A few months ago, I painted our dining room and added some picture frame molding below the chair rail. The walls are Galveston Gray (AC-27) and our trim is Ancient Ivory, both by Benjamin Moore. I wanted to combine typography, some recent silhouettes I had designed of my kiddos and old family photos, while creating a nostalgic wall of with plenty of texture to keep it warm and interesting.
I did not arrange anything out on the floor beforehand. Instead, I first selected old family photos from bins in my basement and albums at my in-laws. This was my favorite part! I found some sassy, young photos of my parents, my in-laws dancing in their younger years, my dad upside down kissing the Blarney Stone in Ireland, my mom, sisters and me going downhill on a log ride at Six Flags in the early 80's, my dad is his Notre Dame marching band uniform - it was hilarious! Next, I went out and started hunting down cool frames in various shapes, sizes and textures. I found some at garage sales, thrift shops, TJ Maxx, Homegoods, Hobby Lobby and then also painted a couple of oldies, but goodies that I had sitting in my basement.
After searching through family quotes on Pinterest, I came across one that I thought fit my theme beautifully: "There are two gifts we should give our children. One is roots, and the other is wings." LOVED it. I typed this up using Photoshop, printed it out, and hung it in a frame I had leftover from an old piece of artwork that we were no longer using. This was going to be the center of my wall and then I worked out from there, just spacing the photos and wall art as I thought necessary. Clearly, I am not afraid to mix + match and I love that it wasn't an expensive project! Every time I walk through my dining room now, I smile.
Wall Art starting from the left:
Today I am thankful | Lou la Belle Designs
Silhouettes | Lou la Belle Designs
Gold scroll | Hobby Lobby
2 Mirrors | Thrift shops
Rustic Arrow | Lou la Belle Designs
Dates Our Lives Were Changed | Lou la Belle Designs
If you're local and are looking to create a gallery wall in your home, but aren't sure exactly where to begin - shoot me a line + I'll help you get started on yours today!