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June 22, 2012

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Father’s day, before we headed to church, I snapped a few photos of Greta because she was looking so grown up and she was in a good mood–which sadly, didn’t even last an hour into church.   This would have been prime gift-giving material if I could have done it a week before and put it in a frame for Chris to haul to his office from the girl who made him a dad. Woulda Coulda Shoulda.  While I love taking pictures of my little girl, I was really hoping to snap a good one to add to our gallery wall.

The second one being the most clear was frame-worthy and a couple days later my photo-printing procrastination paid off when this showed up in my email:

Because the rest of our photos are in black and white on that wall, I dragged little Greta into Photoshop and put her in grayscale and forked over $3 for shipping.  She arrived yesterday.
The sad thing about this gallery wall is: 1) Does having only three photos really count as a “gallery?” 2.) I got those three black frames at Ross, which means I’ll never find the exact ones again.  3.) I hate how small the previous photos are.

Instead of conforming to the gallery wall as it stand hangs, I am gradually going to work on transitioning it into something that works and looks better.  For starters, I no longer care about finding the exact black frame.  In fact, I plan on mixing some white frames in, too.  Mostly, because I have a ton of those.  Also, I am open to ledges and mixing in some black and white sentimental art pieces, too.

So, here’s the new inspiration:

Can you see it?  Are ya feelin it?  For me, it feels so much more carefree and informal which is the direction our home is happily headed.  Informal we got down.  Carefree?  Working on it.

Are you just as happy it is Friday as I am??

Happy Weekend, friends!

What do you think?

  1. I think that could look really great. In Ralph Lauren’s home, his gallery wall is all in color and it looks awesome. Because this particular one is going to be on our very open staircase that overlooks the living room, kitchen and dining room–so I wanted it to take a more neutral tone. Although, I am not opposed to adding a pop of color when it comes down to it. You know me.

  2. Victoria Bradley-Morris says:

    I love your inspiration photo, but I have a question: Do all of the photos and art need to be black and white? How do you think it would look with a hodge podge of paintings, pictures, and other mixed media?

  3. michelle says:

    i have those same ikea ledges in our master bedroom. so quick and easy to change it up when i want. love the inspiration photo and greta is just absolutely precious!

  4. Nicole says:

    Oh that Greta, she sure looked cute at church! Love the photo. And LOVE the gallery wall. This is exactly what I had planned for our gallery wall in the dining room, I even had the $ set aside. And then we decided to move, so it is on hold until we get in the new place. I found ledges at, where else, Ikea that are perfect. Good luck, I’m sure it will look as fab as the rest of your place!

  5. 123Sofie says:

    Love Greta’s outfit. I would wear it in my size if possible. :)

  6. You had me at corn dogs. We’ll have to check it out this weekend and give you a full report!

  7. Stop it. You DO know Barry’s. Right? It’s on Main St. in Spanish Fork on the East side of the street just south of the library. It’s a podunk little drive-thru that I grew up at. The ice cream. The corn dogs. Oh my!

  8. Barry’s. Barry’s? Tell me more.

  9. I love the pics of Greta-girl. She looks like a little grown-up! I’m diggin’ the new inspiration wall. It totally fits your personality and theme and I can’t wait to see it all up. Should take, what, a week? You’re so fast. Hope you guys have a great weekend! Go to Barry’s for me. Please.

  10. Lovely pics of Greta! I love the inspiration, it looks fabulous!

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