It's Metamorphosis Monday!

Hello my friends...welcome to Metamorphosis Monday!

I just love Met Monday! I love seeing all the "before" and "after" photos of various kinds of projects! Metamorphosis Monday is hosted by our very own Susan over at Between Naps On The Porch...thank you, Susan! You'll have to go over to Susan's and see what kind of metamorphosis has taken place today and while you're there...you can check out all of the other Met Monday participants! "Change is bound to happen"! Hehe!

Part III. Metamorphosis of My Frenchy Studio/Office

For the past two Metamorphosis Monday's, I have been showing you the changes made to my new Frenchy studio/office! There are "Before", "During", and "After" photos.

To see Part I...click HERE.

To see Part II...click HERE.

The area that I'm showing you today for Met Monday is the "Gallery Wall Grouping" in my studio/office.


In the beginning...
In Part I of "The Metamorphosis of My Frenchy Studio/Office", you will see that this room was once my step-son's bedroom. Do you see the old antique garden gate on the wall? I used this pretty gate as the headboard for my step-son's twin bed. I just love this old garden gate and it made a fabulous headboard.

Below the garden gate is an antique hunchback trunk that my honey gave to me as a gift. I took the wall art down that was in my step-son's room...it's just propped up against the wall.
Do you see the Fleur de lis hanging on the wall above the garden gate...hmmm, will it go or stay in my new studio/office?


The Design Process

What to do with this wall?
I have brought in all kinds of art...pieces that I have had but were in storage...old family photos that were recently acquired from my husband's family...etc. This wall where the garden gate is...is a nice sized area and it's the first area that you see when coming into the room. I would really like this wall to make a statement!!!

I decided to do a "Museum or Gallery" style wall art grouping!

Some of the art that I considered for the gallery wall grouping...

This piece of art is a portrait of Queen Mary II...by William Wissing. I ordered this piece from Global Gallery...the print is called a fine art "giclee".

Hmmm...you might be asking, "What is a giclee print"?

In giclee printing, no screen or other mechanical devices are used and therefore there is no visible dot screen pattern. The image has all the tonalities and hues of the original painting. Giclee (pronounced Gee’clay) is a French term meaning to spray or squirt, which is how an inkjet printer works. However, it is not the same as a standard desktop inkjet printer, and is much larger. Giclee prints are a little over a metre wide and are often affectionately referred to as a “knitting machine” as they look very similar.

This giclee print of Queen Mary II is printed on a very heavy textured paper...the quality is outstanding! I just love this piece!!! Queen Mary II is definitely a beautiful woman and I just adore her gorgeous gown of copper, olive, and gold! Look at the scene...in a palace garden...Ooooh!!! This piece measures 18x24 in.

This piece of art was handcrafted by little ol' me! Hehe! It measures 5x7 in...and is an old family photo! Sadly...no writing or identification was on the photo...so we don't know who this is. I was intriqued as soon as I came across this photo...such a sweet baby and look at that gown and the sweet ornate wicker chair.

I used pretty scrapbooking papers and black organza ribbon to decorate this photo!

I found these beautiful decorative plates at Hobby Lobby! Ohhh...I do love the designs on these plates...soooo frenchy!!! They were on sale...half-price for only $5 each.

Do you remember the Fleur de lis from the first photo in the post?

I needed another rectangular piece so I decided to frame it. I used a black silk fabric with embroidered fleur de lis on it for the background. Since this photo...I have taken a bit more of the white paint off of the surface of the fleur de lis...I just liked the look better...it looks more black in the new look!

I found this pretty french topper at Hobby Lobby. I wasn't sure where I would use it when I bought it...but I think that it may work well for my gallery wall!

The Gallery Wall in My Frenchy Studio/Office

The finished product...

I was pleased with how this museum/gallery art wall turned out!!! Thanks to my sweet friend
Lauralu and her expert advice!!! She gave me a few suggestions on how to improve the placement of some of these pieces!

I left my antique trunk under the gallery wall...I like it here...it "grounds" the art.


Well my friends...I hope that you enjoyed seeing the metamorphosis of my frenchy studio/office. I'm so glad that you came by for a visit...please leave me a comment and let me know that you were here...I would love to visit with you!!!

Happy Met Monday!

