July 18, 2012

Master Bedroom Reveal… Finally.

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I have been talking about this dang gallery wall for… what? Four months now? Six? I’m not even sure any more. Matthew and I have been working on our master bedroom since we moved in two and a half years ago, and by working on it I mean I was stalling and “brainstorming” and collecting frames and then collecting things to go in the frames and then finding reasons why I should put off putting the things in the frames because, honestly, this project was a smidgen overwhelming at times. BUT, I could not be more happy with our completed room. We wanted to go for an awesome, Hogwarts-esque feel to the gallery wall (Harry Potter nerds, unite!) and I am reminded of my favorite novels every time I enter the room. Cool.

Matthew seriously amazed me with his work on this space. He hung all the items on the wall (with my superivision, of course—except for the ram head—he waited ‘til I was out and then “surprised” me with it when I got home), and he single handedly wainscoted the walls and bead-boarded the ceiling. Blood, sweat, and tears were poured over this bedroom, I assure you. (Blood and sweat were Matthew’s, tears were mine.)  Hope you enjoy it! I’ve included more specifics and tips at the end of this post—hope they answer any questions you might have. :)

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Tips on building your own gallery wall:

+ Accept that it will likely be a process. If you want to stay within a reasonable budget, it will take a while to find all of the items for your wall. I collected frames and pictures from antique stores, garage sales, and sales at stores like Wal-Mart, the Pottery Barn outlet, and Aaron Brothers. A good chunk of the frames we wound up with were from a “buy one, get one for a penny” sale at Aaron Brothers.  Other frames and pictures were things Matthew and I already had when we got married.

+ Keep all your pictures inside the frames in a similar color scheme. I tried to avoid really bold colored pictures, and went with mostly white or cream colored or black and whites to keep things cohesive and not too overwhelming.

+ I found some cool prints (like the Expecto Patronum one) in Etsy shops, but buying lots of prints can get pricey. I printed some of my own photos and also framed antique book pages and pages I tore out of a couple old botanical print books and even a book of piano music I found at an antique store. This saved LOADS of money. I also found that Wal-mart was one of the cheapest places to finds mats for the frames.

+ Hang bunches of dried flowers or wheat in large, empty frames. You can find these types of frames at antique stores or yard sales for great prices sometimes, and things like wheat can be picked and bundled together for free. Matthew and I picked our wheat in a field last week!

+ When it comes time to put together all your frames, start in the middle and work your way out. You can set up a general grid of the pictures on the floor before you start, and then take a picture of them so you don’t forget how they were arranged when you start to put everything up. And remember, you don’t have to have all the frames and pictures together before you start hanging them! We started with what we had on hand, and at that point it was only a handful of pictures right above our bed. The collection grew and grew over time, until finally it was complete.

Room Specs:
+ Paint color: Brown Buzz by Valspar (from Lowe’s). Ironic, because it’s not at all brown!
+ Antlers from the family ranch
+ Duvet and throw blanket from Pottery Barn
+ I bought my “Love” twiggy letters from a shop here in town a couple years ago, but I did a quick search online and also found them here and similar here. I’m sure you could find more with a little bit of digging.

Thanks for stopping by our home! :)

105 comments:

  1. Wow, it looks great Jenni! I can only imagine how much time it took. I collected frames for wedding photos to use at my wedding and even that took ages (and I only needed 12.)

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  2. LOVE! Especially love the antlers :) I have a mini gallery wall of frames over my bed in my apartment, but after boy and I move in together, I'm hoping to expand it into something like this. Bravo!

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  3. I love the ceiling- fantastic work!! I love the mixed-media in the frames, too- great job pulling it all together!

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  4. It's gorgeous!! What a nice "surprise"! Weird question, but when you and hubs "play" do you ever look up at that thing and feel like it's watching you?

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  5. It looks incredible!! I love everything about it- your celing and the wheat are fabulous. And you have I Married Adventure ! I knew I liked you. (:

    Ok done blowing up your inbox for now!

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  6. So beautiful!! Ahhh a room after my own heart...country, chic, and classic. Love times a billon. Nicely done, lady!

