Thursday, January 29, 2009

Putting odd wall space to use

I have a major staircase redo in the works, but until then, I'm adding this post to Beth's party!
Thank you for your encouragement about my last post! You are all so wonderful and it warmed my heart. Thanks to those who have already gotten in touch with me -- I'm so excited about working with you all!!

So you may have heard me complain about our lack of beautiful stairway railings in our house. (Especially at Christmas with the GORG garland wrapped around them.) I only have myself to blame for this -- hubby wanted them when we were building our house but I was already hyperventilating about the growing size of our mortgage with every. single. little. thing. we were adding. The extra four grand for railings (come on) was enough to put me over the edge.

So I've dealt with what we have. Which is a bunch of HUUUUGE walls on our stairway. It is open to the top of our house, about 25 feet up, so there's lots of space to work with. I've done a couple things to fill these spaces, the first of which I wanted to share with you today:

I started with a vinyl rub on from Uppercase Living. If you haven't heard about them, I wrote about the products here. I love this stuff!! Luuuuurve it!

I found floating frames at Joann's at half off -- I've probably spent about $50 on all of them. I love that there is no mat, just the wall showing through:
I started taking my own pictures of our son when he was itty bitty -- the baby who NEVER cried screamed like a banshee for his first professional pictures -- so that day I went home, stripped him down, laid him on black fabric, and shot away. I did this often his first year or so:
**This does not work with a two-year-old. :)

I didn't use any kind of design to put these up -- just hung them willy nilly, and I love doing it that way:
It's one of the first things you see when you walk into our home and it's one of my favorite spots. I just added a new one today, and may add one more, but I don't know. I like all the "white space":

I always suggest this kind of wall for weird hallways and stairways. I think it is a beautiful way to deal with awkward spaces like this. The pictures cost me nothing because I print them at home, on regular paper. Love it!

And yes, I hang my head at the awful lack of stepdaughter pictures. I am really a good stepmom, I swear. It's hard getting a good picture of a teenager -- especially when they don't live with you full time. (Or hardly ever come over anymore cause they are too busy with work, choir, friends, boyfriend, school, sporting events....wait, sorry....rant.) Sniff. :)

75 comments:

  1. I LOVE this! I love the "I'll just hang them where ever I feel like it" look. We have the same empty wall in our house as you walk up the stairs and I've been pondering for a long time (ok too long, about 3 years) on what to do with this space. Thank you for the great idea!

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  2. Love it...we have a large picture wall too. It makes me smile everytime I walk by.

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  3. You did such a great job with this. I have a tall staircase wall that I need to fill too. This is great inspiration. Do you or your husband have any older pictures of your step daughter, or even school pictures? I know they're not the same, but if you had them reprinted at one of those Kodak booths in b/w they could be a good filler in the meantime. Just a thought... Great job!

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  4. I absolutely heart your wall! I think you did an amazing job!!!

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  5. I LOVE your wall!!!! Come do mine?? :)

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  6. Way so very cute! I do the same thing but w/ shooting photos of my kids- and I have a b/w photo wall too of all their cute faces. I love the way you hung your pictures up- it looks great! I may have to do some more of just hanging them up any old way- since I always think they have to be all orderly:) thanks for all your fun ideas-love it!

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  7. OH, I love this! I am so glad I found your blog. I have 2 HUGE walls in my entry and one wall in my living room that is really long that I am lost as to what to do with. This is great inspiration. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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  8. Beautiful! I love those frames and the wall art is super cool.

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  9. I, of course, LOVE IT!
    I sell Uppercase Living and I just love seeing what people do with it.
    Your wall is super cute!!

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  10. What a beautiful wall! I love walls with pictures. We have a long wall in our hallway upstairs (that you can see from the open foyer) and I have pictures - all in black frames. It makes me smile every time I walk past it.

    Sheryl

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  11. I love it and looks so simple. I have done one in my kitchen but I wrote it myself. Thanks for sharing it!

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  12. Yeah, you've got me hooked on the wall words now. I ordered my first Uppercase Living catalog the other day after reading your post about them. I think I may become addicted. I am sure my husband would love to thank you! LOL!!!

    Love the wall!

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  13. oh wow.. it looks beautiful! I need something like this in our home..

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  14. I like that you just printed them on paper...they came out so great!

