The Never Ending Gallery Wall

As I've been working to finish off my

gallery wall

, it hasn't been feeling quite 'right'. It needed something and I just couldn't place my finger on what it was. 

I've shared my original gallery wall on here several times (most recently

here

&

here

) and I'm still totally in love with it. So stumbling with this 'expansion', if you will, left me feeling a bit unsure.

I've worked with

minted

a few times, so when they reached out to help me with my art problem, I realized this was the perfect chance to get out of my rut. You can see a bit of my plan above (to scale! With door, sconce, light switch & baseboards haha) and I love the idea of creating the wall around one or two 'big' pieces. That beauty front & centre is over 30"x30" and will be the perfect focal point. Everything else is a mix of prints I already own, prints I'm planning to buy (I really could do a whole wall of gorgeous

photos from Paris by Anna

:) and a few from minted too. I love the mix of old, new, and personal touches, with a dash of quirky thrown in!

You know I'll be posting on

Instagram

the second I get everything hung up, but until then, you can explore all my gallery wall shenanigans on Instagram with the hashtags

#gallerywallfordays

&

#neverendinggallerywall

Ps, if you love that '

Done is Better Than Perfect

' print I own, make sure you

enter to win

one for yourself! The

giveaway

ends tonight!

xo

Disclaimer: minted is providing me with the art to complete this project, but all thoughts, opinions & ambitious gallery wall ideas are my own ;)

Buying & Curating Art

A few weeks ago, I posted the 'story' of

my gallery wall

. This wall has grown quite a bit since it started, and my philosophy is to always buy art that I love. If something doesn't 'speak' to me, it doesn't make the cut - otherwise I'd have enough art to fill this wall 10 times over ;)

I also love supporting creatives & small businesses, so that's where pretty much all of my art has come from. These shops are full of SO much talent - too much talent to keep hidden - so I'm sharing where all my art has come from over the years. Some pieces are no longer available, but maybe you'll find something you love even more!

hover over the photo to see the corresponding numbers

1. '

31 Rue Chanel

' - Leigh Viner

2. my own photo

Keys -

Michael's

3. '

Be Brave

' - Charm & Gumption

4. 'Dans Mon Reve de Paris' -

Eye Poetry Photography

5. my own photo

6. '

The Royal Mile

' - artquirk

7. '

Twilight Blue

' - Leigh Viner

8. 'Weeping Cherry' -

Sunny Lee Studio

9.

Balzac's Coffee

10. my own painting

11. my own painting

12. '

Silence & Noise

' - Leigh Viner

13. '

Paolo Roversi Series 1

' - Leigh Viner

14. '

Rivoli

' - Leigh Viner

15. 'I left my heart in Paris' -

Eye Poetry Photography

Metal 'B'

- Anthropologie

16. photo from an old calendar

17. my own photo

Mirror - vintage

18. my own painting

19. letter from a friend

20. 'Three Keys' -

Renee Ann

21. 'It's All Messy' -

Top Knot Weddings

22. '

God is Good

' - SS Print Shop

23. my own photo

24. '

Paris Street Shop 1

' - Minted

Most of these stores have really reasonable prices, but if you just don't have much to invest in art yet, I would suggest looking for a bulk discount (like BOGO) or waiting for a sale. Most shops will also offer some sort of first time purchase discount or a code when you sign up for their newsletter.

If you've never purchased on Etsy before, use

this link

to get $5 off your first purchase. I love & recommend all the shops listed above, but if you're in need of more inspiration: 

Pinegate Road

,

ohmydeer

,

The Paris Print Shop

,

Emily McDowell

, & all the

shops I've interviewed

are great places to start your art search.

Minted is currently running a spring promo for 15% off sitewide (including all their artwork!) until the 16th. If you need some ideas: there's a few other 

Paris street scenes

that are so sweet; I have

this guy

hanging on my other wall (see him

here

); waiting to find a frame for

this one

and

this one

too. And I always love a good floral! This

watercolour one

, this

painted one

, and this one of

lily of the valley

are all on my favourites list.

What are your favourite places to buy art? I'm always on the lookout for gorgeous new pieces to add :)

xo

The Story of a Gallery Wall

I love a good gallery wall (if you follow me on Instagram you already know that!) and I have to admit I'm pretty proud of mine. But it's not something that happened overnight. It has been collected & curated over 3 years and it's still not quite finished - there's a good chance it never will be 'done' - but I've learned a lot along the way.

I shared this thought a few months ago with a photo of my wall & it's still true now:

Wherever you are, remember that all good things take time. This gallery (which, lets be honest, is so not important compared to many things) took over 3 years. And there were many moments of not-so-pretty (and more than a few extra holes in the wall) to get it to this point. Things take time - nothing in life happens overnight. So keep asking and seeking and working, you'll get there soon.

All the photos I could find of my gallery over the past 3 years - along with my thoughts on collecting & curating your own gallery are below.


The two prints that started it all. I bought these prints from Leigh Viner during a holiday sale after admiring them for years.

Here's another shot from mid-2012 - link.

Hopefully you can see the evolution in the photos above, but it grew pretty slowly. At one point, I decided I was not happy with the arrangement, so everything came down and I planned it out with paper. I mixed up the frames, the type of art, and the colours to try & achieve a more 'balanced' look.

Below are some daylight shots (and so you can see the blue I used to have!) and the reason you usually don't see my desk - haha! Thankfully I have more storage under my desk now so it doesn't get that bad, but oh man.

You have no idea how happy I was to finally

paint over that blue

! I purposely made sure I liked the frame arrangement before I painted so I could fill in all the holes I'd made over the years. The soft grey has made the biggest difference, and I could not be happier with how it turned out!

Starting to look a little more familiar, non? Some of the photos were switched, and I finally finished the bottom half of the wall (that took far too long to decide what to do with!), but here's what it looks like now:

Full of things that I love, that inspire me, motivate me and make me smile. I love waking up to this view every morning! And that blank wall you can kind of see in the mirror? Not so blank

anymore

! #cantstopwontstop

So, after 3 years & many nails holes later, what are my

gallery guidelines

?

ONE

// Pick art that you love, that speaks to you in some way. It will all come together.

TWO

// Try different 'mediums': photography, illustration, paintings, originals, text, etc.

THREE

// Let it grow organically. Start small, & build as you go.

FOUR

// Paper templates are great, but eventually you just need to:

FIVE

// Get out that hammer & do it! Guess what happens if you make too many holes? Nothing. Fill them in & try again (or just hang another frame overtop ;)

And one bonus tip: make it yours! Use your own photos, paint a little canvas, find something that can't be bought anywhere else. These are often the sweetest touches, & it also means that no one can recreate it :)

You can see some more shots of the wall on Instagram under the hashtag

#gallerywallfordays

 & follow me

@brittdouglas_ 

to see the updates I've been working on.

Where do you stand on gallery walls? If you've got one of your own, share a link in the comments or tag me on Instagram. I would love to see!

xo