Wall Design Challenge #2 - Completed!

I’m so excited to share our second wall design challenge with you. Mary Gardella, awesome photographer and person, and I installed her photos at our client’s house on Tuesday. This client is also a design client of mine, so we were working on the design of her living room in addition (more on this process in a future post, including before and after pictures!) to adding this great focal wall of her family photos.

Here’s the project in pictures, from start to finish.

 {Jensen living room before.}

{Jensen living room before.}

The back wall, with the bad Walmart art (hung on purpose by the client’s husband to motivate them to redesign the room), is the first wall you see when you enter the house. We decided to place the photos on that wall to create a focal point in the room. If your room doesn’t have a natural focal point, create one with art!

 {Jensen living room after new design, before photo wall installation. Photo by  Mary Gardella .}

{Jensen living room after new design, before photo wall installation. Photo by Mary Gardella.}

This is one side of the room after we redecorated. The sofa and chair are the only pieces that stayed from the original room. We incorporated a new space plan, tables, rug, bar, window treatments and accessories to create a welcoming, relaxed but sophisticated room that the adults can enjoy.

 {The box framed photos are unpacked and ready to be hung on the wall! Photo by  Mary Gardella .}

{The box framed photos are unpacked and ready to be hung on the wall! Photo by Mary Gardella.}

The day of the install Mary and I unwrapped the 6 box frames and set them up for placement. Aren’t they amazing?

 {The winning wall design challenge plan on paper. Photo by  Mary Gardella .}

{The winning wall design challenge plan on paper. Photo by Mary Gardella.}

Working from the winning design plan, selected by the client and design by me, we began to layout the wall.

 {Craft paper goes up on the walls for placement before any nails go into the walls. Photo by  Mary Gardella .}

{Craft paper goes up on the walls for placement before any nails go into the walls. Photo by Mary Gardella.}

I hung craft paper (in the size of the frames) on the wall so we had a clear idea of spacing, which is super important when you are installing a symmetrical wall design. This was a grid and it had to be level and evenly-spaced all around to achieve the look. It took Mary and I over 2 hours from start to finish to install this wall. If you are planning to do a project like this allow plenty of time to get it right.

 {TA DA - the wall design photos are in place and make a huge, lovely impact on the room. I could sit here for hours! Photo by  Mary Gardella . Flowers on coffee table by  Della Blooms .}

{TA DA - the wall design photos are in place and make a huge, lovely impact on the room. I could sit here for hours! Photo by Mary Gardella. Flowers on coffee table by Della Blooms.}

The client loved the room and we were thrilled to be there and see her reaction. Her favorite part? The fact that nobody else will ever have this in their home. It’s what I love most about design – making a room reflect the people that live there. Photos are such a wonderful way to do that. This is an example of doing that in a BIG way, but you can do it in many ways throughout your home too.

 {Awesome shot of the wall via a mirror display in the room. Photo by  Mary Gardella .}

{Awesome shot of the wall via a mirror display in the room. Photo by Mary Gardella.}

I have more pictures of the room design and can’t wait to share those in a future post. This design challenge was a wonderful project and I hope you enjoyed the process. Thank you Tamara, Mike & Mary.

Howard Magazine was with us every step of they way through this process and they will be sharing the story with you in their October issue. Stay tuned! If you live in Maryland and would like to work with me and Mary on a wall design challenge please contact me!

Happy decorating.

April PardoeComment