Gallery Walls and Competing Spaces

Everybody enjoys a good gallery wall, right?  I sure do!  I love different elements clustered together to create interest.  To me, that's what a gallery wall exudes--interest.  I want my home to spark some interest.

Here's a little background:

My living room has two walls which line the back and open to the entry hall.  These two walls "compete" with each other in a sense.  These types of competing spaces can present a design challenge, but after lots of toying and tinkering I think I have created something nice.

On one wall, I have a gorgeous gold mirror and antique buffet.  The buffet and mirror make the wall feel really "heavy".  In turn, my "competing" wall had to balance it.

Love my mirror!

On to the gallery wall...

Gallery wall tips:  
  • pick things you love
  • don't worry too much about matching
  • an odd number of items can help the flow
  • arrange items on the floor/table before hanging
  • don't worry too much about perfection

My gallery wall has pieces that I love in all shapes and sizes.  Including:

  • a hand-crafted vase (Technically not on the wall, but in the vicinity!)
Each year, my in-laws go to Maine.  While there they discovered a wonderful store, Once a Tree, which specializes in handcrafted woodwork.  Two years ago, they brought me the neatest vase--it was once a tree, then a fence post, and now a gorgeous vase/statement piece.

  • Recently, I inherited some wonderful items from Graham's Mamaw.  How beautiful is this framed Robert Frost poem, "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"?

  • Two of my loves collide: Instagram and square frames. Boom!

  • One of my favorite movies is Somewhere in Time.  A few years ago, my dad visited Grand Hotel, the main location in the movie.  He brought me a print of the hotel in winter. Swoon!  

  • Another piece I inherited from Mamaw is a painting by her mother (Graham's great-grandmother).  Such a special touch.

  • The rest of my gallery wall consists of photos taken by friends, family, and myself. 
  • Also, a framed graphic of the lyrics to one of my favorite songs, In Feast or Fallow, is a nice addition.  It was given to me by a friend who shares in my appreciation of the words.

  • I have an antique table filled with books that were Graham's great-grandfathers.  He was a preacher and I enjoy looking through his books, commentaries, and sermon notes and reading his handwritten comments and thoughts.

  • I have a bench and some pillows to round out the space.

Notice how the "heavy wall", the buffet/mirror, is balanced by my gallery wall due to its size and scale.

My gallery wall tells a little story.  I like that.  It's full of interest!  Makes me happy, y'all!



  1. LOVE that mirror too....and how well you personalize your style!!! LOVE, girlie! Well done! :)

  2. Love love love everything you do! You are such a Godly talented woman and are very dear to my heart! Vicky

  3. FIRST of all - it's, of course, PERFECT!!! Looks absolutely beautiful and is balanced just right! Looooooooove it all!!!


  4. I really liked how you showed the why behind the balancing of the walls. Great visual

  5. I love it, and how you balanced it was great for me, I need visuals! I also love how it tells a story! Your girls are so darling! Great job!!

  6. I love love love this! Looks like something out of a magazine!!! Beautiful!

  7. This turned out beautiful! Found you over at It's Overflowing! : )

  8. Oh I love your gallery wall. Gorgeous. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  9. love it! i love the mix of metallics and neutrals and woods!

  10. You're so right about needing to balance out spaces and you did it perfectly! I love your mirror and think it's so special that you have all of those meaningful pieces in your gallery wall. Thanks so much for linking up to Best of the Nest!

  11. You did such a great job pulling all of that together, Leslie! Such a fun place to display your sentimental pieces, too! I love your black and white canvas of those sweet girls mixed in, too! Thanks for stopping by Best of the Nest!


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