Living Room Reveal + Gallery Wall with Minted

A huge thank you to Minted for collaboration on this post. All thoughts and opinions on my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Home Sweet Ruby possible!  

A while ago I shared plans for a little living room refresh and an updated gallery wall but then the lovely first trimester symptoms hit and delayed this project a bit. Finally I feel like we've had enough progress and I'm so incredibly happy with how much we've been able to update this space with a modern farmhouse style while staying on budget!

The hardest part for me was the gallery wall- I just couldn't envision it. How to style the ledges and where to hang them or what types of frames would pair well together... it just wasn't coming to me.

That's when I enlisted a Minted gallery wall stylist and after she worked her magic, this is what our living space looks like now!

Picture LedgesMother's Embrace PrintPiano Keys Print. Wake II Abstract PrintParisian Windows PrintKey PrintLampPillow. Throw Blanket -sold out but similar hereCoffee Table (DIY). Woven Tray (Target- old)

And here is the before:

Not bad by any means but we didn't have pillows or blankets and the space needed a new (clean) rug, tv stand, and some lighting. I also really wanted to modernize the gallery wall with some ledges while mixing art with family photos in a variety of frames.

There are slight differences in the gallery wall framing and artwork, because working with a budget meant I couldn't spring for every single piece in the stylists' plans. But I feel like we came really close! I absolutely love Minted's frames- we are using 3 on the top ledge (the black, wood, and champagne frames) and I highly recommend getting your Minted art framed if its in the budget.

The quality is just so good and its so much easier than trying to search for frames elsewhere! Plus, the float mount option is beautiful!!

The Mother's Embrace artwork is my absolute favorite but I also love how the abstract pulls out some blush tones to add to the neutral gallery wall.

I added a bunch of pillows with a mix of prints, which definitely makes the couch more inviting and ties everything together better. Most of them are sold out now, except for this Maewoven pillow, but I love this similar pom pom one and this tassel pillow!

I should note this space rarely looks this clean... but it has been nice that Rowan started leaving coffee table decor alone lately!

So not a huge difference but I feel like this space definitely looks more put together! Plus a clean white rug, minus pet and toddler stains (so far... knock on wood), always helps!

I still have a bit of styling left to do (honestly not sure what the heck to put on the tv stand... maybe you guys can helps with that!) and I want to get bamboo blinds for the windows, but other than that I think this space has come a long way!

Our Weekend in Atlanta

So as it turns out, walking around in 90 degree weather and carrying a toddler while 6 months pregnant is not the best for your aching muscles. I'm totally feeling the effects this week but our trip went better than we even hoped! Especially considering we had to co-sleep with a ninja toddler in a hotel room for two nights...

With this pregnancy going as fast as it is and a Fall calendar that is already starting to book up, I really wanted to get away for one last trip before we become a family of four!  So we made the impromptu decision to head to Atlanta for the weekend to let our aquarium-loving child see all of his Finding Dory friends in person.

Our first stop after checking into our hotel in Buckhead was dinner at Taverna. Admittedly it was not the most toddler-friendly restaurant but the food was delicious! I loved the decor inside and really missed having a glass of wine on their patio!

The next morning we headed to the Georgia Aquarium early- I highly recommend if you're going to book your tickets online in advance. If you go before 11 AM you can get a discount and its SO much less crowded. By 11 it was getting packed in there and was tough to get into the more popular exhibits, so our 9 AM entry was perfect. I'd even suggest going a little earlier if you can get moving!

We were all enjoying the aquarium so much that I didn't take a ton of photos but it was such a great experience with Rowan. We have an aquarium here in Charleston and though its really nice and has a new sea turtle exhibit, it just really can't compare with a whale shark and beluga whales.

The more popular exhibits, Ocean Voyager and Cold Water Quest, will get super packed as the day goes on so make sure to see those first! We didn't hang around for the first dolphin show of the day, but the Dolphin Celebration tank was also a big hit with our toddler.

After spoiling Rowan with a giant beluga whale stuffed animal (which he has been taking everywhere regardless of its size or available space) we headed through Centennial Park to the splash pad. This was R's first splash pad experience and it was a total joy to watch as he played.

Side note: we just can't get rid of that goofy non-waterproof bucket hat. It cracks me up how much he loves it even though its completely impractical.

Since hotel naps were nonexistent we decided to head to an early dinner at JCT Kitchen, which is by far one of my favorite restaurants EVER. Yes, its that good. It's in a really cute area called Westside Provisions District with other bars, shops, and another fave: Jeni's Ice Cream.

If you're traveling to Atlanta, do yourself a favor and put JCT Kitchen on your to do list! Between the burrata and tomatoes appetizer, massive kids meal consisting of fried chicken, fries, and popcorn (yes they served the chicken in a bed of popcorn), and our main courses (I had the chicken and dumplings... so freaking good!), we were all about to burst.

But Rowan repeatedly requested ice cream during dinner and you better believe I wasn't saying no, so off we went to Jeni's.

The next day we woke up with plans to see the zoo or hit up the hotel pool, but I think we were all spent and just headed home to get back to our Ruby.

But not before one last stop at Bon Glaze for some road trip donuts. They did not disappoint and I regretted none of them knowing my glucose test was the next day. Thankfully, my OB rescheduled it to my next appointment so I guess I get to sweat that out a few more weeks!

Overall, such a good, quick trip!! I feel like we really hit the lottery with the food choices as well, so definitely check out those spots if you're planning a trip to Atlanta!! So much to catch up on this week now... stay tuned for our living room reveal! I'm so excited to share our finished gallery wall with you all!!

Rowan's Big Boy Room Inspiration

Another inspiration post because well... we've got a lot of decorating going on over here!

When I shared the plans for baby #2's nursery, I mentioned that we can't do much in the room until we move Rowan into his new bedroom. But... I was so stuck on what to do!! I want it to be kid friendly and fun for him (mostly so he'll agree to give up the converted crib without a fight!) but also stay true to our decorating style. Basically that means no crazy colors or bold graphics spewed throughout the room.

I'm sure there will come a day when he has a say in his room and really, really wants a Nemo comforter, but until then it gets styled by mama!

I find these mood boards so helpful when trying to plan out a space! I think I changed this one a million times up until now!

The room is currently painted Sweet Innocence by Benjamin Moore, which is a really nice steel blue-type color. It's not too light like our master bedroom shade of blue (Marilyn's Dress by BM) but not too dark because there is only one small window in the room and it doesn't get a ton of light to begin with.

And just for fun, here's what it looked like when we bought the house.


We have obviously been using this bedroom as storage up until now (as you can see.. eek!) so cleaning it out has been my main goal the past few weeks.

I'm a little hesitant about that bed frame only because I can totally see my child sticking his head through the rungs and having to butter him up to get him out... but we're doing this on a budget so the price point can't be beat. I'm basically hedging my bets he never gets that idea in his head...

I'm moving our favorite Lorena Canals rug from the playroom to Rowan's room because I think it's perfect for this space.

Rowan is one of those kids that is really interested in a ton of different things, rather than focusing on just trains for example, so the dinosaur sheets may not seem like they "go" but I think he'll be so excited about them!

I also want to add a few things to the walls that remind me of him, like his love for sea creatures (the Minted Whale print), Train (patent print), and a cute banner with a quote that he says to us every night before bed!

I'm so excited to see it come together, next step is finishing the clean out + ordering furniture!

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