Saturday, September 13, 2008

Picture, Picture On the Wall...

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




Via Abbey Goes Design Scouting





Above via Apartment Therapy

7 comments:

cartolina said...

wow those are great examples of picture walls. Really inspiring!

kay* said...

i have a post going up tomorrow on gallery walls too! i love them - and i love that you've incorporated items as well and not just photographs - makes it even more personal and tells a great story.

The Lil Bee said...

How fun! That is such a big project. I still have empty frames from wedding gifts two years ago. And I love these photos...my fave is that second Apartment Therapy pic. So cool!

thehomebound said...

I am so glad you had this post. It reminded me that I need to get back to work on my wall. I love that first set with the bright yellow wall.

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grace said...

Interesting photo art. I loved the one with the red couch and all the pillows.
In one of my apartments I had a wall of vintage wedding photos of my family which also included photos of my children's wedding . It was fun.

Coloradolady said...

I like this look too.....and have been thinking about doing a wall like this. Great photos. Happy VTT!