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How to Hang a Gallery Wall, The Easy Way

3 Dec


Photos walls are so gorgeous, but can be oh so intimidating to hang!  Yesterday, I hung a photo gallery for a sweet client of mine. It was so easy I thought I would share a little “how to”…

Step One: Edit

For this project, we gathered photos that had previously been hung on this wall. The client had had her home painted and wanted to hang the pictures with a more cohesive look.

We started by selecting a style and theme for the photo wall. The theme, family. The style, old and new. You always want to start with a center point or points and work out from there.

We selected the three photos for the center. A wedding photo, a family letter, and a trio of all three of her children. This gave us a starting point and a direction to help select the rest of the photos.

Here are some of the photos before…


Step Two: Framing

We had two of the center photos custom framed and bought five new wall frames from Michaels.

Once all the photos were framed, I laid them out on the floor to get a general idea of how I wanted it to look.


Step Three: Templates

Next, I made templates. I have never used templates before, but it was absolutely worth the extra time! Hanging a gallery wall is not necessarily easy, especially when you are doing it yourself. Hanging templates allows you to step back and look at the wall. Then you can make adjustments before putting holes in the walls!

My ever so handy husband had a roll of grid paper in the garage. Lesson learned… stop being annoyed by the stuff my husband “hoards” in the garage. You never know when it will come in handy! 🙂

I found a similar grid paper on www.amazon.com. I would not make them without grid paper. It made it so much easier to cut straight lines and measure the nail location.

Once you have your grid paper, lay the framed picture on the paper. Make marks at each of the four corners and cut out the template.

Now for the hard part, measuring the nail location. First, find center of your frame and mark it on your template. Then, measure the distance from the top of the frame to the nail hanger and mark it on your template. Or another way,  lay the template on the back of the frame and make a mark where the hanger is located. I do a little combination of both!

Use a tape that will not pull paint off to adhere templates to the wall. I used washi tape, but painters tape or masking tape would work too.


Once, the all the templates are up on the wall step back and take a look. You can easily adjust positions or swap picture locations.

You can see… one of my frames came with it’s own template! Cool!

Step Four: Install

Once you have your templates set, you can start hammering! Start in the center and work your way to the outside.

Select the frame you want to start with and double check your center and nail locations one more time before nailing. I always catch a mistake or two!

Then hammer the nail into the spot on the template, remove the template, hang your picture and TADA!

Step Five: Enjoy!



Christmas Planning Kit

30 Nov

It is time! Tomorrow is the first day of December, so time to get organized and get shopping!

Last year, I purchased Christmas Planner sheets from an adorable Etsy shop! This year, I wanted to create my own. I think EVERYONE should have a Christmas planner! What a genius idea! I love having all of my Christmas information in one place. It will get you organized for this year and make planning for next year a snap!

You can print these at home or send to your local print shop! If you are interested in purchasing my Christmas Planner pages, e-mail me a llusk@leighluskliving.com. The cost is $8! I will send you a paypal invoice and you will receive an e-mail with your Christmas Planner!

Compilation Page

My Christmas Planner Includes Over 20 Organization Lists:

Planning Section:

  • December Calendar
  • To Do List
  • Traditions/Bucket List
  • Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Planner
  • Party Planner and Invite List


Wish Lists Section:

  • Kid’s Wish List
  • Wish List
  • Family Wish List
  • Friend Wish List
  • Shopping Trip Planner
  • Budget Tracker


Menu Section:

  • Recipes
  • Baking List
  • Christmas Day Menus
  • Christmas Eve Menus
  • Menus/Baking Shopping List


Decorations Section:

  • Inside Decor Planner
  • Outside Decor Planner
  • Wrapping Supply List
  • Decorations Shopping List


Christmas Card Section:

  • Address List



  • Notes Section
  • Notes for Next Year

Happy Organizing!





School/Art Work Organization

21 May


Everyday, I am amazed at the amount of schoolwork and artwork my children bring home! The more children you have, the quicker it accumulates! It can be overwhelming! What to keep? Where to keep it? If you don’t have a system for storing it, it can get out of hand quickly!

Here are some quick tips and a storage solution, I think will work for everyone!

Step One – Discard Daily

When my kids get home, the first thing I do (after hugs) is go through their backpacks. I set aside important papers, display their artwork, and discard what does not need to be kept. Discarding your child’s work needs to happen daily, so it does not pile up and clutter your living space. Lets be honest, some school work or artwork comes home and you immediately know you will not keep it. Let it go. However, be sneaky, because hell hath no fury like a kid that finds their work in the trash!

