Giant family gallery wallHello friends! I feel like 2017 is REALLY my year to DIY. I feel SO empowered! I think what it actually is is that in 2016 we demolished our house and by 2017 we are finally getting to those gratifying finishing touches. AUGH … finally! It feels so good.

One big project I have been wanting to tackle for years is this gigantic family gallery wall.

This post is in collaboration with Canon USA. I used my all-time-favorite PIXMA iP8720 printer to print family memories, all in black and white. The printer produces really strong black and white images and I always choose the Canon Luster paper for these type of photos. I resized all my photos to 8″ x 8″ to fit these matching frames. I used 24 frames in four rows of six. I think the things that make this gallery wall really pop is that all the frames are the same size and all the photos are in black and white. It’s a mixture of family memories from my parents’ childhood to a photo taken just a few weeks ago, but most of the photos are from Jeremy’s and my childhoods.

You know I love a good before and after moment …

Hallway before and afterWhen we first moved in, the hallways (and well, almost every room) were covered in blue carpet. It’s hard to tell in these photos, but the walls were powder blue as well. We took a more neutral approach, but until recently our hallway was still pretty bare. We live in an l-shape ranch and the hallway curves around and has every bedroom in the house (as well as a couple bathrooms and the laundry room) down this long hallway.

We updated the walls with white paint, changed out the light dim, square light fixtures with the same budget-friendly method we used in the bathroom, removed the carpet and restained the floors in a white wash and added this gallery wall.

Giant family gallery wall Here’s the first section of the hallway (just off the entryway). You can see the stairs that lead down to Jeremy’s studio. A little wallpaper from the entryway (it’s juju papers) and what a big difference these runners make! I borrowed these runners from my friends at Apple & Oak (a cute little Nashville boutique) because I am still shopping for the perfect vintage runners (it takes time). But I was shocked what a big difference they made for the hallway.

Giant family gallery wall Giant family gallery wall These photos have completely transformed the feel of our hallway. I tend to shy away from big family photos in the home. We barely even have any wedding photos out and just a few snapshots in frames. I think a lot of people are this way because, well, it feels extremely awkward to hang a bunch of photos of yourself up on your own walls! Haha!

But doing this project was extremely meaningful and comforting to me! Yes, it has a couple wedding photos, but it also has dozens of other memories. And when they are all combined together, it’s just magic. It makes me tear up thinking about adding photos of our future children to this wall.

Giant family gallery wall Giant family gallery wall To add a bit of color, I added this scarf from Block Shop Textiles and a few plants. I don’t think it’s necessary to overdecorate a hallway, as these simple updates really made it feel a lot more cozy and complete.

Giant family gallery wall If this post inspires just one of you to go dig out your box of old family photos and make a similar wall, I will be SO HAPPY. This is one of the most meaningful DIY projects I have ever done. I just keep pausing to look at all our memories and feeling so, SO happy.

Bottom line: While I talk a lot about how we need to get our photos off our phones, we also need to find ways to use those boxes of old photos hiding in the attic. They are full of the best, most special memories.

Thanks for reading! Elsie

Credits//Author and Photography: Elsie Larson (photos of Elsie by Jeremy Larson). Video and Music: Jeremy Larson. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

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