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As you know from my recent posts, "Making His House Our Home," and "A Little Design Inspiration for your Wednesday,"...I have been hard at work making a lot of changes around here! My goal is to turn every square inch of this house into a stylish, welcoming space that reflects both my husband's and my style.   One of my biggest challenges has been our staircase wall....it is one of the first things you see when you enter our home, so of course I have been stressing over a design for months! I knew that I wanted to create a collage of some sort as I have always loved the idea that it somehow tells a story about the people who live in the home. But our staircase is small and I didn't have much room to work with, so I knew that it would be a challenge.  

Here is one collage in particular that caught my eye......however this stair case is much more grand than mine, so I'm filing this great design away for our next home ;-)  

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Although I love the look of a tailored collage, I decided that I wanted more of an eclectic look...nothing too polished...my desire was for it to look effortless and to include more than just photos...

So one night (after feeling very inspired by a marathon of "Sarah's House" on HGTV) I headed straight to Home Goods to purchase pieces for my design. Here is what the wall looked like before (yikes, sorry about the terrible quality!)...

Stairs
Stairs

And here it is after....I will eventually paint the handrail and stair post, but I haven't decided on the color yet. I'm thinking black?  

Stair Wall 2
Stair Wall 2
Stair Wall 1
Stair Wall 1

As you can see, I used a variety of unexpected items for the collage. From picture frames with old photos (like the one of my husband below :-)), to a personalized wedding gift with our name and wedding date (thanks Josh & Tiff!).  

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DSC_0369

If you look closely, you will see that a few of the frames are not mounted directly to the wall. I wanted to create a bit of interest in the way they were hung, so I attached a peice of twine to the back of them and draped the twine directly over the nail in the wall. Not only does this add interest and texture, but it also helps fill blank wall space.  

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DSC_0375

I found the letter "H" at Hobby Lobby for only $5! But the color was way too brassy...  

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DSC_0323

...so I spray painted it a flat black...  

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Oh, and the mirror...I am in love with the mirror, which I found at Home Goods (where else?!) for only $40!  

I think that my next step will be to add some sort of pattern behind the collage...I would love to do a patterned wall paper such as the one in the photo below...what do you think??  

On a side note, our kitchen make over is complete!!! Check back early next week for before and after pictures of the amazing transformation!!