Step Two – Display for a Month

Children love to have their work praised and displayed! I think it is a must to have a few places in your home where you can display your child’s work. Then when your display areas get crowded, it is time to discard or store.

Step Three – Discard

DO NOT keep everything! I know their little scribbles and handprints are adorable, but you do not need 20 or 50 of them. Keep the best, the ones you love, the ones that remind you of your child at this age, and let the rest go.

Step Three – Store It

The items that are not discarded should be labeled with your child’s name and age, then stored. I created art boxes, with the intention that this will be where all of their important papers are stored.

Art Boxes

In the past, I tried smaller boxes and binders. The small boxes filled up too quickly. The binders were overwhelming in another way. I realized that one binder, per child, per year was going to add up quickly. Then, where was I going to store all those binders?

So I found these extra large file storage boxes at The Container Store and I love them! It does seem a little large now, but I have tons of room to grow! As I said, my intention is that this will be where I store all of their important papers, artwork, report cards, programs, pictures, etc… so I need plenty of room!



The box has a file folder for each year. I plan to add folders for each extra curricular activity, clubs, camps, etc…

Step Four – Review It

There are two times you may want to review and discard again if needed. The first is at end of the school year. Take this opportunity to flip through the contents of the file for the current year and evaluate if everything needs to be kept. This is a great time to see if there are any duplicates and let the extras go!

The second, is every five years. Take a minute to go back through the files for previous years and eliminate again if needed! Remember that you are keeping your favorites!

I am so excited to have a place for all the kids papers and pictures! Contact me if you want one too!


A Place for Everything…

31 Dec

After Christmas it may seem like you will never find a place for everything… I feel you!

I feel like I am DROWNING in my kids toys! Thanks Santa!

Christmas is over and the New Year is fast approaching, time to get organized!  I helped this cute little family organize their unbelievable playroom a few months back. The space and storage in this room are to die for! Perfect for two adorable little babies!























Cheers to an New Year and fabulous organization!

Before and After: Christmas Closet

8 Dec

Do you want a Christmas closet? Oh, I do! In my dreams, I totally have a Christmas closet!

This sweet holiday loving client has a huge Christmas closet! Just one problem, it needed a little holiday clean-out! I don’t know anyone (including myself), that enjoys going through holiday decorations at the end of the season. You are either sad to see it go or so very ready for it to be put up! You end up shoving it back into the attic! 🙂 Right?!






Do you need a holiday purge? After Christmas is the perfect time! Let me help you put away the holiday and save you some stress next year! Happy Holidays!

Our Home…

1 Dec

Home Quote

Whether it is taking care of loved ones or creating a space that you enjoy and refreshes you… a home is to be cherished! I love helping my clients make their home a place to love and making their lives easier… I love it!

Our house continues to evolve and the memories we make each day will last a lifetime! Our addition is done, minus a few small touches!

Here is a flashback… starting with one of my kids memories! Rainy day fun…



After looking for a new home for two plus years, we could not find anything that we really loved. We finally decided to add on to our house, with the hope that it would give us everything we needed.  My husband and I designed the entire addition with three goals in mind: 1) Open Up the Kitchen 2) Add Space and Storage 3) Entertaining Space.

The day the kitchen wall came down, we knew we had achieved goal number one! It was one of the biggest and the best changes to our house! I love a lot of things about the changes to our house, but the breakfast bar on the other side of the sink has to be one of my favorites!


We are also seriously enjoying the screened in porch with fireplace! Talk about adding entertaining space! I screened in porch is a must!


I am busy making our house and several others a home! 🙂 The next pictures will be the finished product!





Life is Busy, but Good!

22 Oct

Hello All! I cannot believe it has been seven months since I have posted! Ugh!

Well, what is my excuse?! Hmm… life is busy? Yep, that is it! I know you understand!

I last posted on April 15th, which is the exact day we started on our home addition! This was the beginning of a crazy busy time in our lives! The addition took 2 1/2 months to complete and completely took over my life! Hence, the beginning of why I have not posted in such a long time!

The other reason is that business is good! I have been booked solid for months! What a blessing it is to love what I do and love my clients! I have been organizing and decorating to my little hearts content! This has left me very little time for blogging! I have a lot of catching up to do! Watch for posts in the coming weeks with before and afters of our home and client projects!

Here are some pictures of our home before, during, and after… I will post more pictures of the interior and finished product, soon!

