Overgrown Backyard – how to tackle?

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Easy to Do: Gallery Wall

I’ve always fancied about having a well-styled gallery wall. Although I’ve made some attempts in the past, none of them have convinced me into giving them a perpetual status. But it was about time to put my head and hands to work and try for the 90th time to create a gallery wall.

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I’ve had some pictures of my daughters that been hanging around my home for quite some time. I love to take photos of my kids in color, but for me printing some of them in black and white creates a deeper feeling when is time for framing. To let the photo speak by itself, I try using frames in white or natural wood. For the big prints, HomeGoods has great frames with white wide mats that will help in bringing the eyes’ attention to the photo.

Recreate the area on your floors             

There are a couple of methods out there on how to create a gallery wall. Some people like to use paper to cut into the size of all the frames to be hanged on the wall. Then, using blue painters’ tape, they attach these cuttings on the wall until they figure out how they like the frames setting.

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In my case, I like to use the real art pieces over the floor to get a better sense of how each piece plays a role next to one another.  But before I lay out the frames, I like to measure the space in which they will be hanged to recreate it over the floor. With painter’s tape (or in my case, washi tape… I ran out of the blue tape) I created a rectangle in the same size as the area I’m thinking on placing the frames.

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A gallery wall that tells a story

After a lot of moving around, I ended up with the perfect arrangement that also tells a story. The center piece of my gallery wall is a photo of a long classical alley that reminds me of the balconies of old houses from the city I was born. This piece also engages the viewers from the start and invites them to continue the visual journey. Do not overlook the wall art section in HomeGoods – it has some of the most unique pieces I have seen (plus you don’t have to spend a fortune like if you went to a gallery).

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Photos of my daughters are scattered around along some art pieces that they’ve created. I DIY-ed the framed quartz, which was a gift from my mother. The amethyst crystal has been said to aid healing. You can find a variety of these stones at HomeGoods.

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All of these pieces that now hang on my wall have a strong sentimental attachment to my soul and fragments of what really matters in my life.  With this small gallery wall I’ve created a timeless reminder of what it means to be home; with loved ones!

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As you can see, you can easily create a gallery wall either with personal photos or simply important art pieces. The idea is to have fun but most of all to create something that makes you happy.

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Have you done a project like this before? How did it worked better for you?

Gloribell Lebron is paid blogger. She’s an interior stylist and designer with a strong background and knowledge in graphic design. View more of her work at I Don’t Know How She Does It. (Find her on InstagramPinterestTwitter and Facebook.)

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Question about putting down stones surrounding a patio

My dad is putting down red granite stones around the house. We have assorted stones around the patio right now. I figured he planned on removing those and replacing them with the red granite, but he says he's going to just put down some weed barrier cloth and put the new stone on top. This seem crazy to me. It seems like the stone will lie above ground level, which doesn't sound like a good idea. Other than that, though, I can't figure out why this just seems like a bad idea. Am I missing something? Is this an okay idea or an awful one?

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Need tons of help with this backyard. Please save me from wife’s wrath.

As the title says, I have no idea how to proceed with this yard.

Here is the album: http://ift.tt/2hdwIjP

It's basically a square about 60×30 with a very slight grade near the rear fence.

I was considering doing sections, a small paved firepit area, a pergola, a square of grass for the dogs, maybe something else…

I'm not married to the area with the elephant ears, they can be relocated or removed altogether.

I really like the look of the rectangular pavers surrounded by gravel, and want some outdoor furniture.

I'm open to any advice thanks in advance.

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Looking for some insight in how properly to respect the new neighbors

Well after years of noise complaints and upset neighbors I finally made the big move from an apartment to a quite home in the backwoods where my shenanigans can be pursued in peace. No neighbors within a half mile radius, well besides the graveyard.

Yup, on the land that came with my new house there is a family gravesite belonging to the sellers (and closest living neighbor) family. It clearly hasn't been cared for in years, the graves are sunken and the gravestones are nearly gone but I'd still like to be respectful of those plots (especially with their descendent just down the road).

Any insight would be much appreciated: Do I just leave it be? Do I fill the trenches and grass it over? Do I remove, leave be, or replace the gravestones? Do I fence in the area to keep my dog from digging? Can I do this in an incognito way so it's respectful but won't scream "creepy graveyard right here"? Or do I go for the haunted Halloween forest thing?

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