gallery wall for master bedroom and giveaway winner announcement!

I hope you all had a great weekend!  My project list is filling up so fast, I am really having a hard time staying focused on what to finish.  It's hard to not want to dabble in it all.

Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway this past week!
The winner of the Hawaiian hula girl bag and Pottery Barn gift card is.....

Congratulations!! Enjoy your little bit of love from Maui, and have fun shopping!
Lotsa good stuff in PB right now!  :)


I spent a few hours working on a gallery wall in our bedroom over the weekend.  Sad, saying it was 'a few hours' but it took some playing around and trying things out here and there.  I had a general idea of what I wanted, and this is what I came up with:

Last summer, I swapped out our red formal-ish bedroom, for a lighter, beach inspired room.  Since that time, I have been tweaking things here and there.  Mostly, I quickly grew tired of this look:

I decided I wanted something more sophisticated.  This was just not doing it for me.  The idea just didn't jive once I had it there and lived with it for a bit.

I didn't really know what I wanted to do, but I didn't want a huge blank wall until I figured things out.
Here was the cheap and quick wall filler.  You can find lots of wicker pieces like this at thrift shops, and they add a lot of warmth and texture to a space.  The whole set of nested pieces (8 of 'em) was $6.99.

Nothing much, but it did the job for the last few months.
Then I saw this pic, and knew that was a good inspiration point for me.

Tivoli Console Table, Artisanal Black stain
We have a slightly narrow entry, and I knew there wasn't room for a console table (or money in the budget either) so I opted for a wall ledge shelf.  I picked it up from Target for $22.  When we took our recent trip to Hawaii, I brought along some Ziploc bags and collected sand from each of the beaches we were at.
Once we were home, they went into some glass jars, and I labeled them with some printouts from our computer and wrapped them on the jars with twine.  The smaller jar I've had forever, and our local craft store had a sale on the larger one for $4.  Not too shabby!
While I was there, I also picked up the sea fan:

It was just under $10 and makes a nice little backdrop.  The shell was from Goodwill.  It was around $4 and fi-hi-hi-iiiiiilthy!!  Yucko.  I soaked it and cleaned it up.
The photo was also from our trip.

I also got the shadow box at the craft store.  I added some burlap inside for more textural interest. Nate Berkus had a great idea on a recent show- buy two post cards on your vacation, write on one what you're doing, and what is interesting about the trip, and send it home to yourself.  Then buy the same one so you can display it like this:

A nice little memory!

I loved this photo from our lanai in Waikiki.  Costco enlarged it and I layered it by cutting some white paper with a postcard edge and the photo corners.  The starfish is just glued next to it.

We had gone to our favorite Chinese restaurant a couple months before our trip and I loved my fortune!  I saved it and added a bit of turquoise ribbon behind it to highlight it.

I saw this neat seascape painting while I was out thrifting, and at first was disappointed that it was so sun damaged.  When I got home I realized it would look fabulous in the room, (seascapes are also hard to find)
and just figured I'd chalk up the yellowing to the beautiful sunset going on in the painting.  (right? you see it too?)  ;)
It was $4.99.

I added some smaller pieces to the left- the oval frame had a really ugly little painting in it, but wood oval frames are like gold- I got it for .99 at Goodwill.  I added the twill tape for a hanger from my stash of ribbons.
The turquoise coral print is from the Graphics Fairy.  She has several corals available- I specifically requested the blue one you see here!  Karen is great with requests- if you're looking for a specific graphic, you can request it on her Thursday request day via email.  She's really great at coming up with hard to find images!  Thanks Karen!!!

Once I had the wall done, it just felt incomplete.  I looked at the inspiration photo again, and pulled some pieces from other areas of the house and added them below.  The Ikea trunk, some vintage suitcases, and the green glass canister with grass.

I think it helped to round it out nicely.  The little brown suitcase is actually for sale in my Etsy shop, but I thought as long as it's sitting there, I might as well use it!

There you have it.  I am really loving this- the memories and a more pulled together look than what I started with!
Hope you had a great weekend!

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  1. Very cute! I love the postcard idea and love how you displayed them with the burlap. Great job!

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Hi Denise,
    Oh my gosh, I am doing the "Happy Dance" right now, I'm so excited to have won your giveaway! Thank you so much, you are very generous! *smile*

    I am loving your wall full of memories, what a great idea. The suitcases and the shadow box with the burlap, postcard, and starfish is brilliant. I really want to do something similar one of these days in our house. You pulled it off to perfection. Thanks for sharing and for the fabulous gift! =) XOXO ~Liz

  3. I love all the personal touches you included in your gallery wall! :)

    I'm working on a gallery wall. I posted about it today...but it's still in need of work.

  4. Your new grouping is wonderful. I love the shadow box and it works so well with the rest of the items. Looks great girl!

  5. Love the gallery wall. I think they are hard to do and yours is stunning. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  6. Great entrance...if it's not to big, this is just perfect! You did a beautiful job! Thank you for hosting and for coming by to visit and for the lovely and sweet comments too.
    Lots of hugs.

  7. Loving the wicker on the wall! Great ideas.

  8. It looks beautiful Denise, I love the memory box and your jars of sand, what a cute idea. :) The trunks are gorgeous and everything goes so well together.
    I hope that you have a great weekend and thank you for your sweets comments the other day! :)

  9. I love it all but especially the jars of sand - great idea! I think the suitcase looks great and don't think you should sell it! Things always look better in 3's! :)

  10. Hi there Denise~ Love your gallery wall- the sand jars are so charming and what a great idea! Love the suitcases too~ thanks for sharing at my party this week! :)


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