I absolutely love how our art wall came out and how all our Minted art prints came together! It completely transformed our living room and is now the focal point instead of our big tv. Caitlin did such a great job and I always learn so much from her each time we meet, so I thought it would be great for her to share some tips on creating the perfect art wall:

1.  Paper First:
Don’t pound a single nail before you do a little planning. Decide which pieces you want on the wall, then make a paper template the size of the frame.

2. Mix & Match:
Cut out the shapes and experiment with various placements. This small step will save your drywall from misplaced nail holes. Once you decide on the arrangement take a picture of it.

3. Tape It Up:
Transfer the paper onto the wall in the composition that you’ve decided on.

4. Time to Commit:
Measure where the wire hangs on the painting or print and mark the paper with a pen. Take the nail and hammer it through the paper – it’s the only way you’ll get it exactly right. Once you’ve done this with each piece it’s time to ripe them down. Have fun with it – you only live once!

5. Hanging Time:
It’s time to see your vision come alive on the wall. Hang your artwork up on the nails. Refer back to the picture you took in case them got out of order.

Voila! A beautiful art wall for you to enjoy!

(Thanks again, Caitlin!)

Minted is giving away a $350 gift card towards art work on their site to one lucky Gal Meets Glam reader! Here’s how to enter the Minted art giveaway: Pop over and follow Minted on twitter and then leave a comment on this post, telling us which piece of art is your favorite from Minted and where you would put it in your house. That’s it!

One winner will be chosen at random and announced on April 5th.

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March 27, 2013

Picnic In The Park

Dress Old Navy/ Sweater Otte (on sale)/ Sandals Vince/ Purse Kate Spade NY (old, similar here)/ Belt Michael Kors via TJ Maxx

This weekend we were lucky enough to have weather nice enough for a picnic in the park. We packed up some of our favorite snacks and headed to Alamo Square Park for a beautiful, relaxing afternoon. After filling up on some delicious food, we cuddled up under a blanket and took a nap in the park. It was honestly one of the best Sundays we’ve had in while. So often we get caught up in trying to make plans and filling our weekends with “new” things to do and forget how easy and inexpensive simple things like this are. If you’re in the SF area, it’s definitely a park I recommend checking out. Not only is the park itself beautiful, but it has a great view of the city and is surrounded by some of the most beautiful classic Victorian homes. I always like to take advantage of the semi-warm weather and put on a dress- So I opted for this striped Old Navy dress with my cashmere wrap to keep me warm. You can view my last Old Navy look here.

This post was sponsored by Old Navy. Check out Old Navy’s latest fashion lineup in store or online at oldnavy.com.

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March 27, 2013

Art Wall Decisions

One decor element that Thomas and I both knew we wanted, was an art wall. Since we couldn’t paint the walls in our new place, we wanted to add something to the bare space. When Minted asked us if we wanted to incorporate a few of their art prints, we jumped at the chance. We’ve been working with Caitlin and she’s really helped us develop a color palette that Thomas and I both love. I can easily get carried away with girly prints and pink, so it was important for both us to choose prints we loved. We went through the site together and each picked a handful of pieces and then narrowed it down from there based on our favorites and which ones went well together. We pulled colors from each print, so that overall, they are cohesive.

I have to say, it was a tough decision because Minted has so many great pieces. I was a little worried that we weren’t going to be able to mesh our different styles together, but we did and I was really impressed with Thomas’s picks! Be sure to check back on Friday because we will be debuting our finished art wall and hosting an awesome giveaway from Minted!

Awning Stripes/ In A Row/ Je T’aime/ Peonies in Vase/ Quiet Places/ Twisted Horizon/ Rooftops of Paris/ Riverrock

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