May 25, 2011 · 4:27 pm
Doing gallery walls are like working a puzzle to me. It’s very satisfying when the pieces fit together just right, with a balance of scale and an aesthetic relationship. I have a huge assortment of tear sheets and photographs of gallery walls. Retail stores and hotels are great resources to find them. I often look to them for ideas but mine never end up exactly like what I’ve seen. Thats what makes them an inspiration, they just get my creative juices going! With several moves in the last few years, I’ve had the opportunity to do several gallery walls. Sometimes when I do one, it begins as a starting point that I know I will be adding to or swapping out pieces later. Other times I put it together with no intentions to make any changes.
Macy's Manhattan bedroom gallery wall
NC children's bedroom gallery wall
Bklyn childrens room grouping
My first wall was Macy’s bedroom in Manhattan. We had 13 foot ceiling, so I had a huge space to work with. Luckily I had enough floor space too because I laid all the frames out on the floor and moved them around until it was right before I attempted to put any on the wall. This was the same technique I used for Macy and Hudson’s combined wall in NC and Brooklyn. Our Brooklyn apartment also has 13 foot ceilings and the children’s room has two full walls of windows, so it was hard to find a good space for a gallery wall. I ended up disbursing most of what we previously used to other areas and putting a small grouping over the closet doors.
Bklyn living room grouping
In our Brooklyn living room I was unsure of what art or pictures I wanted to use on a huge 12 foot wide x 12 foot tall wall. This ended up with me procrastinating for a few months until I broke down, photographed all the pieces and the wall, put them in Photoshop and worked and edited the space just as I would have (and have done) for an interior design client. This was just the way to do it and it made complete sense to me. But it had my husband and friends rolling with laughter that I would go to this length and put so much effort into it. My effort will pay off again because on this wall I already have two large portraits to add, so it will be tweaked in few months and I plan on doing it using Photoshop again! It is my intentions that this wall will always be changing and growing as we wish to start collecting local art.
Bklyn bedroom grouping
For the next gallery wall in our Brooklyn bedroom, I told my husband that I didn’t want anything to do with it, that he should take a stab at it as punishment for laughing at me! And he did, but the way a man would. He just started nailing and hanging it all up without a plan. Of course he showed me up because it worked perfectly and it looks just a good as mine with a lot less fretting.
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Tagged as art, baby, bedroom, bridal, brooklyn, canvas, child, children, creative, decor, decoration, frames, home decor, kids, new york, paint, personalize, picture, portrait
May 23, 2011 · 1:06 am
My favorite wedding picture
This week I celebrated my tenth wedding anniversary! As I reminisce of my wedding and the planning that went into it, I think fondly about the excitement I found in researching and sourcing the details. I guess it was my first Celebration to plan, as it probably is for most young brides. This was before every product you can imagine was on the internet, I actually had to buy books and magazines to find inspiration. Most of mine came from Martha Stewart Weddings, which I still adore today. Theknot.com had just launched and I was chosen to receive one of their planning kits in the mail. I filled it with clippings, articles and brochures that I pulled or found at bridal shops. I made a real scrapbook of things that I liked, as the digital inspiration boards that anyone can do today was only done by graphic designers in the magazines. I still have all of those scrapbooks and keepsakes but not in a location that I can pull them out and look through today.
So I thought it would be a fantastic idea to recreate my wedding dreams, ten years later, in the medium I would do today. Some of the pictures I found online are similar to what I choose & some are the same item (thank goodness MS website has archives!) Overall this is the feeling of my wedding I created ten years ago at the tender age of twenty!
- My recreated inspiration board
For my dress I was smitten with ballerinas and a favorite picture of Marilyn Monroe. Mine had to be a tulle ball gown and the bigger the better! Madonna had just worn this tiara to wed Guy and I sourced one nearly identical for myself. Our color started as a dark purple but since it was a spring outdoor wedding I lightened it to lilac. My bridesmaids wore a dress of organza overlay with a satin sash and carried my favorite flower, the hydrangea. My hand tied bouquet was made of sweet peas, purple tulips and white roses. Jacob and his groomsmen wore white stephanotis. Many of our decorations were in a spherical shape such as the paper lanterns that hung from the trees over the reception tables, the vases filled with hydrangea and the topiaries that were scattered about. We were married in our home town, on the front steps of Elm Springs, an Antebellum home built in 1837 and our reception was also in the home and on the property. For favors, we discovered candied violets to order from France in a MS Weddings issue, they were packaged in a gift box with a purple ribbon. This is our invatation, it is square vellum with silver dots and silver envelope lining. My cake was also out of a MS Weddings issue and the baker did a fabulous job! It looked exactly like this! We did a sparkler farewell and by luck a photo was captured that has been our most favorite from the start. My wedding portrait was done a few days before the wedding, with a photographer that has been photographing Jacob’s family for more than 50 years! This black and white proof is now a full oiled portrait on my wall and it is breathtakingly romantic! (you can see the portrait on my living room gallery wall here).
- Nikki (Brown) Berry by Orman Photo Shop Columbia Tennessee
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Tagged as ballgown, bridal, bride, bridesmaid, cake, Celebrations, craft, creative, decoration, favors, flower, groom, hydrangea, monogram, party, sparkler, tennessee, tiara, topiary, tulle, wedding
May 12, 2011 · 7:06 pm
Invatation, favor tags and vintage table cloth as the inspiration
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Tagged as bridal, Celebrations, favors, flower, hosting, invataion, invite, photoshop, shower, vintage, wedding