I wanted it to feel fabulous. And fun. And tell a story of us.
I also wanted it to be light. Nice, bright, white picture frames. No more dark needs to be added to the room.
The other day, it clicked to me that between the two windows in my living room is a perfect place for a collage wall. All I had to do was remove one wrought-iron decor piece & it was a perfectly blank slate. Not to mention, its one of the best walls in the house for prime-viewing. Honest.
But, wow. How bare & sad it looked. And why hadn't I thought of this space before? (smacks head)
So, on Saturday, we headed to Ikea. First of all, we love Ikea and sometimes head there on random weekends just to browse & peruse. Yes, we find going to Ikea as a perfectly acceptable (and also moderately exciting) weekend outing. Don't judge.
When I hit the section of picture frames, I was like a kid in candy store. I was tucking frames up under my arms and then found a little free corner, and kneeled (yes, kneeled) on the ground "assembling" a little collage-set-up.
You see, I suck at prep stuff. I figured I could do it right then and there. And you know what? It actually worked out pretty good.
Eleven frames and a bunch of other random Ikea odds-n-ends later, we were home.
It was just me & the wall.
I knew now, though, that it would take more planning. So this is when I went with the Young House Love system of prepping a collage wall.
Newspaper/advertisement hanging. Works every time. No really, it works like a charm.
As I was working, I'd move & tweak it, move & tweak until I came up with positioning of exactly how I wanted it.
And seriously? It couldn't have gotten any easier. I think I only have one random hole behind one of those frames that was unwanted shockingly enough.
And so, ta-da!
Yes, that's all my crap on the arm of the sofa. Yes, I was excited to take the picture & didn't even care to clean it up. So sue me.
And that "B" monogram is obviously for our last name. It was one I had in my craft room but stole it because it looked perfect here & was a great way to break up the frames a bit.
So here's where we're at right now with the wall.
In fact, only 5 out of 14 spaces are filled. The truth is, I don't want to rush to fill it with things I don't really love. Or photos that don't have a lot of meaning. Also? I need to get some things printed.
So yes, I'm showing you an unfinished collage wall.
It's still yet to be determined if the rest will be filled with photos, or if they'll be more prints.
The two prints shown were made by me, on a whim, yesterday afternoon. As in, I whipped them up in 10 seconds, and I'm still unsure of them. Plus, I'm so not a designer. They are more like place holders if I'm being honest.
But, what do you think so far?
Surely, it's an upgrade from before. I'll be sure to update on the finished product. At some point. Don't hold your breath.