Friday, October 8, 2010

Photo Wall In The Dining Room

A photo wall is something I've wanted to do for a while now. We have so many photographs from some amazing trips; it was a shame not to see them every day.

I did not do this the easy way if you remember; I couldn't make up my mind about the frame color.  I had a mix of black, white and wood frames already, some I painted, and decided to hang them and live with it for a while.


As you can see, I didn't go with just one color. I really liked the black and white frames together and the wood frames felt right with the antique table.


I've been looking for a sign or architectural piece to go above the frames but haven't found it yet.


So I whipped up a little chalkboard sign with some left over wood from an old barn door. I sanded it quite a bit to let some of the old wood show through, the rough finish and playfulness of the chalkboard helps the symmetric wall feel more casual. It will work until something else comes along.


This is the other side of the room where the faux mantel and newly painted garage sale chair and mirror hang out.

 


The zinnias were cut from the pumpkin farm we visit in Michigan every year. Fifteen stems for three dollars! I will be sad when they go.


This is the view from the kitchen. Have I ever mentioned this quirky room has three doors not counting the sliding glass door? This room really gets used!

To "finish" this room...the doors will be changed to match the original two panel doors in the rest of the house. French doors will replace the sliding door, and maybe a window on the wall next to the glass door. That will open up this room to views of the backyard. Oh and the drape panels need to be replaced, turns out when the tag says dry clean only, they mean it! I even washed them on delicate and hung them outside to dry. One of the panels shrunk up about three inches!
All in good time right?



*Update* New green drapes! Spring drape post here.


Chair before picture here
Manel before picture here

Stop over and visit 6th Street Design School , I'm thrilled Kirsten is featuring Sixty Fifth Avenue today!

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48 comments:

  1. i saw the feature- congrats! holding 4 week old baby as i type- so fun!

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  2. I absolutely LOVE it! The wood mixes in beautifully. It's the perfect mix of contrast and blending.

    I also LOVE your fireplace...I have six non-working fireplaces in my house...I just might have to try this!

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  3. LOVE it!!! LOVE all the different shapes and sizes...really makes the room!!!

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  4. The wall looks great. So much character and I love the mix of frames. And that chair next to the fireplace is still my favorite!

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  5. the different frames add a bit of contrast. I wouldn't do it any different! Great job!

    XO,
    Jane

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  6. Wish I had the patience to do this - looks so good!

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  7. cute and cute! the zinnias are so cheery!!

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  8. I love this room. Its really coming together. I cant wait to see the french doors. What an impact that will have on finishing it all off!:)
    Sarah

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  9. Looks adorable. I love the little chalkboard...too cute!

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  10. Saw your feature over on Kirsten's blog and immediately headed over here to see what you've got going on -- And it's amazing! I'm a new follower. :)

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  11. Londen,

    The frames look great and I really like the chalk sign, great idea. You sound just like me whenever we show our house to anyone I have a list a mile long telling them what doors we're changing, apologizing for the curtains that aren't quite right, and on and on... Everything is looking fantastic. Have a great weekend!

    Best wishes,
    Tammy

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  12. Love the photo wall! I so want to do something like this...

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  13. The mix of white, black and wood really works!

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  14. Your photo wall is done so perfectly! I am always so intimidated by the whole process of lining them up and hanging them properly. You did a wonderful job! I really like the way it looks. Your home looks pretty with all of the fall decorations! Enjoy your weekend!

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  15. such a great space. enjoy it this weekend!

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  16. Yay, Londen! I'm so thrilled to finally see the completed dining room all together. Love love love how the frame walls turned out. And still envious of that chair (oh yeah, and just about everything in your house).
    The finished room looks spectacular!!

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  17. Londen,
    The room turned out beautiful! I love how the photo wall turned out. The chair looks great there by the fireplace. I'm going to go check out the 6th street design school!
    Have a good weekend
    Amy

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  18. your photo wall looks just fabulous:) thanks for sharing...

    mary

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  19. WOW this is stunning! Of all the gallery walls I've seen, this one is one of my favorites! The chandelier is beautiful as well (:

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  20. Saw the feature this morning, Congrats!! Well deserved. I love the picture wall, and the mix of woods.

