Gallery Wall, In Progress

gallery wall in progress

I’m creating a gallery wall in our upstairs family room/homeschool room, dogs room? I started about a month ago and keep forgetting how much time it takes for a gallery wall to evolve. Because it’s still not done.

A few months ago we moved the leather sofa upstairs, along with our TV. I got a big rug and now everyone in the house who is male, including the dog, has a new favorite room.

The two largest walls in the room are knee walls, with a really low slanting ceiling because technically, this is the bonus room over our garage. So there’s really no place to hang anything but on the two short ends, the other short end is a big window so it seemed right to work a gallery wall into this end.

how to make a gallery wall

We’ve got denim and leather, black velvet drapes and a black and white patterned rug. I figured I’d let the pillows and stacks of books be the color in the room. So when it came to the gallery wall I started collecting items that were black and white and wood.

Once I shopped the house for a few weeks I knew I was missing the most important items. All I had were a bunch of supporting frames and such but I needed the main characters.

how to make a gallery wall

I pained the back of the deer antler mount black and ordered the two other starring roles from two friends. The Deer Canvas from the talented Lindsay Letters (free shipping with code NESTSHIP through the month of April!) and….an enlarged photo of Topiwo and his home from Unitprints. All items were added to my mental roll of my favorite things. It’s getting quite long.

lindsay letters deer canvas

gallery wrapped canvas

I ordered Topiwo’s canvas through UnitPrints because even though I don’t know the owner, I feel like I do. Dee, from Red Letter Words has been a friend for YEARS. We’ve met from time to time over the years, spent some time in Arkansas together last year, and her family sends our family Christmas cards. My husband even recognizes her. Dee created one of the most cherished pieces of art in our house, the street sign canvas. And it was two years after I had it before I realized that all her canvases at Red Letter Words are printed up by her husband’s company, UnitPrints.

Screen Shot 2013-04-10 at 7.27.23 AMstreet sign canvas

Dee’s husband Tim told me he’d print up something for me so I could see if I liked it so I went in and uploaded a favorite photo of Topiwo, the 15-year-old Tanzanian young man our family sponsors through Compassion International that I got to meet at his HOUSE last year, please read this if you never have! Anyway, I got to preview it before I committed and I even choose to have the “stretched” option to make the most of the photo on the front of the canvas.


I liked the results so much that I emailed Tim on Monday to see if he’d want to offer a discount code with this post so if you are in the market for a gallery wall completing gallery wrapped canvas, you can order one through Thursday at midnight for 50% off with code NEST50 .


photo: Jenny Anderson

It’s 50% off!

More updates to come on this wall, but I’ve finally figured out it’s more fun to share the progress. If you order a canvas, send me a picture of it when you receive your order, I’d love to see what you do with it. Next on my gallery wall to do list–put something special in that shadow box thing, and find an instagram print for the square photo frame that still has the generic photo and price tag on the front.

to be continued…

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  1. I love how it’s coming together! I think my favorites are the deer antlers and the deer canvas. Yup, definitely like those!

  2. okay, i was humming along fine in this post until BAM!!!
    i spewed my coffee.
    some mothers read Grimm’s fairy tales to their children before bed.
    i do my best rendition of sally o’malley.
    7 times in a row.
    which leads to throwing my hip out.
    which sadly, doesn’t curb my enthusiasm for o’malley one iota.
    so, naturally, we’ll start our day with the you tube video.
    my girls thank you but my hip? does not.
    can’t wait to see you this weekend.

  3. Great code! Thanks!

  4. LOL, I’m 50! Love your gallery wall and I love that your dog perfectly coordinates with it. :)

  5. very generous discount. . thanks!! Now to decide what I want to get blown up and put on a canvas. And I love that deer print. . .perfect for my hunting love son’s room

  6. The wall is coming along great AND the picture of Topiwo hanging with your family…just brought tears to my eyes! That is SO special I can’t even describe! LOVE IT!!!

  7. sonja mcgittigan says:

    it’s coming together nicely. I have the same problem of no wall space in our playroom which sits over our garage. I’ve decided to not stress about the walls and focus on fun pillows and window treatments.
    I am wondering (so I can take advantage of the generous 50% offer) what size canvas you ordered of topiwo’s pic. i’m just trying to visualize in my head the size it may be so I can figure out the size I need. I believe a pic of the best westie ever will do nicely on a canvas. I know…don’t hate!

    • oh yes, it’s a 10 x 20 mostly because that’s what fit what I wanted to have in the photo. no hating, I wanted to have a photo of our dog blown up too, but when i asked Tim about it he pointed out that the eyes were blurry in the photo that I had and it wouldn’t turn out all that great. but I think it’s a Wonderful idea!

