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Monday, October 19, 2009

DIY Day: Family Wall Collage

kimbaDIY125 I’m sharing yet another project from my best friend’s new home (you’ll be seeing more and more in the future)!  I have been living vicariously through her since she is getting to design and decorate her new home room by room!  We love to play around with her different accessories and framed photos. While accessorizing the master bedroom, we ended up with several items that just didn’t fit anywhere else in the house, but were still special enough to need to be displayed.  procserv

I suggested she do a “family photo wall” in her upstairs hallway to feature all the special mementoes and photographs.  So a trip to Hobby Lobby was in order to get some new frames.  We also picked up some burlap to use as a mat in some of the frames.


Here’s how it turned out:

wall3In the middle are two wooden carvings done by her husband’s grandfather.  That’s her two little girls there in the center both posing in their crib wearing daddy’s LSU cap!011Hanging to the far left are their wedding invitation and the six pence she wore in her shoe on her wedding day.  The two shadow boxes on the right display some of her grandmother’s vintage pins (bottom) and a photo of her in-laws as high school sweethearts with their class rings mounted below (top).013It’s hard to see, but in the photo below are her husband (as a baby on a horse) with his dad, and then their daughter (as a baby on a horse) with her husband (my friend’s husband, not the baby’s, that sounds weird).  It’s like the same photo recreated a generation and 30 years later!

014I’ve done a similar wall in my own home, using all white frames.  One section for wedding photos:

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And another section for photos of our extended family (it’s hard to get a good angle): IMG_3154 I love the gallery feel this sort of arrangement gives.  When you have a large bit of wall space, perhaps in the more personal areas of your home, I think a photo collage is a great use of space.  Some people get all fancy and make paper templates of the frames to tape on the wall, but I usually just arrange mine on the floor and play around with it until I get an layout I like.  Keep in mind if you have a lot of frames of a similar type but all different colors or finishes, you can always spray paint them the same color to give a more unified look.  There’s really no wrong way to do this sort of thing, just whatever suits your own design aesthetic.


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  1. All of the collages look fabulous. I love the look of a family wall. So well done and such precious memories. Hugs, Marty

  2. I love the added texture that the carved pieces gives.

    I tried this in my guest room, but have been struggling with having it represent both of our families.

  3. I love using my family pics as my art. Makes it so much more special! Great job!

  4. Love the addition of the pieces that aren't framed. :) It breaks things up. I love using family photos (esp. candids) in decorating. :) Visiting from Kimba's party. :)

  5. I love all photo walls,they're both lovely! But, the white frames are delish though!

    Thanks for sharing!


  6. Great job on both your friends and your pictures! I still haven't put up any family pictures. I have a wall that has a huge mirror on it upstairs and would like to place them there once that mirror comes down(which I want to frame with pretty trim and use somewhere else if I can figure that out) which is the reason my pics are not us after 2 years!!!


  7. Wonderful finds here! Also, I made an interesting discovery. Here’s an excerpt from an article I wrote about it this month…
    Bring Out The YOU In Your Home Decor!
    Bill Blass said, “Style is primarily a matter of instinct.” Decorating takes on a new meaning for each individual. Different tastes in decor mean different furniture, artwork and color palettes. So what is the rule of thumb for making your place zing if it’s not a certain style, pattern, or color?
    Bring out the Y-O-U!
    Make a statement and let your personality shine through! Add your zing to make it pop. Hang something personal on the wall with a few well-chosen accents-bold and beautiful. The trend for decor is becoming more and more personalized.
    Whatever you want to say while decorating, say it with your own individual style. Put it out there for the world to see and don’t look back. Express yourself! When people enter your home they’ll shoot you a complementary smile, knowing it looks and feels sooooo perfectly like you. And no one can do YOU better.
    by T. Miller
    Décor Tips & Quips from AlphabetPIX
    Take your individual decorating style to a whole new level of personalization, and discover a new way of looking at the world around you - Create your own Personalized Name Art with Photos That Look Like Letters!
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  8. Great ideas and what interesting things were found to hang! I also love the advice of arranging them on the floor first!! Great idea!

  9. I have about 10 dark wood Pottery Barn frames I've been wanting to use for this purpose, so I was glad to see your post. Great job! I'm excited about having more of an inspiration to get started.

  10. Great ideas for collages! I love the arrangement of all the white frames, very pretty.

  11. Hi there! I just featured your nightstand project over on my blog! THanks so much!


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