If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you’ll possibly know that there was little I liked about the house when we bought it. In fact, there were only really three main things that sold it to us: 1) being 15 minutes to Central London by train and therefore super-short commute times; 2) the space and 3) how beautifully light and airy it felt. We have a lot of windows which means that even on the gloomiest of days the house is still flooded with light and that’s something no amount of renovating can control.
One of the lightest parts of the house is the first-floor staircase leading up to our bedroom which the previous owners converted from a loft. Whilst that room too needs a lot doing to it, we have a huge expanse of white walls surrounding the stairs which is screaming out for a really wow-factor gallery.
Now I must admit I’m not the most knowledgeable person when it comes to art and tend to prefer photography – we’ve recently been to the Vogue 100 exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery and the ‘Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse” exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts and both were wonderful in their own way, but sometimes true art can be a little lost on me.
So when we’ve been talking about ideas for our loft gallery wall, we’ve started looping into potential themes which reflect personal loves, some of them joint and some of them mine (but the way I look at it, he’s happy so long as the house is being decorated therefore I get more say 😉 What we’ve realised when looking around for wall hangings is just how much is available and that any look can be achieved on any budget. Below are my three themes for a gallery wall with art picked from King & McGaw.
The first of these has to be my great passion for old movies. I spent a lot of time studying the influence of film when I was at university and ended up living in the US for my second year, exploring film noir, gangster films and westerns. To this day The Searchers with John Wayne is one of my all-time favourite films and when we got married we named our wedding breakfast tables after famous couples from the silver screen, plus Pete has a soft spot for anything Clint Eastwood. The Audrey Hepburn poster at the top of this post is currently hanging in our spare spare room, we picked it up after visiting her exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery last year.
- Singin’ in the Rain, from £14.95
- To Catch A Thief, from £14.95
- The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, from £14.95
- John Wayne, from £5.95
Our second theme would have to be travel, whilst we don’t do as much of it as we’d like to since the house takes up all our spare funds, we’ve had some wonderful holidays all over the world and nothing opens your eyes, mind or soul like seeing other countries and exploring different cultures. We spent our first holiday together in New York back in 2005, seeing in New Year’s Eve in Times Square. He proposed in Vienna and we honeymooned in Bora Bora via LA and Tahiti. There have been mini-breaks to Milan, Prague, Helsinki and Florence as well as a second honeymoon to Singapore and Borneo and our third one, last year to Sri Lanka.
Travelling is the the indulgence that you don’t realise the significance of until you do it, a way of getting back to each other without the humdrum of daily monotony getting in the way. A chance to rest and unwind. And imagine my delight when I came across not just any resort in Bora Bora but THE resort we stayed in for our honeymoon, Pearl Beach.
- Pearl Beach Resort, Bora Bora, from £14.95
- Travel in Style, from £14.95
- The Duomo, Florence, from £39.95
- The Treasury Building, Petra, Jordan, from £14.95
- I Love NYC, from £14.95
Our third and final theme would have to be London, one of the great loves of my life. The city I’ve called home since I arrived as an eager 21 year old to study journalism, renting the teeniest, nastiest little flat in Earls Court. It was a hovel but it was my hovel. This city takes my breath away in a way that nowhere else ever could – its vibrancy, people, culture, colour, craziness. I know it’s only been 14 years but I can’t imagine living anywhere else.
- Battersea, from £14.95
- City of London, from £14.95
- Underground, 1924, from £14.95
- Bridge with Big Ben, from £19.95
- The Royal Procession, from £14.95
- Below Westminster, from £14.95
I hope you like my picks for our future gallery wall, now I just need to think about decorating it in the first place!
This is a collaborative post with King & McGaw who have provided all images. All words and opinions are my own.
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