  8. She Who Shall Not Be (Real)Named says:

    It’s looking great! Love the deer/word art canvas and LOVE the Sally O’Malley reference!

  9. I love your gallery wall! I get so paraoid about putting more holes in my walls that it’s hard for me to play around with different things on the wall to get the look I want. I guess I’m just going to have to bite the bullet though. I have a sort-of gallery wall of old & current family photos in my living room, but I really like how you’ve mixed it up with some “stuff” (antlers, stretched canvas, etc.) in addition to your family photos.

  10. I love your gallery walls! This one is turning into a beauty like your other. Super love how you had your photo put on canvas. As always sitting in awe of your room!

  11. Wonderful! Gallery walls look so simple and yet ARE THE HARDEST THINGS TO ASSEMBLE!!! Who’s have thought it was so tricky to hang stuff in just the perfect spot? BTW, I needed the giggle that your 50% pic offered. :)

  12. Your gallery wall is very meaningful, and the room is turning out charmingly masculine. I love it!

  13. Traci Morgan says:

    The gallery wall in the first photo does look perfect and complete to me. Love it.

  14. I love the rusticness of it!


  15. My fav part of this post was when you talked about the time it takes for a gallery wall to develop. Some of the ones I’ve done in the past have been rushed, just to get them DONE, and I think I’d have liked the results better had I given the project time to breathe.

  16. I saw your last post when you rearranged the room and had your children help you paint it. I love the progression. Lots of people think you should just dive into a room to transform it over night, but I always think its best when you have time to mull over it. Great idea to create a gallery!

  17. You. Are. My. Best. Friend. Well, in my dreams….but seriously, reading your posts are so fun and inspiring. And love how the room is coming along! ~Kim

    • oh I am dying laughing! The Nester is my best friend too, I want to be her. Myquillyn is a pure mess and so dorky compared to The Nester.

  18. Precious young man on your wall – just an awesome photograph.

  19. It looks amazing. I have loved those denim slip-covered sofas ever since I saw one in a PB catalog in…maybe…2003? I felt like denim sofas went out of style, but never with me. I love yours. And I hope you single-handedly bring back the popularity! The denim is perfect for kids and looks great with browns and whites. Well I know I’m preachin’ to the choir. Love your style!

    • I’m so embarrassed that I’ve NEVER washed it!!! that’s why I bought it, so I could wash the slipcovers and now I’ve never even done it! Ours is about 10 years old and it’s been great, sagging a little since it’s a sleeper but it’s great for the boys!

  20. haha. my mom turned 50 this year. she loves that skit!

  21. Oh my gosh, I bought that same rug from Overstock and it’s arriving today! Glad I got to see pictures of it in your space – it makes me even more excited to receive it!

    The room is coming along very nicely!! Loving your natural wood frames – Target has some now that I’ve been eyeing!

    Keep up the great work!

  22. I love the eclectic look of this, not too ordered, but rather nicely unorganized ( if that makes sense LOL) I’m in my anti-order phase at home and this is just the inspiration I need.

  23. Would you mind sharing where you got that adorable owl pillow on your couch? Thank you.

  24. It looks fabulous, and your dog is adorable too:)

  25. OK, that wall is freaking awesome. Totally non-conventional, yet so peaceful too. You are seriously the gallery wall whisperer! ~Kerri

  26. Topiwo?

    Love you, M.

  27. I love it! I like having things close to furniture pieces, but is someone going to bump their head on that shelf? I have a trio of family pictures mounted on some striped canvases above my sofa and I’m dying to add some elements to mix it up and make it more gallery-esque! Thanks for the inspiration!

  28. I have spent most of the afternoon on your blog. I loved and pinned your post on the power of the imperfect over a year ago, but didn’t remember to follow your blog. But now I’m a follower on FB and will make your blog a regular stop. I love your thoughtfulness and intention with how your approach your home. I’m trying to follow in your footsteps with my new baby blog House Over Head. I love your posts on your gallery wall, homes with purpose, thrifting, and two kinds of shoppers. Thank you!

  29. LOVE the wall – it has so much depth and dimension. A lot of gallery walls can be kind of flat, which is a shame. If I could create a gallery wall (alas, I’m renting), I’d definitely go for something similar to what you’ve done here.

  30. I love this idea. Thank you for posting it. Have the perfect place to put it in my office/ all purpose room. I haven’t done the PX 90 work out in a while but I do workout every day either at the gym or at home so the white board is a great way to keep my workouts straight.

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