I have been watching the posts over the last little while with interest regarding the gallery wall phenomenon. (This one is my favorite.) I remember reading in both House and Home and Style at Home (both Canadian) magazines quite some years ago about hanging tons of pictures together, first as a picture wall with identical frames, then later as a gallery wall with differing styles put together to give the idea of a collection amassed over time. I think the idea of putting "stuff" in there is fun too. So this is mine.
I am only slightly embarrassed to say that the frames hung on my wall empty for months. I bought them on a trip to Ikea over a year ago, but never got around to filling them. Then I realized that with two little boys running around such a small space, that the glass should maybe be harder to get hold of, so I put the frames up on the wall with the mantra "I'll do it this weekend" playing repeatedly in my head. And I really did have the best of intentions.
Masque from the Cirque du Soleil and seashells from the seashore...
What has ended up happening however, is that the photos intended for the frames kept having "issues" and in the meantime, I have framed one nifty thing at a time and now have more of a museum wall instead of a gallery-esque one. Each of the items framed has a story for myself and my family and I personally love what is coming together. What do you think? The few frames that are left are for those photos that will find their way there when we stop our little quarrels with the matting man and the developer. (The painting isn't really part of the scheme, but the frame that goes there is the same size and I figured it would give you a better idea of scale and proportion. That particular frame is being held hostage by the framing shop who can't seem to tell the difference between grey and white.)
Beautiful Japanese card from a dear friend, carved dragon from my brother's travels to Thailand, a vintage (how long does it have to be before we can call it antique?) carved wooden cartoon block press that was a gift celebrating my bridal studio opening, an osprey feather my son found walking with Grandma, and my collection of vintage animal stamps I promised I would show you here...
These are many many other, more fancy type ones...
Above photos via Design FormuLA
Above two via Elle Decor
Via Smoke and Ochre
Via Abbey Goes Design Scouting
Via Jonathan Adler
Via girlhula at Flick'r