Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Gallery Wall (take 387) I WILL get this right!

Wonder what we've been up to? Well, while Catherine unpacks boxes at her new home, I've been playing around with creating a gallery wall in my family room.


My gallery wall upstairs went so well I thought this would be a cinch! I must've been younger when I did that one. This wall is wearing me out!


 Here's Round 1:



I don't even know what to say about myself? Am I mentally disturbed? I guess I didn't like the clutter on the Pottery Barn Holman shelf. There's a fine line between "accessorized" and "junky".

Round 2: 
You may remember our post about my obsession with etageres.


The pair was too much so I downsized to one and moved the other one to the opposite wall. Again, I was looking for a balance of books, accessories and open wall "space to breathe".

The other etagere moved upstairs to my kids' playroom.



In my spare time in the wee hours of the night, I researched (read: lost hours of my life on the internet) gallery walls for inspiration. 
Insomnia; if you are listening; go away!

Here are a few examples I found in my "research". 


Of course you can always count on Pottery Barn for amazing inspiration.


This is the Navy paint color I've been trying to talk Catherine into for her office. I'm so close!!

OK, so back to me. I started by laying my pics out on the floor to see what configuration I liked best. Even though that clearly didn't help avoid 627 holes in the wall. Keep reading. 


Paring it down a bit.


What I finally decided to put on the wall. 


The black frames on the side were too stark, so I removed them. Plus, I was not going to be satisfied until there were at least 1,000 holes in the wall.


This is looking pretty good, but those black frames and black mats are still drawing your eye straight to them. I wanted a more soothing grouping that looked like it had been collected over time. 



I removed the black framed pencil drawings of the boys and relocated them in the house. They were messing up the whole mojo.

Now for the console table!


This is the Everett Foyer Table from World Market. Just try finding something extra long and extra skinny; it does not exist on this planet! 


Mixing wood tones has always been something I see as a key to creating a room that looks accumulated and not purchased from a catalog. This table has two drawers on which I will put some cute knobs. The grey-wash distressed vibe is just what I was looking for. 

Time to take the truck out while Patrick was at work.


You want to know something funny? I passed Patrick coming home from work with my new friend "Everett" in the bed of the truck. He immediately texted me, "Kingdom?" I almost ran off the road laughing. If you haven't read Victoria's "Kingdom" post, click on over and check it out. You will crack up and you will understand the term: Kingdom.


Mr. Everett in place. Oh dear. What have I done. It's drab and tan on tan on tan.
Daaaannnnngggggg,  why did I get rid of those Holman shelves? Excuse me, lady on Craigslist that bought my shelves; can I have them back?

No, I will not give up. I am determined to have a gallery wall and I SHALL have a gallery wall. More nails; that's what I need.



Okay, I can work with this, but something is still not right. The lamp!

Must. GO. Lamp. Shopping.


YES! I found this neat clear glass lamp at Marshall's. I loved the burlap shade and the top comes off so you can fill the base with your collectibles. Cool. 


It just so "happens" that I have a bottle cap collection. 


No, we didn't drink all that soda. I found these unused cork-backed bottle caps at a flea market. They are from a soda plant in Concord, NC that was closing. I LOVE Cheerwine. If I could have, I would have filled the whole lamp with just Cheerwine caps. But, alas...

I found this while shopping for lamps. 




It is identical to the one they sell in Arhaus for twice the price! I was already in LOVE with my fat fake candle that is on a timer (2 hrs, 4 hrs, or 6 hrs), AND has a remote control. Since I once burned two perfect holes in our ceiling from having lit candles burning on my mantle during a party, I have been banned from real candle use, so this thing was like winning the lottery. It has kind of a rustic-elegant charm, don't you think?


Disregard my lazy dog. She was pooped out from taking the boys down to the bus stop this morning.

Now this is taking a TO DO to a TA Da! I'm pretty happy with this configuration, but you never know when new inspiration will strike.....


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2 comments:

  1. I wish you lived near me. First, I need help with living room project like this, and second, we would work well together because this is how I do. The holes in the walls are my specialty. Thanks for the ideas, love the lamp which would work well for MY bottlecap collection!

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  2. I wish you lived near me. First, I need help with living room project like this, and second, we would work well together because this is how I do. The holes in the walls are my specialty. Thanks for the ideas, love the lamp which would work well for MY bottlecap collection!

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