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[Diva Does Design] How To Upgrade Your Space With A Chic Gallery Wall

March 16th, 2016 by Christen

If you’re anything like me, you absolutely can’t concentrate or get anything done in a cluttered or unorganized space.  Call it OCD or whatever you want, but once I start a project, I can’t get started on anything else until I get the project complete.  This year has been quite the year of transition.  After years (and years) of having roommates – I’ve moved into a new place of my own and have been on a home design kick like no other.  (I mean, I have truly transformed into my mom and have become an HGTV fiend!)  One of my first home projects on top of my list was to create a dynamic point of interest and what better way to do that then with a chic gallery wall!


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If there’s one design element that has been having a major moment in style lately, it has to be gallery walls. Whether it’s big, small or somewhere in between, creating a gallery with your favorite prints, art pieces or family photos can instantly elevate the style of any space.  So to help all of you build your very own gallery wall, I put together a quick step-by-step tutorial.


What You’ll Need

As far as tools go, here’s what you’ll need to create the gallery wall of your dreams…

  1. Hammer
  2. Nails
  3. Level
  4. Tape Measurer
  5. Pens
  6. Paper (for writing down measurements)
  7. Blue painter’s tape
  8. Photo Frames


I scored most of my gallery wall frames from IKEA (on Clearance).  Did you know that on the last Wednesday of the month, you can find super IKEA deals up to 75% off clearance?  I’ve scored over 15 frames of all sizes for less than $50 bucks! [If you don’t know, now you know!]


gallery wall supplies


Measure Before Mounting

Measure the amount of wall space you want to fill and then tape off that section on a clean floor. This allows you to space everything out the way you want in advance of securing it on the wall. Once you lock down your favorite arrangement, take a few photos for reference when you’re hanging.  After experimenting with a few variations, shift things around until you find a layout that you love.


gallery wall placement


Get Ready To Hang

Once you’ve paired your frames to create the perfect layout on the floor, then it’s time to move the party to the wall.  Remove the photo inserts from each frame and place them on the wall to further visualize and compose your gallery space.  Start by hanging the largest piece first. If you don’t have one large piece, group two together for the illusion of a larger work. Once you’ve hung the largest piece, build off of that from the center outward with smaller pieces.


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Nail It!

Once you’ve recreated your gallery composition on the wall with paper inserts, now it’s time to nail it!  Using the paper inserts as a guide, hammer the small nail into the paper and into wall.  (Using the paper as a guide will guarantee you get the exact composition you want.)  Once the frame is secured to the wall, simply tug on the paper guide to remove and voila, your first frame is complete.  Simply repeat, until all your frames are proportionately hung and just like that, your awesome gallery wall is complete!


compete gallery wall



And there you have it! A gorgeous gallery wall, ready to be filled with prints made by my favorite artists, family portraits and more!  Do you have any tips or tricks to add to the list? What do you think of my gallery wall?  Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

Infused Art and Sound Found At The Inseparable Soundwall Experience in NYC

August 13th, 2014 by Christen



If you’re looking for an unforgettable experience that stimulates your sense of sight and sound, why  not check out the “Inseparable: Soundwall Experience” in NYC.  “Inseparable: The Soundwall Experience” is a hybrid art, music and tech series featuring artist collaborations, exhibitions and events that seamlessly integrate art and music like never before.  The summer group exhibition in partnership with Soundall reaffirms music and visual art as inseparable forms of expression.  Soundwall is customized, hand-crafted, framed artwork that hangs on the wall and plays music wirelessly.  Using the Soundwall technology as a channel to explore the bond between sound and sight, each artist was asked to curate a song paired to their visual work.




Recently I got the opportunity to explore “Inseparable: The Soundwall Experience” for myself and discover the artistry of Ricky Aiello Jr. (son of famed actor Danny Aiello), Bradley Theodore (artist behind the infamous Anna and Karl NYC mural), Fab 5 Freddy and more.  The instillation of art and sound was an experience that went beyond the initial senses.  It was interesting to learn the stories behind the artwork as well as how music played an integral role in the creation of some of the pieces on display. Apparently Soundwall pieces are the next big thing in heightening the art and entertainment experience.  Curated by Laura O’Reilly of Wallplay and Mike Namer, Founder of Gallery 151, “Inseparable: The Soundwall Experience” can be viewed at Gallery 151 – 131 W. 18th Street in New York.  For more information online visit and

Get a look inside of “Inseparable: The Soundwall Experience” below…


Photo Gallery: The Bright Side Of Art And Style

April 25th, 2014 by Christen
The Bright Side Of Art And Style Divas And Dorks Style Christen Rochon

Scrap Junk Yard or Art Installation? You Decide.


