In the midst of cutting acrylic and experiencing early stages of carpal tunnel, I decided to give that project a break and do something I had been wanting to do forever! I had plans for this in the old house, but we moved before I got around to it. And I figured yesterday was a great day to do this.
This is the new gallery wall in our bedroom. Truth be told, I’m the slightest bit obsessed with it. I found myself just staring at it this morning when I woke up.
We don’t have any artwork in our house that is just generic, each piece has a special place in our hearts. Especially on this wall.
Walking into the room and seeing this angle makes my heart happy. It is full of so many wonderful memories for Ryan and I.
The main attraction on the wall is my old coke bottle crate. I found it in San Antonio last September, and for the past year it has been moved around from room to room so it will stay out of our way. Ryan actually came up with the idea of what to do with it, and 11 months later, I finally put that idea into action. We are “those people” and collect shot glasses from the places we travel to together. They fit PERFECTLY in the little cubbies of the crate. I also put the bottle of sand from our honeymoon in Hilton Head, SC in a spot where the divider was broken, and the bulldog on the right is a reminder of my grandmother, who we lost over a year ago. I love this crate and the memories it displays.
But we don’t just collect the shot glasses. Starting with our honeymoon, we decided to collect one-of-a-kind pieces of art from anywhere we travel. We look for something by a local artist that is representative of where we visited. In October last year, we went to the Albuquerque Balloon Festival with my parents. It was something that was on both my mom’s and my bucket list, and our men were such troopers getting up at 4 in the morning so we could see the “glow.” If you have never been to a balloon festival, you should definitely experience it one day…. it’s absolutely amazing! You can see more from our trip here, here and here. We bought this watercolor in old downtown Albuquerque and it fit great in one of my old IKEA frames. Originally I had plans to repaint all the frames for this wall, but the black frame worked so well with the black matte.
The next piece I had made from a picture I took. We went to San Antonio for Labor Day last year as a little mini vacation from our lives. Before we went, we thought we might like to live in San Antonio when we moved out of Lubbock, but after that trip, we were convinced we really just needed to move to Alaska. Warm weather and my husband do not get along. Anyways, I really didn’t find anything while we were there that caught my eye, and we had been wanting to get a custom canvas for some time. I love the way it turned out, the colors are so vibrant and work well with the rest of the wall.
Our last travel souvenir is this wooden sign, which was actually the first in our collection. This baby is what really got us on the custom-art-work path.We were close to the end of our honeymoon when we decided we really wanted a souvenir that was from Hilton Head, not just another shot glass. We happened to walk into a local art gallery and this was the first thing we saw. We both loved it right away! Little did we know, when we bought our bedroom furniture a few days later that we would pick out a red dresser and a blue dresser, and then our bedroom just formed itself from there. This piece is very special to us, and was the inspiration behind our gallery wall.
The other two pieces on the wall aren’t from travel, but are things we love. We got this fortune back in January or February, and for some reason I kept it. I think it’s because that was about the time we decided Lubbock really wasn’t for us, but we felt like we were going to be stuck there for a while. When Ryan got his job offer, I knew this would be a great addition to our future gallery wall. I got the frame at Goodwill, and originally wanted to paint it, but the color is perfect with the rest of the art.
I picked up this sign at Hobby Lobby. I love the saying, and the colors went with our blue and red theme.
And just for good measure, one more picture from another angle so you can really feel the awesomeness that radiates from this wall…
Do you have any gallery walls in your house? What types of things do you have on display? I would love to see pictures or send me a link if you have posted about your gallery wall!
I linked up to: Just a Girl