When Jer got his orders for VA and we started house hunting, I had one thing (other than the fear of leaving friends, the stress of moving, the impending days of E and myself on our own, and so forth) on my mind: Gallery walls and what rooms to put them in.
I, like many others, am a Pinteraddict (Pinterest addict for those who don’t share my love of Pinterest) and I have been pining for spaces that would work for a gallery wall. Our last house was an open floor plan with most areas being used for storage like bookcases, bureaus, etc., leaving the prospect of a gallery wall to rooms no one would ever really see.
In light of this obsession and my past lack of space I’ve been collecting items to add to a gallery wall or two, including a beautiful piece my girlfriend Brooke made, an “E” with a mermaid painting for E’s first birthday, and a mirror my late father gave me years ago for Christmas with the quote “Always remember to take yourself along” on the back. I added to the mix an 8×10 poster I had bought for E’s nursery that never really fit in, about love and waves in the sea, and a Giclee of a painting by an amazing artist Hans De Castellane (check out his gallery here) from an event I helped plan on the Cape.
From all of these pieces along with special photos of loved ones I created a gallery wall for E’s playroom with a “Friends and Family at Play” theme and one for our living room with a “By the Sea” theme to go with the general feel of the living room.
The top photo is of E, a little less than 1 year old, making her way to the bay to swim all on her own. I love her determination (sometimes). The mirror is the one from my father, next to a photo of E’s older cousin’s first trip to the beach.
And onto the playroom…
The playroom gallery wall has a priceless picture of E and all her living grandparents as a focal piece in the center, along with E and her cousins and close friends at play, including a photo of my best friend Maria and I as kids ourselves playing. I used the beautiful “E” by Brooke as part of E’s initials and added an “M” that will match the bureaus we’re working on for her playroom. I took her initials “E M” and turned them to read “ME” from top to bottom, a bit of a play on letters but also as I really didn’t want to explain to visitors why ME was misspelled.
We’ve got a few pictures to add to the playroom wall of E’s best friends from up north, but so far, my first attempts at gallery walls are, if I do say so myself, not half bad (maybe even Pinterest worthy?)
In these last two weeks I’ve met some lovely ladies who’s faces I imagine will grace future gallery walls, including neighbors and other wives from the boat. E has enjoyed playdates with new friends, and in a very sweet moment this evening hugged her new friend from next door good bye. This was quickly followed by a minor meltdown at the prospect of parting, which was quickly quelled with the promise of mac n cheese (I always said I’d never use food as a ploy. Then I had a toddler.)
Day by day, it’s starting to feel a bit more like a new home and less like a place we happen to live.