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{Client Work} Staircase Gallery Wall

{Client Work} Staircase Gallery Wall

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I was going to start the year with a blog post about resolutions but I decided to show you some pictures instead. Pictures of pictures, to be exact. I have a lovely client in Arlington with a naked wall in her staircase. She had dreams of showcasing photos and artwork just like I did in my staircase, so she had me over to put together a gallery wall.

Here's what her staircase looked like before we started.

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As you can see, the walls are a beautiful color but they definitely need some art and photo love. A few weeks ago I instructed my client to buy a big bunch of black frames with white mats (she chose these from Pottery Barn but any simple frame with a mat will do) and have her favorite photos printed in black and white. I think the best site for printing photos is mpix because you get professional quality and it's really inexpensive. Like, drugstore level inexpensive.

I moved some furniture out of the way in the living room and simply laid out the frames and art for the staircase. I prefer using this method for staircase galleries because it's really easy to move things around and play with placement.

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Sidebar: How freaking awesome are those bunnies? Those were done by artist Niesha Ziehmke and they're a series of wood burnings she calls masks. This series, which uses animal heads on human bodies (and vice versa at times), is an exploration of how identities can change in stages of one’s life or even due to a new situation. Translation: They're rad.

Once I was happy with the basic placement I simply started putting them up one by one! I moved things around as needed. There's no "right way" to do it so just go for it. No fear!

Now the staircase is a whole lot more fun. What do you think?

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There are a couple of holes saved at the top for frames my client has yet to bring home, and a couple of empty frames awaiting photos, but I love the way it turned out. And, most importantly, so does my client!

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Your turn to try it!

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