the wall of l’s moved across the street

Remember when I asked for help with this problem wall?

You all came through. Great suggestions. My talented friend Darlene even did a little mock-up of her suggestion:

Isn’t it lovely?

I sat on the ideas for a bit – none of them feeling just right.

Until one day, I started moving furniture around and – what do you know – the L wall moved across the hall to its new home.

Hidden in there are the thermostat and light switch that before stuck out so obviously.

A good before and after is always fun, so here you go:

// before //

// after //

The piano found a new home, which meant the glass table that was previously on the book page wall is now used in the living room {photos to come}.

// before //

// after //

Most of the L’s were made by me {here’s one tutorial} and a few store bought. It’s a little busy for my normal taste, but it adds so much personality with a very eclectic mix of our family monogram.

And it was an easy fix for the problem of the wall with randomly placed outlets/thermostats/light switches. Thanks again for all of your great suggestions!

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95 Responses to the wall of l’s moved across the street

  1. J.P.Peabody April 9, 2015 at 12:45 pm #

    I love the letter wall but I would like my Initial any suggestions as to where to look for them.

  2. Anna September 22, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

    What you Could do, if you want to cover the thermostat, is to hand a picture on sidehinges over it. Problem solved :)

  3. Alanna June 7, 2014 at 2:33 pm #

    I just discovered your blog and love it!!!! Curious if you remember where the bench is from? I think I found a similar one at target?

  4. Christine October 20, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

    I love your decor! Like many of us who check out blogs we’re looking at the main subject but then we’re scanning every detail in the back ground too. So… Where did you get that awesome dining room table? Lol

  5. Haley October 7, 2013 at 10:11 pm #

    I absolutely love the striped blanket you have in the picture, can I ask where you got it? I have been looking for one and I did find one at Ikea but unfortunately it was cream and black. Thanks

    • emily October 8, 2013 at 9:03 am #

      It is the one from IKEA!

  6. Carrie May 15, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    I’ve love your letter wall for a while but I finally put that inspiration to use in my entry! Keep being awesome!

    http://graceandjoygirl.com/2013/05/14/finished-foyer-answering-the-pinterest-challenge/

  7. Haley Estes April 19, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I found your website from the picture of your gallery wall that someone had pinned onto pinterest! it is absolutely gorgeous and so is everything else on your blog! My sister and law and I do a feature every week on our blog called “Pinned it Friday” I featured your gallery wall on my post and provided a link for our readers to come check it out! thanks for the inspiration feel free to go see !

    http://littlebitsofeverythingqce.blogspot.com/2013/04/pinned-it-friday-haley-edition_19.html

    Thanks!
    -Haley

  8. Jennifer Francis March 20, 2013 at 6:17 am #

    I LOVE all of your designs, but I especially love the “L wall”! I am trying to emulate something similar with an “F wall”, and would love to try to create a similar watercolor F. Do you have any tips or tricks for watercolor painting? I attempted this last night, and my result was, shall we say, less than par! :) Thank you so much for your inspiration and helpful tips!!

    • emily March 20, 2013 at 8:50 pm #

      Not many tips I can offer … I used a large sheet of nice artist paper and then just painted over it. You may need to try out different amounts of water in your paint until you get it looking just right!

      • Jennifer Francis March 21, 2013 at 5:54 am #

        Thanks so much for the quick response! I’ll give it another try!

        Just one more question, did you wet the entire piece of paper before you started painting with color, or just paint on dry paper? Thanks again!

  9. Brandie November 14, 2012 at 10:13 pm #

    Love the L wall. I have a hard time finding letters. I have been looking for an S for quite a while now. Can you tell me where you got your letters? I looked at HL and only found them somewhat on the smaller side (about 8″ in height).

  10. Claire November 13, 2012 at 7:03 pm #

    This is awesome.

  11. Deb November 10, 2012 at 5:23 am #

    OMG! I simply love this and we have a similar problem with a wall in our home! I have a “collection” of letter L’s too and you just gave me the perfect solution of both! Thanks!!!1

  12. susan November 9, 2012 at 10:32 am #

    Love the L wall, can you please tell me the color paint you used on that wall? Thanks!

    • emily November 9, 2012 at 11:55 am #

      It is the color used throughout the main walls in our home. You can see all of our paint colors here: http://jonesdesigncompany.com/paint-colors/

  13. {darlene} @ fieldstonehilldesign November 8, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

    emily! I LOVE LOVE LOVE what you did. Perfect. I love the low profile bench, how you distracted the eye, and how the basket beneath hides the extra “uglies.” It feels just right!

  14. Paige November 8, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

    I love the L wall! Very creative and expressive. Thanks for sharing your home – it’s lovely!

  15. Kay November 8, 2012 at 10:39 am #

    You just motivated me to fix a similar wall that I have not done anything to for years. Thanks for the inspiration Emily.

  16. mary beth November 8, 2012 at 8:46 am #

    Sometimes a little cluttered is good. And you nailed it girl!

  17. Kim @ Plumberry Pie November 8, 2012 at 7:05 am #

    Such a smart solution! Now all the switches just blend right in. Perfect. I just love your style!

