My gallery wall is finally finished! When we were apartment hunting in Connecticut, I knew I wanted an office space. Not necessarily a room, but definitely a dedicated space. Even a nook off a living room would have been fine. My desk in NYC
was a foot away from the end of my bed and I felt like I had very separation of work and life.
While searching, we looked at two bedrooms and one bedrooms. The one bedrooms wouldn’t accommodate enough room for a separate work space for me, probably just a desk somewhere in the living room. And the two bedrooms felt like too much space for just Garrett and myself. And that’s when we found a one bedroom with a den. Game changer. It was just the extra space we were looking for without having to commit to an entire extra bedroom and bathroom.
The “den” is basically just an extra, extra wide hallway the connects the kitchen/living room/bedroom/bathroom together. There’s a closet with the washing machine and dryer. We fit my desk against the large wall and Garrett has a smaller desk on another wall. The space is far from finished and it seems to be like the poor middle child when it comes to decorating. Randomly, the desk was the first purchase I made for the apartment but it more or less ended there. Garrett got the gallery wall started while I was out of town and I finally got everything up last week.
I actually have a few extra frames that didn’t make it up on the wall so now I get to find homes for them in another part of the apartment. (You can see a few leaning against the bar cart there!)
What still needs to be done:
– Secure the frames. I love
the gallery wall, but our air conditioner/heat vent is to the right of all the frames. Every time it kicks on, the frames get crooked. I’ve been constantly straightening and need a permanent solution. I’ve heard these little rubber bump things
can help. Anyone else have a tip or two?
– Keep organizing. Why the small crop on the space? Because if you were to see the big picture, you’d run away in fear!!! There’s boxes of paperwork still under my desk, frames that need new homes, our skis stored there, and a couple of bags of clothes to be donated. Yikes.
Having a huge desk
makes me so happy. I loved my itty bitty desk and nook in NYC, but there’s nothing like having a huge space to spread out on. I’m so happy with it. The set of “three” drawers on the right is actually a pull out filing cabinet which is incredibly handy.
Printers Desk, Pottery Barn
Chair, Pottery Barn
Lamp, find of the century at Home Goods (similar here!)
Custom framed monogram, c/o Kearsley Lloyd Designs
Watercolor I did in high schooll
Eyeglasses letterpress print, c/o Grove Street Press
Custom Inslee watercolor (my mom got this for me when we moved! it’s my nyc apartment!)
Lobster print, c/o Wolf Jaw Press
Framed Georgetown pennant
Random collection of personal photos
Framed Henley pins
Painting I did in middle school
I love that it’s a good mix of things I love while still being super personal.
(People on Instagram asked how I hung everything. Garrett got it started for me which is always the hardest part. I wanted a good “eye line” so I tried to use that as the guideline. From there, I literally just grabbed frames, did a quick measure, and hammered in the nail. I definitely made a few extra holes on the wall, whoops, but overall didn’t worry about being too precise. Could it be more perfect? Sure. But I still really like the way it turned out!)
Can’t wait to share more as the space continues to shape up!