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I’ve always loved the look of a cluster of frames on a wall, especially when the photographs tell a story together. You might remember our gallery wall fail in our first apartment. Lesson learned: you need space to pull it off or else it can look cluttered. Too many different things on the wall in my opinion just look messy.

It took us several days to finally decide on the arrangement and photographs to choose. We decided on the arrangement before selecting the photographs, though we certainly had a few key photographs in mind. This helped us decide which or how many frames would be landscapes or portraits. We aligned the top row on the bottom, the middle row on the top, and the last row on the bottom. Does that description make sense?

Next we traced the frames on newspaper, cut them up, and used rulers and levels to hold the spot on the wall for the drilling. We have plaster walls so it’s very important we get it right the first time. I doubt our landlord would want a bullet-hole wall. Tip: Be accurate in the cutting so you can drill into the paper. Somewhere along the line I got impatient and didn’t make the best cuts and it forced us to measure and remeasure.

The intent was to do some scenery and architecture-focused pictures that had personal meaning to us. We love the result. A photo wouldn’t do it justice. Instead I’ll share some of the meaningful photos we chose.

Matthew and the road before him. Photo by Tommy.

Rome/the homeland. Also the city my husband and I started falling in love in. Photo by me.


Aerial view of Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Valparaiso, Nebraska. Sister Abigail is there. Photo credit: (lasvegasmariancenter.com) Edited by me.

St. Peter Catholic Church in Volo, IL. Tom & Donna Brown Photography.

'The Rookery' in Chicago, IL. I worked in this building. Photo by Tommy and enhanced by me.


The central frames currently have wedding pictures. I’d like to do a wedding photo gallery wall in our bedroom instead of having these in the study. We want to take a great landscape photo and crop it in three pieces to replace those three.  The exception is the shot of the beautiful church we were married in, St. Peter in Volo. Alternatively maybe it can be a “cropped” landscape of maps of Rome or Chicago.