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I'm Kerra Michele, and this is my dog, Lunchbox. Welcome to our blog! We generally write about easy tips to make a rental space feel more like home, but we also talk about our life and travels. I hope you like our stories and adventures!

{Before + After} A Framed Staircase

{Before + After} A Framed Staircase

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Several weeks ago we had a mountain of framed art and photographs in a pile on the floor. I should have taken a photo for you but I didn't think of it. (Bad, naughty blogger!) Since my baby brothers were coming to visit we needed to transfer these items from the floor to the wall -- and fast. I'm a creator. All you creators out there understand me when I say creative genius cannot (and should not) be rushed. Rushing a creator can only result in emotional breakdown. The Scientist, being a scientist, does not understand this concept and did not appreciate that even though we were about to have house guests and there was nowhere to walk in our apartment -- let alone put down an air mattress -- that I just "wasn't ready" to hang anything in the staircase.

The Scientist wanted it done and he forced me to do it. He stood on the stairs with me the entire time and, every time I stopped to cry and say I didn't know where to put anything, he said I did and to just hang another one already. It was awful and I will never forgive him. At least that's what I thought until he took me to a fancy spa for the weekend to recover. I decided to forgive him about halfway through my massage.

I showed you a sneak peek of my staircase a few weeks ago as I was starting to get some of our frames hung on the wall. Now that I'm finished I thought you might like to see the finished product! Well, as finished as it can be without a fancy ladder for stairs.

Here's what my empty staircase looked like before...

empty staircase before and after makeover

empty staircase before and after makeover And here's what it looks like after all that mental and creative abuse!

staircase before and after makeover gallery wall

staircase before and after makeover gallery wall

staircase before and after makeover gallery wall

staircase before and after makeover gallery wall

staircase before and after makeover gallery wall

staircase before and after makeover gallery wall

staircase before and after makeover gallery wall

staircase before and after makeover gallery wall

staircase before and after makeover gallery wallWe have some of our favorite pieces up on this wall. There are lots of wedding and travel photos, art we've pick up on trips, a print from one of my favorite Etsy artists, and a portrait of The Scientist's grandfather painted by a fellow soldier in France during WWII. Below are two of my favorite photos. One is of my grandfather walking down the street (and looking pretty awesome doing it) and the other is of my grandparents together shortly after they got married.

staircase before and after makeover gallery wall instagramI hope you like it! I'll post more on how you can do this yourself and show similar things I've done in my past apartments!

(How To} Craft a gallery wall

(How To} Craft a gallery wall

{Before + After} My Tiny Bathroom Makeover

{Before + After} My Tiny Bathroom Makeover