One Room Challenge, Week 3: Living Room Makeover

April 20, 2017 — 16 Comments

Naturalist gallery wall options and inspiration

Welcome to week 3 of the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda of Calling It Home and House Beautiful! We’re making good headway on our naturalist living room makeover. There weren’t a lot of outward changes to the room this week, but most major decisions have been made at this point. The large furniture pieces and accessories have all been ordered and should be here as early as tomorrow! I’ve also started picking out smaller accessories and finishing touches.

One of the visible things I worked on this week was the layout for the gallery wall that will go over the upright piano. In our old house, the piano had a very large, black-framed mirror hanging over it, but I wanted to do something different in that space this time around. Over the years, I’ve bought and been given lots of flora and fauna art pieces, but we’ve never had a place to hang them. And they all go so nicely together! So, I pulled everything out this week and started experimenting with different layout options.

The pieces we’re working with include

  • 2 large insect collections in black-framed shadow boxes: My husband and I both made bug collections for classes in college, and I love them. These 2 big boxes are mine, and my husband’s is smaller and can fit in the empty space in one of the big boxes. I would love to take all the bugs out and cover the styrofoam with fabric (maybe natural or white linen??), but that sounds like a lot of work!
  • 4 small, gold foil-embossed insect prints in gold frames: A gift from my mom decades ago.
  • 2 vintage-inspired butterfly prints in distressed black oval frames: I bought these a few years ago from a local boutique and am excited to finally get to hang them up.
  • 1 green bee plate from Anthropologie: Another gift from my mom!
  • 2 prints from the book Natural Histories: The dragonfly print and zebra print (which is a placeholder for something I haven’t picked out yet) are both reproductions of prints from the rare books library of the American Museum of Natural History. You can buy this really cool set that has a coffee table book and 40 beautiful reproductions that are ready to frame.
  • A black plaster wall clock with gold accents: When I was in high school, my mom bought me this super old, weird plaster clock from a collector who lived next door to my Nana. It was a hideous, sickly yellow color. She intended for me to paint it, which I did. I painted it black with gold accents, and it used to hang in the living room of our old house. It is one-of-a-kind, and I’m definitely planning to hang it in the living room, but not necessarily above the piano. We’ll see.

So that’s what we’ve been working on this week, in addition to picking out and buying a whole lotta stuff! I’d love to hear feedback on which layout option you like best. Keep in mind that the gallery wall will be above a black upright piano and against a gray wall, so not quite as light and airy as the white background on my blog. I think I’m partial to the third option with the green bee plate in the center. But let me know what you think!!

You can read about our week 1 progress HERE and our week 2 progress HERE. Check in next Thursday for a week 4 ORC update, and be sure to check out the featured One Room Challenge designers and guest participants HERE on Calling It Home.

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