Friday, November 14, 2014

The Gallery Wall

Several weeks ago Miss Mary Ann of Classic Casual Home and Cindy Hattersley of Rough Luxe Design got together and sponsored a gallery wall challenge with several bloggers.

(The Old Gallery Wall)

Well, I had tried my hand at a gallery wall several years ago...

And while I gave it my best shot I knew I could do better!

 So after being inspired by their challenge I decided to take another stab at a gallery wall installation.

Actually, truth be told, I had taken down the existing gallery wall and had the wall patched and painted in anticipation of putting up this Antique Herbarium that I purchased more than a year ago on Ebay.

It consists of 25 individual plants so it took me a while to figure out how to frame and hang them.


In the end I decided on the simple and inexpensive black Ribba frames from IKEA.

They have been framed and sitting in a large stack in my office for close to a year!

 I'd been lying in wait all that time for the right moment to ask my sweet husband to help me figure out the best way to arrange and hang them as I figured it would be something of a weekend long nightmare.

We knew we wanted 5 rows of 5 and laid them out like that on our living room floor. At that point it was easy to see that we needed to space them very close to each other creating one big frame so to speak.

With laser level in hand, we made our way into the hallway where we centered, measured and taped off a great big square.

This large blank wall has challenged us for, wait for it... 30 years!

It can be seen as you walk up the long walkway to the front door as well as from the mancave whose window is directly across from it, making it a prominent feature wall.

Because the IKEA frames were so lightweight we used velcro hanging strips which made the job a piece of cake!

My hubby would actually hang a few at a time during the commercial breaks of the football game he was watching!

It was fun to watch it come together.

I must say it turned out AMAZING!

We couldn't be happier.

I love my husband!


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

They look fabulous. I love this idea. How pretty to see as you walk up to the house.

Kathysue said...

They look AMAZING is right!! perfection. I love your husband too, he is such a great guy and you are meant for eachother!!! Looks soooo good Terri!!
xo Kathysue
PS Getting ready for Christmas at least in my mind, plans are unfolding at my house!!

cindy hattersley design said...

Oh my gosh that is crazy good!! I am pinning this to our gallery wall board. I would kill for a group like that. I love that you can see it from the front door!

Karena said...

It looks great! I love the herb botanicals wall of art. Your husband is a dream, girlfriend!!

The Arts by Karena

Anonymous said...

Cute hubby!

Burlap Luxe said...

Oh its béen way too long for me here, I so need again to catch up, as for your dream hubby, you my friend have the perfect man. He junks with you, creates with you, and entertains with you, again must I say he's the real Mr. McDreamy.

Love your gallery wall, the botanical wall is something I've wanted to do for ever, I think the forever has sailed with me. Now it's off to wanting to add wood to my walls of smallness here, and add perhaps some denim faded color.

Love your view from the bay through the yard to the gallery wall.


La Dolfina said...

So lovely to see you here Dore! It has been too long since we connected. How is beautiful Hannah? Please tell her Hello!
Remember you both always have a place to visit and stay here in the Bay! Please come!!! Much love to you both and thank you for your sweet comments about my hubby, perfectly put!!! XO Always

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Oh that looks great and the velcro is such a great idea!

maureen celeste said...

Love all of this, the collection, the arrangement, the placement, the dream team. I am inspired to get my 2012 Taschen Shells & Coral calendar pages displayed.
Miss you both!! Mo

La Dolfina said...

Hi Mo!!!
We miss you too!!!

Mary Ann Pickett said...

This looks so awesome...I love your husband, too. I love your taste!