Happy Monday friends!
My sister and I, along with a little $$ help from my dad, worked on a photo wall for my mom for mother's day. She has been wanting one for a long time, so we decided to make it happen for her.
Perhaps this isn't the case in every family, but my mom has a hard time decorating with my dad's very symmetrical tendencies and love for all things recliner and brown. He'll argue with her choices. But if my sister and I do it, he might disagree with us; but we're his daughters. He's gets to go along with our decorating decisions. HA!
What is it like in your family? Does your husband have a strong decorating opinions that are different from your own? How do you make it work?
I found this photo on pinterest for our inspiration.
Here's the link to the original post for the photo. I loved the mix-match of shapes, sizes, textures and colors. I loved the girly, vintage feel to it. I loved the seemingly random placement of photos and the lack of symmetry. It reminded me of something my mom would love.
My sister and I knew we wanted at least one 8x10 for the family's green pickle photo. (Every year our family hides a green pickle ornament on the Christmas tree. Whoever finds it gets to pick a family day trip to the destination of their choice. It's a blast! And we always get a group photo, pickles in hand. Quirky? Perhaps. Fun? Definitely!) We knew we wanted some kind of "quote" picture about love or family, an assortment of picture frames, some little mirrors, a letter for the family name, and some oval shapes. Our small budget led us to Ikea. We stopped by Ross too, to finish it up.
We got all of the photo frames at Ikea on the cheap. We also found the mirror there.
We found the picture quote at Ross along with the "book" shelves.
Everything we purchased for the wall was under $7.00, some things were only $1.99. Win!
A tip for doing photo walls: Practice your arrangement on the floor first. Play around with arrangements and every time you get it arranged in a way that pleases your eye, snap a picture of it. It was so great to be able to measure the arrangement on the floor and then place it on the wall. It was also SO helpful to be able to constantly refer back to the picture to see where to place each item.
A word about the shelves: They are actually jewelry boxes made to look like vintage books. I tried screwing a piece of wood onto the wall and then screwing the book onto that, but I was having trouble. So, I enlisted the hubster's help. He placed a piece of wood inside the box and then screwed the book into the wall. They can't handle much weight, but they look awesome. My sister thought I was crazy when I picked them up and declared that I would make them into shelves. She kept trying to get me to put them back in favor of other ideas. But I am stubborn. And I had an idea in my head. And they looked like my mom. I knew I could go down for this, but I was determined to try. My sister was glad for my stubbornness in the end. We think it looks awesome. What do you think?
Most importantly my mom liked it. I think she might have loved it... I know this because she totally cried. WIN! (Okay, so perhaps it isn't a win in everyone's family when someone cries, but, with my mom, we know: if she cries, she likes it... at least in the case of gifts and movies).
We had kicked her out the family room to tea party with my daughter while we put hung the pictures.
When it came time for the reveal, my sister covered my mom's head and led her into the family room. Momma loved it! Yay! Work worth it!
Happy Mother's Day, Mom!
We love you!!