How to decorate a wall with pictures

Have you ever stared at a wall and found it looks naked? I have. In fact, I am looking at my walls right now and have the feeling I’m in desperate need to dress up my walls – brighten up the apartment, give it a sense of style, and bring in a positive vibe. One of my walls in my apartment is colored – well, it’s got a brown-greyish earth tone to it, not necessarily colored as in a bright neon color splashing into the room. I like my apartment cleaned-up (let’s ignore the mess on my home desk and bed for a moment) and as you might remember, I have ever so often complained about my “creative” (*cough* study- *cough*) room looking dreadfully boring and everything but creative. I don’t want fill it with colorful dust-keepers either. Instead, I want it clean, nothing flying around (as it’s current state is all about) and straight forward on a color palette. And, I want frames. Yep, I want those black, simple, skinny frames that we see all over when googling for interior-inspiration. I want them neatly hung up, filled with black and white (duh!) photos, inspirational quotes (still need to decide) and I want it pretty.

So I’ve collected a few inspirational photos (not my own!) I want to share with you and noticed a couple of “rules” that really should be followed if you want it somewhat “stylish” looking and not like a 3-year-olds playroom.

Rule #1 – choose a color

Of course, you can have every frame in a different color, some filled with colorful photos of yourself when you were 2 years old sucking on your very first lollipop, with a photo of your cat next to it, a framed letter you received from your BFF when you first started writing, next to some cut-outs from magazines and a quote about how much you love pancakes. It is fully up to you. Nevertheless, if you’re looking for a theme that looks rather like an adult-y and less like a kindergarten get-away, I suggest going for one, maybe two colors. What color frames do you want? All black? Silver? Gold? Maybe the top three in white, mid-row in gold and bottom 3 in black? It’s all up to you, but it will look much better if one can hint a theme rather fast.

I love black frames as shown in the top, first photo.

Rule #2 – do your measurements rights 

Trust me, it will look so much better when the spaces in between each frame are consistent. If you are anything like me – and I tend to go OCD sometimes, a 5 cm space on the left and 10 cm space on the right will annoy the crap out of you in the long-term. Also – use a water venture. If you don’t own one, no problem: the iPhone and its million apps have got you covered (and I’m sure the same goes for androids). You really don’t want to end up with crooked-looking frames all over the wall.

Rule #3 – choose a wall 

This might seem obvious, or not at all. Before you start hammering holes into the wall and hanging up your beloved photos: think. Think thoroughly, look at the wall, look at the whole room. Will the hoped-for composition match the rest of your interior? Is the wall large enough or even too big (you don’t want your photos looking lost, either!)? Where is the window, how does the light shine in, will it influence the mood of the story you want to tell with the frames and photos? These are all little things that might not bother one or the other, but surely something to consider if you don’t want to find yourself in a situation of hating the wall you have chosen because the opposite wall would have looked much better in the end.

Rule #4 – the size of your frames

Obvious to some, not so much to others. It is important however, to think about the sizes of the frames. Do you want them all to be in the same size, do you want different sizes and play around with the format? Speaking of sizes (don’t believe those that say sizes aren’t important ;) ..!) don’t forget about the next rule.

Rule #5 – what do you want to frame?

Jumping back to sizes for a moment: think about the size of the photos, pictures, drawings or quotes that you want to place into your frames. Frames are frames (smart, huh?) and are meant to be filled with creativity – and replaced. If you know yourself and the exact art you want to look at for the next months or years – awesome, go you! I for instance, have changing moods. Knowing myself I will love one quote for a couple of weeks, believe it is the motto of my life and wake up one day and want to throw it out the window. If you want replace the art in your frames frequently (and cost efficiently – think printing out art yourself or taking magazine pages), you should aim for normal-sized frames. A4 or A3 and A2 sized frames can be easily filled. Anything too large might become a hassle.

What to do you think – are there any rules I didn’t catch?