Love ya'll,



Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Good Mornin Chari!
Well actually it's middle of the night and I woke up from a sound sleep just to read blogs. (actually I had to go potty and ended up at my computer) Yipee!! I get the first comment! I just adore this room so far and the wall grouping looks just perfect! I love how you laid it all out for us and took us step by step. I love all your treasured pieces and the cool plates you found at Hobby Lobby. I think I need a Hobby Lobby fix! LOL. The final effect is so pretty and just perfect with your antique trunk underneath. Well I think I need to head back to bed, come on over when you can. I have the armoire on Met Monday. Did you have a good week-end? Ours was very busy.Hugs, Cindy

Sue said...

Chari the wall turned out beautiful!! The trunk is perfect under the arrangement and of course "my" yummy drapes look gorgeous!! Hope you weren't anywhere near those tornados Colorado got! Stay safe and have a great week sweetie! xoxoxo

Kammy said...

Hi Chari !
I love your French wall ! Wonderful and Fab ! Really love the pillow on your trunk ! I have 3 trunks in my home - they are great storage !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Dixie said...

Chari... you did a great job... feel free to drop by French Lique, I have a few things that need hanging on the wall!

blessings. Dixie

Sherrie said...

Hello Chari,
I am loving looking at the installments on your Frenchy Studio! Your wall grouping is perfect! I wish, I wish, I soooo wish, I had a Hobby Lobby near by!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Chari, I love this wall. What a beautiful wall you created. I really like the way you redid some of the art and created new art. Your office has turned out just absolutely gorgeous. I also really love your drapes. Such a great space. Hugs, Marty

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

What a lovely arrangement.

Salmagundi said...

Chari-- You have such a treasure trove of great pictures. This arrangement looks wonderful. Did the wind blow yesterday? It sure did here, but was glad there were no tornadoes like in Denver. Guess I had better get around and sweep up the limbs and leaves, etc. from the front courtyard and walk. It's a mess! I, also, need to dead head the roses. You know me - I'm not an outside person, so stuff like that is a real hassle for me. Bob and Mike have gone on an excursion to see the volcano down by Trinidad, so I have the day to myself. Hope your day is great. Sally

Karen said...

Ewwwww! LOVE IT! Love the toile, the black, the Frenchy French. Turned out great.
But isn't it sad when we find a photo, and have absolutely NO CLUE who it is? I guess they just didn't think about it back in those days.
Great post! Yay! Karen

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Oh Chari....what a wonderful job you've done. I agree, the trunk grounds your art and those drapes?? YUMMMMMMM! I can't wait for the WHOLE tour...what a talented lady you are!

I live in the NW....NO HOBBY LOBBY....No Christmas Shoppe....NO HomeGoods! WHY, I want to know? I am soooo envious. You gals have so many resources.......we're neglected here. I went to visit a friend in Kansas....AHA....Hobby Lobby! But, never had a chance to get there. DARN! I'm sure I needed SOMETHING! :-)


Anonymous said...

Good morning, I'm stopping by to say hello, and Happy Monday (and for some, happy blue Monday, happy metamorph Monday, or happy belated Pink Saturday - WHEW!)

I love that look - what a great job!!! I wish I had a hobby lobby by me. Trunk, wall, pillows, everything is just fabulous.

My blog topic today is about a man, a dog, a love story, and a bit about embroidery. Please stop by if you have a moment.


Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

GM My Dear friend...now girl I am loving the Queenie picture there...how pretty is that..I am glad to hear the estate sale was great for you guys...Now freind get some rest and Please don't worry about coming to see me..I would rather you rested instead...Love ya sis..However I did find some china I posted for you...Love how your office is coming along...looks GREAT!! Hugs and Love, Gl♥ria

Scribbler said...

Very snazzy!


Karen said...

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:) Karen

Unknown said...

It all turned out so beautiful! The wall vignette is stunning, I love everything! Thank you for sharing!


Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

Now everybody knows I'm a meddler!! You know how I feel about your beautiful study! Since I did have a part in it! One of these days, when the boys are on their own! I'm gonna have my own study but I'm going for more of the look of your green and pink guest room!! I love ya! girlfriend! God Bless! Lauralu :)
P.S. The Curves Diane magazine is here with a pic of moi! lil ole me! Come tell me how gorgeous I look!!! (LOL!!!)

xinex said...

Love your picture gallery, Chari. Actually I love everything here, all the Frenchy stuff, the queen print and the baby picture. You really did a good job transforming the room into YOU!...Christine

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I...need to find a Hobby Lobby. I haven't seen one but there HAS to be some of those great stores around here!
Your museum/art wall looks beautiful! You did a marvelous job on it! :)
I especially like the header above it..really NICE!
Oh..well..and the old trunk! I like that too!
Hugs...hope your weekend was great!

