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Displaying photographs and artwork on the walls of your home can be a difficult task, if, like most people, you have big blank walls and are overwhelmed with the task of creating a perfect wall gallery. I have walked into friend’s houses who had huge pieces of art and photographs sitting in frames on their floor (hi Tiffany!) and they have told me how they don’t even know where to begin in getting their gallery from the floor to the wall. So the artwork and photographs sit. For months!

That makes me sad! Artwork and photographs just do not belong on the floor.

Some of the difficult questions people ask themselves- photographs or artwork or both? A few large pieces or many small ones? How do I arrange them to look great in MY space?

It’s usually the Type As who want it to be done perfect the first time… The Type Bs like myself just start hanging and adjusting as they go, regardless of the swiss cheese walls they are creating in the aftermath. Nothing a little spackling compound and touch up paint can’t fix, right?

But honestly, I would not recommend anyone do it like me. Trust me, there is an easier way.

I once watched an engineer client (i.e. Type A) take a VERY mathmatical approach to hanging a photo wall with his assortment of levels and measuring tapes and other tools …  only to leave extra holes in his wake when his wife didn’t like the way the items were arranged and everything had to be rearranged.

Most people are visual and need to SEE IT before they believe it.

For all of my photography clients that want to create a gallery wall, I use a special software program to create mock ups of their walls with the images from their session. For people that are not my photography clients but that still need help, I sell this design service in my Etsy store.

Allow me to demonstrate.

Behold this series of sad, blank walls (pathetic aren’t they?) that need some love.

(Note: All of these room photos are stock photos from BigStock photo, as I wanted to protect my client’s privacy and not show the interior of their actual homes. The photographs within these mock ups are all my clients :-))

Modern living-room interior with blue couch near white wall. Frontal view. 3d render.

Now let’s play!

Let’s first compare sizes and scale. You can see how different size images will appear in the same space. If you are not used to wall art, an 11×14 (top left corner) might seem like an enlargement. However, as you can see when you compare mock ups of the same mantel, the 11×14 and 16×20 (top row) are not quite large enough to stand alone over the mantel. The 20×30 and 30×30 on the bottom row fit much better!

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Sometimes it is hard to decide if you want one supersized image or a series of smaller images. I think all three of these mock ups look great, but which one would be right for your space?

Interior of nursery.Bedroom for boy. 3d render.

Sometimes one large image does the trick (although I would probably recommend some killer sconces on either side of the framed print in the below mock up!)

Modern dining-room interior for four persons. Classic style. 3d render.

Sometimes you need a size you would have never imaginged yourself. In this mock up, one large framed 20×40 print does the trick to fill this space. Be honest now… would you ever have decided to use a 20×40 on your own :-)???

Modern hallway with commode near empty gray wall. 3d render.

Some people prefer very symnetrical designs with a series of images in matching frames, whereas others prefer a more organic, eclectic design with frames and mats of varying sizes.

Modern living-room interior with blue couch near white wall. Frontal view. 3d render.

Hallway with bench near empty gray wall. 3d render.

Sometimes it helps to see one wall mocked up a few different ways.

Hey, I’m SUPER visual, I get it. I need to see things with my own two eyes as well!

Colorful playroom interior with blue commode. 3d render.

If you have existing artwork, no problem! It can all be incorporated.

Colorful playroom interior. Table and six green chairs. 3d render.

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I could really play at this all day!

Designing wall galleries does not have to be something that you procrastinate on for months at a time. It’s actually quite fun to actually see the potential your space has!

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I am loving this color combo my client chose. This is a 20×30 framed print- which is going to look fabulous on her very large staircase wall!

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I am constantly nesting.  I think I got it from my mom- who moves furniture around weekly.  My house isn’t really set up in such a way I have many options with furniture placement, but I do love to move stuff around and change colors and add new pieces to my casa. One of my friends said I had the attention span of a gnat. (So not true. I could watch HGTV for hours.)

Anywho- if there isn’t enough color in my space, I seriously get antsy. I’m not kidding. It’s very odd, I know.  I can’t even wear neutrals anymore (I would so not fit in in NYC) It’s eclectic for sure and definitely not for everyone, but its right for my family! I want my kids to remember growing up in a bright & colorful environment.  I think they get it because when I brought home some really colorful patterned measuring spoons earlier this week (because the other two sets of plain metal ones I own were just not measuring accurately anymore *wink*), Emily went on and on about how cute they were and how much she loved them. Keep in mind she’s 10. I don’t know a lot of 10 year olds that give a flip about how cute your measuring spoons are!

Here’s an embarrassing confession. I watch the kid’s Disney shows  with them (Jessie, Good Luck Charlie, Hannah Montana) because 1) I love, love, love how colorful and eclectic the sets are decorated, and 2) I like how they dress. EEEK. I admitted it. In a public forum.

So my house was actually totally clean the other day and I decided to snap some pix. I snapped them around noon during the brightest part of the day, so you’ll have to excuse the bright glare on some of the pictures!  I have window-covering phobia – the sunshine was just pouring in causing lotsa glare – curtains always feel so FORMAL (totally NOT me) and our house is surrounded by trees, so I kid myself there is no way anyone can see in :-).

