Family Gallery Wall: Planning

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  September 28, 2012 — 2 Comments

I’ve had this idea stewing in my head for a while to hang a bunch of family photos together on a wall somewhere. Old and new alike, all grouped together in mismatched frames like the collection of photos I remember lining the hallway of my Nanny’s house when I was little. The only thing is that I don’t have a hallway, and most of my walls are already all decked out. I can’t decide where I want to put it.

I’m thinking maybe the dining room, where that mirror currently hangs. And then maybe someday I’ll replace that thrifted sofa with an antique settee or an upright piano. I don’t play, but Nick’s Grandpa Sam played piano for a living so maybe Jack will take an interest in it when he’s older. I’m imagining something like this for the wall:

320 Sycamore

The only problem is that I only have a few family photos of the “old” variety. I’ve been waiting for months thinking I would collect more but I want to get the ones I have up on the wall already. Plus adorable baby pictures are rolling in at an alarming rate. Which brings me to my next concern: that the wall will end up being a baby shrine. So I’m thinking about bringing in older photographs of Nick and I from around the house to add some variety, but that leaves sad empty walls in other locations. These are the things that keep me up at night! Soul-crushing dilemmas such as where to hang that adorable picture of four-year-old Nicholas. I think I just answered my own question. Obviously preschool Nicholas belongs in the dining room. I will find something to replace him at the top of the stairs (like maybe one of the 14.5 million Jack photos, lol).

So maybe this will be my weekend project, on top of singlehandedly caring for a baby and a sick husband. Poor guy has been forbidden from baby cuddles, admiring Jack only from afar until his strep throat/the flu/whatever it is is officially no longer contagious. He’s usually a big help around the house and with the baby and I’m definitely realizing how much I appreciate him now that he’s laid up on the couch!

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap


2 responses to Family Gallery Wall: Planning

  1. Love this idea did the same thing in my bedroom, but on a much smaller scale. Do you remember my sister’s photo collage in her room in Slidell?

  2. I too would love a family gallery wall. My husband and I have different ideas on this. He sees absolutely no reason to display an old photo. He doesn’t get it. Between us, we have four children and eleven grandchildren. We need a really big wall.

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