Friday, May 1, 2015

Gallery Wall on the Cheap...Plus a Free Printable!

There is one large section of wall that you stare at the second you walk into our home.  For the last few years, we have been trying to figure out what to do with it.  We bought a massive print of Portland from Ikea hoping it would work, but it looked too large for the space.  Just one or two 8x10 framed images looked too small.  A big mirror would be nice, but we can't afford that right now.
I settled on the idea of a gallery wall because it's a nice way to infuse character into the room and I wanted to put some of our family photos up.  I chose a favorite from our family photo session with Margaret Jacobsen to be the focal point.  I had that one printed out as a 20x16 mounted print through Tiny Prints.
We really don't have the funds right now to go out and buy a bunch of new artwork and frames so everything else was collected from around the house.  I chose a white frame theme because we had more white frames than any other color.  The animal illustrations have been in our hallway for years and are from Berkley Illustration.  The heart painting was done by my daughter Pearl.  The adorable watercolor of my family was given to me as a gift from my sweet friend Lauren.  I created the Love your neighbor print.  You can download a pdf of it here.
The gallery wall sets the stage for who we are as a family when you enter our home and I love how it fills the space.


  1. This is beautiful! I agree that a gallery wall is a great way to add character, and I always like these rather then a large print from a store because these do each have a little bit of the story of the occupants. Your room looks pretty bright and airy - usually I see mirrors used to extend the feel of the space, so maybe you just need a small one that has a cool frame instead of a big one?

  2. This looks so great! We just started our gallery wall. It just has our wedding picture in it so far, but it felt like an accomplishment to finally get that up since we have been married for 5.5 years! I love your ideas for inspiration and keeping costs low. :)

  3. Your gallery wall is beautiful! Lovely collection of images together.

  4. I love this! I'm still trying to decorate our latest apartment but hate spending money so it's been a challenge, haha. So sweet that you framed Pearl's artwork, she must love seeing it up there too!


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