December 4, 2011

The Dish on Gallery Walls

The idea of creating a gallery wall--a collage of art--always intimidated me for some reason. For one, I'm the worst at hanging just about anything. Couple that with my ever-growing collection of art and picture frames from flea market escapades, and I was always left feeling like I wouldn't know where to begin and it would turn out to be one big mess. Well, I took a leap of faith and happened upon a dose of motivation somehow (likely from having my living room painted in a dark, dark purple), and decided it was finally the time to get it done. 

There are all kinds of theories about how gallery walls should be created, from the orderly version to my preference of mixing and matching the size and style of picture frames. For my wall, I started the process by hanging several floral paintings I had around my apartment, postcards and an African mask. I even ended up hanging a wooden cross snagged from a vacation to Puerto Rico, a straw hat purchased at Target one summer and a hand-written happy birthday note I received and had framed a few years ago. I still have a little more work to do with it, so it will come together eventually.

To be honest, the wall is somewhat chaotic, but I absolutely love it. Every item, big or small, means something to me, and that's all that matters, right?

Photos: Tori Mellot's apartment as featured in Domino