I spent last week de-cluttering my apartment and getting it ready for the fall. I didn’t expect it to take so long – I took out all the summer clothes and sorted into 3 piles – Donate, Keep for next summer and summer to fall transition pieces. It really helped sort things out and make some extra space for beautiful fall clothes. While I was at it, I also got inspired to finally decorate our living room wall. It has been a blank canvas for a while and I wanted to give it a personal touch. I decided to do a mix-media gallery wall because I couldn’t settle on one thing. I got all the accent pieces from different stores.
The centerpiece which inspired this gallery wall is this beautiful Boston skyline print from Modern Map art and it is so perfect for my cozy living room. I love the details in this art and my favorite is the watercolor splash pattern. It is perfect for any home and a reminder of a great city you love. Modern Map art has a beautiful collection of city and country maps and skyline prints for many famous places. Also, they have phone case prints, pillow cases as well. Do check them out if you like map art; there’s one for everyone! For the frame, I got a 12* 18 Pristine White Tuscany Frame on sale from Michaels for my Boston skyline print.
The most important elements of mixed media walls are the mixed metals. I got the triangle geometric brass accent piece from ‘Five below’ for only $2. It is actually an accessory hanging piece but I used it as décor. I also picked up the “&” gold metal sign; generally used in wedding décor but it seems to work just as well on my wall. I got mine from TJ Maxx for only $10 and here’s the similar gold sign from Amazon.
One thing I found very common in a mixed media wall is an ‘Arrow’ sign – I just had to get it. I found mine at Tj Maxx and here’s the similar piece. This arrow is conveniently pointing at my beautiful DIY frame which displays my fall bucket list. I love the fall season and wish to do many things. I saw this frame at Ikea and got an instant idea to turn it into fall DIY project. I used a fall inspired paper pad from Michaels and found many beautiful prints. This is a transitional décor piece and I will switch it for every season to keep me inspired.
Another special piece on my wall is this Barnwood Shadow Box from Michaels. It is a 5*7 size and was on sale for only $6. I love this rustic wood frame and used it to catalog my memories of the summer. I used ticket stubs, stickers from my travel journal and scraps from guides & magazines from the places I visited. Looking at this, I feel grateful and happy to be able to live those moments. This shadow box would also be a transitional piece to catalog past season’s memories and serve as a good reminder of happy times.
The white mirror is just the perfect accent piece for minimalists and can be styled separately as well. I picked this up from Ikea and it was just for $2. It was also available in black. The ‘Adventure awaits’ sign is from Dollar Tree. It blends well with my past and future bucket list.
Another simple DIY was turning my plain old black wood frame into this gold outlined frame which says ‘Hello Fall’. The art is from the same fall inspired paper pad from Michaels. I cut it to match the size of this frame and used gold washi tape to outline the frame. I can remove the tape or change it anytime for another season. Also, I used faux maple leaves in different fall colors and faux succulents to make another décor piece with a small frame from Dollar Tree.
Living in a one bedroom apartment, I feel seasonal décor helps set the mood and makes life less monotonous.
Hope you enjoyed reading this post!