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Let's say that you move into a new rental unit, and you're faced with an immense stretch of white wall. It can be daunting to know what to do with that expanse, especially if you're on a tight budget. Designer Sarah Dorsey recently tackled this issue head on, and with a bit of ingenuity and some basic materials, she created a floating gallery that filled the visual space while still feeling light, fresh, and airy.

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The primary component of the floating gallery is Ikea's Diginet curtain wire system, coupled with Riktig curtain clips. Using screen molding, Sarah and her husband David custom-built the picture frames, which they attached to the Riktig clips with eye hooks and thin-gauge wire. Sarah added the floating art to the frames with the aid of a grommet kit and a bit more wire. Using lightweight materials and frames without glass prevented the line from sagging, giving the gallery a more polished look.

While the floating gallery idea is the one that stopped me in my tracks, I also appreciate a lot of the creative art choices that Sarah used. In particular, I'm fond of the Damien Hirst-esque dot piece that she made with watercolors and a hole punch, and I love the black-and-white photograph of her dog, to which she added a touch of bright yellow. The map of places that she and her husband have visited is also a sweet idea that's well-suited to this month's "escape" theme.

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This wall solution is great for renters who like the gallery look but don't want to put so many holes in their walls. It also helps add dimension and offers a light, airy feeling that doesn't dominate the visual space, all for under $60.

For a complete how-to and more photos, visit Sarah M. Dorsey Designs.

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