My love for wall art knows know bounds. I’m always changing out pictures and creating new ones. I guess that’s why I started making free printables for my subscribers – there just isn’t room in our home for all my ideas, so I thought I’d share them with you! There really will come a time when I actually do run out of space but until then, OneandSeventy still has many walls yet that are ripe for the covering.
Like this one in the bedroom.
No sooner was the new dark paint job dry, than I was plastering it with new Suzy makes. Seriously, this gallery wall was so cheap and simple, anyone can do it. Because it was made with samples of a wallpaper.
That I discovered in a toilet.
Stay with me here.
You see it all started when Mr & Mrs Number One treated Beloved and I to Afternoon Tea at Birmingham’s Jekyll and Hyde Gin Bar. The very last thing I expected to find was the perfect wallpaper. But there it was. In the ladies’ loo. It’s name? Osborne & Little’s Butterfly Garden.
I just HAD to have it for OneandSeventy’s Victorian-Gothic inspired dining room and neither Beloved’s horror-stricken face, nor the £170-a-roll price tag were going to stop me.
With samples in hand, I went into full-bore Suzy mode. But I soon discovered it wasn’t going to work. Not without some major wall prepping that we could ill-afford.
Especially not on top of a £170-a-roll price tag.
I was crushed.
Somewhere in my grief, I heard a voice say: “Why don’t you frame the sample?”
By that time, my monkey brain and the dining room makeover had already moved on. But the suggestion stayed with me and like many of Beloved’s ideas, grew legs and morphed into a larger project.
Instead of using a single frame, I raided IKEA for a range of sizes, cut up the samples and created a gallery wall from them.
I’m slowly adding a few more Suzy makes to the wall, like a velvet spider canvas and gold decal, but more on that later.
It’s easy to create a gallery wall like this in your home and I think you’ll agree, it makes quite the statement. All you need is a wallpaper sample! For extra impact and personality, why not frame more than one, or mix up a few of your favourites? You can usually pick up free samples at places like B&Q.
As for the frames, if you’re not a hater, IKEA really is the best. They’re cheap, easy to fill and light enough to hang with my go-to Command Strips, so you can swap out your art and your gallery whenever you feel the urge.
Now that’s what I call stylish décor on a budget!
A hui hou,
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