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The last picture was taken months ago… thank the lord! The house is now complete, minus a few projects! More to come…





Cars Need Love Too…

15 Apr

Spring Cleaning Challenge, halfway through the month and I have only completed two things on my list. Time to get busy! Next up my car! Cars need organization love too!


1. Playroom

2. Clean Out Refrigerator

4. Nightstand Drawer

5. Tupperware Drawer

6. Switch Seasonal Clothing

7. Windows

8. Air Registers

9. Clean Out Cars

10. Clean Out Kitchen Drawer

First things first, clean out the junk! I never seem to be able to get everything out of the car, at the end of the day. This means things start to pile up. The usual culprits are coats, cups, toys, bags, you name it. Time to empty it out and put everything away.   IMG_4162

Next, I emptied all of the junk from the cup holder area and gave the entire car a good vacuum! Nice… look at all those crumbs!   IMG_4163 Once the car was clean, I wanted to add some organization. My car (Yukon XL) has a large space in front of the cup holders. It is great, but it ends up being a dumping ground for junk! It needed some organizational structure! IMG_4161

I wanted to divide the space, so I chose these clear containers from The Container Store. They are all different sizes, so you can customize your space. They are super inexpensive, ranging from $2.99 to $4.99 each. StackableDrawerOrg100437G_x This is how they look in my car. I love it already!


The next step is my favorite… loading my things back into the space. Now, I have a space for coins, ear buds, pens, sunglasses, gum, phone wallet and a notepad. It looks amazing and makes me happy every time I get in the car!


Next, I needed something for the back of the car, between my kids seats. I wanted something to hold paper towels, movies and toys, diapers and wipes, first aid kit, etc… I chose this bin from The Container Store.   RugbyStripeBin_l It fits perfectly in between the seats and helps keep the back of the car organized!


I spend a lot of time in my car, so why not make it lovely?!

Spring Cleaning Challenge

2 Apr



Spring is here! Finally! It is my favorite time of the year, the days are longer and warmer! I am always ready to pack away the coats and boots and pull out the shorts and sandals!

Spring cleaning has always been one of my favorite activities, it is so therapeutic to me! It is like a fresh start to a new year. A time to shake off winter and prepare for summer!

I have to say the more I organize for clients the less organized my own home seems, busy… busy. I typically organize based on frustration. You know that feeling you get when you cannot find what you are looking for or when a drawer will not shut. For instance, the current state of my tupperware drawer. So I made a list of ten things that have been bothering or frustrating me and I am going to tackle them in April!

Here is a peak at my list…

1. Playroom

2. Clean Out Refrigerator

4. Nightstand Drawer

5. Tupperware Drawer

6. Switch Seasonal Clothing

7. Windows

8. Air Registers

9. Clean Out Cars

10. Clean Out Kitchen Drawer


First project… the playroom!

I think this explains why I don’t spend much time cleaning or organizing the playroom…


This is totally my house, now that my littlest one is on the move! My son’s favorite thing to do is get things out. I put everything up and he has the best time getting it all back out! Stinker…

I removed the rug, all the large toys, and furniture. Then gave the floor and baseboards a good scrub. Then I did a basic sort and purge of the toys. My little one is about to turn one, so time to make room for new toys.

It will only be a matter of days before it is a mess again, but in the meantime it looks so nice… Ahh!










Hate Doing Laundry?

26 Feb

Hate doing laundry, oh doesn’t everyone? I really don’t mind the washing, the drying or the folding. However, I really dislike putting it away! But wouldn’t it make it more fun if you loved your laundry room? I organized this laundry room for a sweet little family and it is super cute!

Ready for some laundry room love?


First off, this client’s home is gorgeous! The the laundry room is too cute! Don’t you love the blue and white? So fresh and clean! Love it! This room has tons of storage and just needed a little TLC!

Here is the Before and After…


Ok… So my before pictures did not turn out great! Somehow… my finger keeps ending up in my pictures! I did get some pictures of the drawers, so let’s start there!


First step, clear the drawers and insert drawer liner. I used adorable wrapping paper I found at TJMax. It also turned out to be a perfect match! I love it when a plan comes together!









After the drawers were organized, I went to work on the cabinets. I used great little bins from the Dollar Store and Martha Stewart labels! I cleared the counter tops to create a great work area or folding space. Then we took some art that was hanging on the wall and set it against the back splash for some interest!



Lastly, I re-purposed a basket the client already had to make use of the top of the dryer. This is a great tip, it keeps all of your laundry items together and keeps the top of the dryer from becoming a catch all.


Now, doesn’t that just want to make you say ahhh! Such a relaxing, lovely laundry room!