I have been collecting wall art for the nursery. Frames and prints and all sorts of randoms have collected like dust bunnies in the corners of this room. We recently got rid of the nursery dresser to make room for Nugget’s crib. (Two girls, one room. We did it!) But as we moved the dresser, I suddenly had no counter surface to pile random crap on and actually had to do something with all the wall art. Now that’s motivation.
This is what the space looked like before:
And here is what it looks like today:
Many of my pieces were black and white, so I debated doing a colorless gallery wall, but when I put everything I had together, colorful and not, it really just allowed the colorful pieces to speak even louder. I love that. I also love how many meaningful things have made it to this wall.
These elephant prints were free printables (originally in different shades of blue) that I got from Remodelaholic back in April. I just adjusted their color in Photoshop to my liking. I added matte (Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon made them just under $2 a matte) and frames (Hobby Lobby on sale for 50% off = $5 a frame) and voila.
The black and white photos are of my mother and I both working at a radio station in our 20s. My mom’s radio career was much more robust than my short-lived internship, I must admit. She has a lovely voice. I treasure these pictures; it’s a reflection of the things my mom and I share, a reminder of the legacy of parenthood.
This puppy dog was made out of Little Girl’s footprint. How could I not love this little, tiny foot!?
These embroidery hoops are filled with fabric leftover from some memorable sewing projects: pajama pants with my sister, a burp cloth for my nephew, and recovering the dining chairs that went into our very first house (ahem, this house).
I think it integrates well into the reading nook.
A few other references for the wall: The hedgehog print is from our friend, Sarah Scruggs. She is an incredible photographer that you should patron if possible. The wooden A is from Target’s craft section. The cross frame with Nugget’s ultrasound was a gift, so no details on that one. The hand stitched verse was another handmade gift from a sweet friend in Cali. The owl was a yardsale find. The bluebirds and the giraffe are framed cards. The large framed birds, by Hans Langner, were a gift from some German friends. And the wave poster is a remnant of my college dorm, ha.
Fun fact: in this space where the dresser used to be, we are about to put (once we make it) Little Girl’s bed! Meaning: only one child in a crib. Cue my-baby’s-growing-up tears.
Anyway, so here is the very best part of this whole gallery wall project: I created my gallery wall on Photoshop (easily), so that I never had to lay out my photos on the ground, tape wrapping paper to the wall, or any of those gallery wall tricks that can be a little labor intensive. I have a tutorial coming to the blog for you guys next week. It’s quite easy. Can’t wait to share. In the mean time, do you have any gallery walls in your home? Comment with links to a picture or with your tips and advice!
*And a little announcement: Soon enough here we’ll be putting together a Friday roundup of some of my favorites in the blogosphere from the week prior. Look for it next Friday!