Beachy Gallery Wall

7-26-14n 048 Gallery Wall @ CharmingZebra.comIt’s always great fun to start decorating with a plain, empty space.

A room that is just waiting for the wonders of your imagination to take hold.

Being able to customize, design and decorate exactly how you want.

But what about all the other times, when you have to make do with existing furniture?  Something functional but that is really rather blah?

We have a piece of furniture in our living room that I am definitely not in love with.  A mud brown armoire.  We’ve had it for years to house our ancient t.v. and stereo components.  It’s not hideous, but to be honest, I’d like to kick it to the curb.  I’ve had in my mind, the perfect replacement piece while searching new and used sources for the past two years.  Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find the exact design that is floating around in my head.  (That isn’t exorbitantly expensive.)

So, since the armoire will continue residing with us for the time being, I decided to embrace it (figuratively, of course) and incorporate its big, brown rectangular shape into the design.

7-26-14n 047 Gallery Wall @ CharmingZebra.comThe ocean has a special meaning to our family.  And since we’ve been going to the beach every year, I thought I would pull in a gallery wall with a beachy theme.

The gallery is a mixture of paint on canvas, store-bought coral prints, posters cut and framed and original art by yours truly.

7-26-14n 034 Gallery Wall @ CharmingZebra.comI needed one more piece for the gallery, so I tried my hand at creating my own art.  Nothing complicated or fancy.  Just a few different colors of craft paint swished across the paper.

7-26-14n 060 Gallery Wall @ CharmingZebra.comNow, instead of fighting the armoire, the gallery wall incorporates it into the design.  Not perfect, but the dreamy blues and greens of the art take my focus away from it.  A happy solution.

So, what about you?  Do you happen to reside with a somewhat boring, outdated or unloved piece of furniture as a permanent housemate?  And what are your fabulous solutions for incorporating it into the rest of your amazing design?

~Gina (aka Miss Charming)

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  1. love it- these colors are my favorites!
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  2. oh i love your gallery wall and your original piece of art. perfect for that wall. how come you just don’t throw a little color on your housemate? 🙂
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    • Miss Charming says:

      Great idea, Laura! I’ve actually had the armoire on the “to paint” list for the past month. Hopefully, I can get to it this week!


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