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  7. This is so nice, I even love the antlers which I usually steer clear of.. the Harry Potter vibe is definitely there! Gorgeous room x

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  8. It is BEAUTIFUL! You two did a wonderful job! I'd love to have a wall like this some day!

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  9. I will go ahead a say that I am stealing your gallery wall idea :) I've actually been obsessing over your sneakpeak instagram pic and even saved it on my phone. I'm seriously obsessed with how you did it! Pinning it as we speak too! Love that you gave me some closer pics too. Although I'm going to go with a more nautical theme... Haha, I am scared of animals!
    Beautiful and great job Jenni!!

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  10. Wow! So unique!! I love the feel that the wall gives and all the little details throughout. Way to go! :)

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  11. ugh gosh i wish i had half the crafting/decor talent you do, girll!! this looks incredible! i really love ur bedframe/headboard too! Scott would LOVE all this antler stuff too. I might be asking you for tips when Scott and I buy our home :-) haha. xo

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  12. Girl! your home is absolutely beautiful. The rustic feel is probably my favorite part... like I'm obsessed. I may actually have just felt a little bit of excitement and anticipation for getting my own place. Guess there's a first time for everything : ) Good work and congrats to you and Matt on a job well done.


    CarissaExplainsItAll

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  13. beyond gorgeous Jenni! I am swooning over the wainscotting and beadboard...I am trying to figure out a place in our house we can do that!!

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  14. Dang, girl! Can't even imagine all the work that went into this. But it was all worth it - looks AMAZING! What a great master bedroom retreat!

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  15. Looks awesome!!! Great job!!! I am still collecting frames for mine!! I am just about ready to start filling them!!!

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  16. I LOVE it!!!
    It's warm, cozy, beautiful and masculine all rolled into one!!
    You both did a really amazing job!

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  17. It's absolutely lovely. My husband and I are moving in a few weeks, and the only option we really have for displaying ALL of our pictures is a gallery wall, and I've been on the lookout for some unique inspiration. Your gallery wall is SO wonderful. Thanks for sharing, and congratulations on finishing up the project! =)

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  18. From one Harry Potter fan to another, I LOVE it! Great job. What I wouldn't give for my room to look the same!

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  19. I am in love with this! Your room is beautiful! That wall is AMAZING!!

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  20. I am in love with this! Your room is beautiful! That wall is AMAZING!!

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  21. i love Harry Potter and i love your wall gallery! especially that framed expecto patronum spell.

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  22. Ok, so seriously - I've been waiting for this gallery wall for forever! I even though I missed it and went back to look at old posts just in case! YOu made me WEdnesday morning! (o:

    I LOVE how it turned out - so beautiful! What a great job - and thanks for the helpful tips. We've been contemplating doing something similar on a different wall in our bedroom!

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  23. I think you two did such a phenomenal job! And that ceiling?? Stunning!! I would love to stare up at that ceiling every day, so beautiful!
    Emily at Amazing Grapes

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  24. oh my goodness, this room looks like it came straight out of a magazine. STUNNING. You are seriously amazing... Jenni the Interior Designer? Indeed.

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  25. This looks amazing!! I am a big fan of collage walls. They are my fave. You did such a great job!!

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  26. I have been waiting for this reveal :). Obsessed! Your home is simply beautiful and this wall is just inspiring! Your bathroom looks amazing too!

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  27. I am keeping tabs on this post so I can use your expertise and advise to my advantage. I have a hard time decorating in such a way that both my husband and I will like it. He's outdoorsy and old-fashioned and a hunter, and I'm all of those things but in a much more feminine way. You hit the nail on the head with your master bedroom decor. Our colors are slightly different than yours but this gives me some great ideas. Thanks!

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  28. LOVE IT! I am moving in 2 weeks.. can you design my house?? k thanks

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  29. You & Matthew did good - it looks amazing. I love your style!

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  30. Dude. Totally Hogwarts. I love your frame wall and all the antlers on the wall. So beautiful but also somewhat masculine at the same time. Love it.

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  31. It looks so good! Love it! :)

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  32. I cannot even believe this is really your house! It looks like just a dreamhouse from Pinterest, in fact I didn't even realize some people must live like that to be able to take such perfect pictures. Oh dear, I envy you! :) But with the best wishes, of course :) ...I hope your life is gonna stay as perfect as it seems to be now :) ...Kiss your dogs for me and have a nice day, Jenny!

