This is what happens when I have a free hour and a blank room...

I am a firm believer in using ALL parts of your home. Too often, people cram old furniture, Christmas decor, bags of old clothes for Goodwill etc into a room/basement/closet and then the door closes and the space becomes unusable and ignored. Perhaps a tad dramatic, but you get my point. I've been guilty of it too.

Case in point...my office. It's the smallest of my 4 bedrooms and for the past 3ish years housed my leftover desk, bookcase and armoire from college. I never utilized it as an office. I type/websurf on my laptop (thanks to wifi) in bed, on the patio, on the kitchen island...everywhere except the office. It quickly became the dumping ground for random items that I didn't have a place for. Several months ago, I started purging all the 'stuff' that had collected. I sold the desk on Craigslist, put the armoire in the basement and revamped the bookcase (more on that later).

After all that, I was left with an empty room. And it sat empty for awhile. It's the room next to my bedroom, so I pass it ALL THE TIME. I couldn't stand staring at an empty room and hated to keep the door shut all the time, so I went shopping in my basement.

This is what I started with...
Luckily, the BF has quite the art/photo collection and I have a pretty large assortment of picture frames, photos, mementos etc. So, I started collecting these random items and laying them out on the floor.

I'll say right now that I had no plan in place. I didn't measure anything, didn't use the old trick of cutting out paper the same size of each frame and taping it on the wall to avoid nail holes and to map out a design. Nope, nothing was planned. I guess I like to live on the wild side:)

Once I had a general idea of how I wanted the frames, I grabbed my jar of push pins and went to work hanging.

That's right, I used push pins for every frame. The frames were all very light and I did not want to mark up the whole wall with nail holes. I kept going...
I liked it, but I didn't love it...yet. I went through my house room by room collecting more items and the BF even let me use some of his vintage concert posters.

Much better!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! It looks so awesome in person. The peacock green down filled chair was sitting unused in my basement and the parsons desk is from my bedroom (originally from Target). I had no idea what to do with this chair because it didn't match anything in my house but was too comfy to part with. I think the funky color looks great against the gallery wall. I am actually sitting in right now as I type this. I now come in this room to read, work and now blog!

The best part...it cost $0!!! I had everything on hand. It makes me want to go unpack some of those boxes that have been packed up since college sitting in the basement and see what else I can use...

*side note-This room is NO where near being finished. I just couldn't stand 4 blank walls. I'd love to add some curtains, colorful pillow for the chair and some shelving on the other wall to help balance things out.

Yikes, sorry this is a long rambling post! -suzanne


  1. The room looks so good. Great job

  2. I think it looks great!congrats on spending nothing to do it too!

  3. Thanks for the sweet comment jbsoffel!
    @Kelly-Great to hear from you! Spending nothing is definitely the best part:)


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