Thursday, January 24, 2013

Heritage Gallery

If you've been following along with our decorating adventures, it will not surprise you to know that we put up another photo gallery. (If you're new to our blog, check out our anniversary, mini, great room, growing up, visual guest book, and we do galleries).

Our newest gallery is our Heritage gallery. Our immediate family is spread out across America and in the Netherlands. We wanted to have an easy way to keep our family's faces familiar to our son, so this gallery is right outside his bedroom door. 

For perspective, this new gallery is in the same hallway as the growing up gallery. 

Here's a little before and after comparison.

Once again, we used Ikea Ribba Shelves for this gallery. We LOVE these shelves. If Ikea was closer, we'd really be in trouble. We've also used them for:

For this project, we used four 45-1/4"shelves to make the two long shelves. We really like the flexibility photo shelves offer for photos that may change around. I had a hard time narrowing down the photos, and we don't even have room for our siblings...yet!
I used a mix for black and white 5x7 and 8x10 frames, with two additional square frames. I would have preferred all black frames, but the store was out of black. Here's a closer look.

Here's a closer look at some of my favorites. This first one was taken in Amsterdam on the day that Niels asked my dad for his blessing. After the big question, we all took a boat tour of the city. I love how our dads are looking at each other like they are celebrating that they finally are getting their kids married off. 

I've only recently found this photo of my mom and I from when I was about three months old. I made the mat out of scrapbook paper and affixed the photo with washi tape. Also, I bought the frame for $2 at a thrift shop and spray painted it from bright blue to black.  

The last time I was in my Gramma's house, she had been put in the hospital and I had a feeling it would be the last time I would ever be in her home. I spent several hours looking through her photo albums and just fell in love with this one. It is such a great representation of who she is. I think this could have been a Minnesota postcard in the 50s. Mom gave me the photo for Christmas this year. 

One of my favorite photos from our wedding is this photo of our parents and siblings.

My dad is Santa Claus! When D was just a few days old, Santa Dad came to meet him. He brought his Santa suit and took my favorite photo of him with D. 

This is my absolute favorite photo of my absolute favorite Dutchie. I need to ask his mom, but I think Niels is three in this picture. 

And this is my absolute favorite baby photo of our little Dutch boy. D was four months old and he was wearing a super cute bunny outfit for his first Easter. 

These two photos both include my mom's dad. I love the picture on the left because I make that same face, and so does our son. The photo on the right is their wedding photo.

Our son is the first born son, of the first born son, of the first born son. This three generation photo was taken on D's second trip to Holland. 

The small photo is a picture of D with his overgrootmoeder, Niels' Oma. She is 84, living in the Netherlands, so we never take our time with her for granted. And it's another thrift store frame that I repainted. The photo on the right is Niels' mom and dad on our wedding day. 

One last view of the gallery from our bedroom shows the wedding frame on the short wall outside our door. We had our wedding invite and vows matted and we used it for the guest book at our wedding. I love that it's the first thing we see when we step outside our bedroom. 

I keep thinking we are about done with galleries, but then I think of more. I still have plans for a gallery of printables in D's room, and a build gallery with photos like this from the day we broke ground.

Do you have a photo gallery in your house? Post a link below if you'd like to share. You can also see more of my gallery inspiration on Pinterest.

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  1. I love this idea! Planning on doing a gallery on the stairwell into our basement. Am looking so forward to displaying some new pictures!

  2. I love it! I've been wanting to add some of these shelves in my hallway as well! I'd love it if you would share it at my Funday Sunday party that opens up Saturday at! Hope to see you there!

  3. Oh it looks fantastic!! And I love that you shared personal memories attached to some of the photos. Such a great thing to have in your home.

    1. Thank you! Yes, it really makes us feel less far way from our loved ones.

  4. what a great way to display family photos! and no nails on the wall!! love this!

    1. Only a few for the Ribba shelves, but much less that if we tried to put them each on the wall!

  5. This post is great. Love the ideas! Tabby from

  6. I love your heritage gallery wall! So sleek! Thank you for sharing and thank you for the visit and sweet comment at The Dedicated House on my gallery wall. It means the world. The color of the paint in the studio is Stratford Blue by Benjamin Moore. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

    1. Thank you! And done! I've added you to my list of linky parties. Look forward to seeing your features each week.

  7. What a neat idea, I always worry about my kids not knowing my family as well - and they only live a few states away! I'll be featuring this on my blog tomorrow!

    Thanks for linking up!

  8. These shelves make decorating with portraits SO easy! Great find!! (:


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