I love home decor. My Pinterest boards should be enough to prove that. I love wandering around Home Goods, and I’m a sucker for a World Market sale, especially when I can use one of my Explorer Club coupons on top of the sales price.
Despite my love of home decor, I terrible at it. At least when it comes to the execution of it. I’m really good at the buying of the things, but putting the things in just the right place? Not my forte.
Which is why my gallery wall looks like this.
It’s going to go here:
While we’re at it, here’s what the shelf under my TV looks like.
And above my fireplace.
I didn’t get photos of the dining area, but there is some blank space there, too.
At least my bedroom has stuff on the walls?
Not counting the cork boards and chalkboards propped up along the wall where my desk is, and the flower print sitting just outside my bathroom door. That one is meant for the space above my towel rack.
My living room walls weren’t always empty. When my old roommate moved to Charlotte, I seized the opportunity to redecorate. I got a great couch, a new chair, a cool dining room table situation, and put down an awesome rug. The “stuff” for the gallery wall I intend to hang above that new sofa?
Not so much.
You’ll notice a number of empty frames in the pictures above. That’s real life, and I have no excuse. I have literally hundreds of photos to choose from. Shots of family and friends. Beautiful images from my travels. Plenty of pictures of my pup. I just haven’t printed them. I keep telling myself it’s because the last couple of times I’ve tried places like CVS and Target, my prints were terrible, but really, I just haven’t taken the time to go through them and choose my favorites.
Laying out a gallery wall is its own challenge. I’ve been collecting pieces here and there for months. My Charlottesville and Nashville prints from Evelyn Henson are two of my favorites. I’ve got a lot of wall to fill, however, so I was delighted when Modern Map Art reached out to see if I would be interested in one of their pieces, of course I said yes.
I debated for a bit between a map of Charlottesville or Nashville, but ultimately chose Charlottesville (honestly, I’ll probably order the Nashville one soon!). I got the 16×20 print, and found the perfect frame (finally) at Home Goods.
The problem now?
Where to hang it!
I’ve narrowed it down to my dining area or my entry hall, but haven’t made up my mind. For now, it’s sitting propped in a chair in my living room. Honestly, it looks pretty good there! I won’t leave it there much longer, promise.
Modern Map Art also creates cool things like pillow cases and phone cases, and they do custom maps. I was playing with the tool and realized I can have one made of San Juan del Sur, so that might find its way to my apartment at some point soon as well. My Charlottesville map has already proven to be a great conversation piece. Maybe we studied it for a long time, trying to figure out where our houses were…
Geography is not our thing.
One of my biggest issues with my gallery wall is how to organize it, THEN get it on the wall. I can lay it out on the floor fairly well, but translating it to the wall is a hurdle I haven’t cleared yet. Any tips?
Should I ever actually get this gallery wall on the wall, I’ll share photos. Until then, you’re left with my real life iPhone snaps of what my apartment currently looks like. Does this make me the anti-blogger?
Send me any gallery wall hanging tips you have! And, where’s your favorite place to have photos printed?