The Learner Observer

Bonjour mes amis! Greetings from Paris! How is it over here you ask? Uhhhh… I don’t know yet because I’m writing this post on April 6th, but you can see for yourselves what our travels are like on Instagram, and by checking out our hashtag #MurraysInEurope! 

Alright, time for this gallery wall! Get ready for a lengthy (and full of images) post!!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYou might be thinking… “ANOTHER gallery wall?”

Nope… this is the same one! Just freshly updated after weeks of looking like this:


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI mean…. whaaaaaat? That TV is covering up your chalkboard, Thalita. Can’t you see that?

Yes, you guys… I saw this. In fact, I saw it for a loooong time…but I couldn’t change it until I knew exactly what I wanted to do with this change. It became obvious that the big green monster and the TV were not going to be moved from this spot, so it was time to commit. I even sketched it out. If you follow The L.O. on Facebook, you might remember these:

Gallery wall sketch 1

Gallery wall sketch 2These were part of step #1 to committing to making this change. Step #2 was getting new artwork to cover up more of the wall. It also needed to be bigger because too many of the small frames would look a bit strange with a large TV on the wall.

That’s where the map of France comes in! It’s large and would make a perfect addition to this wall in need of some colour, too!


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere were a few other added frames as well. I purchased some new art on Etsy and had them printed at Black’s on 8×10 matte paper and can I just say… I am in LOVE!!

New Gallery Wall Art Additions.jpg[Map of Jamaica: Phrase and Fable] [Austen Quote: Printable Wisdom] [Map of Brazil: Saturated Color]

The quote I just happen to love, but the maps are significant of the countries in which Alex and I were born, so I wanted to add those into the mix.

You ready to see what this wall is all about now? Here is a before, during and after shot:

New Gallery Wall - The Learner Observer.jpgI’m just a little bit on love with it. By a little bit, I mean a lot! I stared at this wall for a loooooooong time once I finished it. The thing with this time around is I didn’t plan it as well as I did the last time. I just started nailing nails to the wall and hanging stuff. So my wall looked like this…


But the result worked out quite well and all of the holes were hidden!  WIN!!

Oh hey, wanna see a GIF of the gallery wall progress? Ok good because I made one!

picasion.com_0346a45d810d0f8ba505e9ec5ff538cbYes, this living room has seen some changes in the last year or so!

Now let’s get to some other details on this wall…

The wooden frame with a painting of a ship on it was a thrifted find. I believe it was a whopping $4.99, and though I originally intended on just using the frame, Alex liked the picture so I took his suggestion of keeping it. So glad I did!  I also love it now. The clip on the Austen quote was a Crate and Barrel purchase. Umbra makes them, and I love how they look!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe cameos stayed. I really couldn’t imagine them anywhere else, and I do really like having them around! I mixed personal elements with some random artwork, so the wall doesn’t completely have a “theme”… and I’m not sure it needs to, though part of me thinks that rabbit print should be somewhere else. Thoughts?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Moby Dick print is one of my favourites ever! It’s been hanging out on our stair landing for over a year, but the colour seemed so right for this wall, as well as the size. I planned on adding it to this wall and even sketched it in when I started planning.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe brass “t” definitely needed to stay… It’s one of my faves, too! That 5×7 white frame was empty for sooo long, and the art that eventually made it in there was a portrait, so it wouldn’t have worked here. I removed it and replaced it with a swatch of Tonic Living’s Millie, Tutti Frutti because it is SO beautiful! Also, the colours on the fabric are perfect. 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe living room feels much more inviting and put together now, and it’s almost like this room is… alllllllmost finished? Dare I say that? 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAlright… I think you’ve seen enough of one wall for the day, right?

I’d love your thoughts on this gallery wall, so pleeeeeease share them with me! What did I get right? What did I get wrong? Should I banish that ottoman from the room? How badly do my walls need to bad painted white? (The answer to that one is ‘VERY badly’) How do you feel about the whole off-center thing?

I have a lot of questions… I’m sorry!

Alright my dear friends, I hope you’re having a lovely Monday so far! Sending you lots of Parisian love, filled with macaroons and croissants!


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    Julia at Home on 129 Acres

    April 14, 2014

    I love it! Honestly, I would have never gone for putting the TV off-centre, but it completely works here. I really like how you incorporated colour through art, and you have a great mix of personal and just-because pieces. Well done.

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      April 28, 2014

      Thank you so much, Julia!!! I’m so glad you don’t think the off-centre thing is crazy, because I definitely wasn’t sure how it would work at first! Thanks so much for the kind words! I have to say, I love the pops of colour on the wall!

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    Krista @ the happy housie

    April 14, 2014

    Love it Thalita – and how your beautiful gallery wall almost hides your TV!

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      April 28, 2014

      Thanks, Krista! That’s one of the best things about it, really! :)

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    Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    April 15, 2014

    Ahhhhh! I love it! If I came over your house (which would be a dream), I’d probably be “that guy” staring at each and every one of these gallery wall items for an awkwardly long amount of time. There’s just so much beauty up in there! And I especially love your artful sketch. I vote that you frame it and add THAT to the gallery wall. I think that’s what they call simulacra: a picture within a picture. 10 points for me for remembering SOMETHING from my modern American literature class!

    Keep livin’ it up in Europe. Your pics are drool-worthy!

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      April 28, 2014

      It would be a dream for me too, my friend!!! I am definitely considering framing that sketch, because I do sorta like it!!! Oh and good for you for remembering that. I haven’t seen the word simulacra since undergrad!!!

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    Emily @ Two Purple Couches

    May 15, 2014

    I love this, Thalita!! I love that it’s off-center, and I love that you don’t have a “theme”… though really, do you, because all of these prints and pieces are things you love! I’m heading over to bookmark that Austen quote right now ;)

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    October 21, 2014

    I was creeping your blog today (lol) and love how your gallery wall looks! Im gathering some items for a gallery wall I want to do in our family room. I love the brass “t” you have and the sillouettes of you, your hubby & pup! Do you mind telling me where the “t” is from and where you got the silouettes done (**fingers crossed the silouettes were some sort of crafty DIY you did**)
    It all looks so great together

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      October 25, 2014

      Hi Janine!!! Thanks so much! And hey, creep away!!! The ‘t’ was a purchase from Urban Outfitters a couple of years ago, but they do often still carry it. It’s actually a stencil, but no one has to know ;) As for the silhouettes… you’re in luck. I DIY’d them! Thanks so much for stopping by and if you have any questions, please ask away!!

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