You all probably know by now that we’re originally from Michigan, and currently living just outside of Chicago. What I may not have mentioned before is that before we landed in Illinois, we also lived briefly in West Virginia and then Texas. Work (or in most cases lack thereof) had us hopping around a bit before we settled in to our current home.
While nothing can compare to a life lived in Michigan – I may be just a teensy bit biased – we were gifted so many awesome friendships, memories, and experiences from each place. Moving is a pain, but I wouldn’t change a thing about our “gypsy years”.
I often see old postcards at antique stores and flea markets, and I got the idea a few years ago to start looking for postcards from all the cities we’ve called “home” so I could create a gallery wall somewhere in our house – and I finally got around to getting that fun little project up on the wall over the weekend! 🙂
In general, postcards are relatively small. I wanted mine to not only be a bit larger, but I also wanted them to all be black and white or a sepia tone, so I took them to Staples and had them copy and enlarge each image for me. It cost me about $1.75 to have five images copied two times each – total bargain!
So that I would have options, I had each image copied in black and white on a sheet of ivory cardstock (for an aged sepia look) and a sheet of matte photo type paper (for a traditional black and white look). I ended up using both on the wall – I felt like it gave a more collected look.
From Beaumont, Texas is the courthouse where I worked every day
A beautiful riverfront view from Wheeling, West Virginia
For Chicago, I chose a 1907 street scene and a view of the harbor
And a downtown view to represent our hometown, Alpena, Michigan
Isn’t that fun?! And to add some depth and dimension, I added a few treasures I had hanging around the house.
I have been wanting to do something with this hallway forever, and this little wall has definitely inspired me to keep progressing. Next on the list is a rug. Remember this rug? Yes, I’m still looking for it (or something very similar) and still coming up empty. I think it may be time to move on…
…but it was such a beautiful rug…
I’m excited to finally have put these beautiful old postcards to use. Antique postcards can usually be picked up for less than a buck or two and can be found to represent just about any town, any holiday, or any landmark you can think of. Don’t feel like sorting through stacks at the antique store? Check Ebay and Etsy – they have tons to choose from.
So what do you think of our little gallery wall?