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

This turned out sooo lovely!!! I have loved all your posts of this frency room...each one lovelier than the next!!!

All of the details are simply beautiful. The curtains are my favorite!!! I am a toile junky!!! The plates are gorgeous too!!!

I hope you are having a wonderful day!!!

Sue said...

Oh honey, I'll say a prayer for you and you say a prayer for me. I mentioned to you before I haven't been diagnosed with fibro but I feel in my bones I have it! I am walking around here like an 80 yr old most of the time. I have pretty much given up gardening, and grass cutting just kills me anymore, so I don't do that either!
Anyway, so sorry you have no great shopping near you! I have so many pictures yet to post of all the neat stuff I saw, I'm gonna try to get to that in a minute. I have read or heard of a process to remove the brown from ironstone but it has to do with the oven and something besides bleach. Infact don't do bleach. I like the aged pieces alot, so I buy it both ways. Do you talk to Gollum? Shes probably the one to ask.
I better get busy! TTYL sweetie! xoxoxo

Susan (Between Naps On The Porch.net) said...

Chari...your wall is beautiful...but then I love everything you do! Love all the beautiful pieces you used to create that lovely vignette...it's kind of like a vignette...right? Just one that's on the wall. :-) You have a wonderful eye for what works well together...wish that came so easy for me! Happy Met Monday! Susan

Tomarie said...

Your art wall is devine Chari!! I LOVE the picture you made from the old photo! You really ARE crafty! It's beautiful and so is your French room!! :-) Love ya! L~

Sue said...

Chari, C'est magnifique, mon ami! Your transformation of the wall area is so Frenchy chic. I hope you will show us the rest of the room sometime soon.:-) Sue

Unknown said...

Ooo la la.... so very, very French! Manifique!

Melissa Miller said...

I just adore your frenchy office Chari!

It's one of my favorites in all of Blogland with the most gorgeous drapes "ever" purchaesed.
If it were mine I think I would walk to the doorway and just stare into the room for while....LOL!...:)

I haven't felt well today so I've been off the computer for most of it.

I hope I hear from you soon. It's been a while and I miss ya girl.

Have a great evening.
~Melissa :)

Shelia said...

This looks wonderful, Chari! You're so creative!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Things That Inspire said...

Wow - I always have so much admiration for people who have an eye for putting together an artful arrangement!

Unknown said...

You have done a wonderful job of pulling it all together. I think HL needs to give you a discount for all the publicity : O ) Trunks are great places to hide all kinds of things. One of mine has toys for the grandchildren! They are also a good place for all the magazines that I love and just can't seem to part with. Thanks for sharing.


Crystal said...

WOW! What a great wall. All the pieces just look wonderful grouped together. I cannot seem to get the hang of grouping things like this...I just don't have the vision! Beautiful transformation. Thanks for sharing.

Barb said...

Hi Chari, oh, it is lovely!!! You are doing such a wonderful job. It is a joy to see. Thank you for sharing with us.

Hugs, Barb

janet said...

Hi Chari, not much time these days for blogging but my addiction drags me in to check out what everyone is up to...lol your room is absolutely gorgeous, you sure do have a talent for decor Chari.

José Carrilho (Go Detail) said...


$5 ???
That's a steal !
And a good looking one :-)

Best regards,


Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

O.K...now that was a transformation and a half!!!! It looks so good,I love all the black,don't you just love creating a whole new spot of pretty things in your house, I sure do!! Hope you are well my friend,Chrissy

Sharing with Sherri said...

Your Frenchy office/studio Looks awesome Chari!! I love how your wall arrangement turned out!! Gorgeous trunk below it and the drapes were a perfect choice too
Beautiful job!! You've done it again!!


Carol said...

You did a terrific job! I love how you put it all together!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Chari, that looks fabulous! I think I've seen this wall before, but you've made some changes, and they are perfect! The giclee of the Queen is gorgeous. I didn't know what that word meant, so thank you so much for educating me. Putting that fleur de lis in a frame is brilliant! I love the way the grouping is arranged. It "reads" as one, although it's made up of several. And your pretty trunk is perfect under it. laurie

Linda Q said...

Chari, love this grouping on the wall you did. Looks great! I want a Hobby Lobby here, they seem to have neat things.
Thanks again for stopping in my blog!
Appreciate your kind comments.
Have a good weekend,
Hugs, Linda Q

Marie said...

Love your office - the arrangement on the wall is fabulous!