Real Gallery Wall: Travel Treasures

Most frequently asked question around here? I have a stack of pieces I love but no clue how to lay them out.

Our answer: this is why we created our gallery wall service! We know it can be tricky to figure out the best way to lay out all of the pieces you love in a way that perfectly suits your space. We also know gallery walls are a little bit art and a little bit science. So, let our designers do the science. And you just focus on providing the art.

UCLA student and wanderlust-er Danielle did just that. She had several beautiful pieces, all with special stories she wanted to display. If there is a story behind every frame, a gallery wall is an opportunity to connect LOTS of memories and pieces that tell your stories together. So, Danielle worked with our team to create a beautiful gallery wall showcasing her favorite travel photos. (Reminder: this service includes fully designed mock ups with your pieces plus a final hanging and measurement plan!) Keep reading for more on the steps - and stories - involved in bringing this gorgeous gallery to life.   

Name: Danielle van der Lelie     

Occupation: Undergraduate student at UCLA, studying psychobiology

Where's home? Long Island, New York and Chapel Hill, North Carolina

What are some of your favorite things? London, Matcha Lattes, Succulents, mochi ice cream, James Bay, long runs to Santa Monica, reuniting with my friends and family, poetry by Emery Allen, and traveling!  

Favorite Instagram accounts? @logancolephoto@nutritionstripped@eljackson@kaitlyndillen

How would you describe your style? Minimalistic. My favorite color scheme consists of neutral colors with pops of gold, turquoise or leafy green. My entire wardrobe consists of white, creme, grey or black so I think I am naturally attracted to that color scheme. I love the way white, creme and grey look with natural-accents like bamboo, large banana leafs, and small succulents. However, I wanted my bedroom to feel a little bit more girly so I chose to go with gold and turquoise accents which I’m obsessed with and also tend to gravitate towards in my jewelry.       

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"The most important aspect of the gallery wall to me was that the photos would capture an essence of who I am and showcase my love of photography."

 

What inspired you to build a gallery wall? How did you know you wanted the gallery wall look? I was inspired to build a gallery wall after seeing a blog post about Framebridge by one of the interior designers I follow on Instagram. I knew that I wanted the gallery wall to be colorful and really aesthetically pleasing. I got some inspiration from looking at examples of gallery walls on Instagram and ultimately decided I wanted to stick to neutral frames with gold accents. The most important aspect of the gallery wall to me was that the photos would capture an essence of who I am and showcase my love of photography.

Can you tell us the stories behind the pieces you framed?

This one is from this past summer while in Bruges, Belgium. Bruges is by far one of my favorite cities in the world and I hold it really dear to my heart because I was born and raised in Belgium. Few things compare to biking around the canals of Bruges on a nice summer day, it truly is a city out of a fairytale. (Framed in Marin with a white mat.)

This one is from this past summer while in Bruges, Belgium. Bruges is by far one of my favorite cities in the world and I hold it really dear to my heart because I was born and raised in Belgium. Few things compare to biking around the canals of Bruges on a nice summer day, it truly is a city out of a fairytale. (Framed in Marin with a white mat.)

This is The Palace of Versailles in France, which is arguably the most beautiful palace in the world. Its golden gates and pink marble exterior contributed perfectly to the theme I was going for. (Framed in Irvine Slim with a white mat.)

This is The Palace of Versailles in France, which is arguably the most beautiful palace in the world. Its golden gates and pink marble exterior contributed perfectly to the theme I was going for. (Framed in Irvine Slim with a white mat.)

This one is from a family vacation Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. I love the way the flowers contrast against the mountains and rolling fog in the background.. (Framed in Marin with a white mat.)

This one is from a family vacation Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. I love the way the flowers contrast against the mountains and rolling fog in the background.. (Framed in Marin with a white mat.)

A shot from Bruges, Belgium. (Framed in Irvine Slim with a white mat.)

A shot from Bruges, Belgium. (Framed in Irvine Slim with a white mat.)

This one is really special to me. My mom took this photo of my sister and I overlooking one of my favorite views at the summit of Signal Mountain in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. (Framed in Richmond with a white mat.)

