Monday, November 28, 2011

{Creating our GaLLerY}

Even though preparing for the Thanksgiving holiday(s) was a busy moment for us, we still managed to press forward with putting the nursery together. As I mentioned, I wanted our family to be able to see an almost finished room. One of the things that had seemed like a daunting task was getting up the energy to create a "gallery wall" above the changing table/dresser. I have had a vision in my mind for what I wanted it to look like, but wasn't sure how it was all going to come together. My sister has always been good at "vignetting" and putting things together that look like they belong without trying too hard, so I knew I was going to need her help.

Ever since I found out I was having a boy, I have been gathering eclectic wall art with my gallery wall in mind. I had quite a few items to choose from by the time we were ready to start, but at the end of the day, my sister and I narrowed it down and chose the images/pieces that we felt went together the best. Here are some of the items we chose....

In a previous post I showed you this vintage horse picture that I found at a flea market...
{I L-O-V-E him}

and I found this brass "V" (for our last name) at Urban Outfitters a while back...

I found this cute little canvas at a boutique called "The Daisy Shoppe" and loved that it was white and gray to go with my scheme.....

...and I had printed a couple of images that I found online that I thought would be fun additions....

I also stumbled upon some pretty cool greeting cards that went with the look/color scheme well (and had great messages to go along with them) so we added them in too....
(you can't really read the words, but they are well known quotes by Emerson, Lawrence, Shakespeare, etc.)

...and the main component to the whole thing (in my mind anyway) was a porthole sunburst mirror that I found at Homegoods several months ago...
Girl or boy this thing would have definitely made it into the gallery, no question about that! :)

The first step was to lay everything out so that we could find the arrangement that we liked best. I have a thing about gallery walls where I need there to be a high point and a low point somewhere around the middle-ish of the arrangement. All of the rest can be random and hap-hazard, but those two points sort of help to anchor the whole thing.

We sat on the ground and went through quite a few layouts before we found the best one....

...and we ultimately settled on this arrangement....
(see - the high is the rabbit and the low is the "follow your heart")

The next step was to transport that exact arrangement up onto the wall. Picture hanging (in my opinion) is hard in that the measurements must be precise and the back of every frame is so different (specifically where the picture-hanger part actually is located), sooooo....I of course enlisted the help of Ali's husband Josh, as he is our go-to handy man. He helped me construct the gallery piece by piece....

and got everything up and looking perfect....


and here is the big picture of what we have going on on that side of the room.....

I am in L-O-V-E with how the gallery wall turned out!! Do you love it??! I absolutely LOVE it! :) It was so fun to come up with and now I can switch things out as I feel like it, or simply leave it just as it is!! Yay!! One more major project down, only a few more left to go. Our little guy is due in just over 2.5 months, and I am getting more and more excited every day!

Oh...also, I must shamelessly admit that my shopping addiction has definitely reached it's peak...
...and I am going to STOP now, as I think I am all set for the first few months that our little guy is here (LOL!!! Ya think??!). I am VERY picky, and I like what I like, but I . MUST . STOP!! haha!

Happy Monday everyone. I hope your week has started out great!


  1. wow, lisa!!! that looks amazing! i love every part of it... every last thing.
    keep a little wall space available..... just sayin.

  2. Ooooooooh, Ahhhhhhhhhhh!!!! Dude, you know I am in love with it all! It's seriously LOVE! That little Ollie is so hip already, I can't stand it!

  3. It is BEAUTIFUL! Great collection, Lisa! - The art - not the clothes - although I'm sure those are great, too. :)

    I'm with you - hanging pictures is THE WORST. I have at least 3 nail holes behind each and every item I've ever hung in my life.


  5. Love it! It turned out great. Have fun at your shower this weekend and I can't wait to see the "grand reveal" of the finished product! We are going to IKEA this weekend to buy frames for our gallery wall (we are hanging it above the crib) and a bookshelf and some other nursery needs. We hope to be mostly done by the end of the month.

  6. One of the best gallery walls I have ever seen! Love all those colors and textures and I agree the porthole mirror was a must! Great job!

  7. Wow, looks like your little guy is going to be one stylish little fellow! Congrats