Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Building our Home - Decorating the Entryway

 
For the past few months, I have been pinning ideas, laying out pictures on the carpet, and stacking frames I've wanted to use for a gallery wall. Maybe I overdid it, because I have had the hardest time deciding on a layout. Finally a few days ago, I decided to suck it up and make a decision. I had to have a little pep-talk with myself, "if you hate it, it can be changed...it's just a wall...and photos...and the very first thing people will see when they come in our house." See? Pep-talks don't work so much. I joked with a few friends that I was more indecisive about this gallery wall than I was about building the entire house. Which is obviously ridiculous, because I can re-do this if I hate it.
 
Thankfully, for the walls and my husband's sanity I don't hate it. In fact, I love it! LOVE it!
 
Here's the before and during picture I posted on the blog a few weeks ago. We bought the target Threshold Avington 4-cube organizers (we put three of them side-by-side), bought brown wicker baskets, and then started our gallery wall.
At first we weren't really sure what we would put in the baskets and then, like the true genius I am, it came to me! Lightbulb... (10 bonus points to the person who gets my reference)! We use it to store the kids' backpacks, shoes, lunch pails, towels for the pool, and anything else that used to clutter up the floor of our living space. It's miraculous, really. And now (well mostly...) we don't have to play the "Aiden/Izzy/Connor/Daddy go find your shoes" game every time we leave the house.
 
We will eventually switch out the scenic photo (the big photo on the right) with a family portrait - since all the others are of our kids and family, but we haven't decided if we want to put one from our upcoming Christmas Photo (as in December 2013) or if we want to use one we already have. Here's a close up of the photos!
The four picture frames on the outside and two in between the canvas prints were all from Ikea. They were only $9.99 and we bought 6. They are the RIBBA ones and hold 3 5x7's each. Even with the 15% off we get from target (hubby is an executive for Target), it was still cheaper to get them from Ikea and I actually like them better than any I had seen.
 
 I love that we were able to do a gallery wall right at the front of the house so that everyone sees it. After putting up all the photos I realized they are all 100% of our little family of 6. I didn't include extended family, but I'm going to do another one upstairs that has all of the photos I have with my family and friends in them.
For those of you who have been my Howard Bunch Blog Family for a while, you know that I lost a precious son in 2010. As in everything we do, we really wanted to make sure he was included in our gallery wall. We put the Disneyland one of our four babies' embroidered hats, and two black and white photos of Mr. Howard and I holding Cole when he was born. Those are very special to us!
 
Little tips and hints:
  • I measured the space and then put all the frames on the carpet to figure out what would work. I had some frames I knew I NEEDED to use and then I played around with what I needed to buy.
  • We used the Pinterest trick I'm sure you ALL have seen by now of cutting out wrapping paper versions of the frames and then arranging them on the wall - but honestly, we only did that to make nailing them on the wall easier. Otherwise, it wouldn't have been worth our time. For us, it was just easier to lay them on the carpet and figure out a good layout.
  • While we did look at some gallery walls on Pinterest to get an idea of what we liked (boxy v. mismatched v. linear, etc.), we didn't actually use any of those layouts, because we had particular frames we wanted to work with.
  • Those canvas prints (Christmas picture of Howard Bunch in white and Disneyland Mickey Ears) are 16 x 20 and we ordered them from Easy Canvas Prints (there is a link on the right side of my blog if you want to order your own!).
Do you have a gallery wall you love? Do you switch out the photos or leave it alone?


11 comments:

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This is fabulous! I have been wanting to do a gallery wall ever since we moved into our house!! I still have our main wedding picture canvas on the floor propped up against the wall in our bedroom and we've been married for three years! It just seems so daunting!

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It looks great!!! I just finished a gallery wall myself. I found the layout on Pinterest forever ago, but one of the photo/frame sizes ended up being a pain so the project got delayed. We finally got custom frames made and I found a place to order the photos. I Love how it turned out and am happy to finally have some photos up in our house! (It only took us 4 years of living here!! ;) )

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It looks fabulous! Do I get 10 pts if I guess Despicable Me?? :)

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This looks amazing!!! Great job. :-) I was going to do a gallery wall for the longest time but never found a layout I liked. Pinterest only goes so far, and then I had to go with my gut. Instead, I opted for a picture ledge (thank you, Pottery Barn) but can still swap out frames and photos whenever I want. That said, It's been up a year, and I haven't touched it. No need to tamper with my little wall of perfection!!

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what an amazing transformation! I love it

Mrs. Howard said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thank you, Heather! It's been such a fun journey, watching it go from drywall, to stucco, to decorated!

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I debated and debated about doing a picture ledge! And I totally hear you about not tampering with it! I am pretty sure it will stay up here until we move. Ha!

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Yay! 10 points!! You are correct! :-) I am pretty sure I have every line of the movie memorized now!

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I want to see!! You MUST post it on the blog. I just love looking at other people's ideas. We are going to do a gallery wall on the hallway outside of the kids rooms with all the rest of our photos and I need more ideas!

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I LOVE it you did such a beautiful job! It looks professionally put together! I love how you include Cole:) Your such a good mommy!

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Those cubed shelves fit perfectly! Love the entry way!

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