October 11, 2012

Nursery Notebook :: 3 :: The Gallery Wall (maybe?)

I feel like I've done a pretty good job thus far with keeping the nursery neutral and ... dare I saw... sophisticated? Okay, maybe not sophisticated, but whatever it is now I'm thinking it's perhaps a little too much so.

The first time I showed my husband the nursery concept his response was "shouldn't there be monkeys hanging on the wall or something?" His desire for something a little more whimsical hasn't waned and I'm starting to get a on board with the idea. Since wall decor is the only thing we lack, it's definitely the place to get creative - if I'm going to.

My first instinct for a gallery wall looks something like this:

But that isn't really veering too far off course for me in this space.

Then I, of course, adore Joni's entire play space she has recently created for her precious daughter. And her gallery wall is such fun:

I've always loved that Elizabeth Taylor photo she was inspired by.

And how clever is she to recreate it in such a personal way?

But I'm not sure this isn't too wild for my currently oh so neutral space... Not to mention a baby girl is going to actually have to enter our family before I could get my husband on board with a humongous pink photograph, anyway.

Joni's wall, however, is very in style right now. It's what we're seeing a lot of on blogs. What makes it okay is that everyone can do the "same thing" without doing the same thing. Everyone's gallery wall is their own.

For instance, Joy's gallery wall is identical in concept but does not look at all the same:

In both cases, it's collected and totally cute. I like that.

If I were to do a version of this style of gallery wall in our nursery it would be a good place for the many small scale prints and things I've seen on Etsy, etc. that I would like to use in some capacity.

This is what my "etsy-based gallery wall" would be comprised of:

Don't worry, this one come in a blue 'him' version, too

But do I really need that many versions of how much I already love this child plastered to the wall?


Then there's this - most nursery like - wall of beautifully framed and matted Shel Silverstein book pages. Genius. Amy Meier does not wrong.

This is probably the best compromise of the look I've gone for throughout the planning process and a touch of whimsy that will confirm this room is in fact for a baby.

But I really loooove all of those random etsy, etc. items... hmmm.

image source 1, 2, 345 all of the images for an "etsy-based" gallery wall can be sourced on my pinterest boards: nursery and oh baby


  1. So fun, Arre!! Can't wait to see what you do - I know it's going to be beautiful! And, I can't wait to see what you are having.:) Love that Shel Silverstein wall!

    1. Thank you so much, Joni! And congratulations to you! I can't wait to see what you do for Peanut #2!


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