I've lived in my current apartment for just over 2 years. I did a ton of the decorating right away. There were a few pieces and spaces that didn't get set up until later. However, there was one area that had to wait the longest: The Last Wall.
Here's a before shot:
Here's another one, with the light on:
I was a little unsure about the exact right way to lay out all of the pieces on the wall. My mom has always said that you should trace the frame on newspaper and tape it to the wall so you can see what you're getting. I'd never done it before, but then I saw the same advice on Apartment Therapy. (Note: while I think that hanging at center, 57", as is mentioned in the article is generally the right approach, I did not do that here because of the furniture.)
Here's the wall in "draft" form: