I had one many years ago.
This is from 2001, back when I took photos with people in them!
I was so proud of that wall!
But what a hodge podge. And everything is crooked, too. As they tended to get --and stay-- with a three year old underfoot and a baby in my arms.
Jump ahead 10 years. To now. I'd been considering a gallery wall for about a year. Finally, inspiration came from a collection of prints and frames I found at Walmart.
Yes. Walmart. That mecca of fine art.
I had turned my nose up at Ikea's offerrings. Large canvases and Home Sense weren't good enough for me either.
But, I saw these while shopping for socks, and I realised that I'd buy each and every single piece if I'd found them at Value Village. So, I decided to just skip the middle man (or woman!) and buy them first.
(I thought I had a picture of the pieces in their original layout in their box. I don't. It would go here if I did. Trust me, though. It was hip.)
I had a direction, a colour scheme and a theme: black frames, silver and aqua, and anything related to the garden.
I kept shopping, of course, and the Internet hunting escalated in the pursuit of inexpensive art prints.
I snooped around at The Graphics Fairy. There's simply an outrageous amount of material there. I spent days looking at things, saving things.
I continued to scour the internet for more images.
I found this (and others) courtesy of the blog A Thoughtful Place. It's a botanical print from an old German book. I cleaned up the image a bit and played about with the colours until I had it the way I wanted.
I created a layout of the wall on the living room floor.
Here was the first option:
I needed to change a few things, though, so I worked on the individual pieces. You may remember, getting two pictures ready was a massive undertaking.
Once I had things more or less the way I wanted them, I did a few more layouts on the floor.
This felt stiff, though. Formal. Lined up. I wanted more of a flow. So, I tried another one.
I loved this one.
A few days before our vacation, I started putting stuff up. I thought it would be great to come home from vacation and have it done.
It would have been.
Instead, in the middle of July, I cam home to this.
On Friday, this is where things stood.
It stayed like this until this weekend.
That's when I decided to let go and let be.
PS. The original date of this post was June 17th.