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  33. Looks great! I love those candles that you have by your tv... noticed it right away. Whats your favorite scent? Also, love your little desk/getting ready station. I have one too that I made from an antique desk because our bathroom is so small and storage is very limited! Great work!!

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  34. WOW...this is amazing!! So pretty! I love the bench at the end of the bed too and the gallery wall is one of the coolest I have ever seen!

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  35. Jenni I think this is fabulous! You did a great job, I'm so inspired.

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  36. I can't even begin to tell you how amazing this looks. You should submit these photos to a home decor magazine. Seriously. They are amazing and it is photographed so well, too. The wall looks fantastic and it really brings the whole room together. I love it!

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  37. Gorgeous! I think it fits the both of you very well, which is important. :)

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  38. Your bedroom looks so good! A galery wall certainly is an eye-catcher and the Harry Potter vibe just makes it that much cooler. Have you been to the Harry Potter theme park by the way? Thanks for sharing!

    Hannah from I am a lifestyle blog

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  39. OBSESSED. I cannot wait for us to get married in March so that I can start on our gallery wall!

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  40. This is so beautiful! Do you mind if I pin one of the pictures so I know where to come back for the tips? This wall is just way too perfect:)

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  41. That looks great! It looks like it should be in a decor magazine!

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  42. wow! your room looks amazing!! I love it when you share pictures of your house and all of the ways you decorate it. You should come to my house so you can help me fix it up pretty :) that or start a home decorating business. Or both. Your decorating is inspirational. So pretty!!

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  43. In love, so in love, with the Hogwarts themed gallery wall. Oh goodness, so beautiful. Also the white wood ceiling? I die.

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  44. I LOVE IT!! LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!! I want to do something like thing for our staircase, but since we are renters, I am not sure it would be worth the effort.

    Seriously it is gorgeous, Jenni. And I immediately saw the expecto patronum piece, which made it even better in my opinion. :)

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  45. i love that your love letters include my name....i'm just saying.


    i'm happy for you and your sanity that you are done. and yes, i remember the mention of this gallery wall forever ago. it turned out brilliantly....and being married to a hunter with a deer head or two, not to mention a ram's head and hide....i get the "surprise" factor of finding it in places..

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  46. I love it ALL! But I especially love the antlers over the television...perfect fit! And that LOVE that looks like sticks possibly. That Gallery wall is freaking awesome. Good job, guys!!

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  47. ADORING this master bedroom. Fantastic. Looks so chic.

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  48. This is so awesome! I have started a feature wall like this with different frames, pictures & quotes in my room. Nothing compared to this, way to go!

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  49. wow jenni.. just wow..

    can i come stay with you? or just take a bath in your bathroom (totally creepy that THAT is what i'm commenting on from these pictures...)..

    i seriously FELT the hogwarts vibe in these pictures- it's comfortable, it's worn-in, magical, and calming..

    GREAT JOB!

    (and as owners of a fixer-upper, i can can definitely attest to the blood sweat and tears comment- its the exact same scenario for us! i cry because it gets overwhelming fixing up 1400 sq ft- especially when theres holes everywhere and no walls or doors- but, looking at these photos, it's easy to see that it is all WORTH IT!)

    and that ceiling? you married a winner, my friend

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  50. Dang girl, this looks so amazing!! Something I was thinking about trying, but on a smaller scale. Thanks for the tips and the peek around your room. :) Love the ceiling!!

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  51. I can't even imagine how much work went into this wall! It looks amazing. My favorite are the "love" twiggy letters, very rustic chic, just my style. :)

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  52. Love the antlers and the framed mirrors!

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  53. This Is so amazing! Your hard work has paid off. :)

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  54. WOW! It looks fantastic, my dear! I can only imagine how much work that took. Ian and I did something kind of similiar but on a much smaller scale for our living room wall. It took days just to figure out where to place a handful of photos and frames. You did such a great job!

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  55. So the animal head/antlers aren't my style at all (city girl over here) but I love how you balanced those out w/such feminine details. It just seems like its a good mix of both of you! Plus throw in a little Hogwarts and you've got a beautiful room!

