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Thursday, June 16, 2011

{Babygirl's Room} The Gallery Wall

When I started brainstorming Babygirl's Room in 1972, I knew it would contain a Gallery Wall. I have several throughout the house, and especially love the fun they can infuse in a kid's room. My son loves adding to and personalizing his, and Babygirl is already in love with having her own.

It took a lot of rearranging to get the bed and highboy to fit in the room properly (thanks, Nipper, and happy birthday!), but once everything was in place, a large empty wall was left...perfect for a gallery of pictures and fun artwork!

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I mixed up the colors and shapes, but kept to a common thread of mostly black or white frames. And of course I wanted to DIY most of it, and not spend a fortune in the process!

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3. Fun overhead photo of Babygirl floating in the bathtub, $1 Store frame
4. Decor left over from the Nursery, painted new colors
5. Suzy Ultman Prints in Ikea frames
6. Paris memo board from Target
7. DIY letter, painted & covered in scrapbook paper
8. Mirror, already owned from Home Goods
9. Ikea postcards in Ikea frames, add youth and quirkiness
10. Postcard brought back from our Paris trip, Marshalls frame
11. Small mirror, already owned
12. Art from local fair, already owned
13. DIY Word Cloud to add personalization


I wish I could tell you a sure-fire formula for hanging gallery walls. But I simply mark the desired space out on the floor beneath the wall, then go to work arranging items like a puzzle until it feels right. Then I just 'eyeball' where it goes on the wall. I like when the objects have varying depths, so the wall becomes more dimensional.

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I also like to mix shapes and add objects other than art or pictures. I just think it's more interesting.

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The grouping looks better as a whole if you use varying sizes of frames and objects, but keep the spacing between them fairly similar.

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Many of the frame contents can be updated as Babygirl grows, without me recreating the wall!

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I added a few personal touches, such as this Wordle, but kept the personalization to a minimum so the wall wouldn't come across as a shrine.

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And of course the interactive elements are a huge hit! Babygirl gets a sense of freedom in selecting what she wants to display, and I get to control where (on the magnetic strips and memo board)!

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So sorry about the color differences in these photos, but the Gallery Wall is opposite the window! See the peek of pelmet in the mirror?

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I don't think I could squeeze one more item or project in this room, which means it's COMPLETE!!!! Are you still with me? Excited to finally see the full room, or over me it already?

49 comments:

  1. Cassie, the wall looks amazing!!
    I had to chuckle when you mentioned about being careful not to make the wall look like a shrine...I've seen that and it's creepy! LOL

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  2. This wall looks so great Cassie! I love how you've given her some {controlled} spaces where she can add in her own artwork and mementos.

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  3. Wow, this wall looks amazing!!! I am loving how everything is arranged, it looks perfect! I have two rectangle framed pictures that have our wedding date on them and I wanted to do something similar with wedding photos and special things! Thank you for the inspiration!

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  4. I love the bird print! It is so precious. I'm sure babygirl loves her wall :)

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  5. Absolutely love it! I also love a mixture of sizes, textures, etc. in a gallery wall. Bravo!

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  6. Love it Cassie! She will surely love it for years to come. And, I like that you can easily change things as she grows if she so chooses.

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  7. Oh, it's great cas! I love the mix of all types of art . . and the "S" is so cute.

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  8. It looks fabulous Cassie and I'm with you...when it comes to gallery walls, I think you just need to step back and eyeball it!

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  9. looks good. Thanks for the resource list. I have yet to start mine :( they're so intimidating! yet so basic!

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  10. Yeah, I'm kinda over it...psyche! (c: Of course not, sillyhead! I'm stoked to see the whole room in all it's grown-up girl glory...and that gallery wall is so much fun, I especially love that babygirl gets to put some of her own choices in there, too, they *LOVE* that, don't they?

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  11. This has been a labor of love. I am excited to see the completed room.

