FEMME MODERN Gallery Wall Progress


About a month ago, I posted how Michelle Adams’ bedroom gallery wall inspired me to redo my own. This is my 3rd version over the past two years, but with each revision, I get to explore a different aspect of my style. It’s so fun!

In the midst this new exploration, I wanted to share a few quick pics of the progress thus far (I’m waiting on two pieces, and will have a formal shoot with my photographer in the next month, along with some other updates I’ve been making in the house!).

I’ve also been developing my design book library, so swapping out books into different groupings according to what’s speaking to me lately has been a great exercise. Bottom line: in your workspace, you should switch it up often to remain constantly inspired!

black marble bookends from HomeGoods; 1970’s Lucite pieces found at a local vintage store


Prada shoe ornament I picked up from an exhibit at The Met last year; a bowl of nail lacquers is a great way to add color!


OUI (a.k.a. type perfection); a travel doodle of Rome’s Trevi fountain from my honeymoon; a Rothko poster from a MOMA exhibit several years ago


a travel sketch of the Nike in the Louvre, Paris; a vintage Japanese ceramic camel find; mid-century modern brass mushroom lamps found at a local vintage store


ART: “OUI” print $35  / “NON, je ne regrette rien” print, $83 /  Ellsworth Kelly poster, $129.99  / lips print, $25  / all frames are from Aaron Brothers and Michael’s

BOOKS: “Louis Vuitton Marc Jacobs” / “Nostalgia in VOGUE” / “Gucci” / Carine Roitfeld “Irreverent” / “Kate Moss by Mario Testino” / “The Fashion Book”  / “The Hermès Scarf” / Kelly Wearstler “Modern Glamour” / “Yves Saint Laurent Style” / “Chanel and Her World” / Ines de la Fressange “Parisian Chic” / “Halston” / “Marilyn Minter” / Kelly Wearstler “Rhapsody” / Jan Showers “Glamourous Rooms” / Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty” / “Kate Moss” / Mario Testino “Portraits” 


It’s also fun to throw pieces into the mix that I haven’t used in a while (such as my Rothko), or grab pieces like my Europe sketches from other parts of the house. A true collection of experiences and current loves!

 Stay tuned for “official” photos in about another month!


Erika Brechtel

Erika Brechtel

Creative Director

Desiring an online space to explore well-rounded, inspired content in all topics she loves most, Erika created 'The E List' (formerly the Small Shop blog) in 2010. When not enjoying an “occasional" glass of wine and wanderlusting for even warmer climates, Erika can be found sharing laughs with friends and family, and trying her very best to keep up with her 6-year old daughter (yet failing miserably).

  1. Ohhh Jessica’s prints on the Aestate are so good. I love the idea of switching up book piles too. I need more coffee table books, did a post of the one’s I’m lusting after today! I love your office.

  2. I think this is my favorite version so far! Black white gold and the reds and pinks together make such a pretty combo. Must have that OUI print!

  3. I love to see how my tastes evolve over the years. Sometimes I’m horrified with my choices but mostly I switch things around because i have too many things I love to have out all at once. Rotation seem like the best answer to keeping me interested in my home.

  4. Gorgeous space! I would expect nothing less from you! Can’t wait to see more. Love what you said about switching it up to stay inspired. Perfect.

  5. Perfection…I think this is my favorite yet, but I feel this way every time you show your newest gallery wall! Love

    XO Lily

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