My first ever gallery wall….

I just thought I’d pop up two old pictures of the first ever gallery wall I made in my bedroom at my mum’s house. We re-decorated this room five years ago. I’d just graduated and was living at home while job-hunting (sound familiar?) so Mum and I decided to get rid of my teenage boudoir (there was a lot of lilac, clutter, fake flowers, posters and blue trim) and create a room that was still ‘mine’ but also nice to enough to be a peaceful spare room. We finished it all up and then two weeks later I got a job and was off to London! So this time now is actually the longest I will have spent living there.

You’ve already seen the magnet photo board we put up and the wallpaper-backed shelves, now here’s the gallery wall.


The dreamy bow-fronted chest of drawers was one grandmother’s, the green glass vanity set was the others. The bed was a present for my 18th birthday… I thought I’d have it forever, but circumstances changed. The chandelier was a present for my 21st (I now think it’s hung too high, but that’s another story).

In the time since these photos were taken I’ve updated the pictures (there’s no Mr V in these, so we had to remedy that!) I’ve also massively decluttered the top of the dresser – the candlestick and flowers started to feel messy to me. The tiny shoes are from (left) Dubai (hi z!) and (right) Morocco.

I put these up looong before I started reading design blogs or magazines, so I didn’t make templates or anything fancy like that. I just started with the mirror in the centre and worked outwards. I did paint some of the frames, but that was just because some looked a bit matchy matchy. They’re a mix of charity shop and Ikea.


(With apologies for the poor picture quality. It was a rainy day and I didn’t take enough time over these.)


  • Ainhoa
    February 22, 2012 - 3:28 pm | Permalink

    I like how many different frames the arrangement has! And that mirror is awesome. A great focal point.

  • Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove
    February 22, 2012 - 3:48 pm | Permalink

    How fun! I love the mirror in the middle (I may borrow that idea) and the assortment of frames. I’m partial to an organic look as well :)

  • Deanna @ TheChangingHouse
    February 22, 2012 - 5:10 pm | Permalink

    I absolutely love the shoes. Great idea! They are so cute and fit in well.

  • Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication
    February 22, 2012 - 7:30 pm | Permalink

    Cute! I love the more organic look too! And that bed is GORGEOUS!

  • Clair
    February 23, 2012 - 1:58 pm | Permalink

    What a beautiful room! I love the bed frame, and love the gallery wall. It’s such a good idea to put up the little shoes. That would be a good way to hold on to a really precious pair from childhood too.

  • z
    February 29, 2012 - 12:15 pm | Permalink

    love this!

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