10.20.2014

Project Design: Vintage Gallery Wall Completed!

It's been a fun process finishing our gallery wall in our 1920's apartment in San Francisco.


It is a difficult wall in our dining room as it has a bump out in the middle.  So, I decided to treat it as two walls.

Recap Goals:
  • 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
So here we go...
The antique mirror from my childhood home was relocated to the opposite wall.

I started with the plan below but deviated from it…still, it gave me my initial direction (so, I recommend doing a drawing to scale).

All the sconces were from flea markets.



I put flameless Pottery Barn candles on the top sconces.  They are on a timer and turn on at dusk for four hours.







There is a nice glow at night for dinner parties...
I can also use this Chinese altar table for serving.
It's created a homey, dining room for us.

Cindy and I have ideas brewing for other Project Designs, with different groups in the future.   Please let us know if there are any small scale projects that you'd like to see/have help with.


And now check out these fabulous bloggers' Gallery Walls!
Participating in Best of The Nest October



44 comments:

  1. Wow -- so pretty! That turned out lovely!

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  2. Mary Ann....you had a real challenge and did a great job! I love how the shelf divided it and can be used to hold a few accessories. Both walls look awesome. I went back to study it and saw that you used 2 different sconces...what a great idea. Thanks for inviting me it forced me to get something done:)

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  3. Stunning! I wouldn't have known where to even start with such a difficult wall but I absolutely love what you came up with. I'm dying over those feather sconces and of course I'm loving that you worked a little boston terrier print into the mix :)

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  4. Love it! For those reading these comments Maryanne's apartment is absolutely charming way more so than can be captured in pictures, this wall included. Hopefully someone will publish it soon so you all can see how fabulous it is!!

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  5. It's beautiful Mary Ann! I love the shelf detail you added and the 2 sconces flanking that one particular painting! LOVE!

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  6. I like the mix and the balance of everything together, it presents well both daytime and evening. This is a great solution for the split wall, which I'm sure other readers have similar building issues like this - very helpful.
    The flame-less candles are so nice - I need to visit PB.

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  7. Mary Ann, I love what you did here and I wish you were closer to me so you could help me with all the design projects I have ahead..... Great idea to treat the area as two walls. The mix of décor is perfect and that gold mirror is gorgeous and perfectly placed. Happy Monday! xxleslie

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  8. Well that was the answer. Breaking up your design into two walls and it looks amazing. Love the mix of frames and artwork and the different scones. It's got that elegant, collected vibe and it looks so cozy at night! What a great job Mary Ann...

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  9. This is a great lesson ! I will study it over and over. Already have gotten many ideas. Thanks so much. Love the way you made it fit the dining room at night!! The candles have a purpose!!!!!

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  10. It looks amazing, Mary Ann. Not sure we could ever pull off something like this, but adore how they are different, but coordinate so beautifully We LOVED being a part of this….thanks for including us!!

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    1. It's true, Kristy, all our walls seem to coordinate and I love how they are all so personal.

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  11. Gorgeous! Can you tell me the name of the framed print with the street lamp that is on the wall directly above the shelf? I love it!

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    1. It's actually an oil painting that my husband and I bought at the Porte du Vanve outdoor flea market in Paris. That is Notre Dame in the background. Thank you!

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    2. Thank you. It's a wonderful painting and a great find!

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  13. Do you even know how fabulous this is? Thank you for sharing this, as it's made my day. So inspirational!!!
    Sharon

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  14. Wow! The gallery walls turned out beautifully! The sconces are gorgeous - incredible finds!!
    xo. Leslie
    Segreto Finishes

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  15. Hi Mary Ann! I stumbled across your blog recently and I have to say I'm hooked! Love your home, your style and everything in between! Lol love this gallery wall too! Complete perfection!
    Xo,
    Kathy @The Daily Nest

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  16. Absolutely beautiful!!! Everything goes together so well - not only functional but so pretty!!!

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  17. I love how you added the shelf into the mix… It adds a three dimensional quality to your wall display. REally pretty! xo

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  18. I think everything looks beautiful. Just perfect. I love your gorgeous chandelier too.

