Sunday, February 26, 2012

Master Bedroom Art

The wall above our bed is empty, and it's been that way since we moved in. In fact, I can't think of a time when we have ever had anything over our bed, in any incarnation, in the eight years my husband and I have been together.



Here is our daughter. Her smile makes up for the fact that I didn't straighten the sheets or pillows before taking these pictures.


A few months ago I had had enough, so I presented my husband with a myriad of options for what to do over the bed. We finally decided on a collage of images. This is perfect, since each of the other bedrooms has a collection of images as well, so either it's a theme or I'm just not creative enough to do something else in a bedroom. I'm voting for the former.

I found amazing photos of Paris from Little Brown Pen. We had been to Paris together five years ago on our babymoon, just before our lives were forever changed and we became parents. Although to be fair, Paris isn't particularly important to us, we just liked the images. She has a collection of images (you can choose four or nine) in a variety of colors. If you can't already tell from the room, our bedroom is not a mecca for color of any kind. It was a stretch for us (and I say "us" but really I mean "him") to even get the white shams and duvet with navy border. Finally we settled on a color, so there could be a "pop" in the room.

The prints arrived, I went to Ikea to buy Ribba frames for them (my go-to place for frames), then I put them in the frames and carried them upstairs. And they sat. And sat and sat. And sat and sat and sat.
Sorry, is anyone else reading Once Upon a Potty? It gets stuck in my head.



Yes, there they are sitting atop our dresser. With a power drill. For no reason. And a baby monitor, which is there since our baby sleeps in our bed and that way I can watch her nap. I know, it's totally creepy to have a monitor in my room, which is why whenever I'm in there I not only turn it off, but I turn it towards the wall too. Oh, and the baby will hopefully be transitioning to her own crib, I can't get started in the co-sleeping debate, except to say that she wanted it, she is the third, and she will be moving soon.

Back to my point. Three months after the frames were carried up, we finally got around to hanging them. First I laid the out on the bed to decide how to arrange them.

Then I realized that they were arranged on the website and that the photographer had probably put more effort into their arrangement that I could while wrangling three little kids on a Sunday morning. So I went to the computer and just used her arrangement as a guide. And my husband hung them up.



See how easy I just made that sound? Hanging Ikea frames is not easy. As you might know, you hand tie the wire on the back of each one, which means they are never the same. So you need to measure each frame from top to were that one in particular will hang from, then do lots of measuring on your wall. Finally it was done, and result is amazing for me. We finally have color in our bedroom! Of course, now I just need to bring in more color, but I'm taking things one step at a time.

There is some yellow in the loft, especially in the heart art which is yellow and navy. Too bad it hasn't entered our all marble master bath.


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33 comments:

Allison @ House of Hepworths said...

Oh I love it! Great job!!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Those look great against your wall color. I love a gallery wall.

Our Pinteresting Family said...

Looks fantastic! I love all the color in the gallery and your bed! ~ Megan your newest follower via The Kurtz Corner's blog hop. :)

{Hi Sugarplum!} said...

Those prints are so fun and pretty! And I love your bedding (and the little model!) :) Thanks for sharing!

Megan said...

Love the way those prints look grouped together. Lovely!

Pam said...

That looks fantastic! Love the photos too. And your little girl is adorable. Thanks for visiting me yesterday via the blog hop. I am a new Linky follower.

The Rooster and The Hen said...

I love wall groupings and yours is so wonderful! Stopping by from the power bloggers tribe to say hi and follow you through GFC/Linky Tools!

Samantha said...

Wow! Your home is absolutely gorgeous-I love the color of your bedroom walls & you did a fantastic job on the pictures! I'm a little bit (maybe a lot) jealous. I'm following you now via GFC & Linky-I'd love it if you dropped by my little blog and joined me too.

Samantha♥
http://www.theadornedarticleblog.blogspot.com/

Amy @ Punk Princess Creations said...

New follower from the blog hop. :-) www.punkprincesscreations.blogspot.com

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

Hey there, Jessica! Thanks for stopping by Decor & More -- you def need a girls' weekend, with such little ones!! I remember those days...
So glad I found you through our power bloggers tribe! I'm a new follower, of course, and look forward to getting to know you!
~Heidi :)

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i love the warmth the yellow in the artwork brings- it looks awesome against that fabulous wall color!

Erin of HomeSavvyAtoZ.com said...

I loooooooooooooove your artwork. Well done!

Krystle @ Color Transformed Family said...

