Sunday, October 23, 2011

Gallery Wall

I have been waiting a long time to get my family pictures back out and up on a wall.  I packed most of them up two years ago when we first went on the market.  I knew I was going to do a gallery wall in our new place, but wasn’t sure where.  Now with the furniture in place, I’m putting it in the living room over the couch wall.

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I’ve been saving gallery wall inspiration pictures and most recently Melissa at 320 Sycamore put hers together.  She did a great job!  Here are a few others I've been collecting for inspiration.

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I decided to go with black and white pictures.  I went into Photoshop and converted the pictures I wanted to use to black and white.  I went online with CVS {very close to me} and had them printed out there, getting a variety of sizes ranging from 4 x 6 to 8 x 10.  I laid them all out on the floor to play with the lay out.

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I used paper, I measured, measured and measured again and the lay out is finally how I want it.  Although, don’t look too closely because things are not perfectly lined up.   Plus, I still have two other pictures to add.

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My husband had tears in his eyes when he saw it and I was touched that it touched him.  I found out later that he had been thinking about all the holes I had put in the wall.

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I have to admit, I did allow myself a good cry when I was putting these pictures together and did the one of my son and my husband.  My little guy {next to the key and “P”} is a black and white my sister took when she was in college and has always been a favorite of mine.  Of course, here he is earlier this year, cooking with hubby.   I miss him very much and am looking forward to him having a nice amount of time off from school so that he can come visit us and not be rushed.

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And my little precious, that will probably see the most changes on this wall.  This picture of the two of us is already old, as she now has curly blonde hair!

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I can see this changing a few times a year, as new pictures become favorites, as well as adding a few more to it.  For a very minimal cost, I got a great way to show off family pictures and a nice feature on this large expanse of wall.

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Linking up with

Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps On The Porch

Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style

Fall into Fall at DIY by Design

Open House Party at No Minimalist Here

Inspiration Friday At The Picket Fence

Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage

Kathy

36 comments:

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

It looks great Kathy!! I love the layout..

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Aw, what a sweet gallery wall. Full of memories. It's beautiful, Kathy.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh it looks fabulous. I love it and such precious memories to enjoy. Great job, it looks perfect above the sofa. Hugs, Marty

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Kathy it turned out fabulous! I love the layout! Can I ask where you purchased your slipcover for your couch? Martina

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

Kathy,
that looks great. what a beautiful memory wall for you and visiters..
May I ask your opinion of combining black and white family photos with black and white art prints? I was hoping to get good photos of my 4 pom girls- doing them in black and white and then adding art prints to this.
thanks for any suggestions you might have.

Girlie Blogger said...

Lovely pictures. Our family needs something like this.

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Judy said...

It looks amazing. A gallery wall is on my "to do" list. I love what you chose and the black and white it perfect. Love the slipcover on your sofa as well. Gorgeous.

The Corson Cottage said...

Very cute:) Carrie

Marsha said...

Fabulous, Kathy!! I knew you'd go with the black and white theme!!

xoo
Marsha

Pam@OurAdventuresInHomeImprovement said...

It looks great! I love that you made them all black and white. It makes such a statement on the wall. Well done!
Pam

Blondie's Journal said...

Kathy...you did a great job and I know it was a lot of work. It looks amazing and it would make me get tears in my eyes, too, if I were to make one. You did good with the black and white and it looks fantastic over the couch!! Wonderful!!!!

Xo,
Jane

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Lovely family pictures. What a wonderful way to display them!
hugs~~~Daphne

Jenny @ Simcoe Street said...

It looks beautiful! Great job!

Jenny
www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

Paula ~ castleandcottagesigns said...

Kathy,
you've been a busy bee! I've scrolled back to see what I missed...love the rolled canvas and the cupboard with the fabric! This gallery wall turned out awesome too! Looks like your having lot's of new home fun!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Beautiful gallery wall, Kathy!

Becca said...

GREAT job, Kathy! I love it ... especially the monogram in the middle with the key up above! Perfect idea for your wall. I hope to create a gallery wall soon, too ... fabulous inspirational pics!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Good job on the gallery wall. I love the black and whites. I use CVS, too to order my pictures. So easy and mine is just down the street, too.

CosmoGirl Carla said...

Looks great, Kathy. There's no better way to fill a wall then with images of a happy family. Very smart how you've arranged the gallery thus far to allow for future additions. It will a work in progress for years to come.

You are surely going gang-busters on turning your new house into your family's home. A lot of work, but I bet you're enjoying every second of it! Thanks for sharing.

Stitchfork said...

Great arrangement and tribute to family!
xo Cathy
...think your husband needs some spackle in his Christmas stocking this year to ease his anxiety over those wall holes!

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

You did such a great job. Those are not easy to do. But your whole room is just beautiful.

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

You did such a great job on this! It's a real task to pull one of these off and you accomplished it beautifully!

sissie said...

Kathy,
You have done such a wonderful job of creating artwork with your precious family photos. I love it!

hugs
Sissie

Controlling My Chaos said...

It looks great, Kathy. I don't think there's anything better than getting pictures up on a wall that's been blank for a long time. It's a lot of work though, isn't it? Enjoy it!

Betsy (BB) said...

Kathy, it's perfect! I can see why it touched you both! I love it! I think family picture vignettes are wonderful! You did an amazing job!

Jane said...

You did a fabulous job creating your family photo wall. Perfect spot above the sofa!! How fun to have all of those wonderful photos to look at daily.
Jane

Pamela said...

Kathy these look great! I am always bad when it comes to groupings!

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Oh, I love this Kathy....it looks beautiul, but even more important are the wonderful memories...truly priceless...

So sweet that the husband teard up...nail holes....LOL

Lou Cinda

Okio B Designs said...

Oh Kath - it looks beautiful! I almost did a double-take on the black and white one I took of A. For a quick moment, I thought it was S! =) Do you see it too? I would love to try some black and white photos too.

J

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Kathy, your gallery wall looks great!! I might have to do that somewhere...hmmm.

Glad you like Chase's room! It is definitely different than what I had in mind. Your son could hang his guitars on the wall...that would be cool to have a wall of guitars. My brother playes guitar and has his on the wall in his living room. I love the way it looks.

Marjie Kemper said...

Your gallery wall is so beautiful! I'd love to do something like that myself. Thanks for your nice note on my blog. I'm glad to have found yours, too.

❀ⒹⒺⒺ❀@ A Lapin Life said...

I love your memory wall. I could see the full wall with pictures.
It reminds me of swanky New York apartments. As a young girl I would gaze at all the wonderful pictures.

Dee

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Kathy, what a great gallery wall! You will enjoy this for years to come!! Just imagine all of the fun changes you can make!! Very nice!!

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Your gallery wall looks great, Kathy. I am currently working on two but need more frames so they are on hold.

Buttercup Bliss said...

So pretty! I love the black and white photos as well and I think the key is a great addition! :-)

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Love your gallery wall- thanks for linking up at FNF :)

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