Our Favourite Things: My Photo Gallery Wall
by Real Estate Sales Representative Kate Broddick
After 9 moves in 7 years, The Broddicks have finally planted their roots! Those who know us, know we’ve moved A LOT. Not because we physically LIKE moving, but because we saw opportunity, and being in the real estate business, anytime something came up, I got shifty and started packing!
Our end game was to always own a nice size lot, backing onto green space where we could enjoy peace and quiet at home with our family. I never wanted to be too far from the city, as I envisioned my children not having to be driven too far from their friends, or being too remote that the grocery store became a chore. We built our “forever” home this year, and although it checks all our “must haves” and “wants,” one thing remains my most favourite part of my home; my photo gallery wall. All the finishes, rooms, details were long thought out with multiple Pinterest boards, late nights of planning and designing, but nothing, absolutely nothing, takes the place of the bare wall that gets the biggest piece of my heart.
My gallery wall has come with me to each of our homes. At first, it started out with just a few pictures hung of my husband and I on our wedding day. It grew to add maternity photos of our first son Jack, then newborn photos and 1st birthdays. Not long after, our family grew to add our second son, Finn. And with each precious moment, the wall grew and grew until a beautiful story of our family came to life. I added fun decor items and a beautiful barn board sign that says “family.” A simple word, with a big meaning.
This beautiful wall of my favourite people is what makes this house our home. It lights up my heart and I hope it continues to grow with each memory we share, although I may need to add a second wall with all these photos!
If you’re looking to build a gallery wall – here is how I did it!
Step One: For those who still actually PRINT their photos, go through your albums and pic your favourite (yes, this is a very hard task to do – and took me the longest). Print them off in a multitude of sizes, as a gallery wall should include different size frames!
Step Two: Have a THEME in mind! I wanted my gallery wall to look less “planned” and so I chose a multitude of different frames; some shiny, some rustic but kept them very neutral.
Step Three: Choose fun decor items that help you tell your story! Arrows, hearts and letter decals can help you portray your family’s story!
Step Four: Lay them out on the floor in the way that you want them on the wall! I found this the easiest way to design the way my wall would look. Then start in the centre, measuring out the wall the same way as you’ve set the photos on the floor. And then spread out to the sides from there!
It’s a beautiful use of space to showcase your loved ones. And the best part about it all – its completely moveable. But I PROMISE, this is definitely the last move!