    Kathy

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  19. Mary Ann,
    First of all, I loved this challenge and the talented folks you enlisted to show us their ideas. Your wall gallery turned out so beautifully. I love both and the way you treated them as 2 separate galleries was inspired. I'm having so much fun visiting all of the other sites and capturing great ideas along the way.
    Enjoy your week.
    Karen

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  20. What a fun challenge, I loved seeing everyones end results! I think you all did a fabulous job, but I have to admit, yours is my favorite! It's stunning....really! And the way you treated the wall bump out....genius. The photos of it with the mood lighting and all the candles lit, your dinner guests will never want to leave!
    Great job....as usual!
    Hugs...Gail

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  21. This room is so beautiful, warm, and inviting! I love it. Your gallery walls are inspiring me to finish up mine! :)

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  22. Looks gorgeous, absolutely perfect and it is very inviting. Love the black clock!!!

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  23. Mary Ann, this turned out great! I never would have thought of doing both walls, but they both look so warm and fantastic! (that's why YOU'RE the designer and I'm the accountant :)

    Beautiful job, and those brass candle sconces....yowza!!! So gorgeous!!

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  24. Gorgeous. I love the sconces so much:)

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  25. Beautiful! There are so many lovely details like the little pumpkins surrounding the candle in the glass container. I just love the contrast of plants against dark wood and white it has such an elegant look, and yet somehow reminds me of a beach house. Thank you for sharing.

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  26. mary ann what a transformation! love the feel both day and night. 1920's it is!
    debra

    thank you for including me in this challenge!!

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  27. Looks so nice Mary Ann - now I see what you mean in the hurricane. From afar (meaning Instagram - ha) they looked like coffee beans. I love the glow of the wall at night - really nice job and a nice collection of pretty items to enjoy and admire.

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  28. Beautiful, Mary Ann! I love gallery walls but never felt like my attempts were successful. Yours is one of the prettiest I have seen.
    xx,
    Sherry

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  29. Mary Ann,
    Beautiful! I love everything. I never would have thought to create two arrangements on the wall with the bump out. They compliment each other perfectly. I love the sconces and the warm lighting they provide. The mirror on the opposite wall is gorgeous and must reflect the light beautifully. The planter you have on your gorgeous table looks beautiful too! I love how everything in your home has a history of places you've lived, traveled....really beautiful! Thank you for including me in this challenge Mary Ann!
    xo
    annie

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  30. Wow, Mary Ann, such a beautiful solution for that tricky area! Those sconces are gorgeous and I love the dimension your shelf adds!

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  31. Mary Ann, your gallery wall looks beautiful. It looks inviting and effortless, love the collected feel! The wall sconces and the opposite wall mirror are my favorites! Well done.

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  32. Your gallery wall is so stunning…so unexpected. I want to stare at and soak it all in!! So beautiful!!

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  33. OMG Mary Ann I am in love! It has balance and symmetry and personality AND creativity. Pure perfection. I love it all, and the romantic glow of the candlelight is just icing on the cake. You worked out the two wall problem by turning it into an opportunity. Just wonderful! I can't thank you and Cindy enough for bringing me on this design adventure with you. It has been fun watching everyone's creations come to life!

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  34. Mary Ann I love how your walls came out and how this post addresses the bump out situation.....which is so common and hard to know how to treat. I love that you did a gallery on both walls, it brings so much character to your dining room and looks great reflected in the mirror!!

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  35. its official. there's nothing you cant do. even your hand drawings are divine. thinking I need a pair of sconces in my life. you inspire me, as always.

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  36. Stunning- what a gorgeous focal point!!! Mary Ann, you have so much talent!
    Best,
    Mimi@ A House Romance

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  37. Mary Ann...you have made this apartment so charming...you did such a creative job on the gallery wall and you have an eye for photography!

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  38. Oh my gosh I LOVE THIS!! Of course, I expected it would be something lovely, but it has such an authentic feel about it. Both walls are lovely on their own, and great together. The candle feather sconces are perfection. Really, this is BEAUTIFUL

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  39. This is exactly why you hire a professional. I never would have been able to do this the way you did. Love both walls! Such a great focal point.

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