Project Design: Gallery Wall--How To Plan

Hello! Welcome to Our Project Design: Gallery Wall.

The wall I want to fix/decorate/improve is in our dining room. We moved from a Newport Beach cottage to a 1920's San Francisco apartment building.  I've been re-arranging our things ever since to fit the new lifestyle.

 It's a tough wall...see how there is a bump out?  I threw up the mirror and antique shell prints when we moved in 12 months ago.  

I didn't like separating the four antique shell prints on opposite walls...I'd rather see all four prints together some place else like in the foyer.
So, I took it all down.

  • Have a unique and vintage 1920's feel
  • Use what I already have...add a couple things
  • Mix old and new
  • Make it appropriate for a dining room and dining at night
I ordered this inexpensive New/Vintage French Print from

Etsy (actually all the way from Belgium).  It's on French dictionary paper.  The pup looks like a cross between our beloved last dog, Rocky and our new dog, Chief.

I'm incorporating it with more valuable prints like the antique 19th century one we got in Venice.

Chief and I went to Flax Art and Design for rustic, hand-made paper to float two engravings.

TIP One:  Always do a plan to scale. This is 1/4"=1 foot.  Use your wall and art dimensions.

 This Vintage Brass and Wood Ledge has a good look for our almost 100 year old apartment.

Tip Two:  Use paper templates (Pottery Barn frames come with them...so easy).  Tape them up on the wall and measure where to place the nail...hammer through the paper.  

Sometimes, I like to "wing it"...which is fine when I am my own client like now... but I usually sweat bullets when a client is leaning over my shoulder (especially after their walls are freshly painted).

Ok...not too exciting, yet.  
It cost me a few beers for my 21 year old son and his friends to hang the shelf.   The (on-sale) ledge is perfectly level.  Policy:  No beer until AFTER the job.

Please come back to see the entire wall up and ready NEXT MONDAY.  In the meantime, check out these talented bloggers' plans for their gallery walls...

You can get sneak peeks on Instagram of their gallery walls by following #projectdesigngallerywalls
Thanks for visiting!


  1. I'm intrigued. I cannot wait to see the outcome.

  2. The dog print is charming! You DO have a challenging area. Good luck with designing that, and I am excited to see how you work it all out (because I know you will. :) )

  3. I just winged my gallery wall and every pic hung in this house. Yes, a few extra holes here and there, but I am so impatient. Can't wait to see your wall. Love the new dog print.

  4. It's going to look great - can't wait to see it next week!

  5. I have no doubt it will be a wonderful change Mary Ann! Very excited!

    The Arts by Karena

  6. Chief! Oh how lucky are we to have son's that will help? This is going to look great!

  7. Cant wait to see it...I love that picture from Esty...

  8. That is an interesting wall. But I love your plans, with the whole vintage 1920s vibe and how sweet is that French print with the pup. A little ode to your dogs. I can't wait to see it all finished!

  9. The sketch of your future gallery wall is amazing - I'm in love already! And of course I love that Boston Terrier print. Can't wait to see it all put together!

  10. Of course you gave the most detailed account of how to do it properly! Thank god for you! I can't wait to see it in person!! I am heading up in a bit!!

  11. Thanks for sharing all your useful tips. Looking forward to next week.....

  12. mary ann, love how you have taken us through your thought process for a tough wall indeed! great shelf, french print and love that dog of yours!
    so you are going to london too???? hope you write about your journey

  13. It's gonna be awesome, Mary Ann! Can they come over and hang my shelf? I have lots of beer ;)

  14. Mary Ann, love the overall plan it is going to look amazing!!! You have suh a great vision of what works in your home and it is always spot on!!

  15. Hi Mary Ann!

    I love everything you do, so I know this will be fantastic also! Can't wait to see it!

    Have a Blessed week, my friend!


    Luciane from HomeBunch.com

  16. Mary Ann,
    I love your new print....so perfect that it's on a page from a French Dictionary. Your sketches look amazing. You are so creative. (I can sketch too....in my head). I love those sconces that you shared on instagram that will go on this wall. Can't wait to see it up on the wall.


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