HOW TO STYLE A DECORATIVE TRAY

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HOW TO STYLE A DECORATIVE TRAY

Styling a tray can be a little tricky.  Here are a few great tips to help you style your own decorative tray!

Pull all possible items needed to style your tray.  The more items the better!  It's really a process of elimination.  You will need to play around with different pieces to start to see the layout come to life.  Once you know which items are the perfect starting point, you can start to layer in the other key ingredients, such as:  texture, color and accents.

1. DEFINE USE & SPACE FOR TRAY.  This is where you can get a little creative.  A tray can be used in almost any space.  The expected areas are dining table, kitchen counter or coffee table.  But why not style a try for your guest bedroom with items that make them feel comfortable and welcomed.  Such as water, snacks, bathroom toiletries, magazines and maybe even add a little note with the wifi password.  Or how about a cute bathroom tray that has decanters of mouthwash, bath salts and bars of soap.  I could come up with many other ideas, but remember...the possibilities are endless.  Another fun thought, try to use the same tray and style it for different seasons and holidays.  Maybe all you would have to do is change out the plant to a poinsettia and and fill a bowl full of Christmas candies...it could be that simple!

2. SELECT YOUR LAYOUT.  When selecting items, remember that all the items need to fit well on the tray, feel balanced and not too crowded.  You can choose to do a symmetrical or asymmetrical layout.  If you are doing a symmetrical layout, that means that you are balancing like items on the tray to make a great centerpiece.  Using matching items such as candles, plants or decorative vases.  If choosing an asymmetrical layout, you would need to focus on staggering heights of your styling pieces and using different scaled items to make if visually interesting. 

3. INTRODUCE COLOR & TEXTURE.  This can be adding life with plants, flowers or fresh fruit.  Select a color that compliments the space it's in.  Sometimes it helps to have one piece that has all the colors of the space and that will be unifying element that ties everything together.  Then most likely, the accent colors can be pulled from that coordinated piece.  Texture is always a fun addition, whether its through mixed metals, natural elements, pottery or print fabric.  

Once you use these great tips and give it a try, I think you might be surprised that you can actually style your own tray too!  Have fun and ENJOY!

HOW TO CREATE A BEAUTIFUL GALLERY WALL

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Gallery walls are quite the challenge, but do not let that scare you!  Let me share with you my methods that I use to make this overwhelming project much more doable.

What do you need to get started?

 - Decoratative Pieces:  framed art, canvases, shelves, clocks, sconces and other accessories...the possibilities are endless

 - Tools:  hammer, nails/picture hangers, masking/painters tape, level, tape measure, large roll of craft paper or floor rosin paper, step stool/ladder and maybe a friend to help hang ;)

1. Gather all possibilities for items that you would like to consider using on your wall gallery.  The more the better, because you have more options and flexibility when designing your layout.

2. Decide the size of gallery wall you hope to create.  Roll out paper on the floor in front of the wall you are working on.  Measure the size of the area that you will be using to hang decor and either mark it out on paper or cut paper to size, whatever is easiest for you.  

3.  Begin your layout.  Start with your largest pieces and place those where you believe they would best fit.  Then begin layering in the smaller pieces.  A few things to remember when placing items:  place "like" items so that they are either grouped together in a nice presentation or sprinkled throughout so that there is balance in the arrangement.  Sometimes, if there are any three dimensional pieces, it helps to incorporate them on either side of the design so that one area doesn't feel flat.

4. When you are happy with your layout, take a photo of your arrangement.  This way you remember how it looks when you start to hang.  Once you area ready, you can roughly trace each item.  Be sure to mark where each hanger is, so that you know where to hang the nail or picture hanger.  Once you have finished tracing, you can remove and set aside all the decorative items.  Then, hang the paper in it's location (Be sure it is hung level. you may need a friend for this!) and the process can begin.  Go ahead and start hanging nails and picture hangers directly over the paper, where you marked each hanger location.  Once you are finished, you can carefully remove the paper and the nails will stay in place.  Now, just hang all your beautiful decor, level each piece and...VOILA...you have created your own gallery wall!