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Refresh Your Art Collection

It’s a common known fact that summer is traditionally the perfect time to refresh just about all the areas of our lives—from our outfit staples and gardens, to our organization routines and hair dos. After months of living under winter’s blustery shadow and thawing out throughout spring, there’s nothing quite so invigorating as summer’s timely excuse to ignore our obligations in lieu of quality rest and relaxation under the sun’s warming rays.

While you’re kicking back this season, why not spend a bit of time considering ways to add a little life and personality to your walls with brand new art arrangements? Although it may sound like a small change, refreshing your gallery walls and framed prints has the power to completely transform a space into the oasis you’ve been dreaming of. Scroll on for a few seasonal tips that will have you feeling like a professional curator in no time!


Before even thinking about your art, first while away some time wondering about frames. A cohesive collection of all-white (or all-black, or all-pink) frames will make your collection feel united and intentional. Anything from children’s art to black and white portraits will look natural alongside one another when set inside matching frames.

Are you a renter or chronic rearranger? There’s hope for you yet as an at-home art collector and stylist! Instead of peppering your walls with semi-permanent nail holes, try leaning your summer artwork on top of a surface, such as a buffet table or nightstand.


Choose a variety of frame sizes to maximize this layered look, and don’t shy away from the idea of including an empty frame or two to turn the collection into an eye-catching focal point. Leaning the art rather than hanging it allows you to rearrange the look and prints in a flash all throughout summer as you make new memories.

In case the idea of a gallery wall is a little too chaotic for your contemporary, minimalist taste, try incorporating a single statement piece of art or just a pair of prints. This modern look allows you to put your absolute favorite piece or two front and center in your home, and really sets the scene for the colors and patterns in the rest of the room.


As you think about your summertime space, consider choosing a light, bright, and airy piece of art that will bring the outdoors in and encourage a bit of longing for adventure. A vintage inspired city map or whimsical winged portrait, for example, gives you a visual excuse to venture out and properly celebrate the season.

For more inspiration, visit the IKEA Spring brochure.

When we moved into the Dream House, we decided to put the desktop computer in the corner of the family room. We wanted to be able to monitor what our kids were doing on the computer and how much time they were spending online. It’s been a great decision; we really love having the computer where everyone can use it easily and under supervision. Now we just need to work on making the computer corner as cute as it can be. We’ve got some cute, vintage industrial stools on order, and we’ve been looking at computer tables that will fit in the spot. But the thing that stumps me is the blank wall behind the desk. It’s big without being too big–the perfect size for…something. I’m just not sure what. Here are some of the things we’ve considered putting on the blank wall.

An oversized clock

5 foot oversized clock restoration hardware

My mom is a clock collector, so having lots of clocks around (none of them keeping the right time, mind you) is totally normal in my book. I aboslutely love the idea of filling a blank wall with a giant, oversized clock. This one from Restoration Hardware has a high price tag, but at 60″ wide, it’s pretty stunning. A true statement piece.

oversized vintage industrial clock

I love this huge, vintage industrial clock, including the streaky rust marks on the face. If I could find a clock like this at an affordable price, I snap it up in a heartbeat for our computer wall.

black oversized clock from magnolia market

For a big clock that’s not quite as huge, try this 29″ black beauty from Magnolia Market, an online shop that I’m kind of obsessed with lately.

A single piece of large-scale art

emily jeffords large-scale print from minted

Another option for filling a blank wall is a single piece of large-scale art. Emily Jeffords is one of my favorite artists. I was lucky enough to buy one of her original oil landscapes a few years ago. Now, you can buy prints of her work (and thousands of other amazing artists) from Minted. They print as large as 44×60″!

large-scale botanical prints

I majored in biology and have always had a thing for naturalist decor; for a long time, I wanted to be a scientific illustrator. So I really love these large botanical prints. One is good; two is even better!

large-scale abtract art print

A large-scale art print is a great way to add a pop of color to your room as well. I love color colors in this one, spotted on Jelanie Blog.

A gallery wall

black naturalist gallery wall

If you’re not ready to commit to one huge piece of art on your wall, you can always try the ever-popular gallery wall. The naturalist in me adores this moody gallery wall filled with antlers, botanical prints, and a tiny starburst mirror.

gallery wall with floating shelves

Floating shelves are another option for gallery walls. They add some gravitas to the wall and at the same time allow you to change the artwork out on a whim. (photo from Pottery Barn)

colorful gallery wall made from calendar pages

I love a good gallery wall grid. Instead of having a million objects of different shapes and sizes fit together like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, find 4 or 6 or 9 items that are all the same shape, size, and style, and use matching frames. It gives a very nice, cohesive look while still adding color and interest to the wall. This gallery wall grid from The Creativity Exchange features frames calendar pages!

A Stendig calendar

white stendig calendar

Ah, the Stendig Calendar! So bold and graphic and clean. A Stendig Calendar is a great way to add a splash of modern design to your wall. And it’s useful too! (photo from Nordic Leaves)

white stendig calendar in a black kitchen

I love how the white calendar page looks against the black kitchen wall. What a darling kitchen!

stendig calendar in a home office

Since the blank wall in question is just above our computer desk, a Stendig Calendar would give the corner a home office feel, like this one from Inspired by Charm.

So…what do you think we should put over our computer desk? An oversized clock? A single piece of large-scale art? A gallery wall? Or a graphic and functional Stendig Calendar? If you have other suggestions, be sure to leave a comment below!

This week has been a particularly rainy one, and I’ve gotten a little antsy looking out my windows waiting for the weather to perk up. I’m the type of person who always has to be busy with something, and so I tried my luck with some of these awesome DIY projects this week (although mine didn’t turn out nearly as well):

With the Fourth of July coming up, I wanted to make something festive that I wouldn’t throw away as soon as the day was done. This Fourth of July Clothespin Wreath from Washi Tape Crafts is cute enough to leave up all year round.


I love flowers, and couldn’t pass up an opportunity to try this Gold Fruit Bowl DIY by House of Earnest. While gold paint creates a chic look, bright colors make the whole ensemble even more eye-catching.



As the days get (hopefully) more sunny, outdoor activities will become a regular routine. I love the playful look of this Painter’s Canvas Picnic Blanket I found on A Subtle Revelry’s blog. Such a cute and easy way to enjoy an afternoon laying on the grass.



I can’t wait to try out this gallery wall I spotted on The Proper Pinwheel. The random but unified collection of frames makes the room visually interesting but not overwhelming or distracting.



And while I like accessorizing rooms with textures, colors, and funky pieces, I’m starting to realize an appreciation for more minimalist, natural-looking decoration. These easy ways to decorate with tree branches on A Hammer and Heels brings a simplistic and earthy vibe to any room in the house.



I covet gallery-style art displays–do you? They look so casual cool and say so much about a person. In my head, a woman with pretty botanical and floral prints on her wall is slightly traditional, feminine, maybe a little scientific, and definitely up on trends because nothing could be hotter right now.

Here are 10 sources for botanical and floral art I’ve been browsing (and loving) lately.

1: Flowers V by Helen Covensky
2: Leaves print by Leah Duncan
3: Going Where the Wind Blows by Budi Satria Kwan
4: Reindeer by Frances Ooi
5: Morning Frost Meadow By Anna Emilia Laitinen
6: Dandelion print by Double Merrick
7: Flowers for Gabriella by Lulie Wallace
8: Green Poppy Pods by LupenGrainne
9: Autumn Fern by unitedthread
10: Wild Fennel by Jean Lurssen

– Joanna Linberg, Associate Editor

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