Do you have a drawer full of old family photos? Perhaps some family history photos passed down through the generations and you aren’t sure what to do with them. How about creating a family history wall to tie the generations together? The wall you see here has four generations in it, from my grandparents to my children, including a photo of both my husband and I as children! It is one of my new favorite walls in my house. It puts a smile on my face and reminds me of all the people I love!
I think I ought to put a disclaimer out there: I did NOT remove that speed limit sign illegally! I actually found it is someone else’s “junk”! So that makes it legal, right? The yellow gear on the lower edge was one of the treasures I collected with my Dad from his shop, so it has special meaning too. I imagine you have some amazing treasures to add to your family history wall as well.
The bonus is the seeing the retro vehicles as well as some pretty awesome threads! Haha, can I say “threads” instead of “clothing” if I am saying retro? I love this framed vintage sheet of music from one of my favorite songs of all times, “The Star-Spangled Banner”!
Can’t you just see those beautiful personalities showing through! Such history behind those lovely eyes and smiles – the stories they could tell! Seeing the people we came from can have such a grounding effect, I think.
Accents to the Wall! I believe I have said often, “One can never have too many books or too many clocks.” And a vintage dial phone on display is always a good idea!
I confess, these items all came from an antique store with the exception of the beautiful picture of my honey’s parents framed in a black frame courtesy of Michael’s Craft Stores. Most of the frames on this wall came from Michael’s, purchased with on a 50% off sale, so you can really do a wall like this inexpensively :)
I love the addition of the records and think some clocks would have also looked great in their place. The records are a cheap alternative. I picked a few up at a garage sale for a couple bucks each!
More beautiful history in these photos. FYI, I am the small little pumpkin on the far right of the last photo! Don’t you want to just pinch those chubby cheeks, which by the way never left me!
I have been planning this wall for a while ever since I saw a similar design in a Pottery Barn catalog (sans the family photos). Like I said before, it is my new favorite wall, and as time goes by it will surely get tweaked, and some photos may even change. But that is one of the wonderful things about our own living spaces; they can change and evolve as we do. So enjoy the time you spend designing and creating your own family history wall. I know that it will be beautiful by your design!