The Man Wall: Make a statement gallery wall with your "man" decor

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This week kicks off the "Get it Done" series; a series to jump start your home decorating projects that you've longed to tackle (forever!)  Been there?  I sure have.  This week our topic is empty walls, and how to fill them.  Whether you're married, single, living alone, sharing an abode with someone, a man, a woman, or small mammal, this post is for you.  

Maybe you can relate in some way, shape, or form......

I asked some of those same questions, before we found our solution..... 

Karl (my husband), has a number of "man" decor items which happen to be sports-related.   Each piece at one time or another has made an appearance in all 3 houses we've lived in over the past 15 years.  While I do have an appreciation for his things, I always struggled with where to put it all.  How could I combine all that "stuff" with "my" pretty accessories?  Despite his occasional plea to hang the Muhammad Ali/Sonny Liston picture above our mantle (which did end up there once, in fact), we finally figured out a great solution:  

A Gallery Wall  

Get out that "man" stuff (anything from sports memorabilia, or hobby collections, to any other "man" decor-related items), because today we're going "gallery-style" with your great "stuff".  

What's a gallery wall?  It's a collection of "things" you love, that are displayed together on the wall.  So, dig through your boxes and take a trip down memory lane, because you're going to learn to display all those "man" things you love! 

Here's how: 

1.  Gather the items (framed items, pictures, old score cards, letters, autographs, cool brochures from your ventures in the Outback, maybe even smaller equipment like a glove, or tennis racquet.     Go find it!    Anything goes at this point. 

2.  Find a wall in your house that works for your items.  (you may want to designate a separate room, if your space allows!).  If you share an abode with someone, I recommend agreeing on location before Hank Aaron, or Fabio ends up on the wall of the sanctuary of your master bedroom, or your "man cave".  Wow, I totally just used Fabio as an example.  Not sure where that came from, but I find it hilarious!

2.  Decide which items are "keepers" for the wall, and which to omit.  Begin trial and error with different arrangements of the items.  (see yesterday's post: Method for hanging a gallery wall HERE)

3.  Place frame-able items in frames (like the autographs, letters, old pictures, etc.).  While you'll have a variety of different items in your gallery, you still want to maintain some sort of cohesion and sense of completeness. Frames help achieve that. 

4.  If you have equipment to display, consider a small shelf as part of your gallery. it's OK to combine framed items, and objects in your gallery.  Or, hang the pieces directly on the wall (like the tennis racquets below).  By the way, those racquets are NOT Karl's childhood racquets. I thought it would be fun to throw them into the mix. 

5.  Hang your Gallery!  (See this step by step method HERE)

SUMMARY and additional TIPS: 

In this week's earlier posts I talked quite a bit about the "no rule", rule.   (see those posts HERE and HERE). When it comes to displaying the things you love, it's all about trial and error.  When you get it right, your eye will tell you.  And if you don't, your eye will know that too.  Just keep swimming!

And, did you know......

that displaying items together makes a bigger impact than scattering them all over the place? With a "man wall" in our house, it really does make a statement and tells a story.  Now, we no longer have to discuss who's going on the mantle, or think about how to combine our decor.  And, every time we're downstairs in our basement (on the treadmill, which I'm on for roughly an hour a kidding, or playing with the kids), we see the "man" wall.  And a great "man wall" it is.   

So, what do you think? Do you see a "man wall" in the future of your home?  Have some fun with it! 

As always, I'm here to help!  I can get your started, provide suggestions for your particular living space, find the frames and other items to pull together your wall, AND..........(drum roll).....I can even install your gallery for you.     

Don't miss tomorrow's REVEAL of Brenda's new wall gallery!!!! 

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