Orrrr a hallway with a gallery style wall of frames. Either one. First off, welcome to our hallway!
I know, I know, you can barely contain your excitement. The update here is really in those white RIBBA Ikea and Target frames on the left side. Admittedly, I’m not very good about filling frames with much of anything, so for the first few
weeks months they sat empty until about 6 weeks ago, when I filled them with scrapbook paper and items around the house and it looked a little something like this.
This weekend, I finally decided that this wall was in desperate need of an update. The top frame was bowing from the heat and needed to be remounted, and two of the frames stuck out like sore thumbs.
I had originally found this horseshoe in an antique store and it’s traveled with me in every dorm room/apartment/home I’ve ever lived in. After purchasing these shadow boxes I thought it would be perfect to display my good luck charm, but there was one problem. It was so heavy, no amount of glue (you can see the remnants on the paper) would hold it up. And, while my excuse of it being “abstract art” was working for a short while, it needed to go. So, while vacationing in Boston and camping in Salisbury Beach a few weeks ago, I picked up a blue starfish at a local boutique that would be a perfect, much lighter, replacement.
Simple as pie- I popped off the backing, added some new paper, glued the starfish onto the mat, added a little handwritten location tag, and hung ‘er back up!
The colors feel beachy, which is exactly how our vacation was, and they tie into the picture above it that our little brother painted of “Chicago buildings” when I first moved there three years ago. Little kid art is always the best : )
Using these pictures as inspiration, I moved onto the second worst picture on the wall, Exhibit B:
For anyone who’s a big hockey/Detroit Red Wings fan, you would know that this picture is of the handsome Filppula, my favorite Red Wing. That is up until this summer at least. Fil was signed to the Lightening and will no longer be around for me to drool over. To say I’m very upset about it would be an understatement. That is slightly sarcasm, but for real, he was my celeb tear-their-pictures-out-of-magazines-and-tape-them-on-your-walls crush. Because of that, this picture clearly needed to be updated as well.
With the other two vacation/destination frames complete, I-hear-by-dubbed this wall our vacation gallery wall, and added our 2012 vacation to Mt. Rushmore and Minnesota. In true Pinterest style, I decided that some map art would do the trick and printed out a cropped version of the US. Using a marker and some scrapbook paper hearts, I connected our home with our two destination spots, added a location tag, and boom! Our little vacation wall is starting to shape up : )
Still to be updated is the long skinny frame up top, but for now it holds different scrapbook papers that I thought were pretty until our next vacation : ) I’m excited to continue the trend as a way to document our traveler roots and as a reminder of all of the fun times!