While I’ve loved the changes we’ve made to our home – the few things we’ve purchased over the last two months and the unifying paint color, I’d held off on accessorizing – or decorating – our home. I kept telling B, “Why should we hang pictures if we’re going to have to take them all down to paint anyway?” When we finally painted the wall I had earmarked for our family gallery wall when we looked at the house, we had just ordered new family photos, and I was all, “Let’s just wait until we get those so we don’t have to do this twice”. I was apparently in a funk – maybe I was not feeling quite yet at home, here? Since it will be months before they arrive (so hard for an instant gratification person like me – I need a local photographer who just gives you the CD of images), I decided to just work with what we had and accept that when our new photos arrive, we’ll have to change up the layout of the gallery wall, add in different frames, etc.
Sorry about the glare – there’s not a single daylight hour that this room doesn’t have intense sunlight. Makes pictures hard.
A few weeks ago, I laid out the pictures the way I wanted them hung, and then took the kids for a bike ride while B hung them. We think totally differently about projects like hanging things – or really anything that requires measuring – so it’s best if one of us gets out of dodge with the kids while the other does their thing (for Mr. B, methodical measuring that generally ends up requiring a few re-measures and extra holes. For me, random nailing and hanging until it looks right that always requires extra holes. Basically, we get the same end result, but neither one of us can watch the other’s process without wanting to bang our heads against the wall. At least we know this about each other, right? Right.)
It was so nice to get back from our bike ride and have a personalized home. When you get right down to it, we hadn’t had a single personal thing in our home since we staged our house in April. It’s a very similar gallery wall layout to the one we had in our last home, and like I mentioned, it will change whenever we get our new family pictures (though I still haven’t seen an invoice, so T and Nell could be in college when that happens). But I forgot what an impact adding just a few photos has on making a house feel like a home. The moment these pictures were up, it was like B and I were catapulted out of our “Let’s just wait and see what we want to do” mindset for making changes and decorating and ready to make this place our own.