Monday, March 28, 2016

Gallery of Memories

I hope everyone had a nice Easter.  It was so nice to be out in the sunshine yesterday, especially on this dreary, rainy day.  Let's hope that spring is finally here!

Today I'm going to talk a little bit about gallery walls. I have a few different styles going on in my house right now, but this one is the most eclectic. I love that there are so many different styles of gallery walls, from eclectic/bohemian to traditional to modern/monochromatic, that you can create to bring some personality to your space and to keep special pieces displayed where they can be seen and enjoyed by everyone.

All these pieces are personal to my family. It's a mix of family heirlooms, pieces picked up on vacations and gifts that were given to us. If you compare them individually it may not seem that there is a common thread to tie them all together, but when you group them they work because there are similar colors and patterns throughout the space that create a balance.

For example, you can see a similar scroll pattern on the red frame and the boomerang. The pattern on the boomerang is definitely more primitive, but the shapes and warm tones reference each other.

I also wanted to create some interest by adding things to the wall that wouldn't always be considered art, like the boomerang and ukulele. Adding something unexpected and dimensional to your gallery wall is a nice way to make it more original and to showcase pieces that have personal meaning.

This needlepoint was a gift for my youngest son made by a relative so it has special meaning to us. It didn't quite have a place in the Minion bedroom anymore, but I wanted to give it a home where we'd see it. The colors work with the warm tones in the red frame and the boomerang, and are also nice juxtaposed with other items in the room, like the teal chair and accessories, grey nightstand and leopard rug.

I love having all of these things in a place where I see them everyday. Sometimes a souvenir or piece or art can take you back to a moment in time or just reminds you of a special person in your life. It's nice having those memories so accessible and in the front of your mind.

This wall serves to remind us of trips to Antigua, Australia, Ireland and Florida, and also represents some of our loved ones. A gallery wall is such a great way to pull mementos out of drawers and boxes to give them a prominent space in your home. It's also a project you can add to over time as you make new memories. I hope this inspires you to pull out those special things and give them a spot front and center in your home.

I have some big projects in the works, so stay tuned to see what I've been up to...

Happy Monday!

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