I can't stop staring at it!
We got cable back this weekend (we cancelled it almost 2 months ago but my boyfriend couldn't go without his sports any longer so we got it back haha) but I couldn't focus on any of the shows that were on because I kept looking at our hard work :)
I planned the wall out in advance but my initial plan eventually changed and evolved into this one:
I thought it was going to take a day to hang everything but it took a week. I kept moving things around, adding/subtracting prints, and filling/painting extra holes so things took longer than expected. The extra time was worth it though and we couldn't be happier with how it turned out :)
I have to thank my friend Julia at Cuckoo 4 Design for the owl tea towel turned art idea! I fell in love with the owl in her black and white cross hallway makeover so I bought an owl tea towel of my own (from H&M, no longer available), wrapped it around an 18" x 24" canvas and stapled it in place!
I also made the "Never let you fear decide your fate" print below:
It's a lyric from AWOLNATION'S song "Kill Your Heroes" that has stuck with me every since I heard it. Would you be interested in a printable of the quote? I can customize the colors :)
Speaking of colors: the turtle shell was originally a creamy white color that I had planned to leave as-is but I kept contemplating the idea of painting it yellow.
I asked a few of my blogger friends what they thought and all of them said to paint it so I did! I love the result and I'm so thankful I can bounce ideas off of them :)
When I was choosing the art for our gallery wall, someone commented saying they were impressed with how much pink art I included since my boyfriend and I live together. Thankfully my boyfriend is really easy going and doesn't really care about what I do to our home! He has a say in every idea/project I come up with but he trusts my vision and typically loves the outcome of whatever we've done. He's a keeper :)
Taking the art almost all the way to the top of our 10' ceilings and out to the edges of our curtains helps shrink the size of our 55" TV and makes it blend in a little more!
By the way, 6 of the 7 pieces of art I was thinking about including in our gallery wall made the cut!
Here's an idea of what the space around our TV looked like before:
Here's what it looks like with the gallery wall (and the gray chair from our office):
Just for fun, here's a before photo of our living room that was taken a couple of months after we moved in:
And here's what our living room looks like today, almost 2 years later:
It's all cosmetic changes but the before and after is still pretty stunning if you ask me :)