Here's how bare my wall looked before.
And here's how it looks now!
Here's a close-up.
Included in my gallery wall so far, are of course, plenty of baby pictures. I can't believe how much this girl has grown already! The big black and white one is from when she was three weeks old. Then the one beneath that in the white frame is from her three month photo shoot, wearing one of the headbands I made her and posing on top of our coffee table Louis. Beneath that is a really cute picture of my husband and I from when we were dating. We're sitting back to back on a bench, and it's probably my favorite picture of us ever. The big wooden frame holds a sketch my sister-in-law made of one of our wedding photos, and the bird print is from Jones Design Company. It was my Mother's Day present this year from Mr. and Miss Vintage Violet, and I love it! The embroidery hoop is just some cheap linen-ish fabric that I embroidered the word "family" onto, there's an empty frame waiting for Miss V's six month photo to finally be printed, and then there's her silhouette that my husband made me for Christmas.
That's probably way more information than you cared to hear, but I love how everything on the wall so far has meaning for our family. It was really hard to not just make it all baby pictures! I tried to make it more about our family, and I think it's taking that direction quite nicely. Now we just need a real family picture to put up there.
To plan this wall, I gathered a bunch of pictures I already had, but had taken down from other areas when we remodeled the kitchen a few months ago. I hate cleaning drywall dust off of everything and I wasn't happy with how a lot of my decorations were looking so I just took them all down during the remodeling. Once I had a good sized group of items, I started laying it all out on my kitchen island, to see what arrangement looked best. Then I moved them to the dining room table so I could make dinner, and after three nights of eating dinner in the living room, I finally got them hung up! At first, it bothered me that I had three different colors of frames. It seemed to me from stalking, ahem, admiring other bloggers, that most of them picked one frame color, usually white. I thought about painting my frames, but I was tired of eating dinner on the couch, so decided to just hang them as is and if they made me annoyed, take them down and paint them later.
I think I am actually liking the variety of frame colors! I have dark wood, white, and black frames. I tried to not put two of the same color right up against each other to avoid a light side and dark side to my arrangement. Fortunately, I was able to make that work right now, but I might have to bend those rules as I add additional items.
Here's another view.
I feel like I should offer some explanations for this picture. First, please excuse Raggedy Ann just hangin' out on the couch. She's Miss V's favorite thing ever and we refer to her as if she's our other child, so she could pretty much pop up anywhere. Second, I know I have an ancient card table covered in a random piece of wrinkled fabric there in the corner. I'm classy like that. Actually, we had company last week and I needed extra seating for dinner, and I haven't put it away. Just keeping it real here folks. Eventually, I hope to find some piece of furniture that works back in that weird corner, but for now, it's usually empty. (Except for when my husband stores random building supplies back there, so really, the card table is a step up for us.)
So what do you think? Like my gallery wall? Now that I've broken the ice, I feel like I have more ideas on what I want to do. Maybe a big letter with our family initial? A family picture would be nice, and there will be more baby pictures, for sure.
'Cause she's just so stinkin' cute.