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I have always loved the idea of a staircase wall filled with framed family photos. But these three roadblocks always stopped me from creating a gallery wall:
1. I AM FRUGAL
Before we dive into chatting about ideas, let me just say that I am frugal. Ok, I lied. I am cheap. There is no point in sugar coating it. Quality frames are expensive.
2. I GET BORED.
If something in my home is static, my mind stops noticing it. In other words, what’s the point in paying for a gallery if after 6-months I stop noticing it?
3. I AM BUSY.
Convince my husband to hang a gallery? Well, he’ll do it, but he’d rather not. Updating photos once it is up? I hate getting out the butter knife to push back metal tabs to change photos in picture frames. Who has time for this?
Can you relate? Don’t let these things stop you! Last year I finally overcame these three roadblocks and I absolutely LOVE my staircase gallery wall.
Let me give you a little display inspiration, and then I’ll share my story below.
WHY I HAVE A STAIRCASE WALL GALLERY IN MY HOME TODAY
Despite my frugality, I was completely suckered in by sentiment. I was visiting a friend’s house and she showed me her daughter’s birthday wall. Each time someone in the family has a birthday, she dedicates the ENTIRE WALL of photos to that special person. I told her that I was too lazy to follow through with something like that, then she grabbed a frame from the wall and showed me the easy slide-pocket in the back of her matted frame. I hit her with another excuse, “My husband would never hang these for me.” She explained how she set-up her 13-frame travel gallery on her own in less than an hour last year. I had almost run out of excuses.
There is always the money factor. When I talk to my friend about my Easy Gallery, I explain it as a family investment. Yeah, it will cost a pretty penny, but it is a purchase that keeps on giving back. I adore the rotating photos every time I walk down the stairs.
MIXING ART & PHOTOGRAPHY
I had the honor of chatting with the CEO of Easy Gallery on the phone. Her vision for creating these 5-second frames revolves around the love of family and art. That was the missing piece of the equation for me… art.
Having a dynamic wall gallery can allow you to showcase family and art with ease.
This is what I specifically like about shopping through minted:
Minted’s community of independent artists and designers are located in 48 states and 43 countries. They are illustrators and textile designers, painters and packaging designers, marketers and stay-at-home moms. They believe that great design lives and thrives in the hands of indie designers that people may not have access to through traditional retailers. Their goal is to use technology to allow their community to discover the work of great designers from all over the world.
I am particularly enticed by their latest foil-pressed art line (showcased above), because I can also order personalized foil-pressed photos. This allows me to create a visual consistency between the art and the pictures in my gallery. Love it.
WHERE SHOULD I PUT MY GALLERY?
There are so many options…
I’ve slowly been adding more galleries to our house. We currently have a stair gallery, a fireplace gallery, and a wall gallery above our piano. The fireplace gallery is strictly art. The piano gallery is full of black and white lifestyle portraits of our family. And the stairway gallery… well, that is where I like to play!
As we head into the holidays, I’ve been checking out the foil-pressed typography prints on minted for wall gallery ideas. These are lovely for Christmas, but I also like the idea of mixing a Baby, it’s cold outside print with photos of the kids playing in the snow after the holidays. Here in Wisconsin we get a lot of snow.
Entryways, living rooms, and dining rooms are also great places for a wall gallery. I personally love the idea of a wall gallery in the kitchen. I strongly believe in the power of the family meal. The kitchen is a wonderful place to share photos and inspire togetherness. I’ve also seen a lot of adorable kitchen prints on Etsy by Paper Canoe.
I’ve already mentioned showcasing a birthday wall gallery, a vacation wall gallery, and even a “fun in the snow” gallery based around the Baby, it’s cold outside print. In the past, we’ve done a Santa themed gallery for Christmas. However, this year we are doing a gallery welcoming the holiday season using this It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year print as the main piece of art.
The essence of the beautiful is unity in variety.
—W. Somerset Maugham
Do you have additional holiday (or everyday) gallery ideas? Let’s chat in the comments.
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