Friday, April 1

The Evolution of a Gallery Wall!

I'm gitty over my latest find!

Restoration Hardware: $850
Well, if you've been following my blog, you might already know that I LOVE subway art.

I've been dreaming of this piece from Restoration Hardware for like ever, but, hey, at $850,  I'd better not get too attached to the idea of having it!  A girl can dream though, right?

Well, that was until the other evening when I popped by Homesense to buy a dog bed of all boring things. Being the decor addict I am, I decided to take one quick pass through the wall art aisle.

HomeSense (Canada): $25
Well, low and behold, just look at the lovely canvas that was peeking out at me!  I snatched it quicker than you can say "ooh la la"!  The thing I love about this piece is the list of cities.  My hubby is in international marketing and travels extensively.  The cool thing is that he's been to all ( but 3) of these cities, and many of them numerous times. So it's personally meaningful.

I knew I had to have it, despite the price.  So you can imagine my complete surprise when I turned it over only to see a price tag of just $24.99.  Yes, you read that correctly.  I mean, what the heck?!?  Guess it was my lucky night! 

So can you guess where I hung it?!? ;-)

You got it! 

I knew it absolutely HAD to go up on my new gallery wall in my living room. 

You know, the one that was already 'finished'. (Remember that post earlier this week?)

Finished schmimished! Yes, people, I tweaked it AGAIN!  Please don't judge, lol.  I admit I need therapy!

What I'm learning is that a gallery wall really is always a work-in-progress.  There's not really a finish line, as such.  It's a creative exercise that continues to evolve until it's comfortable in it's own skin.
If you recall, this is where I started about a month ago...

And here's was my first stab at it...

And, after a few other iterations, here's where it stands today...

After some hard negotiation with pieces that were quite happy to stay put, I found a new arrangement that would accommodate the new 'subway' city name piece.

Sticking with the travel 'theme', the new piece also inspired me to pull this one in from another room (see right). 

It's a collection of black & white New York City street sign photos that I bought off a street vendor in NYC a couple of years ago.  I think it balances out the city 'subway' art really nicely.

Also, I love effect that the hit of black from both these new pieces gives the gallery wall.   I really liked the wall before, but the softness was feeling a little on the insipid side.You can always count on black to bring strength and sharpness, especially on something like a gallery wall.

You might notice a couple of other small changes as well - like the new column of cream plates, and the little starfish.  A gallery wall is like a puzzle, and as with most decorating projects, once you move one item, it sets of a chain reaction, and before you know it, you're up to your eyeballs again in plates, and pictures and 3MCommand strips!

I have promised myself NO MORE TWEAKING for a least a couple of months.  It's just way too much work!

But it was all worth it to incorporate my new 'subway' style canvas which, at $25, just happens to be my... Best Find Ever!

I'm off the enjoy a Friday night BBQed steak and glass of red wine.

Have a happy weekend!

PS. I am sharing my gallery wall at Melissa's Gallery Wall Party at The Inspired Room.

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Blogger Andrea S. said...

Gorgeous! Doesn't hurt that turquoise is included. :) My favorite color.

April 5, 2011 at 10:36 PM  
Blogger Vanessa said...

Wow- so you are pretty good at this gallery wall- thing! : ) Looks amazing!

April 5, 2011 at 11:07 PM  
Blogger GLENDA CHILDERS said...

Just popping over from The Inspired Room. It is great to see your gallery wall. Mine is #10.


Gg - Notes on the Journey

ps. congrats on the great find.

April 6, 2011 at 6:14 AM  
Blogger Alicia said...

I really like the ecclectic mix of art in your design. It is so much more interesting than just hanging photos (what I normally do!) I think I'm going to have to try to mix it up a bit more now.

Great job!

April 6, 2011 at 9:07 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

What a steal--the wall looks great!

April 6, 2011 at 10:21 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Wow, that's beautiful!

April 6, 2011 at 10:51 AM  
Blogger Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

I love it!! Looks fabulous and what a deal on that subway art!! Thanks for joining the party!!

April 6, 2011 at 3:02 PM  
Blogger The Cannary's, est. 1985 said...

That wall is magazine worthy - you definitely have a gift for art on the walls! I love the contrast of shapes and colors - perfect.

April 6, 2011 at 3:15 PM  
Blogger Ellie said...

This is awesome! my fave so far :)

April 6, 2011 at 3:21 PM  
Blogger Geezees Custom Canvas Art said...

Your wall looks good, you should check out my etsy shop, i might have some stuff you'll like.

April 6, 2011 at 5:14 PM  
Blogger FlutterBaby Gifts said...

I love your gallery wall! Where did you find the main print (the turquoise canvas)? It is beautiful!

April 7, 2011 at 12:07 PM  
Blogger kristincita said...

I came across your bog from the gallery wall link party and after a few minutes it was fun to see the evolution. Gotta love tweaking, huh? I am now following your blog.

April 7, 2011 at 12:23 PM  
Blogger Kimm at Reinvented said...

OMG, how I loooove it! Love the color, the arrangement and the individual pieces!! So glad that your link caught my eye at Melissa's party! :)

April 10, 2011 at 8:00 PM  
Blogger Miss Charming said...

You did such a wonderful job on this gallery--I love it!

April 22, 2011 at 11:01 PM  

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