We’ve moved right in the middle of the pandemic and like many of you, we’ve been spending a lot more time at home. Aside from getting to know my new co-worker (my husband), this time has made me realize that I haven’t really given my bedroom much love since we moved to Toronto over two years ago. It must be a renter’s mentality: ‘It’s temporary, so I don’t need to put in the effort’. The truth is, our surroundings have such a big impact on our mental health & well being, and it’s important to think of your place as a home, whether it’s owned or rented. That is why I decided to create a relaxing oasis in the middle of the hustle & bustle of the city, by re-decorating and making my bedroom more cozy! Now, re-decorating doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to spend a ton of money. Putting together a vase with flowers or pampas, or hanging up a picture frame could do the trick. I decided to create an art wall & I partnered with Poster Store to make my project come to life.
Poster Store has hundreds of stylish and affordable posters & frames in Scandinavian design. They also have lots of inspiration and great ideas to transform your home. You can mix & match pictures & frames in different themes and categories; they have something for every taste and they keep increasing their assortment with a new collection drops every Tuesday. Their posters are printed on high quality and sustainably produced paper in Stockholm. I spent a couple of hours browsing their stunning inspiration walls and chose my favourite posters to create a beach vacation vibe, that brings me back to my Honeymoon days in Santorini. I chose oak wood frames for a neutral look and a cohesive decor matching with my pampas grass and bunny tails. I think I’ve achieved my goal of creating a relaxing oasis, and I love to lounge on the bed with a cup of coffee and a good book in hand. Head over heels for my new art wall!
I’m extremely proud of doing this project all by myself. Now before you laugh, and I’m not proud to say this, but in my entire life, I have only put up exactly 1 picture frame….and it fell after a month, in the middle of the night, with a huge bang (now you can laugh)! When I used to live in Montreal, my family would help me put all the mirrors and pictures frames, so I never had to be an adult on that one. This time around, I did some proper research and got the right tools & techniques, and I would love to share those with you to help bring your own art wall to life!
Here are the tools you will need: A hammer, a ruler, an aluminum level (highly recommended to make sure your frames are straight, and it costs less than $20), picture hangers (these are the ones I used – suitable for dry wall only), a pencil & an eraser. Step 1: Choose where you want to hang the middle picture frame, ideally in the middle of the bed frame. Step 2: Mark the edges of the frame with a pencil & use the level to make sure everything looks straight. Don’t worry if you need to re-measure, as you can easily erase the pencil. Step 3: Measure the distance between the start of the picture frame and where the hanger will sit so that you know where to nail the picture hanger. For the 30×40 picture frame, the distance is about 7.5cm, but measure yours to be 100% sure. Step 4: Once you have the 1st one done, the rest is quite easy, you just keep on measuring the distance from the 1st frame & mark the spot with a pencil as you go – easy peasy! This project turned out easier than I expected and I’m ecstatic with the result! I’m also happy to report that none of the frames fell off the wall ;)
If you guys are interested in creating your own art wall, be sure to check out Poster Store at https://posterstore.ca/ & get creative! You can use my code “anna35” to get 35 % off all posters (excluding selection posters and frames; not combinable with other discount campaigns. Valid for one week from today!)
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