Every day, the home studio is evolving. It’s been so fun finally putting time and energy into a space that I spend a large part of my week in (I’ve been sharing updates over on Instagram), and not surprisingly, I feel much more productive as a result! Scott recently shifted his role at the office, which has given him more flexibility to work from home. I love this (yay for a coworker!), but more importantly, the dogs love it, too.
Recently, we nixed the mini gallery wall in the far corner of the room for salvaged wood open shelving, but it wasn’t gone for good. I had been craving a little more space for some of our larger framed artwork and photos, and we both agreed that around the television and above the fauxdenza would be just the place! That wall had been bare for so long (since moving day, more than 3 years ago!), and it felt nice to highlight our tall ceilings once again.
There’s a thousand ways to
skin a cat (ew) hang a gallery wall, but this is the method I’ve used time and time again, and it always works without fail.
1) After measuring the height and width of the space, I clear the floor of all obstacles and mark my boundaries with painter’s tape. Above, the paper cutout represents the already mounted television. 2) From there, I gather all the artwork I think I’d like to use, knowing that not everything will make the cut. Most will, some won’t, and that’s okay. 3) I play with the arrangement while being mindful of my tape lines, and once I’ve got everything arranged in a way I like, I’ll snap a photo with my phone.
I choose a starting point, and in this case, it was the largest print to the left of the television. Next, you’ll see that I move on to the print I’ve purposely layered behind the TV, and I continue to hang while checking in with my phone. No measurements are made at this point; rather, I’ll make a mental note that photo X is above photo Y and ever-so-slightly to the left. Honestly, the only time I need to make a measurement is to mask off the allotted wall space. It couldn’t be more simple! (Also, shout out to my man, Rod, who makes an appearance below.)
Almost all of the artwork we had already, with the exception of the gold framed photo – a self-timer snap of us in the Mojave Desert during our Route 66 trip (in this pretty frame)! Long time readers might remember the ship print hanging above the door, a score from the Paris flea market. I worked with Framebridge to have it displayed in their Slim Irvine option after the original backing became too fragile. The bison was picked up during a visit to Nashville almost 7 years ago (from this artist – she’s the sweetest), and everything else was gifted from friends or found at the flea and/or estate sales. Each and every item on this wall makes us so happy and smiley.
Above, you can see how my shipping room connects off of the second floor landing, and below, our bedroom is right off of the studio (the master bathroom is just out of frame to the right). The other door on the left leads to an additional bedroom, one we haven’t touched – soon though. Soon.
A proper post on the studio is due, although I’m still fussing with small changes here and there. It really has been so fun to fall in love with this space all over again! A source list for this room (and the whole house) can be found right here, but here’s a quick round-up, too: