Our basement at the lakehouse has been officially declared ‘the Mancave’.   It has housed many {sweaty} boys this summer and has been sorely neglected—as in, I try my best NOT to ever go down there.

And then there’s the dilemma of where to put all my art and photographs.   This house has no walls, remember?  Open floor plans have their downside.

Since I’m finally starting to ‘nest’ in this house,  I asked Stevie today if it would make him crazy if I started painting the master bedroom.

He said, “Maybe a little.”   {And then later seemed legitimately surprised that I wasn’t painting:)}

So, I decided instead to try to hang every painting and photo in the mancave.

And to my sweet surprise, I almost succeeded.
It doesn’t even look like a mancave anymore, save the cowhide rug.

This is what the powers that be call a gallery wall.    A whole wall of art.

My question for Stevie is this?   Can I paint tomorrow without making you wanna go jump in the lake?  Pretty please?  With s’mores on top?

And lastly, I’m posting this to try to keep you from sending me anymore hate mail about whether I EVER plan to  post pics of the kitchen.

My most treasured internet friends, trust me when I say that I promise you I’m not trying to build suspense here.  It’s still NOT DONE.  I’m mean, it’s close.   And I know you don’t care whether or not the trim is up or the corner shelves are in.  But I really want it to be done before I show you the whole thing.

So please accept this post of the gallery wall as my humble attempt at appeasing you for a week or so.

Kinda like bribing your kids with fruit when they want brownies.

The brownies will be done soon.   At least that’s what I keep hearing!   Thank you so much for your patience and thank you for the oodles of encouragement and kindness you’ve given me.   You are my favorite reason to love this space.

ps. I’m making this and this and this today. Can you say yummy?

25 comments on “Gallery Wall in lieu of kitchen photos”

  1. Sigh. I really need to decorate. Like REALLY. My bedroom is gosh awful. Okay. ‘nuf self-pity there.

    Love all of your stars Edie. Always have.Always will.

  2. I am so impressed with your progress. I have been in my home for almost 5 years and still have art on the floor, leaning on walls. But hey, that’s a look right? Your kitchen teaser photo is fab! Looking forward to your big reveal.

  3. Where oh where did you get those lovely open shelves? We are wanting to do that in our kitchen but I haven’t had much luck finding the white ones?!! Beautiful! 😀

  4. Love the art on the wall! Beautiful gallery indeed! I can’t wait to see your completed kitchen! I’m jealous of that stove and oven! I know you are thrilled! 🙂

  5. OK, so I have been wondering if you are just trying to build the suspense…but I know how remodels go. Can’t wait to see it, waiting patiently because I am one that would rather see it all finished, I don’t blame you a bit! So I went to lunch w/ friends today, they are getting anxious to have their days back (kids back in school next week), I have to say a tiny bit of me is jealous…Jax is so hard headed. I’ll be praying hard that we don’t kill eachother this year.

    You’re right, it no longer looks like a man cave…but a girls got to have a place to hang things. BTW, we are finishing up SOTW and finished the chapter about Martin Luther…I just love learning about world religions, can’t help it! 😉

  6. I too got a chuckle over the “Simplify” sign on a wall with almost every picture and painting you own…

    I vote paint away… come the colder months you’ll be glad you did.

  7. OMG! The one photo of your kitchen stove area looks amazing! You are such a bad teaser though. I can’t stand waiting. I want to see more. I love your use of color in all your rooms so far. They’re so happy. You really have the knack to style a room in a fun and unique way. I say to your husband, if you want to paint, he should let you. Anything you touch will only make it better. You can tell him I said so. Ha!

  8. I just don’t know if I can continue being your blog stalker, er, I mean, reader/friend since you refuse to put up those new kitchen photos.


    You’re awesome, kitchen photos or not.

    Hang in there. As exhilarating as it is with moving/decorating/nesting, I know it can be exhausting, too.


  9. I love your gallery wall! It looks so great! I don’t think I could ever pull that off and have it look so good!
    I particularly love the “Simplify” wall sign among the packed wall of paintings! It made me smile!

  10. I’ve just found your blog ~ it’s great.

    Love the man cave. My boys would love to have one of their own ~ I only ask that they clean it to my standards 😉

    That blueberry cake looks amazing. I’ll need to give it a try as I have all the ingred. on hand.


  11. I love that Jack Vettriano print. We used to have one in our house, but we now just have the green car on the beach one which goes very well with our bathroom. I too cannot wait to see your kitchen in its glory but I hope you are just enjoying that gorgeous house in the meantime.

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