With the addition of a few new photos and on-hand art, we swapped out our (not that) old gallery wall in the main room for something larger and with a bit more contrast. The change isn’t huge, but man, it really makes a difference in the room! I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a full blown fuss-er, but even Scott was on board with a little change up simply by not disagreeing with me. (Marriage; you pick and choose your battles, right?)
You’ll notice that the same art from Wall One was mixed back into Wall Two, and with a handful of new frames, the look feels more collected overall. While we love cohesion in frames, after living with it for a few months, it didn’t feel right in the space. Now? It does!:
The original wall of art was all Ikea Ribba frames. We love, love, love a good Ribba frame as much as anyone, but the larger frames had started to sag (which is really bizarre, considering they were a-okay in our old home – weird!), and I was itching to incorporate our Elkhorn Flea frames. After printing a couple of my own photographs and re-thinking the frames for a few of our current favorites, we ended up with a collected and layered mix. The new configuration is providing more contrast against our soft walls (which, as you know, we’re not quite sold on) and warming up the room with our favorite – gold!
ONE Vintage photo and frame // TWO Bicycles print (a wedding gift) // THREE Artificial Growing, Ricardo Solis // FOUR DIY screen print made at a local arts festival // FIVE San Francisco #2 // SIX bear + bunny, Nate Duval // SEVEN DC #3 // EIGHT Paris #4 // NINE kitty print by Amy Amok from School of the Art Institute student sale // TEN bench print from School of the Art Institute student sale // ELEVEN personal photo (read below)
Frames SIX and TEN are the same gold metal that I used on the vintage photo wall, and THREE, SEVEN and EIGHT were professionally done with Framebridge using their Irvine (white) and Georgetown (gold) frames. Our personal take on Framebridge, as the friendly team behind the brand provided us with those three frames and you may have seen them pop up recently. They are so good. Their framing service uses top notch materials, which includes UV acrylic. With that said, we’ve always been hesitant to use acrylic in our frames, as bad quality acrylic can look, well, really bad. This is the second time we’ve used their services, and not only does the acrylic have the same look as glass, but we’re just as impressed with every one of our frame choices. (Natural wood, gold bamboo and black – we’ve loved them all!) In other words, they’re worth looking into.
Frames ONE, FIVE and ELEVEN are vintage, and although I had every intention of switching out this portrait pencil drawing, I just couldn’t do it! Scott has let it be known that this woman scares him (Her eyes follow me!, he says), but I oddly sort of love her. It’s an actual drawing (not a print) so it felt more respectful to let her shine – whoever she is.
Hands down, my favorite addition to the wall (Scott’s favorite, too) is this photo of my baby brother Josh – taken seven years ago! I’m much older than my youngest sibling, and while home for the holidays moons ago, I photographed him in my grandparents’ home (you know, my favorite people ever?). I used to love nothing more than setting up photo shoots (family, friend or stranger – no potential ‘model’ was safe!), and I merged two photos to create a composite image of Josh; Scott was the one actually sitting on the other bed for each solo snap.
I chose this wallpapered room in my grandparents’ old house, as it was a room that I spent summers in playing Go Fish with my grandma, watching Bob Ross on television (yup) and helping my Pap Pap draw up signs for the church carnival. Looking at this photo – this room! – makes my heart swell, and it only took me seven years to bring my original idea to life. That baby brother? He just started high school this fall. (I included the original file below for a better look.)
So! Take two. A photo favorite, a wedding gift, travel snippets and a few collected prints breathe a little more life into this wall than version one. Sometimes, you just have to live with it for a while to see what’s not working, tweak, and make it right again.