  18. Hometipster.com November 8, 2012 at 3:28 am #

    Now that is a wonderful transformation. Turning a rather dull wall into an interesting display is just lovely.

    I’m sure you are more than pleased with the end results… I know I would be.

  19. Lydia November 7, 2012 at 11:24 pm #

    I love it!!

  20. Christi November 7, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

    Love it. Lovely. Like it… a Lot.

  21. Hooch@Real Livin With HSB November 7, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

    Love the “L” wall! Looks so cute!! Great solution to a problem area :)

  22. Rebecca November 7, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

    I absolutely LOVE it!!! What a perfect solution…and oh SO pretty! : )

  23. Jeana November 7, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

    Beautiful! Another inspiring idea! Love the little bench and cute pillow. It adds a warmth to that wall :)

  24. Shannel November 7, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

    Love your monogram wall & now its new home. I am curious about your hanging window “wall”… future post??

  25. Rachel Mathai November 7, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

    That is INSANE! What a great solution! I don’t even see the switches, etc anymore. I love the neutral color pallet- you do it so well! I remember your post about when Holly came to visit and she said you need color…I love everything Holly does but I find myself wanting to say things like “shut the front door,” when I see your beautifully layered neutral home.

    • emily November 7, 2012 at 5:32 pm #

      I know … I try to add color and then I realize I just like neutral. That’s okay. I adore everything that Holly does, though.

  26. Margaret November 7, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    Looks awesome! Maybe I need a “T” wall?! I’ll tell you what I noticed in the background that I am drooling over….your barn style sliding door/window! In black even, my favorite accent! Beautiful! And the paint colors are gorgeous. Our styles are not exact, but you give me such great inspiration. I am seeing a divider like that between my entry and living room soon. Thank you tons!!

  27. Melissa November 7, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

    I have loved your “L” wall since the first post about it & this is so smart! One question though… what did you do about all the holes left in the before wall? That would keep me from being so brave to move all those. Curious to know if you filled the holes or just covered them up somehow. Thanks!

  28. deanna November 7, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    I have to know about the black and glass sliding door! Trying to find it on your blog, but I cant. Can you point me in the right direction if there is a post about it. Wanting to do something similar, but not sure where to start. thanks!!

    • emily November 7, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

      There may be some info on the dining room posts. I try to photograph and post soon!

  29. Liz November 7, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    This looks amazing! Perfect for hiding all those switches/buttons!

    …now…can you come redecorate our house!?!? :-)

  30. Natalie November 7, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    LOVE LOVE LOVE! I love monograms and have several around the house as well..this is just perfect for the space…awesome tweaking!!

  31. Sandy Sutherland November 7, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

    Genius! Since I am relatively new to your site, I am always wondering what the L stands for, since neither your first or last names start with L? Thanks for a great blog, I love your ideas and your spirit. God bless and thank you for all the great things you share, templates and such. Your generous spirit is inspiring!

    • emily November 7, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

      My maiden name is Jones. L is the first initial of our last name – but I try to keep it private since its just about the only thing I don’t openly share :)

  32. Rebekah T November 7, 2012 at 12:03 pm #

    Wonderful solution! It’s like camo for the light switch and thermostat. I don’ t think it is too much for that one wall. Now if every wall in your house was like that it might be a bit too much.
    I look forward to seeing more pics about the “Great Room Switch” at your house…liked the short post about book shelves in the new playroom, but would LOVE to see more. I love your functional, simple yet elegant style.

    • emily November 7, 2012 at 5:35 pm #

      I know … so many changes all the time. We’re mid-project on a million different things, so hopefully soon I’ll take photos of how our rooms look now.

  33. Jennifer November 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

    “L” is for “lovely.” Great job!

  34. Ashley November 7, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    OH! I LOVE IT! I love moving stuff around. Maybe a little too much bc my husband complains about holes in the walls! haha. you can fill a hole and touch-up paint! It makes me feel a little more creative. Just about anyone can go out and buy new things but when you can re-work your own stuff there is such a sense of accomplishment! Great job Em!

  35. Mitzi Zohar November 7, 2012 at 11:08 am #

    Perfect! Now I’m dreaming of Zs and empty walls.

  36. Annie November 7, 2012 at 10:32 am #

    here comes the wall of H’s … LOVE.IT!!! {you’re so good!}

  37. Amy L November 7, 2012 at 10:24 am #

    I had the same problem in my living room. A stinking thermostat in the middle of the wall!! About 6 months ago a friend said I should embrace the thermostat instead of trying to hide it. So, we spent the evening brainstorming & did something similar to your solution. I put an open back frame around the thermostat & decorated around it. It no longer stands out like a sore thumb. Thanks for sharing!

  38. Beth November 7, 2012 at 10:06 am #

    It’s awesome! What a great solution, and no surprise that you thought of something brilliant. :)

  39. Jessica @ Dear Emmeline November 7, 2012 at 10:03 am #

    Love it Emily!

  40. Jessika November 7, 2012 at 10:01 am #

    I think I am going to have to add an “A” wall to my house now. Thansk for the inspiration, its beautiful.

