Hey, friends!! This morning we wanted to update you on the results of this recent contest we hosted with Canon USA, where we got to give away a new printer, $1,000, and a little visit from us. It’s not every day that we get to visit a blog reader’s home and help them make over a wall. We had SO much fun!
The winner of our contest was Katie Thierjung. She’s a college student with an incredible Instagram and super cute Etsy shop. We immediately loved Katie’s whole aesthetic and begged her to use some of her own photos in her gallery wall.
Here’s a photo of Katie’s bedroom before:
She made us a pin board with a lot of inspiration, and then we pitched her three ideas to choose from. One was a crazy tissue fringe covered wall, one was an abstract painted wall, and the last was a classic gallery wall. Katie chose the gallery wall and after really knowing her space, I think she made the right choice! It turned out so fresh and nice.
Before we arrived, Katie did a few updates she had already been wanting to do, painting her walls white and replacing her bed with a sofa bed. It brightened the space up and served her function as a bedroom and workspace for her design work.
We started with a few fun prints from past Happy Mail boxes. Emma and I raided our stashes at home and brought a bunch of pieces for Katie to choose from.
Next, we printed a bunch of Katie’s Instagram photos using the Canon PIXMA iP8720 Crafting Printer that she won in the contest. It’s a wide format printer and very useful for a gallery wall project like this. It’s crazy how good the quality is when you’ve only seen a photo TINY on Instagram. Her photos looked incredible blown up.
You can also see here that we used colorful poster board to trace all the frame sizes, and then we hung them in place to make sure the spacing looked right.
Here’s a video where you can see a time lapse of pretty much our whole day!
Credits//Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Video and Music: Jeremy Larson. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.