I recently attended the 2017 Pinner’s Conference for Pinterest lovers. I was so excited about it, but I barely made it before cutoff time on this past Saturday evening. However, I did make it, and they let me in for free! I visited many many booths in that hour and a half, and one of my favorite ones was from Tiana Mae Designs.
Her work is STUNNING. I fell in love immediately with her hand lettering posters!!! I bought 4 of them, and because of that, I ended up with a weekend project I hadn’t previously planned. However, I HAD thought about doing a gallery wall in my bedroom around my gorgeous jewelry chest that hangs on the wall, so this past weekend I followed all the way through with it – I finished it in a few hours with shop time.
When it comes to my personal projects, this is how I tend to work. I obtain things on the fly, then start putting together an entire project in my brain within hours.
After getting home from the conference, the posters were burning holes in my brain – I needed to hang them as soon as possible. LOL
On Sunday, I headed to Home Goods, where I tend to end up for any design project, including my personal ones. So let’s talk about how to pick good frames for stuff first…..
How to Pick Good Frames
- Know what you’ve got. You’ve gotta know what you want to hang before you go into the store. While most frames are sold to allow for hanging vertical or horizontal, it still helps to know what you’ve got, so you can play with those dynamics – i.e. what do you need to hang horizontally, what frame would it look best in? How do you want the wall to look? These are all considerations you can only make if you know what you’ve got to hang.
- Coordination. I knew I have a bed that has a gray linen frame, so I want to enhance and focus on the gray. I LOVE gray as a neutral. It’s my go-to neutral at home. So I chose gray wooden frames with a bit of a vintage edge to them.
- Think about Matte. Not Matt, your neighbor – the matte frame inside. I didn’t actually consider this at the store like I should’ve, but I did when I got home. Lesson learned, so I’m teaching you. You want to consider the color of the matte frame inside the main frame, and if it’s going to look good with your photo or poster. For instance, you may want to buy some black matte frames to put inside instead or another color instead of the white the frame comes with. I got lucky, because when I got home, I realized how good the posters looked with no matte frame (I removed it) and just the glass and cardboard behind it. It ended up working, but otherwise I would’ve had to go get black matte frames to outline them. I love the naked look – especially since they’re posters.
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“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard and also allowing the energy of the Universe to lead you.” –Oprah Winfrey
True story: I tore this out of the agenda pamphlet we were given at Super Soul Sessions 2 years ago when I attended the glorious event in Los Angeles at UCLA. I kept it because it resonated with me so deeply – it’s the true pursuit of every entrepreneur out there (or should be) – to be of service in the world. For me, that desire is on overload. I’m just a person who loves acts of service anyway – it’s part of my personality, so even without the business aspect, it’s how I live my life and the reason for this site and my work.
If I can help you feel more confident in who you are and how you express yourself in the world, I’ve fulfilled my calling.
So I decided to finally hang this with this project, and I couldn’t be happier. It’s beautiful. And even though my bedroom colors are predominantly royal blue, white and gold, this is a nice frame that compliments that palette. I brought the greens together by also using forest green in the vase on top of the jewelry chest. Everything doesn’t have to be matchy-matchy. Just coordinated.
The royal blue & white chinese-inspired bowl on top of the jewelry chest was a gorgeous find from Home Goods. I looked and looked all day for a strand of wooden beads to drape out of the bowl, but got frustrated I couldn’t find any, so I pivoted. And I ended up propping the lid up inside and adding some pine cones for Fall inspiration.
The brown vase was $3, and I’m not even kidding. I got it on a clearance table. I was shocked. The green stems and pine cones are from Michael’s. The gorgeous crystal taper holder is by Oleg Cassini. I couldn’t put it down because it had that rose gold crystal glitter inside the stem!
You may notice that I actually hung jewelry on the wall and think that’s weird. However, I don’t at all. 🙂 It’s part of my personal design preference to have various parts of my expressive self on the wall, and that will always include inspirational quotes, sayings, floral, interesting prints, and possibly jewelry or fashion-related additions.
Remember my office wall with fabric and necklaces on it from my 2017 Fall apartment tour? Same concept. I took some jewelry pieces for my bedroom wall I rarely wear anymore and hung them next to the jewelry chest to accentuate the coordination and fill space. I also filled some space by using black and white washi tape to hang some of the greenery stems to bring everything in harmony.
You can do this too, and you have full license to use whatever you want! There are NO RULES.
You can see a little reflection here of my bedroom. It’s coming together!
I know you want a peek inside my jewelry armoire, so I’m not here to dissapoint. I actually got this from Bed, Bath, & Beyond. It’s an over-the-door jewelry armoire. However, besides the fact that I think anything over a door looks tacky, I couldn’t hang anything over my doors anyway – their too tall.
In the bottom space, I store nail polishes, since I rarely actually use them. I have 4 drawers and a panel that opens to hide rings and necklaces. It got bent in my last move, but I’m actually glad it did! Now, it will stay open when I open it – when I first bought it, it wouldn’t. Blessing in disguise.
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