April 2, 2012

Entryway Gallery Wall


Months later, I am happy to share I finally found a solution I love for our entryway.  I have tried at least five different things, repainted the walls, and dealt with ten thousand nail holes...but all the work paid off.  An entryway I love...that tells our story as guests enter our home.


My main concern with our hallway is that it is pretty narrow, has a lower ceiling than the main living spaces of our home, and it is the first and only thing you see until you turn the corner to open up to the rest of the house.

I wanted guests to get a glimpse into our home and into our life when they first stepped through our front door...




I recently read a post at Thrifty Decor Chick where she redid a wall using these matted Ikea frames.  We already have a bunch of these on our "love story" gallery wall...but until I read Sarah's post did I realize how much these frames can ground a gallery wall.  It gives it weight and uniformity that really pulls it all together.  It was the solution to my mismatched frame mess.


I previously had decorations on the opposite side of the wall but realized that this side is the side you see from the rest of our living space as well as the wall you see when you come through the front door.  The opposite wall has a row of hooks to hang jackets and bags...which I forgot to take a picture of...but it is full and cluttered...because we actually hang stuff on it besides pretty baskets!

I also took out our bench that used to be in the hallway.  Between the frames and the bench, something was always getting ran into between my nephew's stroller going out the door or someone coming home with way too many things in their hands.  Having the bench proved to be less practical for how narrow and how much stuff we carry in and out of the house {we don't have a garage to come through}!


Most of these pictures are some of my favorites from the last two years...so we now have more than just wedding and engagement photos hung!  Since getting a nicer camera, I have become much more picky about how "frame-able" a photo is.  But I was able to edit some of my older photos that were taken on my old point and shoot to give it a more "professional" quality that I like as well as giving them all a "warm tone" to create uniformity between the images.




A few months ago, I bought this "engagement map" from Circle Prints via Heartsy {crafty Groupon like site}.  It shows the date and city we got engaged.  I LOVE it! 


And my metal heart I got from Old Soul Studios, now serves as a photo holder...


All that worked paid off...it is now my favorite wall in the house!

What is your entryway like?

14 comments:

  1. Loooove it! That heart is perfect and I adore all your frames!

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  2. I love what you have done with your hallway! The clothespins on your metal heart are so cute. I have been collecting things for my stairway and pinning away at ideas. Still havent done anything but I keep collecting sconces, frames, a clock and some subway art. Now to pick the pictures. Thats the hardest part. Thanks for sharing! You have motivated me to finish.

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  3. Love the way it turned out! You guys are such a beautiful couple, you can definitely feel that LOVE is in the air by looking at those beautiful pics in the hallway :)

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  4. You did a great job! The entry looks great and has a variety of pictures without looking cluttered. Fun idea to give people a picture of what makes your house a home when they walk through the door! I envy you having an actual hallway. Our front door opens up right into our living room, well now it's our everything room since we took down the wall between the kitchen, dining and living room. We've always had a little table there but I'm trying to find a small bench for putting on shoes and I like the idea of hooks above for bags, etc. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  5. I absolutely LOVE it! It is so "you guys"
    Love it!
    xoxo

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  7. I love this idea so much, I had to pin it. You gave me entryway envy!!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I always love to hear from other local bloggers.

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  8. So beautiful... you are so creative and talented!

    I am so glad you mentioned something in the comments - I am planning another big sac area blogger meet up coming up - details will be on my blog tomorrow!

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  9. I love your entryway! We are about to buy a house, so I'm always on the lookout for cool decorating ideas.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day! I love connecting with other area bloggers.

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  10. Your entryway is absolutely fantastic and so unique! You did a great job with the photos and you and your hubby are absolutely adorable! I'm afraid we have boring mirrors for the most part. Your wall is much more interesting! Great job... Donna

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  11. I love the metal heart with the pictures clipped to the ribbon, I'm pinning it now!

    Jessica
    stayathomeista.com

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  12. I'm a new follower via Stephanie at Girls, Pearls & Combat Boots. I just had to tell you how much I love your home! I've just looked through a bunch of your past entries and you've made your home just incredible! I wish I had an ounce of your talent on a budget! :o)

    You should see our entry way. I believe it would be a challenge for even you. You open our front door and are staring directly at the wall underneath our stairs. No room for a table, nothing. I have no idea what to do with it. :o/

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  13. I love the entry hall. I just love family photos on the wall. We as people, our lives, are a work of art, and I think displaying that art just feels the house with more love and more appreciation for those memories. It's also a great way to welcome people into your world! :D Great job! :D

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