In both of our Manhattan apartments, we set up gallery walls. The approach worked well from a functional standpoint in that we were trying to cram a lot of artwork and memorabilia into tight quarters and didn’t really have the wall space to spread our pieces out (in other words, Louise forced our hand) — but I also think gallery walls work best in smaller spaces — or at least well-demarcated areas/nooks, like stairwells, landings, or bar areas — because otherwise the arrangement just looks like it’s floating in the middle of space. Big spaces call for big artwork. (Which, by the way, doesn’t always mean crazy expensive. You can frame a vintage textile, quilt, or panel(s) of wallpaper to grand effect!). In our new home, I’ve not yet figure out a nook for a gallery wall, but I’d like to arrange one because we have loads of smaller pieces we’ve accrued over the years that bring me such joy. Today, I thought I’d share some fun smaller pieces that would work well mixed into a gallery wall…
SET OF BOTANICAL PRINTS…YOU COULD CLUSTER ALL TOGETHER IN THE CENTER AND MIX IN SOME OTHER PIECES AROUND, OR MIX THESE IN ACROSS THE WALL
MATCHBOX ART PRINTS FROM FAMOUS NYC RESTAURANTS — WE HAVE A FEW OF THESE!
VINTAGE FRENCH ENAMEL HOUSE NUMBER — I BOUGHT MR. MAGPIE ONE OF THESE WITH “18” (HIS LUCKY NUMBER / JERSEY NUMBER)…THESE CAN LOOK SO COOL MIXED IN WITH OTHER ART
FRAMED BUTTERFLY — MR. MAGPIE BOUGHT ME ONE OF THESE, TOO…SO CHIC AND UNEXPECTED MIXED IN WITH OTHER NATURE-THEMED ART
MATCHBOX ART PRINTS
THIS ORIGINAL MIXED MEDIA PIECE IS INTERESTING AND ADDS TEXTURE TO A WALL
LOVE THIS PRINT OF A WOMAN MID-CREATION — SHE’S A LEFTIE LIKE ME, TOO!
OLD DOMINION PRINT
A FEW OF OTHERS WORTH A LOOK….
FRAME SPECIAL LETTERS AND FAMILY MEMORABILIA (TICKETS! MENUS! INVITATIONS!) IN THESE CLEAR FRAMES
THESE VINTAGE SOLDIER PRINTS COULD BE SPECTACULAR IF REFRAMED
FRAME A SPECIAL ARTICLE OF CLOTHING — DOESN’T NEED TO BE A BAPTISMAL DRESS — IN ONE OF THESE
RON NICOLE FLOWER RELIEF — IF YOU CAN GET YOUR HANDS ON ONE! THESE SELL SO FAST
AN INSLEE ORIGINAL — LOVE THIS LADYBUG STUDY
ALWAYS LOVE AUDUBON BIRD PRINTS — ESPECIALLY THE FLAMINGO
THESE FACE PRINTS ARE SO INTERESTING
VINTAGE HORSE SKETCH — LOVE EPHEMERA LIKE THIS FRAMED!
DON’T KNOW WHY BUT I HAVE A THING FOR MATADORS AND HAVE A FEW PIECES OF ART FEATURING THEM…THIS MIGHT NEED TO BE ADDED TO THE COLLECTION
THIS WHIMSICAL ELEPHANT PRINT IS SO SWEET AND COULD TOTALLY WORK MIXED IN WITH MORE SOPHISTICATED PIECES
LETTERPRESS BOAT PRINT (“A SAILOR! GOOD MAN!”)
P.P.S. Chic bar and counter stools.
P.P.P.S. All my current favorite things.