This is Detroit.  Not bad huh?  No, the city isn’t burning down in despair – as a matter of fact, it is alive, well and bursting at the seams  with rich art and re-defining style everyday.  While in Detroit, I decided to visit one of my favorite open art installations in the city – The Heidelburg Project.  Known for its colorful backdrops of bright hues, political messaging and plenty of mixed media – this area has been around and re-defining how we look at art since 1986.  Armed with a camera (a little extra time on my hands) and a crisp, sunny Spring day – take a look at my interpretation of the bright side of art and style below (…and let me know what you think!)


The Bright Side Of Art And Style Divas And Dorks Style Christen Rochon

Divas And Dorks – The Album Cover


Dress:  Von Vonni Transformer Dress –

The Bright Side Of Art And Style Divas And Dorks Style Christen Rochon

Ring Around The Rosies or Lady Of The Rings?


Jacket:  White Moto Jacket – Forever 21


The Bright Side Of Art And Style Divas And Dorks Style Christen Rochon

“Oh what tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive…”



Sunglasses:  Ray-Ban Aviator Flash Mirror Lenses

Earrings:  Cushion Set Neiman Marcus

Necklace:  Private Designer

Watch:  Michael Kors


The Bright Side Of Art And Style Divas And Dorks Style Christen Rochon

A girl can never have enough shoes… even if they’re mixed-matched and hanging on a fence.


The Bright Side Of Art And Style Divas And Dorks Style Christen Rochon

Patience is a virtue…


Shoes:  Peter Pilotto x Target


The Bright Side Of Art And Style Divas And Dorks Style Christen Rochon

If a rose can grow from concrete, why shouldn’t a car grow from a grassy field?


[For more on the Heidelburg Project visit

How To: Christmas Eve DIY Holiday Nail Art Fun

December 24th, 2012 by Lifestyle Staff

Tis the season to be jolly and express your Holiday spirit on your phalanges (Challenge the Phalange! I hope you said this for it to rhyme…) We searched the web far and wide, also known as google, for some of the best holiday, all holidays this season, DIY (do it yourself) nail art! Even if you have less than ten nails, which is common these days, these designs are sure to get you great compliments and set the perfect mood for holiday cheer:-) Feel free to emulate or get inspired to create your own.

Did you say “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas”? Even if snow doesn’t fall this year, you can guarantee a white christmas with featured snowflakes tutorial! take a look!


Not to offend anyone but where my jews at?! Representing for the Hanukkah Holiday featured this bloggers creative celebration titled “Hanukkah Nails”. Using silver striping paint, accented with white and black paint on top of a royal blue this is a sure way to express your holiday cheer.

Habari Ghani!  Whats the news! Does anyone celebrate Kwanzaa?! Surprisingly there were few designs for this National African American holiday, ironic enough the one found featured on Bee Polished blog was designed on an Euro-American hand, but no judgement! This just leaves alot to the imagination! You can just grab you a red, black and green polish and paint accordingly or give this candle design topped on a gold paint a try!


Elegant and soft, this nail look was featured on’s top 6 holiday nail looks. We love this idea for both nightlife and professional events. Did someone mention the New Year’s eve celebration?! Check out this great look!


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Nothing gives creative nail art better than bedazzled jewels and stones. Try this bubble nail look featured by Truly Madly Beauty blog.  Notice the beautiful discrete glitter base that accents the jewels. Nail Glue is a great adhesive for your extras and don’t forget to seal with a clear top coat!

So challenge the phalange (you should definitely had read this to rhyme by now!)

Merry Chirstmas, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Hanukkah Happy New Years and Happy You!

Have some nail art suggestions of your own? Share and comment below!

How Art Influences Life…and Technology!

October 13th, 2011 by Christen

As I am ini-dated with design, drawing and illustrations on a daily basis (because of school…) It’s nice to find a parallel and see how common and uncommon art work influences life, technology and style everyday…

RedBubble, the world’s premium online marketplace for high-quality independent creative products on demand, saw an astounding response to the addition of iPhone cases to its selection of customizable goods last week, receiving over 10,000 original designs by independent artists worldwide in just a week. The iPhone cases, manufactured in partnership with Uncommon, have received an outpouring of artist submissions since their launch and the number of independent designs available on the site continues to grow.


“I think there is a real sympathy between the strong design sensibility of Apple and the artist community on RedBubble,” said RedBubble CEO Martin Hosking. “This has been a simply startling reaction by our community, and it is a testament to the fact the iPhone as a great canvas for art and design.”


“The iPhone cases are an exciting next step in continuing RedBubble’s mission to bring the the best independent design into people’s daily lives,” added Hosking. “And we have found the perfect partner in Uncommon, whose manufacturing process beautifully preserves the quality and integrity of all our contributors’ original work.”

RedBubble has also launched an iPhone case design challenge calling on designers worldwide to submit their most inspired designs. For more information on the design competition, entry details and prizing, click here.


For more original artwork, or to even upload artwork of your own for your personalized tech covers, check out



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