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Frame Game: California Beach Vibe Gallery Wall

California Beach Vibe Gallery Wall • Little Gold Pixel

Frame Game is an occasional series in which I take readers’ gallery wall requests and find art that fits their personalities. Click here to see past Frame Games.

Today’s wall was inspired by Mindi, who is looking for ways to insert some beach vibes and color into her usual neutral industrial-style living room.

In her own words:

“I’m trying to mix beach theme with industrial lol! I love neutral colors with accent colors in like teal and coral. I used to decorated with black everything and I’m trying to get some color in my life.”

“I’m trying to get some color in my life.”

Some of the specific loves she mentioned were octopuses, retro, beach, the West Coast, The Doors, Grand Budapest Hotel.

California Beach Vibe Gallery Wall, Take 1

Out of all the Frame Games I’ve done thus far, this one rings closest to home for me. I mean, beach! The Doors! Grand Budapest Hotel! All the cards were aligned for me to harness my unique L.A.-eclectic viewpoint for Mindi’s space.

I started with some base geometric/industrial pieces, including a pair of patent drawings for some Eames chairs, so Mindi wouldn’t feel so far removed from her beloved style. Then, I kept that color palette simple. If you’re not used to decorating with color, a little can go a long way.

This color palette is blue/teal/seafoam/light pink/coral with, of course, a healthy dose of black.

You’ll notice that the beach elements aren’t as cutesy as the ones I found for the Beachy Keen Frame Game.

The ocean in California is a little deeper, colder and way more turbulent than the East Coast or Gulf Coast and definitely the opposite of my beloved Hawaii. People are always surprised when I say this. “But isn’t it sunny all the time in L.A.?” Yes, but no. Several months out of the year you’ll encounter a thick marine layer, known as May Gray or June Gloom (today was a perfectly May Gray Day, by the way).

The first time I visited I was disappointed in the ocean here, honestly. But over time I’ve grown to love it for its very unique flavor. Watch the video for Sweater Weather if you want to catch some of those vibes.

To download these printables, click on the links below the roundup to go to the original download pages.

California Beach Vibe Gallery Wall • Frame Game is an occasional series in which I take readers' gallery wall requests and find art that fits their personalities • Little Gold Pixel

HexagonsShellsSurf Sun Sand • Eames, left • Eames, rightOcean PhotoColorful BrushPink BauhausDiamonds • Octopus • Swiss Crosses

California Beach Vibe Gallery Wall, Take 2

For this second take, I turned to the Lizard King and Wes Anderson.

It would have been wrong not to invoke Jim Morrison for this one, after all he was a proponent for the West Coast, singing “the west is the best” in “The End.”

But my favorite part might be those flanking sealife patterns. They look so alien, so bizarre, and yet so pleasing in their patterns. The remind me of the kelp forest I saw in a glass-bottom boat at Catalina. There’s some crazy stuff in those depths, my friends. Best not to think about it.

There you have it. Two California beach vibe gallery walls, and not a palm tree in sight! I might have my California card revoked if I don’t watch myself.

To download these printables, click on the links below the roundup to go to the original download pages.

California Beach Vibe Gallery Wall • Frame Game is an occasional series in which I take readers' gallery wall requests and find art that fits their personalities • Little Gold Pixel

Just Be • Jim MorrisonDiamondsSealife patterns (both, + more) • Grand Budapest • Picasso quote • Pink/Coral pattern • Colorful Eyes

If You Wanna Splurge

Sometimes, no matter how long you search for the perfect free printable (hey, it might still be out there!), there comes a time in every curator’s life when you simply must pay for good, quality art. Please do. I believe in supporting artists!

This is what I’d buy for Mindi. Two matching retro-inspired beach printables from my shop that say “Surf” and “Swim.”

Surf & Swim Retro Beach Printables • shoplittlegoldpixel.com

If she wanted a BIG splurge, I’d say go for these West Coast subway art posters. Normally I’d say subway art is a little tired, but in this case they’re well-made, and the sentiment is perfect for someone who loves industrial design, too.

West Coast Subway Prints via Going Underground

Interested in being featured on the Frame Game?

Since I’ve started rounding up free printables, I’ve received a lot of emails seeking help with various scenarios you have in your homes. The Frame Game queue is quite long right now, and wait times could be a year or longer.

If you have a pressing decor dilemma you’d like me to solve in the meantime, I do offer gallery wall consultations with a guaranteed delivery date of a week or less.

Check out my packages:

Feel free to contact me for any custom needs or to be added to the looooooong Frame Game queue.


P.S. The frames featured in this post are mockups. Check the individual download pages for details on ideal image size. Want to print something huge but it's sized at 8x10? Consider a larger frame with a mat. (Example here.)

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5 Classic Affordable Black Wall Frames

5 Classic Affordable Black Wall Frames • Little Gold Pixel

One of the questions I get asked the most is: Where can I find classic black wall frames for my prints that aren’t super expensive?

