Friday, 26 October 2012


Yeah I know it's a crap title.

We have a little office nook here in our apartment in Amsterdam and it needs a little loving. I've been thinking about doing a gallery wall in there for a while as I have quite a few pictures that are lying around homeless. I love that gallery walls can basically be whatever the hell you like - matchy matchy, same frames, same colour, photos, art, trinkets - whatever your heart desires. Our nook has enough space for our desk (stainless steel with blackened tempered glass), our office chair which (a vintage Walter Knoll that I gave to the husband for his 30th, brownie points cha-ching)and some matching black wood Chinese shelves and drawers. Now you know what it looks like. (I'm choosing to omit the framed signed England Rugby shirt in my description).

I'd love to paint the whole nook black up but that's a pretty brave feat - also I haven't spoken to either the landlord or the husband about this yet so it may be a long shot (hello husband, what do you think of my idea)? Like I said I've been thinking about this for a while but then I picked up a copy of House and Garden and saw this bedroom of Bunny Turner from TurnerPocock and I just want to eat the whole room up for breakfast.

Then I went to the Zoo with Baby A and in their cafe I saw this monster.

It's so high you can barely see the top.

So with all these millions (2) of cryptic signs (not really) I figured I should look at a few more images of gallery walls to get the inspiration juices flowing for our own wall.

Hold your horses though because before that I'm going to thrill you with a few new pictures that I've recently bought to go in this so far imaginary gallery wall. Firstly the lovely LIPS picture from Jessica at The Aestate

I just love it and how cool will (would, ahem) that look on a black wall in a gold frame?

I also bought a few Japanese papers, (they are literally A4 papers and cost 2 euros each). A steal don't you think? Picked them up in a paper shop here in the Dam. Couldn't work out which colour I liked more so got both - I know, go crazy. I am so in love with the blue I went back and got it in A3. Maybe I'll just quit the gallery wall and tape these all together to make wallpaper.

So back to the inspiration pics and starting with some black and dark walls...

I still don't get why people hang plates on walls.


This here is Kimberley over at Swoonworthy's Gallery wall, pretty natty having the TV sneaking in there huh? She also has written a post with tips on how to do your own gallery wall incase you're interested.


OK this I LOVE.
Love the LOVE print.
Love the colours
Love the gold lamp
just Love.

This is brilliant, it's for an architect's office and combining all the antique maps in an asymetrical way is perfect.

This is the super smart version of the gallery wall. Perfectly lined up, matching size prints and same frames. It's also a hotel room, wow, totally would (stay there).

This is perfect the green is awesome although I can't help thinking I'd impale myself on those coral handles.

This is what I want in my nook - mismatched pics on two walls.

Pretty cool use for Washi Tape. 

Another thing I have to go on my wall are those photobooth photos like the above which I've collected from weddings and parties and have taken on my phone - they are the BEST (along with polaroids).

Okey Dokey that should do for the moment. 

ps. WTF is this below? I don't like it. I would constantly be worrying about things falling on my head and it would give you nightmares as you'd think you were actually standing up and you'd try and walk and you'd go nowhere and...ARGH STOP IT. 


  1. Awww cheers for including my little humble abode in your mix of frankly AMAZING gallery walls! :) Love all your inspiration and you've got some great starting points - the lips watercolour? Oh god yes, I was eyeing that one myself for my dressing room! Also loving the japanese style papers! Gorgeous. As for the one on the ceiling...erm. No. Just. Weird.

    Can't wait to see what you come up with ;) xxx

  2. Love these galleries! Mine is currently all packed up in storage *sniff* but thank you for sharing my watercolor lips print!! xo

  3. I LOVE plates on walls! Most plates are pretty as pictures and it's such a shame to have them stacked in a cupboard.
    When the dresser is full...
    Use disk hangers on the back of plates and almost anything you can imagine. It can give your gallery display a really interesting eclectic look, much more interesting than just boring old pictures in frames.