I’m not gifted with a designer gene, and I’ve never had a decorator’s eye. In fact, my husband humorously describes our decorating and remodeling process as painful. We’ve lived in our current house for five years and are slowly putting our personal stamp on it by adding new paint, rearranging furniture, and hanging pictures and Scripture verses throughout the rooms. For Christmas a few years ago, my husband gave me this picture to hang in our master bedroom. We placed it above our bed, and it has remained the only thing on any of the walls in our bedroom until this month!
“I want to hang a wall gallery,” I announced to my husband.
“I’m unsure what you are referring to.”
“You know, an arrangement of different photos and expressions.”
“Oh, a wall collage?”
“No, a gallery. Not a collage. Anyway, I would like to put one in our master bedroom.”
“Why? No one sees our bedroom.”
“Exactly. This will be for us—not for show.”
And with that, I had my husband’s permission to proceed with creating my very first wall gallery (although he and I still disagree on its name, and he refers to it exclusively as a collage).
It would be fun . . . they said.
It would be easy . . . they said.
Armed with a coupon, I headed off to Hobby Lobby in search of the unknown. Despite having looked at two hundred layout options on Pinterest, I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going for. So I bought almost everything that I liked—picture frames, expressions, Scripture verses, and the like. I came home and laid it all out and quickly made a “to be returned” pile of things that simply would not work due to spacing or color schemes. I spent a couple days collecting a few more pieces from other stores or from elsewhere in our house. Then I began the tedious job of trying to create the perfect layout.
For several days in a row, I stayed up way too late arranging the frames, texting the options to friends, and then rearranging based on their suggestions.
I finally fell in love with this layout.
My mistake, however, was that I was playing around with this layout in my scrapbooking room. When I moved the pieces up to our bedroom, I realized this layout wouldn’t fit. It was much too vertical. Disappointed and discouraged, I redesigned once again.
When I asked for opinions, I received similar feedback from several people: make everything more asymmetrical. This was difficult for me because I like clean, clear lines. Finally I settled for this one.
At this point I enlisted my husband’s help. He had the brilliant idea of unrolling wrapping paper to make a template. But as we moved forward, I still didn’t feel satisfied. We began rearranging again, which just led to more frustration. I picked up all the pieces, put them in the closet, and apologized to my husband for wasting his time. After sleeping on it, I started fresh the next morning with a new idea.
We liked it enough to take the plunge.
We made a few minor modifications along the way but were extremely satisfied with the final product.
In our gallery we have a picture of the two of us on the day Jason first held my hand, a wedding photo, and some recent photos. I hung up, twelve years later, a frame I made for Jason on our first Valentine’s Day together (don’t we look like babies?). We considered having photos of the children, but we decided this gallery was going to be about us as a couple and not our children.
We even have an interactive part of the gallery: I printed off a simple “I love you because . . .” picture and, using dry erase markers, we use it to write each other notes.
We added a cross, a marriage prayer, and a plaque with one of our favorite Bible verses, because our faith is the most romantic part of our relationship.
We added some other random items to help create different effects. For example, I added a mirror because every blog I read said I had to. My husband is still confused about its presence. Ha.
I’m sure by now you are wondering why I am sharing all of this with you since, after all, I am a marriage blogger and not a design blogger. I share it with you because this was the project that began to stir my heart toward the idea of creating a master bedroom sanctuary. While at first my husband was confused about my sudden passion for creating a wall collage gallery, in the end he enjoyed the process. He explained to our children that this was a celebration of our love. He surprised me by hanging up a picture just outside our bedroom door. It didn’t make the final cut for our gallery (because of the color), but before I could return it, he placed it on the wall. He thought it was the perfect expression to lead into our room—our sanctuary.
Because my husband and I have enjoyed what our bedroom is becoming, we want to offer a fun giveaway!
Enter through the Rafflecopter box below for your chance to win the following:
- A $30 gift card to Hobby Lobby (sight)
- Scented candles and lavender oil (smell)
- A $5 gift card to iTunes or the MP3 shop of your choice (sound)
- A copy of For the Love of Our Husbands (just because)
Have you ever taken on a fun project to turn your master bedroom into an oasis for you and your spouse?