Isn’t it a great feeling when people walk into your home and smile and say how cute and nice it all is and you can just tell they feel so comfortable and homey there? Seriously, I just love seeing that our home is a comfortable place for people to enjoy being in, makes me smile. The place in our home that consistently receives the most comments….our picture wall.
My dad started a picture wall in our home growing up when I was in fourth grade, so to me this idea is somewhat natural and like “what? you mean everyone doesn’t have one of these in their home?” When Eric first saw the picture wall in my parent’s house he let me know that one day when we were married and had our own place, we were going to have a picture wall too. And true to his word, our home has never been without one.
Nearly every time people come over they stop and stare at our picture wall for a few minutes. Then many ask about the pictures, where we took them, when we took them and “ta-da” we instantly have conversation starters just there hanging on our wall. It’s fun because our guests can get to know our family a little better through these pictures (and the short stories that often accompany them). Plus, we get to enjoy family memories everyday just by looking at our wall, we love it.
So, start a picture wall, it does not have to be expensive. In fact, I bet you could take a quick HomeGoods, Target, Ikea or Wal-Mart trip and do it for under $50.00 (pictures included – order them online from Target or Wal-Mart). I am not even kidding just start out with a small wall it’ll build up faster than you think! Thrift stores are also great places to find inexpensive frames, then just paint them black (or whatever color frames you choose). The fun part is you can arrange it however you like, it is such a fun project to do together!
AND yes you better believe it helps keep things more organized. When you have these photos hanging on the wall, you can clear away the other pictures you may have lying around or old frames that you don’t really like but want to save the picture. You can either paint the frame to be added to the picture wall or transfer the photo to a new picture wall frame. See…organization always at work here!