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Picture Wall Gone Wrong, Gone Right

I love picture walls.  Well, for the most part.  They seem to be everywhere these days & I can definitely identify which style I like & don't like for me.  For example, walls where there are all different types of frames scattered all around look great when I see them online.  The reality is, I am much more of a symmetrical, clean lines, structured girl. 

So this picture wall that I did 4 years ago?  It's got to GO. 

Lately I've been thinking that it is just too random & too much of a mess.  I love the pictures, but not the layout.  Plus, it's time to update with new pictures (ahem, notasingleweddingpicturehangsonourwall) and art.

We have pictures from early trips to Jamaica, the kiddos (so little!) boating, our friends wedding in Italy (which was held in a castle a la Tom & Katie...but before Tom & Katie did it) and other pictures from when we were first dating.

As much as I love them, it was time for something new.  Enter Ribba frames from IKEA and These Are Things art, my jumping off point for the new display.  I love their take on the city map (other cities include Columbus, Manhattan, Brooklyn, San Francisco, LA & DC) &  helped them with the Chicago version - they sent me a map as a thank-you.  I also purchased one of their world maps for my mom for Christmas, which I'll blog about later. 

If you know IKEA frames, you know they aren't sized for standard US photo/art prints.  I decided to buy a large Ribba frame and cut/modify the mat, which I don't recommend unless you've spent the last 3 years of your life cutting boards (hello, design school!).  But if you do, here is what you'll need.  Make sure you use a brand new blade, or be prepared for disaster.

Anyway, I surprised myself when the mat turned out perfectly!  Sure, I didn't have the beveled edges and mitered corners, but it really doesn't make that big of a difference.

Since I wanted to cut down on the clutter of the previous layout, I decided to hang 2 more pictures and call it a day.  This ring shot from our wedding is one of my all-time favorite pictures, and I finally hung a wedding picture as well!

Our photographers were Ashley & Philip Colhouer of 13:13 Photography, in case you're interested.  I highly recommend them.  Highly.

All together now!

And there you have it!




I was shocked at how it completely transformed this part of our dining room. It was such an easy update, which is always key with me :)

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Reader Comments (9)

It looks amazing!! I love the frames (so simple yet chic) and the photos, esp the jumping one! Too cute!

February 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMara Simon

Gorgeous, Kristin! It's funny, I also have some walls that I decorated 4-5 years ago, and they look very "20-something" to me now -- an update would probably do a lot to make our home feel like a grown-up's space! Your new layout definitely looks awesome and much more sophisticated.

February 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbrooke @ claremont road

Thanks! I love looking at it now :) Now I need to figure out what to do with all of the old frames! Perhaps the DIY wall clock that I blogged about earlier...

February 22, 2011 | Registered CommenterKristin

Kristin, it looks so sleek! I love the update! The Red Stripe bottle caps pick on the table accents perfectly.

February 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermarissa | marissamakes

I love the photos you chose! It definitely makes a bigger statement--love the change!

February 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMandy

Oh we did do totally opposite picture walls! The Ribba sizes were indeed a little annoying, but for the price I'm not complaining. Yours looks great!

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercolleen [there comes a yes]

I love, love, love it! Reminds me of the great time we all had at your wedding.

February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMom

I love the after! It's much more simplistic, but more aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I love the new picture wall.

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

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