This one is really special to me. My mom took this photo of my sister and I overlooking one of my favorite views at the summit of Signal Mountain in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. (Framed in Richmond with a white mat.)

The ceiling of a mosque in Gorgan, Iran, which I took about six years ago while visiting my mom’s side of the family (she is originally from Iran). I really connect with my Persian background so it was important to me to include that photo in my gallery wall, not to mention it’s also one of my favorite photos I’ve ever taken. (Framed in Irvine Slim with a white mat.)

The ceiling of a mosque in Gorgan, Iran, which I took about six years ago while visiting my mom’s side of the family (she is originally from Iran). I really connect with my Persian background so it was important to me to include that photo in my gallery wall, not to mention it’s also one of my favorite photos I’ve ever taken. (Framed in Irvine Slim with a white mat.)

My friend Julia and I in Park Güell, Barcelona this past November. I love the candidness of the photo, the pink castle in the background contrasted by the green foliage, and most importantly it reminds me of the amazing friends I was lucky enough to travel around Europe with. (Framed in Lafayette with a white mat.)

My friend Julia and I in Park Güell, Barcelona this past November. I love the candidness of the photo, the pink castle in the background contrasted by the green foliage, and most importantly it reminds me of the amazing friends I was lucky enough to travel around Europe with. (Framed in Lafayette with a white mat.)

My best friend Chelsea and I goofing around in the ocean this past summer in West Hampton Beach, Long Island. Not only is Chelsea my soul mate and the other half of my heart but I lived on Long Island for ten years and still consider it home. While spending that day together on the beach, Chelsea and I both realized how much we were going to wish we could go back to that day in the future so I love that its a part of my gallery wall because it reminds me never to take a moment for granted with the people we love. (Framed in Irvine Slim with a white mat.)

My best friend Chelsea and I goofing around in the ocean this past summer in West Hampton Beach, Long Island. Not only is Chelsea my soul mate and the other half of my heart but I lived on Long Island for ten years and still consider it home. While spending that day together on the beach, Chelsea and I both realized how much we were going to wish we could go back to that day in the future so I love that its a part of my gallery wall because it reminds me never to take a moment for granted with the people we love. (Framed in Irvine Slim with a white mat.)

Can you tell us a little bit about all the photos you chose to frame? Where were they taken? How did you narrow down your selection? When I first started choosing the photos I wanted for my gallery wall, I picked ones that I can vividly remember taking and that truly mean something to me. I compiled around twenty photos and then narrowed them down based on the overall color scheme of the photos as a whole: light blues, pastels, and hints of gold. I also wanted a good balance between scenic photos and ones with people in them.

How did you decide on the frames included in the design? My gallery wall consultant (shoutout to Julia!) helped me pick them out. I told her the theme I was going for (neutrals with pops of gold) and she sent me a few mock ups with different frames in each.

How did you go about hanging it? Was it hard to stick to/execute the layout? Julia provided me with the overall layout and spacing of the photos. Julia recommended I use the service Handy, which Framebridge has a partnership with, to help with the hanging of the photos. Once all my framed photos had arrived I scheduled for someone from Handy to come and provided them with the mock-up layout Julia had sent to me. Andy, the Handy service man did such an amazing and meticulous job so I highly recommend using them! 

 

"I can’t walk into my bedroom without smiling. It feels like part of my heart and soul are in my gallery wall."

 

Now that it's all done – how do you feel about it? I am beyond excited!! I can’t walk into my bedroom without smiling. It feels like part of my heart and soul are in my gallery wall since it’s a compilation of many years and memories. From family members, friends, and completely strangers, everyone has had nothing but positive things to say! A few of my friends have even been inspired to create their own gallery wall

What are you excited to frame next? My next project is framing an aerial view of Piccadilly Circus I took during my last day studying in London. The photo perfectly captures the essence of London and reminds me of my incredible few months of living there. I honestly can’t look at it without feeling nostalgic, appreciative, and happy. My kitchen currently has a London-esque theme going on with a framed antique map of London and a framed map of the London underground system, so I’m hoping this last frame will make the perfect addition to the collection. 


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