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  21. I've done a photo wall at our house so I know how hard they are to get right.....and your's is fantastically done. The top and bottom lines of the picture frame space looks perfectly straight. I'm so impressed. Well done!

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  22. i love the frame mix. so much better than all the same. i'd even throw in some gold. love the chalkboard you just whipped up. also, on the panels if they are cotton, get them wet and have hubby take one end and you the other and stretch them back out. you'll be amazed.

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  23. I love the mix of frames! I've been wanting to do a photo wall and now I'm inspired to have various frames, not just one color. Your dining room is lovely!!

    Happy weekend ;)

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  24. Your room is warm and beautiful
    I love the picture wall. Great composition!
    Wonderful weekend,
    Suzanne xxx

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  25. Lovely!!! The gallery is beyond spectacular. I love the mix too. It compliments the table and adds such texture. :)

    Cheers~
    e

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  26. I love that wall--and the photographs all hang evenly! Very nice indeed.

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  27. Love your gallery walls! And the mix of frames are perfect with your table. Have a great weekend! =)

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  28. I love the mixed look! I typically do too much matchy-matchy. I love that faux mantel!

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  29. Your dining room photo wall looks fantastic! I'm planning to do a photo wall in our upstairs hallway and I really like how you mixed the different colored frames together. Very inspiring...Have a happy weekend.

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  30. Your picture wall looks very nice! I like the mixture of the frames and think it's a great balance with your table. I love to have pictures around me to remind of family, friends and special times and memories. I think it adds a lot of love and warmth to a space. Your house looks lovely!

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  31. Your room looks lovely. I really enjoyed seeing the mix of frame colours. It is something I have been wanting to do in our family room, and I'm even more inspired by your post.

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  32. Love the mix and match of it all! Great job!

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  33. Oh it turned out beautiful! I love the mix and you did such a good job lining everything up! From one gallery wall to another - I am impressed! I enjoyed seeing the rest of the room - I esp love the fireplace and chalkboard! All of your little touches are so well done!

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  34. This is a really well done gallery wall. I think it was smart to do the paper frames first because even your spacing looks fantastic. I like how you mixed in the wood piece and the chandelier is so cool - love the reflection in the mirror!

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  35. great job! i have a photo wall that i need to finish! thanks for motivating me! i have always loved them!

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  36. Londen your photo wall is amazing! How many nail holes are hiding back there? ha. :)
    Everything looks fabulous my friend.
    Happy Monday,
    T

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  37. Londen, your photo wall...well, pretty much just what the previous commenter said! It looks awesome! I love how structured it looks with all the outsides frames lining up. Really beautiful feature wall {s}.

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  38. Londen the before and after of this space is really fun to look at...I love the Celeste chandy and have used a pair of them before in a clients home. Are you going to put a rug under the table? Thats what I picture....maybe a washable Dash and Albert or seagrass....just wondering!

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  39. I like that the frames don't match. It's more interesting and less homogenized. Beautiful space. Really well done. xoxo

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  40. That looks great. Nice job hanging those.

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  41. I just got zinnias at our pumpkin farm as well! only they were free:) I just love how they brighten up all the fall decor. And your photo wall looks fantastic!

    Oh, and thank you for your comments on the blog today:)

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  42. I LOVE the mix of frames in your photo wall! I think it turned out stunning! And cute chalkboard sign idea in order to theme it. Nice!

    Donna

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  43. LOVE simple and sweet... great taste. Always looking for photos wall inspiration! ~Kimmy

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  44. hi Londen! (btw, love-love your name)
    our tables do look really similar! our table is turn of the century/early 1900's. I really like your choice of mixing your frame colors/textures. The wall looks great!

    joan

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  45. Just found your blog, I was wondering where you got your chandelier? Looks like the one I saw in pottery Barn recently, is it? The one shown in your pictures from this post, thanks (:

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  46. I love all of this but especially the faux mantle and fireplace! As I admired the beautiful mantle at the house of a friend, I once asked my boyfriend if he could build a mantle for me just like it! He said "sure... but around what fireplace?!?"
    This is such a great idea! And maybe I can finally make my beautiful mantle in my house with no fireplace!
    Thanks for posting
    Adrienne

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