DIY Picture Frame Molding

By Kate Riley December 18, 2017

I decided to make a few changes in my living room right in the middle of the holiday season. :) I swapped the old sconces and chandeliers for more modern brass fixtures. I also painted the walls white and added picture frame molding to the top half of the walls, above where I installed picture frame wainscoting way back in 2010.



I wanted to highlight some of the art groupings in my living room and also hang some new art as well. To highlight the artwork, I thought I’d paint the walls white so that the art takes the spotlight, and also surround it with the same thin curved trim that sits on the wainscoting down below.

I’ve partnered with Arrow Fastener tools to show you just how easy it is to add architectural detail with simple molding. You can also add trim to ceilings or doors to add dimension or pattern, and it’s easy to do with the Arrow Fastener Electric Brad Nailer.



To add interest to your walls, ceilings, or doors, arm yourself with the Electric Brad Nailer, then head on down to the home improvement store to select trim. I found my pre-primed wood trim at Lowe’s, they have a great selection for projects like this.



I used 1 ½” curved balsam wood for this wall molding project.



I used the same Electric Brad Nailer that I used to build this DIY tiered plant stand. It’s super easy to load, and accepts multiple sizes of brad nails. Plug it in and off you go. Bam bam bam, new trim everywhere!


To add picture frame molding, measure out your rectangles on the wall, then cut 45 degree angles using a miter box or miter saw.



Attach the first corner to the wall with one nail. Use a level to make sure your molding is perfectly straight, then secure the middle and remaining ends of the pieces with the brad nailer to create a full rectangle.


The brad nails may leave small indentations, so cover them up and fill those imperfections with spackling.


Once dry, paint the new picture frame molding the same color as your wall paint.


Step back and enjoy your new architectural detail!

I added four new rectangular frames to my living room, the first on the wall next to the fireplace where I rotate art throughout the year.


Behind the sofa (which I moved out of the way for this image) I keep the same artwork, all special for various reasons, either inherited or acquired through travel.


I also added two more pieces of abstract art from an artist I’ve long admired, Nancy Knight. I’ve loved her ethereal landscapes for a long time, and now I have these two hanging on either side of the window in my living room.




I love the simplicity of the art framed in black, surrounded by the picture frame molding. Exactly what I’ve always wanted.



I’ll have more holiday home photographs to share on Wednesday!


*This post brought to you in partnership with Arrow Fastener tools. Check out their staple guns and get creative in your home too! All opinions are mine.

How I Choose A Rug

By Kate Riley December 15, 2017

My stepdaughter lives in San Diego while she’s in nursing school. To soften the terra cotta tile floor in her rental and as a layer under her small navy blue sofa, I shipped her this simple coastal striped rug from Overstock.

Overstock has been a go-to site for me for years for stylish affordable decor, I’ve purchased soooo many things from that site over the years: rugs, light fixtures, faucets, kitchen hardware, furniture, etc.

I was happy to learn about Club O Rewards, the membership based loyalty rewards program offered at Overstock. Customers enrolled in the program receive free shipping on every order, and at least 5 percent in reward dollars for all purchases, and up to 20 percent in reward dollars on hundreds of select products.

Out of curiosity, I totaled up my purchases from Overstock in the last year, and the 5% I could have earned in rewards being a Club O member was way more than the $19.95 annual fee. So I signed up for Club O Rewards to not miss out on future benefits. If the total amount of my rewards for a year is not equal to the cost of the membership, the difference will be automatically added to my account when I renew the next year. But since I shop there so much I have no doubt I’ll get my money’s worth. :)

As a long time customer, today I partnered with Overstock to talk about how I choose the style of an area rug in a space. First, I imagine a particular style that will complement the décor. Next, I narrow it down to the rugs that have quality, durability, an affordable price, and a good review. I’m always looking for a bargain, but the rug has to look good, feel good, and stand up to wear and tear.

When shopping for a rug online, my rug choices default into one of three categories: a classic stripe, a subtle pattern, or a no fail neutral. If you’re ever nervous about what style of rug to buy, my advice is to choose one of these three.

Simple Stripes

I bought a wide stripe green rug from Overstock for my rear courtyard last year, I loved it! The rug was soft, the quality was excellent and the color divine. It lasted through two summers in direct sunlight, and at such a great price.

Stripes are classic and never go out of style. It’s a universal truth, you can never go wrong with a simple or bold striped rug !


melun flatweat wool stripe


Subtle Pattern

Earlier this year I pulled together a family room for veterans for my local Committee on the Shelterless, and in that space I added this gorgeous blue rug from Overstock because it provided a dose of deep blue and also a subtle pattern underneath.

This is one of the easiest ways to choose a rug: pick a color that you’d like to repeat a few times in any space and then find a rug with a subtle pattern in that color to add interest underfoot. I especially love rugs with mottled patterns that mimic the look of old world textiles.

vintage blue

persian pink

williamsburg distressed

Basic geometric patterns in small scale with a simple repeat are another great option in the subtle pattern category. On top you’re free to layer bolder patterns with textiles in larger scale or busier patterns.

flatweave cotton trellis



No Fail Neutrals

But who says you always need pattern or color? If it’s a practical runner or just softness you seek, a basic neutral rug is a no fail solution.

paris shag

mohawk cream


Hop on over to Club O to check out the perks of being a member. If you’re active or retired military, a student or a first responder like a firefighter or emergency medical technician, your membership is free! Club O rewards never expire, and are available to use toward any item on With your membership you’ll receive 5% rewards on all purchases, free shipping on all orders, and up to 20% rewards on select products. Check it out!

*This post brought to you in partnership with Overstock and their Club O Rewards program. I’m a long time shopper and love their products and service, all opinions as always are my own!