Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Bedroom update: Gallery Wall

First of all, yesterday was my blog's first birthday! A year ago, I stood in my garden and demanded my sister to take photos of me for my new blog, they're awkward and don't even look that much like me anymore, so it's (embarrasing) and crazy to look back and realize that it has only been a year. More vividly, I remember the weather being lovely last year, but when I wrote this, I was wrapped up in a jumper and dressing gown whilst it poured down, oh well. Thank you to everyone who has read my blog over the past year, and who has nominated me last year (and hopefully this year too!) in my local blog awards, it means so much to me. 

Up until recently; one of my bedroom walls was bright green, but I had grown sick of it, so decided to re-paint it white, like my other bedroom walls. This meant I could cover the wall in artwork and postcards I've collected from galleries and Paperchase. I am so happy with how it turned out, it makes my room look loads bigger and more photogenic for my blog photos (obvs), so I thought I'd share some photos. 

This is my new desk area. I used to cover my table in clutter, so could never blog or work there. I am so glad I sorted it out, so now I don't have to sit on the floor when I paint. (Which really hurts your back, by the way!) The top left framed print of Paris is from Ella Masters, who is an amazing illustrator and blogger, and the other framed prints were from Flow magazine, which I picked up when I was in France. In between the framed prints, I have a Monet postcard, the flyer about my GCSE art exhibition (my work is in the middle of it), a Belle and Boo card from Paperchase, and a Van Gogh postcard. 

If you have been reading my blog since the beginning, you may remember the little succulent plant, which I planted at the Festival of Thrift last September. The hand is something I bought recently from The Works. I find drawing hands so hard, so hopefully this will be a good thing to draw from, so I can get the shape and proportions right. The 'I only have eyes for you' print is from an artist called Sarika Thakoral,and the little flower drawing was a raffle ticket for an event at the Ouseburn galleries in Newcastle.

This is the corner of the room where my bed is, and I had already created a 'gallery wall' here, before I painted my other wall. At the top there is a Star Wars poster (nerd), and a quote print, although I can't remember exactly where I got it from. Then there is an Egon Schiele inspired large canvas board painting I did, which I framed as well. The shapes in the background are all art galleries in Newcastle. I think it's one of my favourite painting that I have ever done, I love Schiele's work and I also love doing large scale artwork. It also makes for interesting conversation, as when people come round to our house, I get told by my mum to 'show Grandma your nude' or 'Show so and so your nude', which sounds rather dodgy. Underneath that are postcards I have picked up in Paperchase over the course of a few years.

Yes, I do have the whole Totoro 'family', a Chewbacca plush and a Star Wars duvet. 

This is the wall which I painted last month, I love how I can add so much colour to it by hanging up artwork, now that it's no longer bright green. On the left is a vintage style camera poster, which I got from Paperchase in January and I love! Then there are some quote posters, and the photo-booth pictures I got when I went to town with my friend, Caroline. The centre-piece of this wall is the beautiful Wallography botanical hanging poster, which I won in a competition with Betty Magazine last year. In the frame is a postcard I bought about seven years ago in France, and, next to it, the print from August's 'My Little Box'. Annndd we continue with the Paperchase postcards.... The central one of Audrey Hepburn is my favourite, as she is such an icon to me and the photo by Norman Parkinson is so stunning. Last, but not least, is my framed Matisse 'Blue Nude II' print, which my granddad bought me from the Tate, when we visited last summer. 
I hope you like my new room as much as I do! I always love looking at interiors, so hopefully other people do and I am not just a creepy stalker. 

Please nominate me for 'best student blog' in the North East blogger awards- here

Until next time, 

Holly Olivia x


  1. I love all of your art! It definitely makes for interesting room decoration. Your Schiele-esq nude is amazing! Schiele is one of my favourites lately :)

    Great post! Thanks for sharing your room :)


    1. Thank you! I am glad that I finally have somewhere to put all the postcards I have collected, without the colours clashing.

      Holly Olivia x

  2. Absolutely love the artwork you have Holly, it really makes such a difference to a room, your wall looks amazing!


    1. Thank you so much, Elle! Putting up artwork can really make such a huge difference to how a room looks.

      Holly Olivia x


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