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  12. im super ready! i love feeling like i have cool blog friends... even though my flat looks like doo doo. :)

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  13. It looks so great! Absolutely love it

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  14. It turned out great. Happy to see it all come together so nicely.

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  15. How fun! Great inspiration for the gallery walls I have in my future!

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  16. It's great!!! I love the mix of pieces, and that magnetic strip is such a great idea.

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  17. love it! Can I fly you to chicago to help me with my house??!!

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  18. Cassie, it's FABULOUS!!! I love every bit of it! She is one lucky little girl :)

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  19. You know I don't think I have ever thought about how creepy shrine walls and rooms can be. You just inspired be! lol

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  20. Beeee-utiful! great job! baby girl is one lucky gal.

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  21. So cute!! Just ran across you blog. I love it. You have great DIY's!
    Take Care,
    Heather

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  22. I just wrote a post about how a gallery wall could turn into a shrine wall. Check out my post: http://www.e-decorating.com/dont-be-your-kids-creeper/ and let me know what you think. :)

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  23. oh I love the wall!!! amazing works!

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  24. What a genius idea! I´ve never seen this before, but I LOVE it! Such a wonderful gift for a child!

    I´m so happy that I´ve stumbled upon your blog! I´m following you :) Hope that you´ll find some time to check out my lifestyle blog!

    xx Ivana
    http://styleinthecityen.blogspot.com

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  25. so cute! love it! and I LOVE that wall color. Awesome job!

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  26. I LOVE this! I just came across your blog and am delighted to see we have similar taste starting with our blog headers! I have a little princess of my own and will be posting pictures of her room soon as well! Thanks for the great photos!

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  27. This gallery wall and entire room are DARLING!! You have one lucky little lady.

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  28. i totally need a gallery wall!!! i love it!! im just in the process of putting one together in my son's room! come on over and check us out! tomorrow, im featuring my finished living room and HUGE picture frame i revamped!!

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  29. This looks great! Perfect combination of class, style, and whimsy!! :)

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  30. Dude, you're awesome. What a lucky and stylish little girl room she gets to have.

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  31. You've done so much!!! You're so good at putting together a wall like that- and such a great idea to give her an area she can personalize. Excited for the full reveal!!

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  32. Gallery walls are always so fun. I love how it turned out! You really do have an eye for grouping these fun photos, sayings and little extras together!

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  33. Beautiful wall gallery! I love it! Looks like a fun addition!

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  34. Her room looks perfect! I love the art wall, I can never figure out how to put things together like that but it looks fantastic!

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  35. Looks so good and i love the pic that says I love you just the way you are - so sweet!
    Rachie xo

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  36. WOW1 I love Baby Girl's gallery wall! It's so fun, eclectic and whimsical! Perfect for a little lady to enjoy! :)

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  37. Looks so good! I bet she loves it, now let's see the whole room!!!

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  38. It looks great! I love that it's so personal because it makes it so much more special!

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  39. I'm a bad blogger -- I thought I already commented on this post! The wall turned out amazing! Love all of the little details!

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  40. It looks great Cassie!!! Love all the different things you included! Can't wait to see the full room!!

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  41. I love this! I can't decide what I like best about this wall. I appreciate your tip about keeping the spacing familiar to create unity throughout the gallery wall. I'll remember that if I ever get around to making my own! Thanks for sharing!

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  42. I think it looks fabulous. The composition is really interesting--I like how you used items of different depth--it looks great!

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  43. It looks great! I'm very happy to find out your lovely space. Hope to see you on my blog:)
    Have a great week!

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  45. So so wonderful! I;ll be featuring this in my Friday post with your link!

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  46. I just pinned this idea. Thank you for sharing it! I'm always looking for stuff to feature on my Friday's Finds posts. Definitely hitting your site up for some great ideas to share with my readers!

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Your comments are like popcorn with milk duds, I just can't quit them. Thanks for taking the time to share your positive thoughts! xoxo, cass

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