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  56. Looks amazing! Your bedroom (and bathroom) could be in a magazine. I love the wainscotting and the gorgeous paneled ceiling!!!

    http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com/

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  57. I am at a loss for words. This is beyond words. WOW!! Seriously could be in a magazine. You guys did such a fantastic job. I wish I had a smidgen of your detailed eye. Now I want to see the rest of your house!
    Shanna

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  58. What an awesome wall! I absolutely love the framed wheat on the wall. My father is a farmer, and I have been trying to incorporate wheat into our home for some time now! Thanks for the idea!

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  59. Jenni! Congrats on finishing your gallery wall! :) It looks awesome!

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  60. That wall is AH-MA-ZING!!! Kudos to you and Matthew!
    Do you think it is weird that I just got home from thrifty frame shopping only to find this awesome post? I don't. I think it means we are meant to be blogging friends. Except that I have done a terrible job at starting my own blog. I have one, but it only has 4 sad little posts and none are recent. Sorry, I went off topic there...
    Anyway, awesome wall (and all over bedroom). Happy Wednesday!

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  61. It turned out fantastic! I have to laugh about the Ram's head hanging in the middle. What a lovely "surprise". Aren't husbands so good at that?

    Before I read the post, I scrolled through the pictures and I was actually reminded of Hogwarts, so you did your job well!

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  62. First of all, you are Brilliant. I LOVE the placement, the antiques, the unique ideas, and the thought & hard work this wall took. Wow. Srsly Amazed right now. You best believe I am going to try this - and I love the Harry Potter-ness!! Aaaahhh so cool.

    I also appreciate all of the tips - good stuff to know for my wall ;)

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  63. i love it. love everything about it. you're amazing. seriously. and matthew - never ceases to amaze me. him and his animal heads. ha!

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  64. Jenni, it's gorgeous and it just screams your name :-) I absolutely love it. Couldn't convince my hubby to have this in our bedroom that's for sure :-) and itwouldn't really fit in a modern house. But it's just the kind of decor I would pick to stay for a weekend.

    On another note, I just love your bathroom (at least the glimpse I can see on one of your pics)

    have a great day!

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  65. LOVE THIS!! it look fabulous and cozy and wonderful! kudos to you!

    -rachel @ somuchforcynicism.blogspot.com

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  66. The beadboard ceiling and wainscoting made my heart beat faster--they are so beautiful. I love the idea of a gallery wall, but I've always found it so overwhelming to plan out. But now I know that they are worth it!

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  67. I LOVE it! You did an amazing job girl :)

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  68. I am seriously obsessed with this room. Y'all did such a wonderful job! I would have never put all of those things together, but I really really love the way it turned out!

    sincerelysk.blogspot.com
    SK

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  69. I am seriously obsessed with this room. Y'all did such a wonderful job! I would have never put all of those things together, but I really really love the way it turned out!

    sincerelysk.blogspot.com
    SK

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  70. This looks sooooo good! I LOVE the Hogwarty-ness, that "expecto patronum" print goes so well with all of your horns and antlers! Love it!

    And the pictures' subjects move from frame to frame, right? ;)

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  71. beautiful! i loveeee the ceilings! and the little vanity space in your room is perfect! even your bathroom looks gorgeous!

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  72. Looks AMAZING! I love love love the antlers. I have a thing for deer, you see :)

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  73. Love love love the bench and antlers!!! Such a cool wall!!

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  74. Wow, it looks awesome :) I love how all the frames look together. It looks great. The deer head looks good too, although I might be worried about it falling on my head, but I'm sure it's nailed in really well!
    And I love your ceiling! I know that's not part of your design I don't think, but I do!

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  75. I so can picture you and your love there! Wonder wall is what you've created!
    Hugs~

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  76. BEAUTIFUL!!! These pictures are going on my Pinterest board!

    I just found your blog because of the blogging tips you wrote and I can already tell it will become a regular read for me! I am also a Comm major but would rather have a job reading and writing every day :) It exists...right? Happy blogging!

    www.eatplaylovethattop.com

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  77. That is incredibly tacky! I can't believe you would mess up a wall like that. Is this a joke?!?

