I’ve mentioned before that our larger rooms – the living room, dining room and studio – are rooms that will be evolving slowly. Sometimes a bit too slow for my impatient ways, not to mention, we find ourselves being hesitant to make purchases at all unless we know for sure. Which, by the way, no pressure! Despite this, we’re not immune to mistakes. I’ve admitted to our rug hesitations (and now we may have a game of musical rugs on our hands; should a high-patterned Persian live under the dining table and a subtle, low-patterned rug live with the couch?), we’re super unhappy with the nook rug again (the quality leaves little to be desired), and I may have taken down (read: I totally took down) the gallery wall in the living room to bring some antique frames into the mix. I’m still working on that, and Scott says nothing – with a hesitant smile.
In any case, we’re now in-between projects, tying up loose ends and tackling long standing want-to-dos while also meeting with kitchen contractors, cabinet guys and dissecting the anatomy of a pocket door (!). All that to say, there was one project I could knock out that I’ve been yearning to do for years – framing my vintage photo collection!
Part of the slow studio evolution has always included this perfectly gridded wall. The idea has been in my back pocket for a long, long time, as I’ve been collecting these snapshots from flea markets and family albums for years. I have many more tucked away, but for this project, I pulled out my nine favorites (this took a while!).
I’ve always chosen the photos that come home with me very carefully – Scott has come to know that I could stand over a basket of photographs for hours, making up stories for every one pictured. There are love stories, sad stories, and the thought that 50+ years ago, someone in that photo said, hey, let’s get someone to take our photo right here! Let’s remember this! It’s no secret that I love photography, and it makes my heart so happy to hold tangible proof of others who felt the need to capture a moment in time.
They’ve come from all over. Chicago, Cincinnati, Paris! Some show great, great Vargos that have been pulled from actual family albums, whereas others show posed groups of friends (some fancy, some casual), an ice skating crew, a young couple on vacation and a retired husband and wife. They’re friends that are celebrating an achievement, troops that are coming (or going?) and a honeymoon that has just started. At least, that’s what I think.
The idea has always been to create a tightly spaced perfect grid, which would balance the varied photos. Large mats give them space to stand on their own, and the photos’ small size invite you in – they say, come closer! I like to think that if you take a look, you can make up your own stories, too.
I decided on 16″ squares to fill that wall, using these in brushed gold. Ace Hardware cut the glass, and those large mats with their teeny, tiny openings were cut and shipped by my friend Kyley at Studio 3. I couldn’t be happier to see this longstanding idea come to life! Although the studio is slow moving, this gallery grid helps to get us one step closer to the finish line – you know, whatever that is.
PS… That last photo gives you a good idea of just how dipped our second floor is! Although it was raised significantly last year, it will never, ever be perfect. Aah, old houses!
PPS… Can you spot the Maddie?