Before & After: Happy Kids' Art Wall

This past Summer, a client of ours moved into a large newly-built home.  There were so many areas to address (we're still going) but one of the most important areas in making a house feel like a home is the kitchen.  Our client had collected a ton of her children's artwork and so we thought it would be great to make a focal point in the kitchen dining area out of it.  My client's style is bright & happy & fun so the colors were perfect.  We started out with this:



And we ended up with this:


We had so much fun creating this collage!!!   In the evening, the sconces create the prefect glow around the artwork.  We still have to do a bit of styling to do (a zebra rug was in our original plan & we need to put something pretty on the table- I'll be sure to get a final professional pic!) but I am loving the vibe!!!   The curtains are this great red medallion pattern that's happy, fresh & graphic.

This is something I've been meaning to do forevah for my boys & so my client's project gave me the get-up-and-go I needed.  It was super-easy but had such a big, personal impact on the space.  (I love easy high-impact projects.)  We picked up frames this weekend for house & I'm now scouring my house for the boys' artwork.  (I'm not as organized as my client with my kids's stuff! ;)  I'll be sure to share pics when we're done too!

My clients kids are so proud to have their artwork displayed in such a prominent spot in the house.  (They now even have plans for more walls!! :)  If you've got a spot for it, I think it's one of the coolest things you can do to make your kids feel like they've been included in "decorating" your home. 

I'm off for the day & hope you have a great one!! :)


INFO:
*The paint color remained the same... it's the difference btwn cloudy & sunny & cameras.
*Curtain fabric is by John Robshaw
*Pendant & Sconces by Visual Comfort}

xoxo, Lauren
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40 comments:

barbara@hodge:podge said...

Love gallery walls filled with kids' art! I have a collection growing at my house too!

Teresa said...

I may try this with my grandchildren's art- pinning away.

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Love it - so colorful and fun!

VictoriaArt said...

Charmingly happy
I love it!

Living It At Home said...

Wow, have always wanted a wall like this! Love everything about it! It adds so much character, color and it is personal too! Thank you for sharing all of your projects, it is so great to see what you are working on!

~jamilyn

Karen Davis said...

Love it!

daninotes said...

Love that!

Acquired Objects said...

What a great idea and I'm sure it makes the homeowner smile everyday!

A Vintage Vine said...

Love that idea, the colorful wall really works so well against the black table and chairs! Great idea!

Nancy said...

great! amazing what just ART does to a room, and COLOR...keeping it simple is often best...
Nancy
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Mary said...

Amazing, Lauren!

diane@onlinefabricstore said...

Great idea...I have collected and displayed my kids art for years. My favorite is our pumpkin chain of allthe construction pumpkins the kids have made over the years that comes out every halloween. Cant wait to see your boy's art wall!

Jennifer John said...

That is so cheerful! I have my kids art framed throughout the house and I just love it! Adds a little whimsy and they are so proud when they see their work up! :)

Jennifer

elisabeth (bovagoods) said...

i absolutely love it. we have our babies in our homes for such a short time. then they go off and grow into people! i love this. live it up while they are living under your roof...it's not going to last forever. ;)

Rachel said...

That just makes me smile! What a terrific way to brighten your day every time you see that!

katyhollis said...

Oh, I love this!!!

Danielle {freshquince} said...

Amazing how much lighting and color can make an image so pretty. Love kids artwork...have Charlie's all over my house! Hope you're feeling ok Lauren! xoxoxoxoxo Danielle

Leslie said...

What a wonderful collage! It looks stunning. :)

pve design said...

Wonderfully happy wall!
pve

Comeca Jones said...

I love that table set!

Mrs. Chic said...

Love how the kids artwork looks in the dining room! We just hung our sons artwork above a mid century modern secretary desk I just refinished.

Unknown said...

Looks awesome! LOVE the sconces! I have the same table and chairs so I am visualizing this in my kitchen. :)

Kerry @ Design du Monde said...

The gallery wall is wonderful and wonderfully executed. I just love it!!!

Karena said...

Lauren I adore seeing children's art featured and custom framed!! Can you imagine the joy for them!

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Windlost said...

Gorgeous - bright and happy and fun! You are awesome.

xo Terri

Maureen at The Inglenook Decor said...

cheery, endearing & personal....love it!

Ange Vanderheide said...

I love it! I'm SOOO glad you swapped out the light fixture. At first when I was scrolling down, I was a little worried when you said that you "started with this" because I thought you meant you were just going to add the art and maybe some accessories, but the modern drum shade totally brings together the gallery wall and the dining set. Whew, I totally gave out a sigh of relief when I saw the after!

Rachael said...

This looks amazing. I really love all the pieces you chose to update with. A rug underfoot will be a nice eventual touch. I'm inspired!

Marivic said...

omg, this is wonderful! "This is something I've been meaning to do forevah for my boys..." is exactly my thought. My kids will be adults buy the time I hang up their stuff! Thanks for the reminder. I'll post mine when it's done too...

Emily said...

What a classy and fun way to show off your kids work - I love this!

Megan said...

That looks so amazing. It's such a fun addition and the lighting really makes the space. Can't wait to see the finished product! Props!

Altax said...

Lovely pictures and awesome photography.

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Jessica said...

This is freaking fantastic!!!! :) I love love love it!

Jenna said...

Beautiful job! I love the curtains, they play so well with the fun art.

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

LURVE! And the lighting fixtures are a wonderful improvement too.

bevy said...

that artwork is actually really good! and i love what it does for the space along with the curtains!

LindsB said...

love love love the idea of displaying kids artwork- such a fun happy space now!

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Holly said...

I love these personal touches and it's even better when it's the kids artwork. Looks beautiful! And I also really like the curtain fabric too.

Jenn said...

Love the fixture echo!

Awesome room!