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  78. @ Anonybitch: Wow, YOU are incredibly tacky for leaving a comment like that (anonymously, OF COURSE). Would you say that to my face? I highly doubt it. Think about what it is that makes you leave terribly rude comments on stranger's blogs just because your taste in home decor differs. YOU are the joke, my dear.

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  79. Nice pictures you got there! I love them :)

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  80. This looks wonderful! I especially love your displays on your bed-side tables. Our master bedroom needs some love injected into it, and you have inspired me to get cracking!! Thanks:)

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  81. Sometimes I think, "I should really go on an African safari." But then, I figure it might be less expensive to come visit your house. You guys have so many animals! It's like you get to live as Snow White!

    JENNI. It looks great! Seriously, the pins will go viral.

    I kind of think the ram might be your family patronus.

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  82. Absolutely love this! Your entire bedroom is gorgeous!!

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  83. It looks STUNNING!!!!

    I am busy with my own gallery wall in my bedroom but having seen the end results of yours mine seems a little boring....maybe I need to go find a rams head or since I am in Africa perhaps a Kudu or springbok head would do the trick!!!

    Love your (and Matthews) work girl!!!

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  84. Can you just come to my house and decorate it?? Pretty please?? You did such a great job! It looks so homey.

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  85. Hi there!
    i've been reading your blog - all the way from Portugal - for a while now, almost a year, but only today did i get the "nerve" to post a comment. I felt like doing it before, specially on the posts you wrote about your stepdad - i went and am still going through the same feelings with my dad - but somehow i just couldn't do it!
    That said, i love your bedroom. You two did an amazing job, and i'm not just speaking about the wall gallery!
    I'm totally envious! in a good way! :)

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  86. Absolutely gorgeous!! Love love love the mix of rustic and modern. Beautiful!

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  87. I am so crazy about this,it looks amazing!Being a fellow Harry Potter nerd I definitely feel the Hogwarts vibe!

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  88. Oh it turned out fantastic! I love fully filled walls and you did such a great job on yours!

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  89. It looks fantastic!! I really want to do this in a room one day. Way to go!!

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  90. @Alexandra - Hope you see this! Sorry for the slow reply. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave me a comment! That means so much to me, really! :) So sorry to hear you can relate to the feelings on my step dad, but thanks for letting me know. And thanks for the compliments on our bedroom, of course! :) Have a great week, girl.

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  91. So, I actually really love the fact that the wall gallery is a process. (Yours looks awesome by the way!) That way you always get to be a hunt for that "special thing" - fun prints and frames - and goodness gracious I LOVE tag sales, but they're so dangerous - you come home with like 10 new things that you didn't need - but you love them all. Also, I love the fact that with so many frames you can switch out the pictures based on your mood and what inspires you in that moment.

    Also - great tips on how to fill the frames on a budget.

    PS. (which is different than "Also", I love the fact that your bio on the right-hand side is written in (probably) your hand writing. It definitely adds an awesome touch & sticks with the writer theme.

    Okay, I'm done now.

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  92. That is a hell of a gallery wall! I love that it took a good while that means you put a lot of love into it!

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  93. Wowzers, what a room! Love the gallery wall too - now that's a story of your life! I just had to link this to my master bedrooms post too today, for inspiration!

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  94. You have such beautiful taste, Jenni! It looks amazing! Must be so satisfying to finally have it completed.

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  95. Jenni, quick question! How did you mount the deer antlers over your tv?

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  96. This is AMAZING!!! I need to do this in my house!! Our poor walls have been bare since we moved into our new house 2 years ago!!! Thanks for sharing this! Your tips are great and motivate me to do the same! I cannot express how much I ADORE your blog!! It is super LOVELY and I am loving looking through all your past posts! :)

    xo,
    Shio

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  97. I am sure I am repeating the remarks of the 100 or so comments above me but, WOW! That is amazing! I have had gallery walls before, but mine were always of family photos. I get tired of them long before I really should, but you have inspired me to try again sometime. This is a lovely room, all the way around.
    tm

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  98. Just found your site, so I know this is delayed, but DANG I love this wall!

    I'm also an Austinite, I always get excited when I find other bloggers from Austin as well!

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