what was once “country” or “French country”.  It is less kitschy and cluttered.  The base of this design is beige and white.  It’s close to “coastal” if you take the rope and sand of it and put in metal and repurposed old items like baskets, mason jars and old farm tools.  Farmhouse is painted kitchen cabinets (mostly white), Shiplap walls (Hello, Joanna Gaines!) distressed woods and barn doors.

Good places to look for Farmhouse Decor are Birch Lane, Pottery Barn, and the slightly more pricey Arhaus.

4. Industrial/Urban

Industrial Design Style examples

Industrial/Urban design is probably my favorite!  Think high ceilings and open floor plans since this design style is often found in city lofts and converted warehouses and manufacturing plants.  It is bare bones (exposed brick, concrete, steel) often with a hit of something softer or more elegant.  It is both organic and utilitarian.  The basic palette is gray and metal with salvaged accents.

Look for Industrial/ Urban design elements at West Elm, CB2, and the higher priced Restoration Hardware.

5. Mid-Century Modern

Mid-Century Modern design examples

Mid-Century Modern design is a call-back to the designs of the middle of the 20th century, roughly the mid 40’s to the mid 70’s. Think Brady Bunch or Mad Men. Mid-Century is when we really began to see mass produced furniture made from plywood, molded plastic and aluminum with straight , clean lines and no ornamentation.  The Mid-Century palette was pretty much natural woods paired with bright bold colors: orange, avocado, turquoise, gold and strong, graphic patterns. Mid-Century Modern is a combination of any of these Mid-Century elements mixed with some elements from today- any elements from any of these other design styles.  Without the addition of current elements you just have Mid-Century and that can look dated.

Great places to find Mid-Century Modern pieces would, of course, be flea markets and vintage stores or online at West Elm, DWR, Design Public.

6. Scandinavian

Scandinavian design style examples

Scandinavian design is extremely close to Mid-Century Modern since this minimalist, simple style that focused on functionality emerged in the mid 20th century.  I think of white and gray as the basis for this style layered with natural elements and maybe some pops of color.  This style is cozy and has lots of natural light with white or light window treatments (a necessity for long Nordic winters with short days).

It will not surprise you to hear that the best source for Scandinavian design is Ikea.

What is your favorite design style? Share with me in the comments and don’t forget to hit the “follow” button on the far right bottom corner of your screen!The Characteristics of 6 Popular Design Styles and Where to Buy Them