Saturday, January 14, 2012

Happy Gallery Wall


I'm standing at my kitchen counter with the little one sleeping on me in a wrap.  I'm sure this post will take an hour or two to put together since I don't have any undivided time to blog, but I just can't wait any longer to show off my gallery wall.  

I love gallery walls, and I see so many fun ones out there.  It is a great way to show off your own personality because anything goes!!  There is no one way to put together a gallery wall.   Here is my version.

I started with the primary colors being just black and white with accents of red and aqua.

I didn't lay this wall in any particular way besides the shelves (on clearance at Target), which helped focus my layout. 

When I finally got going, I started by hanging the huge square frame first (which I got for 60% plus 20% off at JoAnns!).  Then I hung the set of shelves.  These were the only things on the wall I measured out; the rest I just eyeballed and played with until I liked the results (there were lots of nail holes, which I just patched up later).


You can see my re-purposed crib frame peeking around the corner

Now for the details.

This sign is so awesome and so fitting for how we live

This sign is another one from Red Letter Words collection for Dayspring.  I love the saying and the color goes well for my design plan
  
I love stars.  This pretty one started out a rust tone, but I took some chalk paint to it
I lightly brushed on the paint so that the rusty tones would show through

This sweet frame I've had for 10 years or so, but it was broken and forest green.  I just removed all the hardware to it and spray painted it a high gloss red.  It has a romantic spicy vibe!

 Ah, my beloved ampersand.  I've been wanting one forever, so I was thrilled to find this at Target.  It makes me happy every time I see it.

Another Target clearance item is this frame 
(are you tired of hearing about Target yet?  Too bad.  I love Target and I dragged a lot of this home with me from Washington on my last trip)


The colors are just right to add a bit of lightness to the decor

I used a couple of pictures with bright backgrounds to add pops of color

A cool thing about a gallery wall is that it helps disguise the funky permanent things on the wall (like the doorbell and venting system shown here)

 I am so happy with the way the whole thing turned out.  It makes me smile when I walk by, and I catch my husband stopping to stare at the pictures quite often, and that's enough for me.

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35 comments:

  1. LOVLEY Post :)
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  2. Thank you so much for that sweet little note about my bathroom!! That made my day!
    Your gallery wall is fantastic, I can't wait to start working on mine! I have 2 huge blank walls! YIKES!!!

    Andrea
    QueenBandme.blogspot.com

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    1. Well Andrea, your bathroom turned out great! I'm sure you'll come up with something awesome for your big walls, since you're so creative. Good luck!

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  3. Oh this came out so nice I love it!!

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  4. I love this...fantastic job. So proud of you for homeschooling your precious little ones...what program do you use. My daughter is currently in a private school, but I miss her...ya know? I love your blog and will be back soon. Hugs, Lori

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    1. Thanks so much! I just posted on what I'm using (and going to be using). I am really excited about it...though ACE is a great program, especially if you're trying to get used to homeschooling, since it's all pretty much student directed. I TOTALLY know what you mean about missing your daughter, I cannot imagine not having my babies with me through the day...we are all buddies!

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  5. This is the best gallery wall I've ever seen IMO. Very interesting and diverse instead of just photos. Absolutely to die for!

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    1. Thank you!! I think it turned out well. It's tricky to get just the right blend of quirky and beautiful, but I am very happy with how it turned out. I appreciate your words.

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  6. I love your gallery wall! Thank you so much for the great comment on my pallet word art. I know you referenced the Impossibilities Challenge, it's not too late to join. My project update post just went up. http://thespacebetweenblog.wordpress.com/2012/01/16/word-of-the-year-and-i-might-be-screwed-just-once-a-gallery-wall-experiment-update/

    I'm your newest follower!

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    1. Thanks for following Karah! I'll go check out your update :)

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  7. Thanks for joining and sharing with my newbie party. Love your gallery wall!

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    1. Thanks Debbie. I appreciate your hosting the newbie party!

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  8. It is gorgeous. Love the meaning on the signs!

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    1. Thank you Crystal. I love them too.

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  9. Hi, Miranda! I love your wall! The we love b/c He first loved us sign is my FAVORITE! I'm your newest fan! Please stop by bellanest.blogspot.com if you get a chance.

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    1. Hi Holly. Thanks for following! That sign is pretty awesome isn't it? I love Red Letter Words.

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  10. Your gallery wall is really very nice. I do not have one, but am thinking I should start. I love the star, thats a great piece. Everything looks so good together. You did a great job. Thanks for sharing your inspiration at Sunday's Best!

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  11. Hi Miranda, I adore your gallery wall. Nice to meet someone who likes similar things. I just blogged today about my gallery wall. It doesn't have to be made up from expensive items, just bits and pieces which take your fancy. Keep on being creative. It looks great. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Chris. Your wall turned great (I just had to go peek). Thanks for following along.

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  12. Love you gallery wall...great job! We are also a homeschooling, military family currently stationed in Germany :)

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  13. Love the gallery wall!

    I noticed you are stationed in Alaska. DH and I were stationed at Fort Wainwright when we were first married, we loved it.

    I enjoyed your blog. I am your newest follower.

    Have a great week.

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  14. Your gallery wall is beautiful! You have displayed everything in a very nice way.
    Thank you for finding my blog, I love yours!
    Hugs, Cindy

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  15. I can see why it makes you so happy! Thanks for linking up to Refresh Your Nest Friday!

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  16. What a fun wall - it looks great!

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  17. Love your wall. Thank you so much for linking up to DIY Home Sweet Home.

    Jamie
    http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

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  18. Very nice gallery wall! I like the ampersand. Your motto is great too. I'm pretty much obsessed with Mary Engelbreit myself!

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  19. Love your gallery wall. I love ampersands - it's partly why I chose the font I have on my blog, just loved the way it looked. Forget the alphabet and numbers! Brrrr. Alaska. Oh how I loved Whidbey Island WA. Never got to Alaska from there. Dreamed it but never did it. Thank you and your husband and family for his service to our country. Thank you. I'm so glad he stops to "smell the roses" at your gallery wall. :) Jenn (I'm using my Google account today - taking a small survey of those who hop by my link, as to how troublesome it is. It's easier to sign posts w/Google but harder to navigate to my blog. :( Thanks) and Thanks, Jenn

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  20. Love the measuring tape and wondering what the crib frame has been re-purposed to do. . . . forgot to mention that previously.

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  21. It looks great! I want to do something similar in my hallway so I'll take all the inspiration I can get.

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  22. Great wall! I love the "little things" quote...it's so true!
    ~Tonia @TheGunnySack.com

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  23. Love it to pieces!! I'm your newest follower!! Thanks so much for linking up to Overflowing with Creativity!! Have you entered my giveaway yet?

    XO, Aimee

    Customizable Frames, Signs, Wall Decor

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  24. This looks so nice!! Thanks for sharing at my party!

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  25. Cute idea! Looks great! I like the pictures you took of your pictures!
    Thanks so much for joining me for Pearls and Lace Thursday!
    love to have you!
    Doni

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  26. Lovely gallery wall! My favorite has to be the "Enjoy the small things" plaque. So true. Thank you so much for sharing this last week on Thingamajig Thursday! Hope to see you again this week.

    Alida
    radcrafter.com

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