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his very own art gallery

February 14th | decorating, DIY

A couple months ago, Matthias told me, “In our next house, I want to have my very own art gallery.” And since we have plenty of space, and no plans to move any time soon, I thought, “Why not give him an art gallery now?”We have a loft upstairs that connects all the bedrooms. It’s a great space but I’ve never really decorated it.  I pulled everything out of the room–some random throw pillows, an old lamp and some random toys–and left just the basics for a clean slate.

Here’s the finished space. It’s whimsical and simple–a perfect kid’s space. I framed a few of his favorite pieces of art–and there’s lots more room for more framed artwork!

We found this couch a couple years ago at Pottery Barn. It was a floor model and marked way down. It’s super comfy.

The chair is from Target quite a few years ago and it’s still in great condition.

I picked up a couple new pillows and the small aqua lamp from Target. All of it was on sale–nice!

I love this Eric Carle style sun art that Matthias did last year in first grade.

I drew some chalk frames on the chalkboard and we can add more frames and art as needed.

Matthias loved it. And now he has his very own art gallery!  Doesn’t it make you want to pull out the watercolors and create?

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24 Responses

  1. Lindsey says:

    Great idea! I think it’s awesome that he wanted his own special place for art. A boy after my own heart!

  2. Amanda says:

    This is awesome and so fun!

  3. Pam says:

    Great way to use the chalkboard. Looks like it’s going to inspire a lot of creations.

  4. Aimee says:

    I love this space! It’s a perfect place for little people to play and create art! Love it.

  5. That is so awesome!! I love kid art! You are such a great Mom to do that for Matthias.

  6. Marnie says:

    I love kids art and think its so important and encouraging to them to have it displayed.

  7. sarita says:

    what a great way to make him and his art feel important.
    good job mom!! we ALL need to be able to be artistic in some way. that can be from cooking to rubber stamping to drawing on the driveway with chalk! :^) thanks for sharing this.

  8. amyks says:

    Fantastic!!!That is such a great idea, love that he didn’t have to wait until he got older for his own gallery.

  9. EG says:

    Oh wow, I love this so much! I need to stumble onto a PB floor model. our couches are SAD.

  10. Jen says:

    we buy the inexpensive frames from Wal-Mart that have the glass that pops out the front. we hung them in the kids’ area of our house, gallery style, and they were so proud to see there stuff up. it’s super easy to change the stuff out as they make more art. love the frames on the chalkboard!

  11. Adorable! I’ve a curtain line ready to hang at my backdoor for small one’s gallery but this is way cuter.

  12. Ewa Morphy says:

    Wonderful, creative space, Lisa! I am sure he will be inspired each time he hangs out there! I saw a neat way to display kids art on Pinterest the other day and they had a wall decal above the space that quoted Picasso – “Every Child is an Artist” – here are some neat ones for sale on Etsy, if you are looking for any final finishing touches for this awesome space!

  13. Kelly H-Y says:

    I LOVE it!!! OHHHH, I wish I had space to do something like that!! Fabulous!!!

  14. yes. great way to incorporate their art work into the home.

  15. LOVD says:

    I love your use of real frames, just hanging there. Looks really great!

  16. Sarah says:

    LOVE this idea! So inspirational…

  17. Andrea says:

    That is so awesome! I was thinking Eric Carle before you even said it. Love that big chalkboard. There must be a ton of those around surplus somewhere since all the schools are moving to smartboards.

  18. angie says:

    what a neat idea! i know matthias is overjoyed! you did such a terrific job…

  19. kristin says:

    This is awesome!
    How lucky is Matthias!!!
    Can’t wait to see more creations added to his art gallery(:

  20. Michelle says:

    Love it! What a great space for your son to show his work for you all to enjoy. I think kids’ artwork makes a home feel so happy! Matthias is very talented :)

  21. Paula says:

    Hi Lisa,
    this is a beautiful room and such an inspiration for a little one. I am definitely inspired by your work and this room, I think we need to add some frames to “Zoom”‘s room for his art, too.

    I’ve started a linky party for children’s crafts at my blog and I’d be honored if you joined us. This room is so very awesome.

    Thank you,
    Paula at Welcoming Spirit

  22. Lori says:

    Well, if that isn’t just the sweetest thing…

  23. Sheila says:

    You are a wonderful mom! Love it!

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