December 5, 2013


I love me a good gallery wall.  It’s a place to compile and display things you love– photos, artwork, mirrors, figurines, some sentimental, some quirky.  They can be difficult to put together without making them look messy, but I think it’s a fun challenge.  Sort of like a jigsaw puzzle.

Our bedroom had a wall I knew would be perfect for one.  I’m a lover of photographs so I knew I wanted to include a few photos, but I also wanted to make it interesting.  Here’s how my master bedroom gallery wall came together.

It all started with a sunburst mirror.  I didn’t want it to be so big it dominated the wall, so I went with this one from Home Depot.  It’s really inexpensive too– bonus!  Typically, I think keeping all the frames similar is a good strategy, but I decided instead to go with a mixture of gold and white.

I picked up all of the gold frames from a local thrift store for a dollar each on average.  I bought a new mat for one of them from the craft store for a dollar as well.

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The two white frames are from ikea.  I had more frames than I intended on using because I wanted to be able to pick and choose which ones looked best, and play around with it a little bit.  I laid it all out on my floor while I moved frames around.  I also knew I wanted to include a piece of art I painted, and two antique paintings I found at an estate sale.  I think they add something unexpected.

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Once I felt like I had the right combination of frames/art, I selected photos I thought looked right with the frames I had selected.  I chose two wedding photos of Jon and me, a photo Veronica took of us a couple years ago, and one of Ruby.  I had a large frame left, so I picked up some charcoal and an art pad.

I wanted to write the word “love” using charcoal, and thought it would be pretty simple.  It took me several tries to get a version I was happy with.  Writing with a little piece of charcoal in cursive is harder than it looks!  It’s not professional by any means, but I love that it’s my own handwriting and not an ordered print.  It makes it special. Here is a progression of how it looked as I hung it. (forgive the coloring.  It was super late at night!)

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In total, I spent under $50 for the entire wall, because I was able to save so much money on the gold thrift store frames and handmade “love” art.  I think it adds some sentimentality to our room and I love looking at Ruby’s happy face everyday.

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I realized I didn’t take a head on shot of it. Sorry about that. You can see a clear shot of it in the video reveal of the room.

Other things I love including in gallery walls:  A great animal mount, letters, a cool clock, and interesting artwork.

Hope you’re having a wonderful week!

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Photos/video: James Young

  1. Andrea Worley

    December 5th, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Love your gallery wall! I love gallery walls too. I have them all over my house.

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