  41. connye neal November 7, 2012 at 10:00 am #

    I so love the L wall. You have no idea how much I look forward to your posts. I even tried to paint a big pumpkin like yours. Mine is not near as lovely as yours but it’s my own bit of ugly-so I will keep it. Can’t wait for my son to come home at Thanksgiving and not know what to say when he sees it. HA!! Again, thanks for sharing. You are precious.

    • emily November 7, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

      Oh, I’m sure it is wonderful! Most of all, I hope you enjoyed the process and are proud of your work.

  42. Coele November 7, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    This is a fantastic idea!!! Definitely going to keep this in my back pocket. I love the way it looks!

  43. Nicoly November 7, 2012 at 9:56 am #

    I LOVE it and now I don’t think my “R” wall has too many Rs at only 6…guess I can keep adding!!!!!

    • emily November 7, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

      Out of control, maybe? Perhaps. I just can’t stop.

  44. Stacey November 7, 2012 at 9:55 am #

    Love it! The switches are completely hidden and the wall looks great. I just cant get enough of the collage wall effect these days.

  45. amber P November 7, 2012 at 9:55 am #

    It looks awesome! And so great that you only had to shop the house!

  46. Leslie G November 7, 2012 at 9:54 am #

    What a FABULOUS idea. I like that you didn’t have to actually cover up anything and yet they are hardly noticeable at all unless you’re looking for them.

    Love all your “L’s” also.

    Will you come do my house now? We moved to a smaller place a couple months ago and as much as I wanted to put everything where it needed to be as we unpacked, it hasn’t happened. Most all our pictures and art prints are just laying around or stuck in drawers out of sight until I can decide where to put them.

    Maybe I’ll email you a photo of one of my rooms, along with a photo of the pictures/prints I have, and you can tell me which ones look good in what room….LOL
    There’s another on-line business for you….:)

  47. Robbie November 7, 2012 at 9:52 am #

    I only follow 3 blogs, yours being one of them. This wall is ingenious. You are one very talented lady.

  48. Sharon November 7, 2012 at 9:49 am #

    But, my only question is, did you vote? :)

  49. Cindy Lynn November 7, 2012 at 9:44 am #

    I LoVe it! Great solution! There’s the awesome White pumpkin! I tried my hand at it over the weekend…I love painting pumpkins….it turned out okay…yours is magnificent! :)

  50. Clara November 7, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    Beautiful, Emily! Great fix!

    I <3 your blog!

  51. Chaney November 7, 2012 at 9:34 am #

    What a great idea! And so well executed, Emily! I’ve got a problem wall in our living room that involves off-center (and not-so-attractive) wall sconces. Since it’s a rental, I can’t move them, but have been playing with a gallery wall to draw attention away from them…seeing your “L” wall has inspired me to keep tweaking!

  52. Sarah Barksdale Design November 7, 2012 at 9:33 am #

    It looks great! you can hardly even find the thermostat and light switch on that wall now. I think the “L” wall is such a darling idea…. ever since you first posted it I have thought about doing some form of a “B” wall in my home.

  53. melissa November 7, 2012 at 9:09 am #

    Love it!!! we are an L family too!!!!
    I have to admit….I’m really curious what your home looks like now after you mentioned a few teasers about an upstairs playroom and some room switching? Did I miss a post….so curious!!!

  54. Haydee @ {how sweet life is} November 7, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    Such a beautiful display, Emily! xo

  55. Leenie November 7, 2012 at 8:49 am #

    Is it just me or did your L’s multiply? Looks great! You will love having a bench in the hall to sit on when trying to throw on shoes before running out the door.

  56. engquist@see what i sea designs November 7, 2012 at 8:41 am #

    Thank you! This is giving me inspiration for a few spots in my tiny apartment!

  57. Emily @ Peck Life November 7, 2012 at 8:30 am #

    I LOVE IT!!!!! You are inspiring me to do an entire wall of P’s. :)

  58. Ashley November 7, 2012 at 7:29 am #

    Oh wow! This is gorgeous! I was thinking of doing a gallery wall in my living room, but now I am thinking a wall of B’s! Such wonderful inspiration!

  59. melaine thompson November 7, 2012 at 7:29 am #

    duh!!!! Genius my friend! Can’t see a single switch when I look at that page! Melaine

  60. Lisa November 7, 2012 at 7:23 am #

    Perfect, Emily. Wow, what a transformation. You have such an eye for detail ;)

  61. Jill November 7, 2012 at 7:07 am #

    It’s really lovely! You did a great job!!

  62. Lindsay at Life of Splendor November 7, 2012 at 7:01 am #

    I LOVE it! You’re right, it adds so much personality. Awesome job!

  63. Bonnie Gutzman November 7, 2012 at 6:48 am #

    I’m still just in love with that pumpkin painting… (:

  64. Taylor November 7, 2012 at 6:30 am #

    Where did you get that bench and basket from?? Love them!

  65. Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage November 7, 2012 at 6:06 am #

    Great solution! It looks fabulous!!

  66. Jen @ a place 2 call home November 7, 2012 at 5:41 am #

    Love it!

  67. Brenda M. November 7, 2012 at 4:41 am #

    Really, really love this. Great job!

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