I know it can be overwhelming. Most people have boxes and boxes of photographs as well as files and files of photos on their computers. This was not a problem in the good old days. I have some albums of my childhood and of my entire first year, there are only five pages of pictures. Unbelievable. If I would let myself, I could easily fill five pages of a trip to the zoo with my kids. How things have changed.

I really want for the photographs of my family to be enjoyed and seen often. I will talk about how I do my albums another time but today I want to talk about how I put photography on my walls.

Your life is your art. I love it when people come to my house and walk the walls, smiling and commenting on the photos I have up.

My style for hanging pictures used to be rather haphazard. I would use whatever frames I had around and put pictures on shelves and counters and any available wall space. I would bang nails and sometimes tacks (which made my husband crazy) in to my walls and if I didn't like it, I'd move it around.

Then I found this book. Pottery Barn's Photos: Style Recipes

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It helped me so much to create some cohesiveness to my framed photography. It is a super resource for how to measure and line things up, how to have variety and yet unity with styles of photos.

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I used it to create this gallery up the stairs in our house. I know you are feasting your eyes on the marvelous paint colors....which I have labored much over this month! (MANY thanks to Tricia for the super double paint tape transition trick....I blessed you many times as I tore the tape off for a perfect line!)

Ben hung everything and I was the creative girl who put together the assortment of black frames, mirrors, and canvases.

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The black frames give the cohesion but the different shapes and textures keep it interesting. I used to have it all black and white but now have mixed in a lot of color and I really like it.

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I love being able to easily change out pictures, which I just did. I also want to comment on the sizes of the pictures. An 8x10 or an 11x14 has such a different feel than just a four by six. Try putting some big prints up.

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I also have a smaller gallery down my hallways and in the dining room, one with white frames and one with a mix of white and wood. I love seeing the images up of the ones that I love.

If you have any great ideas for photo display or organization, I would love to hear about it. My photos are probably my most treasured "things" and I want to display them as such. It feels like it is well worth the investment of time and energy.

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