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Creating a gallery wall – Assembling the perfect arrangement

8 Sep


Don’t forget to read the first two parts of this series. Part 1: Where to buy affordable art & Part 2: Finding unique objects.

Today is the final installment of my mini blog series: creating the perfect gallery wall. Now that you’ve acquired affordable artwork and unique objects, it’s time to create the perfect arrangement on your wall. Of all the steps in this series, hanging your gallery wall is definitely the most tricky. Luckily just a little bit of planning will make the process much easier. Follow these simple steps to creating the perfect arrangement.

Step 1: Gather your supplies.

Here is a list of supplies you will need for this task:

  • Wrapping or butcher’s paper
  • Painter’s tape (because it is easily repositionable and doesn’t leave residue)
  • Electric drill and screws or nail and hammer
  • Hooks or plate hangers
  • Level
  • Pencil

Step 2: Find a large flat surface

Before you start putting holes in the wall, it’s important to pre-determine the layout. To do this, you will need a large flat surface, approximate the size of your wall, to arrange your objects on.

Step 3: Determine the perfect layout

The best way to determine the perfect layout is to move around each object until you find an arrangement that is evenly spaced. It’s important to remember to keep the layout balanced, with no one object positioned too high or low in comparison to its neighbors. Sometimes it’s helpful to visualize a particular shape (rectangle, square, triangle) or horizontal line and then cluster the artwork so it’s spread out evenly and consistently.

Step 4: Trace each object on paper

Once you have determined the layout, trace each object on kraft or wrapping paper. Then hang the paper cut-outs on the wall in your pre-determined layout, making adjustment accordingly.

Step 5: Hang the artwork

Now that you have taped the layout on the wall, hang the real artwork over the paper replicas. Use your level to make sure the artwork is straight. Then remove the paper. Need a visual of this process? You may remember this picture from a former blog post.


And that’s it! You now own a beautifully curated and expertly hung gallery wall.



Decorating with Modern Embroidery (4 ways to get it right!)

3 Sep

decorating with embroidery

Stitching and weaving is really having a moment in home decor. Whether it’s reimagining the 70s macrame wall hanging or modernizing the cross stitch. I love how these classic hobbies are experiencing a resurgence and appreciation.

I’ve always loved needlepoint and embroidery, so I couldn’t wait to incorporate this trend in my decor. Lucky for me, I found this lovely framed cross stitch at a cute little art shop over the holiday weekend. I fell in love with the simple graphic pattern and the black floss on the white background gives it a modern edge.

Interested in decorating with embroidery? Here are four ways to keep this trend modern and chic.

Choose a contemporary design or pattern

via CheeseBeforeBedtime

via Innocent Bones

Monograms are always chic

via HooplaStitch

via Gracy Design and Craft

via Not So Modern Millie

Skip the antique cross-stitch sampler…unless it looks like this!

via Satsuma Street

Keep the framing simple

via MR Studio London

via Gracy Design and Craft

I bet you never thought cross-stitch and embroidery could look so chic and modern! Which one is your favorite?