I've been working on assembling a gallery-style wall of picture frames since we were in our tiny little apartment uptown, slowly adding to it two or three frames at a time. My ultimate goal is to have it fill the wall, but I'm a long way from getting there, as the wall the arrangement lives on is on the high side of the vaulted ceilings (which are 11' at the highest point). I keep trucking along, though.
I've thrifted these various frames for anywhere from 10 cents to $1 each, depending on the size and quality, and have painted them all in the same glossy dark brown spray-paint. Recently I became interested in air plants and realized that if I thrifted some chintzy little wooden shelves, that I could incorporate them into my gallery wall. I picked up 5 of these funky little plants at a shop downtown (and it appears they don't have a website, or else I'd link to them... it's 2012, who doesn't have a website? C'mon!) and went to it.
I happen to LOVE the effect. Four of the little guys are nestled in this funky shelf, on top of some random beach rocks that I've collected over the years.
The other one sits up top of this tiny series of shelves, also with some rocks, shells, and a piece of petrified wood!
Overall I feel like the arrangement finally feels complete. Like I said, I ultimately would LOVE to fill the wall, but from this point on, I won't feel like it looks unfinished or sparse.