Friday Round Up: Gallery Walls Follow Me Wherever I Go.

I jet-set to Boston.  I go to a new restaurant in Chicago.  I buy a new jacket from J Crew.  I visit friends in San Diego.  I eat brunch with Rick.  I walk down a Westin Hotel hallway.  Everywhere I turn, gallery walls are there, smiling at me, saying “Hi Ann! We love you as much as you love us!”  My heart goes pitter-patter and next thing you know, I am the crazy lady snapping angled shots with my iPhone in the middle of a crowded restaurant.

In the past week, here are amazing gallery walls that grabbed my attention.  I always love to find inspiration in my travels and adventures and these have helped (I just completed a wall gallery wall in my master bedroom…more to come).

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How to Create a Wall Gallery {Featuring West Elm Gallery Frames}

If you have been following me over the past couple of years, you should know at least two things.  One, that I love interior design.  And two, I have an obsession with wall galleries.  Over the last few weeks, I have talked to three women about creating wall galleries in their homes and received similar responses which was “I don’t know how to do it” or “It seems hard.”  I can understand this so today, I am here to share a very easy way to do a simple wall gallery.  Let’s call it Wall Galleries for Dummies. 

While you can use any frames for this project, I really think the West Elm Gallery Frames are critical for two reasons.  One, they are pretty awesome frames (and if you sign up for their emails you usually can get them on sale) and two, they come with the EASIEST template to hang the frames!  Now that we have that settled, check out the three easy steps below.

First, using your eye or a level, place the paper templates on a vertical wall as outlined below using scotch tape.  I love the floor to ceiling look so if you have the wall space, try it out!  how-to-create-a-wall-gallery-ann-written-notesNow.  You can’t see it in these pics, but, the templates have the exact place you need to put in the two nails to hang the frames.  So, you hammer in a couple small nails and then just pull the paper off the wall.

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And, um, start hanging your frames 🙂  Yeah, I told you this was easy.

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An important step in all of this is to find some fabulous photos or artwork to put in the frames.  And I suppose it makes sense to do that before you hang the frames 🙂  As you can see, I didn’t do that.  I was still working on my photography plan of attack. If you need ideas or want to purchase some of my aspiration travel photos, ping me!  You can check out my Etsy Shop, too, which currently only features five shots but soon will have more.

Okay, drum roll please!  Here is the finished, easy, wall gallery featuring West Elm gallery frames.

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Monday Love: Domino Magazine

domino-magazine-ann-written-notesIf you are a design junkie like me, I am sure you drooled a little when the Spring special edition of Domino Magazine hit the newsstands. And seconds later, you probably sprinted as fast as you could to snatch it up, right? Yeah, me too. It’s like a mini version of Christmas morning when this beloved magazine comes out.

And we all know that turning the pages of Domino is somewhat coveted so you should make it a moment. Make it special. Cherish it. And last night, I did just that. I played French music on Pandora. I lit some candles. I drew some bathwater and popped in one of those awesome Lush burst ball thingys (thanks, Sarah). And I flipped each page, one by one and smiled. I know when I go to Heaven God is going to have every single Domino magazine waiting for me.

Pardon the iPhone snapshots, but here are the highlights and my favorite spaces.  The themes I am seeing are wall galleries and dramatic curtains.

Love this entryway.  It’s functional and unexpected.

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The curtains add a pop here not only with their pattern which offers contrast from the blue tones, but the length, stemming from ceiling to floor to add the effect of the room looking larger than it is.

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I ADORE this kitchen nook.  It’s playful, cozy and the gallery wall works perfectly!  I could SO have a cup of tea and a scone here.  domino-magazine-ann-written-notes

Blue walls.  I’m loving them.  And going to paint our master bedroom something like this.  And let’s not forget about another amazing wall gallery.domino-magazine-ann-written-notes-6

Color block curtains?  I thought you’d never ask.

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White walls, simple, elegant chandelier, fabulous art and some incredible pieces of furniture make this space Pinterest worthy for sure.

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More blue walls, dramatically long curtains, pop of pink.  Done and done and done. LOVE!

domino-magazine-ann-written-notes-3Where childhood meets adulthood.  Chalkboard meets gold sconces combined with a great styling of entryway table.  Is that a snake?!  I want!

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{all photos from Domino Magazine Spring Edition}

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