Hey there! Today I wanted to talk a little about gallery walls. For as long as we’ve been married we’ve had some sort of gallery wall. This hasn’t always been an intentional decision, but just the way things ended up. Our first apartment was a tiny little studio in San Francisco’s Marina district and there really weren’t many other places to put things. It was the perfect way to make a statement in such a small space. Our second apartment, in the Cole Valley neighborhood of San Francisco was palatial by San Francisco standards (1 bedroom, 800 square feet. #blessed), and while we had a bit more wall space, the living room got a lot of great light and we spent most of our time there and for some reason I was just dying to frame those french doors in a gallery wall.
Wow, it’s been such a long time since I’ve been here - almost been a year since I was last posting regularly. A lot has happened in that time, and while I’ve really wanted to keep up with the blog, it just hasn’t happened. Between doing the entire kitchen renovation ourselves, starting a new job, some international travel, a death in my family and Xan’s, and some mental health changes, I just haven’t been able to get to it.
We’re currently knee deep in the kitchen renovation and things are really starting to come together. We’re working on a lot of the little finishing touches, and we’ve had some issues with the tile that we’re trying to solve now. So, I’m not really sure when we’ll be totally finished. The latest project we worked on was our under cabinet lighting (for the upper cabinets). For some reason we both thought this was going to be a piece of cake. The instructions and all of the parts seemed very simple, but we still encountered some issues that could have been easily avoided knowing what we do now that they’ve all been installed. So, below are my tips for installing Ikea under cabinet lighting.