As usual, I have tried to get projects done around the house, inside and outside. Sometimes it feels a little overwhelming when the to-do list keeps getting longer, but in between bigger projects I try to focus on squeezing in the little quick and easy things that will get knocked off the list. Hobby Lobby and HomeGoods are great shopping excursions for unique items to fill a void in a corner or update some seasonal decor. I only go with a definite item or idea to look for, or else everything looks like a good idea and I come home with things I don’t need.
I have a powder room off the entry that I was determined to get a gallery wall put up on a tall narrow wall, and so it finally came together when I found a perfect print on clearance at Hobby Lobby on a quick trip to get graphite paper, for a Subway art piece I am working on of all our many house addresses over the years. That is a work in progress because it’s big and tedious. But the gallery wall idea just wasn’t coming together in my head until I saw the “Enjoy the Ride” framed print. Perfect. Sold.
I got started with gathering all my frames I collected, inserting photos and pictures I had, and making templates of each frame to layout on the living room floor before committing to putting them on the wall. Much easier with templates first to arrange and re-arrange and mark where the nail goes. Then sticking them on the wall with painters tape, aligning them perfectly and putting a nail into the wall through the template is the easiest method.
Much of the art relates to places we have been, so the “Enjoy the Ride” relates well. Our many ski trips to Pagosa Springs and Wolf Creek, Colorado, and our ritual meal at The Big Texan in Amarillo on our way there, visits to Santa Fé and Taos on our way home, and a trip we took to New York years ago. We got that photo of the Twin Towers on our ferry ride to Ellis Island. The handpainted picture of a Santa Fé Catholic church, which we also toured, is one we bought from a street artist from New York, who lives in and paints Santa Fé life. The mirror wall opposite the toilet and gallery wall have a photo under the mirror our daughter took a few years ago one morning from our condo in Pagosa Springs of the snowy mountain range view we had. The colors were amazing.
It all worked out perfectly, and I am happy with the result. The powder room is almost done. I have a window curtain to finish, and maybe stencil the big blank wall in the toilet area in a gloss finish paint of the same wall color for a subtle decorative pattern. But now, I am so glad the gallery wall became what I envisioned.