I’m going to start with my stairs. It was a bold move going for something so different, but since this is our forever house (at least for now), we went for it. Jesse asked me the other day what my favorite part of my house was. Hands down my stairs. He replied and said he loved our Master Bath. If we went to a hotel and the bathroom looked like our Master Bath, I would leave. I’m not kidding. It looks like its out of a horror movie. It is the last thing we have to update in our 1980’s house. And hopefully it’s only needing a facelift cause I spy a little something else growing on the wall. Mmmmm. Hopefully this year.

Anywho, here are the stairs we just redid last year! (Lovely canvases of my crew in the yellow field by the wonderful Michele Anderson!)

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Here is the living room. Why yes, that IS Modern Family playing on the tele. Some people love reality TV- I LOVE SITCOMS. They make me laugh. I always have one playing in the background when I am working, cleaning, cooking, whatever. Family photographs are by the fabulous Angie Monson (see below post!)

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Dining Room (it’s an open concept house- at least it became that way when we tore a wall down) Family photographs which I made into a collage (cause really- how can you pick just one or two?) by the lovely Michele Anderson. Door found at an antique shop. Story of that find here.

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The kitchen, where all the magic happens. NOT. I do not like to cook!

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I worked at Chili’s all through college, so we built the booth as a tribute to the Baby Back Ribs.

Just kidding! It was there when we moved in (although when we remodeled the kitchen, we totally redesigned the booth).

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Let’s move upstairs now.  The upstairs hallway. I have the first initial of each of our names mixed in with the pictures up here.

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Jude’s room. Found the lockers in my stepdad’s junkyard. Yep, you read that right. My stepdad has a junkyard.

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The master is definitely the most calm room in terms of color!  The aspen tree paintings over the bed are custom artwork from my dear friend Meridith. I LOVE THEM so much. There is NOTHING like having a super talented friend create custom artwork for you!

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Here is Emily’s room. I saw the comforter in Anthropolgie and knew it had to be mine. I knew there was no way I could get away with having it in the master, (but I HAD TO HAVE IT), so I bought it for this room!the woodlands, texas photographer www.spryart.com_036

Here is the room addition we recently built for Presley & Kaylee! Before last year, this was part of the roof! All six of us (and all our bedroom furniture, clothes, toys, etc) were all jammed into two rooms for nine weeks while this room was being built (complete with a huge hole in the roof covered by a big blue tarp. The neighbors LOVED US). Living through construction is always a blast. After it was finished, I felt like my house was the Taj Majal!

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That’s it :-). Hope you liked the home tour!

I’m totally out of wall space. Don’t know what I am going to do after our next family shoot.

I’m sure I’ll figure it out :).




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Welcome!  Wow, I’m so excited you are here!

This blog has been a long time in the making, but I have to give a quick shout to my girl Reni with Bliss & Tell Branding. Love her and highly recommend her if you need any creative/graphic/branding work done!

I’ll be tweaking this blog and my new site for the next couple of weeks (I know some of the links are not working yet!), but I couldn’t wait a second longer to launch my new business name and sites. They are  OBNOXIOUSLY overdue… I have had the logo/concept for my new brand for about nine months now!

OK, I haven’t blogged on my old blog for months now because I have been waiting on this one, so where to start?  I have so many sessions that were never posted!  I want to start with pictures of my new home office! I kicked Emily out of her room (don’t feel bad for her, we built an addition onto the house for her-more on THAT later), and turned it into my office. I’ve been in it a few months now and love finally having my own space! Officing out of the master bedroom was just not working for so many reasons!

This is probably the only time you will ever see it this clean and organized (unless you are a new client and I have shoved everything in one of the desk drawers).  I’m so right brained!


The custom upholstery on the bench and my office chair I had made are some of my favorite parts of the office. Who says you have to have a boring black office chair? I picked out some killer Ikat fabric and turned an ordinary chair into a showpiece! When Jesse saw it for the first time he said, “Well, you aren’t afraid of color are you?”

A couple of things I would have done differently if I could go back in time- 1) I would not have tried to match the stain on the new wood floors to the floors that run through the rest of my house. Even though we had the rest of our floors refinished a year ago, new wood just does not take stain- even the exact same color stain- the same way that 20 year old floors take it.  I mean- its very close- but I can still tell it is not the exact same color and it bugs. 2) I had the walls painted white so they would show off the photography- like an art gallery. I love it, but painting a room white just went against every fiber of my being, so I wanted to do something dramatic with the ceiling. I chose “metallic” paint… which does not look so metallic because I got it in the matte finish. I don’t know what I was thinking- I definitely should have gotten a different finish. So the ceilings are gray. A very pretty gray, but not the sparkly metallic I was hoping for.

Anyway, I would so love it if you would check out the new site and “like” me on Facebook. I am definitely going to have some good deals for clients that are hooked up with my Facebook page.

Thanks again for visiting!



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