All dressed up in her brand new dress, she climbed into her spaceship looked up at me and said "My spaceship runs off of glitter." I laughed, and put a hand full of glitter into what I assumed was the "gas tank". She was on a mission to fly away and meet the other princesses on different planets.
So you went out, had your daughters photos taken for her 5th birthday. You spent tons of money for the outfit, shoes and the photographer to take the images. You finally made it in to pick up your prints and you're so excited that they are ready.
3 weeks go by, your prints are still sitting in the same spot they were when you came home and sat them down.
Ever been there? I have, and I don't even have any children. Life is busy and complicated it takes time to plan out the way we want to display the things we love in our homes. Not to mention that some of us just have a simple fear of putting something on a wall. * you know who you are*
It's a big decision, I get it.
As a former Interior Designer I know that a person has a zillion ideas of what they want to do and not so much on the actual execution when it comes to designing of those ideas. This is why it's important to start out with a game plan.
Finding the perfect design that speaks to you is always step 1.
Do you like a modern look? Maybe something that is more modern? Perhaps a hodgepodge of things. An eclectic style? Everyone is different, and that is how it should be.
To take some of the stress away from designing a gallery wall I hit up Pinterest (Perfect afternoon if you ask me) and found some amazing options for different styles of gallery walls just for you. I also made a board for it that you can follow and use to help inspire and make your own Gallery walls.
To save you time though, I pulled my top 10 favorites that you can totally copy and put in your own home.
1. Rebecca Minkoff's Mid Century Modern Apartment Gallery wall Is absolutely STUNNING!!!
I love the idea of using shelving to host frames vs attaching them to the wall sometimes. It allows more versatility and you're able to change out your frames with no worries of messing up your wall or having to re do the whole thing. This is definitely favorite.
2. Black on white by Interior Junkie
For a girl who absolutely LOVES color I sure am attracted to black walls with pops of white. I also am a big fan of adding in little pieces that are not photos. Like that little drawing figure.
3. Matted images vs Frames
No one said you had to FRAME your images. I love this idea because it brings a unique spin on a traditional wall and if you know me. I like anything that is unique and non traditional.
4. White on White by Urban Nesting
As much as I love and am attracted to black walls, I'm also IN LOVE with white walls with pops of color. Something about the clean bright look just makes my heart sing. If you've ever been in my studio, you'll notice this is a common theme.
5. Big Statement pieces
I am a huge fan of BIG over the top statement pieces. They draw attention and are fun to look at. If you have kind of a dull space that needs a little life these are the perfect way to do it.
There are literally so many ideas out there and the key is finding what really speaks to you. Do you already have unique way of displaying your photos? I'd love to see. Post them to Instagram and tag me in your photo or comment below.
It has happened to all of us- especially us creatives. One day we are busting at the screams with ideas and excitement over an idea that you woke up with or had while doing the dishes that morning, then the next nothing. Not one single idea, you feel worthless and you don't really want to do anything.
Sometimes that creative block likes to stick around. Like Really stick around. For days or weeks. You feel off your groove and you may get small bursts of creativity but then your right back into that creative block.
What exactly is going on here and how do we fix it?
I personally believe some of this can be attributed to being stuck in a routine, or lack there of. Doing something the same way, in the same space, at the same time every single day does absolutely nothing good for a creative mind. However, at the same time, doing things sporadically can also have the same affect. Too much going on, with no real schedule, really makes it hard to want to sit down and make your ideas come to life.
So what is the key to getting yourself back on track when these things are happening?
Well, I should really say keys to getting back on track. Multiple things in conjunction with each other are really what puts your train back on it's tracks.
1. Giving yourself the permission to be creative.
We have TONS and TONS of stuff we do everyday. We work, we take care of the house, we have side hustles, we have our full time hustles, social lives, commitments. The list goes on.
Allowing yourself to set aside 20 minutes a day to just day dream or let your thoughts build into strong ideas is golden.
Some people do this in forms of meditation. Meditation does not have to be the classic, sit with your legs criss cross apple sauce and close your eyes while repeating a mantra. No, it can be something as simple as grabbing a coloring book, coloring a page or two and just thinking whatever thoughts come to your head.
2. Change up your space.
Do you work in a specific room? Are you at a cubical that looks the same as it did when you first moved into it? Has your furniture been in the same exact position for the past year or longer?
Switch it up. Moving things around your hose or work space makes you see things differently sparking new energy and ideas. Even try taking your wall decor down and switching it around. In a cubical? Bring some fun wall paper or wrapping paper and decorate the grey ugly walls. You'll feel so much better when you do.
Fresh space= fresh mind!
3. Let yourself stop and day dream.
No, day dreaming is not a bad thing to do despite what your teachers may have told you in school. It is an essential part of life. It's like letting your mind wonder through a garden of ideas ( too woo wooie?)
Basically, if you find yourself zoning out, you're mind is trying to tell you something. It may feel like nothing for a while but there is an idea coming, give it time. So go sit by a window, watch the sunset get a glass of wine and let it happen.
4. Immerse yourself in activities that have NOTHING to do with what you're working on.
Find something that has nothing to do with what your doing. Join a yoga class. Go on a walk. See a movie alone. Take a hot shower. Whatever idea or block your stuck with will magically come to you when you remove your self from the subject.
I've gotten some of my BEST ideas while taking a shower. I call them shower thoughts. Some are weird but some are truly amazing.
5. Surround yourself with like-minded creative people.
Have you ever been in a group of people where the conversation just jived so much between you and all involved? The ideas from that conversation just seemed to effortlessly bounce back and forth like you all were on the same page? These are the people you need to talk to more.
They also understand this block and chances are would LOVE to talk to you and have a nice chat with you about whatever because it also helps them think out their own things.
Don't know where to find these people?
Get online and join a Facebook group. Hunt down a Meetup on Meetup.com , there are tons to choose from and so many activities to do.
It really pays to have a group of friends who are like minded and positive. They keep you on track and always have your back when something doesn't go as planned.
So the next time you find yourself wondering down the road of melancholy ideas, try these steps. You just may spark something new and awesome!