I finally got my act together and started my gallery wall last week. I'm the queen of procrastination and the one thing that gave me that final push I needed was the fact that the frames were all laid out on the guest bed, and there was a pending overnight visit from my in-laws in the very near future.
You really don't need a lot of money to start a gallery wall. Nothing within these frames cost more than a few dollars. As the frames are either Ikea or from the dollar store, they didn't break the bank. Here's what I used:
1-4. Photocopies of pages in the brilliantly illustrated children's book, Along a Long Road. The book was illustrated on one continuous 35-foot piece of art - which is why the four pictures create one long image when hung horizontally.
5. A postcard I picked up at an art gallery in the HydroStone Market in Halifax
6. & 7. New Yorker covers I liked (I used a hair dryer to remove the address labels).
8. A print I bought at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec on our last trip to Quebec City
9. A photo I took of a building in Pamplona
10. Martha Steward paint chips - Araucana teal & Egg yolk (left over from my mirror makeover)
11. A postcard that came with my prints from Etsy seller Blanca Gomez
12. A Calvin Klein fabric swatch that I couldn't bear to toss after finding out it costs $283 a yard.
13. A postcard from a trip to Seville.
Although inexpensive, many of the pieces are great reminders of trips we've taken. The bridge in the book illustration reminds me of the Halifax/Dartmouth Macdonald bridge.
I rearranged the frames on the bed several times until I found an arrangement I liked. Then I took the above photo to use as a reference when hanging them.
I started by marking the middle point of the wall between two doors, and deciding how high I wanted the middle row to hang.
Then I built it out horizontally...
And then added the top and bottom rows...
It's really a work in progress as I'll continue adding to it over time. Pieces with less meaning (read: paint chips) will probably be swapped out as I start accumulating more personal photos/art/postcards.