First, your daughter is just precious and I love her shirt! I laughed when you mentioned how hard it was to get your husband to add the least bit of color. The prints are just the perfect touch to your bedroom. Unfortunately my headboard is way too high to hang pictures above. I do want to incorporate a gallery wall somewhere into my house though.
P.S I went back and looked at your post about your master bathroom. It is amazing! I wish I could just pick it up and transport it to my house.

Eclectically Vintage said...

That wall color is amazing - love a bold choice. Love that art too - the fun yellow is amazing. When the hubs and I hung 12 pics we decided up front that it could lead to a divorce! We did squabble a bit but it was worth the effort to get everything nice and straight!

And I am in love with your bathroom. I chose marble too - we have similar floors but instead of black accents, mine are gray. Can't wait to see more!

And your daughter - too cute!
Kelly

thistlewoodfarm said...

Jessica,

This is perfect! Love the solution to the age old question, "What do we hang in the big blank space" :)

Have a wonderful day!

blessings,
karianne

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

Jessica - This look is awesome! The pop of yellow is just perfect in every shot. And it creates a big statement with the grouping of little pictures.
Just awesome!!
Karah

Kathryn said...

Oh I LOVE this! I also love big groups of photos altogether... we have a similar, evolving wall of 9 photographs that shows us all growing up as a family.

Have a great day!

Kathryn

nichole said...

Oh wow! Someone sent me a link to your post and I am so glad they did!

I am Nichole (the photographer). The photos look great, and I completely relate to never getting around to hanging artwork. I bought some art over the holidays and it's sitting (unframed!) on a cabinet in my office.

BTW, I did put some thought into the arrangement. ;)

I hope you enjoy the photos!

Kelley @ TheGrantLife.com said...

I love the artwork above the bed! The colors are great.. Im really enjoying the grey/yellow combo. Very nice for a master. And I understand the monitor thing.. I would put it towards the floor. Kinda creeps me out.. oh well. :)

Sharon @ mrshinesclass said...

I can relate to the blank wall above the bed dilemma. I love your artwork! It looks great.

Sharon @ mrs. hines class

Olga@Stardust-Decor&Style said...

Jessica I really like it! Completely transformed! If you add some yellow pillows it would be awesome. Grey and yellow is a combination that I love! Although my bedroom is grey and pink... LOL!

A Lived in Home said...

Love how your room is coming together! Envious of your abstract art above the dresser. It's fabulous and full of color. I'm a new follower. Come visit sometime. :) I'm going to browse around the rest of your blog now!

Amy said...

Love the pops of yellow! Would love for you to come share at my first linky party!
Amy@homehappyhome.blogspot.com

Amy - while wearing heels said...

I am totally smitten with yellow at the moment. Really well done. Love it!

Cindy@Cinsarah said...

I Love it! Love the touches of yellow against your navy wall!
Your bed & bedding are gorgeous!!
I found your lovely blog via Shabby Creek Cottage's Link Party! I'm a new follower! :)

cinsarah.blogspot.com

Natasha Mairs said...

LOVE

pinning

Natasha xx

www.serenityyou.blogspot.com

Maria said...

What a gorgeous picture collage! I have an empty wall in the bedroom too and am not sure what to do with it... I really like your idea! And of course you can't go wrong with images of Paris - I have good memories of it too, that's where my husband proposed!

Susan @ Oh My! Creative said...

They really look nice with the color of your wall paint! I love the images too!

I would love if you would post it and share it with my readers! Join the Community and share any creative project!

Susan @ Oh My! Creative

Susan @ Oh My! Creative said...

They really look nice with the color of your wall paint! Love the images too!

I would love if you would post it and share it with my readers! Join the Community and share any creative project!

Susan @ Oh My! Creative

Lyn said...

Love the pictures and they are great against the wall color. I have paint chips taped up all over the place right now. Could you tell me what color your bedroom is? Thanks
Lyn

jacky @ small home love said...

Hi. Beautiful yellow photos :),I love that they're kinda abstract and they look awesome against the dark wall.

michele said...

Love the artwork grouping. For future grouping I thought you might want to know that if you use sawtooth hangers on the backs instead of wire it will go MUCH smoother. I was a custom framer for over a decade a we always did this, that way each hanger is in the same spot and the pictures sit closer to the wall and don't shift around. Hope this helps in the future!

jasi said...

haha. it looks lovely. glad you finally put them up. i keep my home pretty minimal but my one weakness is my children's art. i can't let go. i purchased a giant tub of frames.. now i just have to frame and hang them. your motivation came just in time. wish me luck!

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