Chris, Greta and I are actually on the wall twice. We are on the left side mingled with the Marcums and on the right side with the Bradleys. At first, it made perfect sense–but I’m already rethinking that decision. Ha! Maybe just one of us somewhere around the middle would cover the representation of both sides.
As I was gathering the photos online, they were of all different ages. The ones of our grandparents are 40+ years old, while some of our siblings were snapped just a couple weeks ago. To unify everything, I applied Pioneer Woman’s “Seventies” Photoshop action to all the pictures before getting them printed to a 5×7 to fit the Ikea Ribba frames. When it came to arranging the photos, I wanted it to feel really organic. Lined up frames were not necessary. So, I kind of just played with the arrangement on our dining room table trying to keep a family tree hierarchy somewhat in play, until all the frames fit together.
I laid thin newsprint over the spread and quickly traced out my frames and hung the template over the couch.
I wasn’t very scientific about hammering nails in either. Keeping in line with my already organic layout, I basically eyeballed it and hung the frames as I went to make sure things were still fitting together okay.
I think the result is pretty charming and just what our home was missing–family photos of the people we love the most. As I mentioned before, some frames might get tweaked a little bit and bumped around, but overall the casual feeling of the wall fits in with the casual and comfortable feeling that we want to emulate in our family room. It’s where we gather and watch television and just chill. And now–the entire clan is here to enjoy it with us.
Is your whole family represented somewhere in your house? How many frames would it take for your family tree? Can anyone beat our nineteen? If so, I feel for your bank account. Buying nineteen frames didn’t exactly make this our cheapest project to date.
Update: Last night we took out the second picture of us and bumped a few things around for more breathing room. So now, it’s looking like this: