Monday, January 3, 2011

Creating a picture wall

It all started with this picture...
Our first good family picture in Y-E-A-R-S.

It deserved a special place in our home.

I thought this was the perfect wall for it...

But, while our family was visiting us for Thanksgiving we used the "perfect" wall for this...


And I loved it so much that I decided to keep that wall clear for lots of future movie nights!

So, this was the next "perfect" wall choice...
This wall is seen right when you walk in the front door and goes down the staircase.


BEFORE I started hanging pictures I spent months looking for things I LOVE to hang around our family picture.
I've made the mistake toooo many times of buying things just to fill a space. I would get sick of those "things" within weeks and go looking for other "things" to replace them.
A interior designer friend of mines best advice, "If you only buy things you L-O-V-E you will LOVE your space." I agree!!
This time I was determined to make this wall meaningful and ALL about our family.


Once I found every piece I laid them all on the floor and moved things around until I loved it then I grabbed a measuring tape and jotted down how close every piece was to the things around it.

Finally, I centered our family picture on the wall...




I really wanted the picture to {POP} so I framed it in a very simple frame and then added this fancy open frame around it...

On the left side...



On the right side I put the picture of the temple (where my hubby and I were married) a little higher because I knew I wanted to add our family motto to the top and I wanted it to look balanced...


I got this little gem for Christmas...


which I used to make the last component of our picture wall...

I still can't believe I can cut my own vinyl now!!!!

Finally all together...

I LOVE it!
I'm SO glad I was patient and gathered each piece with a purpose.
I also love the texture of it all with the shiny and the rusty metal and the wood and everything!!


11 comments:

Scott said...

Super job Kathryn and congratulations on the vinyl cutter . . . that and the lens and the 4 wheeler?!?!? - you made out like a bandit!

Sarah said...

LOVE it! Looks fantastic!!

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

It looks wonderful!!!! I love it all. Great job!

Simply Domestic said...

I love how your picture wall turned out. I love the tree you added. Too cute!

Mama Thompson said...

Love it...I have two walls separated by a window that are empty and NEED help..I love your combination of things and will be "stealing" a few ideas to make my walls great...thanks again for all your great inspiration.

The Hopkins Home said...

It looks great! We have "scatter sunshine" on our downstairs door that leads to our mudroom - last thing we see before going to get our coats and shoes on : ) I really like how you framed the frame on the family picture too!
Christen

Cassidy @ Thrillingly Thrifty said...

I love everything about this! Wanna come do my walls too?!

Brittany said...

I love everything about what you did here. I'm featuring this wall and your process on my blog this week. little-inspirations.blogspot.com. Thanks so much for sharing!! LOVE IT!

Jen T said...

That is so cute! Love the "Family" in photo letters. Did you buy that or take them yourself? You can come do my walls now too :)

Stephanie said...

i am drooling over you "family" in a frame!! did you buy it like that or whip it up? i need one in my basement!!!

Jaimee Blood said...

I got a Sillouette for Christmas too! So excited to do stuff with it. Looks so cute Kathryn!