I surely have a goal for the upcoming weeks (in the little free times I have sometimes) – ordering frames (most likely black, obviously), deciding on the art, printing quotes or getting photos printed in a good quality) and deciding on a wall (most likely the one I am staring at now).

With that, I wish you all a cozy evening and an amazing wall to look at. xo

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Strolling through Amsterdam

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Hey everyone – I hope you had a wonderful first week after the New Year has started. It goes by so fast! I swear I say this on every post, but I cannot get over how fast time passes sometimes. My week started pretty calm with work, though I had a lot to work on that has build itself up over my vacation. Done with that, now the new things are strolling in already. Speaking of strolling: I just found more photos I took when my sister and I were strolling through Amsterdam. I cannot get over how pretty this city is – I really have to go again, once it’s warmer.

I especially love the little houses – they seem so squished in. It’s an art for itself and really, its super smart. During a boat’s tour I learned that the slimmer the houses in Amsterdam are, the less taxes you pay. That explains the amount of slim houses – it’s incredible if you think about it! Walking past a few breath-taking streets along the canals I noticed many offices of great, known firms. It makes sense if they pay less taxes, too! But I don’t want to bore anyone with taxes haha – so below find you can find some shots from our stroll through the city.

I’ll now get ready to meet one of my friends at her new place – love discovering new places, it’s always such great inspiration! I wish you all a cozy and great Saturday! xo

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Torture tour in Amsterdam

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Happy Monday everyone! It’s official – vacation is sadly over already! Quite honestly though, I was looking forward to getting back to the office again. Now that I’m back, I know I could use vacation again soon haha. And here it goes: I’ve booked an amazing vacation for March with my bestie – so, so excited! I’ll be telling you all about it soon!

I still have quite a few pictures left to share with you from my weekend trip to Amsterdam – damn, there was just so much to see! I still haven’t seen all of it, so I decided I will have to go again. This time though, I want to go in summer and discover Amsterdam with a bike.

On Sunday of our weekend trip we decided to go to several museums: one of them being the famous Museum of Torture. I really thought there would be nothing in there that could surprise me – but damn, I’m so glad I didn’t live back then. The torture methods they used were insane – the pictures already gave me major goosebumps. However, it’s definetely something to see when you’re in Amsterdam and even teaches you great stuff about the history (mostly) in Europe.

I just had an amazing salade (with avocado and pear) for dinner and will most likely jump onto the couch quite soon. I also want to start a new book these days – I’ve gotten quite a few for my birthday and on Christmas! Enjoy your evening, xo.

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Donna and Gwyneth

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If there is one thing I love, it’s got to be cooking (and baking). The other day I was looking for some new recipes, especially now that the summer is coming up. I love simple, quick recipes, that I can do easily when coming home after work. I really often look at online recipes to find myself some inspiration, though love having an actual book at hand. As much as I’m a total lover of the internet and accessing new information in almost-real-time, I still love having actual books when reading – old-fashioned, I know.

I’m quite the little fan of Donna Hay when it comes to cooking and had to buy the new book. Actually, I bought a different one first, and my mom bought the one depicted on the above photo. But she decided she liked the recipes more in my book, and vica versa. It’s always great, when you’ve got several cooking-lovers in the family and close-by and can easily switch around what was just bought. If you haven’t already checked out the website, you really should: Donna Hay has got some amazing recipes!

Not only am I a little fan of Donna Hay, but also of Gwyneth Paltrow. I keep checking her blog, goop.com, to see what new recipes she has put up. And what’s easier then checking at all times? Exactly, a book. The other day, while looking for her book online on Amazon, I instantly decided to buy some american measuring-spoons as well. A must-have, for some of the amazing recipes. You might have noticed from my last recipe, that I used the measuring spoons to get the perfect end-result. Investing a little money can sometimes bring such great results – so if you’re still looking for some measuring-spoons, I can only recommend these ones!

Where do you get your cooking inspiration, any favorite books, blogs or websites? I’m always happy to receive new tips!