Framing can be pricey, for sure, and you probably aren’t going to like my go-to answer for this question because it involves a bit of hunting and playing the waiting game: THRIFTING.

I make it a habit to stop by the thrift store every few weeks to paw through the selection of frames because you just never know what you’ll find. Again, the biggest caveat is that you’re at the mercy of the selection of the store. Sometimes you’ll find suitable frames in 8×10 when you’re looking for 16×20, or it’ll be all 18×24 when you need a 5×7.

My advice is to pick up the good deals when you see them, even if you’re not sure you need that frame size. Those of us who love gallery walls can always find a way to use our frames. If nothing else, you could always use the frame to create a special gift for a friend or loved one.

But, Vanessa, I’m in a hurry and need a reliable frame source, stat!

I got you. Here are 5 classic affordable black wall frames that won’t break your budget.

Ribba Frame from IKEA

Guys, Ribba is my jam. Starting around $5 for the smallest frame and maxing out around $18 for a giant frame, you really can’t go wrong. I have these frames all over my house in various sizes. They have a classic gallery wall feel to them, very subtle and chic.
5 Classic Affordable Black Wall Frames for Your Gallery Walls • Little Gold Pixel

8.5×11 Frame from Michaels

I came across this frame during a random Michaels run last year, and I made note of it as being the perfect size for a standard sheet of paper, which is perfect for printable art with no trimming necessary! The $5.99 price tag is super affordable, too.
5 Classic Affordable Black Wall Frames for Your Gallery Walls • Little Gold Pixel

Basic Frames from Target

I’ve noticed that Target has been killing it lately in the home goods department, and the frames are no exception. They’re starting to offer frames in more sizes and better price points and in simpler styles (like this one, for $12.99).
5 Classic Affordable Black Wall Frames for Your Gallery Walls • Little Gold Pixel

2 for 1 Frames at Walmart

I’m not a huge fan of Walmart, nor is it even remotely convenient for us to shop at one, but you can’t deny that two 8×10 frames for $17 is a good deal!
5 Classic Affordable Black Wall Frames for Your Gallery Walls • Little Gold Pixel

Magnetic Poster Hanger from chocovenyl

My new favorite way to hang everything is with wooden poster hangers. It’s so much easier for large or unusual print sizes, and completely affordable ($12-$20).
5 Classic Affordable Black Wall Frames for Your Gallery Walls • Little Gold Pixel

There you have it — 5 classic affordable black wall frames. Don’t forget to bookmark or pin this page for reference. You never know when you’ll need to grab a good inexpensive frame quick!

P.S. Find some art to hang in those frames.

Free Mother’s Day Card Lincoln Quote

Free Mother's Day Card Lincoln Quote • Little Gold Pixel

Free Mother’s Day Card Lincoln Quote

Printable is 5×7 high-res PDF. Could be printed out on cardstock to create a beautiful card for your angel of a mother. For personal use only. Play nice!

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Happy Mother’s Day, all my mama friends.

I came across this quote by Abraham Lincoln, who lost his mom at the age of 9, and it hit me like a ton of bricks that it has been almost eight years since I last saw my own mom, hugged her and felt the warmth of her love.

A lot has changed in those years, and I know that I often think about what she would think of my news/accomplishments/life events. Every action I take I think about her and how she would handle it, what kind of advice she would give me. Sometimes I see glimpses of her in my own daughter. Most times I see giant chunks of her personality in myself.


P.S. Also: You Are So Loved

Begin Again Free Printable

Welcome to Film & Frame, where movies meet free printables. This is the feature where I create a printable that suits a fictional character.

I saw “Begin Again” the other night, and it has immediately been bumped up to new favorite movie status. Have you seen it yet? Mark Ruffalo is Dan, a has-been record label founder, and Kiera Knightley is Gretta, a heartbroken songwriter. They meet up and save each other from impending personal disaster by recording an album in open air, using New York City as the backdrop.

Begin Again Free Printable • Film & Frame • Little Gold Pixel

Begin Again Free Printable • Film & Frame • Little Gold Pixel

Let’s pretend we’re Gretta, whose musician boyfriend came back from a trip to Los Angeles with new song material that clearly wasn’t written about her. She packs up her bags and crashes with a friend until the fateful night she meets Dan at an open-mike event and they set out to record the record of all records, all with no money.

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In addition to being a cheating jerk, the boyfriend also takes Gretta’s wistful ballad “Lost Stars” and records it as a stadium anthem. That’s where the printable comes in.

With lyrics like “are we all lost stars trying to light up the dark?” and “Who are we? Just a speck of dust within the galaxy” — I took several images and created a collage that I hope encapsulates that celestial, seeking vibe that Gretta exudes throughout the movie. Like swimming in space.

Begin Again Free Printable: Lost Stars

Begin Again Free Printable • Film & Frame • Little Gold Pixel

PDF is a square 5 inches by 5 inches. For personal use only. Play nice!

Begin Again Free Printable • Film & Frame • Little Gold Pixel