My Perfectly Imperfect Home


Hi, I’m Melissa — a homeowner, wife and dog mom of two. I’m an event planner, fashion lover and have an itch for everything home décor and DIY. I’m no expert, just love to do it! As a young and growing family in our very first home, naturally, I’d like to give our fixer upper a stylish face lift all at once. However, it can’t all happen overnight and keeping it on a realistic budget is most important (at least that’s what my husband says). I skim the magazines for décor inspiration, ooh & ahh over the colors and textures, and drool over staging my home like a Pottery Barn magazine. I’ve realized, you don’t need to sacrifice your home décor to have a functional home.

I believe a cozy decorated home is good for the soul. And so is a glass of red wine with a dog in your lap. But that’s just me!

Join me on my adventures in my fixer upper as I discover the do’s, don’ts as I try to live out my inner décor diva dreams.

Give your memories a place to hang
Create a gallery wall! Sounds easy enough, right? I thought picking out paint colors for our interior wall(s) was hard, but oh boy was I wrong. Nobody ever tells you, but one of the most intimidating and daunting tasks is figuring out what and how to hang things in your home. Laugh all you want, but once that nail is in the wall and you don’t like it you’ve got to patch it up and start all over. Needless to say, I’ve been putting this off for quite some time, but now, I’m ready to display our memories.

How did I tackle this task?

STEP 1: Get it together

This is often the hardest step. Where do you start? What do you use? A gallery wall doesn’t have to be all photos – you can also mix in metal or wood art, clocks, letters, etc. This is my most important tip: I started by purchasing and gathering all of the artwork I think I might like without much of a design in mind. It will give you freedom and creativity to pick pieces without feeling there are restrictions. Gather all your goodies and find a space on the floor to set up your next step.

Step 2: Display & Design

This is a loaded step, hang in there! When doing a staircase display, make sure you’re working on an angle that is similar to the stair incline. To help, lay out a long piece of painter’s tape on the floor. This will serve as a guideline for how you want to display your work. Play around with the pieces; you’ll be surprised at what you start eliminating with them all in front of you. After you’ve narrowed it down, establish a focal point and determine your anchor pieces for the ends of the gallery design. Then finish by balancing the sizes of art around your focal point.

Next, what will you put in the frames? This is just as unique as what you’ve picked to place on the wall. Think outside the box and frame the unusual. Maybe you took a trip and had a picture of coffee sitting on a table with a gorgeous view behind it. Frame a page from a book, or your own wedding vows. Another option is framing a map. Remember those? You know, those paper things we used to take on road trips before smart phones? Frame a map of your home state or something special to you. Hubby’s family is from the Upper Peninsula, so we like to incorporate that into our house. It makes for great décor and is meaningful to him! There are fun ways to show things that are personal to you.

STEP 3: Hang it

Hubs to the rescue. He is the handyman behind these projects. I can use a power tool, you just might not want me to. The measuring was done and the hammering began. Ok so there were no power tools involved for this adventure, but Hubs still prefers he puts holes in the wall rather than me. So, whatever floats your boat, I prefer to watch with a glass of wine and point to where.

Other ideas…
Incorporate your theme:
Coastal/Nautical: Use rope, cleats, sails
Rustic: chicken wire, reclaimed wood, weathered metals, vintage thrift shop finds
Modern: Make it artsy with a wall of clocks or mirrors in different sizes, shapes and finishes

Melissa Dowrick

Melissa Dowrick

Melissa Dowrick is a MSU graduate, M3 Group event planner and a dog mom of two. She loves fashion and fall is her favorite season. She embraces all the good things because life is too short to be unhappy!

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