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From the desk of Lauren Palmer

Hey friends! Have you seen our newest edition of TAOLB’s magazine, called Falliday?? (If not you can find it HERE.) Well inside, our Home Editor, Ashley Pate, shows us how to create a gorgeous Gallery Wall using 5 super simple steps:

1.) Gather    2.) Floor Plan    3.) Templates    4.) Assemble    5.) Let it Hang!

Each step is described in more detail in the magazine–you’ll have to check it out because steps 2 and 3 are my favorite and in my opinion, are the most helpful. 🙂

Today I want to offer a few additional tips that Ashley and I found while creating this gallery wall and wanted to share them with you. We truly hope this helps, and would love to see what you create! Be sure to post and tag us on social media so we can applaud!

When it comes to gathering items to use, this was my favorite part! I knew I wanted to use the beautiful portraits that Christen Benat painted of my boys (you can read more about Christen here.) I also wanted to include a painting my mother did of oyster shells as well as one by my sister’s late father-in-law, titled “Vanessa”, of a woman wearing a red hat. None of these paintings really “go” together, but I love them all for different reasons which just adds to the uniqueness and sentiment of the wall. 

I didn’t want to limit myself to just using paintings, however. If I can give you a piece of advice, it would be don’t limit yourself when creating a gallery wall. Dig through all those things you’ve saved in the back of a closet or under the guest room bed. Brainstorm some interesting objects to include. I loved the idea of using driftwood but didn’t have any, so I found this piece at The Antique Company Mall in downtown McKinney. 

My friend Wayne Batchelder made the beautiful spoons using reclaimed wood and clay. Ashley and I knew they would look beautiful hanging in a group on the wall, but we wanted something more interesting than a simple nail or Command Hook to hang them on. I found these vintage stamps at Birds and Words, and turned them into “pegs” by taping them to the wall using Command tape. 

Add a plant!! When dreaming up this gallery wall, I actually had the idea to include something in the wall that would be sitting on the floor, like a large plant. This one, called “mother-in-law’s tongue” or “snake plant” was the winner because it doesn’t need a lot of sunlight or water. It’s pretty low maintenance. (I read this article about caring for snake plants.) I found the basket also at The Antique Company Mall–y’all I find so much stuff for my photo shoots there, and even nabbed the colorful Turkish towel from there to have folded over the basket. If you don’t want to include a plant, you could also have a bench, a stack of baskets, or some colorful pillows. 

Be sure to have some hardware essentials! You won’t get through your gallery wall without these essentials: painters tape, command tape, touchup paint, a hand drill, picture hangers, and various sizes of nails. I would love to hear about your hardware go-tos if you are already a gallery wall pro. What do you use? What can’t you live without? Please share in the comments so my readers can see!

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