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!
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.
"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?
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.
What treasured travel moments do you have? Let us help you build the gallery wall of your dreams.