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  15. That is a beautiful display!

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  16. I love your wall! I have a similar wall in my dining room that reads: "Family, A Journey To Forever! I love vinyl lettering!
    Congratulations on your decorating consultations! I think it is great, I wish you the best of luck! Your blog is very inspiring! I also love Interior Design, we share a lof of the same joys in life! Best of luck to you!

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  17. This wall of pictures is just perfect! Love everything - the frames, pictures, layout, words - AWESOME!!!

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  18. It looks AWESOME! I love vinyl lettering too~ I put the cutest saying on my friends bathroom wall, a couple of weeks ago and it just makes the room!!

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  19. This is beautiful...love it...makes a "wow" statement!

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  20. I LOVE your wall. And that you just hung the photos "willy nilly". I am planning a photo wall for my studio. Purchased wooden frames at the 'junk' store for 88 cents, spray painting them white. Also picked up a small mirror and doing the same to hang with them. It's a project in the works and I can't wait to get my large wall done in this room! Thanks again for more inspiration!

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  21. Your wall is almost identical to my stair wall, and I love your idea! It looks so pretty!

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  22. You r wall looks great! I have a wall like this, but your frames are way more cool. I need to head to Joanns!

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  23. My twin and I love wall words so much we started our own business! So if there is ever something you want that Uppercase Living doesn't make or want something more personalized you can always check with us.

    Love the family photo wall and floating frames.

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  24. Your wall and photos are AMAZING! Great idea! Oh, and I have a teenager, so I know exactly what you mean about it being hard to snap their picture when they're never around!

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  25. I love this wall.....my problem is the wall going up the stairs is curved! and it has niches above it! Do you think it would still work on a curved wall????

    Suzanne

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  26. That wall looks fantastic! And, think, you wouldn't have all that great display space if you had those blased railings!

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  27. The wall looks beautiful! I love those rub on sayings - even Target carries them now.

    Manuela

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  28. I LOVE the vinyl wall rub ons. I can't wait till I have my own house and I can start putting some of your awesome ideas to work. It would just feel wasted in our crappy little apartment, ya know?

    Have a great weekend!

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  29. Love the Uppercase Living stuff! Great pictures!
    http://www.lazymoms.com

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  30. Love the way your wall looks!!! What a great way to show off your favorite photos, plus it is unexpected and whimsical. I always get stuck with those areas. I actually have a huge wall in my stair well that gives me grief. We've been in our house for 9 years and it is still empty. Maybe I'll try this. Thank you for the idea.

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  31. This is beautiful. I'd love to get some of the float frames for some slightly different (pictures/art for my living room). Does anyone know if they are still on sale at Joann's? The paint color in your hall looks very similar to the paint in my living room/halls. Mine is "Indian Painting" but I can't remember if its by Glidden or Behr. I got it at Home Depot.

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  32. It looks great! I wish I had somewhere for something like this!

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  33. Hey! I just put some vinyl letters on my wall, my saying says, the best memories are made around the kitchen table.

    Its on a half way that goes from the ceiling and half was down to the floor. Anywho, Now I am looking for something to hang around it. I think I may hang some plants on the wall.

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  34. Did you see you were just featured on The Nester's Tumblr blog today? Go check out her blog and you'll see what I'm talking about. Good on you!

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  35. I love how you dealt with the space. We're in the middle of a whole house remodel and it sucks because my husband wanted textured walls, so I cannot put up any decals like that! I love the way they look! And I love the floating frames! I'll have to check into those! Have a great day!
    -Ruth Ann

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  36. Do they damage the walls when you remove them??? I am in love with the way they look but I am renting right now with a very strict landlord...let me know!
    misslilly1982@gmail.com
    thank you!!

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  37. p.s. I love the floating frames!

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  38. Just EXACTLY what I need!!! Thanks for a great inspiration!!! :)

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  39. I love how this turned out! I am doing something similar in my kitchen where there is a wall that I cannot put anything there because it used to be an outside door and across from it is the door to the basement. I love to look at pictures!

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  40. I love how this turned out! I am doing something similar in my kitchen where there is a wall that I cannot put anything there because it used to be an outside door and across from it is the door to the basement. I love to look at pictures!

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  41. I love that saying and your photos!Your wall looks fabulous!!

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  42. I love your wall. The picture grouping is perfect and you know how I feel about words. LOVE THEM! Great job!

