When we moved into our house, it came with a big blank wall on one side of the garage. Originally, we painted a geometric pattern on it but after two years I was ready for something new. I got it into my head that I would repaint the wall, but I didn’t know what I wanted to paint yet. This story is going to seem long and rambling for a minute, but I promise it all ties together and comes back around to the mural at the end.

Fast forward a few months and we decided to re-decorate our living room. It was full of bulky black shelves (that house the hundreds and hundreds of vinyl albums other M collects) and made the already tiny room feel smaller and darker than it was.


So we ditched the dark stuff and went bright and clean. Suddenly, we found ourselves with a lot of wall space and nothing to cover it. The obvious solution: a gallery wall!



We promptly filled it with an art print of “The Hound” from Ikea, two photos by Mary Costa Photography, one of the pieces from my collaboration with Sugar & Cloth, a custom Dance Yrself Clean print (that we made together), and a piece of artwork that came with The National’s album “Trouble Will Find Me.” But we still had one big space left above the TV.

Because buying and building new furniture, figuring out what to fill a gallery wall with, and sort of planning to re-paint a 28′ x 8′ wall wasn’t enough, we were also on the hunt for new couch pillows. Adulting 101: they get kind of gross after a couple years and even the washing machine can’t save you if you haven’t been proactive about cleaning them.

I had a LOT of trouble finding pillows I liked. I don’t know why. I’m not particularly difficult about throw pillows, there just didn’t seem to be a lot out there. Until Oh Joy! announced their fall 2016 collection for Target that included this amazing find:



BINGO. Done and done. Then it came to me:

Paint the mural the same colors as the pillows.

Take a family photo in front of the mural.

Enlarge the the photo, frame it, and hang it in the empty space in the gallery wall.

The colors in the photo will match the throw pillows on the couch, and everything will have subtle cohesive undertones. GENIUS.

Somewhere in the midst of all this, Sugar & Cloth posted a call for wall space to create color walls in different U.S. cities. They have their own mural in Houston, The Sugar and Cloth Color Wall, and it’s incredible. Simple, but so fun and versatile! I offered up my garage, but they needed spaces that are accessible to the public and our wall is not. The color wall stuck with me though, and I ended up creating a variation of it anyway. And finally, the reveal!




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Pillow by Oh Joy! for Target.


A new mural, a new living room, and a new appreciation for how long it takes to paint some simple stripes. Now who wants to come over and take pictures!?