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  43. It think your wall looks perfect!

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  44. Beautiful! I have a freakishly long hallway that I've been dying to do this too. It makes such a huge impact...love it! Do you really just use regular paper? You'd never know looking at those pics. They're lovely.

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  45. Sarah, You know I love wall words. There are so many great companies doing them. I love the pictures of your son. You did a great job photographing them. Did you use photo paper or just regular white paper?? Those frames are pretty cool. Hugs, Terrie

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  46. I love Uppercase Living! Check out my blog for an Uppercase Living giveaway!!!!!

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  47. Ooo. I have awkward wall space going up my stairs, too! I thought it would be too busy to put stuff there. How wrong I was. I love that. You did a great job!

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  48. Oh, and your photography skills...WOW!

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  49. The handprint design is a special until the end of February, it is $25 with a $50 purchase, it is not in the book. The other is from the new catalog, our website is http://expressyourself.uppercaseliving.net.

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  50. So, so cute! I love how it looks, you do such amazing, and fun stuff! What an inspiration!

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  51. Have you tried finding a few baby pictures of your step daughter??? They may not be with the black background but everything looks good in black and white. I think it would be such a sweet touch to have them both on the wall. Oh and I've seen her bedroom, you are probably one of the best stepmoms ever.

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  52. I LOVE those decals... & love the way you did a funky organiziation of the pictures....

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  53. I absolutely love your floating frames. The message is perfect. I'm getting caught up on your latest posts...you went to NYC. Wow!!! It looks like you had a wonderful time. That is so great!!! I have been there and have seen Wicked too. It is fabulous. NYC is amazing!! So glad you had fun friend. Leslie

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  54. Oh my gosh-- that looks gorgeous!!

    You have such a penchant for design. =)

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  55. I hear you about teenagers. I am ready to ship mine out sometimes. he he Love the wall.
    Hugs, Bobbi Jo

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  56. Hey girl, just wanted to let you know that I tagged you on my blog. :)

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  57. Your wall is sooo cute! I love the frames. I am obsessed with vinyl lettering - it is so cute!

    Jen

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  58. Very eye catching! I have a similar stairwell...I will have to think about this!

    Cute baby boy!

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  59. Totally love this and am going to lift this idea from you! Thank you!

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  60. I love reading your blog! That wall is awesome! I gave you an award over at my blog!

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  61. That is SO COOL. Love what you've done with what could've been to most of us an impossible space to decorate!

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  62. You have created a magical space with these adorable photos ... not to worry about teenage stepdaughter, she knows you love her - I promise.

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  63. Love your blog and decorating ideas and could use some advice. I have an awkward space in my home which I blogged about here http://creatingcomfort.blogspot.com/2008/10/decorating-dilema.html because of cathedral ceilings in the foyer. I would appreciate some tips or ideas if you get a chance to drop by. Thanks! Becki

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  64. It's gorgeous! I love it! The wall looks perfectly and professionally done. Very inspiring. :)

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  65. I am wanting to steal this whole idea for our dining area. What size vinyl rub did you purchase from Uppercase Living?

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  66. Awesome baby pictures!! I love your style of wall decoration it's amazing and wonderful. I would like to go home depot for my living room.

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  67. Wow! How on Earth do you do this?? I swear I just don't have "the touch." When I put things up "all willy nilly," they don't look FAB like that...they just look all "willy nilly!!" I've been wanting to do this with our stairway for a while now but have been too scared to nail a bunch of holes in our wall, only to find it looks like poo. I'd say you've inspired me, though. I'm gonna do it. (But be honest--is that really all willy nilly, or was there some measuring involved?? And-- spacing wise, yours all come within inches of the railing?? Ugh, I'm such a dunce at this decorating stuff!!!)

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  68. Yay! I was hoping you'd link this post up :). Thanks girl for not leaving my Mr. Linky all lonesome.

    Blessings,
    Beth

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  69. Gorgeously done! Very artistic. LOVE it.

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  70. I love your wall and the message that you chose for your lettering. Awesome! Great pics of your son too.

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  71. Love the photos and how they float! The saying, says it all.

    - The Tablescaper

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  72. came here from Just a Girl and love what you've done with the wall! We don't have a staircase but I'm loving going to sites I've never been! I'll be back!

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